Sunday, March 10, 2019
Holy Communion/Infant Baptism
First Sunday of Lent
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
The wheel of the church year has turned to Lent. In Advent we moved from darkness into the light, during Epiphany we celebrated the revelation of the light of Christ to all the world, and now in Lent we move from light into the darkness of Good Friday. To symbolize this journey we have six candles on the altar, representing the 6 Sundays between Ash Wednesday and Easter. Each Sunday we will extinguish another candle as the passion of Christ draws near.
Chime Interlude And Candle Lighting
Leader: Lord Jesus, we walk with you through the valley of the shadow of death. Please light our way.
People: Let us find our life in you, O Lord.
Leader: Banished from the Garden of Eden for our rebellion, give light to our darkness.
People: we long for the garden of Paradise.
Leader: O Lord, you are the Christ.
People: Remember us in your kingdom.
Leader: We come to hear you speak of your love for us. You kindle love in our hearts.
People: You have the words of eternal life. Amen.
*Call To Worship
Leader: Today, we begin our journey of Lent – a journey of following the Christ into the desert, and then into Jerusalem.
Pulpit Side: We join in remembering the struggle and the strife of Jesus, who stood up for love, even when it meant persecution and death.
Lectern Side: We join in remembering the challenges of the Israelites as they journeyed away from slavery, through the desert, toward a new beginning.
Leader: We join in remembering and honoring all who would teach us what it means to bear witness to God’s love, through action and deed, and to reject the ways of empire.
All: We join in a journey together toward justice, wholeness, and peace.
Leader: Come, friends and loved ones, let us welcome this season and this journey as we take our first steps together in this Lenten worship.
*Hymn: “Your Only Son”…………………………..………….………#518
Leader: “A wandering Aramean was our ancestor,” and we too are a wandering people. Jesus went into the desert wilderness, Holy One, and we too find ourselves in desert times. Travel with us as we take this journey; stride next to us as we place one foot in front of the other toward a new day; sit with us as we reach into ourselves for the internal resources we need to be your people. May this journey through the Season of Lent be a journey of meaning and purpose.
All: Guide us to a place of vitality and hope, we pray. Amen.
We Recognize Our Brokenness
Prayer Of Confession
Leader: We have not always been a grateful people. We do not always remember the struggles that have made the moments and realities in which we live possible. We live in abundance now but can forget the challenges of scarcity that our ancestors knew. We live in privilege in so many ways but can forget the suffering that made our ways of life possible. The “fruits” of life surround us, but we can be slow in offering true thanksgiving. Instruct us again, Loving God. May our words and actions show we are a people of true thanksgiving. May we be ever mindful of your generosity and deliverance. Amen. (A time for silent prayers of confession.)
Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness
One: God has instructed us to remember and to act.
All: We bring the first of the fruit of our lives that God has given. We bring our contrite hearts, our love, and compassion.
One: Be assured that these are the fruits that are pleasing to our God. Be assured of God’s pardon, and God’s love.
Reading Of The Scripture: Deuteronomy 26: 1-11 (O.T., pg. 174)
Anthem: “Speak the Name”…………………..………….………Sorenson
Heather Bushey, soloist
The Sacrament Of Baptism
Leader: They were bringing children to Jesus that Jesus might touch them; and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, Jesus was indignant, and said to them,
People: “Let the children come to me, do not hinder them; for to such belongs the realm of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the realm of God like a child shall not enter it.”
Leader: And Jesus took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands upon them.
Leader: The sacrament of baptism is an outward and visible sign of the grace of God. Inasmuch as the promise of the gospel is not only to us but also to our children, baptism with water and the Holy Spirit is the mark of their acceptance into the care of Christ’s church, the sign and seal of their participation in God’s forgiveness, and the beginning of their growth into full Christian faith and discipleship.
People: This is the water of baptism. Out of this water we rise with new life, forgiven of sin and one in Christ, members of Christ’s body.
Questions For The Family
Pastor: Do you desire to have Kinsey baptized into the faith and family of Jesus Christ?
