Bulletin for Sunday, May 15, 2022

Welcome to

St. John’s United Church of Christ

223 West College Avenue, Bluffton, OH  45817

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Fifth Sunday of Easter

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

Email:  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   “Praise and Thanksgiving”  arr. Dale Wood

WELCOME

*OPENING PRAISE AND WORSHIP

“O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing”      P. 96

*GATHERING PRAYER AND ADORATION

One:   Alleluia!  Christ is alive;

let all the people praise him.

All:      Let all creation sing with joy.

            Alleluia!

*CALL TO CONFESSION

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION

All:      God of mercy, your command to love one another across all differences opens us to new horizons, yet we often respond with fear and judgment that hinders your goal for humanity.  Forgive our sins, we pray, and give us a true repentance that leads to life for all creation.  We pray in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

                    (Moment of Silent Personal Confession)       

*DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS

*PASSING OF CHRISTIAN PEACE

PASTORAL PRAYER (Joys and Concerns)

One:   For the well-being of your creation, that we may promote its ability to offer praise to you through spacious skies, bountiful seas, verdant lands, and precious creatures great and small.

All:      O God of love, raise us to new life in Christ.

One:   For the life of the church, that our generous witness may broaden your table as all find a place to

live and grow in love.

All:      O God of love, raise us to new life in Christ.

One:   For the welfare of your world, that all leaders and people young and old will strive to live together

in harmony while serving the common good.

All:      O God of love, raise us to new life in Christ.

One:   For all who suffer any violence, pain, or grief, that they will know the comfort of your presence as

you wipe every tear from their eyes.

All:      O God of love, raise us to new life in Christ.

One:   For the love made known to us in Jesus Christ through this community, for this and all other

blessings we give you thanks and praise.

All:      O God of love, raise us to new life in Christ.

One:   For all who have died, that you will bring them to the fullness of your joy, where mourning and

pain will be no more.

All:      O God of love, raise us to new life in Christ.

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

HYMN OF PREPARATION      “O, How I Love Jesus”          P. 109

SCRIPTURE READINGS

Acts 11:1-18 New Revised Standard Version Updated Edition

Peter’s Report to the Church at Jerusalem

11 Now the apostles and the brothers and sisters who were in Judea heard that the gentiles had also accepted the word of God. 2 So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him, 3 saying, “Why did you go to uncircumcised men and eat with them?” 4 Then Peter began to explain it to them, step by step, saying, 5 “I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision. There was something like a large sheet coming down from heaven, being lowered by its four corners, and it came close to me. 6 As I looked at it closely I saw four-footed animals, beasts of prey, reptiles, and birds of the air. 7 I also heard a voice saying to me, ‘Get up, Peter; kill and eat.’ 8 But I replied, ‘By no means, Lord, for nothing profane or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’ 9 But a second time the voice answered from heaven, ‘What God has made clean, you must not call profane.’ 10 This happened three times; then everything was pulled up again to heaven. 11 At that very moment three men, sent to me from Caesarea, arrived at the house where we were. 12 The Spirit told me to go with them and not to make a distinction between them and us. These six brothers also accompanied me, and we entered the man’s house. 13 He told us how he had seen the angel standing in his house and saying, ‘Send to Joppa and bring Simon, who is called Peter; 14 he will give you a message by which you and your entire household will be saved.’ 15 And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them just as it had upon us at the beginning. 16 And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said, ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ 17 If then God gave them the same gift that he gave us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could hinder God?” 18 When they heard this, they were silenced. And they praised God, saying, “Then God has given even to the gentiles the repentance that leads to life.”

MESSAGE                  “The Gospel Opened”                 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  “In Christ There Is No East or West”   P. 603

GIFTS OF GOD’S PEOPLE

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

                Loving God, we give you thanks for the ministry of reconciliation to which you call us in the name of Jesus Christ and his resurrection.  Accept these gifts for your mission to heal all creation.  May they be a testament to your love for us as we share them in love for you; through Jesus Christ we pray.  Amen.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Response after Concerns:  Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayers.

            Response after Joys:  Praise be to God! 

PASTORAL BENEDICTION

*CONGREGATIONAL BENEDICTION

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

*Postlude   “Lauda Anima”                         arr. Stephen Burtonwood

*Please stand if you are able.

Welcome to worship at St. John’s on the fifth Sunday of Easter.

In this time and space apart, may we turn our focus from self to God and from fear to faith. May you sense God’s gentle touch.

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 this morning are presented in thankfulness for God’s tender mercies and holy encounters within the ordinary.

Sign-up sheets on hutch for:

cleaning the church (temporarily)

gardening/watering

            Questions:  Ask Nancy Yeager

            Please sign up

A sincere thank you to the men’s breakfast group for planting the Mother’s Day/Easter flowers in the church yard.  The flowers add a beautiful touch to the landscape.

Board of Christian Education meets today following worship.

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

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

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCO7tgKm3FqJu-wM1qi2_I3g/videos

or copy and paste the link into your browser.

Upcoming Activities:

May 16           Ladies’Trip to Osgood, OH, to eat at Do Good Restaurant, leaving Emmanuel, 9:30 a.m.;

returning 2:30 or 3:00 p.m.

May 17           TOPS, 5:30 p.m., Oppermann Hall

May 18           Men meet at Arby’s, 8:30 a.m.

May 21           Food Pantry open 8 to 11 a.m.

Prayer List:

Larry Kempf 

Shirley Rock

Ray Yoder

Worship Participants:

–Mark Badertscher, Liturgist

–Sue Hardwick, Organist

–Blaine Bauman, Sound Technician

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