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Bulletin for the 3rd Sunday after Epiphany, January 21, 2024

WORSHIP HELPERS: Reader – Jess Wimmer Lay Assistant – Ron Henzler
FELLOWSHIP– Dave & Kathy Ylander, Duane & Ann Massine

As we continue through the time after Epiphany, stories of the call to discipleship show us the implica-tions of our baptismal calling to show Christ to the world. Jesus begins proclaiming the good news and calling people to repentance right after John the Baptist is arrested for preaching in a similar way. Knowing that John was later executed, we see at the very outset the cost of discipleship. Still, the two sets of brothers leave everything they have known and worked for all their lives to follow Jesus and fish for people.
(*) Please stand as you are able (-) Please be seated
GATHERING The Holy Spirit calls us together as the people of God.
-PRELUDE
-WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
*THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISM
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.
*GATHERING SONG Gather Us In ELW 532
*GREETING 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.

*PRAYER OF THE DAY L Almighty God, by grace alone you call us and accept us in your service. Strengthen us by your Spirit, and make us worthy of your call, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
C Amen.
WORD God speaks to us in scripture reading, preaching, and song.
-FIRST READING: Jonah 3:1-5, 10
(after the reading)
L The word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.
-SECOND READING: 1 Corinthians 7:29-31
(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 ACCLAMATION He Came Down ELW 253
*GOSPEL: Mark 1:14-20
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 You Have Come to the Lakeshore ELW 817
*APOSTLES’ CREED ELW p. 105
*PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
(Each petition ends with) L God of grace, C receive our prayer.
*SHARING OF GOD’S PEACE
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.)
-PRESENTATION OF THE GIFTS
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
*OFFERTORY PRAYER
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
MEAL
God feeds us with the presence of Jesus Christ.

*GREAT THANKSGIVING DIALOGUE & PREFACE
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.
*LORD’S PRAYER
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.
*INVITATION TO COMMUNION
*HOLY COMMUNION
+ 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!
*COMMUNION HYMNS
Lamb of God ELW 195
By Your Hand You Feed Your People ELW 469
-POST-COMMUNION BLESSING
*PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
SENDING
God blesses us and sends us in mission to the world.
*BLESSING
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
*DISMISSAL
L: Go in peace. You are God’s beloved.
C: Thanks be to God.
-POSTLUDE

ADDITIONAL WORSHIP SCHEDULES ONLINE WORSHIP –WEBSITE: Alliancestjohns.org FACEBOOK: Alliance NE St Johns Lutheran ANNOUNCEMENTS SCRIPTURES FOR WEEK OF JANUARY 28TH– Deuteronomy 18:15-20, Psalm 1111, 1 Corinthians 8:1-13, Mark 1:21-28.
WORSHIP HELPERS – January 28–Reader– Carol Rockwell, Lay Assist.– Mary Crawford.
WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY– Wednesday Bible study starts at 9:30am with prayers. Please join us as we continue the study of women of the Bible!
WEDNESDAY EVENING WORSHIP– Wednesday night worship at 6:15PM.
ANNUAL MEETING– St. John’s Annual Meeting is January 28th following worship. Please join us as we give thanks for the ministry of 2023, elect people to Council and boards, and pass a budget for 2024.
FELLOWSHIP – JANUARY 28TH–Annual Meeting Soup Lunch!
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.