Family: We do.
Pastor: Will you encourage Kinsey to renounce the powers of evil and to receive the freedom of new life in Christ?
Family: We will, with the help of God.
Pastor: Will you teach her that she may be led to profess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior?
Family: We will, with the help of God.
Pastor: Do you promise, according to the grace given you, to grow with Kinsey in the Christian faith, to help her to be a faithful member of the church of Jesus Christ by celebrating Christ’s presence, by furthering Christ’s mission in all the world, and by offering the nurture of the Christian church so that she may affirm her baptism?
Family: We do, with the help of God.
*Congregational Assent (Please stand)
Leader: Jesus Christ calls us to make disciples of all nations and to offer them the gift of grace in baptism. Do you, who witness and celebrate this sacrament, promise your love, support, and care to the one about to be baptized, as she lives and grows in Christ?
People: We promise our love, support, and care. (Please be seated)
Blessing Of The Water
Pastor: Bless by your Holy Spirit, gracious God, this water. By your Holy Spirit save those who confess the name of Jesus Christ that sin may have no power over them. Create new life in the one baptized this day that she may rise in Christ. Glory to you, eternal God, the one who was, and is, and shall always be, world without end. Amen.
Act Of Baptism
Prayer For The Baptized
Pastor: We give you thanks, O Holy One, mother and father of all the faithful, for this your child and for the grace acknowledged here today in water and the Holy Spirit. Embrace us all as sons and daughters in the one household of your love. Grant us grace to receive, nurture, and befriend these new members of the body of Christ.
All: Give to the newly baptized: strength for life’s journey, courage in time of suffering, the joy of faith, the freedom of love, and the hope of new life: through Jesus Christ, who makes us one. Amen.
*Baptism Hymn: “These Treasured Children”…………………..….…..#487
We Reflect On New Possibilities
Reading Of The Gospel: Luke 4: 1-13 (N.T., pg. 57)
Message For This Day
*Hymn: “All Who Hunger, Gather Gladly”……………………………..#509
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.
*Doxology: “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings”…….…..….#606
*Prayer Of Dedication
All: Today, we dedicate our thirst to your renewing heart. We dedicate our hunger to understanding the hunger and need around us. We dedicate our fear and vulnerabilities to the promise of God’s love and protection. And we dedicate this worship to the journey ahead – a journey toward greater union with our loving God. Amen.
The Sacrament Of Holy Communion
Leader: For those who need, the bread waits. For those who long, the wine lingers. For those seeking transformation, the table beckons. All are invited, not because we have faith, but because we trust; not because we understand, but because we long; not because we know, but because we are loved; not because we are well, but because we know our need. Come now to the table.
Leader: Great provider of life, we meet you in the small things of life: the kind smiles of a stranger, the gentleness of the breeze, yeast that rises in bread and the sweetness of grapes squeezed into a cup. In these small things your great love is known. Into your ordinary world you came to dwell, and in the small things, Jesus lived righteously healing, teaching, preaching, gathering a community to live together, challenging injustice with acceptance and affirmation. While this bread and this cup may seem small because they are familiar, they are also exceptional because of your love.
All: Guide us, we pray, so that the ways we live our everyday lives in all the small things we do and say may be transformed to be exceptional ways that your love and grace may be known.
Words of Institution
Leader: At his last supper, the Lord Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said,
People: “This is my body, which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
Leader: In the same way, he took the cup after supper and said,
People: “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this in remembrance of me.”
Leader: For whenever we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. As signed and sealed in this sacrament:
All: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.
Prayer Of Consecration
Leader: God of all power, breathe your Holy Spirit upon us, and upon these gifts of bread and wine, that they may be for us the life of Christ, and that we may make that life visible through our faithful witness to him. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Preparation Of The Elements
Sharing The Elements
(Please note the wine is in the outer ring and the grape juice is in the inner ring. The round wafers are gluten-free. Please hold each element so we may eat and drink together.)
