01.08.2023 Worship - Online Bulletin

01.08.2023 Worship - Online Bulletin


January 8, 2023

Baptism of the Lord

Liturgical Color: White

Jennings United Methodist Church

202 S Topeka Ave, Jennings, Kansas 67643 Telephone: 785.678.2368

Clayton United Methodist Church

Clayton, Kansas 67629

Oberlin United Methodist Church

102 N. Cass, Oberlin, Kansas

Telephone: 785.475.3067 Website: Oberlinumc.org Facebook: @OberlinUMC Email: hello@oberlinumc.org

Online campus: online.oberlinumc.org/live

For later viewing: online.oberlinumc.org



1. “We Are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder” – UMH 418

2. “Every Time I Feel the Spirit” – UMH 404

3. “Lord, I Want to Be a Christian” – UMH 402




Leader: In the very beginning, God separated the darkness and the light. God called the Light "Day" and the Darkness, God called "Night".

People: We were once people who dwelled in darkness, but God has given us the true Light, Jesus Christ.

Leader: God has blessed us and adopted us as God’s own beloved children, through the sacrament of Baptism.

People: The water of baptism brings to us healing and reconciliation; it is a symbol of nourishment and cleansing.

Leader: This day is the day of the remembrance of Jesus’ Baptism.

People: As we hear the words of his baptism, let us be reminded of our own adoption by God and celebrate the joyous connection to the Almighty God.


*OPENING HYMN "Gather Us In"– TFWS 2236


I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, 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, is seated at the right hand of the Father, and will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I 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.

(**catholic – universal)





PRAYER HYMN "Breathe on Me, Breath of God"– UMH 420





GOSPEL Matthew 3:13-17

The Word of God for the people of God.

Thanks be to God. Amen!



MESSAGE "Water !! "

Pastor Gordon

CLOSING HYM "The Spirit Sends Us Forth to Serve" TFWS 2241, vs 1-3


*RESPONSE TO BENEDICTION "The Spirit Sends Us Forth to Serve" TFWS 2241, V 4


Oberlin United Methodist Church – CCLI License # 1467347

CCLI Streaming License #20199538

* Please stand as you are able

O - Oberlin only portion of service

J – Jennings only portion of service

Did you know:

Epiphany is the day and the season of the church year when we patiently watch and listen as God is quietly revealed before us once again. Sometimes, even when we try hard to do so, we just do not see God in our everyday lives or in the events of our troubled world. Epiphany gives us the time and the resources to watch, wait, listen, look, anticipate, and discern the light, life, and truth of the Lord’s presence in our midst.

Contemporary observances of Epiphany include the coming of the wise men with gifts for the Christ child and the baptism of Jesus. The season concludes with Transfiguration Sunday, when the church remembers the radiant vision of the disciples who saw Jesus’ garments turn bright and they heard a voice from a cloud that overshadowed them saying, “This is my Son, whom I dearly love. Listen to him!” (Mark 9:7).

Epiphany is the time when the church gathers to remember and reflect on the mighty acts of God in the birth of Jesus Christ. As we watch and wait for the light of Christ to overcome the darkness, we see the Christ child who will

become prophet, healer, teacher, and savior. Much of the story remains to be told, but the biblical readings for Epiphany remind us of the direction in which this one sacred life is moving. Here was life at its purest and best. Life lived as it should be lived. Life that came from God, walked with God in the world, and would one day be fully with God in the world to come (John 13:3). The life of Jesus is our light and model for how we too may live. As we recognize the image of our true humanity in the life of Jesus Christ, we also begin to understand that we have come from God, are invited to walk in faithfulness with God in this world, and one day will be welcomed to our eternal home. There we will still be with the God who loves us beyond our capacity to fully understand.

For you to consider:

Many consider some of the most famous passages of scripture to help us shape a vision of the life we are called to live—not just a special, rise-to-the-occasion kind of life, but an everyday life, an ordinary life that isn’t ordinary. Because we believe that followers of Christ who live their faith day by day are anything but ordinary. They stand out; they become models and mentors; they are examples of what life is all about. The Baptism of the Lord is a perfect time to remind ourselves of the commitment to living a life of grace and hope outwardly. How might you take your faith life journey outside the walls, in an ordinary life that is not ordinary?



