Worship: August 6, 2017

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Holy Communion

 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

Preludes:   “I Will Sing Hallelujah”………….Johnson

“Lift Me Up”…………….Johnson

Quartet: Dwight , Kevin , Dennis , and Bob

Announcements

Chime Interlude And Candle Lighting

Leader:   Holy Spirit, Creator, as you hovered over the waters, cover us with the light of your presence.

All:         Holy Spirit, Comforter, by you we are born again, cover us with the light of your holiness.

Leader:  Holy Spirit, Redeemer, by you we are made a living temple, cover us with the light of redemption.

All:         Breath of life, you breathe light into the whole body of the Church and dwell in each one of us.

Response: “Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ”………..……#526, v 1

*Call To Worship

One:       Gather, seekers, bring your crayons, smart phones and tablet computers.  Bring your questions, creativity, and wondering.

All:         Come to discover the Holy One.

One:       Gather, friends, bring your symbols, stories, and music.  Bring your talents, insights, and integrity.

All:         Come to share in the Holy.

One:       Gather, followers, bring the bread and the cup.

All:         Come to worship the Holy One!

*Hymn: “We Come as Guests Invited”…… ………………#504

 *Invocation

Leader:   Creating God, open us to your transformative touch.  Prepare us for the subtle and subversive ways you creep into our lives, and prepare us for the blatant and intrusive ways you confront our living.

 We Recognize Our Brokenness

Prayer Of Confession

People:  Sometimes, God, we avoid you because we do not want to wrestle with those things weighing on our hearts, we do not want to deal with those things we know we are called to address:  those with whom we have broken trust; those suffering from avoidable circumstances; those whom we fail to stand up for; those with whom we avoid eye contact.  When we fail to spend time with you, we fail to learn about ourselves.  Forgive us.  Amen.  (A time for silent prayers of confession)

 Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

Leader:   When we experience God’s touch we are never the same.  Suddenly, our weaknesses reveal God’s strength, our doubts reveal God’s grace, our indifference reveals God’s never-ending love!  With a simple touch, God’s grace shines in and through us.

All:         Amen.

Reading Of The Scripture: Genesis 32: 22-31 (O.T., pg. 29)

A Time For Children

Anthem:       “Go Down Moses”  ……… arr. Johnson

Quartet: Dwight , Kevin , Dennis , and Bob

Reading Of The Gospel:   Matthew 14: 13-21 (N.T., pg. 15)

 We Reflect On New Possibilities

Message For This Day

*Hymn: “Be Known to Us in Breaking Bread”………….…..#500

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

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

*Prayer Of Dedication

Leader:   Gracious God, we ask that you accept these gifts.  Some are taken from an abundance of riches, and a scarcity of faith.  Some are shared from an abundance of faith, and a scarcity of riches.  We share what we can, trusting that your blessing will transform what we give for the sake of your realm.  Amen.

 The Sacrament Of Holy Communion

Invitation

Leader:.. God of Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar, Rebekah and Isaac, Jacob and Esau, Leah and Rachel, there is no pain that does not echo in your heart, and so we pray:  for all the grief and for all the losses, for the tears shed and the cries unheard, for all the half goodbyes, relationships without resolve, and for all the things that we have left unsaid, we pray.  Broken, tired and hungry, we come to you seeking healing, strength, and nourishment knowing that you will make us whole.

People:. So we, a diverse group of people, gather around to break and share this bread together as a way of remembering the one whom we follow.  The one who was fully who God created him to be; the one who loved God with all his heart, with all his mind, and with all his understanding.  The one who taught us about love, the one who taught us to pray; the one who wrestled and struggled, as we often do; the one who has freed us from the vices of this world.

Leader:.. We look at the cross and remember the one who died a cruel death because of beliefs, because of love, because of faith.

People:. We take the bread and remember the one who loved us all and taught us to live peacefully together as one community, the one who reminds us that we are never alone, the one who is the Christ.  May the memory of the Christ in this meal, and in each other, sustain us for the struggles we face now, and in the journey ahead.

Words Of Institution

Prayer Of Consecration

Preparation Of The Elements

 Sharing 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.)

 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: “All Who Hunger, Gather Gladly” …………….#509

*Blessing

Leader:   God, grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, the courage to change the things we can, and the wisdom to know the difference.  Amen.

*Choral Benediction: “Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ”……#526, v 2, 3

*Chime Meditation

Postlude

*Where noted, please stand if able.                                          

 

August’s Proverb:  

If a king judges the poor with equity, his throne will be established forever.

Proverbs 29: 14

 Wait For It, Wait For It…$861.  That’s how much money we made at the bake sale!  $711 came from baked goods and donations, and $150 from the ice cream sales.  Thank you to everyone who participated, and a huge thank you to Eddie and Linda for providing the venue for this fundraiser.  The proceeds will go toward our new heating and cooling system.  Well done, Zion!

