Worship: June 9, 2019

Sunday, June 9, 2019


Farewell to the Pastor

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: It is understandable if we are confused.  There are so many problems in our world; climate change, violence, tremendous inequity, to name a few.  Yet, we gather together to sing songs of praise, rejoice and embrace a renewed energy.  It can all look a bit strange.

All: We are heirs of God and joint heirs of Christ.  This is our identity.

One: It is understandable if we are confused.  Daily we are confronted by expressions of hatred, animosity, mistrust.  Yet, here we speak a language of welcome where none are left out, no matter their origin, ethnicity, gender, age, or any of the many ways hatred is nurtured.  It can all look a bit strange.

All: We are heirs of God and joint heirs of Christ.  This is our identity.

One: Then let us worship the One whose spirit shapes us into a new people, giving witness to the hope that is ours.

All: We lift our voice in praise to the God of all Creation.  Amen.

 *Hymn: “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”……………………….……#475


One: Holy One, may the power of your spirit blow through our midst this day, filling our lungs with energy, vitality, and an eagerness to serve.  May the power of your spirit ignite a fire within us that knows no fear, giving us the courage to be your people.  May the power of your spirit open our hearts and loosen our tongues so with boldness we may proclaim your vision of love and justice for all people and all Creation.  Amen.

 We Recognize Our Brokenness

Prayer Of Confession

All: Spirit of Truth, you know how quickly discouragement begins taking hold in our lives.  We can find it difficult to trust that you are at work in the soil of our disappointments and become hesitant to take the risks that faithfulness demands.

One: Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not let them be afraid.

All: Spirit of Truth, we can be quick to judge that which is unfamiliar.  We expect others to conform, assimilate and become like us.  We create protective barriers in order to avoid the danger of challenging long-held beliefs and practices.

One: Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not let them be afraid.

All: Spirit of Truth, help us let go of our fears, embrace the peace you offer, and live every day as those adopted into the promise of your love and justice.  (A time for silent prayers of confession.)

Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

One: Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you.  I do not give to you as the world gives peace.  Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.”

Reading Of The Scripture:   Acts 2: 1-21 (N.T., pg. 111)

Anthem:   “A Mighty Rushing Wind”………………………Martin

 We Reflect On New Possibilities

Reading Of The Gospel:   John 14: 8-17, (25-27) (N.T., pg. 102)

Message For This Day                                  

 *Hymn: “God of Grace and God of Glory”…………  …….….#307

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, 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: “In Christ Alone”………………………………Townend

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

*Prayer Of Dedication

One: Spirit of Truth, in Christ you have spoken to us plainly and clearly, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments:   To love God with all your heart, mind, and strength and to love our neighbors as ourselves.”  May these offerings be used to further the hope of your commandments.  Amen.

The Sacrament Of Holy Communion


Leader: Abundance is on offer at this table, for as a multitude of grain and grapes are transformed into a single loaf and a solitary cup, so the multitude of people of faith from all times and all traditions gather here at a single table of remembrance.

 People: Here we are nourished and restored – here wrongs are made right, here hurts are healed, here prejudice and injustices pass away.

Leader: Here we are encircled by the community of saints, who call us out of the ordinary into the extraordinary that is the eternally transforming love of God.

People: Here we remember the Christ who sat with the excluded, stood by those who were grieving, and spoke words of assurance to all who would listen.  Here we can be certain we are welcome.

Leader: Here the Spirit of God dwells in these elements of bread and wine and we are fed with good things, things that produce a flourishing life – kindness, compassion, joy, and love, and we are grateful.  Amen.

 Words Of Institution

Prayer Of Consecration

 Distribution Of Elements (Please note the wine is in the outer ring and the grape juice is in the inner rings. The rice wafers are gluten-free.  Please hold each element so we may eat and drink together.)

 Post Communion Prayer

All: O Christ, you have opened to us the scriptures, and have been known to us in the breaking of bread:  Stay with us, we pray you, that we may go in the strength of your presence and your truth all our journey through, and at its end behold you in the glory of the eternal Trinity, God forever and ever.  Amen.


(Gettysburg Association Representative Mr. Bill Foreman, Committee on Ministry)

Recognition of this time of transition

Association Representative: On May 8, 2005, this local church called Kim Louise Blocher to serve as Pastor and Teacher.

Pastor: I thank Zion United Church of Christ, its members and friends, for the love, kindness, and support shown me these last 14 years.  I am grateful for the ways my leadership has been accepted.  As I leave, I carry with me all that I have learned here.

