Worship: June 30, 2019

Sunday, June 30, 2019

The Transformative Story

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: 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. 

*Call To Worship

One: Through prophets, rulers, and leaders,

All: God passes on the story to the world.

One: Through disciples and apostles and followers,

All: God passes on the story to the world.

One: Through saints and reformers and mystics,

All: God passes on the story to the world.

One: Through you and me and us,

All: God passes on the story to the world.

One: Come, let us worship God, and continue the story.

*Hymn: “I Love to Tell the Story…………………….……#462


One: God of wisdom and wonder, we gather in this place as prophets and disciples, as people led by your spirit, and as humble followers seeking to do your will.  Called here by your love, we come to be renewed in our faith and go from here ready to serve you again.  Open us to your spirit, we pray.  Amen.

We Recognize Our Brokenness

Prayer Of Confession

One: For freedom, Christ has set us free.  Yet at times we use our freedom for self-indulgence.

All: Forgive us, God.

One: You have called us to love one another, and yet sometimes it seems we would rather snap at one another.

All:   Forgive us, God.

One: Often we would rather be guided by what we want rather than what you want.

All: Forgive us, God.

One: Transform us by your Spirit and make us new,

All: we pray in Christ’s name.  Amen. (A time for silent prayers of confession.) 

Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

One: God picks us up, and never wants to let go.  God takes what we cannot let go of and offers us a new purpose.  Go, renewed, with newly affirmed purpose, and a new freedom for life, and pick up what is God’s, and never let it go. 

Reading Of The Scripture:  

Exodus 16:1-7a, 13-15, 31-35 (New International Version)

The whole Israelite community set out from Elim and came to the Desert of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had come out of Egypt. In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron.  The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt!  There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.”  Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you.  The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day.  In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions.  On the sixth day they are to prepare what they bring in, and that is to be twice as much as they gather on the other days.”  So Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites, “In the evening you will know that it was the Lord who brought you out of Egypt, and in the morning you will see the glory of the Lord, because he has heard your grumbling against him… That evening quail came and covered the camp, and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp.  When the dew was gone, thin flakes like frost on the ground appeared on the desert floor.  When the Israelites saw it, they said to each other, “What is it?”  For they did not know what it was… The people of Israel called the bread manna.  It was white like coriander seed and tasted like wafers made with honey.  Moses said, “This is what the Lord has commanded:  ‘Take an omer of manna and keep it for the generations to come, so they can see the bread I gave you to eat in the wilderness when I brought you out of Egypt.”  So Moses said to Aaron, “Take a jar and put an omer of manna in it.  Then place it before the Lord to be kept for the generations to come.”  As the Lord commanded Moses, Aaron put the manna with the tablets of the covenant law, so that it might be preserved.  The Israelites ate manna forty years, until they came to a land that was settled; they ate manna until they reached the border of Canaan.

Hebrews 3:1-12 (The Message)

So, my dear Christian friends, companions in following this call to the heights, take a good hard look at Jesus. He’s the centerpiece of everything we believe, faithful in everything God gave him to do.  Moses was also faithful, but Jesus gets far more honor.  A builder is more valuable than a building any day.  Every house has a builder, but the Builder behind them all is God.  Moses did a good job in God’s house, but it was all servant work, getting things ready for what was to come.  Christ as Son is in charge of the house.  Now, if we can only keep a firm grip on this bold confidence, we’re the house!  That’s why the Holy Spirit says, Today, please listen; don’t turn a deaf ear as in ‘the bitter uprising,’ that time of wilderness testing!  Even though they watched me at work for forty years, your ancestors refused to let me do it my way; over and over they tried my patience.  And I was provoked, oh, so provoked!  I said, ‘They’ll never keep their minds on God; they refuse to walk down my road.’  Exasperated, I vowed, ‘They’ll never get where they’re going, never be able to sit down and rest.’ So watch your step, friends.  Make sure there’s no evil unbelief lying around that will trip you up and throw you off course, diverting you from the living God.

Faith Lesson For All Ages

Anthem:   “10,000 Reasons”………………Redmont, Emma & Lauren, vocalists

We Reflect On New Possibilities

Reading Of The Gospel: Mark 1:9-13 (N.T., pg. 33)

Message For This Day: “Sacred Unsettledness”                                   

*Hymn: “Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness”…………………….….#291, vs 1, 2, 4

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, forever.  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: “God of the Ages”…………….arr. Larson, Emma & Lauren, vocalists 

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

*Prayer Of Dedication

One: Generous God, you offer us gifts beyond price:  gifts of skills and time and love.  We gratefully receive these and in turn offer back a portion.  Bless our offerings.  May they go through this place and out into the world, to continue your work of peace, justice, and mercy.  Amen. 

