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Sunday's Order of Worship:
Welcome
Luke 1:68-79 (responsively)
 Spirit of Gentleness
Prayer for the Day
 Children’s Message
Welcome and Announcements
Isaiah 43:1-7
Gospel ~ Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
Message
Offering/Baptized in Water
Offering Prayer
Invitation to Communion
Words of Institution
Prayers of the Church
Lord’s Prayer
Distribution/Spirit of God
Bread of Life from Heaven
Blessing
Go, My Children
 Sending
In This Issue:
  • Note from Pastor Jim
  • COVID-19 Safety
  • Mexico Mission
  • Annual Meeting
  • Help on Sundays
  • Pledge Your Commitment
  • Weather-Related Announcement
  • Rejoice Activities
  • Community Prayers and Links
Isaiah 43:1-7

Near the end of Israel’s exile in Babylon, God promises to bring the people home. They need no longer be afraid, because the one who formed, created, and called them by name now redeems them from all their enemies. God declares them precious and honored, and God loves them. 
1But now thus says the Lord,
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
 Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
2When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
 when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.
3For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
 I give Egypt as your ransom,
Ethiopia and Seba in exchange for you.
4Because you are precious in my sight,
and honored, and I love you,
 I give people in return for you,
nations in exchange for your life.
5Do not fear, for I am with you;
I will bring your offspring from the east,
and from the west I will gather you;
6I will say to the north, “Give them up,”
and to the south, “Do not withhold;
 bring my sons from far away
and my daughters from the end of the earth—
7everyone who is called by my name,
whom I created for my glory,
whom I formed and made.” 
 
Dear God’s Beloved, 
 
Listen above to how God so loves God’s people.  “I have called you by name, you are mine.”  Amidst events threatening our very livelihood, When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.”  God will do whatever it takes to free God’s people.  Perhaps the most astonishing news about how God values us that we have been created, formed and made for God’s glory.  I suspect it rarely crosses our minds that we exist for God to shine God’s glory.  This coming Sunday we will look to Jesus’ baptism in Luke’s account.  Again, Jesus and God’s people share in hearing God’s value placed on Jesus and all the baptized.  Luke says it this way: Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”  Whatever you are going through right now, or whatever you will go through sometime in the future, God values you so much that you bring God glory, and God promises to be with you all the way. 
 
We pray:  God of Glory, it is hard for us to see ourselves as you see us.  Help us to take hold of the value you give us.  Impart such awareness of your value as we reflect on being your baptized children.  Together with God’s people, may we sense your divine smile on us, even in the inevitable wayward ways we choose and the external events that make it hard to see your divine pleasure in us.  Amen. 

Pastor Jim
Masks are not required, but appreciated.
Please practice social distancing.
Men's Mexico Mission Team at it Again

The Men’s Mexico Mission team is gearing up for another mission trip! If you want more information about the Men’s Mexico Mission team, give Brad Johnson a call at 320.290.5307.

Don’t miss fellowship served by our favorite hombres:
  • Sunday, January 9
  • Carmel rolls! 
  • Donations will benefit the Men’s Mexico Mission Team

The men are Mexico-bound:
  • Sunday-Sunday, February 19-26

Estas gracias son también para todos vosotros!
Annual Meeting

  • Sunday, February 6
  • Following worship service
Sunday Worship Servants

Rejoice welcomes individuals, couples and families to serve in vital ministry. Opportunities waiting for you:
  • Reader
  • Sound technician
  • Usher
  • Communion assistant
  • Door greeters

Call the church office 320.558.6851.
Growing our Rejoice-Full Future

We are within $30,325 of reaching our goal in full. This is a fantastic affirmation of the mission and ministry to which God has called us. We ask all members and friends to join in this effort. If you have not yet made a pledge, please use a card from the pew or obtain a card from an usher or at the church office. With full participation, we can reach the goal of $320,000! Giving to Growing our Rejoice-Full Future begins immediately. THANKS BE TO GOD!
Rejoice Youth Education Notice

