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ST. PAUL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

101 South Perry Street

Wapakoneta, Ohio 45895

 

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Liturgy for Sunday, September 26, 2021

18th Sunday after Pentecost

 

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

PASSING THE PEACE

 

LIGHTING THE ALTAR CANDLES

 

PRELUDE                      “Holy God, We Praise Your Name”                                 Robert Hobby

 

*CALL TO WORSHIP:

One:    Come one and all to meet God here. Let all who are suffering find hope in this place.

All:       We have come that God might raise us up. Our only hope is in the Maker of heaven and earth.

One:    Come, all who are weary and oppressed. God offers relief and enlists our mutual helpfulness.

All:       God hears our prayers and answers us. God equips us to be helpful to one another.

One:    Come together to sing songs of praise to God. Give thanks for God’s wondrous deeds.

All:       God’s glory abides in this place of worship. We celebrate God’s presence among us.

 

*HYMN #396               “Where the Spirit of the Lord Is”

Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is peace.

                Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is love.

                There is comfort in life’s darkest hour, there is light and life,

                there is help and power in the Spirit, in the Spirit of the Lord.

 

*OPENING PRAYER:

Creator God, you whispered the world into being. You sculpted humanity from dust. You painted the universe with your colors. You spoke through psalms and prophets. And you placed creative spirits within your people. You are the one, Creating God, whom we worship and serve. In your mystery and might, bring us to newness of life. Amen.

 

*GLORIA PATRI

 

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE

 

*DOXOLOGY (#34)

 

*PRAYER OF DEDICATION

God of all gifts, you open your hand and provide for the needs of your creatures. You are just in all your ways and kind in everything you do. Teach us to give freely as you have given. Teach us to live thankfully in ministry to others. As we have received from you, bless us with gratitude. And as we give back to you, bless us with joy. Amen.

 

SCRIPTURE READINGS:                                    Mark 9:38-50

 

SERMON

 

PASTORAL PRAYER AND THE LORD’S PRAYER

 

*HYMN #463               “Revive Us Again” (verses 1 & 4)

We praise thee, O God, for the Son of thy love, for Jesus who died and is now gone above.

  Hallelujah! Thine the glory; Hallelujah, Amen! Hallelujah! Thine the glory; revive us again.

 

Revive us again: fill each heart with thy love; may each soul be rekindled with fire from above.

  Hallelujah! Thine the glory; Hallelujah, Amen! Hallelujah! Thine the glory; revive us again.

*OUR COMMON CALLING

 

*BENEDICTION

 

*BENEDICTION RESPONSE:     “I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me”                        #574 (verses 1 & 3)

♪I’m gonna live so God can use me anytime and anywhere.

I’m gonna live so God can use me anytime and anywhere. ♫

 

♪I’m gonna pray so God can use me anytime and anywhere.

I’m gonna pray so God can use me anytime and anywhere. ♫

 

POSTLUDE                                       “Postilion”                                                                            Gordon Young

 

       THIS WEEK AT ST. PAUL CHURCH

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2021      

10:15AM            Worship Service

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 29th                   

6:30PM               Bell Choir Practice

 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2021          

10:15AM           Worship Service w/Holy Communion

 

CHURCH NEWS – SEPTEMBER 26, 2021

  ALTAR FLOWERS – The flowers on the altar this morning are in celebration of Mick & Kathy Haehn’s 42nd

wedding anniversary which is on Wednesday, September 29th.

            HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO YOU BOTH!!!!

 

 

FALL PROGRAMMING UPDATE – Due to the recent uptick in local cases of Covid-19, it has been decided to postpone the start of our Sunday School and FEAST programs. We will continue to monitor local statistics, stay in conversation with local health professionals, and reevaluate as needed. Regrettably, the fall campout to Templed Hills has been canceled. We hope to reschedule this event for another time. While these decisions sadden us, we are committed to the health and safety of the congregation and the wider community. Thank you all for your understanding.

TAKE OUT TUESDAY MEALS – We will be resuming our takeout Tuesday meals for local families to pick up weekly. These are home-cooked meals for the whole family (Tuesday evenings, 5:00 to 6:00PM. starting on Tuesday, October 12th  through May). Call the church to sign up. All meals must be picked up at the Mechanic Street door.

NEW ADULT STUDY OPPORTUNITY – Pastor Becky will be leading an adult study entitled “Sinners vs. Saints” on Thursday evenings at 7:00pm beginning on Thursday, October 14. The study will explore various disagreements or heresies in the pre-Reformation church and how each one changed the history of the Christian faith. We will look at Biblical arguments on all sides and explore how our own understandings of faith might be strengthened by asking the difficult questions these heretics were brave enough to raise. Gatherings will take place via Zoom. All are welcome!

 

             THANK YOU – Thank you to all who helped with the many projects for Servant’s Day.  We could see many jobs being done that will make folks lives a little better.  Though our list seems long on the day, we have some retired guys that take jobs off the list as they are assessing them, so a special extra thank you to those gentlemen.  It all makes for a stronger community and connections to others that might not otherwise happen.  Thank you. Linda Bryan

CIRCLE MEETING – St. Paul UCC Circle will not be meeting on Thursday, October 7, 2021.

          We Support Our Church By Our Prayers

Susan Bartlett

Michelle Barry

Ethan Brandt

Betty Brookhart

Connie Claybaugh

Jamie Clements

Alicia Cummins

Marsha Elliott

Teagan Elliott

Emil George

Haley Greer

Pam Halfhill

Jim Hearn Jr

Martha Hefner

Troy King

Laura Kinstle

Tim Kinstle

Hannah Kohler

Kenda Kohler

Ron Kohler

Rex & Brenda Lippincott

Chris Lotridge

Lauren Makuh

Gayle Marshall

Alan McClintock

Jade Miller

Nellie Montgomery

Reyes Nevarez

Shirley Place

Carol Presar

Katelyn Rose

Judy Sergent

Adrian & Becky Sunday

Doris Sunderland

Cindy Vinco

Ezra Wellington

Janet Winkler

 

 

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

Alex Bowersock

Matthew Cox

Brady Erb

Aaron Micah Hibner

Amanda Preston Johnston

Haley Jean Kill

Valerie Orellana

Scott Presar

Nathan Quellhorst

Johnathon Schlosser

Morgen Sindelar

Dave Sodders

Douglas Sodders

Alexis Stiles

Jeff Sunday

Daniel Turnbow

Ian Wiedenbein

Jian Feng Zhao

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