Worship Bulletin: 10/22/23

Worship Bulletin: 10/22/23

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, October 22, 2023 @ 10:15 a.m. – McPherson College Homecoming

Gathering Music | “Guide Me Ever, Great Redeemer” | arr. Melvin Rotermund
Ellen Gilbert, organ                

Video Welcome

Sharing Time: Joys & Concerns | Deb Wagoner 

Centering Music | “Jesus Loves Me” | arr. Mary Kay Parrish
Caroline Harnly, handbells and Ellen Gilbert, piano             

Responsive Opening Words of Prayer

Be My Vision
Be My Vision

You know me by my name – Be my Word
You are pleased with me – Be my Best Thought

You bestow on me a title of honor – Be my Light
You summon me by my name – Be my Wisdom

You go before me – Be my Parent & Protector
I have found favor with You – Be my Shelter and my High tower

You are GOD and there is no other –
Be my Treasure – Be my Vision      AMEN

Opening Song | “Be Thou My Vision” | #545
Ellen Gilbert, piano; Bryan Hess, violin; Becky Snell, song leader
Vs 1-2 in unison, Vs 3 in 4-part harmony,  Vs 4-5 in unison       

Story for the Children | Pastor Jerry Bowen

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 | “Kingsfold (I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say)” | arr. Kevin McChesney
Caroline Harnly, handbells and Ellen Gilbert, piano 

Scripture Focus | Matthew 22:15-22 | Paying the Imperial Tax to Caesar

15 Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. 
16 They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. 
“Teacher,” they said, “we know that you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God
in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they
are 17 Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar or not?”
18 But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, 
“You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? 19 Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” 
They brought him a denarius, 20 and he asked them, 
“Whose image is this? And whose inscription?”
21 “Caesar’s,” they replied.
Then he said to them, 
“So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”
22 When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away.

Scripture Song | “I was there to hear your borning cry”

Message | “I Know You By Name” | Kathryn Whitacre

Sending Song | “He Leadeth Me O Blessed Thought” | #599           

Sending Words

Sending Music | “Toccata in C” | JS Bach
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