16 Feb Worship Bulletin: 2/19/23
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, February 19, 2023 @ 10:15 a.m.
Centering Music | “Simple Gifts” | arr. Douglas Wagner
Ellen Gilbert, piano
Sharing Time: Joys & Concerns | Dan Lichty
Responsive Opening Words| based on Psalm 1
@2012 Joan Stott – “The Timeless Psalms” RCL Psalm Year B, used with permission
With joy and delight we gather to praise our Holy God!
With reverence and awe, we approach our Gracious God.
We give thanks that God understands us, and does not want us to be
that which we were never created to become!
Creating God, you call us to worship you as your children, made in your image,
with a divine spark within each of us.
We give thanks that God understands us, and encourages us to grow in our knowledge
of God’s awesome holiness.
Glorious God, you invite us to sink our roots deep into your love and holiness, and
to grow stronger each day in our faith in you.
We give thanks that God understands us, and that the fruits we bear are consistent
with what God created us to become.
We gather to worship and praise our supporting and caring God.
Opening Song | “Seek Ye First The Kingdom Of God” | #324
Verse 1 & refrain – Verse 2 – Verse 1 while choir sings refrain
Musical Offering | “Be Thou My Vision” | arr. Kyle Pederson
Worship Choir with Erin Flory Robertson, oboe and Ellen Gilbert, piano
Prayers of the People
Prayer Song | “The Lord’s Prayer” | Malotte
Doris Coppock, Director
Scripture Focus | Matthew 5: 21-48; 6: 22-34, 7: 1-28
Message | “. . . but I say to you . . .” | Kathryn Whitacre
Hum and/or sing along to the chorus of this hymn – if it is familiar to you
Sending Song | “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus”
Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in his wonderful face,
and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of his glory and grace.
Sending Music | “Love Lifted Me” | Howard Smith/Lani Smith
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 Kirchner & Lara Schoming