September 12, 2021

Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost


Loving God, you call us to turn away from our own selfish interests, to take up our cross, and to follow you. As we come before you this morning, give us open hearts and open hands. Make us eager to hear your voice and seek your guidance. Open our minds to your ever-present spirit and open our lives to your love. Amen.                                                                       

Posted on “The Minor Keys” blog


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     Leader:  The heavens are telling the glory of God!

     People: May our worship reflect God’s glory.

     Leader:  The firmament proclaims God’s handiwork.

     People: May we see each other as the handiwork of God. 

     Leader:  Let our prayer, praise, and singing project the love of God.

     People: With Christians around the world, with Christians throughout time:

     All:         Let us worship God!

From “Worship Ways” UCC.org



“O Be Joyful In The Lord”

O be joyful in the Lord! Sing before him all the earth!

Praise him with a glad accord and with lives of noblest worth.

Sons of every land, Humbly now before him stand!

Raise your voice and rejoice in the bounty of his hand.

Know ye that the Lord is king! All his works his wisdom prove!

By his might the heavens ring; In his love we live and move.

By him we are made, so we trust him unafraid.

Standing fast to the last, by his hand our lives are stayed.

Enter now his holy gate; Let our burdened hearts be still;

n the sacred silence wait, as we seek to know his will.

Let our lives express our abundant thankfulness;

All our days, all our ways, shall our Father's love confess.

For the Lord our God is kind, and his love shall constant be;

In his will our peace we find; In his service, liberty.

Yea, his law is sure; In his light we walk secure;

Evermore, as of yore, shall his changeless truth endure.


Curtis Beach, 1958 / Traditional Hebrew Melody3





O God, we live our lives as best we can— dealing with difficult relationships, friendships, and situations, putting failures and disappointments behind us, moving into each new day with as much energy, goodwill, and optimism as we can muster. But here, right now, we seldom have the right answers, we seldom seek  your  higher  wisdom  in  our  lives,  we  just  move  ahead. Forgive us for not asking for your insight. Fill us with your wisdom, that we may live lives of goodness and peace. Amen.

From MinistryMatters.com





     Leader: God’s peace is yours!

     People: And yours also!

(please safely share God’s peace with those around you)


     Leader: Let us praise the Lord!

     People: The Lord’s name be praised!

     Response: “Glory Be To The Father”  

Glory be to the Father,

and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.

As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be.

World without end! Amen. Amen.


James 3: 1-12

Taming The Tongue

Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers and sisters, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For all of us make many mistakes. Anyone who makes no mistakes in speaking is perfect, able to keep the whole body in check with a bridle. If we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we guide their whole bodies. Or look at ships: though they are so large that it takes strong winds to drive them, yet they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great exploits. How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire! And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is placed among our members as a world of iniquity; it stains the whole body, sets on fire the cycle of nature, and is itself set on fire by hell. For every species of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by the human species, but no one can tame the tongue—a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse those who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this ought not to be so. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and brackish water? Can a fig tree, my brothers and sisters, yield olives, or a grapevine, figs? No more can saltwater yield fresh.




Mark 8: 27-38

Jesus Foretells His Death & Resurrection

Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Messiah.” And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him.

Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”

He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”


"Jesus, I Live To Thee"

Jesus, I live to thee, the loveliest and best;

My life in thee, thy life in me, in thy blest love I rest.

Jesus, I die to thee, whenever death shall come;

to die in thee is life to me in my eternal home.


Whether to live or die, I know not which is best;

To live in thee is bliss to me, to die is endless rest.


Living or dying, Lord, I ask but to be thine;

My live in thee, thy life in me makes heaven forever mine.



Henry Harbaugh, 1850 / Isaac B. Woodbury, 1856



“Nicene Creed” 

We believe in one God,

     the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth,
     of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
     the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father,
     God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,
     begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father;
     through him all things were made.

     For us and for our salvation
          he came down from heaven,
          was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary
          and became truly human.
     For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
          he suffered death and was buried.
     On the third day he rose again
          in accordance with the Scriptures;
          he ascended into heaven
          and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
     He will come again in glory 

          to judge the living and the dead,

          and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
     who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
     who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified,
     who has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

     We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

     We look for the resurrection of the dead,

     and the life of the world to come. Amen.


     Leader: The Lord be with you.

     People: And with you also.

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. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.



     Response: “Doxology”                                        

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Praise Him, all creatures here below.

Praise Him above ye heav’nly host.

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost! Amen.

     Prayer Of Dedication


“I Sing The Praise Of Love Unbounded” 


I sing the praise of love unbounded,

Which God in Christ has shown to man;

I sing of love that hath been founded

Ere yet the stars their courses ran;

The love that offers free salvation

To sinful man of every nation.

The love of God planned my salvation

Before I saw the light of day,

And took away the law's damnation

Of him whose feet had gone astray;

God's love is mine, O blessed mortal!

It opens wide the heavenly portal.

While life shall last, I'll sing the glory

Of Christ the Savior and his love;

With angel hosts I'll tell the story

Of Christ in Zion's home above;

God's love is men, death cannot sever

Me from that heart that loves forever.


Gerhard Tersteegen, 1757 / Dimitri Brotniansky, 1825


     Response: Amen, Amen, Amen”



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Saturday, September 18

8:00AM - Men's Fellowship Breakfast

3C's Restaurant, Port Clinton

Sunday, September 19

8:00AM - Chancel Choir rehearsal

9:00AM - Worship Service

10:00AM - Joyful Ringers rehearsal

Friday, September 24

6:00-8:00PM - Gift & Basket Raffle

Saturday, September 25

Schuylkill Haven Borough Day

9:00AM-4:00PM - Gift & Basket Raffle



The 2021 Gift & Basket Raffle will be a part of this year's Schuylkill Haven Borough Day on Saturday, September 25! This is a great opportunity to support your church by donating cash, gift cards, or other gift items and baskets for the raffle. There will also be a special preview night on Friday, September 24 from 6-8PM. Lets work together to make this year's Gift & Basket Raffle a fun event that supports the ministries of Saint John's Church! If you have any questions or are interested in helping, please contact Ann Rich or Mickey Casey.

We will be having our 2nd annual winter clothing giveaway on Saturday, October 23. Clean, gently used or new clothing can be dropped off at the church on Sunday mornings or during office hours (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30AM-3:00PM). There will also be two evening drop off opportunities on Thursday October 7 and 14 from 5-7PM. Help support this important outreach ministry if you are able.