Church Secretary: Jody Shike

Ministers: Each of us

Organist/Pianist: Cheryl Metcalf and Jenny Tally

Scripture Reader: Gary Walter

Slides: Robyn Rouse

Sound Technician: Gary Walter

Videographer: Theresea Reeves

Ushers: Charlie Haag, Tyler Roe

Worship Leader: Robert Rouse

Pastor: Gordon Pettibone


Ministers: Each of us

Organist/Pianist – Jennings: Julie Carter and Kay Brown

Pianist – Clayton: Kris Mizell

Pastor: Gordon Pettibone


Oberlin United Methodist Church:

Kyle Hartzog; Jack Benton; Dorothy Wenger; Alex Louderback; Kelli Carter (niece of Pam VanVleet); Carol Duncan; Ron Shuler; Doris Sloan; Doris Fringer; MJ Ward; Marilyn Cantrell (sister of Bob Woolsey); Dick Ahlberg; Rod and Patty Steinmetz; Dick Weber; Neal Russell; Tammy Fredrickson; Denise Jones; Ann Anderson; Charley Keller (father of Charissa Huff); Stella McConnell (daughter of Evan & Brandi (Diedrich) McConnell); Janet Anthony; Tamara McEvoy.

Jennings United Methodist Church:

Debbie Bailey Graham; Lawrence Carter; The residents and staff of Good Samaritan Center-Decatur County; The residents and staff of Andbe Home in Norton; The residents and staff at

Logan Manor in Logan; Keith Muirhead; Betty Cressler; Joyce Dean; Lester Mizell (brother of Patty Foster and Robert McAllister); Rusty Bird; Emma Kier; Vi Krizek; Sue Long; Cheri Kastens; Ty Yahne; Betty Brown; Mayme Dubois; Charlotte Nelson; Vayle Rohan.

Clayton United Methodist Church: The residents and staff of Good Samaritan Center-Decatur County; The residents and staff of Andbe Home in Norton; The residents and staff of Logan Manor in Logan; Rusty Bird; Merrice Brooks.

Ministry Opportunities:

The January-February 2023 Upper Room Devotional Books are available. Please pick up your copy today.

Oberlin - The Wednesday morning Bible study will begin a new study of First, Second, Third John, and Jude by John MacArthur, on Wednesday, January 18. Books will cost around $10-$14. This study deals with false teachings and defecting from true biblical faith.

YOUTH MEALS – please check the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board across from the church office and add your name when you could provide a meal for the Youth Group. Remember, you do not have to do the whole meal. Two or more families can volunteer and work together for any meal.

Faith Builders will begin January 18. Children who attended the fall session do not need to re-register. New students attending will need to pre-register. Registration forms can be picked up at the church, city library, OES, and Ward Drug.

Registration forms for new participants must be returned by January 11.


Sunday, January 8 – Baptism of the Lord

8:00 AM – Jennings Worship

Jennings Sunday School following worship

9:15 AM – Clayton Worship

11:00 AM – Oberlin Worship

Monday, January 9

7:00 PM – Dorcas Circle in Fellowship Hall

Tuesday, January 10

5:30 PM – Bargain Box Meeting in Fellowship Hall

Wednesday, January 11

1:30 PM – Oberlin United Women in Faith in Fellowship Hall

5:30 PM – Grow Decatur County Daycare Coalition Meeting in Fellowship Hall

5:30 PM – Oberlin Women’s Bible Study in Classroom

6:15 PM – Oberlin UMYF in basement

7:00 PM – Oberlin Praise Team Practice in Fellowship Hall

Thursday, January 12

10:00 AM – Devotions at Good Samaritan Decatur County

7:00 PM – Oberlin N.A. group in Basement

7:30 PM – Oberlin Men’s Bible Study

Friday, January 13

Saturday, January 14

Sunday, January 15

8:00 AM – Jennings Worship

Jennings Sunday School following worship

9:15 AM – Clayton Worship

11:00 AM – Oberlin Worship