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April 5, Called Back, Mark 16:1-8, Easter, pew communion
April 12, Sent with Peace, John 20:19-31, communion by intinction
April 19, The LORD's, Psalm 24:1-7, Earth Day
April 26, Lay Down My Life, John 10:11-18
May 3, Bearing Fruit, John 15:1-9
May 10, Love One Another, John 15:10-17, communion by intinction, Mother's Day
May 17, All May Be One, John 17:11-21
May 24, Everyone, Acts 2:1-21, Pentecost
May 31, Ask Questions, John 3:1-12
June 7, Chosen Family, Mark 3:21-35
June 14, Mysterious Sprouts, Mark 4:26-34, communion by intinction
June 21, Faith & Fear, Mark 4:35-41, Father's Day

Sunday Bulletin? April 19, 2015 Bulletin. Adobe PDF document. Uploaded on the Friday before the coming Sunday worship.


Saturday, April 25: NWOA Annual meeting. St. Stephen United Church of Christ Sandusky. Online registration begins March 16.
Go Camp at Pilgrim Hills: Register for summer camp. Online registration for camp. 2015 Outdoor Ministries Summer Camp Catalog. Adobe PDF document.
La Leche League breastfeeding support group meeting the 4th Tuesday of each month at St. John's, evenings @ 7:00 PM. Read More.
The Heidelberg University Concert Choir (50 strong) the worship experience on Sunday, February 1. Audio. Listen. 2014 concert? Video. Audio. Listen.
Sunday, March 1. Amy Lester, Global Ministries intern. Guest in pulpit. Audio. Listen. Sunday, February 15. Faith and Science/Evolution Sunday: Audio. Listen. 2014 message? Audio. Listen.
Christmas Eve Service. Wednesday, December 24, 2014. Audio. Listen. Children's Christmas Pageant. Sunday, December 21, 2014. Audio. Listen. Tiffin CROP Hunger Walk Update: Thank you Tiffin University forsharing your experience. Video.
United Church of Christ Stillspeaking Reflection: March 7, 2015. "You Love Me. You Really Love Me." by Matt Fitzgerald.

"Whoever believed he made to be their true selves, their child-of-God selves." - John 1:12.

Psychology says the way we attach ourselves to our earliest caregivers sets the pattern for the rest of our lives. † If our parents were "good enough" we're seen, validated and emerge secure. † And if we aren't seen in infancy? We either wind up uncomfortable being close to others†or†we find that others won't get as close as we want. We're either avoidant or clingy. †

But nobody gets out of childhood unscathed. Every parent fails to see perfectly. If you're a parent you fail. The phone rings. Your boss needs an email. You have to make dinner. † Or maybe you're alcoholic, depressed, grieving, obsessed with your job, selfish. Maybe you just love to read the sports page. Maybe your parents were imperfect and you learned from them. Regardless, none of us were seen perfectly, loved perfectly. † So we all long for†affirmation. We ask "Am I worthwhile? Am I a valuable? Am I beloved?" †

In 1985 when Sally Field won an Oscar for best actress she cried and crowed and said, "You like me! You really like me!" She's been mocked for it ever since. But she felt the world's love and it overwhelmed her. It was a moment of religious ecstasy, no less powerful for being generated by a false religion. The good news is that you don't have to win an Oscar to be seen. God sees you. God accepts you. Indeed, no parent can love us perfectly.†Only God can.†So let's turn our longing toward the only One who can satisfy it.

Prayer: Dear God, Let me†believe it. You love me. You†really love me. Amen.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Matt Fitzgerald is the Senior Pastor of St. Pauls United Church of Christ, Chicago, IL.
Primary and Secondary Site Links. St. John's United Church of Christ. 10 Main Street (P.O. Box 615). Tiffin, Ohio. 44883. Office Hours: MWF/9-12. Phone: (419) 447-4372. Email: Questions? Comments? Contact Us. Sunday Worship hours: 10:30 AM - Sanctuary Worship. K-5 Sunday School after the Children's Message in Worship.
St. John's has a long history, first incorporated in 1836 as The United German Evangelical Lutheran and German Evangelical Reformed St. John's Congregation. Now, that's a mouthful! But, every qualifier for the term congregation says something special. Historical Roots. Learn More.
What's Happening? Today? This Week? This Month? This Year? Find Out. Tiffin CROP Walk is all over for 2014. The Sunday, November 2, 2014 Tiffin CROP Walk has come and gone for another year. Scheduled in 2015 for Sunday, October 4. See you in the Fall! End hunger worldwide and right here in Tiffin. Learn More.
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April 12, 2015. DOWNLOAD. April 5, 2015. Easter Sunday. DOWNLOAD. March 29, 2015.Palm Sunday. DOWNLOAD. March 22, 2015. DOWNLOAD. March 15, 2015. DOWNLOAD. March 8, 2015. DOWNLOAD. March 1, 2015. Guest in Pulpit, Amy Lester, Global Ministries. DOWNLOAD. February 22, 2015. DOWNLOAD. February 15, 2015. DOWNLOAD. February 8, 2015. DOWNLOAD. February 1, 2015. Heidelberg University Concert Choir. DOWNLOAD. Children's Message w/ Sam and Alex. DOWNLOAD. January 25, 2015. DOWNLOAD. January 18, 2015. DOWNLOAD. January 11, 2015. DOWNLOAD. January 4, 2015. DOWNLOAD. December 28, 2014. DOWNLOAD. December 24, 2014. Christmas Eve Service. DOWNLOAD. December 21, 2014. Children's Christmas Pageant. DOWNLOAD. December 14, 2014. DOWNLOAD. December 7, 2014. DOWNLOAD. November 30, 2014. DOWNLOAD. November 23, 2014. Guest in Pulpit, Dr. John Millar. DOWNLOAD. November 16, 2014. Guest in Pulpit, Katie Erickson. DOWNLOAD. November 9, 2014. DOWNLOAD. November 2, 2014. DOWNLOAD. October 26, 2014. DOWNLOAD. October 19, 2014. DOWNLOAD. October 12, 2014. Guest in Pulpit, Rev. Phil Hart. DOWNLOAD. October 5, 2014. DOWNLOAD. September 28, 2014. DOWNLOAD. September 21, 2014. DOWNLOAD. September 14, 2014. DOWNLOAD. September 7, 2014. DOWNLOAD. August 31, 2014. DOWNLOAD. August 24, 2014. DOWNLOAD. August 17, 2014. DOWNLOAD. August 10, 2014. DOWNLOAD. August 3, 2014. Guest in pulpit - Ruth Whitaker. DOWNLOAD. July 27, 2014. DOWNLOAD. July 20, 2014. DOWNLOAD. July 13, 2014. DOWNLOAD. July 6, 2014. DOWNLOAD. June 29, 2014. DOWNLOAD. June 22, 2014. Pulpit switch. No audio. June 15, 2014. DOWNLOAD. Pentecost. June 8, 2014. DOWNLOAD. June 1, 2014. DOWNLOAD. May 25, 2014. DOWNLOAD. May 18, 2014. DOWNLOAD. May 11, 2014 - DOWNLOAD. May 4, 2014 - DOWNLOAD. April 27, 2014 - DOWNLOAD. Easter. April 20, 2014 - DOWNLOAD. Palm Sunday. April 20, 2014 - DOWNLOAD. April 13, 2014. DOWNLOAD. April 6, 2014. DOWNLOAD.
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