ST. JOHN’S UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
223 West College Avenue, Bluffton, OH 45817
October 3, 2021
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
World Communion Sunday
Rev. Katherine Beckett (567-226-1009) Church (419-358-5641)
No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!
Prelude “Meditation on ‘O Store Gud’” Lani Smith
*Opening Hymn “I Sing the Almighty Power of God” P. 31 (All)
*Call to Worship+
One: We come just as we are to worship.
Many: We come to this time to give and to receive in Jesus’ name.
One: A blank canvas stands before us
Many: Outlined perhaps by expectations of familiar hymns and songs or patterns from the history of our church.
One: Upon this canvas Lord,
Many: We are about to put the colors, the textures, the shapes of our service to you.
One: Here and now we invite you to create the image of your truth; something to carry us through coming days,
Many: Something to speak to past damage, something to build on frailties, shortcomings, sins even:
One: That your Breath, your Spirit, your Wind may take what we all offer now
Many: And bring into creation a painting of Love, Truth and Grace for your kingdom.
Bring us back to the beginning God. Help us to hear in the
scriptures the stories that open our eyes; to who Jesus was;
to who Christ is; to who we are. Bring us back to the
beginning, God, so that we might journey his Way. In Christ’s
name and in your love, we ask these things. Amen.
Time with the Children
Pastoral Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer
Special Music “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” C. Converse
Barbara Plaugher, Pianist
Prayer for Illumination+
Gracious God, as we turn to your Word for us, may the Spirit of God rest upon us. Help us to be steadfast in our hearing, in our speaking, in our believing and in our living. Amen.
Reading from Hebrew Scripture Genesis 2:18-24
Reading from the Epistles Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12
Reading from the Gospel John 1:1-18
Message Reverend Katherine Beckett
Response to the Word (Mark 10)
Holy Mystery, Bread of heaven, Spirit of wonder, Protector of
the innocent, by your word you have made us your grateful
children, open to the gift of life in your Spirit. Amen.
Communion Hymn “Let Us Break Bread Together” P. 699 (All)
Invitation to Communion+
One: This is the bread we have to offer: with thankful hearts we bless it, with open hands, we receive it.
One: This cup is full; like our hearts it overflows with a thirst for justice. Drink from it.
Prayer of Consecration
Sharing of the Elements
Prayer of Offering+
If there is a divine spark that is in me, let it flame; that I might
be consumed for peace.
If there is anything holy that is in me, let it be as breath; that I
might carry it lightly.
If there is any wisdom that is in me, let it cry out; that justice
be heard in my speaking.
If there is any love that is in me, let it sing; that love might be
the song of my heart.
If any of these gifts be found in me, let them bring life; fill all of
me, and become my offering. Amen.
Let us: Take care of this world, it is a gift to us.
Find love in all people. They share it with us,
Make peace unconditionally, all life depends on it.
And be a blessing. Always. Amen.
*Closing Hymn “God, You Spin the Whirling Planets” P. 24 (All)
*Postlude “Come, Christians, Join to Sing” arr. Don Wyrtzen
*Please stand if you are able.
+from Gifts in Open Hands edited by Maren Tirabassi and
Kathy Wonson Eddy
Call to Worship written by Alan K. Webster, Aotearoa, New Zealand
Opening Prayer written by Richard Bott, Canada
Invitation to Communion, Prayer of Offering, Communion Blessing adapted from Erice Fairbrother, Aotearoa, New Zealand
Welcome to worship at St. John’s UCC as we celebrate World Communion Sunday. Bread of life, we are hungry. Please feed us. Living water, our spirits are parched. Please quench our thirst.
Thank you to Barbara Plaugher for providing special music this morning to enhance our worship service.
Today the Neighbors in Need offering will be collected. Please specify the amount you are donating for Neighbors in Need on your giving envelope.
Next Sunday, October 10, during the announcements, there will be a special presentation by the Search Committee. Please plan to attend.
SAVE THE DATE: Friday, October 29, for a drive-thru SPAGHETTI DINNER, 4:30 to 6:30? p.m. at St. John’s UCC.
Remnants of material from Banner Committee projects have been collected and are on a table near the food pantry. Anyone wanting material may take what you need; the remaining material will be donated to the Senior Center and other places.
The October through December devotional booklets titled These Days are available in the literature racks. You are welcome to take a copy.
Mental Health First Aid Training is scheduled for Saturday, November 6, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the sanctuary of the Bluffton Presbyterian Church. A minimum of 12 participants is needed. The program is sponsored by The Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Allen, Auglaize, Hardin Counties. To register email Donna at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is October 15. A poster is on the sanctuary bulletin board.
This Week at St. John’s:
Tuesday, October 5—Ladies bring your own breakfast and meet in
Oppermann Hall for outreach project possibilities, 10 a.m.
Wednesday, October 6—Men meet at Arby’s, 8:30 a.m.
Thursday, October 7—BAMA meets in Oppermann Hall, 9 a.m.
Participants in the Worship Service:
You, the Congregation of St. John’s UCC
Roger Scoles, Liturgist
Barbara Plaugher, organist/pianist
Blaine Bauman, sound technician
Jason Cox, Ben Stahl, Bob Stahl, videographers
The Holy Supper is kept indeed
In what we share with another’s need;
Not what we give, but what we share:
For the gift without the giver is bare.
Who gives himself with his alms feeds three:
Himself, his hungering neighbor and Me.
—James Russell Lowell, The Vision of Sir Launfal