Worship Bulletin: 7/14/24

Worship Bulletin: 7/14/24

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, July 14, 2024 @ 10:15 a.m.

♫Gathering Music | “O Worship the King” | arr. David Paxton
Ellen Gilbert, organ

Video Welcome

Sharing Time – Joys and Concerns | Roger Schrock                                                                                                                                                                                    

♫Centering Music | “I Worship You, Almighty God” | arr. Carol Tornquist
Ellen Gilbert, piano                                        

Opening Responsive Words | #1024 VT (adapted)
There is no scarcity. There is no shortage.
There is no lack of love, of compassion, of kindness, of joy in this world.
There is enough. Only fear and greed make us think otherwise.

No one need exist in isolation without mercy, without empathy, without having known love and delight.
There is enough. There is no end to grace and we are all instruments of grace.

There is no scarcity of love.
The more we give it, the more we share it, the more we use it, the more God makes.                                      

♫Opening Song | “Here in this Place” | #6       

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 | “Trees We’ll Never See” | Amy Grant
Marta Moorman and Carol Ward

Good sweet earth, sleeves rolled up and hands buried in the dirt
I can see you there in one of dad’s old shirts, showin’ me how life’s supposed to work

Good straight lines; you need seed and sweat and soil and sweet sunshine
And once those roots take hold, you’ll be just fine
It’s a beautiful design; it just takes love and faith and grace, a little time

We’re all sons and daughters, just ripples on the water –
trying to make it matter until our time to leave
One day, they’ll carve your name in stone and send your soul on home –
’til then it’s prayin’ for rain and pullin’ up the weeds – plantin’ trees we’ll never see

First day of spring – the whole world’s wakin’ up and turnin’ green
And everything connects to everything –
It’s a beautiful design; it just takes love and faith and grace, a little time  CHORUS

Statues fall and glory fades but a 100-year-old oak tree still gives shade  CHORUS

Scripture Focus | 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19 | The Ark brought to Jerusalem

6 David again brought together all the able young men of Israel – thirty thousand. 
2 He and all his men went to Baalah in Judah to bring up from there the ark of God, which is called by the Name, the name of God Almighty,
who is enthroned between the cherubim on the ark. 

3 They set the ark of God on a new cart and brought it from the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill. 
Uzzah and Ahio, sons of Abinadab, were guiding the new cart 4 with the ark of God on it, and Ahio was walking in front of it. 
David and all Israel were celebrating with all their might before God, with castanets, harps, lyres, timbrels, sistrums and cymbals.

2 Now King David was told,
“God has blessed the household of Obed-Edom and everything he has, because of the ark of God.”

So David went to bring up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with rejoicing. 
13 When those who were carrying the ark of God had taken six steps, he sacrificed a bull and a fattened calf. 
14 Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before God with all his might, 15 while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of God with shouts and the sound of trumpets.

16 As the ark of God was entering the City of David, [mee’-haal] Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window.
And when she saw King David leaping and dancing before God, she despised him in her heart.

17 They brought the ark of God and set it in its place inside the tent that David had pitched for it, and David sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings before God. 
18 After he had finished sacrificing the burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, he blessed the people in the name of God Almighty. 
19 Then he gave a loaf of bread, a cake of dates and a cake of raisins to each person in the whole crowd of Israelites, both men and women. 
And all the people went to their homes.

♫Scripture Song | “My Life Flows On” | #580

Message | “great for David – not so great for [mee’-haal] Michal” | Kathryn Whitacre

♫Sending Song | “Seed, Scattered and Sown” | #454

Sending Word | Psalm 30:10-12

♫Sending Music | “Gloria” from the Twelfth Mass | 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