Bulletin for Sunday, November 13, 2022

Welcome to

St. John’s United Church of Christ

223 West College Avenue, Bluffton, OH  45817

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Veterans’ Sunday

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      “God of Our Fathers”         arr. Mary McDonald



        Lyric Video


One:   Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!

All:     Praise the Lord!

One:   Sing to the Lord a new song,

for God has done marvelous things

All:     Praise the Lord!



All:      God of Mercy, we confess that we have not been obedient sons and daughters.  We have grown idle in the work of discipleship and weary in doing what is right.  We have been selfish in our actions and insistent in claiming our rights.  We have not honored the traditions of the apostles, or imitated the example of your saints.  Forgive us, we pray.  Show us the way of repentance, free us from our idle ways, and strengthen us to be faithful disciples of Jesus Christ, through whom we pray.  Amen.

                      (Moment of Silent Personal Confession)       



PASTORAL PRAYER (Joys and Concerns)

One:   We pray for elected officials and for civil servants.  Stir them to heed justice and arouse the church to hold them accountable.

All:     God in your mercy, hear our prayer.

One:   We pray for those who are sick or in trouble.  Comfort them with grace and empower your church to minister to them.

All:     God in your mercy, hear our prayer.

One:   We pray for all who suffer the violence of human hands or natural disasters.  Shield them with your holy angels and motivate your church to care for them.

All:     God in your mercy, hear our prayer.

One:   We pray for children and for the defenseless.  Protect them with your care and strengthen your church to tend to them.

All:     God in your mercy, hear our prayer.

One:   We pray for our enemies.  Empower the church to love them and to look for a day when we may live together in your reconciling love.

All:     God in your mercy, hear our prayer.

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

HYMN OF PREPARATION     “America, the Beautiful”            P. 727

   (Vs. 1 & 3)


Luke 21:5-19 New Revised Standard Version Updated Edition

The Destruction of the Temple Foretold; Signs and Persecutions

5 When some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, he said, 6 “As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down.”

7 They asked him, “Teacher, when will this be, and what will be the sign that this is about to take place?” 8 And he said, “Beware that you are not led astray, for many will come in my name and say, ‘I am he!’ and, ‘The time is near!’ Do not go after them.

9 “When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified, for these things must take place first, but the end will not follow immediately.” 10 Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom; 11 there will be great earthquakes and in various places famines and plagues, and there will be dreadful portents and great signs from heaven.

12 “But before all this occurs, they will arrest you and persecute you; they will hand you over to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors because of my name. 13 This will give you an opportunity to testify. 14 So make up your minds not to prepare your defense in advance, 15 for I will give you words and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to withstand or contradict. 16 You will be betrayed even by parents and siblings, by relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. 17 You will be hated by all because of my name. 18 But not a hair of your head will perish. 19 By your endurance you will gain your souls.

MESSAGE        “The Days Will Come”                Pastor Jeremy

*HYMN OF RESPONSE  “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee”           P. 731

(Vs. 1 & 4)



One:               The Lord be with you.

All:                 And also with you.

One:               Lift up your hearts.

All:                 We lift them up unto the Lord.

One:               Let us give thanks unto the Lord our God.

All:                 It is proper and right so to do.

HYMN OF COMMUNION  “We Meet as Friends at Table”P. 704

           (Vs. 1 & 2)





All:      We thank you, God, for inviting us to this table where we have known the presence of Christ and have received all Christ’s gifts.  Strengthen our faith, increase our love for one another, and let us show forth your praise in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

HYMN OF COMMUNION  “We Meet as Friends at Table” P. 704

                       (Vs. 3 & 4)


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

Loving God, before we give to you, you have given to us.  All we offer we have received from you.  We thank you for goodness, and we praise you for your bountiful works, through Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.  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   (Vs.1)

*POSTLUDE  “Once to Every Man and Nation”   arr. Lani Smith


*Please stand if you are able.

Welcome to worship at St. John’s as we celebrate Holy Communion and declare our oneness in the Lord who satisfies our hungry hearts.

The flowers today are dedicated to the glory of God in appreciation to all veterans who have served and given their lives so that we may enjoy freedom.

Worship Attendance November 6:  60 persons

Total giving:  $1,593.00

St. John’s Annual Meeting takes place this morning.  The agenda includes approval of the proposed 2023 budget, election of 2023 officers and approval of congregational minutes.

Food Pantry Donation Requests November 13—November 20

            Chunky Soups

            Canned Meat

            Peaches, Pears, Mandarin Oranges

            Place items on table in front of pulpit

Crossroad Monetary Donations—November 13–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

Children’s Church

            Teachers needed

            Sign-up sheets/materials on hutch

            Check with Marci Stahl re:  details

November Events at St. John’s

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

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

Worship Participants

Becky Cox, Liturgist

Sue Hardwick, Organist

Blaine Bauman, Sound and Screens Technician

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