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ST. PAUL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
101 South Perry Street
Wapakoneta, Ohio 45895

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Liturgy for Sunday August 14th, 2022

10th Sunday After Pentecost

 

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

 PASSING THE PEACE

 

LIGHTING THE ALTAR CANDLES

 

PRELUDE                                       On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand                                       Adam Mason

Martha Hefner

 

*CALL TO WORSHIP(Unison)(UCC Worship Ways):                              Liturgist: Tammy Nuesmeyer

One: In a world uprooted at every turn, come beloved of God for replanting.

All:    Our hope and weariness are mixed together, yet we come, trusting ancient promises.

One: Come to honor our still-speaking God and give thanks, seek to learn and follow in God’s way.

All:   God will not rest until all are re-rooted, restored, and renewed for rejoicing.

One: Let us be joined to God’s song of justice, bearing beauty into the life of the world.
All:   May our lives be formed for faithfulness by the One who is always faithful.

 

*HYMN            “All Are Welcome” (Verse 1&2)                          INSERT

 

*OPENING PRAYER(Unison) (UCC Worship Ways):

Loving and Gracious God, form a new song of soul within us. Take every fragment of our lives and fashion a new creation. Plant us deep in the soil of Your love, that your living water might rise in us, forming a fruit of possibility unimaginable on our own. Grant us grace to trust your promised presence already meeting us here, now, and always. By this, gift us with a new strength of heart for whatever Your love demands. Amen.

 

*WE GIVE PRAISE TO GOD                  GLORIA PATRI                                               #734

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

               as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.  Amen.

 

WE PRAY FOR TRANSFORMATION AND NEW LIFE (Unison))

Gracious God, you have created a world of abundance and flourishing. Every resource, every gift, every product originates from the generosity of your creation and the creativity you have bestowed upon us. Forgive us for misuse and overuse of your gifts. Reveal our miserly attitudes toward the plentiful trove of resources you have entrusted to our care. Sow generosity in us, reveal abundance to us, and enable flourishing through us. Amen.

 

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE                                                   Linda Bryan

 

THE SHARING OF TITHES AND OFFERINGS

Benevolence giving for August:  OCWM

 

*WE GIVE GLORY TO GOD      “Doxology”                                          #34

Praise God from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below;

              praise him above, ye heavenly host: praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.

 

 

 

*PRAYER OF DEDICATION

We thank you, Loving God, that sourness gives way to sweetness when we answer Your call to be generous. Multiply these gifts and Your spirit in us, that the world may know your life-giving will and way.

 

FIRST SCRIPTURE READING:                                          1 Thessalonians 5:12-15

12But we appeal to you, brothers and sisters, to respect those who labor among you and have charge of you in the Lord and admonish you; 13esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves.  14And we urge you, brothers and sisters, to admonish the idlers, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with all of them.  15See that none of you repays evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to all.

 

SECOND SCRIPTURE READING:                                     1 Peter 3:8-22

8Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind.  9Do not repay evil for evil or abuse for abuse, but, on the contrary, repay with a blessing. It is for this that you were called—that you might inherit a blessing.  10For “Those who desire to love life and to see good days, let them keep their tongues from evil and their lips from speaking deceit; 11let them turn away from evil and do good; let them seek peace and pursue it. 12For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” 13Now who will harm you if you are eager to do what is good?  14But even if you do suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear, and do not be intimidated, 15but in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you, 16yet do it with gentleness and respect. Maintain a good conscience so that, when you are maligned, those who abuse you for your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame.  17For it is better to suffer for doing good, if suffering should be God’s will, than to suffer for doing evil.  18For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, 19in which also he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison, 20who in former times did not obey, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight lives, were saved through water.  21And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you—not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for] a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers made subject to him.

 

SERMON                                        “Render to no one Evil for Evil”                               Kevin Frische

 

PASTORAL PRAYER & THE LORD’S PRAYER

 

*HYMN #595               “They’ll Know We Are Christians”

We are one in the Spirit; we are one in the Lord.

We are one in the Spirit; we are one in the Lord.

And we pray that all unity may one day be restored.

 

Refrain: And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love.

               Yes, they’ll know we are Christians by our love.

 

We will walk with each other; we will walk hand in hand.

We will walk with each other; we will walk hand in hand.

And together we’ll spread the news that God is in our land. Refrain

 

We will work with each other; we will work side by side.

We will work with each other; we will work side by side.

And we’ll guard each one’s dignity and save each one’s pride. Refrain

*WE PREPARE OUR HEARTS (Unison)

O God of provision, Thank you for our coming interim pastor. We thank you for the shepherd he will be to all he meets, gently yet boldly guiding and caring for us. Thank you for his wisdom, for the words of truth that he will reveal. Thank you for his faith, for the exuberance of his praise and the passion in his prayers. Lord we pray for this man of God. Please come and be his shepherd now. Protect him, guard his mind and minister to his heart. Come be his anchor. May he know that his feet rest secure on your foundations. Come fill his vision. Please lift his eyes to see the beauty of your kingdom. Come renew his hope. We ask that you would fill the sails of his heart with your goodness and eternal truth. As we await his arrival, prepare our hearts O God, and soften our strongholds, make us ready to receive. As this season arrives where his journey partners with our journey may we grow into what you want us to become in this new season in the life of our church. In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

*OUR COMMON CALLING

 

*BENEDICTION

 

*BENEDICTION RESPONSE:                 “The Trees of the Field”                         #710

You shall go out with joy and be led forth with peace;

The mountains and the hills will break forth before you;

There’ll be shouts of joy, and all the trees of the field will clap,

will clap their hands.

