Worship Bulletin: 6/2/24

Worship Bulletin: 6/2/24

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, June 2, 2024 @ 10:15 a.m. – Remembrance Sunday

♫Gathering Music | “Come, Christians Join to Sing” | arr. Mark Hayes
Ellen Gilbert, piano

Video Welcome

Sharing Time | Joys & Concerns | Becky Snell

♫Centering Music | “Praise and Thanksgiving” | Handel/Broughton
Ellen Gilbert, organ

Opening Responsive Prayer | Rev. Terri (adapted)

Holy God, may we hear your voice
in the stillness of night, in the clatter of day you call us, and we respond, Here I am!
May we follow you and may we love as you love.

Holy One, may we hear your voice
through trials and turbulence make us steady, your hands holding strong the fragile and weak
May we follow you and may we love as you love.

Gracious God, may we hear your voice
may the fruits of our lives be food for those most in need of; bread, clothing, shelter, fire, water and Word.
May we follow you and may we love as you love.

God of justice, may we hear your voice
we pray you will remove the barriers of our lives that keep us from one another,
barriers we construct based on skin color, religion, economics or gender
May we follow you and may we love as you love.

Loving God, may we hear your voice
take this day our fears our worries, our distractions, and turn them into grace and mercy,
May we hear, may we follow you and may we love as you love. Amen

♫Opening Song | “Obey My Voice” | #163   

Story for the Children | Cara Hudson

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 | “Remember Me” | arr. Cindy Berry
Ellen Gilbert, piano

A Time to Remember – June 2023 thru May 2024

Remembrance Poem | Sylvan Kamens & Rabbi Jack Riemer
Remembrance PowerPoint
               Mona Wallace, Charles Whitacre, Linda Miller, Ken Holderread, Emilie Dell, Maxine Miller, Art Hoch
Remembrance Prayer
♫Remembrance Song | “In the Bulb there is a Flower” | #614

Scripture Focus | 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20) | God Calls Samuel
3 The boy Samuel ministered before God under Eli.
In those days the word of God was rare; there were not many visions.

2 One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place. 
3 The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the house of God, where the ark of God was. 

4 Then God called Samuel.
Samuel answered, “Here I am.” 5 And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”
But Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” So he went and lay down.

6 Again God called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”
“My son,” Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.”

Now Samuel did not yet know God: The word of God had not yet been revealed to him.

8 A third time God called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”
Then Eli realized that God was calling the boy. 
9 So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if God calls you, say, ‘Speak, God, for your servant is listening.’”

So Samuel went and lay down in his place. 10 God came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!”
Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”

11 And God [spoke] to Samuel:
“See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make the ears of everyone who hears about it
tingle. 12 At that time I will carry out against Eli everything I spoke against his family – from beginning to
end. 13 For I told him that I would judge his family forever because of the sin he knew about; his sons
blasphemed God, and he failed to restrain them. 14 Therefore I swore to the house of Eli, ‘The guilt of
Eli’s house will never be atoned for by sacrifice or offering.’”

15 Samuel lay down until morning and then opened the doors of the house of God.
[Samuel] was afraid to tell Eli the vision, 16 but Eli called him and said, “Samuel, my son.”
Samuel answered, “Here I am.”
17 Eli said, “What was it God said to you? Do not hide it from me. May God deal with you, be it ever so severely, if you hide from me anything God told you.” 
18 So Samuel told him everything, hiding nothing from him.
Then Eli said, “God is God; let God do what is good in God’s eyes.”

19 God was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of Samuel’s words fall to the ground. 
20 And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba recognized that Samuel was attested as a prophet of God.

♫Scripture Song | “Here I am Lord” | #395   

Message | “Let God do what is good in God’s eyes” | Kathryn Whitacre     

♫Sending Song | “Come, Come, Ye Saints” | #425

Sending Words

♫Sending Music | “Fantasia” | Mozart/Troutman
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