Worship: May 19, 2019

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Spirit of Solidarity

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: Angels, sun, moon, highest heaven and waters above the heaven, come join the choir.

All: Sea creatures from all the deeps, fire and hail, snow and frost, stormy wind, come join the choir.

One: Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, wild animals and all cattle, creeping things and flying birds, come join the choir.

All: All peoples, young men and women alike, old and young together, come join the choir.

One: In unity and solidarity we join our voice in one chorus celebrating the Creator who gives life to all.

All: Praise God who calls us into being and whose spirit unites us in harmony with all that is.

One: Come, let us worship.

*Hymn: “Though I May Speak”…………….…..……….……#693

*Invocation

One: Creator of all life, we have no proof of your existence except for this deep longing for unity that exists within our very being.  We look up at the stars and know they are part of us.  We plant our feet on the earth, and we know it is a part of us.  We breathe the air and know it is a part of us.  We immerse ourselves in the water of life, and we know it is a part of us.  We are one family of life and substance.  You have created us in unity with all that exists.  We feel the pull of our togetherness.  The more closely we are aligned with this oneness, the more keenly we are aware of your presence.  With gratitude we share together in worship this day, joining our voices in a solidarity of praise.

We Recognize Our Brokenness

Prayer Of Confession

One: We are often encouraged to believe and behave as if we need no one other than ourselves.  We admire the independence, the outward strength, the autonomy of those who stand alone.

All: But then we hear your voice, “love one another, just as I have loved you.”

One: We become afraid to admit we need other people, that our well-being is dependent on the well-being of others, including Earth.

All: But then we hear your voice, “love one another, just as I have loved you.”

One: We resist the notion of vulnerability that love demands because we think it makes us look weak.

All: But then we hear your voice, “love one another, just as I have loved you.”

One: We are often encouraged to believe and behave as if the only relationships that matter, the only relationships that count are with those who are most like us, so we separate ourselves, judge, and exclude those who are in some way different.

All: But then your spirit comes to us saying, “not to make a distinction between them and us.”

All: Help us to know that our solidarity is our strength, our unity with you, and all of life is our hope.  Amen.          (A time for silent prayers of confession.) 

Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

One: In the depth of our separation, in the vast expanse of our isolation, in the sharp division of our fragmented lives and world, we are assured by the One who is our unity that we are given a new heaven and a renewed Earth.  The vision awaits us to claim it as our own.  Thanks be to the Alpha and Omega who gives us life and in whom all things exist.

Reading Of The Scripture:   Acts 11: 1-18 (N.T., pg. 122)

Faith Lesson For All Ages

Anthem:   “He Will Hold Me Fast”………………….……Merker

We Reflect On New Possibilities

Reading Of The Gospel:   John 13: 31-35 (N.T., pg. 102)

Message For This Day                                    

*Hymn: “We Are One in the Spirit”……………………….….#300

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: Giver of Life, we share what we have received.  We dedicate these gifts as we rededicate ourselves to preparing the way for a new heaven and renewed Earth where all people and all Creation know the full measure of your peace.  May these gifts reflect our praise and gratitude for the work of your spirit, drawing us ever deeper into the richness of relationship upon which we all depend.  Amen.

We Go Forth To Live Transformed lives

*Closing Hymn: “In Christ There Is No East or West” ….……..….#317

*Blessing

One: Go forth as those who resist and reject the false claims of separateness, superiority, and privilege.

All: We go forth as a people united in justice, embracing the gifts of those whose contributions are too often ignored or denied.

One: Go forth as those who know you are never alone in joy or in struggle.

All: We go forth claiming the promise of a new heaven and new earth, a place where all people and all creation are valued.

One: Go forth as people of the resurrection, living the love you have received, so that everyone may know the meaning, depth, and power of God’s love.

All: We go forth in solidarity, led by the spirit of God, in whom all things are one.

*Choral Benediction: “Lord, Dismiss Us With Your Blessing……………#546, vs 1

*Chime Meditation

Postlude

*Where noted, please stand if able.

Greeter And Bulletin Sponsorship Sign-Up Sheets for 2019 are on the credenza. v(Bulletin Sponsorship is $15 per Sunday. Please place your remittance designated for Bulletins in the offering plate.)v 

Coming Up Next Week:

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

May 21, John’s Meals Appreciation Night, Fellowship Hall, 7:00 pm

May 22, Choir Practice, 7:30 pm

Looking Forward:

May 26, Sunday School Volunteer Recognition, During Worship; Walk to Cemetery, After Worship

May 28, Consistory Mtg, Zion House. 6:00 pm

May 30, UACT Ascension Worship, Benders Lutheran, 7:00 pm

Zion’s Financial Data

Income through April – $61,653.54

Expenses through April – $68,145.33

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.

College Planning Strategies Workshop – Trinity Lutheran Church in Arendtsville is hosting a workshop today 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.

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.

Fire Company Open House – The Arendtsville Community Volunteer Fire Company will hold an Open House on Sunday, June 2, 2019 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Come see the new addition, check out the fire trucks, and speak with our dedicated first responders.  Refreshments will be served.

Totem Pole Playhouse –Remember to sign up 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 is available in the back of church.  Reserve your seat soon – tickets will go fast.

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.

Zion United Church of Christ

3 Gettysburg Street

P.O. Box 538

Arendtsville, PA 17303