Worship: August 29, 2021

ZION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

22 Gettysburg Street  Box 538

Arendtsville, Pennsylvania

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

August 29, 2021

9:00 am

Livestream link:  Zion UCC Sunday Service Livestream – August 29 2021

W E L C O M E

Dear visitors, welcome and thank you for joining us at Zion UCC! Our hope is that you will feel encouraged by today’s service and that you will experience the love and peace of Jesus Christ. If you have any questions or need spiritual guidance, please find me at the end of the service.

Rev. Heather

Prelude: “Sunshine and Joy Medley”, Mark Hayes/John Sweney/George W. Cooke, ©2013 Lorenz Publishing Co. Mark Hayes Gospel Hymns publication

Announcements

Chime Interlude: “Blest Be the Tie That Binds”, public domain

Call to Worship

Leader:  There is much to do while we worship.  Some of it we do, and some of it God does.

ALL:  Come, let us worship!

Leader:  One last look around.  I think we’re ready.  I am sure God is ready.  So let’s worship!

ALL:  Come, let us worship!

 

Opening Prayer

Generous giver of life, we pause from our hurrying, we rest from our scheduling, and we hold still our anxious minds.   For in your calming presence, and open to your Spirit, we seek another way of being, another way of doing.  May we simply be people who in our stumbling humanity, mirror your love and goodness with joy, purpose, and passion.

 

Hymn # 321 “The Church’s One Foundation”, Samuel J. Stone/Samuel S. Wesley, public domain

Prayer of Confession

Dear God, not all that we do leads to faithful worship.  We acknowledge we have hurt others and ourselves by what we do, and by what we leave undone. What we cannot change now, we ask you to transform by grace, that good might come to be.  Help us to let your love have the last word.  Lift us up and we will try again, with faith in you.

ALL:  We ask this in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

ASSURANCE OF GOD’S LOVE

Leader:  The Word of God is active, going forth to free, forgive, comfort, and heal.  Let that Word be in you now and assure you of a new beginning through Jesus Christ.

ALL:  Thanks be to God.

 

  A TIME FOR YOUNG DISCIPLES

 

PRAISE VERSICLE 

Leader: Lift up your hearts!

All: Let God be praised! 

PRAISE RESPONSE “I Woke Up This Morning” African American spiritual, arr. Jeffrey       Radford, 1983 CCLI #1149146

 

SCRIPTURE READING:  Song of Solomon 2:  8-13

James 1:17-27

Message

Top Twelve Countdown # 1: “Shine, Jesus, Shine” #192, Graham Kendrick, ©1987 Make Way Music CCLI #1149146

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

PRAYER RESPONSE 

“Breathe on Me, Breath of God” #286, vs. 1, Edwin Hatch 1878, Robert Jackson 1888, public domain

Breathe on me, Breath of God, fill me with life anew,

That I may love what thou dost love and do what thou wouldst do.

 

Offering

Leader:  God is good!

People:  All the time!

Leader:  All the time!

People:  God is good!

 

Vocal Solo: “Song for Worship”, Stan Pether, ©1994 Glory Sound, Shawnee Press

Soloist:  Diane M.

 

Doxology: #647 “Give Thanks”

Henry Smith, ©1978 Integrity’s Hosanna! Music; CCLI #1149146

Give Thanks with a grateful heart; give thanks to the Holy One.

Give thanks because we’re given Jesus Christ, the Son. (repeat these two lines)

And now let the weak say, “We are strong”; let the poor say, “We are rich

Because of what the Lord has done for us!” (repeat these two lines)

Give thanks.  Give thanks.

 

Prayer of Dedication

 

As God has granted gifts to us, so we bring these gifts to God. Bless the giver of each of the gifts presented here, but even more, encourage us to grow the gifts that lie within us, so we can be talented servants of God in this time and this place. Amen.

 

Closing Hymn #462 “I Love to Tell the Story”, Katherine Hankey/William G. Fischer, public domain, CCLI #1149146

 Blessing

 Choral Benediction #693 “The Gift of Love”, vs. 1, Hal H. Hopson, ©1972 Hope Publishing Co. CCLI #1149146

 Chime Meditation: “Faith of our Fathers”, public domain

Postlude: “Jesus Saves”, (We Have Heard the Joyful Sound”, Wm. Kirkpatrick/D. Phillips, ©1984 Broadman Press

 

The altar flowers today are given to the glory of God and in memory of Louise B. and in honor of Helen L. by Roger and Cindy B.

Please check in on Facebook that you are at church this morning!!

Happy Birthday to Jane H. who celebrates her 78th birthday on August 30th!  And Happy Anniversary to Ed & Linda M. who celebrate 50 years together on September 4!

Congratulations to Alicia and Derek R. on the birth of their son, Norman Paul on August 23rd!  And congrats to grandparents Lisa and Scott S.!

From the Consistory:  In accordance with the CDC’s most recent recommendation, you are requested to wear a mask during worship to protect yourself and others from the Delta variant of Covid-19.  Also, at this time, the choir will NOT be singing for worship. 

Coming Up This Week:

Aug. 29        Worship                                                Sanctuary                9:00 a.m.

Acolyte training                                   after Worship

Hot Dog Roast                                     Zion House               6:00 p.m.

Looking Forward:

Sept. 5         Worship                                               Sanctuary                9:00 a.m.

Sept. 9         Book Club                                            Fellowship Hall         6:30 p.m.

Prayer Requests:  Remember to send your prayer requests via email to the church office by Friday evening to have them included in the Sunday service.

Recycling Bulletins:  Don’t forget to recycle your bulletins after worship by dropping them in the box at the back of church.

