Worship: August 11, 2019

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Faith Is . . . 

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. 

*Where noted, please stand if able.

We Gather In Awe And Wonder

Prelude

Announcements

Chime Interlude And Candle Lighting

Leader: Loving Spirit, you have chosen us to receive your light, and we light a candle as a sign of our gratitude.

All: Friend, Advocate, Guide—Lord Jesus you enfold us in your love, and we light a candle to celebrate your Presence, in which we rest.

Leader: Holy God, you have drawn us to your wonder, as you set your seal upon us in our baptism.  We light a candle in amazement that you care for each and every one of us, as your own child.

All: We light three candles for the Holy Trinity that loves, redeems, and sustains us. 

*Call To Worship

One: Our faith brings us together this day.

All: By faith. . .

One: our ancestors learned to trust in God.

All: By faith . . .

One: people have dared to journey into unknown places.

All: By faith . . .

One: prophets have spoken God’s word.

All: By faith . . .

One: God’s people gather to worship.  And so . . .

All: by faith . . .

One: let us worship God! 

*Hymn: “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah”…………………….……#65

*Invocation

One: God of eternal promises, you have been with your people in all times and places.  You have called us, and we have responded.  Open us to your life-giving grace.  Empower us with the faith that supports us when we feel unsure, that dares to challenge things that need to change, and that always reminds us you are never, ever far away.  Amen.

We Recognize Our Brokenness

Prayer Of Confession

One: Forgive us, God, when our worship is hollow, when our holy days have lost their meaning, when our thoughts are not on your will but instead on serving our own desires.  Forgive us when we ignore your teaching.  Forgive us when we think that paying you lip service will make up for all we have done wrong.  Call us back.  Give us another chance to serve you:  to do good, to seek justice, to rescue the oppressed, to plead for those who are silenced.  Wash us clean, and make us new.  We pray in Jesus’ name.  Amen. (A time for silent prayers of confession.)

Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

One: Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.  Know that God’s forgiveness is beyond our perception and understanding but is as real as the air we breathe.  God is not ashamed to be called our God.

All: Thanks be to God.  Amen.

Reading Of The Scripture:   Hebrews 11: 1-3, 8-16 (N.T., pg. 211)

Faith Lesson For All Ages

Anthem:   “Raise Your Hands………………….……H. Sorenson. Soloist:  Kristin V.

We Reflect On New Possibilities

Reading Of The Gospel: Luke 12: 22-40 (N.T., pg. 70)

Message For This Day                                  

*Hymn: “Brethren, We Have Met To Worship”……………….….#396

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 – “The Prayer with Lead Us Lord”…………. Words & Music Sager/Foster; arr. Fettke. Soloist: Kristin V.

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

*Prayer Of Dedication

One: We bring our offerings, as a token of our faith and as a sign of our commitment to work together for the good of your community, O God.  Bless these gifts, and bless us, as we dedicate all that we have and all that we are to help make your promises real.  Amen.

We Go Forth To Live Transformed lives

*Closing Hymn: “This Is My Father’s World” ……….……..….#370

*Blessing

One: Go in peace to dwell in the presence of God.  Turn from evil ways and learn to do good.  Invest your total being in God and trust in God’s promises.  And know that God –  creator and sustainer of the universe – is with you always.

All: Thanks be to God!  Amen.

*Choral Benediction: “In My Life Lord, Be Glorified”………#468 vs. 1

*Chime Meditation

Postlude 

The Altar Flowers are given to the glory of God and in honor of all first responders and military personnel by Tom and Linda R.

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.)

Zion’s Office Manager’s summer hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday

Coming Up Next Week:

Aug 11:  Confirmands meeting, Church, 6:30 pm

Aug 12:  Ladies Lunch, Crumb’s Café, 11:00 am; Profile & Consistory Mtg, Fellowship Hall, 7:00 pm

Looking Forward:

Aug. 18: Trivia Nite, Fellowship Hall, 6:00 pm

Aug. 19: Consistory Mtg, Zion House, 7:00 pm

Zion’s Financial Data

Income through July – $106,440.27

Expenses through July – $105,216.89

Surplus – $1,223.28

ThanksMany thanks to Kristin V. for sharing her musical talents with us today.

Pastoral Care Needs – If you would like a visit from Pastor George, please call the church office at 717-677-8319. If emergency pastoral care needs arise, please call 717-334-0069.

Hoffman Homes School Supplies – Today is the last day to return school supplies to be donated to Hoffman Homes to support their school, Hoffman Academy. Monetary donations will also be accepted.  Thank you for your support of this project!  (This is in lieu of the Hoffman Homes Christmas toy donations).  .

Trivia Night – Our next Trivia Night is scheduled for August 18 at 6:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall Why not get a team of 4-6 people together and come enjoy a light supper and lots of fun as you find out what you do and don’t know!

Time to Sing – Choir rehearsals will resume on Wednesday, September 4th at 7:30 p.m.  We will sing for the Sunday, September 8th service.  If you like to sing, please join us.  We would love to have new members. . . especially sopranos. . .but all voices are welcome!

“Do-Nut” Forget – Sunday, September 8th, is Sunday School Rally Day!  We will recognize faithful attendance recipients that morning during worship, and Sunday School children will enjoy donuts, muffins, and juice afterwards.  Parents will receive Emergency Contact and Video/Photograph permission forms in the mail for each child which must be handed in September 8th or sent back ahead of time to the church office.  We look forward to an exciting 2019/2010 Sunday School year!

Battery Notice – The battery container in the back of church was full and has been sent to the recycler. We do not have plans at present to get another container, so please find an alternate program to recycle your batteries.  Thanks.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors – Hospice Volunteering can make such a difference not only in the lives of those needing support, but also in your life! SpiriTrust Lutheran Home Care & Hospice is looking for caring individuals interested in serving our local Adams County community by becoming hospice volunteers.  Our volunteers are part of the SpiriTrust Lutheran Home Care & Hospice team and provide emotional support to clients and their families, relief to caregivers, and friendship at a time when companionship is needed most.  All volunteers receive specialized training before assignment to client and families.  Volunteer training is FREE, and the next session is scheduled for September 16th & September 23rd from noon – 3:00 pm at SpiriTrust Lutheran, The Village at Gettysburg, 1075 Old Harrisburg Rd., Gettysburg, PA.  Please consider becoming part of this life-changing ministry by calling our Volunteer Coordinator at 717-680-0301.