Sunday Sneak Peek – March 5, 2023

Join us this Sunday for the second Sunday of Lent at 915am (in-person and live stream when available)


S4K-color-horiz400“Temptation of Jesus”

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
  • Organ DJ: Mark Polzin
  • Communion Assistant:  David Henschen
  • Choir:  YOU!

Ringing of the Church Bell



Rev Scott: Let us look to Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was waiting endured the cross, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Call to Worship 

One: We have gathered in the presence of God our creator, who sets before us the ways of life and death.

All: We have gathered in the presence of Jesus the Christ, who calls us to accept the cost of discipleship so that we may know its joy.

One: We have gathered in the presence of the Spirit, who sustains us in trial and rejoicing.

All: In our living and in our dying, we belong to God. In the shadow of God’s wings, we sing for joy. Let us worship God. 

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

Prayer of Invocation 

One: We gather to worship, O God, under the shadow of the cross, sing of human shame and divine wisdom. Like Jesus, we would follow faithfully your way; like Jesus, we would live to you and die to you. 

All: We are your people; we belong to you. We offer you our worship and our lives.

One: May your name be glorified in your church as we are open to your presence today.

All: In the name of Jesus Christ, AMEN. 

Prayer of Confession 

Rev Scott: In every time, prophets and apostles have come to call the people of God to repentance and newness of life. We too are called to admit our shortcomings and to commit ourselves anew to follow in 

God’s way. We confess, gracious God, that sometimes when we are tempted, we do not resist. You come to us in Jesus, revealing Your love for all people and still we do not turn in love toward You. Sometimes we could do good, we don’t because it can seem too hard. These are the times we need your grace the most. Instead of giving up on us, transform us as we open ourselves to You. 

All: Forgive us, receive us, and give us courage to serve You with renewed hearts adn wills; through the grace of Jesus Christ. AMEN.

–Time of Silent Confession-

Assurance of Grace

Rev Scott: Do not fear. I say to you in the name of Jesus Christ; you are forgiven and your faith has made you free. Anyone who is in Christ Jesus is a new creation; the old has passed away. Behold the new has come. Grace and mercy make goodness possible always and in all ways. 

All: Thanks be to God!

Scripture Readings

Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7 and Matthew Matthew 4:1-11

Pastoral Meditation:  “Temptation”

Hymn of Response: “More Love to Thee, O Christ” (The Hymnal #471)


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: God gives all good things to us, so let us give good things to God. Let us bring our gifts to help those who live with thirst and hunger. May these resources be used to testify to the good news of God. AMEN. 

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

*Prayer of Dedication

All: Holy God, receive our gifts from the open hearts from which we give them. Thank you for blessing us with gifts to share, so that good works can abound. We offer our gifts gladly. May what we give be used to meet the needs of all. AMEN.

Closing and Blessing

*Closing Hymn:  “God of Grace, God of Glory” (The Hymnal #287)

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
  • Mar. 8th – Lenten Service – 7pm – Freiden’s County Line in NYA with Pastor Scott leading the service
  • Mar. 15th – Lenten Service – 7pm – First Congregational in Glencoe
  • Mar. 22nd – Lenten Service – 7pm – St. John’s UCC in Bongards

Fruit of the Spirit.   March will focus on local food insecurity with donations to benefit the Southwest Carver County food shelf.  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 ideas and opportunities that folks can use their time and talents to inspire and uplift our community.  There will be something for everyone and it will shared and updated monthly.  Contact Pastor Scott or Michelle Bachmann if you are interested in any of the 3 new teams announced at the Annual Meeting:  Faith & Service, Building & Grounds, or Worship & Gather.

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  


We’ve partnered with easyTithe so you can use your bank account for a direct ACH, debit card, or a credit card to make a secure one time or reoccurring gift.

search previous next tag category expand menu location phone mail time cart zoom edit close