Worship: May 1, 2022

ZION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

22 Gettysburg Street  Box 538

Arendtsville, Pennsylvania

Second Sunday after Easter

May 1, 2022

Worship 9:00 a.m.

Livestream link:  Zion UCC Sunday Service Livestream – May 1 2022

Zion UCC – Be Disciples, Make Disciples, Love All

W E L C O M E

Dear visitors, welcome and thank you for joining us at Zion UCC! Our hope is that you will feel encouraged by today’s service and that you will experience the love and peace of Jesus Christ. If you have any questions or need spiritual guidance, please find me at the end of the service.

Rev. Heather

PRELUDE “Early Hours”, Leslie Wagle, free download

GREETINGS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

 CALL TO WORSHIP

 Leader: There is a resurrection story of a man who was blind to God, turning on a Damascus roadway towards a new life in Christ;

and with light breaking through hatred’s walls and a victim’s grace-filled encouragement, the persecutor’s eyes were opened once more and how different everything was.

ALL:  This is the place of rebirth. 

Leader: Come and be renewed.

 

OPENING PRAYER (unison)

Welcoming God, may our welcome to others be as great as yours has been to us: to those who are hungry, may we offer bread;

to those who are broken, may we offer healing;

to those who are lost, may we offer nourishment;

to those who are doubting, a new adventure.

May this place be a place of grace where what is offered is served to others, trusting in your redeeming love, O God. Amen.

 

OPENING HYMN #247 “Now the Green Blade Rises”, John M. C. Crum, 1928, French carol, public domain

 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION (unison)

We come before you, O God, in search of courage.  Yet we can grow suspicious of our own movements and actions.  We notice ways we avoid confrontation and speak differently before those we fear or do not understand. Remove from our senses, our minds, and our hearts the things that keep us from loving, from trusting, and from getting to know those who we judge as different.  Recreate us, O God, and fashion us to be free in all times and places to live as you want us to live.  Amen.

 

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

Leader: God has turned our mourning into dancing, taken off our garments of sadness and clothed us with joy.

ALL:  And so we will praise God forever!  Amen.

 

A Time for Young Disciples

 

*PRAISE VERSICLE

Leader:  Christ is Risen!

ALL:  Christ is Risen indeed!  Alleluia!

 

 *PRAISE RESPONSE “Halle, Halle, Hallelujah”, Caribbean melody

 

SCRIPTURE READINGS: 

Acts of the Apostles 9: 1-6

John 21: 1-19

 

MORNING MESSAGE

 

HYMN #12 “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise”, Walter Chalmers Smith 1867, Welsh folk melody, public domain

 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

 

LORD’S PRAYER sinners/sin

 

PRAYER RESPONSE: #469, “Lord Listen to Your Children Praying”, Ken Medema,              ©1973 Hope Publishing, Hope Publishing Co.,

Lord, listen to your children praying, Lord, send your Spirit in this place;    

Lord, listen to your children praying, send us love, send us power,                 

send us grace.

 

PRESENTATION OF TITHES AND OFFERINGS

 

OFFERTORY INVITATION

Leader: God is good

All: All the time!

Leader: All the time

All: God is good!

 

OFFERTORY

  

*DOXOLOGY

Praise God from whom all blessings flow,

Praise God, all creatures here below:  Alleluia!  Alleluia!

Praise God, the source of all our gifts!

Praise Jesus Christ, whose power uplifts!

Praise the Spirit, Holy Spirit!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!

 

*THE PRAYER OF DEDICATION (unison)

Gracious God, you have turned our morning, into dancing and our sadness into joy.  In thanksgiving, we offer you these gifts.  Bless them, and use them to feed your sheep.  In the same way we offer you ourselves, for ministry in Christ’s name. Amen.

 

*HYMN #43 “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”, public domain

 

*BENEDICTION

 

 POSTLUDE “God Be With You Til We Meet Again”, William G. Tomer, public domain

 

Please check in on Facebook that you are at church this morning!!

From the Consistory:  As virus counts have declined and schools are no longer requiring masking, the choice to wear a mask is dependent on your comfort level.         

                                                             

Today’s altar flowers are dedicated to the glory of God and in loving memory of Tony B.  Well done, good and faithful servant, well done.

 

Don’t forget to sign up to sponsor altar flowers in honor or memory of loved ones and for special events!  The flower chart is on the bulletin board as you enter church.

 

Coming Up This Week:

May 1          Worship                                              Sanctuary                9:00 a.m.

Sunday School                                    Church                  10:15 a.m.

May 7          Cleanup Day                                      Church                    8:00 a.m.

Looking Forward:

May 8          Worship with Communion                   Sanctuary                9:00 a.m.

And Confirmation

Sunday School                                    Church                  10:15 a.m.

May 9          Ladies Breakfast                                  Apple Bin                 9:00 a.m.

May 12        Book Club                                            Fellowship Hall         6:30 p.m.