Hoffman Academy:  Thank you! Thank you! Thank you, members of Zion!  Once again you have supported the school supplies for Hoffman Homes project beyond my expectations!  The items have been delivered and received with gratitude and amazement.  The value of the items purchased is $1284.00!  Thank you to all who contributed, both near and far, to this very worthwhile project.  Jo M.

Acolyte Training:  Training for all new and returning acolytes will be held today after Worship.  All students in Grades 3 and up are encouraged to attend and give it a try.

3rd Annual Ice Cream Walk – A wonderful time was had by all at the Ice Cream Walk on Aug. 24th.  The heat made eating the ice cream before it melted a little challenging, but we rose to the occasion!  And managed a bit of exercise as well.  Looking forward to next year’s event!

Last Hot Dog Roast:  Zion’s last hot dog roast of the summer will be held tonight August 29th, at 6:00 p.m. behind Zion House.  Just bring a side dish to share and join us!

Book Club:  Zion’s readers will return from their summer vacation on September 12th to discuss “The Pecan Man” in Fellowship Hall at 7:00 p.m.  If you like to read, join us!  Here is a summary:   In the summer of 1976, recently widowed and childless, Ora Lee Beckworth hires a homeless old black man to mow her lawn. The neighborhood children call him the Pee-can Man; their mothers call them inside whenever he appears. When the police chief’s son is found stabbed to death near his camp, the man Ora knows as Eddie is arrested and charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, Ora sets out to tell the truth about the Pecan Man. In narrating her story, Ora discovers more truth about herself than she could ever have imagined. This novel has been described as To Kill a Mockingbird meets The Help.

Ladies Breakfast:  Zion’s ladies plan to meet at the Apple Bin on Monday, Sept. 13th, at 9:00 a.m. for breakfast, provided things have settled down with the Delta variant of Covid-19.  We are also looking ahead to the breakfast on October 11th, also at 9:00 a.m. at the Apple Bin, where we will have a “Stump the Ladies” contest.  Bring an item, old or modern, that you think people will not recognize.  Win a prize if you can stump everyone!  Not many people knew the Show & Tell item from a prior meeting was an ice cream scoop!  And at the November breakfast, we plan to have our annual White Elephant auction, so start thinking of what you might donate to the sale.  The base price is $20 with bidding in $5 increments.  You can’t put a price on the fun and laughter, so grab a friend or neighbor and join us!

Zion’s Website:  Buildings aren’t the only things that need maintenance and updating to preserve and enhance their value.  So do websites!  And, like a person, a website only has one chance to make a first impression!  Zion’s website is our church’s face to the world, and right now that face is tired and old.  So, Consistory has agreed that our website should get a facelift.  Luckily, the professional fee, at an incredible “friends discount” price of $30/hour thanks to a connection of Rev. Heather’s, will only be in the $2500 – $3000 range – yes, a website design takes about 100 hours of work!  So, we are asking our generous members to consider a donation that will let Zion put our best face forward to the world and show what we are and what we do.  Should we be fortunate enough to raise more than we need, the remainder will go to the capital improvement fund which could use the boost!  Just make checks payable to Zion UCC and put website in the memo line.

This Load’s On Us!  WOW!  Thanks to your overwhelming generosity, we have enough detergent pods and dryer sheets to last well into next year.  So, we will no longer be collecting these items for our laundry ministry.  However, we will continue to need money.  The laundry tin will remain on the credenza for your monetary donations.  “Well done, good and faithful servants”!

Altar Guild News: Interested ladies met on August 9th to revitalize and redefine the purpose and duties of Zion’s Altar Guild.  As they reviewed the multiple pages listing duties, they discovered many had no theological reason and could be simplified or removed entirely.  The hope is to attract more volunteers (we’re not ruling out men, either!) since membership is now user-friendly.  The most visible changes were removing the white linens and plastic from the altar and pulpits and the candles from the windowsills.  The candles will be used for special services such as Christmas, Easter, weddings, etc.  Sally B. has volunteered to send cards to Zion’s members who are hospitalized or ill and will also send cards to families who have lost loved ones; Lois H. will send cards to non-members if requested and given addresses.  Donna M. will fill the altar candles with oil until December and then Minda H. will take over.  Guild reps do not need to check flower deliveries on Saturdays since the Florist has a key.  So, what would an Altar Guild monthly rep need to do?  Water the flowers in the sanctuary, take payment for sponsored altar flowers (members should continue to sign up on the flower chart and should call the church office to tell Cindy the wording for the bulletin – if they want special flowers, they must contact the florist personally), place a baby quilt and Bible on the altar when a child is born, move the baptismal font to the center for baptisms and return it after the service (Rev. Heather will take care of the book being signed by the congregation), fix Communion bread and wine when Covid regulations allow,  and change paraments if necessary.  There may be additional duties on Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Eve.  There’s never been an easier way to serve the church!  A special volunteer is being sought to act as Altar Guild Treasurer which involves paying the Florist bills – anyone interested should contact Donna M. for more explanation.

 Keep Your Soda Can Tabs coming:  Just put them in the barrel on the credenza in the back of church to benefit the Ronald McDonald House.

Amazon Smile!  Don’t forget – Amazon will give a portion of your purchase price to Zion if you use smile.amazon.com and choose Zion as your charity!  Every little bit helps.

Scripture directs us to make a joyful noise unto the Lord, and Zion needs help to do that!  We are searching for a new choir director and new organist, so please use your networking skills to spread the word.

Visitors – We’re glad you stopped in.  Don’t forget to help yourselves to a welcome packet on the credenza in the back of church!