ST. PAUL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
101 South Perry Street
Wapakoneta, Ohio 45895
Liturgy for Sunday, January 23, 2022
3rd Sunday after Epiphany
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
PASSING THE PEACE
LIGHTING THE ALTAR CANDLES
PRELUDE Holy god, We Praise Thy Name Arr. by Donald Busarow
Karen Joseph & Maratha Hefner
*CALL TO WORSHIP: Linda Bryan, Liturgist
One: Let the ears of all people be attentive;
The heavens are telling the glory of God.
All: Everything around us proclaims God’s handiwork.
Let us bow down and worship our Creator.
One: Day and night, God is at work among us.
We are drawn together into one body, the church.
All: Let the whole body praise God, singing of God’s greatness,
Today and every day!
*HYMN #51 “How Great Thou Art”
♪O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder consider all the worlds thy hands have made,
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder, thy poser thorough-out the universe displayed. ♫
Refrain: ♪Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to thee: how great thou art, how great thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to thee: how great thou art, how great thou art! ♫
♪When through the woods and forest glades I wander and hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees,
when I look down for lofty mountain grandeur, and hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze. ♫
♪And when I think that God, his Son not sparing, sent him to die, I scarce can take it in,
that on the cross, my burden gladly bearing, he bled and died to take away my sin. ♫
♪When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation and take me home, what joy shall fill my heart!
Then I shall bow in humble adoration, and there proclaim, “My God, how great thou art.” ♫
Spirit of God, who inspired the Scriptures and gave them fulfillment in Jesus Christ, open our eyes to the gifts you have entrusted to each one of us and show us how to work together to realize your purposes in our midst. We long to live in a world where mutual caring and support replace competition and violence. Help us to honor one another’s gifts and to strive to embody your love. Amen.
*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
Great God, we lift up our hands to bring offerings to you. We bow our heads in prayer to give you honor. We worship your name with praise and thanksgiving. In Christ you bless us and call us your own. Full of joy in belonging to your holy family, we join with your children everywhere in presenting our gifts. Use them to your glory. Amen.
FIRST SCRIPTURE READING: 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a
For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. 14Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15If the foot would say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16And if the ear would say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? 18But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20As it is, there are many members, yet one body. 21The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22On the contrary, the members of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23and those members of the body that we think less honorable we clothe with greater honor, and our less respectable members are treated with greater respect; 24whereas our more respectable members do not need this. But God has so arranged the body, giving the greater honor to the inferior member, 25that there may be no dissension within the body, but the members may have the same care for one another. 26If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it. 27Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 28And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers; then deeds of power, then gifts of healing, forms of assistance, forms of leadership, various kinds of tongues. 29Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? 31But strive for the greater gifts.
SECOND SCRIPTURE READING: Luke 4:14-21
Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. 15He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone. 16When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: 18“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captive and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, 19to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” 20And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”
SERMON “The Body of Christ” Rev. Becky Sunday
PASTORAL PRAYER AND THE LORD’S PRAYER
*HYMN #96 “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing”
♪O for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer’s praise,
the glories of my God and King, the triumphs of his grace! ♫
♪My gracious Master and my God, assist me to proclaim,
to spread thro’ all the earth abroad the honors of your name. ♫
♪Jesus! The name that charms our fears, that bids our sorrow’s cease,
‘tis music in the sinner’s ears, ‘tis life and health and peace. ♫
♪He breaks the power of cancelled sin, he sets the prisoner free;
his blood can make the foulest clean, his blood availed for me. ♫
♪To God all glory, praise, and love be now and ever given
by saints below and saints above, the Church in earth and heaven. ♫
*OUR COMMON CALLING
*BENEDICTION RESPONSE: “God Be with You” #716 (Verses 1 & 3)
POSTLUDE God of Grace and God of Glory Arr. by Don Phillips
THIS WEEK AT ST. PAUL CHURCH
SUNDAY, JANUARY 23, 2022
10:15AM Worship Service
2-4:00PM Confirmation Class
TUESDAY, Jan. 25th
5-6:00PM Take Out Tuesday Meal
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 26th
6:30PM Bell Choir Practice
SUNDAY, JANUARY 30, 2022
10:15AM Worship Service
2-4:00PM Confirmation Class
CHURCH NEWS – JANUARY 23, 2021
SAVE YOUR CHRISTMAS CARDS – One of our church members can create paper crafts out of the Christmas cards you receive this year. The crafts will be donated locally, giving the cards you donate a new life! Please bring cards you wish to donate to the church when you are finished with them.
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING – Our annual Congregational Meeting will be on Sunday, January 30, 2022, following the morning worship service. Please mark your calendars to join us.
FLOWER CHART – The new flower chart for 2022 is now in the breezeway. Please feel free to sign up for any Sunday that you wish, or call the church office and we can put it down for you.
LOAVES & FISHES – St. Paul UCC will be preparing the meal for Loaves & Fishes again on Thursday, February 24, 2022. We are in need of any monetary donations to the Loaves & Fishes account. We thank you in advance for helping keep our community fed.
FEAST TO RESUME – Feast, our weekly children’s program will resume on Wednesday, February 16th. Due to Covid-19 concerns, the program will be an abbreviated version of the regular program. Feast will be held on Wednesdays after school from approximately 3:15PM to 5:30PM. No meal will be provided, however, all participants will receive a good and hearty snack prior to beginning classes. Transportation from the elementary to the church will be provided. More information will be sent soon from the Coordinator of Lay Ministries that will describe the classes and activities being offered. Anyone interested, or have questions about the program should contact Tami Zwez at the church office at 419-738-2215.
MISSION COMMITTEE TO SCHEDULE ANOTHER SHRIMP BOIL FUNDRAISER – Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 5th as the Mission Committee will sponsor another take out only Shrimp Boil Fundraiser for the mission trip to Back Bay Mission in Biloxi, Mississippi. This trip will be taking place during the summer of 2022! Your support of this project is deeply appreciated.
We Support Our Church By Our Prayers
Jim Hearn Jr
Ernie & Marilyn Hengstler
Rex & Brenda Lippincott
Family of Nellie Montgomery
J J Truesdale
Members and friends serving in the U.S. military:
Aaron Micah Hibner
Amanda Preston Johnston
Haley Jean Kill
Jian Feng Zhao