Sunday Sneak Peek – February 19, 2023

Join us this Sunday for Transfiguration Sunday at 915am (in-person and live stream when available)



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
  • Liturgist: Karen Otto

Ringing of the Church Bell



Call to Worship 

(Inspired by Psalm 99) 

Karen: Let us praise the great and awesome name of the Holy One.

All: The Holy One is high on the mountain and exalted among the people.

Karen: Let us praise the great and awesome name of the Mighty One.

All: The Mighty One is sovereign, loves justice, and establishes equity.

Karen: Let us praise the great and awesome name of the Everlasting God.

All: The everlasting God hears our cries and answers our call. Praise our God!

*Opening Hymn: “Holy, Holy, Holy” (The Hymnal #1)

Prayer of Invocation 

Karen: Radiant God, we come to you on the mountaintop to experience your glory. You come to us in the valleys. We meet you in gladness in a place where heaven and earth collide. May our worship of you encourage us on the journey and make us aspire to reflect your kingdom in the world. 

All: Transform us and keep us near to you. AMEN.

Prayer of Confession 

Rev Scott: Righteous God, we find ourselves wanting to retreat from the harsh realities of life. We find ourselves lifted to high places and forget those we have left behind. Our concern for our neighbor too often dissipates at the point of our discomfort. Forge us for wanting to dwell in your presence without being transformed with new energy for the work of your ministry.

All: Reconcile us to you and to all people. God of mercy, forgive us and strengthen us anew for life as you intend it; through Jesus Christ our Savior. AMEN. 

–Time of Silent Confession-

Assurance of Grace

Rev Scott: Just as Jesus gifted his disciples with a moment of respite and awe, it is good for us to have transcendent movements in the presence of God. When we too often choose to linger there rather than enter into hard or even mundane places, God does not condemn us. With grace and compassion, Jesus encourages us in the direction we should go. 

Scripture Reading

Exodus 24:12-18 and Matthew 17:1-9

Pastoral Meditation

Hymn of Response: “Blest Be the Tie That Binds” (The  Hymnal #280)

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

Rev Scott: Jesus comes down to us as a gift of presence, compassion, companionship, and as our Savior and Lord. His entire life is a demonstration of committed generosity and stewardship. We too are called to present our lives as a gift to the God who has created us and the world that needs what we have to offer in time, talent, and treasure. Let us reveal the glory of God by the giving of our good gifts.

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

*Prayer of Dedication

All: Generous God, may these gifts bring glory and honor and meet the needs of your people. In the name of Jesus, we pray. AMEN.

Closing and Blessing

*Closing Hymn:  “The Church’s One Foundation” (The Hymnal #322)

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 – Annual Meeting in the Sanctuary following worship and ‘Fat Sunday’ Potluck following the meeting
  • Feb. 22nd – Ash Wednesday – 6pm
  • Wednesdays beginning March 1st – UCC Community of Churches Lenten Services (See Flyer)
  • Feb. 26th – Consistory Team Meeting Sync Up – Following worship

Welcome to Ann Marie.  What a blessing to have her join our community.

Fruit of the Spirit.   February will focus on literacy to create a lending library at the Bongards Farmers Market.  A 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. 

God uses everyone’s talents.  We are compiling a list of opportunities and ways folks can use their time and talents in St. John’s ministries and the greater community we serve.  There will be something for everyone.

Blessings Calendar.  Lent starts this Wednesday.  So does our Blessings Lent Calendar.  Pick up a copy and follow along at home. 

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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