Worship: April 22, 2018

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Enfolded by Love

 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 Easter Candle Lighting

Leader:   We are a people living in the light of God’s resurrection power.  We light a candle to celebrate this amazing love.

People:  We are a people living in the light of Christ’s saving power.  We light a candle to celebrate our redemption.

Leader:   We are a people enlivened and emboldened by the Holy Spirit.  We light a candle to celebrate this gift of divine presence.

People:  We give thanks for all the ways that Easter has transformed our world, given us hope, and brought us into the light.

Response:   “Be Not Afraid“……………………….#243

 *Call To Worship

One:       Blessed be the holy Trinity:  the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Though we sometimes walk in the valley of the shadow of death as we journey in this world, nothing is to be feared.

People:  For we are not alone but belong – body and soul, in life and in death – to our faithful savior, Jesus Christ.

One:       Let us worship the Savior who faithfully accompanies and leads us.

*Hymn: “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need” ……………#803

*Invocation

Leader:   O living Lord, on the first Easter Day you stood in the midst of your disciples as the conqueror of sin and death and spoke to them your peace.  Come to us, we pray, in your risen power and make us glad with your presence, and so breathe your Holy Spirit into our hearts that we may be strong to serve you and spread abroad your good news, for the glory of your great name.

All:         Amen.

We Recognize Our Brokenness

Prayer Of Confession

One:       Loving God, today as we contemplate you as our shepherd we acknowledge the limits we put on your goodness.

All:         We recall the times when we have hardened our hearts to those who don’t belong to our fold.  We admit that we have seen the suffering caused by unjust practice, have seen brothers and sisters in need and yet we have refused our help.  We declare that there have been times when we have been quick to condemn and slow to love.  We confess to sometimes being like hired help:  we see the wolf coming and run away because in essence we do not care for what is not our own.  We are sorry.  Amen.  (A time for silent prayers of confession.)

Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

One:       Children of God, hear these words of assurance.  God is greater than our hardened hearts.  When we are bold before God and are true to the commandment to love one another, we receive the mercy we desire, and God comes and dwells in us.

Reading Of The Scripture:    Acts 4: 5-12 (N.T., pg. 113); Psalm 23 (responsively)

One:       The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.

People:  He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters;

One:       he restores my soul.  He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.

People:  Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff – they comfort me.

One:       You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

People:  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.

 Faith Lesson For All Ages

Anthem:   “Jesus is the Living Stone”…………McDonald

Reading Of The Gospel:   John 10: 11-18 (N.T., pg. 97)

We Reflect On New Possibilities

Message For This Day

*Hymn: “Savior, like a Shepherd Lead Us”…………..…..#187

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

 We Go Forth To Live Transformed Lives

*Prayer Of Dedication

Leader:   We know that the God of justice is concerned about all people and all places, and so we send these gifts into the world today, not just to serve our own, but to serve all those in need.  Amen.

*Closing Hymn: “Fairest Lord Jesus”.. ……………….#630

*Blessing

Leader:   Jesus is the good shepherd who leads us in right paths, who seeks out the lost, and lays down life for all, whether they are in the fold, or outside of it.  Go into the world as followers of the good shepherd living out God’s love and truth, with the Spirit of compassion as your guide.

 *Choral Benediction: “In the Bulb There Is a Flower”………….#250, v. 3

*Chime Meditation

Postlude

*Where noted, please stand if able.

