Worship: March 17, 2019

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Second 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

Prelude

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.                                                      

Announcements

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

One:    People of God, listen!  We are being called together

All:      As we continue on our Lenten journey, a voice in the wilderness seems to be drawing us in inviting us into unity and communion as one.

One:     People of God, listen!  There is a whispering presence urging us to draw near.

All:    Our loving God reaches into our lives in this season and seems to be spreading wings of protection and nurturance over us.

One:    Come, children of God, let us be gathered.  Let us find safety.  Let us remember the love and redeeming grace of God as we worship.

All:    Come, let us be a people gathered together in God’s protective love.  

*Hymn: “Sing Praise to the Fathe…………….…………….………(insert) 

*Invocation

Leader: We look to the stars, the billions of stars in our heavens.  Holy One, how can we do anything but wonder in amazement, and count ourselves as both divinely blessed and minutely insignificant, at once.  Your mystery is painted over our skies like thousands of pinpoints of history.  Our story seems so small, and yet we know you have been with us for every breath and step of it.  Help us to be opened by this sight. Help us to be transformed by the glory of your eternity on display.  Show us how to lift our sights beyond our fears and our assumptions.  Strengthen our spirits as we journey together through Lent.  Amen.

We Recognize Our Brokenness 

Prayer Of Confession

Leader: We love our independence, God.  We love to run in every direction, in any direction, at any time.  We have become a fiercely individualized society.  We value our “liberties” so much, that we, as a people,  are willing to risk the safety of our children and the harm of whole segments of our society to defend them.  We confess, Gathering God, that we have become an unruly brood.  We lose the deep sense of communion that helps us to see one another as sister and brother, even across our differences.  We have forgotten how to gather together as one family.  We are lost, Loving One, and seek your hovering grace.

All:       Forgive us.  Turn our eyes again to your realm.  May we be reminded to care about each other.  May we appreciate the connectedness and the power of our unity.  Gather us in, we pray.  Amen. (A time for silent prayers of confession.)

Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

One:     God has given an inheritance of grace upon grace.  Be assured of this promise of forgiveness and new life.  Amen.

Reading Of The Scripture:   Genesis 15: 1-12, 17-18 (O.T., pg. 11) 

Faith Lesson For All Ages

Anthem:       “Just As I Am, Lord”………………………..…………Price/Besig

We Reflect On New Possibilities

Reading Of The Gospel:   Luke 13: 31-35 (N.T., pg. 72)

Message For This Day                                     

*Hymn: “The God of Abraham Praise”……………………………………..#49 

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

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

*Prayer Of Dedication

One:       Abram brought animals to sacrifice on the altar.  Today we offer the sacrifices of our sense of entitlement and assumptions of privilege.  We place them here and ask you to help us to release them from our spirits to make room for the gathering love Jesus modeled for us.  Accept our gifts of finances, time, and talent, and then, show us how to love, purely and without prejudice, we pray.  Amen.

We Go Forth To Live Transformed lives 

*Closing Hymn: “I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me” …………….#700 

*Blessing

One:     Let us continue this Lenten journey by looking up and all around.  God is offering us stars of promise and wings of protection.  God journeys with us, and we are blessed.  We are gathered and sent.  Amen.

*Choral Benediction: “I Danced in the Morning”……………#157, vs 1

*Chime Meditation

Postlude

*Where noted, please stand if able.

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

“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.

Volunteer Clearances – Chris, Jess, and Minda will happily provide assistance with applying for PA Child Abuse Clearances and/or PA Criminal Background checks on Sunday March 24th immediately following church at APM.  Information you will need to bring includes:  addresses where you’ve previously resided, names of all those you have lived with, and Social Security number.  There is NO FEE for volunteers.  Please either let Jess know that you plan to attend or sign up on the clipboard on the credenza in the back of church.  These clearances will allow you to volunteer in our Sunday School program or nursery and only need to be renewed every 60 months.

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!

Maundy Thursday Seder Meal – Please consider joining us on Maundy Thursday, April 18th, for a seder-style meal and service of Holy Communion to be held at Zion.  There is a clipboard on the credenza in the rear of the church to sign up.

Trivia News – At Trivia Nite, the winning team “Rather Be Bowling” graciously handed over the “fruits of their trivia labor” to “Team Trinity”. A $340.00 donation (collected from generous participants that evening) was made to Mission4Maureen, a nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to struggling families who are burdened by the staggering cost of brain cancer treatment.

Breakfast Ladies Group: We are NOT meeting at the Apple Bin on April 8th for breakfast.  INSTEAD, we are having lunch in Fellowship Hall at 11:30 a.m on that day.!  Everyone is going to make their favorite recipe to share.  If you have not given your recipe to Sally, please do so soon.  If you have never attended a group breakfast or have not come in a while, you are very welcome.  Please bring a favorite dish for all to taste.  It can be main dish, salad, soup, or dessert.

Community Aid Clothing Bin is available in the Zion House parking lot for clothing donations along with shoes, accessories, draperies, and bed linens. We receive funds each quarter based upon the weight of items deposited in the container, and those funds are used toward the Mission BudgetFor the third quarter of 2018, Zion received $232. After your yard sales, consider donating unsold appropriate items to the bin.

Coming Up Next Week:

Mar. 18, Hoss’s Fundraiser, Hoss’s, Gettysburg, 12:00 – 8:00 pm –

Mar. 20, What’s Cookin’?, Trinity Lutheran, 6:00 – 7:30 pm, Choir Practice, 7:30 pm –

Mar. 21, Money Counter Training, Zion House, 7:00 pm –

Looking Forward:

Mar. 26, Money Counter Training, Zion House, 7:00 pm –

Mar. 27, Choir Practice, 7:30 pm –

Zion’s Financial Data

Income through February – $28,544.97 –

Expenses through February – $36,650.16 –

Deficit – $8,105.19 –