Weekly Bulletin

St. Paul UCC, Wapakoneta

Worship Order

Baptism of Jesus

January 10, 2021

 

WELCOME, ANNOUNCEMENTS, AND PRAYER REQUESTS

 

PASSING THE PEACE

            One:    The Peace of Christ be with you.

All:       And also with you.

 

PRELUDE and LIGHTING THE ALTAR CANDLES

 

CALL TO WORSHIP (Psalm 29):

Voice 1:        Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings,

Ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.

Ascribe to the LORD the glory of his name;

Worship the LORD in holy splendor.

Voice 2:       The voice of the LORD is over the waters;

                     The God of glory thunders,

                     The LORD, over mighty waters.

Voice 1:        The voice of the LORD is powerful;

The voice of the LORD is full of majesty.

The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars;

The LORD breaks the cedars of Lebanon.

He makes Lebanon skip like a calf,

And Sirion like a young wild ox.

Voice 2:       The voice of the LORD flashes forth flames of fire.

                     The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness:

                     The LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.

Voice 1:        The voice of the LORD causes the oaks to whirl,

And strips the forest bare;

And in his temple all say, “Glory!”

Voice 2:       The LORD sits enthroned over the flood;

                     The LORD sits enthroned as king forever.

Voice 1:        May the LORD give strength to his people!

Voice 2:       May the LORD bless his people with peace!

 

 

HYMN #31                   I Sing the Almighty Power of God

I sing the almighty power of God that made the mountains rise,

That spread the flowing seas abroad and built the lofty skies.

I sing the wisdom that ordained the sun to rule the day;

The moon shines full at his command and all the stars obey.

 

I sing the goodness of the Lord that filled the earth with food;

He formed the creatures with his word and then pronounced them good.

Lord, how your wonders are displayed where’er I turn my eye,

If I survey the ground I tread or gaze upon the sky!

 

There’s not a plant or flower below but makes your glories known;

And clouds arise and tempests blow by order from your throne;

While all that borrows life from you is ever in your care,

And everywhere that I may be, you, God, are present there.

 

OPENING PRAYER

In the beginning, O God, you fashioned a universe. Each star and planet had its beginning in you. Out of the void, you brought light and life. Through eons of creativity, you have acted, and today we are here, inheritors of an amazing process, tiny specks in the limitless reaches of time and space. And you are here, Mighty God, waiting to greet us. Let your light awaken us and your Spirit empower us to faithful living. Amen.

 

WE GIVE GLORY TO GOD                   Gloria Patri

            Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.

            As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Amen.

 

FIRST SCRIPTURE READING                Genesis 1:1-5 (NRSV)

 

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God   swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

 

 

SOLO               “Worship the King”                                                                 Daniel Landis

 

SECOND SCRIPTURE READING                       Mark 1:4-11

John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with[b] water; but he will baptize you with[c] the Holy Spirit.” In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. 11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved;[d] with you I am well pleased.”

SERMON

 

WE GIVE PRAISE TO GOD                   Doxology

            Praise God from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below;

            Praise him above, ye heavenly host: praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

 

PASTORAL PRAYER AND THE LORD’S PRAYER

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

 

HYMN #352                 Spirit Song

 

O let the Son of God enfold you with his Spirit and his love.

Let him fill your heart and satisfy your soul.

O let him have the things that hold you, and his Spirit like a dove

Will descend upon your life and make you whole.

Jesus, O Jesus, come and fill your lambs. Jesus, O Jesus, come and fill your lambs.

 

O come and sing this song with gladness as your hearts are filled with joy.

Lift your hands in sweet surrender to his name.

O give him all your tears and sadness; give him all your years of pain,

And you’ll enter into life in Jesus’ name.

Jesus, O Jesus, come and feed your lambs. Jesus, O Jesus, come and feed your lambs.

