Worship: September 10, 2017

Sunday, September 10, 2017

New Beginnings Sunday; Sacrament of Baptism

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


Announcements – Bible and Sunday School Pin Presentation

Chime Interlude And Candle Lighting Response

Leader:   We light a light in the name of the God who made heaven and earth.

All:         We light a light in the name of our Lord, whose love has been poured into our hearts.

Leader:   We light a light in the name of the Holy Spirit, who leads us into all truth.

All:         We light three candles because all praise and glory is yours, O God – Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier.

 Praise Response:   “Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love”…..….#203, vs 1, 2

 *Call To Worship

One:       Come, friends, from every corner of the earth.

All:         We come to worship the one who created us and all living things.

One:       Imagine:  We bear the face of God to all living parts of creation.

All:         We come to celebrate our place in the vast scheme of creation.  Our God, Maker of the universe, cares about each and every one of us.  We bring our hearts and voices to sing praise to God.

One:       Come, let us worship God.

 *Hymn: “In the Midst of New Dimensions” ……………#315


Leader:   We gather here this morning in the presence of our Creator and one another, to pause from our day to day living.  We come to take some time in our busy lives to renew our faith, to reconnect with God, and to know ourselves loved unconditionally.  As this message is reaffirmed in our hearts, take us from this place to proclaim that message to all we meet.  In Christ’s name we pray.  Amen.

 We Recognize Our Brokenness

Prayer Of Confession

Leader:   Jesus said, “I came not to be served but to be a servant.”  We know this is an example we are called to follow and yet we so often find it difficult.

People:  We want to be served; we want to be important; we want to have our needs met.

Leader:   Forgive us, loving God.  Stretch us.  Open our hearts to experience and celebrate the true joy that comes from serving others.

People:  Draw out from us a desire to be a part of a serving community, where each of us shares a concern for the needs of each other, and none are forgotten.  Amen.   (A time for silent prayers of confession.)

Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

One:       God has made us – all of us.  And God loves us – all of us – as if we were God’s favorite.  So be assured that, as you seek to realign your hearts with God’s, you are forgiven, and loved unconditionally.

All:         Thanks be to God.  Amen.

Reading Of The Scripture: Genesis 1: 26-28 (O.T., pg. 1)

Anthem:   “Worship Tapestry”……………..…Harlan

The Sacrament Of Baptism For

Teighan Lynn

Born December 28, 2016, to Carly and Ryan

Godmother: Allison


 Cole Matthew

Born March 10, 2017, to Matthew and Jaclyn


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 Families

Pastor:   Do you desire to have Teighan and Cole baptized into the faith and family of Jesus Christ?

Family:  We do.

Pastor:   Will you encourage Teighan and Cole 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 them that they 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 your children in the Christian faith, to help them to be  faithful members 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 they may affirm their 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 ones about to be baptized, as they live and grow 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 ones baptized this day that they 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 these your children 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.

Special Music

Reading Of The Gospel:   Mark 10: 41-45 (N.T., pg. 44)

We Reflect On New Possibilities

Message For This Day

*Hymn: “Dearest Jesus We are Here”………………..#483

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.


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

*Prayer Of Dedication

Leader:   Take all we offer you, O God:  our gifts, our hands, our hearts.  Use them to help make our world a better place, to share your love and laughter in gloomy places, to share your abundance in places of hunger, and to share your joy around the world.  Amen.

We Go Forth To Live Transformed Lives

*Closing Hymn: “These Treasured Children”. ……….#487

*Pastoral Blessing

 *Choral Benediction: “Lord, Bid Your Servant Go in Peace”………………#545, v. 2

*Chime Meditation


*Where noted, please stand if able.


September’s Proverb:  

When the wicked are in authority, transgression increases, but the righteous will look upon their downfall. Proverbs 29: 16

Hurricane Harvey Victims.  In an effort to help our fellow Americans in Texas during their time of need, the children may bring items with them to Sunday School.  Chambersburg Hospital, where Chris is employed, is partnering with Green Stream Solutions, Heritage In Home services and Gabler Trucking to fill a trailer in Chambersburg that will be driven to those in need.  Please bring items by September 17 and give to Jessica.  They are looking for the following NEW items:


Bottled water
Baby diapers
Baby bottles
Personal care items (toothpaste, toothbrushes, hair brushes)
Crayons, coloring books, children’s books

Adult briefs (DEPENDS)





The Ladies’ Breakfast will be held at the Apple Bin tomorrow at 9:00 a.m.  See you then.  Bring a neighbor!

Our Next Hoss’s Community Night is tomorrow from 12 noon – 8 p.m.

 The Book Club reconvenes after a summer break on Tuesday, September 12, at 7:00 p.m. in the Mustard Seed room. Being discussed that evening is “The Whole Town’s Talking” by Fannie Flagg.


Boiler Capital Campaign (As of August 28)
Received one-time contributions $42,046
Monetary value of pledges received $20,700
Pledges received thus far in cash $ 3,690


A John’s Meals Board Meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 19, at 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.

 Care Package For Ben. If you would like to make cookies for Ben Battersby, please have them to the church office by Monday, September 25.   Ben is actively serving in Afghanistan.  If you wish to send Ben a card, his address is PFC Battersby, Benjamin / Bravo Troop, 3-73, CAV NKC / APO, AE 09354

 College Information Update Request. Are you attending college this fall or know of a Zion member who is attending college this fall? Final exam “care packages” or gift cards are received by college students.  Please inform the church office of a student’s post office address and e-mail address.  Please transmit the information to us by phoning 717- 677-8319 or email the church office at zion_ucc_arendtsville@comcast.net.

South Mountain Ramblers will ramble on September 30 at 9:30 a.m., on a hike made possible by the new bridge over Mountain Creek, between Fuller and Laurel Lakes. Meet at the Fuller Lake parking lot.

 Attention all Knitters and Crocheters!    There will be an organizational meeting on Monday, September 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the Mustard Seed room to explore potential projects. Come be part of our creative process and enjoy our fellowship!

Zion’s Financial Data

Income through August – $121,981.95

Expenses through August – $127,593.62

*Deficit – $5,611.67

*This is partially due to the unbudgeted $3,000 cost for a new copier in 2017.

 Coming Up Next Week:

Sept. 10, Sunday School begins, 10:15 am

Sept. 11, Ladies’ breakfast, Apple Bin, 9:00 am

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

Sept. 12, Book Club, Mustard seed rm, 7:00 pm

Sept. 13, Choir practice, Sanctuary, 7:30 pm

Looking Forward:

Sept. 17, Infant baptism, 9:00 am

Sept. 17, Confirmation class, St. Paul’s, Biglerville, 6:00 pm

Sept. 17, REACH organizational mtg, St. Paul’s, Biglerville

Sept. 20, What’s Cookin’, Trinity Lutheran, 6:00 pm

Sept. 25, Knitting/crocheting club, Mustard seed rm., 6:30 pm

Sept. 25, Consistory mtg, Zion Hse, 7:00 pm

Sept. 30, South Mountain ramble, Fuller Lake parking lot, 9:30 am

Oct. 1, Worship with communion, 9:00 am

Oct. 1, REACH organizational mtg

Oct. 4, Lectio divina, Mustard seed rm, 6:30 pm

Oct. 4, Christmas choir rehearsal, 7:30 pm