November 14, 2021 Bulletin

WELCOME TO

ST. JOHN’S UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

223 West College Avenue, Bluffton, OH   45817

November 14, 2021

Veterans’ Day Recognition

Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

 Rev. Katherine Beckett (567-226-1009)  Church (419-358-5641)

E-mail:      blufftonstjohnsucc@gmail.com

Website:    www.blufftonstjohns.com

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No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!

Prelude     “God of Our Fathers”               arr. James Mansfield

Welcome

*Opening Song    “The Star Spangled Banner”  (All) (Please rise)

*Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag  (All)

*Hymn   “My Country ‘Tis of Thee”                       P. 731 (vs. 1, 4)

*Call To Worship

ONE:  Mighty God, the earth is yours and the nations are your people. Take away our pride and bring to mind your goodness so that living together in this land, we may enjoy your gifts and be thankful.  For woodlands; for shorelines and running streams; for all that makes our nation good and lovely,

ALL:   We thank you, God.

ONE:  For farms and villages where food is gathered to feed our people;

ALL:   We thank you, God.

ONE:  For cities where people talk and work together in factories, shops, or schools to shape those things we need for living;

ALL:   We thank you, God.

One:   For explorers, planners, statesmen; for prophets who speak out, and for silent faithful people; for all who love our land and guard our freedom;

ALL:   We thank you, God.

One:   For vision to see your purpose hidden in our nation’s history, and courage to seek it in love given and received;

ALL:   We thank you, God.

One:   O God, your justice is like rock, and your mercy like pure flowing water. Judge and forgive us. If we have turned from you, return us to your way; for without you we are a lost people.

ALL:   Amen.

*Hymn    “America the Beautiful”                          P. 727 (vs. 1, 3, 4)

Call To Confession and Prayer of Confession

One:   Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from your ways like lost sheep. 

All:      We have strayed from our own responsibilities to families and communities, thinking that we would be free.  We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have allowed our communities and nations to respect selfishness and injustice and have washed our hands of the “due process of law.” We have been irresponsible in our economic life and allowed unrighteousness to hold sway in politics and the struggle for power.  We have done many things which we ought not to have done.  Have mercy on us, Heavenly Father.

Affirmation of God’s Love and Mercy

Ordered by God’s laws and freed by God’s grace, we are to live Godly, righteous and sober lives according to the promises declared to humankind through Christ Jesus our Lord. Those who are penitent have been forgiven and restored.

Hymn    “God of Grace and God of Glory”          P. 569 (vs. 1, 3, 4)

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.

Scriptures Passages

Matthew 10:38—The Meaning of Discipleship

Matthew 16:24-25—The Cross and Self-Denial

Acts 5:29—Following Imprisonment and Release

Romans 13:1, 7—Being Subject to Government or Authorities

Galatians 6:14—Bear One Another’s Burdens

1 Peter 2:13-17—Honor Authority

Meditation   “I Pledge Allegiance to??”  Ron Geiser, Lay Minister

*Pledge to the Christian Flag   (All)

I pledge allegiance to the Christian Flag and to the Savior for whose Kingdom it stands. One Savior, crucified, risen, and coming again with life and liberty to all who believe.

*The Lord’s Prayer  (All)

*Closing Hymn   “Let There Be Peace on Earth”  P.  614

*Commission and Benediction

Announcements

*Postlude  “He Who Would Valiant Be”    arr. Douglas E. Wagner

*Please stand if you are able.

We offer a cheerful welcome to each worshiper as we celebrate Veterans’ Day which was November 11.  We especially greet all veterans worshiping with us this morning, and we honor and thank them for their service.  

Today, following the worship service, St. John’s will hold its Annual Meeting. 

Thank you to Ron Geiser for bringing us the message this morning.  Ron is a lay minister through the Northwest Ohio Association and is a member of Emmanuel UCC in Bluffton.

Reminder:  Christmas poinsettia orders are needed by next Sunday, November 21.  Please fill out the enclosed form and place it in the offering basket with your payment.

This afternoon at 2:30, Bluffton University’s Chamber Ensembles will perform a fall concert in Yoder Recital Hall.  The concert is free and open to the public; a free-will offering will be taken for music scholarships.

Tuesday, November 16, ladies meet in Oppermann Hall from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. to work on outreach projects.

Wednesday, November 17, men meet at Arby’s, 8:30 a.m.

Thursday, November 18, St. John’s provides the meal at the Senior Center (6:00 p.m.), where a Thanksgiving service will be held at 6:30 p.m.  Bluffton Presbyterian Church is in charge of the worship service.

Saturday, November 20, the Food Pantry is open from 8 a.m. to

11 a.m. Attendance on Sunday, November 7 was 45 persons.

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