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Bulletin for the 5th Sunday after Epiphany, February 4, 2024

WORSHIP HELPERS: Reader – Jess Wimmer Lay Assistant – Melinda Ewing
FELLOWSHIP– Christa & Andrew Fulk, Cole & Danielle Walters

In Isaiah the one God who sits above the earth and numbers the stars also strengthens the powerless. So
in Jesus’ healing work we see the hand of the creator God, lifting up the sick woman to health and service (diakonia). Like Simon’s mother-in-law, we are lifted up and healed to serve. Following Jesus, we
strengthen the powerless; like Jesus, we seek to renew our own strength in quiet times of prayer.
(*) 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.
*GATHERING SONG Praise to the Lord, the Almighty ELW 858

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 Everlasting God, you give strength to the weak and power to the faint. Make us agents of your healing and wholeness, that your good news may be made known to the ends of your creation, through
Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
C Amen.
God speaks to us in scripture reading, preaching, and song.
-FIRST READING: Isaiah 40:21-31
(after the reading)
L The word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.
-SECOND READING: 1 Corinthians 9:16-23
(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 1:29-39
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 We Come to You for Healing, Lord ELW 617
(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
Precious Lord, Take My Hand ELW 773
We Come to the Hungry Feast ELW 479
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 Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness ELW 843

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

SCRIPTURES FOR WEEK OF FEBRUARY 11TH– 2 Kings 2:1-12, Psalm 50:1-6,
2 Corinthians 4:3-6, Mark 9:2-9.
WORSHIP HELPERS – February 11–Reader– Pearl Mayhew, Lay Assist.– Luayne Weisgerber.
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.

FELLOWSHIP – FEBRUARY 11TH–Rich & Connie Stricker, Pete & Carol Ditsch.
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.