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4th Epiphany Sunday                                      January 29, 2023





One:  The Peace of Christ be with you.

ALL:  And also, with you.




PRELUDE                          Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing                arr. by Tedd Smith & Don Hustad

​​                                           Karen Joseph & Martha Hefner


*CALL TO WORSHIP: based on Micah 6:1-8                                                 Tammy Nuesmeyer, Liturgist

One: The Lord has told you, O Mortal, what is good;

All:  With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself, before God on high?

One: What does the Lord require of you?

All:  To do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with our God.



*HYMN ​​                   “Thy Word”​​                                 #664

Refrain: They Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.


When I feel afraid, think I’ve lost my way, still you’re there right beside me.

And nothing will I fear as long as you are near.

Please be near me to the end. Refrain


I will not forget your love for me, and yet my heart forever is wandering.

Jesus, be my guide and hold me to your side;

And I will love you to the end. Refrain



God our deliverer, you walk with the meek and the poor, the compassionate and those who mourn, and you call us to walk humbly with you. When we are foolish, be our wisdom; when we are weak, be our strength; that, as we learn to do justice and to love mercy, your rule may come as blessing.

*GLORIA PATRI                     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.


CHILDREN’S MESSAGE​​​​            Missy Schlenker


CHORAL ANTHEM                             Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers”                             arr. by John Ferguson



Benevolence giving for January: Crisis Center of Auglaize County

*WE GIVE GLORY TO GODDoxology”#34(Note the change of words)

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

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



We seek your wisdom, O Lord, as we move together as your people, called into an alternate Way, as we follow the Way of your Son, our brother.   We bring these tithes, gifts, and our lives as our response to your Love and Grace.   Help us to be your church. Amen.


1 Corinthians 1:18-31

18For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.  19For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”  20Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. 22For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, 23but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength. 26Consider your own call, brothers and sisters: not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noblebirth. 27But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are, 29so that no one might boast in the presence of God. 30He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 31in order that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

Matthew 5: 1-12

1When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: 3“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. 6“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. 7“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. 8“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. 9“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. 10“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11“Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely] on my account. 12Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

SERMON ​​​Words of Comfort, Words of Challenge​​​Rev. Mark Bishop


SACRAMENT of BAPTISM:                                                                                                            INSERT

      Lane Warner Parker, Born September 27, 2022

             Parents: Chris & Kala Parker

             Grandparents: John and Ann Parker

             Grandparents: Kevin & Dawn Warner

             Great Grandparents: Don & Kadene Warner

             Great Grandmother: Ruth Berger




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 debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,      

              forever. Amen.

*HYMN                                   “Borning Cry”​​                    #680

I was there to hear your borning cry, I’ll be there when you are old,

I rejoiced the day you were baptized to see your life unfold.

I was there when you were but a child with a faith to suit you well;

in a blaze of light you wandered off to find where demons dwell.

When you heard the wonder of the Word I was there to cheer you on.

You were raised to praise the living Lord to whom you now belong.

If you find someone to share your time, and you join your hearts as one,

I’ll be there to make your verses rhyme from dusk till rising sun.

In the middle ages of your life, not too old, no longer young.

I’ll be there to guide you through the night, complete what I’ve begun.

When the evening gently closes in and you shut your weary eyes,

I’ll be there as I have always been with just one more surprise.


Let us go forth into the world in peace.  Be of good courage; hold fast to that which is good.  Render to no one evil for evil.  Strengthen the faint hearted; support the weak; help the afflicted.  Honor all people.  Love and serve the Lord, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.  




*BENEDICTION RESPONSE:   God’s Love Made Visible?                                      #226

God’s love made visible!  Incomprehensible!  He is invincible!

His love shall reign!  From love so bountiful, blessings uncountable make death surmountable!

His love shall reign!

Joyfully pray for peace and good will!  All of our yearning he will fulfill.

Live In a loving way!  Praise him for every day!

Open your hearts and pray!  His love shall reign!


