Monday, August 31, 2020

Worship Bulletin for Aug 30, 2020 - St John UCC

 St John United Church of Christ                   

Melbourne, IA                     

Welcome! to worship with us 

August 30, 2020 | 9:30 AM

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost     


“No Matter Who You are or Where You are on Life’s Journey, 

You are Always Welcome Here!”

Invitation to Prepare:

“Touched by an Angel” Maya Angelou

Retrieved from


Call to Praise and Prayer:    (from Psalm 105)                


O give thanks to the LORD, call upon the divine name, make known divine deeds.

Sing to the LORD, sing praises; tell of all the wonderful works.
Glory in the holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.
Seek the LORD and divine strength; seek the divine presence continually.
Remember the wonderful works the LORD has done, the miracles, and divine judgments,
We praise the LORD!


Hymn: Spirit of the Living God


God’s mercy extends beyond the bounds of even our collective imagination.
God’s love seeps through any wall we could ever put up. 
God’s goodness holds more power than the sum of all. 

It is because of that extensive, seeping, powerful and bold love
in the name of the blessed, God is with us

In genuine love.


Scripture Reading:      Romans 12: 9-21 (NRSV)                                   

Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; 10 Love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. 17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. 18 If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord." 20 No, "if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads." 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.


Sermon:  Genuine.

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Pastoral Meditation & Prayer:   

The Lord is with you 

Let us be in quiet meditations of our own hearts and minds.

Lord's Prayer: (ALL)


Hymn: Make Me a Channel of Your Peace


Closing Announcements:


Let love be you genuinely.

Rejoice in hope, live in harmony, and persevere in prayer.

May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another… so that together you may with one voice glorify our Creator.


May the LORD bless you and keep you,

May the LORD shine upon you and be gracious to you,

May the LORD turn to you and give you peace, now and always..




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