Worship: April 8, 2018

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Marks of Faith

 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



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:       Come, God of life, come, Christ of salvation, come, Spirit of peace, come appear to us once more,

All:         For it is good to be together in unity with you; to be anointed by the precious oil of your presence; to be washed with the fallen dew of your blessing.  Come abide with and within us this day.  Amen.

*Hymn: “Christ Is Alive!” ……………#246


One:       God of glory, fill your church with the power that flows from Christ’s resurrection so that, in the midst of the sinful world, it may signal the beginning of a renewed humanity, risen to new life with Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

All:         Amen.

We Recognize Our Brokenness

Prayer Of Confession

Leader:   Locked away and fearful.  So were the disciples when Jesus appeared to them.  In what ways are we fearful?  What ways are we locked away?  Inability to believe:  This was the circumstance of Thomas who was not there when Jesus first appeared to them.  Where do we encounter disbelief?  What brings us to the point of doubt?   (A time for silent prayers of confession.)

Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

Leader:   Jesus appeared to the disciples through locked doors.  He did not berate them, he offered them peace.  Jesus stood with Thomas in his disbelief.  He did not rebuke him, he offered him peace.  So Jesus stands with us and does not condemn us.  Jesus offers peace and forgiveness, and the gift of the Spirit to comfort us.

Reading Of The Scripture:  Acts 4: 32-35 (N.T., pg. 114)

Faith Lesson For All Ages

Anthem:   “My Master from a Garden Rose”…………………Young

Reading Of The Gospel: John 20: 19-31 (N.T., pg. 108)

We Reflect On New Possibilities

Message For This Day

*Hymn: “Christ Is Risen! Shout Hosanna!”………….……..#248

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.


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

 *Prayer Of Dedication

Leader:   These, our gifts, are a sign of our confidence in the risen Jesus.  They are our testament to the belief that all are included in God’s reign of justice and we send them unconditionally into the world to do good.  Amen.

We Go Forth To Live Transformed Lives

*Closing Hymn: “That Easter Day with Joy Was Bright”…………….#254


Leader:   No longer afraid.  No longer locked up.  Liberated and alive to abundant blessings.  We go out into our world.  Amen.

 *Choral Benediction: “In The Bulb There Is a Flower”……………#250, v. 1

*Chime Meditation


*Where noted, please stand if able.      


 April’s Proverb:   (Proverbs 1: 7)

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, fools despise wisdom and instruction.

A UACT Finance Meeting will be held on Monday, April 9, at 5:30 p.m. in Zion House.

 Congratulations To “Rather Be Bowling,” our winning team at Trivia Nite.  (Though it took three tie breakers to do it.)  They were able to make a generous donation of $300 to the SPCA.  Zion’s next Trivia Nite is Sunday, June 10, at 6:00.  Why not gather a team and join us?  Any questions, see Gina.

 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. 

A Mission Committee Meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m. at Zion House.

A Fellowship Committee Meeting will be held on Sunday, April 15, immediately after worship in the Mustard Seed Room to discuss and plan for upcoming events.  Anyone interested in joining the committee is welcome to attend.  Please contact Debra for more information.

A John’s Meals meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 17, at 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.

A Special Concert (Lady Concert), featuring the all-male a cappella group, Drop The Octave, from Gettysburg College, will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 38 North High Street, Arendtsville, on Sunday, April 15, at 7 p.m.  “Drop The Octave” (DTO) is a really fantastic group of young men who give a wonderful musical performance!


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)=



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

A Chicken BBQ will benefit Boy Scout Troop #71. It will be held on Saturday, April 21, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Biglerville.  The $9 meal includes ½ chicken, roll with butter, baked beans, apple sauce, and a beverage (take-out only).  For advance tickets, call 717-321-4563.

 Zion’s Financial Data

Income through March – $42,650.65

Expenses through March – $50,612.08

Deficit – $7,961.43

Mark your calendars. . . Zion Is Having a Yard And Bake Sale on Friday, June 8, and Saturday,         June 9.  Don’t start bringing your items in just yet, as we have no place to store them.  But as you are doing your spring cleaning, keep in mind your “junk” may be someone else’s treasure.  More details to come.

 The Flower Chart is posted in the vestibule.  Dates available are May 6, 13; 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.

Greeter And Bulletin Sponsorship Sign-Up Sheets are on the credenza.

Greeters are needed for most of April and May.

(Bulletin Sponsorship is $15 per Sunday. Please place your remittance designated for Bulletins in the offering plate.)

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

Apr. 9, Ladies’ breakfast, Apple Bin, 9:00 am

Apr. 9, UACT Finance mtg, Zion Hse, 5:30 pm

Apr. 10, Book Club, Mustard seed rm, 7:00 pm

Apr. 11, Mission mtg, Zion Hse, 6:30 pm

Apr. 11, Choir practice, Sanctuary, 7:30 pm

Looking Forward:

Apr. 15, Fellowship cmte mtg, Mustard seed rm, 10:15 am

Apr. 17, John’s Meals mtg, F. H., 6:30 pm

Apr. 18, What’s Cookin’, Trinity Lutheran, 6:00 pm

Apr. 21, South Mountain Ramblers

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