Happy Birthday to Jeff D. who celebrates 76 years on May 1st!  Happy Birthday to Bill S. who celebrates 78 years on May 3rd!

 

Prayer Requests:  Remember to send your prayer requests via email to the church office by Friday evening to have them included in the Sunday service.

Cards for Confirmands: As Confirmation (May 8th) draws closer, you are encouraged to bring supportive, congratulatory cards for Zion’s confirmands, William and Anthony M.   There are two envelopes in the back of church marked with their names.  Just pop your cards in the appropriate envelope.

Recycle Those Bags:  April 22nd was Earth Day!  Don’t forget to drop your plastic store bags in the container as you come into church.

May 7th Church Cleanup Day:  If you have some time to give on Saturday, May 7th, an extra pair of hands is always welcome for the spring cleanup day at church.  Trimming, mulching, cutting down the gumdrop tree (which has gotten so big it is unsafe to trim it), and setting up the BBQ pits for Sunday are all on the agenda.  Work begins at 8:00 a.m.

Chicken BBQ Fundraiser:  Today is the LAST DAY FOR ORDERS for the chicken BBQ on May 8th!  Order forms are in the back of the bulletin and on the credenza in the back of church.  Don’t want to cook on Mother’s Day?  Here’s the perfect alternative!  Half a chicken, chips, applesauce and roll for $8.00.  Thanks for supporting this project proceeds of which will help the people of Ukraine.

Ladies Breakfast:  On May 9th, we will again meet at the Apple Bin for breakfast at 9:00 a.m. and celebrate Mother’s Day.  Bring a picture of your mother and/or a very important woman in your life.  Not everyone has been a mother, but we are all daughters, sisters, etc.  And mark your calendars for the June 13th breakfast at the Apple Bin as well.

Book Club:  Zion’s readers will meet May 12th at 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall to discuss Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah.  A summary per Amazon:

In this gorgeously stunning debut, a mysterious child teaches two strangers how to love and trust again.

After the loss of her mother and her own battle with breast cancer, Joanna Teale returns to her graduate research on nesting birds in rural Illinois, determined to prove that her recent hardships have not broken her. She throws herself into her work from dusk to dawn, until her solitary routine is disrupted by the appearance of a mysterious child who shows up at her cabin barefoot and covered in bruises.  The girl calls herself Ursa, and she claims to have been sent from the stars to witness five miracles. With concerns about the child’s home situation, Jo reluctantly agrees to let her stay—just until she learns more about Ursa’s past.

Jo enlists the help of her reclusive neighbor, Gabriel Nash, to solve the mystery of the charming child. But the more time they spend together, the more questions they have. How does a young girl not only read but understand Shakespeare?

Why do good things keep happening in her presence? And why aren’t Jo and Gabe checking the missing children’s website anymore?  Though the three have formed an incredible bond, they know difficult choices must be made. As the summer nears an end and Ursa gets closer to her fifth miracle, her dangerous past closes in. When it finally catches up to them, all of their painful secrets will be forced into the open, and their fates will be left to the stars.

Sunday School Project:  Zion’s kiddos are collecting for St. Jude as their service project this year.  You can give donations to Miss Chris or any student.  Thanks!

Totem Pole Playhouse Outing:  The TPP is back for the 2022 season, and Zion’s Fellowship Committee is sponsoring an outing! This year, by a landslide vote, Zion’s members have chosen to attend the Sunday, June 12th, 2PM matinee performance of “Always… Patsy Cline.” The ticket price is just $38/per person, a savings of $7 over the regular price.  There is a sign-up sheet on the credenza in the back of the sanctuary.  We’ve reserved 35 seats so sign up soon; the deadline is 8 May 2022. See Deb S. to pay for tickets.

“Always… Patsy Cline” is more than just a tribute concert to the legendary country singer who died tragically at the age of 30 in a plane crash in 1963.  The show is based on a true story about Cline’s friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in 1961, and continued a correspondence with Cline until her death.  The musical play, complete with down home humor, true emotion and even some audience participation (be prepared, Eddie!), includes many of Cline’s hits such as “Crazy”, “Walking After Midnight”, “I Fall to Pieces”… 27 songs in all.  The show title was inspired by Cline’s letters to Seger, which were consistently signed “Love ALWAYS… Patsy Cline.”   It is rated G (suitable for the whole family).

Zion Trivia Nite is coming back!  Due to a schedule conflict and summer vacations, Trivia Nite will return in the autumn after a nearly two-year hiatus, Join us for an evening of food, fellowship and trivia questions.  The evening begins at 6:00 PM with a meal. Then around 6:30, we start with the first round of questions.  After two rounds, we break for coffee and homemade desserts.  We then finish the evening with the remaining three rounds of questions.  Each participant donates $5.00 to play and a team consists of two to six players.  Each team plays for the charity of their choice, with all the money donated going to the winning team’s charity. Since its inception, Trivia Nite has donated over $10,000 to worthy causes.  Watch the bulletin for dates!