Worship Bulletin: 8/6/23

Worship Bulletin: 8/6/23

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, August 6, 2023 @ 10:15 a.m.

Gathering Music | “Let us Talents and Tongues Employ”
Ellen Gilbert, piano

Video Welcome

Sharing Time: Joys & Concerns | Bill Grove

Centering Music | “Interlude” | John Carter
Ellen Gilbert, Piano

Unison Invitation | inspired by Matthew 14: 13-21 & Bryan Moyer Suderman hymn, “There’s Enough for All”

Let us follow Jesus to an alternate place where there is enough for all.
Let us move away from the ways of the world where there is unequal and unjust exchange.
If we learn to share there is enough for all. If we learn to see there is enough for all.
Let us withdraw to the alternate place where the weak are served and the hungry are fed.
We will bring our loaves and our fishes. We will bring our life and our love.
There’s more than enough for you and for me.

Opening Song | “There’s Enough for All” | Voices Together #757

There’s enough for all if we would learn to share it, there’s enough for all if we would learn to see.
There’s enough for all. Let’s bring our loaves and fishes, and offer them to Jesus.
There’s more than enough for you and me. X2

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 | “Aria from Cantata No. 27” | J.S. Bach
Ellen Gilbert, organ

Scripture Focus | Matthew 14: 13-21 | Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

13 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this,
the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had
compassion on them and healed their sick. 15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said,
“This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and
buy themselves some food.” 16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”
17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. 18 “Bring them here to me,” he
said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and
looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the
disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve
basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men,
besides women and children.

Scripture Song | “Let us Talents and Tongues Employ”

Let us talents and tongues employ, reaching out with a shout of joy:
bread is broken, the wine is poured, Christ is spoken and seen and heard.
Jesus lives again; earth can breathe again. Pass the Word around: loaves abound!

Christ is able to make us one, at his table he set the tone,
teaching people to live to bless, love in word and in deed express.
Jesus lives again; earth can breathe again. Pass the Word around: loaves abound!

Jesus calls us in, sends us out bearing fruit in a world of doubt,
gives us love to tell, bread to share: God (Immanuel) everywhere!
Jesus lives again; earth can breathe again. Pass the Word around: loaves abound!

Message | “Location, Location, Location” | Kathryn Whitacre

Sending Song | “The Church of Christ, in Every Age” | #403

Sending Words

Sending Music | “Let the River Run” | Carly Simon/Johnson
Vocals: Ellen Gilbert, Francis Hendricks, Dan Lichty, Lara Schoming. Piano: Jean Hendricks. Percussion: Lindy Reynolds
This gospel-tinged melody soars and inspires; the lyrics conjure visions of a nation only needing to let the river of hope run its course.

Coming to the edge, running on the water.
Let the river run, let all the dreamers wake the nation. Come, the new Jerusalem.
Silver cities rise; the morning lights the streets that meet them. Sirens call them on with a song.

It’s asking for the taking, trembling, shaking. Oh, my heart is aching.
We’re coming to the edge, running on the water, coming through the fog, your sons and daughters.

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