We Go Forth To Live Transformed lives

*Closing Hymn: “Jesus Calls Us” ……….…….……..….#720


One:         Knowing the love of God, we can travel to unknown places and into unknown circumstances confident that God goes with us.  People of God, leave here with your perception tuned and aligned with the heart of God and your desire to serve God’s world with diligence strengthened and renewed.  Be transformative people with the Spirit as your guide and counsel.  Go in peace.

*Choral Benediction: “Let There Be Peace on Earth”………….. Emma, soloist

*Chime Meditation


*Where noted, please stand if able.

The Altar Flowers are given to the glory of God and in honor of Zion’s members by the Altar Guild.

Greeter And Bulletin Sponsorship Sign-Up Sheets for 2019 are on the credenza. v(Bulletin Sponsorship is $15 per Sunday. Please place your remittance designated for Bulletins in the offering plate.)v

Office Manager summer hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Welcome – We welcome Rev. Richard C. Gordon who will deliver the message today. Richard is a UCC pastor who recently came out of retirement to serve as one of three Ministers of Search and Call for the Penn Central Conference, working with churches in transition in the York, Gettysburg, and Mercersburg Associations.  After serving a congregation in Connecticut and another in Hawaii, the past 35 years have been spent in the Penn Central Conference where he has served as pastor of the Chapel Hill UCC in Camp Hill, pastor of the Willow Street UCC in Willow Street, and associate pastor of the Camp Hill Presbyterian Church in Camp Hill as well as interim and supply positions.  He was the last pastor to serve at The Shared Ministry in the Allison Hill neighborhood of Harrisburg prior to its closing in 2014.  Since then, he has been involved in the ongoing outreach ministry in that neighborhood through his membership in the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg (the congregation which purchased The Shared Ministry building).  For several years, he served on the Harrisburg Association Committee on Ministry.  A graduate of the Spiritual Direction for Spiritual Guides Program of Oasis Ministries for Spiritual Development, Richard currently serves as a spiritual director, spends time nurturing and deepening his spiritual life and his relationship with others, and enjoys making genealogical discoveries.  He and his wife, Sandy (a mental health therapist and yoga instructor), live in Enola.

Pastoral Care Needs – Rev. George Heberling will be providing pastoral care over the summer months for those in need. Please call the church office at 717-677-8319 if you would like him to visit.

Upper Adams Prayer Breakfast – The Rev. Roddy Runyan will head the Upper Adams Prayer Breakfast on Tuesday, July 2nd, at 7:45 a.m. at the Apple Bin Restaurant. A former missionary in Colombia, Mr. Runyan is Executive Director of the Fruitbelt Farmworker Christian Ministry and also serves as pastor of a Church of God congregation in North Middleton. Pastor Ben Seibert of Trinity Lutheran in Arendtsville will head the next prayer breakfast on August 6th.

Vacation Bible School – Join us at Trinity Lutheran in Arendtsville on July 8 – 12 from 6:15 to 8:00 p.m. for Vacation Bible School. There is no charge but a free-will offering will be taken. 

Totem Pole Playhouse –Time is getting short! Remember to sign up for the Saturday, August 10th matinee production at the Totem Pole Playhouse.  The clipboard is in the back of church.  BLWT is a rollicking musical with serious themes.  Come find out how putting life on TV changes it, how it changes people, and how the TV camera impacts that which it records. The show asks questions about privacy and whether television, both local and national, goes too far in its pursuit of stories, as pertinent a question today as in the 1970’s.  Tickets are $35.00, and payment is due to Debra by July 1st.

FirePit Fellowship – Don’t forget the Hot Dog Roast on June 30th at 6:00 p.m. behind Zion House!  Bring your chairs and a dish to share and come join the picnic!

Ladies’ Breakfast – The next Ladies’ Breakfast will be held Monday, July 8th, at the Apple Bin at 9:00 a.m.  Please join us for lots of interesting conversation and much laughter.  All are welcome.  Instead of our normal breakfast gathering on Monday, August 12th, we will be going to Crumbs Café in Mt. Holly Springs for lunch.  We will be carpooling from Biglerville at 11:00 a.m.  Reservations are required for Crumbs Café, so the deadline to sign up with Sally will be Sunday, August 4th whether you are meeting us there or carpooling.  Even if you don’t attend the breakfasts on a regular basis, come join us for lunch!

Thrivent College Planning Workshop – Want to help your student get through college but still be able to retire comfortably? Come to a complimentary 60-minute college planning overview here at Zion to learn how to save money on college.  Thrivent will be presenting in Fellowship Hall on Thursday, July 11th, at 6:00 pm.  See the flyer on the credenza in the rear of church for more information.

Lancaster Theological Seminary – The seminary is offering a new, online ministerial leadership program designed for lay ministers, those considering a ministerial career, and individuals preparing for or seeking an alternative to a graduate theological degree. For more information or to apply, visit lancasterseminary.edu/academics/PAM.