And all the trees of the field will clap their hands,**

The trees of the field will clap their hands, **

The trees of the field will clap their hands, **

While you go out with joy!  (repeat)                                                 CCLI # 503639390

* = clap your hands

 

POSTLUDE                           Shine, Jesus, Shine                                        Peggy Bettcher

 

       THIS WEEK AT ST. PAUL CHURCH

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 14, 2022         

10:15AM         Worship Service w/Kevin Frische

 

MONDAY, AUGUST 15th                       

                11:30-12:30PM Summer Lunch curbside only

 

TUESDAY, AUGUST16th                                                         

11:30-12:30PM           Summer Lunch curbside only

 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17th                                      

            11:30-12:30PM           Summer Lunch curbside only

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 18th                                                                 

11:30-12:30PM           Summer Lunch curbside only

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 19th                                                                        

11:30-12:30PM           Summer Lunch curbside only

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 21, 2022

            10:15AM         Worship Service w/Rev. Mark Bishop

 

CHURCH NEWS – AUGUST 14, 2022

 

ALTAR FLOWERS – The flowers on the altar this morning are in celebration of Don & Melanie Webb’s 40th wedding anniversary, which will be Saturday, August 20th. The flowers are given lovingly by Evonda Erb.

 

“THE CHOSEN” VIDEO SERIES STUDY – Starting September 1st, Join Anthony on Thursday Nights for a video series study on “The Chosen”. The Chosen is the first-ever multi-season TV show about the life of Jesus. Please find a weekly schedule in the back of the sanctuary.

Please email Anthony@stpaulucc.com to let us know you would like to participate.

 

GUEST PASTORS AND SPEAKERS – St. Paul is once again excited to WELCOME the following guest pastors and speakers who will be sharing worship with us during the month of August!!  Please plan to join us in worship with these guests:

 

August 21, 2022…….                           Rev. Mark Bishop

Guest Pastor & soon to be Interim Pastor

 

August 28, 2022……                            Mark Vaughn, Council President

Sermon: “Support the Weak & Help the

Afflicted”

  1. PAUL MEN SINGERS – St. Paul Men Singers will provide special music at our August 21st worship service. Any man who enjoys singing is welcome to participate. Please contact Rollie Wellington at 419-738-8803. Rehearsal is Wednesday, August 17th at 7:00PM in the sanctuary.

 

SUMMER LUNCH UP-DATE…  Did you know that St. Paul Summer Lunch Program has fed a total of 6864 total meals so far this summer?  The break down for each month is as follows:     June:  2828 children meals

275 adult meals

3103 Total Meals

 

July:     3465 children meals

298 adult meals

3761 Total Meals

 

Did you also know, that ALL of the new kitchen appliances and hardware purchased during the last three years to make our kitchen more efficient has cost this church absolutely NOTHING from our General Operating Fund, or any Endowment.  All of the relatively new items such as the professional mixer, warming cabinet, etc. have been purchased with funds from the Summer Lunch Program.  Part of the summer lunch grant that we obtain each year from the Ohio Department of Education requests that any profits earned from their children lunch reimbursements be used to support and improve the program… which is what is being done each year.  The best part, is the equipment can also be used for our other Food Ministries as well as church social events.  Our Summer Lunch Program… addressing hunger in our community and keeping our church kitchen with the times all at the same time!

We Support Our Church By Our Prayers

Pete Amstutz

Wayna Assenheirmer

Dan Arnold

Mike Bartlett

Betty Brookhart

Connie Claybaugh

Kay Coy

Alicia Cummins

Marsha Elliott

Teagan Elliott

Helen Erb

Emil George

Cindy Gillian

Pam Halfhill

Jim Hearn Jr

Dale Hibner

Deb Kaeck

Troy King

Tim Kinstle

Kenda Kohler

Ron Kohler

Rex Lippincott

Lauren Makuh

Gayle Marshall

Wayne McMichael

Jade Miller

Rich Miller

Reyes Nevarez

Kendra (Short) Norton

and family

Carol Presar

Jack Preston

Janet Schuler

Doris Sunderland

J J Truesdale

Eileen Werling

Janet Winkler

Members and friends serving in the U.S. military:

Alex Bowersock

Matthew Cox

Brady Erb

Aaron & Skyla Hibner

Amanda Preston Johnston

Jordon Jurosic

Haley Jean Kill

Valerie Orellana

Scott Presar

Nathan Quellhorst

Morgen Sindelar

Dave Sodders

Douglas Sodders

Daniel Turnbow

Jian Feng Zhao

 

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