Worship: August 4, 2019

Sunday, August 4, 2019


Loving God Back

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



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 will not give us up.

All: This is the God we meet here.

One: God will not turn heaven’s back on us.

All: This is the God we meet here.

One: God will not punish us even when we feel we deserve it.

All: This is the God we meet here.

One: Come, let us worship the God who meets us here.

*Hymn: “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”………………….……#611


One: Break us open, God, with your richness.  Break us open, God, with your generosity.  Break us open, God, with your bounty.  Break us open, God, with your love, that we may be broken enough, to love you back.  Amen.

We Recognize Our Brokenness

Prayer Of Confession

One: Despite a world that prefers violence rather than discussion, God asks:

All: How can I give you up?

One: Despite a world that prefers certainty rather than ambiguity, God asks:

All: How can I abandon you?

One: Despite a world that prefers wearing masks rather than telling the truth, God asks:

All: How could I ever destroy you?

One: Despite a world that prefers power rather than humility, God says:

All: I will not punish you in my anger.

One: Despite a world that prefers uniformity rather than diversity, God says:

All: My heart will not let me do it.

One: Despite a world that prefers prejudice rather than creative conflict, God says:

All: My love for you is too strong.

One: Despite a world that prefers propriety rather than honesty, God says:

All: I, the Holy One, am with you.  (A time for silent prayers of confession.) 

Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

One:       God will not abandon us.  God will not give us up.  God will not punish us as our sins deserve.  God’s love is too strong.  God, the Holy One, is with us.  Amen.

Reading Of The Scripture:   Colossians 3: 1-11 (N.T., pg. 190) 

Anthem:   “Wonderful Songs of Grace”………arr. J. Martin, Soloists: Kevin C.& Fred M.

We Reflect On New Possibilities

Reading Of The Gospel: Luke 12: 13-21 (N.T., pg. 70)

Message For This Day                                  

 *Hymn: “God of Grace and God of Glory”………….….#307

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: “Hymn of Promise”……………….Sleeth, Soloists: Kevin C. & Fred M.

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

  *Prayer Of Dedication

One: Rather than build up a world that pursues power, a church that seeks security for itself, a community that has too much, or an attitude that finds respect for only those that achieve, we offer you our gifts and ourselves gracious God.  May we work together with you to build up a world in which your justice, your values, and your vision are lived and honoured by all.  Amen.

The Sacrament Of Holy Communion


Leader: Come, household of God:  alien and well-known, stranger and familiar.  Know that God has called you to this place and said all are welcome.  We are all a part of this community; let us all share in this sacrament together.


Leader: One God, holy and good, we have been united with you through the life and ministry, death and resurrection, of Jesus the Christ.

People: We come from different places and bring our different ideas and stories to this place.  You welcome us, and proclaim to the world that we all are connected, that we all belong.  Now, may we who are united by your Spirit experience your presence in a bold and new way.

Leader: At his last meal with his friends Jesus called them and us to remember, and so we do that now.  We remember:  how Jesus took bread, gave thanks to you, broke it, and shared it among them.

People: One loaf, broken for all.

Leader: Later Jesus took a cup, and again gave you thanks, and shared that with them.

People: One cup, shared for all.

Leader: “These are my body and blood,” he said.  “Whenever you share in this meal, remember me.”

People: One God, remembered by all.

Leader: Bless us who have gathered here out of love for you, and strengthen us by these gifts to serve you in the world and share your love with everyone we meet.

 Prayer Of Consecration

Distribution Of The Elements (Please note the wine is in the outer ring and the grape juice is in the inner rings. The round wafers are gluten-free.  Please hold each element so we may eat and drink together.)

Also we will sing hymn #507, beginning with verse 2.

 Prayer Of Thanksgiving

All: We offer you thanks, creative God, for the gifts of this time together, and the gifts of this simple meal.  May we look one another in the eye, as we share in the bread and cup, and covenant together to work for your kingdom on earth.  Amen.

 We Go Forth To Live Transformed lives

*Closing Hymn: “Oh Lord, Our Lord”……….…….……..….#613


One: God has loved us.

All: We go to love God back.

One: God loves us now.

All: We go to love God back.

One: God will always love us.

All: We go to love God back.

 *Choral Benediction: “We Are Standing on Holy Ground”………#406

*Chime Meditation


Coming Up Next Week:

Aug 4, Worship with communion, Church, 9:00 am; Peach Sundae Event, McDannell’s Farm Market

Aug 6, Upper Adams Prayer Brkfst, Apple Bin, 7:45 am

Aug 10, Totem Pole matinee, Totem Pole Playhouse, 2:00 pm

Looking Forward:

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

Zion’s Financial Data

Income through June – $92,096.29

Expenses through June – $93,350.29

Deficit – ($1,254.00)

ThanksMany thanks to Kevin C. and Fred M. for sharing their 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.

Bake Sale Success –The bake sale this past Sunday at McDannell’s Fruit Market’s Customer Appreciation Day was a HUGE success. Zion raised $592.50 from the bake sale, and McDannell’s graciously contributed $111.00 from the sale of ice cream for a total of $703.50!  Thanks to the talents of our dedicated bakers (especially Kitty M. with over 25 pies of various sizes) and the generosity of the purchasers and Eddie & Linda M., this wonderful sum will go to the capital fund and be used for the audio/visual upgrade at the church.

Peach Sundae Event – Come out to McDannell’s Fruit Market today to enjoy a fresh peach sundae! Profits from the sale of sundaes benefit the Biesecker family.

Ladies’ Breakfast –Today is the last chance to sign up for the Ladies’ Luncheon at Crumbs Café in Mt. Holly Springs. The sign-up sheet is on the credenza in the back of church – reservations are required!.  We will be carpooling from Biglerville at 11:00 a.m on August 12th.

Hoffman Homes School Supplies – Zion will again be collecting school supplies to be donated to Hoffman Homes to support their school, Hoffman Academy. Check out the display board in the back of the sanctuary with slips of paper listing items to be purchased.  The items on each slip of paper will cost between $15 and $25.  Take as many slips as you like, then return your purchased items to the collection bin my Sunday, August 11th.  There are samples of the items so you will know exactly what to get!  I hope you take advantage of the back-to-school sales to stretch your dollars.  Monetary donations will also be accepted, and I will do your shopping for you!  Please make those checks payable to Jo M..  Thank you for your support of this project!  (This is in lieu of the Hoffman Homes Christmas toy donations).  Questions or money, contact Jo M..

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!

Confirmation – Our introductory meeting for the Confirmation program is on August 11th at 6:30 p.m. in the church.  All young people who have completed the 7th grade are invited to participate in this two-year program.  If you know of anyone interested, please contact the church office as soon as possible so we can provide information and include them in our planning.  Thank you.

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.