Worship Bulletin: 1/15/23

Worship Bulletin: 1/15/23

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, January 15, 2023 @ 10:15 a.m.

Gathering Music |“Every Time I Feel The Spirit” | arr. Joyce Finch Johnson
Lois Grove, piano

Centering Music | “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” | adapted by Thomas Dorsey
“Just a Closer Walk With Thee” | African American traditional, arr. David Berry
Lois Grove, piano

Sharing Time: Joys & Concerns | Jean Hendricks

Opening Words | Jerry Bowen

Let us lift every voice.
Let us stand firm as we continue the work of Jesus.
Let us heed the words of Martin Luther King Jr. who described the work before us as an effort
“…to establish a reign of freedom and rule of justice.”
Let us – as MLK Jr. did –
“have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies,
education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits…..
believ[ing] that what self-centered [humanity has] torn down – other-centered [humanity] can build up
….believ[ing] that one day [hu]mankind will bow before the altars of God and be crowned triumphant
over war and bloodshed, and nonviolent redemptive good will proclaim the rule of the land.
‘And the lion and the lamb [will] lie down together and every [hu]man [will] sit under
[their] own vine and fig tree and none [will] be afraid’.
Let us – with Martin Luther King Jr., believe that, “We Shall overcome!”

Opening Song | “We Shall Not Be Moved”

1 We’re on the road to freedom – We shall not be moved.
We’re on the road to freedom – We shall not be moved.
Just like a tree that’s planted by the river – We shall not be moved.

We shall not – we shall not be moved – We shall not – we shall not be moved.
Just like a tree that’s planted by the river – We shall not be moved.

2 We’re sisters all together – We shall not be moved
We’re brothers all together – We shall not be moved
Just like a tree that’s planted by the river – We shall not be moved (Chorus)

3 We’ll stand up for our children – We shall not be moved…. (Chorus)

4 Young and old together – We shall not be moved…. (Chorus)

5 We’re on the way to heaven – We shall not be moved…(Chorus)

Story for the Children | Lucy Bowman

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 | Selection of African American Spirituals | “Steal Away” – “Give Me Jesus” – “Guide My Feet” – “This Little Light Of Mine”
Lois Grove, piano

Scripture Song | “Come Now, O Prince of Peace

Come now, O Prince of Peace, make us one body; come, O Lord Jesus, reconcile your people.
Come now, O God of love, make us one body; come, O Lord Jesus, reconcile your people.
Come now and set us free, O God our Savior; come, O Lord Jesus, reconcile all nations.
Come, Hope of unity, make us one body; come, O Lord Jesus, reconcile all nations.

Scripture Focus | Micah 4: 1-10 | Jerry Bowen

The Mountain of the Lord

4 In the last days the mountain of God’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains;
it will be exalted above the hills, and peoples will stream to it.
2 Many nations will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of God,
to the temple of the God of Jacob. God will teach us God’s ways, so that we may walk in God’s paths.”
The law will go out from Zion, the word of God from Jerusalem.
3 God will judge between many peoples and will settle disputes for strong nations far and wide.
They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.
4 Everyone will sit under their own vine and under their own fig tree, and no one will make them afraid,
for God has spoken.
5 All the nations may walk in the name of their gods, but we will walk in the name of our God for ever and ever.

The Lord’s Plan

6 “In that day,” declares God,
“I will gather the lame; I will assemble the exiles and those I have brought to grief.
7 I will make the lame my remnant, those driven away a strong nation.
I will rule over them in Mount Zion from that day and forever.
8 As for you, watchtower of the flock, stronghold of Daughter Zion, the former dominion will be restored to you;
kingship will come to Daughter Jerusalem.”
9 Why do you now cry aloud – have you no king?
Has your ruler perished, that pain seizes you like that of a woman in labor?
10 Writhe in agony, Daughter Zion, like a woman in labor, for now you must leave the city
to camp in the open field. You will go to Babylon; there you will be rescued.
There I will redeem you out of the hand of your enemies.

Message | “We Stand With A King . . .” | Jerry Bowen
Please take a moment to contemplate the scripture and message.

Sending Song | “We Shall Overcome”

We shall overcome . . . some day!
We’ll walk hand in hand . . . some day!
We shall live in peace . . . some day!
We are not afraid . . today!
God will see us through . . . today!

Sending Words | Jerry Bowen

Sending Music | “Lift Every Voice and Sing” | #579
Congregation is invited to stand and sing along
Lois Grove, 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