Post Communion Prayer
All: In fulfillment of Christ’s promise, you poured out the Holy Spirit upon the chosen disciples and filled the church with power. We thank you for sending your Spirit to us today to kindle faith and lead us into all truth, working in the church to make us faithful disciples and empowering us to proclaim the living Christ to every nation. Amen.
We Go Forth To Live Transformed lives
*Closing Hymn: “Beneath the Cross of Jesus” ………….………….#216 vs1 & 2
One: Let us journey together into this desert time. Let us have the courage of the Israelites who remembered God’s deliverance. Let us have the wisdom of Paul, in confidence of a knowing heart. Let us carry the song of the psalmist with us and celebrate God’s protective grace. And let us be with the Christ in our longing for the wholeness of Creation and community alike. Amen.
*Choral Benediction: “Beneath the Cross of Jesus”………..….……#216 vs 3
*Where noted, please stand if able.
Greeter And Bulletin Sponsorship Sign-Up Sheets for 2019 are on the credenza. (Bulletin Sponsorship is $15 per Sunday. Please place your remittance designated for Bulletins in the offering plate.)
Zion’s Financial Data
Income through February – $28,544.97
Expenses through February – $36,650.16
Deficit – $8,105.19
“BELLS” Supper Study – On each Wednesday evening in Lent, we will gather at 5:45 p.m. at Flohr’s Lutheran in McKnightstown for a supper and study session to learn about a new type of spiritual formation called “BELLS.” This is an acronym for Bless, Eat, Learn, Listen, Sent. It encourages us to be more “missional” in the world and better at proclaiming the good news. While Flohr’s is the meeting site, participating churches will take turns providing the meal. Please consider joining us for this Lenten journey.
Church Maintenance Day – On Saturday, March 16, Zion will hold a church maintenance day beginning at 9:00. If you can spare an hour or more, come help us take care of some “spring cleaning” items inside and out. All volunteers are appreciated.
Breakfast Ladies Group will meet March 11th at 9:00 a.m. at The Apple Bin. Please bring one of your very favorite recipes. It can be main dish, vegetable, dessert, etc. Please have recipe types or handwritten on a card or paper.
Trivia Nite is tonight, March 10 starting at 6:00 PM. Why not gather a team and join us? Any questions, see Gina.
Nursery. The children’s nursery is staffed with an attendant through March 31. If you choose to accompany and remain with your child, the worship service can be heard while in the nursery.
Book Club- The Book Club will meet March 12 at 7 p.m. to discuss this month’s selection Educated by Tara Westover. Tara Westover wasn’t your garden variety college student. When the Holocaust was mentioned in a history class, she didn’t know what it was (no, really). That’s because she didn’t see the inside of a classroom until the age of seventeen. Public education was one of the many things her religious fanatic father was dubious of, believing it a means for the government to brainwash its gullible citizens, and her mother wasn’t diligent on the homeschooling front. If it wasn’t for a brother who managed to extricate himself from their isolated (and often dangerous) world, Westover might still be in rural Idaho, trying to survive her survivalist upbringing. . . Educated, Westover’s memoir, is an inspiring reminder that knowledge is, indeed, power.
John’s Meals – In light of several recent generous donations of macaroni & cheese, the inventory team is requesting that individuals from Zion consider providing small cans/cups of peas or mixed vegetables instead, to be placed in the cupboard in the rear of the church. For additional information, feel free to contact Dawn or Buddy. Thank you.
Coming Up Next Week:
Mar. 10, “Reaching For God” Youth Group, Zion, Arendtsville, 5:00 pm
Mar. 11, Ladies’ Breakfast, Apple Bin, 9:00 am
Mar. 12, Book Club, Mustard Seed Rm, 7:00 pm
Mar. 13, Choir Practice, 7:30 pm
Mar. 16, Church Maintenance Day, 9:00 am
Mar. 18, Hoss’s Community Fundrasier, Hoss’s Gettysburg, 12-8 pm; Consistory Mtg, Zion Hse, 7:00 pm
Mar. 20, What’s Cookin’, Trinity Lutheran, 6-7:30pm; Choir Practice, 7:30 pm