Worship: September 2, 2018

Sunday, September 2, 2018

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



 Chime Interlude And Candle Lighting

Leader:   In a season of harvest we light a candle of gratitude for God’s goodness.

People:  In a season busy with school, work, and preparation for holidays, we light a candle reminding us to call on Christ for strength to continue our Christian journey.

Leader:   In a season where the hills around us are clad in beauty, we invoke the Spirit’s presence so we can somehow share that beauty with the world.

 Response:   “Soon and Very Soon”……………..#384, vs 1

*Call To Worship

Leader:   Sing to God, our strength; cry out to God, our helper.  Rejoice, and do not fear to appear before our God.

People:  It is God who led our ancestors through hard times.  It is God who leads us through difficult days.

Leader:   God will not leave us or forsake us.  God welcomes us to the banquet of life.

People:  God fills our mouths with good things.  God offers us fountains of living water.

 *Hymn: “Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life” …………#343, vs 1-4


All:         Gracious God, our helper, we seek the assurance of your presence in this time of worship.  We have come to listen and to receive your counsel.  Melt our stubborn hearts to remove the barriers that keep us from seeing your glory and doing your will.  Challenge all that is worthless and unprofitable in our lives, that we may become worthy imitators of Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray.  Amen.

 We Recognize Our Brokenness

Prayer Of Confession

Leader:   O God, we are frightened, for there are evil tidings all around us and we do not know you well enough to count on your help.  We cannot hear your voice or sense your presence.  We have reached for honors and recognition, but they provide no lasting fulfillment.  Forgive our mistaken priorities and draw us to you, the source of living water.  Amen.  (A time for silent prayers of confession.)

Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

Leader:   Happy are those who fear God, who delight in God’s commandments.  It is well with those who deal generously with others, conduct their affairs with justice, and care for the poor.  When we listen to God, the enemies within and around us are subdued and we can walk with confidence into each new day.  God is on our side, and our shortcomings are forgiven.

Reading Of The Scripture:   Jeremiah 2: 4-13 (Old Testament, p. 657)

Faith Lesson For All Ages

Anthem:       “Raise Your Hands”    ……………. Heather Sorenson

Heather, Brittni, Jennifer, and Meagan

Piano accompanist: Diane

Reading Of The Gospel:   Luke 14: 1, 7-14 (New Testament, p. 72)

 We Reflect On New Possibilities

 Message For This Day

 *Hymn: “Lord, Speak to Me That I May Speak”………….……#722

Pastoral Prayers 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:   “Trust in the Lord”………….. Roland Tabell

Heather, Brittni, Jennifer, and Meagan

Piano accompanist: Diane

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

 *Prayer Of Dedication

Leader:   In joyous thanksgiving for the banquet of life, we invite those who live in poverty to share our wealth.  We give up some of our luxuries for the sake of brothers and sisters who lack food, shelter, or medical care.  We reach out to help, expecting no reward but the satisfaction of sharing what you have so richly entrusted to us.  We dedicate our time and abilities along with these fruits of our labor.  Amen.

We Go Forth To Live Transformed Lives

 *Closing Hymn: “There Is Now a New Creation” …..……….#774

 *Commission And Blessing

Leader:   When you give a banquet, invite those who cannot repay.  Give honor to persons not usually recognized.

People:  God has created us as sisters and brothers to all.  Everyone is a child of God, deserving of our attention.

Leader:   God, who blesses your worship, will bless your service.  God will feed you with spiritual food that satisfies.

People:  How good it is to walk in the ways God leads us!  How satisfying to drink from the fountain of living water! 

All:         Amen.

*Choral Benediction: “Soon and Very Soon”……….……#384, vs 2

*Chime Meditation


*Where noted, please stand if able.                                             


 September’s Proverb:  

Do not withhold good from those of whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.    Proverbs  3: 27

 Door Hangers Regarding John’s Meals Food Collection is being distributed by Trinity Lutheran this afternoon.  Collecting food from these same porches will take place on September 9.

Choir rehearsal begins on Wednesday of this week.  The choir is open to all who wish to share their musical talents.  There are always seats for new members.  Welcome to all!

