Worship: May 13, 2018

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Guided in Prayer

 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 Easter 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.

 Response:   “Lord, Prepare Me“……………………..#701

*Call To Worship

One:       We are gathered here because we are God’s beloved people.  God’s greatest desire for us is that we live abundant, flourishing lives; for us to stand like trees planted by streams of water, strong and fruitful, bringing joy and justice to the world, living lives full of contentment and love; and for this we are grateful.

*Hymn: “O Word of God Incarnate”…………. ……………#459

*Invocation

One:       We gather in this place, some because we know you and some because we wish to know you.  Loving God, you know our hearts.  May that be enough for us right now, to simply rest here secure in the knowledge of being known.  Let that be enough to bring us together to share what we know and what we wish to know.  Amen.

We Recognize Our Brokenness

Prayer Of Confession

Leader:   In what ways do you turn away from God’s love?  God is constantly loving, never punitive.  God does not turn anyone away.  When we are hesitant, God continues to hold out a hand; when we are dismissive, God remains faithful; when we turn our backs, God continues to love us.   (A time for silent prayers of confession.)

Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

Leader:   People of God, let all that would stand in the way of a restored and happy life be like chaff that is driven away by the wind, for God is with you and you are God’s beloved children.  May peace be with you.  Amen.Reading Of The Scripture:  Psalm 1 (O.T., pg. 463)

Faith Lesson For All Ages

Anthem:   “Sweet Harmony”…………………….Choplin

Reading Of The Gospel:   John 17: 6-19 (N.T., pg. 105)

 We Reflect On New Possibilities

Message For This Day                                        

 *Hymn: “Breathe on Me, Breath of God”………….……..#286

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

Leader:   As God has given to us abundantly, so we would be generous to others.  Bless these gifts as they flow into our world to become part of God’s flourishing realm of compassion, justice, and love.  Amen.

We Go Forth To Live Transformed Lives

*Closing Hymn: “Called as Partners in Christ’s Service”….#761

 *Blessing

Leader:   Be God’s good people in the world, and delight in its wonders.  Be generous to those in need.  Show kindness to all you meet, and let the Spirit of God fill your hearts with joy.

*Choral Benediction: “I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me”……………#700, v. 3

*Chime Meditation

Postlude

*Where noted, please stand if able.

 

May’s Proverb:  

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.       Proverbs 3: 5-6

 The Strengthen The Church Offering will be received on May 20. This offering contributes to the continued expansion and revitalization of the United Church of Christ.  Half supports ministry in our local conference while half supports the strengthening of the church nationally.  An envelope is available in your pew rack.

The Worship Committee will meet on Thursday, May 17, at 7:00 p.m. at Zion House.

 Window Air Conditioners Are Available. Available is one 16,500 BTU, one 12,000 BTU, and three 6,500 BTUs. Any church member interested should let Bob or Kevin know.

 Mama Mia! At The Totem Pole Playhouse. After the sold-out success of last year’s “Million Dollar Quartet,” it’s not too early to be thinking about this year’s Zion group outing to the Totem Pole Playhouse. We’re planning to attend the Saturday, August 4, matinee performance of “Mama Mia!”  Over 54 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story, and the music that make Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show!  On a small Greek island, Sophie dreams of a perfect wedding — one which includes her father giving her away.  The problem?  Sophie doesn’t know who he is! A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget!  The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter, and friendship, creating an unforgettable show.  If enough interest is expressed, an after-performance behind the scenes tour can be arranged for the group.  Tickets are $30 per person.  Please make checks payable to Debra Scarborough.  A sign-up sheet is available in the back of the sanctuary.  Reserve your seat soon; tickets will go fast!  We expect the show to sell out soon.

Sign up Sheets For Our Fall Sunday School are now available in the hallway outside the art room and in the sign up book on the credenza? See Jessica with questions.

 

Heating System Capital Campaign (As of April 23, 2018)
Received one-time contributions $98,706
Monetary value of pledges received $33,300
Pledges received thus far in cash

Total cash received ($98,706 + $25,631)=

$25,631

$124,337*

 *Anything over and above our$124,000 goal is being placed in the capital improvement fund.

The Flower Chart is posted in the vestibule.  Dates available are July 8, 22, 29; August 12; 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.

Zion’s Financial Data

Income through April – $57,002.74

Expenses through April – $67,768.99

Deficit – $10,766.25

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

Greeters are needed for May 20 and the entire month of June.

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

 Single Serve, Microwaveable Cups Of Macaroni And Cheese are being collected to benefit John’s Meals.  The cups need not be a brand name (like Kraft); store brand is fine.  We will be providing 100 cups each month and they may be placed in the cupboard in the rear of the church. The 18-pkg boxes of single-serve Mac and Cheese is also a good donation. It is cheaper and easier to store (boxes).  Any questions, please see Chris.  As always, thank you so much for your faithful support of this ministry.

Zion’s Rummage/Bake Sale is quickly approaching!  Here are some details and things you need to know . . . You may start bringing your donations in any time after May 20.  Please place the items in Fellowship Hall (which is where the event will be held), being mindful not to interfere with John’s Meals.  Items that we would love to have . . . Housewares, small appliances and electronics in full working order, holiday decorations, CDs, DVDs, video games, towels, blankets, bed sheets, curtains, small furniture items, jewelry, pocketbooks/purses, toys, books, and children’s equipment.  You do not need to price or display your items, as we will take care of that for you.  Special Note:  We are only accepting children’s clothing (up to size 12) that is clean and in good condition.  No adult clothing/shoes; please use the Community Aid bin in the parking lot for those items.  Other unacceptable items include text books, encyclopedias, dictionaries, Reader’s Digest condensed books, etc.  We will also need baked goods for the bake sale, so use this prep time to get creative in the kitchen!  The dates for the rummage/bake sale are Friday, June 8 from 7:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m., and Saturday, June 9, from 7:00 a.m. till noon.  All proceeds will benefit our REACH mission trip to Vassar, Michigan. 

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.

Coming Up Next Week:

May 14, Ladies breakfast, Apple Bin, 9:00 am

May 15, Book Club, Mustard seed room, 7:00 pm

May 16, What’s Cookin’, Trinity Lutheran, 6:00 pm

May 17, Worship cmte mtg, Zion Hse, 7:00 pm

 

Looking Forward:

May 20, Communion and confirmands join church, 9:00 am

May 20, Recognition of Sunday School volunteers, 9:00 am

May 20, Master gardener presentation by Pastor Kim, 10:15 am

May 20, UACT joint confirmation service, Zion UCC, 3:00 pm

May 21, Consistory mtg, Zion Hse, 7:00 pm

May 27, Children walk to cemetery, 10:15 am

May 30, Knitting/crocheting, Mustard seed room, 6:30 pm

June 3, Baptism of Avery Johnson, 9:00 am

June 8, Yard sale, F. H., 7 am – 5 pm

June 9, Yard sale, F. H., 7 am – 12 noon

June 10, Congregational picnic, Oakside Park, 9:30 am

June 10, Trivia nite, 6:00 pm

June 11, Ladies’ breakfast, Apple Bin, 9:00 am

June 11, Hoss’s Community Night Fund Raiser, Gettysburg, 12 – 8 pm

June 16, South Mountain Ramblers, King’s Gap Mansion, 10:00 am