Worship: August 19, 2018

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Wisdom Quest

 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:         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.

Response:   “God Welcomes All”……………………….#399

 *Call To Worship

Leader:         We live in a world of conflict and war where people work for peace.

People:        We live in a world full of disaster where there is great beauty.

Leader:         We live in a world of self-obsession where people are generous and kind.

People:        We live in a world of sadness where there is much to rejoice about.

Leader:         We live in a world of illness and pain where people provide healing and care.

People:        We live in a world of restriction and regulations where freedom is celebrated.

Leader:         We live in a world full of noise where serenity is most significant.

People:        We live in a physical world that is full of miracles and wonder.  We live in God’s world.  We are blessed.

Leader:         Come, let us worship God.

 *Hymn: “God, Reveal Your Presence” ……………………#412

 *Invocation

Leader:         God of all, today as we come to worship and praise you, we pray that we might be wise enough to open our eyes and recognize you in all things.  Amen.

We Recognize Our Brokenness

Prayer Of Confession

Leader:         Come, Holy Spirit!  Rain upon our dry and dusty lives.  Wash away our sin and heal our wounded spirits.  Kindle within us the fire of your love to burn away our apathy.  With your warmth bend our rigidity and guide our wandering feet.

All:               Amen.    (A time for silent prayers of confession.)

Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

Leader:         All the promises of God find their “Yes” in Christ.  That is why we utter the “Amen” through him, to the glory of God.  It is God who has put his seal upon us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.

People:        In Christ, by the power of the Spirit, we are redeemed.  Praise God, from whom all blessings flow!

 Reading Of The Scripture:   Ephesians 5: 15-20 (N.T., pg. 183)

 

Faith Lesson For All Ages

 Anthem:   “From the First Hallelujah to the Last Amen” ………….. Pethel

Soloist: Nancy

Reading Of The Gospel:   John 6: 51-58 (N.T., pg. 93)

We Reflect On New Possibilities

Message For This Day

*Hymn: “I Love to Tell the Story”…………………….…..#462

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:   “No More Night” …………..……Harrah

Soloist: Nancy

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

*Prayer Of Dedication

Leader:         We recognize the wisdom of the people who gather these gifts for distribution, and pray that they be used in ways that bring hope and compassion to those in need.  Amen.

We Go Forth To Live Transformed Lives

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

 *Blessing

Leader:         Go into the world with your eyes wide open, ready to recognize God at all times and in all things.  Amen.

*Choral Benediction: “Steal Away”…………………………………..#358, v. 1

*Chime Meditation

Postlude                                       

*Where noted, please stand if able.                                          

 

August’s Proverb:                                                     

The Lord by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding he established the heavens; by his knowledge the deeps broke open, and the clouds drop down the dew.   Proverbs 3: 19-20

Hoffman Homes:  School Supplies. Return your purchased items to the collection bin by today, August 19. Monetary donations will also be accepted.  Please make those checks payable to Jo.  Thank you for your support of this project!  (This is in lieu of the Hoffman Homes Christmas toy donations.)  Questions or money, see Jo.

 A John’s Meals Meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 21, at 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.

 Donations To John’s Meals Cannot Be Made Out To Zion UCC.  The check must be made out to Upper Adams Christians Together.  The accounts are entirely separate and funds cannot be transferred from one to another.

A Mission Meeting will be on Wednesday, August 22, at 6:30 p.m. at Zion House.

Fire Pit Fellowship.  Join in the fun and fellowship and food at the hot dog roast at 6:00 p.m. behind Zion House on August 26.  Bring your lawn chairs and a dessert to share.

Zion’s Christmas Choir will begin rehearsals on Wednesday, October 3, beginning at 7:30 p.m. If you wish to sing for the Christmas season, please let Sharon know.

 Music! Music! Zion’s Choir and Zion’s Men’s Choir will begin rehearsals on Wednesday, September 5, from 7:30-8:30 p.m. The choir is always open to new members, so if you have that desire to share your musical talents, whether instrumental or vocal, please don’t be shy.  Let Sharon know of your interest and your binders of music will be waiting for you.  Let the fun begin!

Door Hangers Regarding John’s Meals Food Collection  is being distributed by Trinity Lutheran on the afternoon of September 2.  Collecting food from these same porches will take place on September 9.

Reach group participants decided to get together monthly, alternating between Hanover/Glenville and Arendtsville/Biglerville. One does neither need to be a youth (adults can attend) nor planning on attending REACH. It is designed for any and all; however, there will be REACH topics and details discussed. The first youth group meeting will be on September 9 at Stone Church Picnic Grove in Glenville from 5-7 p.m.

 The Book Group will reconvene from a summer break on Tuesday, September 11, in the Mustard Seed room at 7:00 p.m., to discuss “Those Who Wish Me Dead” by Michael Koryta.

Zion’s Financial Data

Income through July – $99,272.86

Expenses through July – $114,375.69

Deficit – $15,102.83

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.

Sign up Sheets For Our Fall Sunday School are now available in the hallway outside the art room and in the sign up book on the credenza? See Jessica with questions.

 

Heating System Capital Campaign (As of July 31, 2018)
Received one-time contributions   $100,331
Installment pledges        33,300
Total pledged     $133,631
   
   
Payments made on installments            29,396
Balance due on installment pledges               3,904
   
Total cash received through July 31          $129,727

*Anything over and above our $124,000 goal is being placed in the capital improvement fund.

 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 first quarter of 2018, Zion received $272.  After your yard sales, consider donating unsold appropriate items to the bin. 

 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 are aiming to provide 200 cups each month and they may be placed in the cupboard in the rear of the church. The 18-pkg boxes of single-serve Mac and Cheese is also a good donation. It is cheaper and easier to store (boxes).  Any questions, please see Chris.  As always, thank you so much for your faithful support of this ministry.

 Coming Up Next Week:

Aug. 20, Consistory mtg, Zion Hse, 7:00 pm

Aug. 21, John’s Meals, F. H.,  6:30 pm

Aug. 22, Mission mtg, Zion Hse, 6:30 pm

 Looking Forward:

Aug. 26, Fire pit fellowship, Zion Hse, 6:00 pm

Aug. 28, UACT board mtg, Trinity Lutheran, 7:00 pm

Sept. 5, Choir practice, 7:30 pm

Sept. 9, Rally Sunday

Sept. 9, “Reaching for God” youth group, Stone Church picnic grove, 5-7 pm

Sept. 10, Ladies’ breakfast, Apple Bin, 9:00 am

Sept. 11, Book Club, Mustard seed rm, 7:00 pm

Sept. 16, REACH presentation, 9:00 am

Sept. 16, Confirmation, Trinity Lutheran, 6:00 pm

Sept. 17, Hoss’s Community Fund Raiser, Gettysburg, 12 noon – 8 pm

Sept. 19, What’s Cookin’, Trinity Lutheran, 6:00 pm