Bulletin for Sunday, June 26, 2022

Welcome to

St. John’s United Church of Christ

223 West College Avenue, Bluffton, OH  45817

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Third Sunday after Pentecost

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   “Guide Me Ever, Great Redeemer”   arr. Dale Wood

WELCOME

*OPENING PRAISE AND WORSHIP

“Sweet Hour of Prayer”                 P. 478

*GATHERING PRAYER AND ADORATION

One:   Jesus calls to the crowds with warnings.

            Jesus calls to the converts to follow him.

All:      We hear your call, Lord Jesus.

One:   Jesus calls to the resisters with parables of rejection.

            Jesus calls to you: “Proclaim the kingdom of God.”

All:      Thanks be to God for life and health and all goodness.

*CALL TO CONFESSION

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION

All:      Merciful God, we confess that we desire what is not your

will.  We fear failure and cling to unquestioned habits.  We are truly sorry and repent of what we have done and what we have not done.  Show us the path of your prophetic way.  Open our eyes to new ventures.  Help us love our neighbors as ourselves.  Forgive us and renew us, in the name of life abundant, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

(Moment of Silent Personal Confession)

*DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS

*PASSING OF CHRISTIAN PEACE

PASTORAL PRAYER (Joys and Concerns)

One:   Holy God of healing and peace, we thank you for life and health; for morning and evening; for rain and sun; for all you give us to sustain life; and most of all for Jesus, who died and rose again to make real the promise of new life.

All:      Hear us, O God; your mercy is great.

One:   We ask, O God, for a church that ministers every day to bring people together in your name; for hearts that will not judge; for minds that recognize injustice and oppression in all its forms; for hands that are open to answer your call.

All:      Hear us, O God; your mercy is great.

One:   Merciful God, the nations you have called into being are many and full of marvels.  We pray for their well-being; for leaders and workers; teachers and soldiers; scholars, artists, parents, and peacemakers; for nations and people in strife, especially for Ukraine; that your way be known in all the lands and peace may reign.

All:      Hear us, O God; your mercy is great.

One:   Turn our hearts, Holy One, to respect and honor those who are not like us; let us see in peoples of every nation the majesty of your desire for richness and difference.

All:      Hear us, O God; your mercy is great.

One:   We pray for bodies and spirits healed; for those who are in pain; for those awaiting surgery; for those who are struggling with physical therapies; for those awaiting death; and for those we hold near and dear to our hearts.

All:      Hear us, O God; your mercy is great.

One:   We ask your special blessing, O God, on the children in our communities, for their play and work in this summertime to give them strength and renewal; for an ever-increasing opening of their minds, new ways of seeing; new understandings of the gifts you call them to use; and for their happiness and health.

All:      Hear us, O God; your mercy is great.

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

HYMN OF PREPARATION

                        “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us”                      P. 440

SCRIPTURE READINGS

New Revised Standard Version Updated Edition (NRSVUE)

Psalm 23:1

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

John 10:11, 27

11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

27 My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me.

MESSAGE           “Jesus, A Comforting Shepherd”         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  “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” P. 473

GIFTS OF GOD’S PEOPLE

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

Take these gifts, O God, for the work of this church.  Let them stand as signs of your love and faithfulness.  In the name of the one who gave himself for us, we pray.  Amen.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

PASTORAL BENEDICTION

*CONGREGATIONAL BENEDICTION

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

*POSTLUDE  “O Jesus, King Most Wonderful”    arr. Dale Wood

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*Please stand if you are able.

As a shepherd leads his flock, the Lord has led us here. God has tender words for us. Welcome into his loving presence as we worship at St. John’s.

The flowers this morning are given in remembrance of George and Sara McCune’s wedding anniversary; in honor of Blaine Bauman’s birthday; and in celebration of the 65th anniversary of the United Church of Christ.

Thank you to Ron Geiser for his faithfulness in providing pulpit supply for us while Pastor Jeremy is on vacation.

Pastor Jeremy and family will return from vacation on June 27. Pastor Jeremy will be in the church office on Tuesday,

June 28.

On-Call Pastor Through June 27

Bob Clinger, First United Methodist Church

            Contact:  419-358-8921 (Church)

            Email:  Clingerfamily08@hotmail.com

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

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

            Two herders needed from St. John’s

            Check with Marci Stahl

Strengthen the Church Offering

            Today (June 26) is the final Sunday to donate

            Designate the amount on your offering envelope

            Place in offering basket

Upcoming Activities at St. John’s UCC

            June 28          TOPS, 5:30 p.m.

                                    Consistory, 6:00 p.m.

            June 29          Men meet at Arby’s, 8:30 a.m.

            July 3             Board of Christian Ed meets

Current issues of The Upper Room and These Days are in the literature racks.  Please take a copy as you leave today.

Community Activities

July 6              American Red Cross Blood Drive

Bluffton First United Methodist Church,

10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Schedule an appointment at 1-800-REDCROSS or visit www.RedCrossBlood.org and enter fumcbluff

July 16             8th annual Bluffton Ride to Remember

                        Details and registration at www.ridetoremember.net

Summer Outdoor Family Movie Night Schedule at Emmanuel

                        July 17           Ron’s Gone Wrong

                        July 31           The Wizard of Oz

                        August 14      Sing 2

Start time:  6:00 p.m.

Prayer List:

Worship Participants:

–Pam Everett, Liturgist

–Sue Hardwick, Organist

–Blaine Bauman, Sound Technician

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