Worship: February 18, 2018

Sunday, February 18, 2018

1st Sunday in Lent:  God’s Loving Paths

 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


The wheel of the church year has turned to Lent. In Advent we moved from darkness into the light, during Epiphany we celebrated the revelation of the light of Christ to all the world, and now in Lent we move from light into the darkness of Good Friday.  To symbolize this journey we have six candles on the altar, representing the 6 Sundays between Ash Wednesday and Easter.  Each Sunday we will extinguish another candle as the passion of Christ draws near.


Chime Interlude And Candle Lighting

Leader:   We light a light in the name of God who lit the world and breathed the breath of life into us.

People:  We light a light in the name of the Son who saved the world and stretched out His hand to me.

Leader:   We light a light in the name of the Spirit who encompasses the world and blesses our soul with yearning.

All:         We will light three lights for the Trinity of love:  God above us, God beside us, God beneath us; the beginning, the end, the everlasting one.

 *Call To Worship

One:       People of God, gather around.  In this sacred space, in this sacred moment, leave your daily concerns aside for here we recall the stories of faith; here we see the extraordinary in the ordinary; here we hear good news; here we remember whose we are.

*Hymn:   “The Old Rugged Cross”………(insert)

 *Responsive Reading: “Into the Wilderness”

Voice 1:  In those days Jesus came from Nazareth,

Voice 2:  . . . leaving home behind,

Voice 1:  and was baptized by John,

Voice 2:  . . . proclaiming his faith.

Voice 1:  And the spirit descended on him like a dove,

Voice 2:  . . . acknowledging his call,

Voice 1:  and a voice came from Heaven

Voice 2:  . . . recognizing his ancestry.

Voice 1:  He was then driven into the wilderness,

Voice 2:  . . . to consider it all.

Voice 1:  But when John was arrested, he came to Galilee

Voice 2:  . . . assured of his purpose,

Voice 1:  to proclaim the good news,

Voice 2:  . . . that this was the time of the fulfillment of God’s very good adventure of love.

Voice 1:  So the story begins again,

Voice 2:  . . . and once again we commence our journey in the eternal flow of divine life.


One:         We too have left our homes and journeyed to this place; a place where we can proclaim our faith, acknowledge God’s call, recognize our history, and take time to consider it all.  Here we come to be assured of our purpose and our participation in the fulfillment of God’s adventure of love.  Amen.

We Recognize Our Brokenness

Call To Confession:   “Lamb of God”………#518, v. 1

Prayer Of Confession

Leader:   God, we make so many mistakes; we turn away from you so often.  We need you so much.  Thank you that you so loved the world that you sent Jesus to die on the cross to save us from our sins.

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

Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

Leader:   The Lord God said:  I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.  Brothers and sisters:  In Christ, all God’s promises are “Yes.”  Hear the good news:  Through Christ, our minds and hearts are cleansed, healed, and renewed!

Reading Of The Scripture: Genesis 9: 8-17 (O.T., pg. 7)

Faith Lesson For All Ages

Anthem:       “In Christ Alone”…………Townsend/Getty

Reading Of The Gospel:   Mark 1: 9-15 (N.T., pg. 33)

We Reflect On New Possibilities

Message For This Day

 Hymn: “I Want Jesus to Walk With Me”   ………………….#775

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.


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

*Prayer Of Dedication

Leader:   These gifts are offered today, that they may flood and flow into your world bearing your good news of justice and compassion to all.  Amen.

The Sacrament Of Holy Communion


Leader:      For those who need, the bread waits.  For those who long, the wine lingers.  For those seeking transformation, the table beckons.  All are invited, not because we have faith, but because we trust; not because we understand, but because we long; not because we know, but because we are loved; not because we are well, but because we know our need.  Come now to the table.


Leader:      Great provider of life, we meet you in the small things of life:  the kind smiles of a stranger, the gentleness of the breeze, yeast that rises in bread and the sweetness of grapes squeezed into a cup.  In these small things your great love is known.  Into your ordinary world you came to dwell, and in the small things, Jesus lived righteously healing, teaching, preaching, gathering a community to live together, challenging injustice with acceptance and affirmation.  While this bread and this cup may seem small because they are familiar, they are also exceptional because of your love.

All:            Guide us, we pray, so that the ways we live our everyday lives in all the small things we do and say may be transformed to be exceptional ways that your love and grace may be known. 

 Words of Institution

Leader:      At his last supper, the Lord Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said,

People:     “This is my body, which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of me.”

Leader:     In the same way, he took the cup after supper and said,

People:     “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this in remembrance of me.”

Leader:      For whenever we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.  As signed and sealed in this sacrament:

All:            Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.

