Worship: April 14, 2019

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Palm Sunday

Visitors: Welcome to our church.  Please sign our guest book!  If you do not have a church home, we pray that you will find one with us.  We have large-print bulletins available, as well as hearing assistance devices.  Please ask an usher if you require either of these.  Restrooms are located in the church school building.  Go through the door next to the choir loft, and straight ahead.  We also have restrooms downstairs in Fellowship Hall.  Again, exit through the door next to the choir loft, turn left down the hall, and go down the steps.   

We Gather In Awe And Wonder

Prelude 

Announcements

Chime Interlude And Candle Lighting

Leader: Lord Jesus, we walk with you through the valley of the shadow of death.  Please light our way.

People: Let us find our life in you, O Lord.

Leader: Banished from the Garden of Eden for our rebellion, give light to our darkness.

People: we long for the garden of Paradise.

Leader: O Lord, you are the Christ.

People: Remember us in your kingdom.

Leader: We come to hear you speak of your love for us.  You kindle love in our hearts.

People: You have the words of eternal life.  Amen.

*Call To Worship

One: Have you heard?  Jesus of Nazareth is coming to town!

Choir: The man who has been doing all the amazing things we have heard about?

All: Come, people are gathering from all over the place to see this Jesus.

One: Some are calling him the Messiah!

Choir: Some are calling him a king!

All: Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see the Messiah – a savior for us!  Wouldn’t it be amazing to live with a different king – a king who ruled with love and compassion.

One: Perhaps this is the one!

All: Perhaps this is the one!  Hosanna!  Save us!  Let’s join the parade!

*Hymn: “All Glory, Laud, andHonor”…..…………….……#196 

 *Invocation

Leader: We are not people of power, Holy Creator.  We do not have our hands on the policies of the land.  We do not have the resources to make a great difference in anyone’s life today.  But we are a people of resistance and hope, and today we raise our palms high in celebration of our Sovereign – the one who came in compassion and humility, and lived among us in radical welcome, and rode into town on a colt to remind us of these great strengths.  Be with us as we worship.  Ride into our hearts again and help us to remember your abiding presence, and that your love for us is our great and indomitable power.  Amen.

We Recognize Our Brokenness

Prayer Of Confession

Leader: We discover ourselves in this story, we confess.  We know there have been times when we too have betrayed, abandoned, and denied our connections and love in order to feel safe.  We sometimes lack the courage to confront or oppose the powers of empire, which offer lives full of privilege and ease while others languish in pain.

All: We confess that we are as fearful and anxious about our lives as those disciples and ask your forgiveness in grace.  Help us to have the courage to live our faith and to follow the Christ with confidence and true hopefulness, even into the places of pain.  Forgive us, we pray.  Amen.  (A time for silent prayers of confession.)

 Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

Leader: Yes – we were represented at that table by the disciples in all their frailty and faults.  God loved and forgave them then, and God loves and forgives us now.  People of God, be assured that without this great forgiveness, we would not be here today.  It is because of God’s embrace and reclaiming of our lives that we gather in Christ’s name – disciples once more.  In this let us find pardon, purpose, and new life.  Amen.

Reading Of The Scripture:   Psalm 118: 1-2, 19-29 (O.T., pg. 534); Philippians 2: 5-11 (N.T., pg. 186)

Our Children Sing!

Reception of New Members

Pastor:     Eternal God, we praise you for calling us to be your servant people and for gathering us into the body of Christ.  We thank you for sending to us these believers that we may work together in serving the needs of others.  Confirm in us the power of your covenant that we may live in your Spirit, share regularly in worship, and so love each other that we may have among us the same mind which was in Christ Jesus, to whom be all honor and glory.

People: Amen.

Pastor and Representative:

In the name of Jesus Christ, and on behalf of Zion United Church of Christ, we extend to you the hand of Christian love, welcoming you into the company of this local church.

 Anthem:   “Anthem of Joy”……………………………..…Purcell/Liebergen

We Reflect On New Possibilities

Reading Of The Gospel:   Luke 19: 28-40 (N.T., pg. 78)

Message For This Day                                  

 *Hymn: “Hosanna, Loud Hosanna”…………………………………….#197

Pastoral Prayer And The Lord’s Prayer

    (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 sins as we forgive those who sin against us.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.  Amen.)

Our Offering: Our financial offering is one way that our members participate in the mission and ministry of this church. We thank you for your financial support.  For those of you who are visiting, please feel no need to participate in the offering.  This worship service is our gift to you.

Offertory

*Doxology: “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings” ………………………………………….….#606

*Prayer Of Dedication

One: These gifts seem so small when we remember your sacrifice for us.  And yet, we know as well that you are present in any act of love and generosity.  Be present through this offering and help us to transform it into new life and new beginnings, we pray.  Amen.

