Bulletin for Sunday, June 19, 2022

Welcome to

St. John’s United Church of Christ

223 West College Avenue, Bluffton, OH  45817

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Father’s Day

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 “Chorale and Fugue on ‘A Mighty Fortress’”  James Denton

WELCOME

*OPENING PRAISE AND WORSHIP

                                                        “Faith of our Fathers”        P. 530

*GATHERING PRAYER AND ADORATION

One:   There is no longer Jew or Greek.

All:      There is no longer slave or free.

One:   There is no longer male or female.

            For all of you are one in Christ Jesus.

All:      We are children of God through faith.

*CALL TO CONFESSION

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION

All:      Merciful and gracious God, we walk in a way that is not good.  We follow our own devices.  We ignore your image in ourselves and in our neighbors.  Do not turn away from us, O God, but hear our cry for blessing.  Lead us out of the tombs we inhabit.  Guide us into your light so that we may walk in your way.  Amen.

                    (Moment of Silent Personal Confession)       

*DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS

*PASSING OF CHRISTIAN PEACE

PASTORAL PRAYER

One:   God of kings, prophets, children, and all who are in need, we give you thanks for the breath of life you pour into the living and into us all when we are in trouble.  Bless our world in times of struggle and days of rejoicing.  Make us one with you and one another.

All:      God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

One:   We thank you for your care of the earth, especially for rain and sun, for the flowers that give food to bees, for fish in all their shapes and colors, and for the shelter we find underneath your trees.  Let all creation praise your name.

All:      God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

One:   We pray for the church, that fellowship in this congregation, and in the families of faith in all the lands, give us both comfort and challenge.  Teach us to give thanks for insights new to us.  Make us able to rejoice with people of other faiths that Christains, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, and others may speak kindly of one another.

All:      God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

One:   We pray for people everywhere to take courage, especially this day the people of Ukraine and all those who are affected by war or who face uncertain futures.  For widows, widowers, parents, children, orphans, and all shapes and sizes of families, that they find love in community and comfort in you.

All:      God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

One:   For all who are in need, whether they are receiving treatment, recovering from procedures, or having their lives shaped by natural disasters.

All:      God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

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

HYMN OF PREPARATION

“Dear Lord and Father of Mankind”                      Hymn #470

SCRIPTURE READINGS

New Revised Standard Version Updated Edition (NRSVUE)

Psalm 103:13

13 As a father has compassion for his children,
    so the Lord has compassion for those who fear him.

Proverbs 3:11-12

11 My child, do not despise the Lord’s discipline
    or be weary of his reproof,
12 for the Lord reproves the one he loves,
    as a father the son in whom he delights.

Ephesians 6:1-4

6 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—this is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.”

And, fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Colossians 3:21

21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, or they may lose heart.

3 John 1:1-4

The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.

Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, just as it is well with your soul. For I was overjoyed when some brothers and sisters arrived and testified to your faithfulness to the truth, how you walk in the truth. I have no greater joy than this, to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

Proverbs 23:24

24 The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice;
    he who fathers a wise son will be glad in him.

Matthew 23:9

And call no one your father on earth, for you have one Father, the one in heaven.

MESSAGE         “Faith of our (Biblical) Fathers”               Ron Geiser

*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   “O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee”    P. 589

GIFTS OF GOD’S PEOPLE

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

With these gifts, o God, we remember with thanksgiving the life that we have because of you.  Make us grateful every day for the privilege of offering ourselves for the well-being of all your world.  Amen.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Response after Concerns:  Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayers.

            Response after Joys:  Praise be to God! 

*PASTORAL COMMISION AND BENEDICTION

*CONGREGATIONAL BENEDICTION

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

*POSTLUDE  “Little Scherzo in A Minor” Rex Koury

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*Please stand if you are able.

Welcome to St. John’s this morning as we celebrate Father’s Day and honor our heavenly Father.  May God bless you abundantly this day.

The flowers this morning are presented to the glory of God by

Bob and Marci Stahl in honor of Ben and Terri Stahl’s 13th wedding anniversary on June 20. 

Our thanks is extended to Ron Geiser for bringing the message to us this morning in the absence of Pastor Jeremy.  Ron will be with us on June 26 as well.

Pastor Jeremy on Vacation

            June 13 through June 27

            On-Call Pastor:  Bob Clinger, First United Methodist Church

            Contact:  419-358-8921 (Church)

            Email:  Clingerfamily08@hotmail.com

Children’s Church Sign-Up

            Sign-up sheet in back of church (lessons provided)

                No children-No Children’s Church

            Questions:  Ask Marci Stahl

Vacation Bible School—July 17-21

            At Bluffton Presbyterian Church

            Snacks needed by July 17 (see poster in back of church)

            Two herders needed from St. John’s

            Check with Marci Stahl

Strengthen the Church Offering

            Continues through June 26

            Designate the amount on your offering envelope

Upcoming Activities at St. John’s UCC

            June 21          TOPS, 5:30 p.m.

            June 22          Men meet at Arby’s, 8:30 a.m.

            June 28          Consistory meets, 6:00 p.m.

Future Activity July 7-8

Stripping and waxing of Oppermann Hall floors (Dave’s Carpet)

Help needed to move tables and chairs that week

Summer Outdoor Family Movie Night Schedule at Emmanuel

            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.

Prayer List

Collins and Sisler families and friends

Sharl Steiner

Worship Participants

–Pam Everett, Liturgist

–Barbara Plaugher, Organist

–Blaine Bauman, Sound Technician

God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The 
wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle’s flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew his masterpiece was complete,
And so, he called it Dad​

Author Unknown

(taken from On the Same Page 6-19-22)

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