Worship: March 8, 2020

ZION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
22 Gettysburg Street Box 538
Arendtsville, Pennsylvania
Second Sunday of Lent
March 8, 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
God so loved the world that he gave his only Son.
We respond with love and gratitude.
Everyone who believes in him will not perish but will have eternal life.
We respond with acceptance and faith.
Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the
world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
We respond with a pledge to proclaim the good news.

* PRAYER OF INVOCATION
As we gather, we are very much aware of our dependence on you, O God.
Your gift of birth enables us to experience the vibrancy of human
experience, and your gift of new birth from Christ enables us to
experience the vibrancy of a soul alive to you. Energize us, we pray,
and sensitize us to the power and presence of your Holy Spirit within us.

*GATHERING HYMN # 182 “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say”

TIME OF CONFESSION
We who have been born of water have been invited to new life in the
Spirit. Yet we have insulated our lives against the wind and turned away
from the witness of those who speak knowingly of spiritual matters.
Let us approach God, who sent Jesus into the world for our salvation.
God of truth, who sees the soul, who is not deceived by appearances,
deliver us today from pious phrases that have lost their meaning,
deliver us from empty promises that we have no serious intention to keep,
deliver us from spiritual laziness that immobilizes our souls. Pardon us,
restore us, invigorate us, renew us. Give us rebirth, we pray, in the name
of Jesus who came to give us life and give it abundantly.

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
God so loved the world that he gave us his only Son, so
that everyone who believes in him may not perish but
have eternal life. Believe this Good News and live by it.

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.

SACRAMENT OF HOLY BAPTISM
Sacrament of Holy Baptism
Wesley Earl H.
Son of Wayne and Rachael H.

Welcome
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.

Introduction
Leader: The Sacrament of Holy 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 with Christ, members of Christ’s body.

Questions for Family
Pastor: Do you desire to have Wesley baptized into the faith and family of Jesus Christ?
Family: We do.
Pastor: Will you encourage Wesley to renounce the power of evil and to receive the freedom of new life in Christ?
Family: We will, with the help of God.
Pastor: Will you teach him that he 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 Wesley in the Christian faith, to help him 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 he may affirm his baptism?
Family: We do, with the help of God.

Affirmation of Congregation (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 he lives and grows in Christ?
People: We promise our love, support, and care. (be seated)

Blessing of Water and Act of Baptism
Pastor: Bless by your Holy Spirit, gracious God, this water. By your Holy Spirit save those who confess the name of Jesus Christ so that sin may have no power over them. Create new life in the one baptized this day that he may rise with Christ. Glory to you, eternal God, the One who was, and is, and shall always be, world without end. Amen.

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 this new member of the body of Christ.
All: Give to Wesley strength for life’s journey, courage in the 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.

*BAPTISMAL HYMN # 488 “I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry”

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON
Genesis 12: 1-4a, p. 9 (OT)

FAITH LESSON FOR ALL AGES

CHOIR ANTHEM: “The Holy Heart”. . .Barbour, Skidmore/Mauldin

GOSPEL READING FOR THE MORNING
St. John 3: 1-17, p. 88 (NT)

SILENT PRAYER AND PREPARATION

THE MESSAGE FOR THE MORNING

*HYMN # 418 “Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling”

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.

THE GIVING OF OURSELVES AND OUR OFFERINGS
“Truly, I tell you,” said Jesus, “just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”
Let us receive our tithes and offerings as a sign of obedience to our Savior.

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
Because we place God first in our lives,
We give our tithes and offerings.
Because we do not wish the Good News
to be secret, we share what we have.
Because we have been born anew in Christ Jesus,
we seek to be known as generous people.

*CLOSING HYMN # 216 “Beneath the Cross of Jesus”

*COMMISSION AND BENEDICTION
Go forth in confidence and joy, believing in your heart that God raised
Jesus from the dead and confessing with your lips that Jesus is your Lord.

*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 the baptism of Wesley Earl H.
THE ALTAR FLOWERS are given to the glory of God and in memory of Bob C. by Shirley and family.

THE BULLETINS ARE SPONSORED in memory of Bob C. by Shirley and family.

COMING UP NEXT WEEK:
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
LOOKING FORWARD:
Mar. 15, Worship, Church, 9:00 am; Sunday School, Church, 10:15 am; Confirm./Sr. High Grp, Trinity Luth., 6:00 pm
Mar. 16, Mens Breakfast Grp, Apple Bin, 8:00 am; Consistory Mtg, Zion House, 7:00 pm; Hoss’s Fundraiser, Hoss’s, Gettysburg, 12-8 pm
Mar. 18, What’s Cookin’?, Trinity Luth., 6:00 pm; Bread for the Journey, Trinity Luth., 6:30 pm; Choir Practice, Church, 7:30 pm

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

LADIES BREAKFAST GROUP: We will meet Monday, March 9th at 9:00 a.m. at the Apple Bin. Bring a friend for food and fellowship.

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.

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! Rain date is March 21st.

HOSS’S FUNDRAISER: Take a friend to eat at Hoss’s in Gettysburg on March 16th and raise money for Zion at the same time! Just give the waiter the insert in today’s bulletin.

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.