ST. JOHN’S UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
223 West College Avenue, Bluffton, OH 45817
November 7, 2021
Celebration of All Saints Day
Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost
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 “We Praise Thee, O God, Our Redeemer, Creator” H. Willan
*Call to Worship
One: We are surrounded by a cloud of witnesses.
Many: Death has no dominion over them.
One: Blessed are the dead who die in the name of the Lord,
Many: For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Almighty God, your people of all the ages live and praise you
without ceasing. In our communion with you, we have
communion with generations past and generations yet unborn.
Before your throne we are one with a great multitude which no
one could number; and in praising you we join with people from every nation. Grant to your church on earth that as we celebrate the triumph of your saints in glory we may profit by their example and enter with them into the inexpressible joys you have prepared for those who love you, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
*Hymn “Rejoice in God’s Saints” P. 531 (All)
Time with the Children
Prayer for Illumination+
Grant unto us, O Lord, to be occupied in the mysteries of thy
heavenly wisdom, with true progress in piety, to thy glory and
our own edification. Amen.
Reading from Hebrew Scripture Isaiah 25:6-9
Reading from the Gospel John 11:32-44
Sermon Rev. Katherine Beckett
*Hymn “Blessed Assurance” P. 426 (All)
Holy Communion and Remembering the Saints
One: God is in this place.
Many: And in our hearts.
One: Open yourself to the nudging God.
Many: We feel the breath of the Spirit.
A moment to allow the silence to speak
One: Remember God made flesh.
Many: Jesus, who taught us a new way.
One: Tender, transforming God, you have invited us to gather at this table, to taste the feast, the same abundant promises offered to our ancestors in faith.
Many: Time and time again you’ve offered your grace, even as we have stepped away, you continue to call us to be your people.
One: You have never left us. We praise you for second, third, and fourth chances. You are ever-patient, always faithful. We give thanks for this time of celebration. For the One this meal remembers. For the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Many: With those who have gone before us, whose hands touched the bread, whose lips embraced the cup,
We worship you. We glorify you. Amen.
One: We remember those who have died in the past year.
We celebrate their lives, even as we continue to grieve.
Hymn “Give Thanks for Life” #518 (vs. 1 )
One: We remember
Hymn “Give Thanks for Life” (vs. 2)
Leigh Ann Alspach
Hymn “Give Thanks for Life” (vs. 3)
Hymn “Give Thanks for Life” (vs. 4)
One: We remember all those who have gone before us.
Dedication of Memorial Gift from Patricia Herr.
One: This is the mystery of our faith.
Many: Christ has died.
Christ has risen.
Christ will come again.
Communion Hymn “Sing Praise to the Father” P. 142 (vs. 1, 2, 4)
Breaking of Bread and Pouring of the Wine
Prayer to the Holy Spirit and The Lord’s Prayer
Sharing of the Elements
Prayer of Thanksgiving
*Closing Hymn “Because He Lives” P. 447 (vs. 1, 3)
*Postlude “Postlude in C” Christian Cappelen
+written by John Calvin
*Please stand if you are able.
Welcome to this gathering of the saints, both here and in the heavenly kingdom. Let us worship God together as we celebrate Totenfest and Holy Communion.
This afternoon at 2:00 p.m., in Oppermann Hall, John Hoffman, CEO of Alloway Environmental Testing, will share his experiences when he participated in the Water for People program. Hear the incredible success story about people in underdeveloped countries like Malawi who have benefitted from access to clean drinking water and implementing sanitation measures. (Social distancing and masks are required.)
Sunday, November 14, the Annual Meeting of St. John’s takes place following the worship service. Please plan to attend.
Emmanuel UCC will host its fall Fish Fry on Friday, November 12, from 4 p.m. to???. Cost of the meal is $9.00. The event is drive up-take out only. Pay when you pick up.
Christmas poinsettia orders/general memorial fund contributions are being accepted through Sunday, November 21. Please fill out the enclosed form and place it in the offering basket with your payment.
Tuesday, November 9, ladies meet in Oppermann Hall from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. to work on blankets and bears.
Wednesday, November 10, men meet at Arby’s, 8:30 a.m.
Attendance on Sunday, October 31 was 29 persons.
Participants in today’s worship service are Becky Cox, liturgist; Barbara Plaugher, organist; Blaine Bauman, sound technician; Bob Stahl, Ben Stahl, Jason Cox, videographers.
Hebrew Scripture: Isaiah 25:6-9 (NRSV)
6 On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples
a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines, of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear. 7 And he will destroy on this mountain the shroud that is cast over all peoples, the sheet that is spread over all nations, 8he will swallow up death forever. Then the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces, and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken. 9It will be said on that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us. This is the Lord for whom we have waited; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.