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Bulletin for The Baptism of our Lord Sunday, January 7, 2024

WORSHIP HELPERS: Reader – Natalie Tyler Lay Assistant – Melinda Ewing
FELLOWSHIP– Kathy Bell, Kurt & Tracy Lambert

Our re-creation in baptism is an image of the Genesis creation, where the Spirit of God moved over the
waters. Both Mark’s gospel and the story in Acts make clear that it is the Spirit’s movement that distinguishes Jesus’ baptism from John’s. The Spirit has come upon us as upon Jesus and the Ephesians, calling us God’s beloved children and setting us on Jesus’ mission to re-create the world in the image of
God’s vision of justice and peace.
(*) Please stand as you are able
(-) Please be seated
The Holy Spirit calls us together as the people of God.
P: Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, the fountain of living water, the rock who gave us
birth, our light and our salvation.
C: Amen.
P: Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism, we are clothed with God’s mercy and forgiveness. Let us
give thanks for the gift of baptism.
We give you thanks, O God, for in the beginning your Spirit moved over the waters and by your
Word you created the world, calling forth life in which you took delight.
Through the waters of the flood you delivered Noah and his family. Through the sea you led your
people Israel from slavery into freedom. At the river your Son was baptized by John and anointed
with the Holy Spirit. By water and your Word you claim us as daughters and sons, making us heirs of
your promise and servants of all.
We praise you for the gift of water that sustains life, and above all we praise you for the gift of new
life in Jesus Christ. Shower us with your Spirit, and renew our lives with your forgiveness, grace,
and love.
To you be given honor and praise through Jesus Christ our Lord in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now
and forever. C: Amen.
*GATHERING SONG Shall We Gather at the River ELW 423

L: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with
you all.
C: And also with you.

L Holy God, creator of light and giver of goodness, your voice moves over the waters. Immerse us in
your grace, and transform us by your Spirit, that we may follow after your Son, Jesus Christ, our
Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C Amen.
God speaks to us in scripture reading, preaching, and song.
-FIRST READING: Genesis 1:1-5
(after the reading)
L The word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.
-SECOND READING: Acts 19:1-7
(after the reading)
L The word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.
-LET THE CHILDREN COME (Please pass worship cards to the center aisle)

*GOSPEL: Mark 1:4-11
L The holy gospel according to Mark, the 1st chapter.
C Glory to you , O Lord.
(after the reading)
L The Gospel of the Lord. C Praise to you, O Christ
-MESSAGE Pastor Megan Morrow
*HYMN OF THE DAY Baptized in Water ELW 456
(Each petition ends with) L God of grace, C receive our prayer.
L The peace of Christ be with you always.
C And also with you.
(Please share a sign of God’s peace with one another, such as Peace be with you.)
The Offering is presented at the altar as the Offertory is sung and the Lord’s table is prepared.
-OFFERTORY As with Gladness Men of Old (vs 1-3) ELW 302
L: Blessed are you, Holy One, for all good things come from you. In water and Word, bread
and cup you open heaven to us. Meet us at the baptismal font, in our daily lives, and at this
table, that we receive what we seek and follow your Son, Jesus, in whose name we pray.
C: Amen
God feeds us with the presence of Jesus Christ.
P: The Lord be with you. C: And also with you.
P: Lift up your hearts. C: We lift them to the Lord.
P: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. C: It is right to give our thanks and praise.
P: Holy One, ,… the mystery of faith. C: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.
P: With this bread…hope for His coming C: Come, Lord Jesus.
P: Holy God, …peace on earth. C: Come, Holy Spirit.
P: All praise…now and forever. C: Amen.
L Gathered into one by the Holy Spirit, let us pray as Jesus taught us.
C 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 trespasses, as we
forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from
evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
+ We invite you to come forward down the center aisle starting with the back pews. When you
reach the front, hold out your hands if you would like to receive communion, or hold your
arms across your chest to receive a blessing. If children receive communion in their home
congregation, they are welcome to receive communion at St. John’s. Just say, “Gluten free”
if you would like gluten free wafers. There are cups with red wine and white grape juice in
the trays. Let us know if you’d like communion brought to you in the pew. All are welcome
at Christ’s table!

Lamb of God ELW 195
Wash, O God, Our Sons and Daughters ELW 445
I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light ELW 815
God blesses us and sends us in mission to the world.
L: God who names you, Christ who claims you, and the Holy Spirit who dwells in you, ☩ bless
you and remain with you always.
C: Amen.
*SENDING HYMN Sent Forth by God’s Blessing ELW 547

L: Go in peace. You are God’s beloved.
C: Thanks be to God.



SCRIPTURES FOR WEEK OF JANUARY 14TH– 1 Samuel 3:1-20, Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18, 1
Corinthians 6:12-20, John 1:43-51.
WORSHIP HELPERS – January 14–Reader– Patricia Jones, Lay Assist.– Earl Jones, .
WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY– Bible study will start up again on January 10th at 9:30am.
Please join us as we continue the study of women of the Bible!
WEDNESDAY EVENING WORSHIP– We have resumed Wednesday night worship at 6:30PM.

FELLOWSHIP – JANUARY 14TH–Monte & Brenda Hankins, Jeff & Taylor Hankins.
GROCERY KART RECEIPTS- We are collecting Grocery Kart receipts for the Preschool. Please
place them in the grocery kart in the Fellowship Room.

HEAD START BACKPACKS– Items needed most-chunky fruit cups, fruit granola bars, fruit
snacks, cheese n crackers and plastic grocery bags. Your donations are greatly appreciated!
“GO AND…” –
JANUARY-Rest At the start of the new year, we are pushed to get organized, exercise more, and
make New Year’s resolutions. How do we take rest among all this? What does it mean to be like
Jesus? It means taking time to pause, rest, and embrace the day. That might mean taking a nap,
getting together with old friends, reading a good book, or enjoying the arts as we recognize God
makes all things new.
Questions to consider: What brings you rest? What does Sabbath mean for you? What does it
look like in your life? Let GO, what are you going to give up this year so that you can rest?
Prayer: O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as
yet untrodden, through perils and joys unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing
where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our
Lord. Amen.

Actual expenses thru 12/31/2023 $184,710.67 Giving thru 12/31/2023 $165,895.85
Giving under actual expenses ($18,814.82)
52 Weeks of Budget Expenses $198,426.00 Giving under Budget Expenses ($32,530.15)