Worship: April 7, 2019

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Fifth Sunday of Lent

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: Breathe deep!  Allow the fragrance of love to entice you.

All: We can sense a powerful presence among us.

One: Though death threatens to come soon, in this hour of worship, let us focus on what is alive!

All: The colors of morning stream though our windows – the world is humming in activity.

One: The warmth of our communion vibrates among us – we are One Body together.

All: And soon we will raise our voices in song, creating harmonies to sustain us on our journey toward the cross.

One: Come, people of God, breathe deeply and take in the vitality of this moment, and let us cherish it and be glad.

All: God’s extravagance surrounds us.  Let us worship and give thanks.

*Hymn: “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”………………………….……#475

*Invocation

Leader: Holy One, you overwhelm us with your generosity.  Like Jesus returning to be with his good friends, day after day you return to our presence with comfort and love.  In our worship, we seek to honor you; we seek to cherish your presence in our lives.  May the fragrances, the colors, the sounds, and the communion of your people waft into your heart, so you might know our deep devotion.  In our worship, may you encounter our humble thanksgiving.  Amen.

We Recognize Our Brokenness

Prayer Of Confession

Leader: Loving God, we sometimes confuse generosity with extravagance. We have been called to be a people of love, sharing, and compassion.  At times this turns us into people who allow the fear of scarcity to fill our hearts, rather than thanksgiving for the overflowing grace with which you love us.

Remind us of the miraculous abundance that arose from Jesus’ ministry – the water turned to wine; the thousands fed with just five loaves; the fishing nets strained with catch. Give us the motivation to show our love for others with the same profound generosity that Mary showed Jesus when she anointed his feet with oil.  Forgive us our fear of want and help us to connect with the great abundance all around us.  Teach us to love extravagantly, we pray.  Amen. (A time for silent prayers of confession.)

Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

One: God’s love is extravagant.  It always was, and always will be.  The great good news is that God’s love will never end; when we return to God, there is no limit on God’s redeeming love.  God is with us – among us – receiving our love, and embracing us in forgiveness, in return.  In this, we are assured of pardon.  Amen.

Reading Of The Scripture:   Isaiah 43: 16-21 (O.T., pg. 632); Philippians 3: 4b-14 (N.T., pg. 187)

Anthem:   “On Paths to Answered Prayer”…………………………Fuller

The Sacrament Of Baptism

Welcome

Leader: They were bringing children to Jesus that Jesus might touch them; and the disciples rebuked them.  But when Jesus saw it, Jesus was indignant, and said to them,

People: “Let the children come to me, do not hinder them; for to such belongs the realm of God.  Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the realm of God like a child shall not enter it.”

Leader: And Jesus took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands upon them.

Address

Leader: The sacrament of baptism is an outward and visible sign of the grace of God.  Inasmuch as the promise of the gospel is not only to us but also to our children, baptism with water and the Holy Spirit is the mark of their acceptance into the care of Christ’s church, the sign and seal of their participation in God’s forgiveness, and the beginning of their growth into full Christian faith and discipleship.

People: This is the water of baptism.  Out of this water we rise with new life, forgiven of sin and one in Christ, members of Christ’s body.

Questions For The Family

Pastor: Do you desire to have Leah baptized into the faith and family of Jesus Christ?

Family: We do.

Pastor: Will you encourage Leah to renounce the powers of evil and to receive the freedom of new life in Christ?

Family: We will, with the help of God.

Pastor: Will you teach her that she may be led to profess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior?

Family: We will, with the help of God.

Pastor: Do you promise, according to the grace given you, to grow with Leah in the Christian faith, to help her to be a faithful member of the church of Jesus Christ by celebrating Christ’s presence, by furthering Christ’s mission in all the world, and by offering the nurture of the Christian church so that she may affirm her baptism?

Family: We do, with the help of God.

*Congregational Assent (Please stand)

Leader: Jesus Christ calls us to make disciples of all nations and to offer them the gift of grace in baptism.  Do you, who witness and celebrate this sacrament, promise your love, support, and care to the one about to be baptized, as she lives  and grows in Christ?

People: We promise our love, support, and care.  (Please be seated)

Blessing Of The Water

Pastor: Bless by your Holy Spirit, gracious God, this water.  By your Holy Spirit,  save those who confess the name of Jesus Christ that sin may have no power over them.  Create new life in the one baptized this day that she may rise in Christ.  Glory to you, eternal God, the one who was, and is, and shall always be, world without end.  Amen.

Act Of Baptism

Prayer For The Baptized

Pastor: We give you thanks, O Holy One, mother and father of all the faithful, for this your child and for the grace acknowledged here today in water and the Holy Spirit.  Embrace us all as sons and daughters in the one household of your love.  Grant us grace to receive, nurture, and befriend these new members of the body of Christ.

All: Give to the newly baptized:  strength for life’s journey, courage in time of suffering, the joy of faith, the freedom of love, and the hope of new life:  through Jesus Christ, who makes us one.  Amen.

*Baptism Hymn: “I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry”…….…..#488

We Reflect On New Possibilities

Reading Of The Gospel:   John 12: 1-8 (N.T., pg. 100)

Message For This Day                                  

*Hymn: “A Prophet-Woman Broke a Jar”……………………………….#201

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: Generous God, in this moment, we share from our abundance with joy.  We are not looking back, nor are we only looking forward.  We give as an anointing expression of our gratitude for your generosity to us.  May this offering waft with the fragrances of being cherished and cherishing in return.  Amen.

We Go Forth To Live Transformed lives

*Closing Hymn: “Beneath the Cross of Jesus” …..………….………….#216

*Blessing

One: God is about to do a new thing!  God is making a way in the wilderness!  God is creating rivers in the deserts and new life in our lives.  Be blessed, anointed ones, and feel, see, touch, smell God’s great love for you now and always.  Amen.

*Choral Benediction: “I Danced in the Morning”…………..……#157, vs 4

*Chime Meditation

Postlude

*Where noted, please stand if able.

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

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.

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.

Maundy Thursday Seder Meal – Please consider joining us on Maundy Thursday, April 18th, for a seder-style meal and service of Holy Communion to be held at Zion.  There is a clipboard on the credenza in the rear of the church to sign up. 

Hartman Center Summer Camp – Early registration for the Summer Camping Program at Hartman Center is now open. The Center offers camps for youth and adults as well as inter-generational camps.  If you or family members are interested in attending a camp, please see Minda for details.

Breakfast Ladies Group: Remember lunch in Fellowship Hall at 11:30 a.m tomorrow.! .

A “Lady Music Concert” will be held at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Arendtsville, today at 4 pm. The Gettysburg Children’s Choir will offer “Prelude to Spring” at this FREE event, and a light supper will be served in the Social Room. 

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

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

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.

Zion’s Financial Data

Income through March – $45,725.01 –

Expenses through March – $51,622.92 –

Deficit – $5,897.91 –