Worship: July 18, 2021

ZION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

22 Gettysburg Street  Box 538

Arendtsville, Pennsylvania

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

July 18, 2021

9:00 am

Livestream link:  Zion UCC Sunday Service Livestream – July 18 2021

W E L C O M E

Dear visitors, welcome and thank you for joining us at Zion UCC! Our hope is that you will feel encouraged by today’s service and that you will experience the love and peace of Jesus Christ. If you have any questions or need spiritual guidance, please find me at the end of the service.

Rev. Heather

 

Prelude: “Arise! Shine!”, Sterling & Manchen, arr. Tom Fettke, ©1987 Ariose Music

Announcements

Chime Interlude: “Great is Thy Faithfulness”, Chisholm/Ryan, ©1923 Hope Publishing Co.

Call to Worship

Leader:  We gather in the name of Jesus Christ.

People:  Members of God’s family and brothers and sisters to one

               another.

Leader:  There are no outsiders here among us.

People:  All are welcome in the household of God.

Leader:  For we have been brought together by the redeeming love of Jesus.

 

Opening Prayer: 

Leader: Miraculous God, come to us now, even as Jesus came to those first disciples on the shores of Galilee. Speak your peace to our hearts. Touch us with your Holy Spirit. Reveal your word, that we may hear your message this day, and live as your disciples in the days and years to come. In Christ’s name, we pray. Amen.

Hymn# 302 “When Hands Reach Out and Fingers Trace”, Carolyn W. Gillette, John Weaver, ©1990 Hope Publishing Co., text ©2001 Carolyn W. Gillette

Prayer of Confession:

Wandering God of wilderness and exiles, we confess we try to confine you to buildings and familiar structures, religions and denominations.  We release you. (open hands).

Help us imagine you wherever you are. (pause)

(entwine fingers again.)

Mysterious God who is beyond explanation, we try to limit you to theologies and doctrines, well-worn answers and personal opinions.  We release you. (open hands)

Help us imagine you wherever you are. (pause)

ASSURANCE OF GOD’S LOVE

Here is the good news:  Christ has broken down the walls that confine and limit.  In Christ, that which is separated comes together.  In Christ we discover that in all places and at all times the Spirit of God is found.

ALL:  Thanks be to God!

PRAISE VERSICLE 

       Leader: Lift up your hearts!

       All: Let God be praised!

 

   PRAISE RESPONSE “I Woke Up This Morning” African-American spiritual, arr. Jeffrey Radford, 1983

 

SCRIPTURE READING: 2 Samuel 7:  1-14a and Mark 6:  30-34, 53-56

Message

Top Twelve Countdown # 7: “You Shall Go Out With Joy” #80, Steffi Geiser Rubin, Stuart Dauermann, ©1975 Lillenas Publishing Co.

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer (Sins/Sinned)

PRAYER RESPONSE

“Breathe on Me, Breath of God” #286, vs. 1, Edwin Hatch 1878, Robert Jackson 1888, public domain

Breathe on me, Breath of God, fill me with life anew,

That I may love what thou dost love and do what thou wouldst do.

 

Offering

Leader:  God is good!

People:  All the time!

Leader:  All the time!

People:  God is good!

 

Vocal Solo:  “Chariot’s Comin’”, Don Besig/Nancy Price, ©1997 Alfred Publishing Co.

Dan W., soloist

 

Doxology: #647 “Give Thanks”

Henry Smith, ©1978 Integrity’s Hosanna! Music; CCLI #1149146

Give Thanks with a grateful heart; give thanks to the Holy One.

Give thanks because we’re given Jesus Christ, the Son. (repeat these two lines)

And now let the weak say, “We are strong”; let the poor say, “We are rich

Because of what the Lord has done for us!” (repeat these two lines)

Give thanks.  Give thanks.

 

Prayer of Dedication

Holy One, whose heart abounds with gifts, receive this offering as sign of our intention to live surrounded by your mercy, inspired by your Spirit, open to the joy of your presence, hospitable to one another, and generous toward your world.  Amen.

 

Closing Hymn #721 “Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore”, Cesareo Gabarain, English trans. Suppe, Lockwood, & Guttierez-Achon, ©1979, 1987, 1989 Cesareo Gabarain

Blessing

Choral Benediction # 623 “I’ve Got Peace Like a River”, vs. 1, African American spiritual, public domain

Chime Meditation: “The Lord Bless You and Keep You”, Lutkin, ©1900, public domain

Postlude: “Spring from the Four Seasons – Allegro”, A. Vivaldi, arr. Hal Hopson, ©2006 Hope Publishing Co.

Please check in on Facebook that you are at church this morning!!

 

Altar Flowers:  Celebrate a special occasion or remember a loved one by sponsoring altar flowers!   Just sign up for your desired Sunday on the Flower chart as you enter the church or contact the Altar Guild Representative for your chosen month.

 

Altar Guild Rep.:                       Linda Ritter 717-253-1103

Head Usher/Bell Ringer:   Craig Long

Historian:                             Elener Storm

Office Number:                  717-677-8319

E-mail address:                  zion_ucc_arendtsville@comcast.net

Web site:                   www.zionuccarendtsville.org

 

Coming Up This Week:

July 18           Worship                                                        Sanctuary                   9:00 a.m.

Activity bucket distribution                                                 after church

 

Looking Forward:

July 25           Worship                                                        Sanctuary                   9:00 a.m.

Handprint Craft returns

Hot Dog Roast                                             Zion House                 6:00 p.m.

 

Prayer Requests:  Remember to send your prayer requests via email to the church office by Friday evening to have them included in the Sunday service.

 

Keep Your Soda Can Tabs coming:  Just put them in the barrel on the credenza in the back of church to benefit the Ronald McDonald House.

 

The Bake Sale is Back!  Don’t forget to mark your calendars and dig out those favorite recipes.  Zion is holding a bake sale at McDannell’s Farm Market on August 1st!  Freshly baked items can be dropped off in the Sunday School room the afternoon/evening of July 31st or before worship on August 1st.  Then come on out to McDannell’s following worship and satisfy your sweet tooth!  There will also be horse-drawn wagon rides, a food truck, and the opportunity for pictures with Sasquatch.  Proceeds from the Bake Sale will support the purchase of headsets for UASD elementary school children who need them.

Lectio Divina – Is your prayer life stale?  Spice it up learning a new spiritual discipline with a group from church and Rev. Heather.  We will begin the spiritual practice of Lectio Davina.  Lectio is a time where we read scripture, share a word from the passage that is meaningful to each individual, and what you can take away from the scripture for the week.  Afterwards, we will pray together.  This Spiritual discipline will be 4 Tuesdays in August – the 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th.  We will meet at 7 p.m. at church.  Our time together will vary depending on how many people show up.  My guess is at the most we will last an hour.  Please let Heather know if you are planning to attend at revzionucc@gmail.com.  Thanks!

 

Get your bucket here!  In lieu of Vacation Bible School this year, Zion is providing children with an activity a day for 5 days, all packed in a bucket!  Buckets will be distributed to children after church on July 18th on a first come, first serve basis.  Come pick up a bucket of fun!  Then come back on July 25 to return your helping hand handprint!

 

Visitors – We’re glad you stopped in.  Don’t forget to help yourselves to a welcome packet on the credenza in the back of church!

 

Reach Rev. Heather at revzionucc@gmail.com Her Office Hours are Sunday 10a.m. – 12 noon

Monday 9:30 a.m. – 12 noon

And by appointment