Worship: August 18, 2019

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Faith Witnesses 

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: God of life, as we prepare for worship today, help us not to take lightly the highly charged message we proclaim.  Help us sense the power, beauty, and mission of your Spirit.  Through Christ, our Lord.

All: Amen.

*Hymn: “Come, Thou Almighty King”……………….……#2

*Invocation

Leader: We come before you this day, O God, surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses.  As you have been with your people throughout history, so we know you are with us even now.  In this time of worship, help us to celebrate your presence among us, and strengthen us to continue the work you have begun.  Amen.

We Recognize Our Brokenness

Prayer Of Confession

Leader: Loving God, you provide all we need and watch over us.  But in response, we have often ignored your care, and have not always lived in ways you long for.  We know that, like those who have gone before us, and all of your people even now, we at times disappoint you, going against your hopes and dreams.  Forgive us, God.  Don’t give up on us.  Continue to care for us, that we might do your will, producing the fruits of justice and proclaiming your praise.  Amen. (A time for silent prayers of confession.) 

Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

Leader: God has been with saints throughout history, and God is with us now.  Know that you are forgiven, and invited by God into new living.

All: Thanks be to God.  Amen. 

Reading Of The Scripture:   Isaiah 5: 1-7 (O.T., pg. 596)

Faith Lesson For All Ages 

Anthem: “At the Crossing”,Lister; Soloist: Nancy C

We Reflect On New Possibilities

Reading Of The Gospel: Luke 12: 49-56 (N.T., pg. 71)

Message For This Day                                    

*Hymn: “Jesus, Thou Boundless Love To Me”…………….….#703

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: “Bow the Knee”,Fettke; Soloist: Nancy C. 

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

*Prayer Of Dedication

Leader: Like countless others before us, O God, we offer ourselves to you.  Take all that we have and are, and use that for the work of making your reign real on earth as it is in heaven.  Amen.

We Go Forth To Live Transformed lives

*Closing Hymn: “Give Thanks”……..….#647

*Blessing

Leader: Such a large crowd of witnesses is all around us!

All: So let us get rid of everything that slows us down, especially the sin that just won’t let go.

Leader: Let us be determined to run the race that is ahead of us.

All: Let us take with us the blessing of Jesus, who leads us and makes our faith complete; the blessing of our Heavenly Mother and Father, from whom we come; and the blessing of the Holy Spirit, who breathes life into us all.  May the God of our ancestors lead us into the future.  Amen  

*Choral Benediction: “I Love You, Lord”……#627

*Chime Meditation

Postlude

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

Mornings from 8:00 a.m. to noon. 

Coming Up Next Week:

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

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

Aug. 20: John’s Meals Bd Mtg, Fellowship Hall, 6:30 pm

Aug. 21: Profile Cmte Mtg, Zion House, 6:30 p.m.

Looking Forward:

Aug. 25: Hot Dog Roast, Zion House, 6:00 pm

Aug. 27: UACT board mtg, Fellowship Hall, 6:30 pm

Aug. 29: Worship Cmte 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

Many Thanks to Nancy C. for providing today’s special music. Nancy has been involved in church music throughout Upper Adams for many years.   We are pleased to have her share her talents with us.

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.

Trivia Nite – Trivia Nite is tonight, 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!

Hot Dog Roast – Our last hot dog roast of the summer will be next Sunday, August 25th at 6:00 p.m. behind Zion House.  Bring a side dish and come enjoy the breeze, food, and conversation as we utilize the fire pit and pergola for fellowship as summer draws to a close.

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!

Ladies’ Breakfast Group – The Zion UCC ladies had a wonderful lunch at Crumbs Café in Mt. Holly this past Monday. 17 ladies attended.  The food was great, the company even better.  Our next gathering will be Monday, September 9th at the Apple Bin for breakfast at 9:00 a.m.  Please join us!

Snack Sponsorship – Sunday School is looking for Snack Sponsors each month for the upcoming year. If you are willing to sponsor snacks for a particular Sunday, please feel free to write a $45.00 check to Zion with “Sunday School Snack Sponsor” in the memo line.  Checks can be given to Dana Brashear or placed in the offering.  Thanks for your support of our Sunday School program!

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.