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Bulletin for the 2nd Sunday after Epiphany, January 14, 2024

WORSHIP HELPERS: Reader – Patricia Jones Lay Assistant – Earl Jones
FELLOWSHIP– Monte & Brenda Hankins, Jeff & Taylor Hankins

All the baptized have a calling in God’s world. God calls not just pastors and deacons but also the
youngest child, like Samuel. The story of the calling of Nathanael plays with the idea of place. Nathanael initially dismisses Jesus because he comes from Nazareth. But where we come from isn’t important;
it’s where—or rather whom—we come to. Jesus refers to Jacob, who had a vision in a place he called
“the house of God, and … the gate of heaven” (Gen. 28:17). Jesus says he himself is the place where
Nathanael will meet God.
(*) 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. (silence for reflection)
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.
*OPENING HYMN Lord, Speak to Us, That We May Speak ELW 676

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.

*HYMN OF PRAISE Come, All You People ELW 819
L Thanks be to you, Lord Jesus Christ, most merciful redeemer, for the countless blessings and
benefits you give. May we know you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more
nearly, day by day praising you, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C Amen.
God speaks to us in scripture reading, preaching, and song.
-FIRST READING: 1 Samuel 3:1-10
(after the reading)
L The word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.
-SECOND READING: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20
(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: John 1:43-51
L The holy gospel according to John, 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 Here I Am, Lord ELW 574
(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.
-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
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.
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 SONG Take My Life, That I May Be ELW 583
L: Go in peace. You are God’s beloved.
C: Thanks be to God.


SCRIPTURES FOR WEEK OF JANUARY 21ST– Jonah 3:1-5, 10, Psalm 62:5-12, 1 Corinthians 7:29-31, Mark 1:14-20.
WORSHIP HELPERS – January 21–Reader– TBA, Lay Assist.– Maurine Roller.
WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY– Bible study has resumed. It meets 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

FELLOWSHIP – JANUARY 21ST–Dave & Kathy Ylander, Duane & Ann Massine.
GROCERY KART RECEIPTS- We are collecting Grocery Kart receipts for the Preschool.
These go toward the purchase of school supplies. The Preschool is self-sufficient in that it does
not get funding from the St. John’s budget. It operates on its own funding and donations. Please
place your receipts in the plastic grocery kart.

HEAD START BACKPACKS– The Head Start Backpack program has provided weekend bags of
food items to three, four and five year olds who are identified as income challenged. This year we
fed 40 students. the first semester and are feeding 30 students the second semester. Food and financial donations are by congregation members. Thrivent action team dollars applied for by
Thrivent members, the Endowment grant and the Mission Store grant provide financial support
for the program. Your support is 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)

THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT!- We have become part of the Vanco Giving App. You can
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the background.

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