04 Sep Worship Bulletin: 9/4/22
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, September 4, 2022 @ 10:15 a.m.
Sharing Joys & Concerns
Centering Music | “In Moments Like These” | arr. Ron Sprunger
Deb and Allan van Asselt, vocalists; Ellen Gilbert, organ
Opening | Psalm 139:1-6 and 13-18
You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.3 You discern my going
out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. You hem me in behind and
before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. For you created my inmost being; you
knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my
unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts,
God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand – when I awake, I am still with you.
Opening Song | “I sing the mighty power of God” | #46
Video Story for the Children
Video Invitation to Give
Musical Offering | “Will You Come and Follow Me” | arr. John Bell
Lois Grove, piano
Will you love the “you” you hide if I but call your name? Will you quell the fear inside and never be the same?
Will you use the faith you’ve found to reshape the world around, through my sight and touch and sound in you and you in me?
Give online or send a check made payable to “McPherson Church of the Brethren,” 200 N. Carrie, McPherson, KS 67460
Scripture Focus | Luke 14:25-33 | The Cost of Being a Disciple
Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and
children, brothers and sisters – yes, even their own life – such a person cannot be my disciple. And whoever does not carry their cross and follow
me cannot be my disciple. “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough
money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, ‘This person began
to build and wasn’t able to finish.’ “Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is
able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the
other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.
Message | “What on Earth, Jesus?” | Jerry Bowen
Please take a moment to contemplate the scripture and message
Sending Song | “The Summons”
Becky Snell, vocal leader; Marta Moorman, guitar
Sending Music | “Psalm 19 | arr. John Carter
Ellen Gilbert, piano
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