Worship: March 1, 2020

ZION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
22 Gettysburg Street Box 538
Arendtsville, Pennsylvania
First Sunday of Lent
March 1, 2020

Welcome to Zion and a special welcome to our visitors. Please sign the 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 and straight ahead. We also have restrooms downstairs in Fellowship Hall. Again, exit through the door next to the choir, turn left down the hall, and go down the steps.
*Where noted, please stand if able.
Congregational response is in bold print.

PRELUDE
TIME OF SHARING
CHIME INTERLUDE AND CANDLELIGHTING
*CALL TO WORSHIP
Some of us may feel uncomfortable about being here this morning.
Some of us may feel hypocritical because of something we have done.
Some of us may feel unworthy.
But God is a God of welcoming grace who accepts us just as we are.

* PRAYER OF INVOCATION
Hear us, O God, when we speak to you.
We are frail creatures of dust.
Our lives and fortunes are in your hands.
It is only by your breath of life that we are alive,
and it is only by your grace that we are received.

*GATHERING HYMN # 223 “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”

TIME OF CONFESSION
The temptation is all around us – in beguiling whispers, in blatant temptations,
in fantasies of power, in avoidance of involvement.
All that contributes to our broken world and broken relationships
keeps us from the fulfillment God intends.
We are not all we could be; we are not yet what we will be
when we confess our sins and experience God’s grace.
As we raise our prayer of confession, we offer no explanations,
no excuses, no comparisons to others.
We ask, not for your understanding, but for your mercy.
We rest, not on your justice, but on your grace.
We rely not on our promises for the future,
but on what Christ has done for us in the past.

And now let us confess in silence those fears that keep us from loving as Christ has loved us.

KYRIE ELEISON
(congregation sings response)
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS
We are forgiven and set free from our addictions, our pretensions, our idolatry.
We are released from self-centeredness, from playing to the crowds,
from our preoccupation with things.
Here is good news: In steadfast love, God redeems us.
Live as those who have experienced God’s glory and sensed God’s healing in their lives.

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH
And now, experiencing once again the forgiving power of our
loving God, let us say what we believe, using the Apostles’ Creed.
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:
And in Jesus Christ his only begotten son, our Lord;
who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell;
the third day he rose again from the dead;
he ascended into heaven, and
sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church;
the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins;
the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

THE GIVING OF OURSELVES AND OUR OFFERINGS
The message that Jesus gave during his temptation in the wilderness is also the
lesson he gives to us today: “Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.”

OFFERTORY

*OFFERTORY RESPONSE # 606 “Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow”
Praise God from whom all blessings flow, praise him all creatures here below;
Praise him above, ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
To you, Lord God, we offer these tithes and offering
as a significant part of our total worship and service.

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON
Genesis 2: 15-17; 3: 1-7, p. 2 (OT)

FAITH LESSON FOR ALL AGES

CHOIR ANTHEM: “There Is a Redeemer” . . . Green/Schrader

GOSPEL READING FOR THE MORNING
St. Matthew 4: 1-11, p. 3 (NT)

SILENT PRAYER AND PREPARATION

THE MESSAGE FOR THE MORNING

*HYMN # 517 “Here, O Our Lord, We See You”

THE LITURGY OF THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION
Gracious God, we praise you and give you thanks.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
We give thanks and praise for all that is good in the world.
For the love we call God, the creator of heaven and earth… we give thanks.
For the person we call Jesus, and his message of peace, justice, and inclusiveness…
we give thanks.
For the renewing strength and freedom of the Spirit, always on the breath of life…
we give thanks.
We give thanks for the love, peace, justice, generosity,
strength and freedom that is God working in our midst.
Let us remember the tradition.
We remember, at the end of the journey, among friends, gathered around a table,
Jesus took bread, gave thanks for all the blessings in his life, and broke it.
We remember at the same table and gathered with the same friends,
Jesus poured a cup of wine, gave thanks, and shared it with his friends,
inviting them to drink.
Bread broken, cup full, Jesus set the table.
May the Spirit within us
be a source of healing and consolation.
May the Spirit within us
strengthen us when we feel weak, warm us when we are cold-hearted,
bend us when we are stubborn, move us when we are uncaring,
guide us in the way of love.
May the Spirit within us
shine in all we do.
Bountiful God, at the feast of sacrifice, we ask you to bless us
and this bread and wine with the presence of your Holy Spirit,
that in our eating and drinking we might share in the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.
Come, Holy Spirit, come.
Through this meal, make us one with you.
Nourish us for faithfulness in the Church of the Redeemer
you have sent to reconcile us to you and to one another.