 

OUR COMMON CALLING

Let us go forth into the world in peace. Be of good courage. Hold fast to that which is good. Render to no one evil for evil. Strengthen the faint hearted. Support the weak. Help the afflicted. Honor all people. Love and serve the Lord, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

BENEDICTION

 

BENEDICTION RESPONSE       The Trees of the Field             #710

 

POSTLUDE

 

**All hymn texts reprinted here are either in the public domain or used with permission.

   Portions of today’s service were adapted from Lavon Bayler’s Led by Love: Worship Resources for Year B (Cleveland: United Church Press, 1996).

 

CHURCH NEWS – JANUARY 10, 2021

2021 OFFERING ENVELOPES – The 2021 offering envelopes are ready.  You may stop by the office to pick up or if don’t feel comfortable getting out of car call when you get here and we can bring them out to you. 419-738-2215.

PASTOR BECKY ON VACATION – Pastor Becky will be on vacation from January 12 through January 25.  If you have any pastoral needs during this time, Rev. Jeanette Tangeman will be available.  Please call the church office at 419-738-2215, and we will contact her for you.

FLOWER CHART 2021 – If you would like your name on the flower chart for 2021, please call the church office and we will take care of that for you.

ANNUAL CONGREGATION MEETING – The current Covid Pandemic Crisis has certainly placed unique safety and health protocols in order to keep people as safe as possible.  One of these protocols involves any meeting that requires large amounts of people to gather in one place.  Our Annual Congregational Meeting, is one such meeting that should not take place.  The number needed to make a quorum to conduct Church business, as required by our Church Constitution is still much too large to safely hold a Congregational Meeting. Please know that we regret that we are not able to have our annual Congregational Meeting, but as always, we place the safety and health of our Congregation first.  Hence, we are forced to seat new Council Members in a manner that is not necessarily the most desired, but one of necessity.  We thank you in advance for your support of this important matter.

FOOD DISTRIBUTION EVENT – Our next large-scale food distribution event through West Ohio Food Bank will be on Friday, January 15 from 10:00am -12:00pm at the Auglaize County Engineering Facility (1014 S. Blackhoof St.). Registration will be at 9:00am across the street in the medical office parking lot.

TAKE OUT TUESDAY MEALS – Our Take Out Tuesday Meals are back.  Please contact Tami Zwez if you DO NOT want a meal; all people who were registered for a meal prior are still registered and will receive a meal.  Meal pick-up times are 5:30 to 6:30.

 

THIS WEEK AT ST. PAUL CHURCH

SUNDAY, JANUARY 10, 2021

10:15AM               Live Stream Worship Service

3:30-5:00PM        8TH Grade Confirmation Class

 

MONDAY, JAN. 11th

6:30PM                 Zoom Church Council Meeting

 

TUESDAY, JAN. 12th        

5:30 – 6:30PM    Take Out Tuesday Meals

 

FRIDAY, JAN. 15th

10-12:00PM         Food Distribution Event

 

SUNDAY, JANUARY 17, 2021

10:15AM                Live Stream Worship Service

 

We Support Our Church By Our Prayers

Susan Bartlett

Betty Brookhart

Donna Cady

Grant Childress

Connie Claybaugh

Jamie Clements

Alicia Cummins

Gale Gebhart

Emil George

Haley Greer

Greg Hengstler

Janice Hershberger

Ethan Hibner

Cindy Huckemeyer

Nikolas Hunter

Noelle Hunter

Laura Kinstle

Tim Kinstle

Family of Grace Knatz

Kenda Kohler

Ron Kohler

Rex & Brenda Lippincott

Alan McClintock

Steve McClintock

Jade Miller

Nellie Montgomery

Tina Moritz

Family of Jean Nieter

Shirley Place

Carol Presar

Alexis (Hoelsher) Stiles

Doris Sunderland

Cindy Vinco

Brenda Wellington

Janet Winkler

Members and friends serving in the U.S. military:

Alex Bowersock

Matthew Cox

Amanda Preston Johnston

Haley Jean Kill

Valerie Orellana

Scott Presar

Nathan Quellhorst

Johnathon Schlosser

Morgen Sindelar

Dave Sodders

Douglas Sodders

Alexis Stiles

Jeff Sunday

Daniel Turnbow

Ian Wiedenbein

Jian Feng Zhao

 

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