POSTLUDE                         The Church’s One Foundation​​​arr. by Colin Mawby




8:30AM​​Adult Bible Study-Ritter Room

10:15AMWorship Service


MONDAY, JAN 30, 2023

6:30PMPastoral Search Committee

TUESDAY, JAN 31, 2023

5-6:00PMTake Out Tuesday

6:30PM​​Transition Committee



6:30PM​​Bell Choir Practice

7:30PM​​Chancel Choir Practice


​​6-8:00PMVideo Study


8:30AMAdult Bible StudyRitter Room

10:15AMWorship Service-Installation of Council &

                                                     Pastoral Search Committee Members

                                          Given the Week of January 22, 2023

             General Fund $7,293.06 Benevolence $130.00 Building Fund $87.25

                           Average General Fund Monthly Expenses $26,595.61

                            Given to General Fund so far this month $16,398.75

                              Given to Building Fund so far this month:  $395.25

                            Attendance for Sunday Jan 22, 2023 10:15 – 76

                              Online Attendance for Sunday Jan 22, 2023 – N/A

                 Week of Jan 8, 2023 service, Additional online views – N/A

          Benevolence for the month of January – Crisis Center of Auglaize Cty.

        CHURCH NEWS – JANUARY 29, 2023

GUMBO SALE – We had some supplies left over after our shrimp boil, so we decided to make some Southern Gumbo!!! Cooked fresh then frozen. (Shrimp, Sausage, potato, rice) We are selling 1-Pint for $5.00 and 1-Quart for $10.00. Come enjoy this Louisiana Favorite!!  Call the church office at 419-738-2215 for pick-up during church hours, while supplies last.

NURSERY – The church nursery is usually open each Sunday and is supervised by members of the Faith Formation Committee.  The nursery is only open upon request.   Any family wishing to have their children attend the church nursery while they are participating in worship in the sanctuary, please notify an usher so they make arrangements for nursery coverage.  Please do not take your child to the nursery first without contacting an usher, as a nursery supervisor is only available in the nursery upon request.

HEIFER SUNDAY – Heifer Sunday will be Sunday, February 19th after the church service in Timmermeister Hall.  The FEAST children will learn about Heifer International on Wednesday, February 15th and then decorate animal sugar cookies.  They will learn about a mother, Mefore who wanted the best for her children; enough food on their plates, a sturdy roof over their heads and a bright future.  But when you’re born into the vicious cycle of poverty, the simplest things can feel like an impossible dream.  But today, thanks to the gift of a goat and lots of hard work, Mefore’s family is thriving.  So stop over after church for a cookie and a glass of milk and donate to Heifer International!

COOKIES NEEDED – American Red Cross has asked  for 10 Dozen of cookies for Thursday, February 16, 2023. The cookies need to be delivered to St. Joseph Church by 10:30 on that day.  If willing to donate cookies please find a sign up sheet in the breezeway and state how many.  Thank you in advance.

CELEBRATION OF MARRIAGE – Sign up for a special kind of fellowship dinner, after church on February 12, 2023.   Everyone is invited, but we need you to sign up or call the church to let them know how many of your family will be attending.   The program will be a fun way to honor the many Valentine couples in the church who have been married 50 years or more.   We will spend time honoring them, or maybe I should say having fun “roasting” them.   Come and find out which is more

BEWARE OF ONLINE SCAMS – Scammers have been using Pastor Bishop’s name to send emails asking for you to buy hundreds of dollars of eBay gift cards.   Please delete these emails, and any others like them without responding in any way.   In our times there is little we can do to prevent such abuse of information, like our names.   Just know that Pastor Bishop regrets the confusion this creates, and he would never ask such a thing.

Week 12 – Thursday, Feb 2           Season 2 – Episode 4               6-8:00PM

Week 13 – Thursday, Feb 9           Season 2 – Episode 5               6-8:00PM

Week 14 – Thursday, Feb 16         Season 2 – Episode 6               6-8:00PM

Week 15 – Thursday, Feb 23         Season 2 – Episode 7               6-8:00PM

Week 16 – Thursday, March 2      Season 2 – Episode 8               6-8:00PM

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***Participation via ZOOM will be made available***

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