January 12, 2020     11  A.M.  The Baptism of our Lord

ENTRANCE HYMN  (please stand)

“We Were Baptized in Christ Jesus”  #698 WOV


P: We are gathered to worship God the Father, the + Son, and the Holy Spirit.

C: Amen.

P: O King, enthroned on high, you fill the earth with your glory.

C: Holy is your name, Lord God Almighty!

P: In our sinfulness we cry to you to take our guilt away,

C: and to cleanse our lips to speak your word, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  

P: We have failed to reflect your holiness; our whole society is Fallen and turned inward on itself.

C: God, our loving Father, we are sorry for the times we have used your gifts carelessly, and acted ungratefully. We enjoy the fruits of the harvest, but sometimes we forget that you are the source of all good things.

P: We are a people who are full and satisfied.

C: We store up goods for ourselves alone, as if there were no God and no heaven, and we ignore the cry of the hungry near our very gates.

P: We have seen the ill-treatment of others, and have done little to aid them, or change the course of their lives.

C: We have remained silent in the face of dishonesty, injustice, exploitation, and greed. Fear and self-interest have crippled our hearts.

P: We have not loved you with our whole hearts;

C: We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. 

P: We have sinned against you, and your Kingdom.

C: Have mercy on us and bring us back to yourself, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.  

P: God our maker and redeemer, this is your world and we are your people.

C: Come among us and save us.

P: The God of all healing, grace, and mercy has cleansed you from your sins and drawn you close to his heart. May you behold the glory of his Son + and follow in his steps.

C: Amen!


M:The Lord be with you.

C: And also with you.

M:You called our spiritual father, Abraham, to leave his homeland and to journey to a land you would show him.

C: By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called, not knowing where he was going.

M:By faith he stayed in the land he had been promised, as in a foreign land, living in tents,

C: As did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. (Heb 11:8-10)

M:You bid us to come and follow you, Lord Jesus.

C: Foxes have dens, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head. (Matt. 8:20)

M:You call us to deny our casual wants and take up a cross and follow you. (Luke 9:23)

C: Anyone who seeks to save his life will lose it, but anyone who loses his life in service of you will save it forever.  (Luke 9:24)

M:Let us pray. . . .

C: O God our Father, at the baptism of Jesus you proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit. Make all who are baptized into Christ faithful to their calling to be your daughters and sons, and empower us all with your Spirit, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.


FIRST READING: Isaiah 42:1-9

God’s servant is endowed with God’s spirit in order to bring justice to the nations. The servant will not exercise authority boisterously or with violence, nor will weariness ever prevent the fulfilling of the servant’s task. God’s old promises have been fulfilled; the servant’s new assignment is to bring light to the nations.

Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. He will not cry or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; a bruised reed he will not break, and a dimly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice. He will not grow faint or be crushed until he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his teaching. Thus says God, the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people upon it and spirit to those who walk in it: I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness. I am the Lord, that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to idols. See, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth, I tell you of them.

R:    Word of God, word of life.                 C:     Thanks be to God.

PSALM: Psalm 29

D: Ascribe to the Lord, you gods, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. The voice of the Lord is upon the waters.

C: Ascribe to the Lord the glory due God’s name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

D: The voice of the Lord is upon the waters; the God of glory thunders; the Lord is upon the mighty waters.

C: The voice of the Lord is a powerful voice; the voice of the Lord is a voice of splendor.

D: The voice of the Lord breaks the cedar trees; the voice of the Lord is upon the waters;

C: The Lord makes Lebanon skip like a calf, and Mount Hermon like a young wild ox.

D: The voice of the Lord bursts forth in lightning flashes.

C: The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness; The voice of the Lord is upon the waters.

D: The voice of the Lord makes the oak trees writhe and strips the forests bare. And in the temple of the Lord all are crying, “Glory!”

C: The Lord sits enthroned above the flood; the Lord sits enthroned as king forevermore.

D: O Lord, give strength to your people; give them, O Lord, the blessings of peace.