BREAKING OF BREAD AND POURING OF WINE
You may come, for all things are now ready.

SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION

*THE SACRAMENTAL BLESSING

*THE PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
God of our salvation, you have restored us to life,
you have brought us back again into your love
by the triumphant death and resurrection of Christ.
Continue to heal us as we go to live and work in the power of your Spirit,
to your praise and glory.

*CLOSING HYMN # 546 “Lord Dismiss Us With Your Blessing”

*COMMISSION AND BENEDICTION
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon,
where there is doubt, faith,
where there is despair, hope,
where there is darkness, light,
where there is sadness, joy.
O, divine Master,
grant that I may not so much
seek to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
(the prayer of St. Francis)

*CHORAL BENEDICTION # 227 “Jesus, Remember Me” (sing twice)
Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.
Jesus, remember me, when you come into your kingdom.

*CHIME MEDITATION

POSTLUDE

THE ROSEBUD ON THE ALTAR is in honor of Asher Charles J., son of Scott and Tara J. He was born Friday, February 21st. Congratulations to parents, grandparents Kim and Jay J., and great-grandparents Lois and Don H.

THE ALTAR FLOWERS are given to the glory of God by Kevin and Sharon C. and in honor of the Cooley Music Studio piano/vocal recital being held today.

COMING UP NEXT WEEK:
Mar. 1, Worship with Communion, 9:00 am; Sunday School, 10:15 am; Cooley Music Recital, Church, 1:00 pm; Confirm/Sr. High Grp, Trinity Luth., 6:00 pm
Mar. 3, Upper Adams Prayer Brkfst, Apple Bin, 7:45 am
Mar. 4, Bread for the Journey, Trinity Luth., 6:30 pm; Choir, Church, 7:30 pm
Mar. 5, Mission Cmte, Zion House, 6:30 pm
Mar. 7, Daylights savings starts – set clocks ahead tonight

LOOKING FORWARD:
Mar. 8, Worship, Baptism, Church, 9:00 am; Sunday School, Church, 10:15 am; Confirmation, Zion Hs, 6:00 pm
Mar. 9, Ladies Breakfast Gp, Apple Bin, 9:00 am
Mar. 11, Choir, Church, 7:30 pm; Movie Night Inside Out, Trinity Luth., 6:30 pm
Mar. 12, Book Club, Mustard Sd. Rm 7:00 pm
Mar. 14, Ramblers Walk, Battlefield, 9:00 am

UPPER ADAMS PRAYER BREAKFAST will be held Tuesday, March 3, at 7:45 a.m. at the Apple Bin. The Rev. Dr. Michael Holland, pastor of the York Springs Brethren in Christ’s Light, Joy & Hope Center will be guest speaker. He also serves the New Life Community Church in Carlisle and has an extensive mission background. Join us for food and fellowship and bring a friend. In April, the Rev. Bruce Dietrick, director of the Adams County Rescue Mission will be guest speaker.

BREAD FOR THE JOURNEY: March 4th & 18th, April 1st and 15th at 6:30 p.m. You are invited to attend these UACT gatherings for adults, centered in small group discussions, and focused on the quest for healthy emotional and spiritual living in today’s world. Childcare will be provided, along with light refreshments. The gatherings will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Arendtsville.

MOVIE NIGHT: INSIDE OUT – March 11th & 25th at 6:30 p.m. All ages are invited to Trinity Lutheran Church for these UACT gatherings which will center around the Pixar movie “Inside Out”, as we explore how each of our feelings have important roles to play in our lives of faith. A simple meal will be provided.

THANK YOU TO MCCLEAF’S FURNITURE for donating a lamp for the Mustard Seed Room.

FREE CONCERT: Music, Gettysburg! Will present a free concert by the Wittenberg College Choir on Friday, March 6, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. in the Gettysburg Chapel of the United Lutheran Seminary at 147 Seminary Ridge. Consider attending an evening of superbly performed choral music. Visit www.musicgettysburg.org for more information.

LET’S WALK!! The Ramblers are going to meet at the West Confederate Avenue parking lot by Millerstown Road (tower overlooking Eisenhower farm) on March 14th at 9:00 a.m. for a 4-mile walk taking in Big and Little Round Top. Come join us on the battlefield! Rain date is March 21st.

SECOND ANNUAL UACT DAY AT THE PARK will be held May 3, 2020 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Oakside Park at the pavilion by the basketball courts. All youth, their families, and friends are invited to this free event held rain or shine with fun, games, food, and fellowship.

HARTMAN CENTER: Zion has received information about summer camps at the Hartman Center. If you are interested, please pick up a brochure in the Sunday School room.