Worship: September 1, 2019

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Open Table 

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: 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.

*Call To Worship (Left side of church is Voice 1; Right side of church is Voice 2)

Leader: We who have risen to embrace this day,

One: we who are weary in body and spirit,

Two: all are welcome in this sacred place.

Leader: We who know the abundance of life,

One: we who are left impoverished by harsh realities,

Two: all receive a sustaining measure of God’s love.

Leader: We who are strong in mind and soul,

One: we who are challenged by illnesses of many kinds,

Two: all are whole in the Spirit of God.

Leader: We who have a voice and the strength to use it,

One: we who whisper prayers in our hearts.

Two: all are invited to worship the God we love.

All: Come, for you have a place of honour in the heart of God. 

*Hymn: “Be Thou My Vision”………………………….……#450

*Invocation

All: God of Extravagant Welcome, like flickering candles on a table, the soul of each person illumines the heart of our gathered community, and in the radiance of the whole, we recognize your presence.  Filled with your Spirit of Love, may we reflect your gracious welcome to all.

We Recognize Our Brokenness

Prayer Of Confession

Leader: Sacred Spirit who moves within and between, through you we are assured of a Holy Love that gathers us in and renews us with worship.  We are quick to receive your boundless welcome, and with eager hands, we accept the sacramental gift of your grace.  But we are aware, O Spirit, of the times we become satisfied with our own inclusion and we do not enact the divine hospitality planted deep within our very nature.  When we do not look beyond our institutional walls,

All: forgive us, O God.

Leader: When we withhold and restrict the grace of the sacraments,

All: forgive us, O God.

Leader: When we imagine ourselves to be more valuable than others,

All: forgive us, O God.

Leader: When we think only of self-maintenance,

All: forgive us, O God.

Leader: When we do not live as your people,

All: forgive us, O God.  (A time for silent prayers of confession.) 

Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

Leader: In the soul of God, we each have a place of honour where we are nourished by the Spirit.  Then filled with the abundant love of God, we can extend ourselves in new and life-giving ways.  Receive forgiveness and live the love of God. 

Reading Of The Scripture:   Hebrews 13: 1-8, 15-16 (N.T., pg. 213) 

Faith Lesson For All Ages

Anthem:   “Simple Song”…………………….……L. Bernstein; Soloist: Bill S. 

We Reflect On New Possibilities

Reading Of The Gospel: Luke 14: 1, 7-14 (N.T., pg. 72)

Message For This Day                                    

*Hymn: “Come Now, You Blessed, Eat at My Table”…………….….#186

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:  “On Eagle’s Wings”…(congregation sings with soloist).#43; Soloist: Bill S.

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

*Prayer Of Dedication

We Go Forth To Live Transformed lives

*Closing Hymn: “Lord, the Light of Your Love Is Shining” ….….#192

*Blessing

Leader: Let mutual love continue, show unbounded hospitality to strangers, know you are entertaining angels unaware.  Trust that Jesus the Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever, and by living the generous love of Spirit, we become the Body of Christ in our day.  Go where the Spirit  of God leads you. 

*Choral Benediction: “Go, My Children, With My Blessing”……#547 vs 1

*Chime Meditation

Postlude

*Where noted, please stand if able. 

Zion’s Office Manager’s hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday

Mornings from 8:00 a.m. to noon. 

Coming Up Next Week:

Sept. 3, Upper Adams Prayer Brkfst, Apple Bin

Looking Forward:

Sept. 8, Rally Sunday, Church

Sept. 9, Ladies’ Breakfast, Apple Bin

Zion’s Financial Data

Income through July – $106,440.27

Expenses through July – $105,216.89

Surplus – $1,223.28

Many Thanks –We thank Bill S. for sharing his musical talents with us today.

Pastoral Care Needs – If you would like a visit from Pastor George, please call the church office at 717-677-8319 to arrange either home visits or conversations at Zion House. If emergency pastoral care needs arise, please call 717-334-0069. 

Door Hanger Food Drive – Anyone interested in helping hang food drive reminders on doors in the Arendtsville area should meet today at 4:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran in Arendtsville. The food drive on September 8th benefits John’s Meals.

A Big Thank YOu – To all the families and individuals who have volunteered as monthly snack sponsors, thanks so much! Zion is fortunate to enjoy such generous support for its Sunday School program.