If area schools are closed due to inclement weather or will be closed the following day, Rejoice Wednesday night youth education will be cancelled for the evening.
Happening at Rejoice

You are invited!
  • Women's Bible Study
  • Tuesday, January 18
  • 10:00 a.m.
  • Yoga for All
  • Wednesday mornings
  • 9:00 a.m.
  • $10 per class or $32 per month
  • Senior discount: $9 per class or $25 per month
  • Stitch and Pray
  • Wednesday afternoons
  • 1:00 p.m. in the Rejoice Good News Library
  • Bring your knitting needles and crochet hooks to make prayer shawls for those that are experiencing health or spiritual challenges
  • All levels of skill are welcome
  • Young @ Heart
  • Thursday, January 20
  • Doors open at 10:30 a.m. for card playing and fellowship
  • Lunch at 11:30 a.m. followed by short program 
  • To start our new year, we welcome a special couple, Paul and Cherise Neustrom. Paul has written a book which he will tell you about.
  • Mark your calendar and call Carol at 320.558.6851 to reserve your spot for a couple of hours of fun and fellowship! Don't forget to invite a friend to join you!
Community Prayers
If you have a loved one or friend in need of prayer, fill out a prayer request or use one of the prayer concern requests located on the Interest table and in the sanctuary welcome pads. The star(*) in front of a name denotes a Rejoice member. This is a dynamic list. Requests will be printed for up to four weeks; call the church office at 320.558.6851 to extend listing. If a name of a friend or loved one has been omitted please resubmit the name and/or concern using one of the prayer concern forms found in the red Welcome Pads in the worship area. 
Receiving Treatment for Cancer:
Paul Swenson (cousin, Linnea Lindquist)
Jane (friend, Pam Bender)
John Swan (friend, Ron & Lynn Schneider)
Nancy Zembel (friend, Mary Wilson)
Deanna (Jim Lanes)
Jim Hartle (friend, Lori Lanes)
Kelly (cousin, Pam Bender)
Julie Lovig (friend, Kirk Suchomel)
Sami (friend, Lori Lanes)
Lucille (friend, Jim Lanes)
Lester Dupont (father, Linda Painter)
Kathy Ryan (sister, Brad Johnson)
*Pete Lidberg
Others:
Bob Stangler (son-in-law, Dayle & Jean Meyer)
Warren Lindeke (father, Leigh Holman)
*Kent Asheim
Lucas Martinez (friend, Scott & Doris Scharmer)
*Duane & Darlene Johnson,
Elaine Sime (friend, Linnea Lindquist)
Delilah Searcy
Nicole Mol (granddaughter, Barb Potter)
Emelie Davis (Lori Lanes)
*Ron Stensby
Dave Lidberg (son, Nancy Lidberg)
Breanne Hirsch (Audrey Lidberg)
JoAnn Middendorf (mother, Joyce Middendorf)
Judy (friend, Rosemary Monk)
*Gail Bradford
*Charlie Johnson
*Jean Meyer
Mary Yerbich (cousin, Lori Lanes)
Liam (friend's grandson, Rosemary Monk)
Mike (nephew, Sue Severson)
Lynne (cousin, Pam Bender)
Rosie (friend, Rosemary Monk)
Trinity Grace & Peige Faith (Kent & Grace Asheim)
Katelyn Schwab (great niece, Lori Lanes)
Kathie (friend, Lori Lanes)
Doug Lindseth (friend, Linnea Lindquist)
Brian (nephew, Scott & Doris Scharmer)
Linda O’Dell-Cowles (family friend, Leigh Holman)
Kent Petersen (brother, Rhoda Senkler)
MJ Havlicek (friend, Lori Lanes)
Marlene Vogel (mother, Joni Hagstrom)
Active Duty:
Eli Mulqueen (son, Janet Moeller)
Rejoice Staff
Jim Bump Lead Pastor
Carol Eich Office Administrator
Nicole Heberling Music Coordinator
Lisa Pridgeon Office Assistant
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