 A Peach Sundae Benefit For The Biesecker Family will be held today from 11:00 to 4:00 at the McDannell Fruit Farm & Market.

 Hoffman Home School Supplies. Zion will again be collecting school supplies to be donated to Hoffman Homes to support their school, Hoffman Academy.  Please check out the items on 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 by Sunday, August 20.  There are samples of the items in the bin so you will know exactly what to get!  I hope you can take advantage of back-to-school sales to stretch your dollars!   Monetary donations will also be accepted, and I will do your shopping for you!  Thank you for your support of this project!  (This is in lieu of the Hoffman Homes Christmas toy donations)  Questions or money, see Jo.

 The Mission Committee will meet on Monday, August 7, at 7:00 p.m. in Zion House.

 The What’s Cookin’ portion Of The Pool Party is cancelled, due to low RSVP numbers and availability.  (The Senior High hours of the Pool Party will remain: 7:00-10:30 p.m. – 7th-12th grade – Pizza and drinks provided; bring a snack to share.) The pool party is on Saturday, August 12, at the Knouse complex in Arendtsville.

Summer Christian Education: An Adult Confirmation Class. A summer adult program is being hosted by Pastor Ben Siebert in the backyard of Trinity Lutheran’s parsonage on N. High St., Arendtsville. The last session is on August 13 at 7:00 p.m. Bring a lawn chair.

 At The Ladies’ Breakfast, please bring one or more examples from one of your special items that you have collected. Show others your collectibles!   The August breakfast will be held on the 14th at 9:00 a.m. at the Apple Bin. See you then. Bring a neighbor!

 Trivia Nite at Zion will be Sunday, August 20, beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Why not gather a team and join us?  Any questions, see Gina.

Zion’s Financial Data

Income through July – $108,838.49

Expenses through July – $111,223.79

*Deficit – $2,385.30

*This is partially due to the unbudgeted $3,000 cost for a new copier in 2017.

 John’s Meals Executive Board will meet on Tuesday, August 15, 6:30 p.m., in Fellowship Hall.

John’s Meals Packing/Delivery Team Training will be provided on Monday, August 28, at 7:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.

Please Volunteer To Assist With Children’s Sunday School beginning in the fall of 2017. The sign up book is on the credenza.

John’s Meals Needs Volunteers To Pack And Deliver three weekend meals and snacks to the children from food insecure homes in the Upper Adams community.  We have been currently providing these weekend meals to the children at Arendtsville and Bendersville Elementary.  We would like to start serving the children at Biglerville Elementary.  BUT–We need more teams to pack and deliver weekend meals in order to expand our mission! The volunteer teams should consist of 3-4 people to pack food bags and then deliver and hand out the bags to children at an elementary school at 3:00 at the end of the week.  Each team would be scheduled to deliver the weekend meals approximately once a month.  We can provide assistance to volunteers to apply for security clearances as required by the school district.  Please contact Angie or Pam, John’s Meals Volunteer coordinator

With John’s Meals joining under the UACT umbrella and its 501(c)3 status,  monetary donations may now be made payable to “UACT – John’s Meals” and made be put into the offering plate or mailed to: UACT, PO Box 593, Arendtsville, PA 17303.

 Labels For Education Update:   The Labels for Education program is coming to a close.  Only UPCs with the Labels for Education logo will be accepted and redeemed for points into registered schools’ bank accounts.  As of 7/31/17, Zion’s Sunday School Program currently has 17,847 points banked in our account, and has a goal to reach 22,000 for our third and final $250 Visa Gift Card to be used towards Sunday School activities for Zion’s children.  Please drop any labels in the red Labels for Education boxes located in the vestibule upon entering the sanctuary, or on the side table in the main Sunday School room.  The deadline to submit labels for the program is January 2, 2018.  Many thanks to all of you for your help and support over the past few years!

The 2017 Flower Chart is posted in the vestibule.  Available dates are September 3; October 29; and December 17. 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.

Coming Up Next Week:

Aug. 6, Peach sundae benefit for Biesecker family, McDannell Fruit Farm, 11 am – 4 pm

Aug. 7, Mission committee mtg, Zion Hse, 7:00 pm

Looking Forward:

Aug. 14, Ladies’ breakfast, Apple Bin, 9:00 am

Aug. 15, John’s Meals Executive Bd mtg, F. H., 6:30 pm

Aug. 17, Worship committee, Zion Hse, 7:00 pm

Aug. 20, Trivia nite, 6:00 pm

Aug. 27, Hot dog fellowship, Zion Hse, 6:00 pm

Aug. 28, John’s Meals packing/delivery team training, F. H., 7:00 pm

Aug. 28, Consistory mtg, Zion Hse, 7:00 pm

Sept. 10, Rally Sunday

Sept. 11, Hoss’s Community Night Fund Raiser, Gettysburg, 12 – 8 pm

Sept. 12, Book Club, Mustard seed rm, 7:00 pm