Worship: May 12, 2019

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Good Shepherd 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

Announcements

Chime Interlude And Candle Lighting

Leader: We are a people living in the light of God’s resurrection power.  We light a candle to celebrate this amazing love.

People: We are a people living in the light of Christ’s saving power.  We light a candle to celebrate our redemption.

Leader: We are a people enlivened and emboldened by the Holy Spirit.  We light a candle to celebrate this gift of divine presence.

People: We give thanks for all the ways that Easter has transformed our world, given us hope, and brought us into the light.

 *Call To Worship

One: Do you know who you are?

All: We are those who resist fear, courageously walking in the valley of darkness, knowing we are never alone.

One: Do you know who you are?

All: We are those who resist all manner of violence, trusting in the way of the Christ.

One: Do you know who you are?

All: We are those who resist conforming to the demands and norms of injustice, putting our trust in the One who says, “My sheep hear my voice.  I know them, and they follow me.”

One: Do you know who you are?

All: We are those who have been given a new identity in the resurrected Christ and known through the love we share.

One: Then let us rise up in worship and service to the God of justice and compassion for surely goodness and mercy will follow us all the days of our lives.

 *Hymn: “Savior, like a Shepherd Lead Us”…………..……….……#187

*Invocation

One: Shepherd of Life, we enter this time of worship in need of the green pasture of your grace, which provides rest and renewal for the work that lies before us.  The still waters of your peace calm our anxious spirits.  The word of your rod and the wisdom of your staff is the strength and comfort we need to journey through the valley.  Even in the face of suffering and injustice, you fill our spirits with the abundance of your love, and you anoint us in service to bring this hope to the world.  This is the place we would dwell our whole life long.  Amen.

We Recognize Our Brokenness

Prayer Of Confession

One: Holy One, it is our intention and desire to be forgiving of those who have harmed us, but forgiveness can appear to many as weakness, and so we nurture our bitterness.

All: Holy One, it is our intention and desire to be generous and sharing, but we are told resources are limited, there is never enough, and so we hold back.

One: Holy One, it is our intention and desire to speak up for those whose voices are silenced by injustice, but then we become convinced of what we might lose and hold our tongues.

All: Holy One, it is our intention and desire to live with confidence in our own fundamental value and worth, but then we capitulate to those constant messages telling us our value and worth is solely measured by our success.

One: Holy One, you come to us with the promise that in you we can rise up to a new way of life.

All: Help us know the salvation you offer and claim once again the identity of your love.  Amen.

(A time for silent prayers of confession.)

  Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

One: Jesus reminds us that no one and nothing can snatch the love of God from us.  This is an eternal promise that can and will shape who we are and who we might become.

All: Thanks be to the One who is our resurrection.  Amen.

Reading Of The Scripture:   Acts 9: 36-43, (7-20) (N.T., pg. 120); Psalm 23 (O.T., pg. 474)

 Faith Lesson For All Ages

 Anthem:   “Here I am to Worship”…………………….……Hughes

 We Reflect On New Possibilities

Reading Of The Gospel:   John 10: 22-30 (N.T., pg. 98)

Message For This Day                                  

 *Hymn: “The Lord’s My Shepherd, I’ll Not Want”……….….#801

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

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

*Prayer Of Dedication

One: Risen Christ, you who show us the way to resurrected living, may the gifts we bring this day be a mark of the work we would do in giving testimony to your love for all.  May Tabitha and all those whose example is one of generosity and compassion inspire us and motivate us toward the joy of living in faithfulness to you and our calling.

We Go Forth To Live Transformed lives

*Closing Hymn: “There Is a Place of Quiet Rest” ….……..….#824

*Blessing

One: Go forth as those who resist the limitations, boundaries, and confines that this world often expects, trusting instead in the power and strength of God’s grace to make all things new.

All: We go as followers of the risen Christ, committed to the fulfillment of God’s love and justice and that day when hunger and thirst will be no more, and all people are nourished by the waters of life.

*Choral Benediction: “In the Bulb There Is a Flower”……#250, vs 3

*Chime Meditation

Postlude

*Where noted, please stand if able.

