Worship: July 15, 2018

Sunday, July 15, 2018

God-Inspired Joy

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:   Transfigure Us, O Lord………………Hurd

Soloist: Deb


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: “Great Are You, Lord”………………..#614

 *Call To Worship

Leader:   God lavishes us with the rich blessings of grace, God gathers us into mystery and makes it known to us, God gathers us up with all things in heaven and on earth and makes us God’s own people.

*Hymn: “My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less” ………………#353


All:         Loving God, you gather us up as your redeemed people, your children.  We are bound together by your spirit, that we might be a living reflection of your glory and grace.  Open our hearts this day to strengthen our resolve to accept the challenges that come with this call.  Bring us clarity of mind so we might better know and understand your intent for us within your good creation.  Amen.

We Recognize Our Brokenness

Prayer Of Confession

Leader:   God of all creation, by your word and deeds you gather us into your family, as you gather all that is to yourself.  But with arrogance, lack of insight, perhaps even hardness of heart we place ourselves above all other things, we disregard our connectedness with all that is, and overlook the symbiosis that weaves all of creation together.

People:  We fail to see that we are family; along with the mountains and seas, the forests and rivers, the wild geese and the swallows.  We forget that we are only one part of all things.  We do wrong and act without consideration, but we do not have to live with brokenness, nor do we need to bear the pain of great acts of contrition, and spend our lives on bended knees.  To be forgiven we need only ask for forgiveness.  So we come simply and humbly and ask that once again you extend your mercy to us.  (A time for silent prayers of confession.)

 Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

Leader:   As God extends blessing throughout all the earth and into the heavens, so God extends grace to us all and forgives us our wrongdoing.  Be thankful and rejoice.  Amen.

 Reading Of The Scripture:    Ephesians 1: 3-14 (N.T., pg. 180)

Faith Lesson For All Ages

Anthem:   Savior of My Heart”………… Walsh

Soloist: Deb

Reading Of The Gospel: Mark 6: 14-29 (N.T., pg. 38)

We Reflect On New Possibilities

Message For This Day

*Hymn: “I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light”……………..#377

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:   We acknowledge that we have wealth because of the richness of the earth, may this sharing of our wealth be a way of expressing our gratitude and giving back.  Amen.

We Go Forth To Live Transformed Lives

*Closing Hymn: “Called as Partners in Christ’s Service” ……..….#761


Leader:   In Christ we are transported into a new world where we see everything in a new light – the light of love – and we are transformed into a more just, compassionate, and peaceful world.  Let it be so.

*Choral Benediction: “Shall We Gather at the River”………………..#375, v. 3

*Chime Meditation


*Where noted, please stand if able.      


 July’s Proverb:  

Happy are those who find wisdom, and those who get understanding, for her income is better than silver, and her revenue better than gold.                   Proverbs 3: 13-14

 Vacation Bible School will be held July 16-20 from 6:15 to 8 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran.  This year’s theme is … “Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus!”  All travelers of the community, Age 3 to Grade 6, who enjoy the high seas are invited to join us as we make ready for an adventurous week.

Mama Mia! at the Totem Pole Playhouse – all but two tickets have been reserved for the August matinee performance.  If you have reserved tickets, but not yet paid for them, please send a check to Debra at your earliest convenience.  Debra is in the process of creating a seating chart and will be handing out tickets towards the end of July.

Coming Up. . . A Peach Sundae Benefit For The Biesecker Family will be held on Sunday, August 5 from 11:00 to 4:00 at the McDannell Fruit Farm & Market.

Zion Is Having A Bake Sale on Sunday, July 29, during McDannell’s “Customer Appreciation Day.”   You may drop off your bake sale items on Saturday, July 28, in the large Sunday School room for our committee to price.  If you can’t make it to Arendtsville on Saturday, you may bring them to church that Sunday morning and someone will deliver them to McDannell’s.  Don’t feel like baking?  Cash donations are always accepted.  Better yet, why not come to McDannell’s Fruit Farm & Market and buy something to take home to enjoy!   Suggestions are Rice Krispie Squares, Pies, Cakes, Whoopie Pies, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Sugar Cookies, Raisin Cookies, Brownies, Homemade Jams, Jellies and Fudge.  Proceeds to go toward our Capital Improvement Fund.  Any questions, contact Roger or Wayne.

 The Summer Conversational Series “What Then Shall We Say?” focuses on scriptural reflection and conversation on the issues of our day.  These conversations will look at scripture for central guidance when considering issues of hunger, community life, immigration, and the Christian’s voice in political discourse. The gathering will be held beginning at 6:30 p.m. July 15, 29, and August 5 around the fire pit at Trinity, Arendtsville.  Be sure to bring a lawn chair, and bug spray if you feel so inclined! 

Zion’s Financial Data

Income through June – $85,953.52

Expenses through June – $95,536.78

Deficit – $9,583.26

 Greeter And Bulletin Sponsorship Sign-Up Sheets are on the credenza.

Greeters are needed for August 12 and 26.

The Flower Chart is posted in the vestibule.  Dates available are July 29 and August 12.   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.

Heating System Capital Campaign (As of June 24, 2018)
Received one-time contributions $98,706
Monetary value of pledges received $33,300
Pledges received thus far in cash

Total cash received ($98,706 + $28,441)=



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

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.

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:

July 16-20, VBS, Trinity Lutheran, 6:15 – 8 pm

 Looking Forward:

July 29, McDannell’s Bake Sale and Ice Cream Fund Raiser

July 29, Fire pit fellowship, Zion Hse, 6:00 pm

Aug. 4, Mami Mia!, Totem Pole, 2:00 pm

Aug. 5, Communion; baptism of Maci, 9:00 am

Aug. 5, Peach sundaes to benefit Biesecker twins, McDannell’s, 11 am – 4 pm

Aug. 11, South Mountain Ramblers, Meet at Mansion at King’s Gap

Aug. 12, Curt Matthews Eagle ceremony, Sanctuary, 2:00 pm

Aug. 13, Ladies’ breakfast, Apple Bin, 9:00 am

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

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