SECOND READING: Acts 10:34-43

Peter crosses the sharp religious boundary separating Jews from Gentiles and proclaims the good news of God’s inclusive forgiveness in Jesus’ name to Cornelius, a Roman centurion. As a result of Peter’s preaching, Cornelius and his family become the first Gentiles to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.

Peter began to speak to [Cornelius and his household]: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all. That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

R:    Word of God, word of life.                 C:     Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL: Matthew 3:13-17

Before Jesus begins his ministry, he is baptized by John, touched by the Spirit, and identified publicly as God’s child.

Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”

D: The Gospel of the Lord.                                 C: Praise to you, O Christ.


SERMON – Bishop Macholz

CREED (stand)

We believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

We believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen

SONG – “I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry”  #770 WOV


L: Holy God, you have redeemed us through the death and resurrection of Christ. Inspire us to proclaim with the apostles that we have seen the Lord. Lord, in your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Creator God, you formed the world and called it good. Bless the earth, its creatures, and its vegetation. Guide us to be good stewards of all you have made. Lord, in your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Righteous God, you promise justice for all and peace in the nations. Raise up advocates and just rulers to guide all levels of government so that no one lives in fear. Protect those who live in war-torn and violent areas (especially).  Lord, in your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Compassionate God, you hear the cries of those in need. Befriend the lonely, nourish the hungry, raise up the lowly, grant rest for the busy, pardon the imprisoned, comfort the bereaved, and heal the sick (especially). Lord, in your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Reconciling God, you perform wonders in our midst. By your Holy Spirit grant every good gift to the baptized, so that all may be united with Christ in his resurrection. Lord, in your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Lord, You have always given bread for the coming day;

C: and though I am poor, today I believe.

L: Lord, You have always given strength for the coming day;

C: and though I am weak, today I believe.

L: Lord, You have always given peace for the coming day;

C: and though of anxious heart, today I believe.

L: Lord, You have always kept me safe in trials;

C: and now, tried as I am, today I believe.

L: Lord, You have always marked the road for the coming day;

C: and though it may be hidden, today I believe.

L: Lord, You have always lightened this darkness of mine;

C: and though the night is here, today I believe.

L: Lord, You have always spoken when time was ripe;

C: and though you be silent now, today I believe.

PEACE (please stand)

P: The peace of the Lord be with you always.        C: And also with you.


M: Merciful Father,

C: we offer with joy and thanksgiving what you have first given us—our selves, our time, and our possessions, signs of your gracious love. Receive them for the sake of him who offered himself for us, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen            (sit)


Offertory              We Give Thee But Thine Own

We give Thee but Thine own, what-e’er the gift may be;

all that we have is Thine alone, a trust, O Lord, from Thee.

DIALOGUE (stand)

P: The Lord be with you.                                     C:     And also with you.

P: Lift up your hearts.                                          C:     We lift them to the Lord.

P: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.      C:     It is right to give him thanks & praise.


P: God of all creation, all you have made is good, and your love endures forever. You bring forth bread from the earth, and fruit from the vine. Nourish us with these gifts, that we might be your gracious presence in the world, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C: Amen.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; grant us peace.


P: It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God, through our Savior Jesus Christ; who on this day overcame death and the grave, and by his glorious resurrection opened to us the way of everlasting life.

C: Amen.

P: Great is the majesty of your glory, Father. You so loved the world that you gave your only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but have eternal life.

C: We give you thanks for his coming into the world to fulfill for us your holy will and to accomplish all things for our salvation.

P: In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.

P: After supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying: This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.

P: As often as we eat this bread and drink this wine, we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

C: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

P: We give thanks to you, O Lord God Almighty, not as we ought, but as we are able.

C: Mercifully accept our praise and thanksgiving, and bless us, your servants, and these your own gifts of bread and wine, so that we and all who share in the body and blood of Christ may be filled with heavenly blessing and grace. Amen.

P: We pray as Jesus taught us:


C: 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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen. (sit)


You Are Mine 

Baptized and Set Free


P: May this Body and Blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, strengthen you in the faith until life everlasting. 

C: Amen.


P: The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and + give you peace.

