December 26, 2021 Bulletin

WELCOME TO

ST. JOHN’S UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

223 West College Avenue, Bluffton, OH   45817

December 26, 2021

First Sunday after Christmas

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!

SOMETHING IS COMING

ADVENT IS ABOUT SHARING THE STORY

Prelude  “Born Is He, the Divine Christ Child” arr. Patricia L. Harris

Welcome

*Song of Preparation  “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”  P. 185

*Call to Worship

One:   Children are precious to God. The child Samuel grew in  God’s favor and the child Jesus grew likewise.

Many: For the grace of God has appeared, bringing

salvation to all!

One:   Older adults and elders are precious to God.

Young and old together praise God’s name.

Many: For the grace of God has appeared, bringing

salvation to all!

One:   Creation is precious to God: cedars, mountains,

snow & frost, shining stars.

Many: For the grace of God has appeared, bringing

salvation to all!

*Opening Prayer (Psalm 148)

Creator God, you are worthy to be praised. You have created

“Rulers of the earth and all peoples, Young men and women alike, old and young together!” You made them to be together

in a good creation that provides for them, a world covered in

“Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars!  Wild animals and all cattle, creeping things and flying birds!”

All of life is connected by your design.  We give you thanks for creating all of us, invaluable. Amen.

Christmas Carols – Congregation’s Choice from our Hymnal

Reading from Hebrew Scripture            1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26

Reading from the Epistles                       Colossians 3:12-17

Reading from the Gospel                         Luke 2:41-52

Special Music by Taylor Cox  “O, Holy Night”    arr. Taylor Cox

Pastoral Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer

Christmas Carols – Congregation’s Choice from our Hymnal

Reading The Work of Christmas by Howard Thurman

Christmas Carols – Congregation’s Choice from our Hymnal

*Benediction

Announcements

*Postlude  “Go Tell It on the Mountain”              arr. Carl Simone

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Welcome to worship as we continue to revel in the Christmas season. The Word of God became flesh and lives among us.

Thank you, Taylor Cox, for providing special music for us this morning!  You are a blessing to us.

The total donation to date for the Christmas Fund is $415.00.  There is still time to contribute if you have not already done so.

If you have not picked up your poinsettia, you may do so after worship today.  There are Christmas poinsettia lists on the hutch if you need to double check what you ordered.

The UCC Heartland Conference suggests using the following links if you are interested in contributing funds to help families of western Kentucky who are affected by the recent storms and tornadoes. 

Financial Helphttps://secure.kentucky.gov/formservices/Finance/WKYRelief

In addition, the Indiana-Kentucky Conference of the UCC is directly doing disaster relief.  They need monetary donations. You may send your check made payable to Indiana-Kentucky Conference. Write on the memo line:  Recent Tornadoes.  The mailing address is Indiana-Kentucky Conference, 1100 West 42nd Street, Suite155, Indianapolis, IN  46208.

St. John’s Activities During the Week of December 27:

Tuesday, Dec. 28—Ladies meet at LuLu’s, 10 a.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 29—Men meet at Arby’s, 8:30 a.m.

Benevolent Offerings from the Sunday School Classes

GIFT (Growing in Faith Together) Class             $400.00

Challenged Champions Equestrian

Center, Ottawa, Ohio

Pastor’s Sunday School Class                              $  65.00

            Crossroad Child and Family Services

Ft. Wayne, Indiana

Board of Christian Education                               $400.00

           Crossroad Child and Family Services

           Ft. Wayne, Indiana

Attendance on Sunday, December19, was 37 persons.

Biblical resolutions

Hold firmly to your faith (Hebrews 4:14)
Assemble with the saints (Hebrews 10:25)
Pray and thank God earnestly (1 Thessalonians 5:17-18)
Petition God for great blessings (Malachi 3:10)
Yield not to temptation (1 Thessalonians 5:22)

Notice opportunities to serve others (Galatians 6:10)
Examine yourself daily (2 Corinthians 13:5)
Work diligently for the Lord (1 Corinthians 15:58)

Yearn for righteousness (Matthew 5:6)
Exercise godliness (1 Timothy 4:7)
Aim for sinless perfection (Hebrews 6:1)
Redeem the time, living wisely (Ephesians 5:15-16)

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