  

April’s Proverb:  

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1: 7

 Zion’s Rummage/Bake Sale is quickly approaching!  Here are some details and things you need to know . . . You may start bringing your donations in any time after May 20.  Please place the items in Fellowship Hall (which is where the event will be held), being mindful not to interfere with John’s Meals.  Items that we would love to have . . . Housewares, small appliances and electronics in full working order, holiday decorations, CDs, DVDs, video games, towels, blankets, bed sheets, curtains, small furniture items, jewelry, pocketbooks/purses, toys, books, and children’s equipment.  You do not need to price or display your items, as we will take care of that for you.  Special Note:  We are only accepting children’s clothing (up to size 12) that is clean and in good condition.  No adult clothing/shoes; please use the Community Aid bin in the parking lot for those items.  Other unacceptable items include text books, encyclopedias, dictionaries, Reader’s Digest condensed books, etc.  We will also need baked goods for the bake sale, so use this prep time to get creative in the kitchen!  The dates for the rummage/bake sale are Friday, June 8 from 7:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m., and Saturday, June 9, from 7:00 a.m. till noon.  All proceeds will benefit our REACH mission trip to Vassar, Michigan.   

The Theme For April In Sunday School is “Easter: Peter’s Story.” The children will be learning about Peter’s relationship with Jesus, and how Jesus charged him with taking care of God’s sheep.  We’re going to be completing a mission project to accompany our theme, and we will be collecting donations to purchase a sheep for Heifer International.  A sheep costs $120.  If you’d like to donate to our cause, you may give your donation to any Sunday School youth or to Miss Jess.  The check should be made out to “Zion UCC” with “Sunday School Project” in the memo line.  We will have a poster with sheep to mark our donations, indicating each donor on the sheep.  Thanks in advance for your support of our learning to put our faith into action.

Heating System Capital Campaign (As of Mar. 26)
Received one-time contributions $98,706
Monetary value of pledges received $33,300
Pledges received thus far in cash

Total cash received ($98,706 + $24,251)=

$24,251

$122,957*

*Since we are nearing completion of our goal, anything over and above will be placed in the capital   improvement fund.

We Have All Known The Power And Promise Of Prayers – especially when others pray for us in times of need. It has been decided to send notes to people for whom we are praying; ones who are not Zion members.  So if you are placing someone on the prayer list, if possible have the address ready so it can be communicated via the prayer chain.  Obviously this will not be possible or desirable in every case.  Lois has agreed to send the cards.

Zion’s Financial Data

Income through March – $42,650.65

Expenses through March – $50,612.08

Deficit – $7,961.43

The Flower Chart is posted in the vestibule.  Dates available are May 6; June 17, 24; July 8, 22, 29; August 5, 12, 26; September 9; and December 2, 9.   Please sign up.  When Paying For Altar Flowers, please give payment to the altar guild representative for that month. A check payment is preferred. Altar flowers are from The Flower Boutique with a florist’s choice $35 arrangement cost.

Single Serve, Microwaveable Cups Of Macaroni And Cheese are being collected to benefit John’s Meals.  The cups need not be a brand name (like Kraft); store brand is fine.  We will be providing 100 cups each month and they may be placed in the cupboard in the rear of the church.  Any questions, please see Chris.  As always, thank you so much for your faithful support of this ministry.

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 last quarter of 2017, Zion received $344. Please place donations in plastic bags before dropping them into the bin.  After your yard sales, consider donating unsold appropriate items to the bin.

Coming Up Next Week:

Apr. 22, Confirmation, St. Paul’s Lutheran, 6:00 pm

Apr. 22, Gettysburg Assoc annual mtg, Redeemers UCC, 3:45 pm

Apr. 23, Consistory mtg, Zion Hse, 7:00 pm

Apr. 25, Knitting/crocheting, Mustard seed room, 6:30 pm

Apr. 25, Choir practice, Sanctuary, 7:30 pm

Apr. 28, South Mountain Ramblers

Looking Forward:

Apr. 29, Face of America bike ride, Host at Barlow Fire Co

May 14, Ladies breakfast, Apple Bin, 9:00 am

May 15, Book Club, Mustard seed room, 7:00 pm

May 16, What’s Cookin’, Trinity Lutheran, 6:00 pm

May 20, Communion and confirmands join church, 9:00 am

May 20, UACT joint confirmation service, Zion UCC, 3:00 pm

May 27, Children walk to cemetery, 10:15 am