 Sunday School Director/Christian Ed Opportunity.   Jessica will be concluding her position as Sunday School Director/Christian Ed Director in May, 2019.  It is our wish that her successor is prepared to begin working with Jess in January, 2019, in order to provide a smooth transition for the children.  We would appreciate a response from anyone who is interested in providing this important service no later thanOctober 1.  Please contact the church office or Donna if you are interested in this position.

The Book Group will reconvene from a summer break on Tuesday, September 11, in the Mustard Seed room at 7:00 p.m., to discuss “Those Who Wish Me Dead” by Michael Koryta.

Zion’s Needleworkers are continuing to create beautiful and useful items for our December fundraiser.  We invite anyone with a creative bent to join us at our monthly meetings where we work on our projects and exchange information.  Anyone who would like to learn the basics of knitting and crocheting is welcome to join us at those meetings on the last Wednesday of the month beginning on September 26, 2018 (location).  If your preferred medium is something other than knitting or crocheting, we welcome you also – sewing, quilting, art – the more the merrier!

 Donations To John’s Meals Cannot Be Made Out To Zion UCC.  The check must be made out to Upper Adams Christians Together.  The accounts are entirely separate and funds cannot be transferred from one to another.

 Greeter And Bulletin Sponsorship Sign-Up Sheets are on the credenza.

Greeters are needed for most Sundays in October.

Trinity Lutheran Church cordially invites all menfolk (of all ages) to the Annual “Father & Son Dinner” to be held on Sunday, September 9, beginning at 5 p.m. in the social room at Trinity Lutheran. Dinner will be a freewill offering.  A special program will be presented.  If you plan to attend, please phone Trinity at 717-677-8921 by September 3.

Reach group participants decided to get together monthly, alternating between Hanover/Glenville and Arendtsville/Biglerville. One does neither need to be a youth (adults can attend) nor planning on attending REACH. It is designed for any and all; however, there will be REACH topics and details discussed. The first youth group meeting will be on September 9 at Stone Church Picnic Grove in Glenville from 5-7 p.m.


Zion’s Financial Data

Income through July – $99,272.86

Expenses through July – $114,375.69

Deficit – $15,102.83

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.

Heating System Capital Campaign (As of July 31, 2018)
Received one-time contributions $100,331
Installment pledges      33,300
Total pledged   $133,631
Payments made on installments         29,396
Balance due on installment pledges            3,904
Total cash received through July 31        $129,727

 *Anything over and above our $124,000 goal is being placed in the capital improvement fund.

 Community Aid Clothing Bin is available in the Zion House parking lot for clothing donations along with shoes, accessories, draperies, and bed linens. We receive funds each quarter based upon the weight of items deposited in the container, and those funds are used toward the Mission BudgetFor the first quarter of 2018, Zion received $272.  After your yard sales, consider donating unsold appropriate items to the bin. 

 Single Serve, Microwaveable Cups Of Macaroni And Cheese are being collected to benefit John’s Meals.  The cups need not be a brand name (like Kraft); store brand is fine.  We are aiming to provide 200 cups each month and they may be placed in the cupboard in the rear of the church. The 18-pkg boxes of single-serve Mac and Cheese is also a good donation. It is cheaper and easier to store (boxes).  Any questions, please see Chris.  As always, thank you so much for your faithful support of this ministry.

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.


Coming Up Next Week:

 Sept. 5, Choir practice, 7:30 pm

Looking Forward:

Sept. 9, Rally Sunday

Sept. 9, “Reaching for God” youth group, Stone Church picnic grove, 5-7 pm

Sept. 10, Ladies’ breakfast, Apple Bin, 9:00 am

Sept. 11, Book Club, Mustard seed rm, 7:00 pm

Sept. 16, REACH presentation, 9:00 am

Sept. 16, Confirmation, Trinity Lutheran, 6:00 pm

Sept. 17, Hoss’s Community Fund Raiser, Gettysburg, 12 noon – 8 pm

Sept. 19, Prayer and Study, Mustard seed rm, 6:30 pm

Sept. 19, What’s Cookin’, Trinity Lutheran, 6:00 pm

Sept. 24, Consistory mtg, Zion Hse, 7:00 pm

Sept. 26, Knitting/crocheting, 6:30 pm

Sept. 29, South Mountain Ramblers, Pa. Monument, 9:30 am