Bulletin for Sunday, May 1, 2022

Welcome to

St. John’s United Church of Christ

223 West College Avenue, Bluffton, OH  45817

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Third Sunday of Easter

Rev. Jeremy Mann (419-420-5052) Church (419-358-5641)

Email:  blufftonstjohnsucc@gmail.com

Website:  www.blufftonstjohns.com


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

PRELUDE      “Jesus Christ is Risen, Alleluia!”      Healey Willan



                                                                “Come, Christians, Join to Sing”   P. 87


One:   O Lord our God, we praise you.

All:      We cried to you for help

            and you answered us.

One:   You have restored our lives;

All:      You have rescued us from the grave.



All:      Lord God, in the light of your glory we see the evil we have done, the suffering we have caused, the good we have refused, and the truth we have denied.  Heal us of our sin, wash us in your mercy, and feed us with your grace, so that we may follow your way and tell the good news of the gospel.  Amen

                     (Moment of Silent Personal Confession)       



PASTORAL PRAYER (Joys and Concerns)

One:   We pray for those who are persecuted for their faith; give them freedom, peace, and safety. 


All:      O Lord our God, we cry to you for help.

One:   We pray for those who breathe curses and threats; give them new hearts and new lives to glorify

you.  Saying,

All:      O Lord our God, we cry to you for help.

One:   We pray for those who work by day and night; give them satisfaction and rest from their labors. 


All:      O Lord our God, we cry to you for help.

One:   We pray for those who fear their efforts are in vain; fill their lives with your providence and grace. 


All:      O Lord our God, we cry to you for help.

One:   We pray for all who suffer in sickness and grief; give them healing, hope and joy.  Saying,

All:      O Lord our God, we cry to you for help.

One:   We pray for the faithful in every nation of the earth; give them voices to praise your name forever. 


All:      O Lord our God, we cry to you for help.

THE LORD’S PRAYER (“debts” and “debtors”)

HYMN OF PREPARATION      “Christ Arose!”               P. 294


John 21:1-19 New Revised Standard Version

Jesus Appears to Seven Disciples and Peter

21 After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way. 2 Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples. 3 Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

4 Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5 Jesus said to them, “Children, you have no fish, have you?” They answered him, “No.” 6 He said to them, “Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So, they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish. 7 That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the sea. 8 But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, only about a hundred yards off.

9 When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” 11 So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred fifty-three of them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 14 This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.

15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 A second time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. 18 Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go.” 19 (He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he would glorify God.) After this he said to him, “Follow me.”

MESSAGE                        “Jesus Redeems”                 Pastor Jeremy

*STATEMENT OF FAITH  “Apostle’s Creed”

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.  I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead.  On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come again to judge the living and the dead.  I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

*HYMN OF RESPONSE         “He Lives”                              P.302


  • Call to Sharing
  • Dedicating our Gifts (In Unison)

                Worthy are you, O God, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.  Receive these gifts of thanksgiving and praise and use them for your glory and the good of your people; in the name of Jesus Christ, the Lamb.  Amen.


Response after Concerns:  Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayers.

            Response after Joys:  Praise be to God!



“Sent Forth by God’s Blessing”                 P. 712  (vs. 1)

*POSTLUDE   “March on in Victory”                    David Paxton

*Please stand if you are able.

Welcome to worship at St. John’s on the third Sunday of Easter!  “To the one seated on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!” (Revelation 5:13, NRSV)

Pastor Jeremy may be reached by:

Cell:  419-420-5052

Email:  jmann002@gmail.com

Office hours:  8:00 a.m. to noon Tuesday/Thursday, here

The flowers on the pedestal stands are presented to the glory of God by St. John’s in celebration of new life through Christ and also in celebration of the beauty in God’s natural world.

REMINDER: Worship continues at 10:30 a.m.

                        Sunday School at 9:30 am.

May 29—Joint service with Emmanuel HERE

Carry-in lunch, Opperman Hall, following worship

Further details later

To watch recorded worship services from Emmanuel UCC, use the following link:


or copy and paste the link into your browser.

Upcoming Activities:

May 3             TOPS, Oppermann Hall, 5:30 p.m.

May 4             Men meet at LuLu’s, 8:30 a.m.

May 5             BAMA (Pastor Jeremy), 9:30 a.m.

May 7             Oppermann Hall reserved 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

May 8             Holy Communion, Mother’s Day/Geranium Sunday

Mother’s Day reception during coffee hour

Community Events:

May 7             Bluffton University Graduation

(attendance by ticket only)

Farmers’ Market opens May 1, 8:30 a.m. to noon

Citizens National Bank parking lot

May 14           First Annual Veterans Day Family Day Picnic

                        Allen County Farm Park

                        1582 Slabtown Road, Lima, OH (see bulletin board)

Prayer List:

Larry Kempf

Lou Ann Leiber

Shirley Rock

Ray Yoder

Worship Participants:

–Mark Badertscher, Liturgist

–Barbara Plaugher, Organist

–Blaine Bauman, Sound Technician

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