Bulletin for Sunday, October 23, 2022

Welcome to

St. John’s United Church of Christ

223 West College Avenue, Bluffton, OH  45817

Sunday, October 23, 2022

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   “How Lovely Are Thy Dwellings”    Samuel Liddle

WELCOME 

*OPENING PRAISE AND WORSHIP

“All Creatures of Our God and King”        P. 23

(Vs. 1, 2, 3)

*GATHERING PRAYER AND ADORATION

One:   How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts!

All:     My soul longs for the courts of the Lord.

One:   My flesh sings for joy to the living God.

All:     Happy are those who live in the house of the lord,

           Ever singing your praise, O God.

One:   Happy are those whose strength is in you,

All:     in whose heart are the highways to Zion.

*CALL TO CONFESSION

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION

All:      Merciful God, hope of your people in every age, we confess that we have sinned against you.  We have wandered from your pathways, turned toward idols, lived without compassion, and disregarded the well-being of your creation.  Do not turn away from us, O Lord, but renew your covenant, for only in you will our lives be healed.  Guide us and lead us in your ways, for happy are those who live in your house.  Amen.

                      (Moment of Silent Personal Confession)       

*DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS

*PASSING OF CHRISTIAN PEACE

PASTORAL PRAYER (Joys and Concerns)

One:   We pray for an end to violence, between countries, within nations, on our streets, and in our homes,

All:     Gracious God, hear our prayer.

One:   We pray for those who offer aid to refugees and victims of natural disasters, and all who suffer from forces beyond their control,

All:     Gracious God, hear our prayer.

One:   We pray for those who seek shelter on the streets of our nation, even in our own communities and for all who have lost their way,

All:     Gracious God, hear our prayer.

One:   We pray for neighbors of all faith traditions, for Muslims and Jews, Hindus and Buddhists; those who promote peace and stability. May there be peace between our peoples,

All:     Gracious God, hear our prayer.

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

HYMN OF PREPARATION  

            “Breathe on Me, Breath of God”                             P. 461

SCRIPTURE READINGS

Luke 18:9-14 New Revised Standard Version Updated Edition

The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector

9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.’ 13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven but was beating his breast and saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other, for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.”

MESSAGE                “Humility”                              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    “Rock of Ages”                    P. 384

GIFTS OF GOD’S PEOPLE

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

God of creation, you water the earth and send forth food; you shower us with grace and feed us with your love.  Accept these gifts, humble though they may be, and use them to spread your goodness throughout the earth; in Jesus’ name 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  “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms”  M. Burkhardt

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*Please stand if you are able.

Welcome to worship at St. John’s!  As we gather in worship today, may we sense the Spirit moving within and among us.

Flowers this morning are presented to the glory of God by Steve and Penny Kindle in honor of their 49th wedding anniversary, and by John and Ann Nye in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary.  St. John’s congratulates you and wishes you God’s blessings.

Worship Attendance October 16:  26 persons

Sunday offering:       $11,252.00 ($10,000 to be deposited in an investment fund.)

Neighbors in Need continues

Contributions continue through October 30

            Note amount on offering envelope and

place in offering basket

UCC Hurricane Relief Fund—Fiona and Ian

            Partnering with the Global HOPE team

            Make checks payable to: United Church of Christ

            Note on memo line: Hurricanes 2022 Fund

Mail to: United Church of Christ, PO Box 71957

  Cleveland, OH 44194

Food Pantry Donation Requests October 23—November 20

            Chunky Soups

            Canned Meat

            Peaches, Pears, Mandarin Oranges

            Place items on table in front of pulpit

Crossroad Monetary Donations

Designate amount for Crossroad on check/offering envelope

            Place in offering basket

TODAY, October 23—Fall Instrumental Concert

            At Yoder Hall, Bluffton University, 2:30 p.m.

            Featuring Concert Band ensembles

            Free-will offering for music scholarships

October Events at St. John’s

            October 25—TOPS, 5:30 p.m.

                                    Consistory meets, 6:00 p.m.

            October 26—Men meet at Arby’s, 8:30 a.m.

October 30—Fifth Sunday combined worship

AT St. John’s, 10:30 a.m.

Carry-in luncheon following worship

            October 30 through November 20–

                        Gathering of items for Food Pantry

                        Monetary donations received for Crossroad

November Events at St. John’s

Sun., Nov. 6—All Saint’s Sunday (Totenfest)

Sun., Nov. 13—Holy Communion, Annual Meeting

Sun., Nov. 20—Harvest Home/Thanksgiving

            end of Food Pantry, Crossroad donations projects

                            Church Membership Sunday

Sun., Nov. 7—1st Sunday in Advent/Hanging of the Greens

Upper Room—November-December Issues

            Finally arrived!

            Pick up one or more from literature racks

Children’s Church

            Teachers needed

            Sign-up sheets/materials on hutch

            Check with Marci Stahl re: details

Calling All Singers—Blaze of Lights—November 26

            Vocal groups, 3 to 8 members, a cappella or accompanied

            Stroll Main Street sidewalks, alleys, gazebo, etc., 4 to 5 p.m.

            Sing 3 or 4 songs/lead audience in Christmas carols

Questions/sign up: Contact Kevin Gratz at

  kmgratz@gmail.com

Worship Participants

Shirley Rock, Liturgist

Sue Hardwick, Organist

Blaine Bauman, Sound Technician

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