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Bulletin for the 4th Sunday after Epiphany, January 28, 2024

WORSHIP HELPERS: Reader – Carol Rockwell Lay Assistant – Mary Crawford
FELLOWSHIP– Annual Meeting Soup Meal

In Deuteronomy God promises to raise up a prophet like Moses, who will speak for God; in Psalm 111
God shows the people the power of God’s works. For the church these are ways of pointing to the
unique authority people sensed in Jesus’ actions and words. We encounter that authority in God’s word,
around which we gather, the word that prevails over any lesser spirit that would claim power over us,
freeing us to follow Jesus.
(*) 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 Songs of Thankfulness and Praise ELW 310

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: Compassionate God, you gather the whole universe into your radiant presence and continually reveal your Son as our Savior. Bring wholeness to all that is broken and speak truth to
us in our confusion, that all creation will see and know your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior
and Lord.
C Amen.
God speaks to us in scripture reading, preaching, and song.
-FIRST READING: Deuteronomy 18:15-20
(after the reading)
L The word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.
-SECOND READING: 1 Corinthians 8:1-13
(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 1:21-28
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 Cast Out, O Christ ACS 1016
(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 Let the Whole Creation Cry ELW 876
L: Go in peace. You are God’s beloved.
C: Thanks be to God.


SCRIPTURES FOR WEEK OF FEBRUARY 4TH– Isaiah 40:21-31, Psalm 147:1-11, 20c,
1 Corinthians 9:16-23, Mark 1:29-39.
WORSHIP HELPERS – February 4– Reader– Jess Wimmer, Lay Assist.– Melinda Ewing.
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 – FEBRUARY 4TH–Christa & Andrew Fulk, Cole & Danielle Walters.
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…” –
FEBRUARY – Have THE Conversation
Conversation is an exchange involving active listening as well as taking turns sharing ideas and
stories. It can be easy for us to fall into monologuing, lecturing, or tuning out especially when
we think we know the answers. As a result, we often avoid having difficult conversations. Faithfilled
disciples are called to be honest and engage with each other in Christ-like love.
Questions to consider: What is your prayer as you consider engaging in a hard conversation?
When was a time you had a hard conversation? What did it feel like? What did you learn from it?
What is The conversation that you need to GO have and with whom?
Prayer: Engaging God, who is not afraid of any conversation, give me the words, wisdom, and
heart to join in difficult conversations. Amen.