C: Amen.



“Go, My Children, With My Blessing” #721 WOV 


P: You have been blessed by God to be a blessing to those around you.

C: The Lord God is our strength! (Hab 3:19)

M:Go in peace. Serve the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.

Silent Prayer


St. John’s Announcements  January 12, 2020  The Baptism of our Lord

Church office telephone # 716-373-0025

E-Mail Addresses

Derek Cheek   dr.d.cheek@gmail.com  716-307-7963

Carolynne Solak leFeber, church secretary, SJLC36@verizon.net

Christa Wentworth, youth & young adult director, christa.wentworth@gmail.com, 716-790-3128

Serving Today

Deacons: Frann Wilson and Jim Schultz

Altar: Glenda Hall                               Minister of Music: Kim Voegelin

Calendar for the Week

Today                          after service                Congregational Luncheon

Wednesday                 2:45 PM                       Sonshine Group

                                    7 PM                            Prayer Gathering

Thursday                     9 AM                           Quilting


January 13 – Shannon Barie

               18 – Nancy Schultz

Congregational Luncheon  Today after service we will be having our monthly congregational luncheon.  Please join and enjoy fellowship with your church family.

Directory Update   Everyone Please give me your current information, phone #, address, e-mail.  You will not be included in the new paper directory unless you do.  I haven’t gotten many responses yet.  I will be finalizing the directory in January.  Thank you to those that have. 

Bible Study Pastor Cheek will be holding a weekly adult study of Isaiah on Wednesday mornings from 10-11:30 AM at Immanuel.  All are invited to join.

Food Pantry We are still collecting food items for the Food Pantry.  They have a great need for items now.  There is a bin in the narthex for you to place your donations.

Sign-out Sheet  Please use the sign out sheet in the office if you plan on borrowing any items from church.

Majengo  The Moores are asking for your help in supporting Majengo, a children’s home. You can put your donation in the box in the narthex.

Service Personnel

Tony Wolf – Jerry Wolf’s son                                     Isaac Clayson

Zachary Starr – Carolyn Wings nephew                     Greg Estes

Trenton Wing – Carolyn Wings nephew                     Adam Phearsdorf       

Robert Bastow – Connie Putts grandson


Grayson Harrier                                                                      Sabrina Knell – Bonnie Harriers infant neice

Jerry Givan- friend of the Prestons                                         Donald Hood  

Mary Ann Trieskey – friend of Dee Kyser                              Ray Limerick              

Brent Limerick                                                                                    Bette Finger

Kevin Adshire and Dave Moore – friends of Ed Preston        Glen Reitz

Greg Givan – friend of the Prestons                                       Robyn Porterfield

Wendy Geems – Carolynn Filgroves sister-in-law                  John Fillgrove

Angela Martin Emley – friend of Rodney and Kim                Jonathan Wesley

Beth Mattern                                                                          Nick and Catherine Heary                             

John M. Gray – son of John H. Gray                                       Jaidin Page                                         

Richard Anderson – Sue Crowleys nephew                            Ann Pierce                                          

Charlotte and Gene Preston                                                   Jim Greene – Dee Kysers brother                  


Bob Salmonson                       Jerry Spring                 Ted Boser

George Schreiber                    Sandy Watt                  Merle Schultz             

Daily Devotions

Sunday, January 12 – Acts 22:1-16 and Psalm 119:17-24

Monday, January 13 – 1 John 5:13-20 and Psalm 119:25-32

Tuesday, January 14 – Romans 6:15-23 and Psalm 119:33-40

Wednesday, January 15 – James 1:2-18 and Psalm 119:41-48

Thursday, January 16 – Matthew 6:25-34 and Psalm 119:49-56

Friday, January 17 – 2 Timothy 2:8-13 and Psalm 119:57-64

Saturday, January 18 – Ephesians 6:10-20 and Psalm 119:65-72

January Baptismal Birthdays           

Zakary Linza                            January 1

Ron Wolf                                 January 2

Laurie Zimmerman                 January 12

Amy Mattern                          January 20

Beth Mattern                          January 20