Sunday, May 27, 2018
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
Chime Interlude And Candle Lighting
Leader: Loving Spirit, you have chosen us to receive your light, and we light a candle as a sign of our gratitude.
All: Friend, Advocate, Guide—Lord Jesus you enfold us in your love, and we light a candle to celebrate your Presence, in which we rest.
Leader: Holy God, you have drawn us to your wonder, as you set your seal upon us in our baptism. We light a candle in amazement that you care for each and every one of us, as your own child.
All: We light three candles for the Holy Trinity that loves, redeems, and sustains us.
Response: “Standing on the Promises“………………..#838, v. 1
*Call To Worship
Leader: People of faith, where shall we look for God? Do we look to the heavens? Do we look to highest mountains? Do we look into the eye of a storm? Do we look into the heart of the desert? Where shall we look for God?
People: People of God, look around, God is with us. Open your eyes and let it be known – where you have seen the God of creation, where the Body of Christ is at work, where the Spirit is living and moving.
*Hymn: “Eternal Father, Strong to Save”…. ………………#8
Leader: God who creates, we have seen you in your good creation. God who saves, we have seen you at work in the world. God who renews, we have seen your restoring love touching the hearts of the people of the earth.
People: We are thankful. Amen.
We Recognize Our Brokenness
Prayer Of Confession
Leader: “Woe is me!” The words of Isaiah ring in our ears for we too have experienced that moment, have felt the shame of seeing ourselves next to the glory of God. God is good, but we are human not divine in nature. We are flawed, and we see as in a mirror dimly.
People: “How can these things be?” The words of Nicodemus could be ours, as we see so much suffering and exploitation in our world. Nicodemus’ struggle to understand, despite all his knowledge and learning, reflects our own disbelief at what we don’t know or understand. (A time for silent prayers of confession.)
Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness
Reading Of The Scripture: Isaiah 6: 1-8 (O.T., pg. 597); Romans 8: 12-17 (N.T., pg. 147)
Anthem: “God of Our Fathers”…….…Warren/MacDonald
The Sacrament Of Baptism For
Born November 16, 2017, to Brandee and Zachary
Leader: They were bringing children to Jesus that Jesus might touch them; and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, Jesus was indignant, and said to them,
People: “Let the children come to me, do not hinder them; for to such belongs the realm of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the realm of God like a child shall not enter it.”
Leader: And Jesus took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands upon them.
Leader: The sacrament of baptism is an outward and visible sign of the grace of God. Inasmuch as the promise of the gospel is not only to us but also to our children, baptism with water and the Holy Spirit is the mark of their acceptance into the care of Christ’s church, the sign and seal of their participation in God’s forgiveness, and the beginning of their growth into full Christian faith and discipleship.
People: This is the water of baptism. Out of this water we rise with new life, forgiven of sin and one in Christ, members of Christ’s body.
Questions For The Family
Pastor: Do you desire to have Oaklee baptized into the faith and family of Jesus Christ?
Family: We do.
Pastor: Will you encourage Oaklee to renounce the powers of evil and to receive the freedom of new life in Christ?
Family: We will, with the help of God.
Pastor: Will you teach her that she may be led to profess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior?
Family: We will, with the help of God.
Pastor: Do you promise, according to the grace given you, to grow with Oaklee in the Christian faith, to help her to be a faithful member of the church of Jesus Christ by celebrating Christ’s presence, by furthering Christ’s mission in all the world, and by offering the nurture of the Christian church so that she may affirm her baptism?
Family: We do, with the help of God.
*Congregational Assent (Please stand)
Leader: Jesus Christ calls us to make disciples of all nations and to offer them the gift of grace in baptism. Do you, who witness and celebrate this sacrament, promise your love, support, and care to the one about to be baptized, as she lives and grows in Christ?
People: We promise our love, support, and care. (Please be seated)
Blessing Of The Water
Pastor: Bless by your Holy Spirit, gracious God, this water. By your Holy Spirit save those who confess the name of Jesus Christ that sin may have no power over them. Create new life in the one baptized this day that she may rise in Christ. Glory to you, eternal God, the one who was, and is, and shall always be, world without end. Amen.
Act Of Baptism
Prayer For The Baptized
Pastor: We give you thanks, O Holy One, mother and father of all the faithful, for this your child and for the grace acknowledged here today in water and the Holy Spirit. Embrace us all as sons and daughters in the one household of your love. Grant us grace to receive, nurture, and befriend these new members of the body of Christ.
All: Give to the newly baptized: strength for life’s journey, courage in time of suffering, the joy of faith, the freedom of love, and the hope of new life: through Jesus Christ, who makes us one. Amen.
*Baptism Hymn: I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry”……….…..#488
Reading Of The Gospel: John 3: 1-17 (N.T., pg. 88)
We Reflect On New Possibilities
Message For This Day
*Hymn: “Fairest Lord Jesus”……………………..#630
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: “Let Freedom Ring”……………..…..Gaither
*Doxology: “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings” ………..….#606
*Prayer Of Dedication
Leader: Generous God, just as you did not overlook those in need, we see those in our community and our world who need support and care. We see that what we give makes a difference. We give these gifts in love of you and of our neighbor. Amen.
We Go Forth To Live Transformed Lives
*Closing Hymn: “Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory” …………….#354
Leader: Isaiah was resolute when asked, “Whom shall I send?” “Send me” was his clear reply.
People: We know we are sent, we see what we should do, and so with the strong love of God and ready friendship of community we go, resolved to do the good we can.
Leader: Go in peace. Amen.
*Where noted, please stand if able.
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
Zion Trivia is on Sunday, June 10, starting at 6:00 p.m. Why not gather a team and join us? Any questions, see Gina.
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. 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)=
*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. 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 the entire month of June.
Please Note, when bringing your items to Fellowship Hall for the Rummage Sale, place them under the tables. It is easier for the committee to sort and price things that way. Sunday, June 3, is the last day we will accept rummage sale items. Baked goods may be dropped off Thursday, June 7, anytime during the day or evening. Fellowship Hall will be unlocked all day.
Coming Up Next Week:
May 27, Children walk to cemetery, 10:15 am
May 30, Knitting/crocheting, Mustard seed room, 6:30 pm
June 3, Baptism of Avery, 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
June 19, Book Club picnic, Bushey residence, 6:00 pm
June 24, Baptism of Jameson, 9:00 am
June 24, Firepit fellowship, Zion Hse, 6:00 pm