Worship: July 16, 2017

Sunday, July 16, 2017

United in Love

 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



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: “Our God Is an Awesome God”……..#616 sung twice

*Call To Worship

One:       As we greet this new day,

All:         we come together as one.

One:       In our differences

All:         we come together as one.

One:       In our uniqueness,

All:         we come together as one.

One:       In our offering of hospitality to others,

All:         we come together as one.

One:       With the Holy One,

All:         we come together as one to worship.  Amen.

 *Hymn: “Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken” ………………#81


Leader:   Christ, you hold us in your warm embrace.  You already welcome each of us exactly as we are, and you hold us close to you.  Your embrace gathers all of us into a community that you have created.

People:  And yet, in your community, there is always room for more.  You teach us to welcome one another.  We are thankful that with you, each of us has a place, and each one of us can find a welcome home.  Amen.

We Recognize Our Brokenness

Prayer Of Confession

Leader:   Peace-seeking One, we come before you as a sometimes-divided people.  We sometimes play favorite when we shouldn’t, hold grudges instead of forgiveness, and allow difference to separate us instead of bring us together.

People:  Help us to celebrate the differences among us rather than allow them to separate us.  We ask this in the name of the Christ.  Amen.   (A time for silent prayers of confession)

Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

One:       God cares for each of us, not simply in spite of differences, but rather in celebration of our differences.  As we reflect God’s diverse image to the world, we know that it is God’s love that we all have in common.

All:         Thanks be to God.  Amen.

Reading Of The Scripture: Romans 8: 1-11 (N.T., pg. 147)

Anthem:   “Raise Your Hands”………………Sorenson

Soloist: Deb

 Reading Of The Gospel:   Matthew 13: 1-9, 18-23 (N.T., pg. 13)

We Reflect On New Possibilities

Message For This Day

*Hymn: “A Sower Came from Ancient Hills”……………..#171

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:   “Amazing Grace/My Chains are Broken”………… Tomlin/Larson

Duet: Deb and Kevin

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

 *Prayer Of Dedication

Leader: All good gifts around us come from you, O God. You have given us life and new life in Christ.  As you have given us gifts, so we offer our gifts, that we may be gifts to one another, even as Jesus so taught and lived.  Amen.

 We Go Forth To Live Transformed Lives

*Closing Hymn: “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah” …………….#65


Leader:   Go from this place finding strength to right any wrongs, to be the peace brought to division, to be the love that is needed within the world.  Go in peace.  Amen.

 *Choral Benediction: “You Shall Go Out with Joy”………………#80

*Chime Meditation


*Where noted, please stand if able.      



July’s Proverb:   The poor and the oppressor have this in common: the Lord gives light to the eyes of both.                                                  Proverbs 29: 13

Emergency Pastoral Care Coverage is being provided by Rev. George Heberling at 334-0069 until July 18. Rev. Linda Summers will provide emergency pastoral care from July 19-28. Her phone number is 357-6377.

 A Property Committee Meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 26, at 7:00 p.m. at Zion House.

A Peach Sundae Benefit For The Biesecker Family will be held on August 6 from 11:00 to 4:00 at the McDannell Fruit Farm & Market.

Community Vacation Bible School: Hero Central: Discover Your Strength in God.  For age 3 to Grade 6, VBS will be held from July 17 – 21 at Trinity Lutheran Church from 6:15 – 8 p.m. Superheroes will have the opportunity to go on some awesome adventures alongside some favorite Bible heroes and discover the qualities (heart, courage, wisdom, hope, and power) that make one truly heroic in God.  As children soar to new heights, they will discover their strength in God and enjoy fantastic Bible stories, epic music, spectacular science, crafty crafts, heroic recreation, awesome snacks, and have a really super good time!  Don’t forget to invite your friends to ‘Hero Central.’ All children of the community are welcome.

 All Members And Friends Of Gettysburg Association  are invited to our annual summer picnic on Thursday, July 27, 6-8 p.m. at St. James UCC social hall at 1200 Harney Rd., Littlestown.  Hot dogs, hamburgers, rolls, and drinks will be provided.  Please bring a covered dish or dessert to share.  RSVP by Sunday, July 23 to Gapccucc@gmail.com or 717-359-4019.

Summer Christian Education: The Confirmation Class You Always Wanted. A summer adult program is being hosted by Pastor Ben Siebert in the backyard of Trinity Lutheran’s parsonage on N. High St., Arendtsville. They will meet at 7 p.m. this evening and on July 30 and August 13. Bring a lawn chair. Join in an opportunity to go through some of the exercises the current confirmation students use (adjusted to adult abilities). There will be a review of things that were probably once taught, and also explore some new ideas!   Low amounts of homework, high amounts of engagement.

Zion’s Financial Data

Income through June – $93,322.55

Expenses through June – $96,156.96

*Deficit – $2,834.41

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

 Hot Dog Fellowship.  Grab your roasting sticks and join in the fun and fellowship, not to mention food, at the hot dog roast at 6:00 p.m. behind Zion House on the fourth Sunday in July and August (7/23 and 8/27).  Bring your lawn chairs and a dessert to share.

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

Greeter/s are needed for August 20.

(Bulletin Sponsorship is $15 per Sunday. Please place your remittance designated for Bulletins in the offering plate.)

 Coming Up. . . Zion’s Bake Sale on Sunday, July 30, during McDannell’s “Customer Appreciation Day.”   You may drop off your bake sale items on Saturday, July 29, 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 Gina.

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

Labels For Education Summer Update. Campbell’s reports that due to recent decline in their Labels for Education program, they have decided to wind down the program.  From now through end of summer, only UPCs with the Labels for Education logo will be accepted and be able to be redeemed for points.  Campbell’s has begun the process of removing the Labels for Education logo, and state that there will be a limited number of products that contain these labels in stores through August 2017.  Zion’s Sunday School currently has approximately 12,000 points banked in our account, and have 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.  Zion’s kids thank you for your help in wrapping up this project successfully over the next few months!

 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.

 The 2017 Flower Chart is posted in the vestibule.  Available dates are August 13; 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.

 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 will be providing 100 cups each month and they may be placed in the cupboard in the rear of the church.  Any questions, please see Chris.  As always, thank you so much for your faithful support of this ministry.

 Summer What’s Cookin’ For Youth Of Preschool Age To Grade 6! It’s been a great year studying, eating, and laughing together! The fun continues throughout the summer with these monthly activities. As always, friends are welcome to every event.

July 28: Backyard Movie Night!

Where: Jeff and Jenni’s House, Table Rock Rd., Biglerville

When: 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Bring: Lawn chairs, snacks to share!

August: Pool Party! When and where: Information coming soon!


Coming Up Next Week:

July 16-22, REACH to Crossville, TN

July 17-21, Vacation Bible School, Trinity Lutheran, 6:15-8 pm

Looking Forward:

July 23, Hot dog fellowship, Zion Hse, 6:00 pm

July 26, Property committee mtg, Zion Hse, 7:00 pm

July 30, Bake sale at McDannell’s

July 31, Consistory mtg, Zion Hse, 7:00 pm

Aug. 5, Totem Pole Playhouse matinee, 2:00 pm

Aug. 6, Worship with communion, 9:00 am

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

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

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