Worship Bulletin: 3/12/23

Worship Bulletin: 3/12/23

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, March 12, 2023 @ 10:15 a.m. | Third Sunday in Lent

Gathering Music

Video Welcome

Centering Music | “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” | arr. by John Innes
Piano, Tom Hurst

Sharing Time: Joys & Concerns | Bud Taylor

Responsive Opening Words | Beside Jacob’s Well (inspired by John 4:5-42) | Rev. Sarah Agnew

By the well of Jacob, Jesus met a woman;
by the well of Jacob, on foreign, enemy land.

By the well of Jacob, Jesus asked the woman:
from the well of Jacob to draw him, please, a drink.

By the well of Jacob the woman asked him
Why? – by the well of Jacob – he came, he stopped, he spoke.

By the well of Jacob Jesus told her of water
that neither the well of Jacob, nor any other well could supply.

By the well of Jacob, her thirst – fast awakened
by the well of Jesus, holy mystery of life.

To the well of Jacob she summoned her neighbors – friends;
where, at the well of Jacob, once she had been alone.

By the well of Jacob, Jesus’ friends now returned;
by the well of Jacob, you’re doing what? They were bemused.

By the well of Jacob, they offered him food to eat;
at the well of Life I eat, by living the Way of Love.

By the well of Jacob, Jesus met a woman;
by the well of Jacob, on foreign, enemy land.

Opening Song | “O Let All Who Thirst” | #495

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 | “Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy” | arr. Keith Christopher
Worship Choir: Finger Cymbals, Kaitlyn van Asselt; Drum, Lindy Reynolds; Piano, Lois Grove

1 Come, ye sinners, poor and needy, weak and wounded, sick and sore;
Jesus ready stands to save you, full of pity, love, and power.

2 I will arise and go to Jesus! He will embrace me in his arms
In the arms of my dear Savior. Oh, there are ten-thousand charms.

3 Come, ye thirsty, come and welcome, God’s free bounty glorify;
true belief and true repentance, ev’ry grace that brings you nigh.

4 Come, ye weary, heavy laden, lost and ruined by the fall;
if you tarry till you’re better, you will never come at all.

5 I will arise and go to Jesus! He will embrace me in his arms.
In the arms of my dear Savior, Oh, there are ten-thousand charms

Scripture Focus | John 4:5-26 | Woman at the Well

Jesus came to a town in Samaria called [Sigh’-Car] Sychar.
This was near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph.
6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well.
It was about noon.

7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her,
Will you give me a drink?” 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)

9 The Samaritan woman said to him,
You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?
(For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)

10 Jesus answered her,
If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked
him and he would have given you living water.

11 “Sir,” the woman said,
you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water?
12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself,
as did also his sons and his livestock?”

13 Jesus answered,
Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will
never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
15 The woman said to him,
Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”

16 He told her,
“Go, call your husband and come back.”
17 “I have no husband,” she replied.
Jesus said to her,
“You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man
you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”
19 “Sir,” the woman said,
“I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the
place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”

21 “Woman,” Jesus replied,
“believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.
22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know;
we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews.
23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father
in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshippers the Father seeks.
24 God is spirit, and God’s worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

25 The woman said,
“I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”
26 Then Jesus declared,
“I, the one speaking to you – I am he.”

Message | “Samaritans and Jews” | Kathryn Whitacre

Sending Song | “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say” | #493

Please take a moment to contemplate the scripture and the message

Sending Words

Sending Music | “Londonderry Air” | Traditional Irish melody
Kaitlyn van Asselt, flute; 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