St. John’s United Church of Christ
223 West College Avenue, Bluffton, OH 45817
Sunday, June 5, 2022
Rev. Jeremy Mann (419-420-5052) Church (419-358-5641)
No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!
PRELUDE “O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing” Steven Scott
*OPENING PRAISE AND WORSHIP
“Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise” P. 48
*GATHERING PRAYER AND ADORATION
One: God declares: “I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh.
Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy.
All: The young shall see visions.
The elders shall dream dreams.
One: Both men and women shall prophesy.
All: And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord
shall be saved.”
*CALL TO CONFESSION
*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
All: Holy and Merciful God, we do not know how to pray as we ought, and we know too well our constant failures to do as you have commanded and to hold fast to your word. Forgive us for the divisions we nurture, guide us to your way, keep us in your care, and lead us into faith. We trust your word that the Spirit of truth will show us all things and grant us courage and peace. Amen.
(Moment of Silent Personal Confession)
*ASSURANCE OF PARDON
*PASSING OF CHRISTIAN PEACE
The Coming of the Holy Spirit and Peter Addresses the Crowd
2 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
5 Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. 6 And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. 7 Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? 9 Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” 12 All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13 But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”
14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. 15 Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. 16 No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:
17 ‘In the last days it will be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams.
18 Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
in those days I will pour out my Spirit;
and they shall prophesy.
19 And I will show portents in the heaven above
and signs on the earth below,
blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
20 The sun shall be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood,
before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day.
21 Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’
MESSAGE Pastor Jeremy
PRAYER OF DEDICATION Call to Sharing
All: God of mercy, we give you thanks for all that your bounty creates. The gifts we bring today acknowledge our debt to you and our intent to relieve others of their burdens. Bless what we offer and bless those who will be shown deeds of power through them; in Jesus’ name. Amen.
PASTORAL COMMISSION AND BENEDICTION
*Please stand if you are able.
At Pentecost we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit! Welcome to worship as we pray to be aware of the Spirit’s movement around us here, as well.
The flowers this morning are presented to the glory of God by Kathi Badertscher in memory of her father, Maynard Badertscher.
Pentecost Work Day TODAY as part of worship
Ed Yeager, coordinator of work projects
Pizza party in Oppermann Hall following completion of work
Strengthen the Church offering will be collected today and throughout the remaining Sundays in June.
To be recognized on June 12
Place your special birthday offering in
offering basket at the back of the church on June 12
The Evangelism Committee meets today at the conclusion of the pizza party.
Sign-up sheets on hutch for:
cleaning the church (temporarily)
Questions: Contact Nancy Yeager
Upcoming Activities at St. John’s UCC:
June 6 Special Consistory meeting, 6:00 p.m.
June 9 Combined staff meeting, 6:30 p.m. HERE
(bring your UCC Calendar with you)
June 13 through June 27
Pastor Jeremy on vacation
On-Call Pastor: Bob Clinger, First United Methodist Church
Contact information: 419-358-8921 (Church)
Summer Outdoor Family Movie Night Schedule at Emmanuel
June 5 Encanto
June 19 American Underdog
July 17 Ron’s Gone Wrong
July 31 The Wizard of Oz
August 14 Sing 2
Start time: 6:00 p.m.
Dan Fleming Citizens of Uvalde, Texas
Today’s Cleaning Projects:
Interior (First Floor)
Vacuum pews Hand vacuum
Dust window ledges and balcony Dusters
Vacuum all floors in Sanctuary and Altar area Church vacuum
Mop lobby entrance floor Wet Swiffer
Dust lobby coat rack and window ledges Dusters
Clean windows throughout the building Windex,
Dust and vacuum offices, conference room,
parlor and nursery Church vacuum,
Clean family bathroom Wet Swiffer
Clean all window blinds Windex,
Oppermann Hall and Pantry
Clean bathrooms Wet Swiffer,
Clean kitchen Wet Swiffer
Clean all windows Windex,
–Pam Everett, Liturgist
–Barbara Plaugher, Organist
–Blaine Bauman, Sound Technician