Upper Adams Prayer Breakfast – Elder David L. Roberts, pastor of the Amos Tabernacle Church of God in Christ in Mummasburg, will headline the next meeting of the Upper Adams Prayer Breakfast on Tuesday, September 3rd at the Apple Bin.  Brother Roberts was ordained fifteen years ago after service as a deacon.  He is a self-described “working pastor”, having held the position of maintenance supervisor for David Sites Realty for many years.  He and his wife, Lois, have two of their post-college children still in the South Central PA area although their youngest, an Air Force retiree, and his Penn State engineer brother moved farther south.  Everyone is invited to attend this always multi-denominational group to learn from and enjoy the speaker’s insights.  The October 1st gathering will be led by the director of the Adams Rescue Mission, Pastor Bruce Dietrick.

Time to Sing – Choir rehearsals will resume on Wednesday, September 4th at 7:30 p.m.  We will sing for the Sunday, September 8th service.  If you like to sing, please join us.  We would love to have new members. . . especially sopranos. . .but all voices are welcome!

“Do-Nut” Forget – Sunday, September 8th, is Sunday School Rally Day!  We will recognize faithful attendance recipients that morning during worship, and Sunday School children will enjoy donuts, muffins, and juice afterwards.  Parents will receive Emergency Contact and Video/Photograph permission forms in the mail for each child which must be handed in September 8th or sent back ahead of time to the church office.  We look forward to an exciting 2019/2020 Sunday School year!

Ladies’ Breakfast Group – The Zion UCC ladies had a wonderful lunch at Crumbs Café in Mt. Holly on August 12th. 17 ladies attended.  The food was great, the company even better.  Our next gathering will be Monday, September 9th at the Apple Bin for breakfast at 9:00 a.m.  Please join us!

John’s Meals – The John’s Meals team is once again seeking donations of single serve, microwaveable cups of macaroni & cheese which can be placed in the cupboard in the rear of the church. The cups need not be a name brand (like Kraft);  a store brand is fine.  The 18-pk boxes of single-serve cups are perfect as they are easier to store and inventory.  Feel free to contact Jerry (Buddy) C. with questions.  Thanks so much for your faithful support of this important ministry.

Zion’s Ramblers – Mark your calendars! The Ramblers will be following guide Bob V. on a hike along the Appalachian Trail on September 21st.  Look for more details on where to meet and park in later bulletins. 

REACH Sub Sale and presentation – Reach is already gearing up for next year’s mission trip and is starting to raise funds! They are holding a sub sale and need orders by September 1st.  Please see the order sheet in the back of church and choose your tasty sub.  The delivery date is September 12th.  There will be a slide show of this past year’s REACH trip presented in church on Sunday, September 22nd.  Young people from Zion who participated are:  Ashlyn M. (5th year), Katelyn M. (5th year), Chance D. (2nd year), and Nick P. (5th year).  Chris P. accompanied the group as adult supervisor for the 5th year.. 

Book Club – Zion’s Readers will meet once again on September 12th at 7:00 p.m.in the Mustard Seed Room to discuss “My Brilliant Career” by Miles Franklin.  New readers are always welcome!  Here is a synopsis:

First published in 1901, this Australian classic is the candid tale of the aspirations and frustrations of sixteen-year old Sybylla Melvin, a headstrong country girl constrained by middle-class social arrangements (especially the pressure to marry). Trapped on her parents’ outback farm, Sybylla simultaneously loves bush life and hates the physical burdens it imposes.  She longs for a more refined lifestyle – to read, to think, to sing – but most of all to do great things.  Suddenly her life is transformed when she is whisked away to live on her grandmother’s gracious property.  There Sybylla falls under the eye of the rich and handsome Harry Beecham.  Soon she finds herself choosing between everything a conventional life offers and her own plans for a “brilliant career”.

Kennies Community Rewards Program – If you shop at Kennies, you can help UACT Youth earn Community Rewards points! Grab a sign-up sheet from the back of church, fill it out, and either take it to Kennies in Biglerville or drop it in the collection plate.  Thanks for your support.

AERO Oil Program – If you purchase your heating oil or propane from AERO Oil, you can help Zion! AERO Oil has established the AERO Energy House of Worship Program which gives its customers an opportunity to give to their church.  AERO Oil will donate four cents for every gallon of fuel a customer uses.  Customers do NOT pay any more for their fuel and simply need to sign up for the program at AeroEnergy.com/HOW or by calling 1-888-827-1713

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

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. 

Please Tell Us.  Is someone you love hospitalized? Does someone need a visit from the pastor?  Do you have a birth, marriage, death or other information you’d like to include in the newsletter or bulletin? Please tell us! Our church office counts on you to keep us informed.  Give us a call at the office at 717-677-8319.