Worship Bulletin: 2/27/22

Worship Bulletin: 2/27/22

Welcome to Worship at the McPherson Church of the Brethren | Sunday, February 27, 2022
We invite your active participation in the life of this congregation, as together we continue to grow in grace and seek justice for God’s creation.
Masks are required at all church activities including worship service.

Gathering Hymn

Video Welcome

Centering Music | “Sanctuary” with “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” | arr.  Stan Pethel
Kaitlyn van Asselt, flute; Ellen Gilbert, piano

Sharing Joys and Concerns | Bud Taylor

Opening Scripture | Matthew 7:1-5, 15-27 (Luke 6:41-49) | NRSV

Judging Others – Matthew 7:1-5
“Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. 2 For with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give
will be the measure you get. 3 Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? 4 Or how
can you say to your neighbor, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ while the log is in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the
log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor’s eye.

A tree and Its Fruit – Matthew 7:15-20
Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits.
Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? 17 In the same way, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad
fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and
thrown into the fire. 20 Thus you will know them by their fruits.

The Two Foundations – Matthew 7:21-27
Concerning Self-Deception
21 Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. 
22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not – prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many deeds
of power in your name?’ 23 Then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; go away from me, you evildoers.’
Hearers and Doers24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and ACTS on them will be like the wise one who built a house on rock. 
25 The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock. 26 And
everyone who hears these words of mine and DOES NOT ACT on them will be like the foolish one who built a house on sand. 27 The rain fell,
and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell—and great was its fall!”

Opening Song | “My Life Flows On” | #580

Noisy Offering
Coins donated toward the goal of paying for a McPherson Housing Coalition, Oak Harbor Cottage Home

Story for the Children | Barbara Wagoner

Video Invitation to Give

Musical Offering | “Morning Has Broken” | arr. Mark Hayes
Ellen Gilbert, piano

Give online or send a check made payable to “McPherson Church of the Brethren,” 200 N. Carrie, McPherson, KS 67460

Scripture Focus | Psalm 37:1-11, 39-40 | NIV

Do not fret because of the wicked;
do not be envious of wrongdoers, for they will soon fade like the grass, and wither like the green herb.
Trust in God, and do good; so you will live in the land, and enjoy security.
Take delight in God, and God will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to God; trust in God, and God will act.
God will make your vindication shine like the light, and the justice of your cause like the noonday.
Be still before God, and wait patiently for God;
do not fret over those who prosper in their way, over those who carry out evil devices.
Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath. Do not fret – it leads only to evil.
For the wicked shall be cut off, but those who wait for God shall inherit the land.
Yet a little while, and the wicked will be no more;
though you look diligently for their place, they will not be there.
But the meek shall inherit the land, and delight themselves in abundant prosperity.
The salvation of the righteous is from God; God is their refuge in the time of trouble.
God helps them and rescues them; God rescues them from the wicked, and saves them, because they take refuge in God. 

Message | “Do not Fret” | Kathryn Whitacre
Please take a moment to contemplate the scripture and message

Sending Song | “O God, In Restless Living” | #557
Please be seated after the song

Sending Words

Sending Music | “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” | arr.  James Mansfield
Ellen Gilbert, organ

Videography and Editing: Eric Goering
Music Coordinator: Ellen Gilbert

Choir Director: Becky Snell
Technical Crew: Eric Goering, Ryan Goering, Shane Kirchner, Steve Lolling & Chris Whitacre
Chancel Decoration Team: Jill Brax, Colleen Gustafson, Michele Johnson, Shane Kirchne& Lara Schoming