People: We receive your thankfulness and accept that you now leave to minister elsewhere. We express our gratitude for your time among us.    Your influence on our faith and faithfulness will not leave us at your departure.

Pastor: I accept your gratitude, trusting that our time together and our parting are pleasing to God.

*Vows of Release (All who are able, please stand)

Representative:  Do you, the members and friends of Zion United Church of Christ, release Pastor Kim from the duties of Pastor?

People: We do, with the help of God.

Representative: Do you offer your encouragement for her ministry as it unfolds in new ways?

People: We do, with the help of God.

Representative: Do you, Pastor Kim, release this local church from turning to you and depending on you?

Pastor: I do, with the help of God.

Representative: Do your offer your encouragement for the continued ministry here and on the relationship  with   another who will come to serve?

Pastor: I do, with the help of God.

(Please be seated)

 Witness of the Association

Representative: On behalf of the Gettysburg Association and the United Church of Christ, I witness to the words spoken:  words of thankfulness and release.  The member churches of our Association hold each of you in prayer.  We pledge our support in the transition signified in this service.

Congregation: Thanks be to God.


Representative: L et us pray together.

All: God, whose everlasting love for all is trustworthy, help each of us to trust the future which rests in your care.  The time we were together in your name saw our laughter and tears, our hopes and disappointments.  Guide us as we hold these cherished memories but move in new directions, until that time to come when we are completely one with you and with each other, in the name of Jesus Christ we pray.  Amen.

 We Go Forth To Live Transformed lives

*Closing Hymn: “In the Midst of New Dimensions” …………..….#315

 *Blessing and Benediction

*Choral Benediction: “Go In the Grace of the Lord”…………Barnard

*Chime Meditation


*Where noted, please stand if able.

 The Altar Flowers are given to the glory of God and in memory of Bob by Kitty and family.

 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

 Coming Up Next Week:

June 9, Pastor Kim’s reception, Fellowship Hall following worship

June 10, Ladies Breakfast, Apple Bin, 9:00 am

June 15, Bob Smith memorial service, Zion, 1:00 pm

 Looking Forward:

June 16, Church picnic & worship, Oakside Community Park, 9:30am

June 17, Consistory Meeting, Zion House, 7:00 pm

 Farewell Reception June 9thAfter worship today, there will be a farewell reception for Pastor Kim in Fellowship Hall.  There will be a box to hold any cards, notes, letters, and photos you would like to give Kim showing ways in which she especially touched your lives.  Come celebrate Kim’s 14 years of faithful service at Zion.

Church Picnic June 16thZion’s annual outdoor worship service and picnic will be held on Sunday, June, 16th at Oakside Community Park in Biglerville.  We will gather at 9:30 a.m. at the first pavilion with worship at 10:00 followed by the picnic.

UACT News – The UACT Youth Committee has planned several summer activities for young people. On June 21st, join us for Kid’s Night at Hollabaugh Bros. from 6-8 pm.  Admission is normally $4.00 per child (parents are free) but children who are part of UACT are admitted for free (UACT will pay for admission).  Kids enjoy free ice cream, wagon rides, lawn games, board games, scavenger hunts, and more.  Event is cancelled if inclement weather.  In July, join us for Vacation Bible School July 8-12, 6:15-8pm at Trinity Lutheran in Arendtsville.  In August, there will be movie night at Oakside sponsored by the Jaycees, date and time to be determined. Have fun this summer with Upper Adams friends!

Totem Pole Playhouse –Remember to sign up for the Saturday, August 10th matinee production of “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” at the Totem Pole Playhouse.  The clipboard is in the back of church.

Kennies Market Community Rewards Program – If you would like to help out UACT next year, take the time now to sign up for the Community Rewards Program offered by Kennies. Just grab a form from the stack in back of church, fill it out and put it in the basket.  We will see that it is submitted to Kennies for you.  Or go to www.kenniesmarket.com and fill out the form online.

You are Invited to Trinity Lutheran Church’s annual church picnic on Sunday, June 23rd, at the South Mountain Fairgrounds.  Order a barbecued chicken lunch and bring a side dish to share.  Orders are due by June 17th.  See flyer in back of church.

Free Summer Camp – Collaborating For Youth is sponsoring a free summer camp from June 24 to August 1, Monday through Thursday, at Camp Nawakwa for kids in 4th to 8th grade.  For details, see the flyer in the back of church.