Bulletin for Sunday, October 30, 2022

Welcome to

St. John’s United Church of Christ

223 West College Avenue, Bluffton, OH  45817

Sunday, October 30, 2022

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

Email:  blufftonstjohnsucc@gmail.com

Website:  www.blufftonstjohns.com


No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!

PRELUDE   “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say”    arr. Dale Wood



        Ben Fuller


One:   We have gathered today in search of reformation.

All:     We want to reform ourselves,

our church, and our society

One:   We stand fearless at the edge of change.

All:     For God is in the midst of us

            and we shall not be moved.

One:   Be still, and know that God is God.

All:     God is our rock and our redeemer.



All:     Loving God, you promise that all who faithfully confess to you will be forgiven and preserved from trouble.  Trusting in your mercy, we acknowledge the harm that we have done, and the good we have failed to do.  Forgive us, we pray; guide us in your truth, and teach us the way to go, that we may love and serve you well.  In the name of Jesus we pray.  Amen.

                      (Moment of Silent Personal Confession)       



PASTORAL PRAYER (Joys and Concerns)

One:   We pray for the church and for all who live by faith, doing charity and advocating for social change.

All:     God of Justice, hear our prayer.

One:   Cultivate peace between nations, between people, and between political parties.

All:     God of Justice, hear our prayer.

One:   Protect and comfort those enduring the violence of war, or crime, or the destructive forces of nature.

All:     God of Justice, hear our prayer.

One:   Preserve those who suffer violence at home and bullying at school, and embolden those who see their trouble to help bring relief and help.

All:     God of Justice, hear our prayer.

One:   Grant your healing mercies to those who are ill, or facing death, and uphold those who care for them.

All:     God of Justice, hear our prayer.

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


“Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee”           P. 420


Luke 19:1-10 New Revised Standard Version Updated Edition

Jesus and Zacchaeus

19 He entered Jericho and was passing through it. 2 A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. 3 He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way. 5 When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him. 7 All who saw it began to grumble and said, “He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner.” 8 Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor, and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much.” 9 Then Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.”

MESSAGE                              The Reverend Christina Perkins,

                        Chaplain, Crossroad Child and Family Services

*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 Come to Me, the Master Said”   P. 346


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

Holy One, we ask you to bless these tithes and offerings, that our gifts may embody your vision of the kingdom and bless those who are vulnerable, oppressed, and seeking justice; in Jesus’ name.  Amen.


Response after Concerns:  Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayers.

            Response after Joys:  Praise be to God! 



              “Sent Forth by God’s Blessing”                      P. 712


*POSTLUDE  “Go, My Children, With My Blessing”  arr. M. Burkhardt


*Please stand if you are able.

Welcome to our combined worship service at St. John’s!  We welcome, especially, our guest speaker, Reverend Christina Ryan Perkins, Chaplain and Director of Religious Life Support Services at Crossroad Child and Family Services in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Biographical information about Reverend Perkins is on page 8.

The flowers this Sunday are provided in the name of Shannon Babcock in memory of her husband Tim.

A carry-in luncheon in Oppermann Hall follows this morning’s worship service.  Everyone is invited to attend.

Two offering baskets at back of sanctuary

            One basket for Emmanuel UCC

            One basket for St. John’s UCC

Worship Attendance October 23:  29 persons

Sunday offering:       $657.00

Neighbors in Need continues

            Through this Sunday, October 30

            Note amount on offering envelope and

                        Place in offering basket

Food Pantry Donation Requests October 30—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, or

            Place donation in colored envelope found on hutch

                        and on table in front of sanctuary and place in

                        offering basket

TODAY, October 30—Fall Choral Concert

            At Yoder Hall, Bluffton University

            Featuring Vocal Chamber Ensemble, Camerata Singers,

University Chorale

            Free-will offering for music scholarships

NEXT Sunday, November 6

Daylight Saving Time ends

(set clocks back one hour)

Worship service at 9:00 a.m.

All Saints’ Sunday (Totenfest)

This Week at St. John’s

Tues., Nov. 1—TOPS. 5:30 p.m.

Wednes., Nov. 2—Men meet at LuLu’s, 8:30 a.m.

November Events at St. John’s

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

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

Sun., Nov. 20—Harvest Home/Thanksgiving

            Food Pantry, Crossroad donations dedicated

                            Church Membership Sunday

Sun., Nov. 27—1st Sunday in Advent/Hanging of the Greens

Fish Fry at Emmanuel UCC

            Friday, November 11, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

            Dine in/Carry out

Cost:  $10.00 per meal

Menu:  fish, cheesy potatoes, green beans, applesauce,

   cookie  (see poster for additional information)

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


Worship Participants

Roger Scoles, Liturgist

Sue Hardwick, Organist

Blaine Bauman, Sound Technician

Jeff Bowlus, Screens Technician

Christina Ryan Perkins

     The Reverend Christina Ryan Perkins

The Reverend Christina Ryan Perkins joined Crossroad as Chaplain and Director of Religious Life Support Services in 2018. 

Chaplain Christina holds regular weekly worship services for interested Crossroad clients and staff members and provides a variety of religious life programming.

She utilizes her connections with religious leaders in the community to provide spiritual formation for clients and staff members of all faiths. Reverend Perkins is also a pastor in the United Church of Christ.

A graduate of Berea College in Kentucky, she received her Master of Divinity degree from Campbell University in North Carolina. She is an alumna of AmeriCorps, providing literacy services in Appalachia.

(Information from the Crossroad website.)

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