 Coming Up Next Week:

May 13, Ladies Breakfast, Apple Bin, 9:00 am

May 14, Book Club, Mustard Seed Room, 7:00 pm

May 15, What’s Cookin’, Trinity Lutheran, 6 – 7:30 pm

Looking Forward:

May 19, Bowling Party, Rockwell Lanes, 12:00 noon; College Financial Presentation, Trinity Lutheran, 4:00 pm

May 20, Consistory Mtg, Zion House, 7:00 pm

May 22, Choir Practice

Zion’s Financial Data

Income through April – $61,653.54

Expenses through April – $68,145.33

Deficit – $6,491.79

Trivia Nite – Congratulations to Snowball’s Chance, our winning team at Trivia.  They were able to make a donation of $276.00 to the Brain Tumor Association.  Mark your calendars…our next Trivia Nite will be Sunday, August 18.

Book Club – Zion’s Book Club will meet Tuesday, May 14th at 7:00 pm in the Mustard Seed Room to discuss Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan.  It is the triumphant, epic tale of a young Italian man’s incredible courage and resilience during one of history’s darkest hours. The book also sheds some light on the Italian Resistance during World War II.

 College Planning Strategies Workshop – Trinity Lutheran Church in Arendtsville is hosting a workshop on Sunday, May 19th, at 4:00 pm for parents with college-age children.  A Thrivent professional will present strategies for funding college and retirement.  Students and both parents should attend.  See flyers in back of church.

John’s Meals Appreciation Night – John’s Meals is completing the 5th successful school year of delivering weekend meals to the UASD students and siblings in food-insufficient homes. A John’s Meals Volunteer Appreciation Night will be held on Tuesday, May 21 at 7:00 PM in Zion UCC Fellowship Hall with some fun and light refreshments. Please RSVP to Angie so we may be prepared. Thank you again to all who have helped either financially, with food donations, or as a team member.

UACT News – Ascension Day (Upper Adams Christians Together) worship will be held at Bender’s Lutheran Church on Thursday, May 30, at 7pm. While many mistakenly believe the Ascension is about the absence of Christ, the church proclaims the Lord’s Ascension as the universal presence of Christ. Therefore, weather permitting, we will celebrate Ascension Day outdoors in the pavilion. Often neglected by many Christians, the church marks Ascension Day as the moment when Jesus was promoted to the Oval Office of the Universe. Join us as our lives are re-centered around the King of kings and Lord of lords.

Annual Bake Sale – Even as we greet spring, we look ahead to summer! Our annual bake sale will be held at McDannell’s Farm Market on July 28th.  More information and requests for donations will be coming from Valerie.  McDannell’s will also host a Peach Sundae event on August 4th to benefit the Biesecker family.

Totem Pole Playhouse –Summer is around the corner and so is Totem Pole’s summer stock theater! Last year’s Mama Mia had us wondering who was the father of the bride and enjoying the discovery.  This year, mark your calendars for the Saturday, August 10th matinee of Peter Masterston’s smash 1978 Broadway musical “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”.  Lauded by The New York Post, The New York Daily News, Variety, and Time, it went on to win the 1979 Tony Award for Best Musical and became the longest running musical of the 1970’s.  In 1982, it was made into a movie musical starring Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds.  BLWT tells the true story of the high-profile closing down of a 130-year old brothel outside the small town of LaGrange, Texas in 1973.  But it isn’t really about sex any more than Fiddler on the Roof is about violins.  At its most basic, BLWT is about how putting life on TV changes it, how it changes people, and how the TV camera impacts that which it records.  The show asks questions about privacy and whether television, both local and national, goes too far in its pursuit of stories, as pertinent a question today as in the 1970’s.  A sign-up sheet with more details will be available in the back of church.  Reserve your seat soon – tickets will go fast.

Email Addresses –Don’t forget to update your email address on the sign-up clipboard in the rear of the church.

Kennies Market Community Rewards Program – If you would like to help out UACT next year, take the time now to sign up for the Community Rewards Program offered by Kennies. Just grab a form from the stack in back of church, fill it out and put it in the basket .  We will see that it is submitted to Kennies for you.  Or go to www.kenniesmarket.com and fill out the form online.

Nursery. The children’s nursery is staffed with an attendant. If you choose to accompany and remain with your child, the worship service can be heard while in the nursery.

Parents: If your child is leaving the sanctuary for any reason, please ensure that they are accompanied by an adult.

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 fourth quarter of 2018, Zion received $424.00. After your yard sales, consider donating unsold appropriate items to the bin.

Prayers Of The People: You are invited to offer any prayers you wish by writing them on the PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE paper located at the rear of the sanctuary.  Please share both joys and concerns.  Also, if you would like to share a prayer out loud during the pastoral prayers you are invited to do so during the interval provided.