 Prayer Of Consecration

Leader:     God of all power, breathe your Holy Spirit upon us, and upon these gifts of bread and wine, that they may be for us the life of Christ, and that we may make that life visible through our faithful witness to him.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Preparation Of The Elements

 Sharing The Elements

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

Post Communion Prayer

All:         In fulfillment of Christ’s promise, you poured out the Holy Spirit upon the chosen disciples and filled the church with power.  We thank you for sending your Spirit to us today to kindle faith and lead us into all truth, working in the church to make us faithful disciples and empowering us to proclaim the living Christ to every nation.  Amen.

We Go Forth To Live Transformed Lives

*Closing Hymn: “What a Fellowship, What a Joy Divine” ……….#837

 Our Lenten Journey To The Cross

Scripture predicts the passion of Christ:   Matthew 9:14-16 (N.T., pg. 8) (We will extinguish one candle.)


One:       As you leave this sacred space, remember that you are called by God, remember your sacredness, remember your place in the eternal flow of life and realize this as you live out the good news that God delights in each and every one of us.

All:         We will flood the world with God’s good news.  Amen.

 *Choral Benediction: “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”……….………#825, v. 3

*Chime Meditation


*Where noted, please stand if able.      


February’s Proverb:   (Proverbs 29: 27)

The unjust are an abomination to the righteous, but the upright are an abomination to the wicked.                                                            

Thank You To Everyone Who Contributed To Our “Souper” Bowl canned soup drive.  We were able to donate 319 cans of soup to the Upper Adams food pantry.

During The Sunday School Hour today, our historian Bob Prosperi will discuss the history of the Eternal Peace Light Memorial.

 Lenten Supper Series.   We will join our UACT partners for supper and faith reflections at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays during Lent. The series schedule is February 21, Trinity Lutheran, Arendtsville; February 28, Zion UCC; March 7, Trinity UCC, Cashtown; March 14, Benders Lutheran; and March 21 at Trinity Lutheran.

The Mission Committee creates opportunities for our congregation to give of our time, talents and treasures to organizations and individuals in need.  The committee does this by coordinating the various mission activities.  Interested?  We are encouraging all current members (those that served last year) and any interested new individuals to be part of the Mission team.  If you are interested, please see Wayne or Deb.  The first meeting for 2018 will be Tuesday, February 20, at 7 p.m. in Zion House.

A John’s Meals Board Meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 20, at 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.

Heating System Capital Campaign (As of Jan. 31)
Received one-time contributions $98,606
Monetary value of pledges received $32,700
Pledges received thus far in cash

Total cash received ($98,606 + $17,995)=




On Sunday, March 18, We’re Going BOWLING!  Reserved are several regular and duck pin lanes at Rockwell Lanes in Biglerville at 2:00.  Jessica needs a final head count by Sunday, March 4, with number of bowlers attending with your group.  Two games of bowling plus shoes will be paid for by Zion. Please see Jess with any questions.                                                     

2018 Membership Directories are available on the credenza.

 As A Mission Project, Isabelle will be collecting used batteries to be recycled.  She will be collecting single use household, rechargeable household, button, cellphone and tool batteries.  Please bring your old batteries and place them in the big green box in the back of the church.  She will be collecting till the box is full!

Our Treasurer, Laurie, has announced her intention to “retire” from this position in May. In addition, Jess will be “retiring” at the end of this SS program year.   Thus the following paid positions open:  church treasurer beginning June 2018 and Sunday School Supervisor beginning August 2018.  Anyone interested in receiving information and/or applications for either position should contact Donna .

The 2018 Flower Chart is posted in the vestibule.  Dates available for the first half of the year are April 8, 15, 22, 29; May 6, 13, 27; and June 17, 24. Please sign up.  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.

Zion’s Financial Data

Income through January – $13,760.00

Expenses through January – $22.755.36

Deficit – $8,995.36

 Coming Up Next Week:

Feb. 18, History of the Eternal Peace Light memorial by Bob Prosperi, 10:15 am

Feb. 18, Jesus Loves Me Valentine Party, 10:15 am

Feb. 18, Confirmation, St. Paul Lutheran, 6:00 pm

Feb. 20, John’s Meals board mtg, F. H., 6:30 pm

Feb. 20, Mission Cmte mtg, Zion Hse, 7:00 pm

Feb. 21, What’s Cookin’, Trinity Lutheran, 6:00 pm

Feb. 21, Lenten supper series, Trinity Lutheran, 6:00 pm

Feb. 21, Choir practice, 7:30 pm

Looking Forward:

Feb. 26, Consistory mtg, Zion Hse, 7:00 pm

Feb. 27, Knitting/crocheting, Mustard seed rm, 6:30 pm

Feb. 28, Lenten supper series, Zion, 6:00 pm