Worship Bulletin: 5/21/23

Worship Bulletin: 5/21/23

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, May 21, 2023 @ 10:15 a.m.

Gathering Music | “With One Voice” | Rick Manalo                                                  
CCLI #4512912 – Worship Band and Congregation

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.

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

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

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 (extended)

Video Welcome

Sharing Time: Joys & Concerns | Karlene Tyler

Centering Music | “Find Your Wings” | Mark Harris/Tony Wood 
Worship Band (a song for the graduates as shared by a parent)

It’s only for a moment you are mine to hold, the plans that heaven has for you will all too soon unfold.
So many diff’rent prayers I’ll pray for all that you might do, but most of all I want to know you’re walking in the truth.
And if I’ve never told you, I want you to know that as I watch you grow,

I pray that God would fill your heart with dreams, and that faith gives you the courage to dare to do great things.
I’m here for you whatever this life brings.
So let my love give you roots and help you find your wings.

May passion be the wind that leads you through your days, and may conviction keep you strong, guide you on your way.  
May there be many moments that make your life so sweet.  
Oh, but more than memories, (Chorus)

It’s not living if you don’t reach for the sky. I’ll have tears as you take off but I’ll cheer as you fly. (Chorus)

Responsive Opening Words | based on Psalm 104:24-34 | Mennonite Church Canada

God stretches out the heavens and shapes the earth.
Come and give thanks!

God raises up the mountains and pours water into the seas.
Come and give thanks!

God calls forth plants from the soil and forms animals in infinite variety.
Come and give thanks!

God breathes upon us and fills us with life.
Come lift your voices in praise!

God gives our lives meaning through laughter and tears.
Come lift your voices in praise!

God touches our hearts through family and friends.
Come lift your voices in praise!

God loves us and blesses us with everything good.
Come and worship!

God loves us and overwhelms us with never-ending generosity.
Come and worship!

God loves us and surrounds us with love in abundance!
Come and worship!

Opening Song | “I Sing the Mighty Power of God” | #46

Faith Formation Says Thank YOU!
Kendra Bowen, Tara Cannon, Daisy Friesen, Dawn Hoffman, Bill & Lois Grove, Lynne & Dan Lichty, Lara Lichty Schoming, Carolyn Schrock, Barbara Wagoner, Carol Ward                

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 | “Romance” Opus 36 | Camille Saint-Saens
Kyle Hopkins, horn; Ellen Gilbert, piano

Scripture Focus | I Corinthians 12:3-13

3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.
4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 
5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 
6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.
7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 
8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 
9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 
10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the
interpretation of tongues. 
11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and the Spirit distributes them to each one, just as the Spirit determines. Unity and Diversity in the Body
12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 
13 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.

Scripture Song | “There are Many Gifts” | #304

Message | “So Many Things to Recognize” | Jerry Bowen

Sending Song | “Summoned by the God Who Made Us”

1. Summoned by the God who made us rich in our diversity,
gathered in the name of Jesus, richer still in unity:

Let us bring the gifts that differ and, in splendid, varied ways,
sing a new church into being one in faith and love and praise.

2. Radiant risen from the water, robed in holiness and light,
ev’ry person in God’s image, ev’ry person, God’s delight:

3. Trust the goodness of creation; trust the Spirit strong within.
Dare to dream the vision promised sprung from seed of what has been.

4. Bring the hopes of ev’ry nation; bring the art of ev’ry race.
Weave a song of peace and justice; let it sound through time and space.

5. Draw together at one table all the human family;
shape a circle ever wider and a people ever free.

Sending Words

Sending Music | “Alleluia” | Mozart
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