Worship: September 15, 2019

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Growing in God’s Love

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. 

*Where noted, please stand if able. 

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

Leader: Almighty and Holy Spirit, our Comforter, pure, living, true—illumine, govern, sanctify us, and confirm our hearts and minds in the faith and in all genuine consolation; preserve and rule over us so that, dwelling in the house of the Lord all the days of our lives, we may behold the Lord and praise him with joyful spirit, in union with all the heavenly church.

All: Amen.

*Hymn: “All Creatures of Our God and King”……………………….……#15

*Invocation

Leader: Come, Creator Spirit, and move over this chaotic world.

People: Come, Creator Spirit, and bring life to this world.

Leader: Come, Creator Spirit, and move over the chaos of our lives.

People: Come, Creator Spirit, and bring us new life.  Amen.

We Recognize Our Brokenness

Prayer Of Confession

Leader: Come, Holy Spirit!  Rain upon our dry and dusty lives.  Wash away our sin and heal our wounded spirits.  Kindle within us the fire of your love to burn away our apathy.  With your warmth bend our rigidity and guide our wandering feet.

All: Amen.  (A time for silent prayers of confession.) 

Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

Leader: All the promises of God find their “Yes” in Christ.  That is why we utter the “Amen” through him, to the glory of God.  It is God who has put his seal upon us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.

People: In Christ, by the power of the Spirit, we are redeemed.  Praise God, from whom all blessings flow! 

Reading Of The Scripture:   1 Timothy 1: 12-17 (N.T., pg. 196) 

Faith Lesson For All Ages 

Anthem:   “Think About His Love”……………………………W. Harrah/arr. M. McDonald

We Reflect On New Possibilities

Reading Of The Gospel: Luke 15: 1-10 (N.T., pg. 73)

Message For This Day: “Search and Restore”

*Hymn: “There’s a Sweet, Sweet Spirit”……………………….….#408

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, forever.  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

Leader: We marvel, Holy One, at your power in our midst.  We marvel at your ability to calm storms and bring comfort and strength to us when we feel weak and powerless.  Take now these gifts we offer, and use them to transform your world.  Amen.

We Go Forth To Live Transformed lives

*Closing Hymn: “I, the Lord of Sea and Sky” …….……..….#69 

*Benediction

Leader: God of power, may the boldness of your Spirit transform us, may the gentleness of your Spirit lead us, may the gifts of your Spirit equip us to serve and worship you now and always.

All: Amen.

*Choral Benediction: “Go, My Children, With My Blessing”……#547 vs 3

*Chime Meditation

Postlude

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.)

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

Mornings from 8:00 a.m. to noon.

Coming Up Next Week:

Sept. 15: Confirmation Class,Trinity Lutheran,6-7:30 pm;            Senior High Youth,Taquiera Restaurant, 6-7:30 pm

Sept. 16: Hoss’s Fundraiser, Gettysburg, 12- 8 pm

Sept. 18: Choir Practice, Church, 7:30 pm; What’s Cookin’, Trinity Lutheran, 6-7:30 pm

Looking Forward:

Sept. 22: REACH Presentation, Church, Worship

Sept. 23: Consistory Mtg, Zion House, 6:00 pm; UACT Youth Cmte Mtg, Mustard Seed Rm, 6:00 pm; Samaritan Counseling, Fellowship Hall, 7:30 pm

Sept. 25: Choir Practice, Church, 7:30 pm

Zion’s Financial Data

Income through August – $117,973.86

Expenses through August – $119,921.52

Deficit – ($1947.66)

Welcome – We welcome Pastor Ed Gobrecht back to Zion today and thank him for filling in for Pastor George.

Pastoral Care Needs – If you need to contact George, please feel free to call his home number, 717 334-0069 or email at gpheber@embarqmail.com.   George is also available at the office by appointment only; please contact the church office or George to schedule an appointment.    Thank you.

Father/Son Dinner – Attention all Zion’s fathers and sons! You are cordially invited to Trinity Lutheran’s Annual Father & Son Dinner to be held on Sunday, Sept. 22nd at 5:00 p.m. at the church at 38 North High Street, Arendtsville. Enjoy the meal and program. There will be a free will offering taken. RSVP to Dick Price (717-677-6901) or Trinity Church Office (717-677-8921) by September 15th.

Hoss’s Fundraiser – The Hoss’s Fundraiser is tomorrow, Sept. 16th, at the Gettysburg Hoss’s Restaurant on Route 30 from 12 – 8:00 p.m. Eating out is an easy way to help support the church – just grab some friends and enjoy lunch or dinner! Present your flyer to the wait staff to have 20 to 25% of your total food bill donated to Zion. Flyers are available in the back of church if you don’t have one. Thanks for your support.

Reminder: Please be sure that the last person leaving the church after worship, Sunday School, or any event checks that the doors are locked. Thanks for your attention to this.

John’s Meals – Don’t forget your single serve, microwaveable cups of macaroni & cheese which can be placed in the cupboard in the rear of the church for distribution to food-insecure children in the Upper Adams School District.

Zion’s Ramblers – Mark your calendars and get out your hiking shoes! The Ramblers will be following guide Bob V. on a hike along the Appalachian Trail on September 21st.  We plan to meet in the Big Flats Appalachian Trail parking lot where the trail intersects the Shippensburg Road (just past the Cumberland County line)  at 9:00 a.m.  We will hike to the Birch Run shelter and back, approximately 3 miles.  September 28th is the rain date.

Treasurer Position – Zion is looking for a new Treasurer! If you or someone you know is interested, please have them contact Donna M. for an application.

Habitat for Humanity – Habitat is beginning a new house in Biglerville. There will be a blitz build on October 10, 11, & 12 and also October 17, 18, & 19.  Zion is helping provide the noon meal on October 11th, and is also scheduled for work hours on January 4, 2020.   If you are interested in increasing your practical skills and meeting a great group of people, please contact Roger B. for details.

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.