Worship: May 22, 2022

 

 ZION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

22 Gettysburg Street  Box 538

Arendtsville, Pennsylvania

Sixth Sunday of Easter

May 22, 2022

Worship 9:00 a.m.

Livestream link:  Zion UCC Sunday Service Livestream – May 22 2022

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: “Abide With Me”, arr. By Linda Hartman, ©LindaHartmanMusic.com

GREETINGS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

  INTROIT: “A Little Talk With Jesus Makes It Right”, A. L. Ashley, Hal Wright, public domain

 CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader; God is gracious and has blessed us.

People:  May all the peoples praise you, O God!

Leader: God’s face has shone upon us.

People:  May all the peoples praise you, O God!

Leader:  God has blessed us in many ways.

People:  May all the peoples praise you, O God!

OPENING PRAYER

 OPENING HYMN #664 “Morning Has Broken”, Eleanor Farjeon 1931, Gaelic melody, arr. Beverly A. Howard ©2012

 PRAYER OF CONFESSION 

One: Generous God, You offer your love freely to us.  You entrust your    goodness to us.  We receive these gifts from you yet, we do not always share this generosity with others.  We practice limitations and judgment and hold tight to bitterness and falsehood.

ALL:  We ask for your healing.

One:  Grant us the knowledge that your forgiveness and grace exit beyond these wounded ways.

(silence for reflection)

 ASSURANCE OF PARDON

Believe this good news deep within your hearts:  God accepts and forgives you. This love has the power to free your spirit and bring you peace.

ALL:  Thanks be to God!

CHILDREN’S TIME

 *PRAISE VERSICLE

Leader:  Christ is Risen!

ALL:  Christ is Risen indeed!  Alleluia!

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

SCRIPTURE READING:  John 14:  23-29 and Acts 16: 9-15   

 MORNING MESSAGE

HYMN #321 “The Church’s One Foundation”, Samuel J. Stone 1866, Samuel            Sebastian Wesley 1864, public domain

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

LORD’S PRAYER sinners/sin

PRESENTATION OF TITHES AND OFFERINGS

OFFERTORY INVITATION

Leader: God is good

All: All the time!

Leader: All the time

All: God is good!

OFFERTORY: “Promised Land”, Natalie Sleeth, arr. Mary McDonald, ©1979, 2009 Lorenz Publishing Co., Zion’s Choir

 *SUNG DOXOLOGY, Old Hundredth, public domain

 Praise God from whom all blessings flow,

 Praise God, all creatures here below

 Praise God, the source of all our gifts!

 Praise Jesus Christ, whose power uplifts!

 *THE PRAYER OF DEDICATION (unison)

Gracious and generous God, all of us rely on the care, support, and example of

others to teach us about the ways your transforming spirit is at work in our    world. May these offerings reflect our desire and our commitment to keep your word, the promise of renewing love for all the earth.

 *HYMN #375 “Shall We Gather at the River”, Robert Lowry 1864, public domain

 *BENEDICTION

POSTLUDE: “More Holiness Give Me”, Paul Bliss 1838-1876, arr. By Linda Hartman

 From the Consistory:  Covid cases are mounting again.  After consultation and consideration, the Consistory is highly recommending you wear masks in church again.

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 22        Worship                                               Sanctuary                9:00 a.m.

Sunday School                                    Church                  10:15 a.m.

Messy Church                                      Fellowship Hall       4 – 6 p.m.

May 23        Consistory Mtg (rescheduled)             Fellowship Hall         6:30 p.m.

Looking Forward:

May 29        Worship                                               Sanctuary                9:00 a.m.

Sunday School – Cemetery walk         Church                  10:15 a.m.

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.

Messy Church will be held today, May 22nd, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.  Join us for Pentecost and Pizza!

Thank you, thank you to those who donated to St. Jude’s for the Sunday School children’s Mission Project.  $252.00 was raised.  This year, Vacation Bible School will run from July 18 – 22 from 6:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Shepherds for each class and a Snack Coordinator are being recruited.  If you are moved to fill one of those positions, please let Miss Chris know soon so we are not scrambling at the last minute for volunteers.  Children in the pre-Kindergarten group will need a person to accompany them to VBS.  Thanks for supporting Zion’s kiddos!

Ladies Breakfast:  The next Ladies Breakfast will be Monday, June 13th, at 9:00 a.m. at The Apple Bin.  That day, we will take reservations to go to the Old Farm House on Wednesday, June 22nd, for brunch and tea. Please consider joining us for this lovely event; we will carpool from Biglerville.

Mission Trip Request:  We are in need of an 8 to12 foot enclosed box trailer!  Usually we have two trailers, but this year only one is available.  We transport supplies – tools, cots, suitcases, drinks, etc. – in the trailers and will gladly rent one from a church member if there is one available.  There are 27 confirmed campers with 5 from the Upper Adams area.  Nick Parker will represent Zion.

Mark your calendars!  Worship at Oakside Park will be held June 19th at 10:00 a.m. at Pavilion 3.  Lunch will follow so plan what scrumptious dish you would like to share with everyone.

Worship Music:  Thank you all for your patience as Zion transitions to singing with recorded music.  It is extremely time-consuming for Rev. Heather to find appropriate hymns for services, then find music downloads that actually match the versions in Zion’s hymnal, including the number of verses, acquire the downloads and share them with Bill for inclusion in the service.  Sometimes the arrangements will be a bit different (pace and timing) than those to which we are accustomed and therefore more challenging to sing.  Overall, we are doing very well adjusting to this new reality.  Personnel continues to search for a pianist or organist, and any suggestions are welcome.  You are also welcome to use your hymnals if you wish.  To that end and to use less paper, most bulletins will no longer contain the hymns unless the source is a different hymnal.  There will be bulletins available with the hymns for those who are more comfortable with the larger print.  As we try to determine how many of those are needed, please be flexible!

Sponsoring Flowers:  Sponsoring altar flowers is now easier!  After signing the flower chart, go to the credenza in the back of church.  there will be an envelope in which you can put your checks made out to Zion UCC Altar Guild.  The cost is $35.00 unless you are requesting special flowers (normally, the florist chooses the arrangement) in which case you need to contact the florist directly and pay accordingly, and the phone number will be on the envelope.  In the envelope there will be slips of paper on which you can write the language you want to appear in the bulletin (or you can call the church office and tell Cindy).  Thanks for brightening Zion’s altar!

 Visitors – We’re glad you stopped in.  Don’t forget to help yourselves to a welcome packet on the credenza in the back of church!