Bulletin for Sunday, November 6, 2022

Welcome to

St. John’s United Church of Christ

223 West College Avenue, Bluffton, OH  45817

Sunday, November 6, 2022

All Saints’ Day

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           “For All the Saints”                               Lani Smith


OPENING PRAISE AND WORSHIP   “Who I Am”        Lyric Video

Ben Fuller


One:   Sing to the Lord a new song!

All:     Rejoice and give thanks!

One:   For the Lord takes pleasure in the people.

All:     Hallelujah! Praise be to God!



All:      God of the covenant, who calls all people to reconciliation, you have made us members of the very body of Christ; yet we persist in wounding that body with our divisions, our suspicions, and our neglect.  Forgive us, and teach us to nurture unity and peace.  For the sake of Jesus Christ and the world he came to save,  Amen.

                      (Moment of Silent Personal Confession)       



PASTORAL PRAYER (Joys and Concerns)

One:   We pray for the holy church of God throughout the world, for new congregations wherever they are gathered.

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

One:   For those who wield earthly power; for those who lead and those who follow, that they may be moved by the image of your people, disciples of Jesus, children of God, diverse and sometimes in disagreement but living together in harmony.

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

One:   For those persecuted for the sake of righteousness and those weighed down by trials and distress, that the example of the saints may give them courage and the help of believers give them hope.

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

One:   For this assembly gathered to celebrate the Eucharist in communion with the church in heaven and throughout the world, that nourished by the word of truth and the bread of life, we may bear witness in our own generation to the timeless Gospel of Christ.

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

One:   For all who are in need: those who are in prison, awaiting trial, facing surgery, who lack medical help, who have no work or work for too little pay, the homeless and the ill.

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

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

HYMN OF PREPARATION         “For All the Saints”       P. 529


Luke 6:20-31 New Revised Standard Version Updated Edition

Blessings and Woes; Love for Enemies

20 Then he looked up at his disciples and said:

“Blessed are you who are poor,

    for yours is the kingdom of God.

21 “Blessed are you who are hungry now,

    for you will be filled.

“Blessed are you who weep now,

    for you will laugh.

22 “Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man. 23 Rejoice on that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven, for that is how their ancestors treated the prophets.

24 “But woe to you who are rich,

    for you have received your consolation.

25 “Woe to you who are full now,

    for you will be hungry.

“Woe to you who are laughing now,

    for you will mourn and weep.

26 “Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is how their

     ancestors treated the false prophets.

27 “But I say to you who are listening: Love your enemies; do good to those who hate you; 28 bless those who curse you; pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. 30 Give to everyone who asks of you, and if anyone takes away what is yours, do not ask for it back again. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.

MESSAGE  “When It’s Hard to Love and Feel Loved”  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  “Rise Up, O Saints of God!”    P. 590


Dorothy Balmer

Richard Bucher

Rolland Dodge

Diane Hoffman

Betty Moser

Sam Reichenbach

Curtis Schwinnen


Almighty God, by your Holy Spirit you have made us one with your saints in heaven and on earth.  Grant that in our earthly pilgrimage we may always be supported by this fellowship of love and prayer, and know ourselves to be surrounded by their witness to your power and mercy.  We ask this for the sake of Jesus Christ, in whom all our intercessions are acceptable through the Spirit, and who lives and reigns with you for ever and ever. Amen.


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

Holy One, all that we have comes from you.  You bless our lives with the companionship of your people, the freedom that comes from forgiveness of sin, the joy of thanksgiving on Earth and all its bounty.  Turn us toward those in need, in the name of the one who gave himself for us, Jesus Christ, our Savior.  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        “The Hand of God”                   Gregg Sewell


*Please stand if you are able.

Welcome to worship at St. John’s on All Saints’ Sunday. As we remember the faithful who have gone before us, we also rejoice to be called saints of God through baptism.

The flowers on the altar are given to the glory of God by St. John’s congregation in honor of Pastor Jeremy Mann’s birthday.  We wish him a very Happy Birthday and many blessings.

Worship Attendance October 30:  62 persons

Total giving:  $2,757.00 (including Crossroad)

Food Pantry Donation Requests November 6—November 20

            Chunky Soups

            Canned Meat

            Peaches, Pears, Mandarin Oranges

            Place items on table in front of pulpit

Crossroad Monetary Donations—November 6–November 20

Designate amount for Crossroad on check/offering envelope

            Place in offering basket, or

            Place donation in brown envelope found on hutch

            and on display table in front of sanctuary and place in             offering basket

November 8–Election Day Dinner

            At Bluffton First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall

            4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

            Adults:  $10.00; children 12 and under:  $5.00

            Dine in/carry out

Menu:  Baked steak, mashed potatoes, vegetable, roll, dessert

This Week at St. John’s

            Tues., Nov. 8—TOPS. 5:30 p.m.

   Pastor Jeremy speaks at chapel service,

   Mennonite Home, 6:30  p.m.

Wednes., Nov 9 —Men meet at Arby’s, 8:30 a.m.

November 11—Veterans’ Day

            Please remember to thank veterans for their service.

Children’s Church

            Teachers needed

            Sign-up sheets/materials on hutch

            Check with Marci Stahl re:  details

St. John’s Annual Meeting

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Approval of 2023 Proposed Budget

Election of Officers

November Events at St. John’s

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

Sun., Nov. 20—Harvest Home/Thanksgiving Sunday

                            Food Pantry, Crossroad donations dedicated

                            Church Membership Sunday

Mon., Nov. 21—Consistory meets, 6:00 p.m.

Thurs., Nov. 24—THANKSGIVING DAY/offices closed

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)

November 12—Dementia:  Our Shared Experience–

A morning of support and information

            At St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, Findlay, OH

            10:00 a.m. to Noon

            Event is free; registration is required; lunch provided

            Call 419-422-4845 by November 9.

            See details on flyer posted on bulletin board/Serendipity

Fairhaven Retirement Community Online Auction

            November 7–20, 2022

            Website:  www.castleauctionappraisal.com

            Contact:  419-562-8271 for information

            See details on flyer posted on bulletin board/Serendipity

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

Becky Cox, Liturgist

Barbara Plaugher, Organist

Blaine Bauman, Sound Technician

Jeff Bowlus, Screens Technician

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