Worship: June 13, 2021

ZION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

22 Gettysburg Street  Box 538

Arendtsville, Pennsylvania

Third Sunday After Pentecost

June 13, 2021

9:00 am

Livestream link:  Zion UCC Sunday Service Livestream – June 13 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: “Morning Has Broken”, tune “Bunessen”/arr. L. Smith, ©1985 Lorenz Publishing Co.

Announcements

Chime Interlude: “God Himself Is With Us”, Joachim Neander, 1680, public domain

Call to Worship

Leader:  Rejoice in our God always!

People:  Again, I say, rejoice!

Leader:  For God has gathered us together

People:  from all the corners of the earth

Leader:  to be present now,

People:  and to know the joyful unity

Leader:  of being one with Christ.

People:  Rejoice in our God always!

Leader:  Again, I say, rejoice!

 

Opening Prayer

Leader: Come Spirit, abide with us today; be our guide and wise counsel, be our advocate and our companion, be our reassurance. You lead us along new pathways and into new places. You reveal your nature and the nature of God to us. Hold us in your care. Amen.

Hymn insert – “I Woke Up This Morning” African-American spiritual, arr. Jeffrey Radford, 1983

Prayer of Confession

Leader:  Jesus was careless about himself;

People:  we are careful

Leader:  He was courageous;

People:  We are cautious.

Leader:  He trusted the unworthy;

People:  We trust those who have good collateral.

Leader: He forgave the unforgivable;

People:  We forgive those who do not really hurt us.

Leader:  He was meek;

People:  We are ambitious.

Leader:  He had no place to lay his head and did not worry about it;

People:  We fret when we cannot have the last convenience manufactured by clever science.

Leader:  Merciful God, forgive, and in freedom of your forgiveness,

People:  May we climb to the threshold of our belief in you, take up our cross and follow your Son.  Amen.

 

   ASSURANCE OF GOD’S LOVE

Leader: One fact remains that does not change:  God has loved you, loves you now, and will love you always.  This is the good news that brings us new life.

 

PRAISE VERSICLE 

   Leader: Lift up your hearts!

      ALL: Let God be praised! 

*PRAISE RESPONSE: # “I’m Gonna Sing When the Spirit Says Sing”  CCLI #1149146

I’m gonna sing when the Spirit says Sing.

I’m gonna sing when the Spirit says Sing.

I’m gonna sing when the Spirit says Sing,

And obey the Spirit of the Lord.

 

  SCRIPTURE READING:  Mark 4:  26-34 and 1 Samuel 15: 34 – 16:13

Message

Top Twelve Countdown #12:  “In The Bulb There Is a Flower”, Natalie Sleeth, ©1986 Hope Publishing Co.

Pastoral Prayer & Lord’s Prayer (Sins and Sinned)

PRAYER RESPONSE #288 Spirit of the Living God, CCLI #1149146

Spir-it of the liv-ing God, fall a-fresh on me;

Spir-it of the liv-ing God, fall a-fresh on me;

Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me.

Spir-it of the liv-ing God, fall a-fresh on me.

 

Offering

Leader:  God is good!

People:  All the time!

Leader:  All the time!

People:  God is good!

 

Vocal Solo: “Be Thou My Vision”, arr. Richard Walters, ©1993 Hal Leonard Publishing Co.

Dan W., soloist

 

Sung 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, you have given each one of us bountiful gifts, so we offer this money in gratitude and love. May our gifts today be used for your work in the world. Amen.

 

Closing Hymn #547 “Go, My Children, with My Blessing”, Jaroslav Vajda, ©1983 Concordia Publishing House

Blessing

Choral Benediction: #546 “Lord, Dismiss Us With Your Blessing”, vs. 1, J. Fawcett, 1773, public domain

Chime Meditation: “Be Thou My Vision”, traditional Irish Hymn/arr. J. Schrader, ©1989 Hope Publishing Co

Postlude: “Gigue”, Telemann/arr. C. Simone, ©1984 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:

June 13         Worship                                            Sanctuary                   9:00 a.m.

June 14         Ladies Breakfast                             Apple Bin                    9:00 a.m.

 

Looking Forward:

June 20         Worship                                            Sanctuary                   9:00 a.m.

June 21         UACT Youth Comm. Mtg              outside Zion House  5:30 p.m.

Consistory Mtg                               Fellowship Hall          7:00 p.m.

June 22         John’s Meals Bd Mtg                     outside Zion House  6:30 p.m.

June 30         Mission Cmte Mtg.                        Fellowship Hall          7:00 p.m.

 

Happy Birthday today to Tom D. who celebrates 75 years on June 19th!

 Habitat for Humanity of Adams County completed its first post-pandemic blitz build!  Work will continue on Saturday mornings until the house is completed.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Roger B.

Zion’s Book Club members thank the Battersbys for hosting our end of season get-together this past Thursday evening.  A good time was had by all.  Book discussions eventually make their way to the church website.  Our readers break for the summer and resume monthly meetings in September.  Watch the bulletins and newsletters for details.  Enjoy your summer reading!

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.

 Ladies Breakfast:  Zion’s ladies will meet for breakfast tomorrow morning, June 14th, at the Apple Bin at 9:00 a.m.  Bring a friend!

Choir Director & Organist Needed:  If you know of anyone interested in either position, please contact the Personnel Committee.

Soda Can Tabs:  Don’t forget your soda can tabs.  Just place them in the barrel on the credenza in the back of church.

Our Top Twelve Favorite Hymns countdown starts today.  Enjoy! 

John’s Meals:  Thank you, Thank you!  John’s Meals has completed our 7th year of delivering weekend supplemental meal bags to food-insecure students and their siblings in the Upper Adams School District.  During the 2020-21 school year, 4451 bags were delivered over 31 weeks totaling 22,255 meals for grades 3 through 6.  There has been an 8% increase in food costs over last year.  In the 7 years of John’s Meals existence, 27,261 bags totaling 105,557 meals have helped to feed hungry students.  Zion’s donations of Mac and Cheese along with financial support have greatly helped to keep the John’s Meals program alive.  We look forward to our 8th year and are hoping to expand John’s Meals to feed additional school age students.  Currently we have enough plastic bags to start up in the Fall and will advise when we need them again.   Thank you again for your generosity and the students thank you as well.  Angie V. and the John’s Meals Board.

 

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