25 May Worship Bulletin: 5/28/23
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 28, 2023 @ 10:15 a.m.
Gathering Music | “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” | arr. Thomas Chesterson
Ellen Gilbert, organ
Sharing Time: Joys & Concerns | Karlene Tyler
Lois Grove, piano
Responsive Invitation | text Adam M.L. Tice (adapted)
Jesus calls – Rise from the waters!
We will rise and walk, wiping the water from our eyes. Walk with us.
Jesus calls – Stand from kneeling!
We will stand and sing. Reach for us and take our hand – sing with us.
Jesus calls – Know from wondering!
We will know and dream, sharing our wisdom. We will grow – dream with us.
Jesus calls – From death be born anew!
We will live! Come and see what God will do – live with us.
Opening Song | “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus”
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 | “Morning Has Broken” | arr. Kenneth D. Friedrich
Lindy Reynolds, trumpet; Kaitlyn van Asselt, flute
Scripture Focus | Acts 2:14, 36-41
Peter proselytizes & baptizes . . . .
14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd:
“Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say.
36 “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.” 37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart
and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the
forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off – for all whom the Lord our God
will call.” 40 With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.
Scripture Song | “The Water is Ready”
led by Allan & Deb van Asselt – please join in as you are comfortable
Luke 24:13-35 – On the Road to Emmaus . . .
13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about everything that had
happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16 but they were kept from recognizing him.
17 He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”
They stood still, their faces downcast. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened
there in these days?” 19 “What things?” he asked. “About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20 The
chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And
what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23 but didn’t find his body. They
came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but
they did not see Jesus.”
25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his
glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. 29 But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening;
the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them. 30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then
their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight.
32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” 33 They got up and returned at once to
Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34 and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” 35 Then the two
told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.
Scripture Song | “Open My Eyes” (Abre mis ojos)
led by Lindy Reynolds, Grace van Asselt, Kaitlyn van Asselt – please join in as you are comfortable
- Open my eyes, Lord. Help me to see your face. Open my eyes, Lord. Help me to see.
- Open my ears, Lord. Help me to hear your voice. Open my ears, Lord. Help me to hear.
- Open my heart, Lord. Help me to love like you. Open my heart, Lord. Help me to love.
- And the first shall be last, and our eyes are opened, and we’ll hear like never before.
And we’ll speak in new ways, and we’ll see God’s face in places we’ve never known.
- Open my eyes, Lord. Help me to see your face. Open my eyes, Lord, Help me to see.
Message | “It’s Got To Be Personal . . . ” | Kathryn Whitacre
Sending Song | “Open My Eyes That I May See” | #517
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