Worship: March 25, 2018

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Palm Sunday

 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 and Palm Sunday.  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:   We light a light in the name of God who lit the world and breathed the breath of life into us.

People:  We light a light in the name of the Son who saved the world and stretched out His hand to me.

Leader:   We light a light in the name of the Spirit who encompasses the world and blesses our soul with yearning.

All:         We will light three lights for the Trinity of love:  God above us, God beside us, God beneath us; the beginning, the end, the everlasting one.

 Introit:   “Antiphonal Hosanna”…………..….Smith

Soloist: Heather

 *Call To Worship

Leader:   People of God, we are here, in this sacred space, in this sacred moment.  Your daily concerns can be momentarily put aside, as we recall the stories of our faith.  Here we see conventions turned upside down, as the king who comes does not claim a crown.  Here salvation is misunderstood.  Here we find the beginning of trouble.  Here we remember whose we are.

*Hymn: “Hosanna, Loud Hosanna”………. ………………#197

*Invocation

Leader:   Merciful God, as we enter Holy Week and gather at your house of prayer, turn our hearts again to Jerusalem, to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ so that, united with Christ and all the faithful, we may one day enter in triumph the city not made by human hands, the new Jerusalem, eternal in the heavens, where with you and the Holy Spirit, Christ lives in glory forever.

All:           Amen.

We Recognize Our Brokenness

Prayer Of Confession

All:         Hosanna, save us.

One:       From what do you desire to be saved?

All:         Save us from our indifference to the poor and others we exclude in our community.

One:       You are a forgiven people; open your hearts to all in need.

All:         Hosanna, save us.

One:       From what do you desire to be saved?

All:         Save us from our disregard for the earth and our exploitation of creation.

One:       You are a forgiven people; open your hearts to nurture the world.

All:         Hosanna, save us.

One:       From what do you desire to be saved?

All:         Save us from our overindulgences.

One:       You are a forgiven people; open your hearts and to the satisfaction that is found in knowing you are a child of a loving God.

All:         Hosanna, save us.

One:       From what do you desire to be saved?

All:         Save us from our lack of desire for knowledge.

One:       You are a forgiven people; open your hearts to rejoice in enquiry.

All:         Hosanna, save us.

One:       From what do you desire to be saved?

All:         Save us from our timidity and lack of courage.

One:       You are a forgiven people; open your hearts to the embracing goodness of God that is with you always.

All:         Hosanna, save us.  (A time for silent prayers of confession.)

Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

One:       You are a forgiven people; open your hearts to the wonders of the journey in the eternal flow that is the God of love.  Amen.

All:         Let it be so.  Amen.

Reading Of The Scripture: Psalm 118: 1-2, 19-29 (O.T., pg. 534)

Faith Lesson For All Ages

Responsive Reading Of The Gospel:   Mark 11: 1-11 (N.T., pg. 44)

Leader:   When they were approaching Jerusalem,

All:         at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mt. of Olives,

Leader:   Jesus sent two of his disciples into the village

All:         to find a colt that had never been ridden,

Leader:   with the strange instruction that if anyone were to ask what they were doing

All:         they were just to say, “The Lord needs it.”

Leader:   So they went

All:         and found the colt

Leader:   and while they were untying it a bystander asked,

All:         “What are you doing, untying the colt?”

Leader:   and they told them what Jesus said

All:         and they were allowed to take it to Jesus.

Leader:   they threw their cloaks on the colt’s back and Jesus sat on it

All:         even though he knew that the colt had never been ridden before.

Leader:   So he rode into Jerusalem,

All:         and some people spread their cloaks on the ground

Leader:   while others spread leafy branches in front of him

All:         and they made a royal pathway.

Leader:   The people were shouting, “Hosanna!”

All:         . . .a word that implied they needed saving

Leader:   “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of our God the Ruler of Israel”

All:         as if Jesus was the one who would be their salvation.

Leader:   “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David”

All:         as if he were their king.

 We Reflect On New Possibilities

Message For This Day                                        

 *Hymn: “A Cheering, Chanting, Dizzy Crowd”…………..#200

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:   “With Crowns of Praise”……………………Martin

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

 *Prayer Of Dedication

Leader:   Often we feel what we do and contribute is only a drop in a great ocean of need, but today we send these gifts into the world knowing that each drop is precious and able to make a difference.  Bless these our gifts and each of us who gives.  Amen.

We Go Forth To Live Transformed Lives

*Closing Hymn: “All Glory, Laud, and Honor” ………….#196

*Commissioning

One:       As you leave this sacred space, remember that you are the drops of God’s good news to the world.  Remember your sacredness, remember your place in the eternal flow of life, and realize this as you shower the world with kindness and compassion, and remember there is more of this story to come.

