Worship Bulletin: 8/14/22

Worship Bulletin: 8/14/22

Welcome to Worship at the McPherson Church of the Brethren
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.

Sunday, August 14, 2022 @ 10:15 a.m.
Annual Conference (AC), National Youth Conference (NYC), Western Plains District Conference (WPDC)

Gathering Hymn | “With One Voice” | by Ricky Manalo
Worship Band & Congregation

Verse 1
Take the Word and go out to every land. Shine the light of Christ for all to see.
May the lives of those we touch sing praise to God above.
Let us sing, we’ll sing . . .

With one voice we’ll pass the Word along. With one voice, bring justice to the world.
And with all the angels, we’ll spread the goodness of God.
With all power and glory the Word of God shall reign.

Verse 2
Take the Word to our neighborhoods and streets. Shine the light of Christ for all to see.
May we all set out to live in peace and harmony.
They will see and sing . . . Refrain

Verse 3
Take the Word to the people in despair. Shine the light of Christ for all to see
May our actions and our deeds bring comfort to their needs.
And they’ll know and sing . . . Refrain

Verse 4
Take the Word to the nations everywhere. Shine the light of Christ for all to see.
May the witness of our lives transform the world anew.
And we’ll shine, we’ll shine . . . Refrain

Video Welcome

Sharing Joys & Concerns | Malia Pfeiff

Centering Music | “Be Thou My Vision” | arranged by Glen Poehlmann
Ashlyn Shugart, cello; Ellen Gilbert, piano

Responsive Opening Words | Ada Prose
One:    Why should we believe in God?  Why does faith matter?
Many:  God sees us.  God knows us.  God calls us.
One:    Who is Jesus?  Why does faith in Jesus matter?
Many:  Jesus is Immanuel—God with us.  He promises abundant life.
One:    How is Jesus foundational in our lives?
Many:  Jesus teaches us to lower our posture and wash one another’s feet.
One:    What are blessings and how are they entwined with our lives?
Many:  Blessings lead us to answer God’s call and to level up our lives to honor our calls.
One:    How can we love Jesus?
Many:  Jesus makes it clear: feed his sheep.  Amen.

Opening Song | “Brethren We Have Met to Worship” | #8

Video Stories | Dustin Wilgers & Noah Wilgers

Guiding Scriptures

Romans 15:1-13 NIV | Bill Grove
1 We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. 2 Each of us should please our neighbors
for their good, to build them up. 3 For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: “The insults of those who insult you have
fallen on me.” 4 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures
and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. 5 May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same
attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, 6 so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our
Lord Jesus Christ. 7 Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. 8 For I tell you that Christ has
become a servant of the Jews on behalf of God’s truth, so that the promises made to the patriarchs might be confirmed 9 and, moreover,
that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written: “Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles; I will sing the praises of
your name.” 10 Again, it says, “Rejoice, you Gentiles, with his people.” 11 And again, “Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles; let all the peoples
extol him.” 12 And again, Isaiah says, “The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; in him the Gentiles will
hope.” 13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the
Holy Spirit.

Philippians 4:4-9 NIV | Jan Hurst
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about
anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which
transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true,
whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy –
think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of
peace will be with you.

Unison Prayer | “Oh Draw me Lord” | by David Baroni
Caleb Samland, Congregation & Worship Band

Oh, draw me Lord, Oh, draw me, Lord; Oh, draw me, Lord, and I’ll run after you. (2x)        
Congregation: We are older adults who have a hope, a hope that overflows.
Oh, draw me Lord, Oh, draw me, Lord; Oh, draw me, Lord, and I’ll run after you. (2x)
Congregation: We are a community of faith discerning God’s call and challenge – to embrace one another.
Oh, draw me Lord, Oh, draw me, Lord; Oh, draw me, Lord, and I’ll run after you. (2x)
Congregation: We are the young who do our best to build our lives on a firm foundation.
“Oh, draw me Lord, Oh, draw me, Lord; Oh, draw me, Lord, and I’ll run after you. (2x)
Congregation: We are a people who continue to see the world through the eyes of a child.
“Oh, draw me Lord, Oh, draw me, Lord; Oh, draw me, Lord, and I’ll run after you. (2x)
Congregation: May this always be – who we are. AMEN

Story for the Children | Lois Grove

Video Invitation to Give

Musical Offering | “He is Among Us” | by Pierce, Wardell, Swindon, Palmer and Zach
Worship Band & Pictures from National Youth Conference (NYC)

You’ll find Me with the broken and the weak, in the spaces in between.
You’ll hear My voice cry out with those who weep, only if you’re listening.
Whatever you do for the least of these, you do it unto Me.  

You’ll find Me with the ones without a voice, the forgotten and ignored.
My blessing is on those who love the poor, will you open up the door?
Whatever you do for the least of these, you do it unto Me. Whatever you do for the least of these, you do it unto Me.

Hallelujah, hallelujah, he is among us, he is among us.
By this the world will know the Father’s love; we will know the Father’s love.

Focus Scripture | Colossians 2:5-7 NIV | Malia Pfeiff
5 For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how disciplined you are and how firm your
faith in Christ is. 6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him,
strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

Message | Panel Discussion
Matthew Friesen, Charlotte Loewen & Malia Pfeiff | Annual Conference (AC)
Eli Leck, Becki Bowman & Lucy Bowman | National Youth Conference (NYC)
Jerry Bowen & Jan Hurst | Western Plains District Conference (WPDC)

Anointing for the Congregation
Jerry Bowen, Becki Bowman, Lucy Bowman, Eli Leck, Shana Leck, Ashlyn Shugart, Caleb Samland & Kathryn Whitacre

“Cuan dulce Paz” (Wonderful Peace) | by Cornell and Cooper
Dan Lichty & Carol Ward, vocalists

Verse 1
En el fondo de mi alma hay una dulce quietud – Se difunde inundando mi ser
In the depths of my soul there’s a stillness. It spreads flooding my soul.
Es una calma infinita y solo podrán – Los amados de Dios comprender
It’s an infinite calm – those beloved of God – will be able to comprehend. REFRAIN

Verse 2
Qué tesoro yo tengo en la paz que me dio – Y en el fondo de mi alma ha de estar
What a treasure I have in the peace that God gives. In the depths of my soul it must be;
Tan segura que nadie quitarla podrá – Mientras mire los años pasar
so secure that no one can take it from me – as the years slowly go by. REFRAIN

Verse 3
Alma triste que en rudo conflicto te vez – Sola y débil tu senda seguir
Sad, sad soul in conflict; alone and weak is your path
Y haz de Cristo tu amigo, pues fiel siempre es – Y su paz tú podrás recibir
Make Christ your friend – faithful forever – his peace you then can receive – his peace – you then can receive. REFRAIN

Paz, paz, cuán dulce paz – Es aquella que el Padre me da
Peace, peace, such sweet peace. It is this that the Father gives me.
Yo le ruego por siempre que inunde mi ser – En sus ondas de amor celestial
I beg you forever – to flood my soul – in these waves of heavenly love.

Sending Song | “God Make Us Your Family”

Sending Words | Mallory Koelling

Sending Music | “There is More Love/Hope/Peace/Joy”
Worship Band & Congregation

There is more love* somewhere. There is more love* somewhere. 
I’m gonna keep on ‘til I find it. There is more love* somewhere.
*Additional verses: hope, peace, joy, love

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 Kirchner & Lara Schoming