Sunday Sneak Peek – January 22, 2022

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


S4K-color-horiz400“Fishing for People”

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

  • Rev. Scott Siefert
  • Organist: Penny Rolf

Ringing of the Church Bell


Call to Worship 

One: Our ever-present God dwells in the sanctuary of our homes, in public spaces and in our interior lives.

All: Behold the greatness of the Holy One in the expansiveness of these sacred places.

One: We seek God’s face on Sunday mornings and evenings…and throughout the week.

All: Live in the presence of the Holy One all the days of our lives.

One: we call out for God’s grace, strength, and guidance.

All: Seek the face of the Holy One. Recognize God’s greatness.

*Opening Hymn: “Blessed Assurance” (New Century Hymnal #473)

Prayer of Invocation 

One: O Holy One, we acknowledge your presence among us and the ways you connect us as a community. Make us receptive to your voice and instruments of your love in the world. Thrill us with your majesty and inspire us with your humility. We rejoice in this gathering as we bless your Holy Name in the assembly, gathered across time and space as your people.

All: We seek You. We are grateful to find You. AMEN. 

Prayer of Confession 

One: O Holy One, how often do we turn toward ourselves or others for validation, salvation, and deliverance rather than seek your wisdom, will, and way? How often have we sought our own measure of greatness apart from the realm of your kingdom? How long have you waited for us to seek You? 

All: Forgive us, O God, and call us back to your presence, plan, and purpose. 

–Time of Silent Confession-

Assurance of Grace

One: The One who creates us in the divine image knows how tempted we may be to consider ourselves more highly than we ought or more lowly than we should. The One who knows us continually reaches toward us with the promise of grace and the hope of mercy, faithfulness, and love. Receive God’s forgiveness and restorative embrace.

Scripture Readings

Isaiah 9:1-4 and Matthew 4:12-23

Message for the Young at Heart

Pastoral Meditation

Hymn of Response: “Jesus Calls Us: O’er the Tumult” (New Century Hymnal #171)

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.

Collection and Presentation of the Offering

Invitation to the Offering

One: When Jesus calls his disciples, he promises to transform the gifts they already possess to be used for the glory of the kingdom of heaven. Let us offer our resources in following Jesus. 

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

*Prayer of Dedication

All: O Holy One, receive our gifts of ourselves and our resources for the benefit and building of the kingdom. AMEN.  

Closing and Blessing

Closing Hymn: “Here I Am, Lord” (Bulletin Insert)

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 
  • 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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