We Go Forth To Live Transformed lives

*Closing Hymn: “Ride On! Ride On in Majesty!” …………….……..….#198

*Blessing

One: Go in the peace of a final moment.  Though you have sorrow now, there will be joy.  Though you despair now, there will be light.  Allow the story of Christ’s passion to be real, and to work in your hearts.

*Choral Benediction: “A Cheering, Chanting, Dizzy Crowd”..……#200 vs 1, 5

*Chime Meditation

Postlude

*Where noted, please stand if able.

 Greeter And Bulletin Sponsorship Sign-Up Sheets for 2019 are on the credenza. Greeters are needed for April 21, 28.   v(Bulletin Sponsorship is $15 per Sunday. Please place your remittance designated for Bulletins in the offering plate.)v

Profile Committee Volunteers Needed – Zion is looking for a few good men and women (young and old) to serve on the Profile Committee during our pastoral transition! The Committee will develop an honest assessment of our church and how it wishes to interact with our community.  If you are interested in serving on this committee, please contact Wayne or any member of Consistory.

Maundy Thursday Seder Meal – This is the last Sunday to sign up for the Maundy Thursday, April 18th, seder-style meal and service of Holy Communion to be held at Zion at 6:30pm.  There is a clipboard on the credenza in the rear of the church.

Zion’s Book Club will meet April 16th at 7:00 pm in the Mustard Seed Room to discuss Razor Girl by Carl Hiaasen.

College Planning Strategies Workshop – Trinity Lutheran Church in Arendtsville is hosting a workshop on Sunday, May 19th, at 4:00 pm for parents with college-age children.  A Thrivent professional will present strategies for funding college and retirement.  Students and both parents should attend.  See flyers in back of church.

Nursery Attendants needed – Nursery attendants are needed for the month of May. Anyone with current clearances can sign up for this.  Please see the clipboard on the credenza in the back of church.

Chicken BBQ – A chicken barbeque dinner will be available on April 28th from 10 am to noon at Zion House (carry-out only).  Each dinner will be $8.00 and include ½ chicken, potato chips, and applesauce.  The REACH group will also have desserts and beverages available at $1.00 each.  Order forms are in the back of church

Additional Sunday Money Counters needed! Looking for a volunteer opportunity? Consider being a money counter!  Counters have a rotating monthly schedule requiring 45 minutes after church.  No experience is necessary, although prior money handling is a plus.  Training is provided.  If interested, or for more information, please see or contact Barb or Donna.

Annual Bake Sale – Even as we greet spring, we look ahead to summer! Our annual bake sale will be held at McDannell’s Farm Market on July 28th.  More information and requests for donations will be coming from Valerie.  McDannell’s will also host a Peach Sundae event on August 4th to benefit the Biesecker family.

Email Addresses –Don’t forget to update your email address on the sign-up clipboard in the rear of the church.

Face of America Bike Ride – Zion will once again host the Barlow Rest Stop for the FOA Bike Ride on Sunday, May 5. Volunteers are needed to help set up the food/drinks and then meet and assist the riders, and a volunteer sign-up sheet is in the back of church.  Also needed are cookies by our wonderful bakers!  The riders really look forward to our delicious goodies.  There is a separate sign-up sheet for cookie donations.

Adams County Arts Council – The Council is offering a limited number of scholarships for children to attend Eat Smart/Play Hard classes at the Arts Education Center this summer. Qualification is dependent on income level.  For more information, see the application form and brochure in the back of church.

Community Aid Clothing Bin is available in the Zion House parking lot for clothing donations along with shoes, accessories, draperies, and bed linens. We receive funds each quarter based upon the weight of items deposited in the container, and those funds are used toward the Mission BudgetFor the fourth quarter of 2018, Zion received $424.00. After your yard sales, consider donating unsold appropriate items to the bin.

Coming Up Next Week:

Apr. 15, Consistory meeting, Zion House, 7:00 pm

Apr. 16, John’s Meals Board Mtg, Fellowship Hall, 6:30 pm; Book Club, Mustard Seed Room, 7:00 pm

Apr. 17, What’s Cookin?, Trinity, 6 – 7:30 pm; Choir Practice, 7:30 pm

Apr. 18, Seder Service, Fellowship Hall, 6:30 pm

April 19, Good Friday service, church, 7:30 pm

Looking Forward:

Apr. 21, Sunrise Service, Fairview Cemetery, 6:15 am; Worship, church, 9:00 am

Apr. 24, Knitting/Crocheting, Mustard Seed Rm, 6:30 pm; Choir Practice, 7:30 pm

Zion’s Financial Data

Income through March – $45,725.01 –

Expenses through March – $51,622.92 –

Deficit – $5,897.91-