Worship: July 22, 2018

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Wherever You Are

 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. 

 We Gather In Awe And Wonder

Prelude

Announcements

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:   People of God, come close, you who have been far away, draw near.  Christ has broken down the barriers that separate us from God and eradicated all conflict that separated us from each other.  Come close, together we will build a house based on reconciliation and love.

*Hymn: “More Love to Thee, O Christ” ………………..…#828

 *Invocation

All:         God of all, you have brought us so near to you that we can claim to live with you in your household.  We open our hearts to your peace, we open our consciousness to your call to be your people reconciled and no longer strangers to one another.  Amen.

 We Recognize Our Brokenness

Prayer Of Confession

Leader:   Today we come confessing how we get stuck in the way things have always been.  We acknowledge that we set ourselves on a path entrenched in social convention, from which it is difficult to break way.

People:  When you call us to change and we find deviations on our preferred path, we sometimes become distressed and resistant to what is new.  We can be bitter and annoyed when people break down entrenched but obsolete systems, and refuse to reconcile ourselves to a different view.  At these times, forgive us God of grace.  Amen.   (A time for silent prayers of confession.)

 Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

Leader:   With peace, Christ has broken down the walls that divide, we are reconciled to God and integrated into God’s household as forgiven people.  This will be our strength as we join together to build a loving community of faith.  Amen.

Reading Of The Scripture:  Ephesians 2: 11-22 (N.T., pg. 181)

Anthem:   “Beautiful Messes”…………………… by Hillary Scott

Soloist: Deb

Reading Of The Gospel:   Mark 6: 30-34, 53-56 (N.T., pg. 38)

We Reflect On New Possibilities

 *Hymn: “There Is a Place of Quiet Rest”……………………..#824

Pastoral Prayer And The Lord’s Prayer

Leader:   Eternal God, holy Father, our origin, our destiny, depth of our being, breath of our life, as you ever delight in the worship and service of your children, be pleased to pour your Holy Spirit upon us.

People:  As your Spirit came upon your prophets of old, grant us your Spirit of truth and understanding, that we may know your ways and walk in them.

Leader:   As your Spirit came upon Christ at the Jordan, grant us your Spirit of power and consecration, that we may enter into the ministry and victory of your son.

People:  As your Spirit came upon your church in Jerusalem, grant us your Spirit of grace and love, that our lives may more fully reflect your glory and that the world might believe, to the honor of your name. (Leader will add particular prayers for today.) Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen. Who taught us to pray:

     (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:   “Living Prayer”……….. by Allison Krause

Soloist: Deb

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

 *Prayer Of Dedication

Leader:   We give, so that reconciliation will become a reality in our world.  Amen.

We Go Forth To Live Transformed Lives

*Closing Hymn: “To God Be the Glory” ……………….#634

*Blessing

Leader:   Take a different path when you go from here, take the one that makes strangers friends, and aliens fellow citizens.  Take the one that overcomes hostilities and breaks down dividing walls.  And as you go, know that God’s spirit of peace goes with you.  Amen.

 *Choral Benediction: “Shall We Gather at the River”………..#375, v. 4

*Chime Meditation

Postlude

*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

 Fire Pit Fellowship.   Good food and fun can be yours at the July 29 hot dog roast. Time:  6 p.m.  First responders and their families and neighbors are invited to join us.  The last hot dog roast of the season is August 26. 

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.”   If you didn’t deliver your baked goods to Arendtsville yesterday, someone will deliver them today to McDannell’s.  Why not come to McDannell’s Fruit Farm & Market and buy something to take home to enjoy!   Proceeds to go toward our Capital Improvement Fund.  Any questions, contact Roger or Wayne.

Trinity Lutheran Church (Arendtsville) and its Outreach & Service Committee cordially invite Zion to an “ICE CREAM SOCIAL” to be held on SUNDAY, AUGUST 12, at 6 p.m. at the Fire Pit (in the backyard of the parsonage)This social is to benefit the “John’s Meals” program.  It is a “rain or shine” event – being taken indoors if the weather does not permit.

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 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)=

$28,441

$127,147*

 

*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.

 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 Wilkinson, 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