Worship Bulletin: 10/30/22

Worship Bulletin: 10/30/22

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, October 30, 2022 @ 10:15 a.m.

Gathering Hymn | “With One Voice”
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…Refrain)

Video Welcome

Sharing Joys and Concerns | LeRoy Weddle

Centering Music | “O Bless the Lord” | John Michaels
Worship Band

Opening Unison Prayer
text from: “O God in Whom All Life Begins” by Carl P. Daw, Jr.

Unite in mutual ministry our minds and hands and hearts
that we may have the grace to seek the power your peace imparts.
So let our varied gifts combine to glorify your Name
that in all things by word and deed we may your love proclaim.
Through tears and laughter, grief and joy, enlarge our trust and care;
so bind us in community that we may risk and dare.
Be with us when we gather here to worship, sing, and pray,
then send us forth in power and faith to live the words we say. 

Opening Song | “There are many Gifts” | #304

Story for the Children | Barbara Wagoner

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

Musical Offering | “For the Beauty of the Earth” | arr. Alice Jordan
Ellen Gilbert, organ

Scripture Foci
John 15:12-15
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 
You are my friends if you do what I command. 
I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know the master’s business.
Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from the Father I have made known to you.

1 Corinthians 12:12-27 | Unity and Diversity in the Body
Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts from one body, so it is with Christ. 
For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body – whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free
and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.
Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that
reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong
to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where
would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 
But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as God wanted them to be. If they
were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body. The eye cannot
say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary,
those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less
honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special
modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving
greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts
should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored,
every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.

Message | “We are one in the Body of Christ” | Dr. David Gava

Sending Song | “Sing a new Church”

Sending Words
adapted from text of “Christ, You Call Us All to Service” – Joy. F. Patterson

Jesus calls us as friends. Jesus calls us to serve. To each one; man, woman, young or old; some gift is given.
May we work together – side-by-side – equal partners in the struggle.
May we use each skill and talent that God’s greater purpose might unfold.
Go forth in trust. Go forth in love. Go forth in Peace. AMEN

Sending Music | “I Will Call upon the Lord” | Michael O’Shields
Worship Band

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