Worship: July 4, 2021

ZION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

22 Gettysburg Street  Box 538

Arendtsville, Pennsylvania

Sixth Sunday After Pentecost

July 4, 2021

9:00 am

Livestream link:  Zion UCC Sunday Service Livestream – July 4 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: “Festive Prelude on ‘Materna’”, David Lowe, ©1987 Good Life Publications

Announcements

Chime Interlude: “God Himself Is With Us”, E. Broughton, tune Arnsberg by J. Neander, ©2013 Lorenz Publishing Co.

Call to Worship

“Gathered Here”, Phil Porter ©1990, CCLI #1149146

Words:  Gathered here in the mystery of this hour, gathered here in one strong body, gathered here in the struggle and the power, Spirit draw near.

Opening Prayer:  Come.  Sit amongst us today, Spirit and friend, for we are open to hearing your word and being influenced by your teaching.  Amen.

Hymn# 300 “We Are One in the Spirit”, Peter Scholtes, ©1966 F.E.L. Publications, assigned to Lorenz Group 1991

COMMISSIONING SERVICE

Minister:  Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!” The voice of the Lord calls us to Kentucky.

Mission Team:  let us listen, pray to hear that voice and respond to God’s call in Kentucky.

Minister:  How can we, the members of God’s family in this place, empower these workers?  We have supported them through fundraising and offer our prayerful support.  We bring these symbols to illustrate our faith in God’s ability to work through this team.

Minister:  Accept these work aprons and be the hands of Christ in this world that builds community and love.

Mission Team:  We accept these work aprons.

Minister:  Accept these water bottles – may it remind you of your baptism.  Baptism with water and the Holy Spirit is the mark of your acceptance into the care of Christ’s church.

Mission Team:  We accept the living water of Christ.

Minister:  Accept these nails to remember that you are called to love your neighbor.

Mission Team:  We accept the strength of these nails.

Minister: As you go on this Mission Trip: Be watchful; there is still more of a life-changing experience awaiting you. You will return touched by the enormous inner wealth and beauty of the people you will meet.  Chris, Nick, Gabe and Jack, will you attempt, to walk humbly with God and offer the very best you have to the people of Kentucky…remembering that you not only represent yourself…but also this community and the loving God revealed through Jesus?  If so, please answer:   I will, with the help of God.

Zion UCC community, will you seek to support and encourage Chris, Nick, Gabe and Jack through your prayers in their time away?       If so, please answer: We will with the help of God.

Amen – Go with the blessing of God and this church!

 

Prayer of Confession:

God of reconciliation, when we have disagreements and disputes it is easy to paint the person with whom we disagree in a bad light; as ignorant, ill-informed or even bad.  We refuse to see your face in the face of the one who has offended us.  We feel justified in our offence because we say we know you and know your ways.  But we are like people of your boyhood town, unable to see that something out of the ordinary is standing before us.  Will you shake the dust of our offence off your feet and leave us?

   ASSURANCE OF GOD’S LOVE  

God’s grace is sufficient, it does not admonish and rebuke us for our weakness but embraces us in our weakness.  The spirit is always before us offering us this transforming grace.  Let go of the transgressions that hold you in pain and suffering and feel the liberating power of forgiveness.

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:  Psalm 48 and Mark 6:  1-13

Message

Top Twelve Countdown # 9:  Softly & Tenderly Jesus Is Calling #418, Will L. Thompson, 1880, public domain

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: “Lift Every Voice and Sing”, James Weldon Johnson, J. Rosamund Johnson, ©1921

Fred M., 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

Generous God, take our gifts this day and use them so that we may be part of your great work in this world. Through our giving, bring a brighter day of justice and love, not just in our community but in the world beyond these walls. Strengthen our church and the church universal so that we grow together each day into a powerful voice for healing and peace.  Amen. 

Closing Hymn #741 “Guide My Feet”, African American spiritual, public domain

Blessing

Choral Benediction: “Peace In Our Time, O Lord”, words, John Oxenham 1938, tune “Diademata” 1868, public domain

Chime Meditation: “God of Our Fathers”, public domain

Postlude: “When We All Get to Heaven”, arr. Leatherman, tune “Heaven”, ©2013 Lorenz Publishing Co.

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

Altar Flowers:  If you would like to sponsor the altar flowers, please sign up for your desired Sunday on the Flower chart as you enter the church, or you can contact the Altar Guild Representative for your chosen month.

 

Coming Up This Week:

July 4             Worship                                                        Sanctuary                   9:00 a.m.

Commissioning of Mission workers       during worship

July 7             Gary D. funeral                                            Sanctuary                 11:00 a.m.

 

Looking Forward:

July 11           Worship                                                        Sanctuary                   9:00 a.m.

July 12           Ladies Breakfast                                         Apple Bin                    9:00 a.m.

 

Happy Anniversary to Dick and Jane H.l who celebrate 59 years together on July 8th!

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.

Ladies Breakfast:  Zion’s ladies will meet for breakfast at the Apple Bin on Monday, July 12th at 9:00 a.m.  We are having Show and Tell!  Bring that very special item you kept for 10, 20. . . 60 years and tell us why it is special!  A picture of the item from many years ago would be terrific.  It can be anything – a baptism outfit, a piece of jewelry, an outfit you or your children wore, an item from high school or college.  Surprise us!  And bring a friend.

The Bake Sale is Back!  On August 1st, McDannell Fruit Farm will be having their annual peach sundae benefit for the Biesecker Family.  Zion has been invited to hold a Bake Sale in conjunction with this, and the Mission Committee has agreed.  So, dig out those favorite recipes and find the ingredients!   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.

 

Rev. Heather’s email address is revzionucc@gmail.com so feel free to contact her!

 

Rev. Heather’s Office Hours

Sunday 10a.m. – 12 noon

Monday 9:30 a.m. – 12 noon

And by appointment

Office Manager hours – Tuesday & Thursday mornings 8 – 12 noon