Bulletin for Sunday, January 15, 2023

Welcome to

St. John’s United Church of Christ

Sunday, January 15, 2023

223 West College Avenue, Bluffton, OH  45817

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    “Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness”

                                       (Hymn Tune: Nettleton)


OPENING PRAISE AND WORSHIP             “Raise a Hallelujah”

   Lyric Video    Bethel Music


One:   Sing a new song,

All:      a song of thanks and praise,

One:   For God has done wondrous deeds,

All:     And is great beyond compare!



All:      Mothering God, we have chased after foolish things, and spent our strength on vanity; our labor has been in vain.  Deliver us from arrogance and forgive our self-concern, that we may find our reward with you, as servants of your dream.  Through Jesus Christ we pray.  Amen.

                      (Moment of Silent Personal Confession)    



PASTORAL PRAYER (Joys and Concerns)

One:   We pray for the mission of your church, that we may proclaim the good news of the age as we put our

trust in you.

All:     Lord of all creation, hear our prayer.

One:   We pray for the world, that your saving love may reach to the ends of the earth as we serve the common good.

All:     Lord of all creation, hear our prayer.

One:   We pray for all who suffer, that we may heed their cry as we share in your steadfast mercy.

All:     Lord of all creation, hear our prayer.

One:   We pray for your creation, that we may safeguard its well-being as we labor together for redemption.

All:     Lord of all creation, hear our prayer.

One:   We remember before you those who have died and pray for those who will die today, that they may know your peace.

All:     Lord of all creation, hear our prayer.

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

*HYMN OF PREPARATION   “Come, Christians, Join to Sing”

P. 87


John 1:29-42 New Revised Standard Version Updated Edition

The Lamb of God and The First Disciples of Jesus

29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’ 31 I myself did not know him, but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel.” 32 And John testified, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. 33 I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Chosen One.”

35 The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, 36 and as he watched Jesus walk by he exclaimed, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!” 37 The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. 38 When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?” 39 He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon. 40 One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41 He first found his brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated Anointed). 42 He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter).

MESSAGE          “What are you looking for?”         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  “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” 

P. 473


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

            We give you thanks, O loving God, that you have placed in the hearts of your faithful people the gift of generosity and the desire to do your will.  Use these gifts to proclaim good news to every nation and restore all people to Christ.  Amen.




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

POSTLUDE         “Rise, Shine, You People!”                 Dale Wood


*Please stand if you are able.

Welcome to St. John’s on the second Sunday after Epiphany.  May we be wrapped in the warmth of God’s love on this winter day as we gather in praise and worship.

Flowers this morning are presented to the glory of God in memory of Martin Luther King, Jr., who is quoted in the following statement:

“I am convinced that love is the most durable power in the world. It is not an expression of impractical idealism, but of practical realism. Far from being the pious injunction of a Utopian dreamer, love is an absolute necessity for the survival of our civilization. To return hate for hate does nothing but intensify the existence of evil in the universe. Someone must have sense enough and morality enough to cut off the chain of hate and evil, and this can only be done through love.”

Attendance January 8, 2023:  40

Offering:  $4,592.00

TODAY–Toledo Walleye Hockey game

            5:15 p.m.

Please make checks payable to Emmanuel UCC

Reminder: 2022 St. John’s Annual Report

            Committee reports/financial information

due tomorrow, January 16, 2023

2023 Committees List (enclosed)

            Add or delete your name from list

            Place in offering basket or give to Jenny Bracy

Tuesday, January 17–Worship and Music Committee Meets

            10:00 a.m., classroom across from office

Sunday, January 22–Informal Conversation

            Re:  Future directions and missions for 2023, etc.

            During Coffee Hour, Oppermann Hall

Sunday, January 29—Combined Worship

AT Emmanuel UCC, 10:30 a.m.

February 22—Ash Wednesday (Lent begins)

This Week At St. John’s

            Tues., Jan. 17—Worship and Music Com., 10:00 a.m.

                                    TOPS, 5:30 p.m.

            Wednes., Jan. 18—Men meet at Arby’s, 8:30 a.m.

            Sat., Jan. 21—Food Pantry Open, 8 to 11 a.m.

Prayer List

            Family of Ramon Lewis

Adam Shanaman

             Residents of California

Worship Participants

Marci Stahl, Liturgist

Sue Hardwick, Organist

Blaine Bauman, Sound/Screens Tech.

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