Sunday Sneak Peek – January 15, 2022

Join us this Sunday, the Second Sunday after Epiphany (in-person and live stream when available)


S4K-color-horiz400“New Years Resolution”

Thank you for worshiping online with us.  We are so glad that you are spending part of your day with us!

Order of Service

Worship Service Participants

Worship Leader:  Michelle Bachmann 

Ringing of the Church Bell


Call to Worship 

One: Beautiful are the works of God!

All: Beautiful also are the skins of God’s people!

One: Beautiful is the mind of God!

All: Beautiful also are the hopes of God’s people!

One: Beautiful is the heart of God!

All: Beautiful also are the souls of God’s people!

One: God made the heavens and the earth!

All: To God be the glory for the things God has done.  

Opening Hymn: “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” (The Hymnal #476)

Scripture Readings

Psalm 40:1-11 and 1 Corinthians 1:1-9

Message: “Coming In Hot”

Hymn of Response: “He Leadeth Me” (The Hymnal #466)

Prayers and Concerns

Joys – Concerns – Blessings 

Please share any special concerns, joys, and blessings.

Silent Prayer – Pastoral Prayer – Lord’s Prayer 

ALL: 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.  Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.  AMEN.

Hymn of Praise: “Sweet Hour of Prayer” (The Hymnal #475)

Collection and Presentation of the Offering

Invitation to the Offering

One: Jesus comes to us as the light of the world. Let us share our abundance in order to shine the light that has come to us through him.

*Hymn: “Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow” (The Hymnal #551)

*Prayer of Dedication

One:  O God, who art the giver of every good and perfect gift.

All: We offer thee our gifts.

One:  To the preaching of good tidings of salvation, to the teaching of Jesus’ way of life, to the healing of broken bodies, to the leading of every little child to the knowledge and love of Jesus,

All: We dedicate our gifts.

One:  To the caring of the helpless, to the relief of all who look to us for help, to the evangelization of the world, and to the building of God’s kingdom.

All:  We dedicate our wealth, our efforts, and our lives.  AMEN

Closing and Blessing

Closing Hymn:  “I Need Thee Every Hour” (The Hymnal #469)

Benediction and Blessing

Ringing of the Church Bell

Upcoming Events & Announcements

  • Wednesdays – Confirmation Class – 6pm – schedule on website
  • Thursdays – Bible Fellowship – 6pm – Fellowship Hall and ZOOM 
  • TODAY – De-Christmas the Sanctuary following worship
  • Jan. 16 – Consistory Team Meeting – 6pm via ZOOM
  • Jan. 29 – Winter Blues Reflection – 915am
  • Jan. 29 – Consistory Team Strategic Planning Meeting – 1030am
  • Feb. 19th – Annual Meeting in the Sanctuary following worship
  • Feb. 19th – ‘Fat Sunday’ Potluck following the meeting

Fruit of the Spirit. The January Fruit of Spirit offering will go towards His House Foundation, helping Carver County homeless. Look for the special collection basket at the rear of the sanctuary. 

Weather Watch Policy.  This includes weather forecasts for wind chills below -20 degrees, significant snowfall, or dangerous winter weather conditions.  Announcements cancelling services or events will be made via social media, our website, and email. 

Many hands make light work!  Please consider serving as a Consistory Team Member.  We need 3 members in 2023. All talents and skills are welcomed. Contact Michelle Bachmann at 952-361-3033 or Pastor Scott for more details.

Find Food Carver County.  Volunteers are needed to pack produce, sort food items, and distribute food into vehicles in NYA the first Friday of the month.  This program helps with food insecurity and food rescue to reduce waste.  If interested, contact Michelle Bachmann at 952-361-3033 or

Live Streaming:  We want to train others on live-streaming and recording services.  Contact Michelle Bachmann if you’re interested.

Looking for a church community?  If you have been led to St. John’s looking to be more than a visitor, we welcome you openly and would love an opportunity to chat.  Contact Pastor Scott at 804-350-0826 or email

The Word To Go:  Find Sunday morning worship services on our YouTube channel, St. John’s UCC-BongardsWorship will also be live-streamed on Facebook, when available.

Bongards Buzz:  Submit items for the newsletter by the 1st of each month to Michelle Bachmann or

For Pastoral Care.  Please contact Pastor Scott at 804-350-0826 or email  


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