All:         We will shower the world with justice.  Amen.

*Our Lenten Journey To The Cross

Scripture predicts the passion of Christ: Luke 22:  54-62 (N.T., pg. 82) (We will extinguish six candles.)

*Choral Benediction: “Stay with Me”……..….#204 (sing twice)

 *Chime Meditation

Postlude

*Where noted, please stand if able.      

 

March’s Proverb:  

Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words, or else he will rebuke you, and you will be found a liar.  Proverbs 30: 5-6

Our Maundy Thursday Seder Supper will be held this week on March 29 at 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Please sign the clipboard if you plan to attend.

The Good Friday Service will be held this week on March 30 at Zion beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The April 1 Sunrise Service begins at 6:15 at the Fairview Cemetery. Regular worship at 9:00 with communion. (No Sunday School on Easter Sunday.)

 There Will Be A Brief Mission Meeting After Church Today to discuss the Barlow rest stop for the 2018 FOA Bike Ride on April 29.

Zion’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt will occur today @ 10:45. Please report to the Main Sunday School room and bring your baskets.

Zion Trivia Nite is today at 6:00.  Why not gather a team and join us?  Any questions, see Gina.

The Next Hoss’s Community Fundraiser will be held on Monday, June 11, 2018. Our March 12 community fundraiser proceeds totaled $127.77.

 A Mission Committee Meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m. at Zion House.

If you Find An Earring In The Church – it’s really an ear clip – just a big “U,” please place it in church mailbox #4 or give to Pastor Kim. It was lost on March 4.

Bender’s Lutheran Church (1385 Rentzel Road, Biglerville) will be having their annual Easter Egg Hunt and Resurrection Story reading on Saturday, March 31 at 9:30 a.m. All children up to and including 6th graders are welcome! First, the story of Christ’s crucifixion will be read as the children prepare resurrection rolls. While the rolls are in the tomb (or oven), the children go outside for the egg hunt. The children then share a snack as the rest of the resurrection story is read and the children open their rolls to discover that Jesus isn’t there! Community children are invited.

A Chicken BBQ will benefit Boy Scout Troop #71. It will be held on Saturday, April 21, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Biglerville.  The $9 meal includes ½ chicken, roll with butter, baked beans, apple sauce, and a beverage (take-out only).  For advance tickets, call 717-321-4563.

Heating System Capital Campaign (As of Mar. 11)
Received one-time contributions $98,706
Monetary value of pledges received $33,300
Pledges received thus far in cash

Total cash received ($98,706 + $22,473)=

$22,473

$121,179

 

 Zion’s Financial Data

Income through February – $25,561.42

Expenses through February – $34,806.20

Deficit – $9,244.78

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 last quarter of 2017, Zion received $344. Please place donations in plastic bags before dropping them into the bin.  After your yard sales, consider donating unsold appropriate items to the bin.

The Flower Chart is posted in the vestibule.  Dates available are April 22, 29; May 6, 13; June 17, 24; July 8, 22, 29; August 5, 12, 26; September 9; and December 2, 9.   Please sign up.  When Paying For Altar Flowers, please give payment to the altar guild representative for that month. A check payment is preferred. Altar flowers are from The Flower Boutique with a florist’s choice $35 arrangement cost.

Greeter And Bulletin Sponsorship Sign-Up Sheets are on the credenza.

Greeters are needed for most of April and May.

(Bulletin Sponsorship is $15 per Sunday. Please place your remittance designated for Bulletins in the offering plate.)

Coming Up Next Week:

Mar. 25, Brief Mission mtg, 10:15 am

Mar. 25, Easter egg hunt, 10:45 am

Mar. 25, Trivia nite, 6:00 pm

Mar. 26, Consistory mtg, Zion Hse, 7:00 pm

Mar. 28, Knitting/crocheting, Mustard seed rm, 6:30 pm

Mar. 29, Maundy Thursday service, F. H., 6:30 pm

Mar. 30, Good Friday service, Sanctuary, 7:30 pm

Looking Forward:

Apr. 1, Sunrise service, Fairview cemetery, 6:15 am

Apr. 1, Easter worship with communion, 9:00 am

Apr. 4, Choir practice, Sanctuary, 7:30 pm

Apr. 8, Confirmation, St. Paul’s Lutheran, 6:00 pm

Apr. 9, Ladies’ breakfast, Apple Bin, 9:00 am

Apr. 10, Book Club, Mustard seed rm, 7:00 pm

Apr. 11, Mission mtg, Zion Hse, 6:30 pm