Worship: September 9, 2018

Sunday, September 9, 2018

New Beginnings Sunday

 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: Sunday School recognition with presentations of Bibles and pins

Attendance Awards: Brielle, Mark, Noah, Briella, Kaylee, Bryleigh, Isabelle, Marshall, and Alexis

Bibles to fifth graders: Addelyn, William, Lorilia, Gabriel, and Sophia

 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.

*Call To Worship

One:       The legs of the crickets and the wings of insects beat out praise.

All:         Holy, Holy, Holy!  Earth dances with your wisdom.

One:       The leaves rustle in the wind and the flowers bloom in exultation.

All:         Holy, Holy, Holy!  Earth revels in your glory.

One:       The lion roars and the gazelle leaps in joy.

All:         Holy, Holy, Holy!  Creation amazes in your inspiration.

One:       The whale intones ballads from the deep and the lark lilts at dawn.

All:         Holy, Holy, Holy!  Creation sings by your redemption.

One:       Let us celebrate with all the songs and dances of creation as divine Wisdom calls us to this worship together.  Amen.

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

 *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:   O Great Provider and Enjoyer of Creation, we confess that we have been inconsiderate of the plants and animals with whom we share this great garden.  We have trampled on the grass and not stopped to revel in its flowers.  We have treated your creation as ours to use and misuse and not show our gratitude.  God, help us to see each living thing as a living testimony to your wisdom and a witness to your abundant love.  May our lives be shaped by this wisdom and love.  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:   Psalm 104: 14-23 (O.T., pg. 525); I Corinthians 1: 10-23 (N.T., pg. 155)

Faith Lesson For All Ages

Anthem:   “Hallowed Be Thy Name”…..…………Mason/Lawson

Zion’s Men

Reading Of The Gospel:   Luke 12: 22-31(N.T., pg. 70)

We Reflect On New Possibilities

Message For This Day

 *Hymn: “O Lord My God”…………………………..#625

 Prayers Of Creation And The Lord’s Prayer

Leader:   Wisdom, whose joy gives us the day’s feast and whose discernment seeks justice for all, we thank you for the goodness of creation.  You have connected us to each other in ways we could not have imagined or sought ourselves.  When we feel isolated, you remind us we are not alone and prod us to be better members of this blessed family of creation.  We lift up those who find themselves on the fringes:  For those who have fallen ill, who are weakened by hunger, debt, and hopelessness.  For those who feel lost, by grief, in addiction, or ignored by powers and principalities. For those who are deceived by their own power, seeking profit and esteem only for themselves and their friends.  Wisdom, who weaves us in and out of the life that God created and called good, mend the loose threads of this web of life we call home, and tighten the bonds that bring us into loving relationship with one another.  Amen.

   (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:   “I’d Rather Have Jesus”…………..Miller/Martin

Zion’s Men

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

*Prayer Of Dedication

Leader:   We offer these gifts as the grass grows tall for the cattle and the vine makes grapes to gladden our hearts.  As the water brings abundance to the trees and the trees give shelter to the birds, take our offerings as a pledge to flourish under your care, and to give generously to all that live around us.  Amen.

We Go Forth To Live Transformed Lives

*Closing Hymn: “To God Be the Glory”. …………….#634

 *Blessing

Pastor:   May the God who frees the hawk to soar, who waters the tree to shelter the bird, who clothes the grass with lilies, open your spirit to the wisdom and joy abundant in creation, and freely given to you in grace.  Amen.

*Choral Benediction: “Go in the Grace of the Lord”……………….Barnard

Zion’s Men

*Chime Meditation

Postlude

*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

 College Information Update Request. Are you attending college this fall or know of a Zion member who is attending college this fall? Final exam 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.

 Everyone Is Invited To The UACT Fall Banquet to be held on November 4 at 5 p.m. at the Biglerville Fire Hall. There will be a presentation on the 2018 REACH mission trip and ELCA youth gathering.  Menu:  turkey dinner with all the fixings.  Tickets are $7.50.  Please sign the sheet on the credenza if you plan to attend.

Choir rehearsal has resumed. Our next rehearsal is on Wednesday, September 11.  The choir is open to all who wish to share their musical talents.  There are always seats for new members.  Welcome to all!

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.

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 than October 1.  Please contact the church office or Donna if you are interested in this position.

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.  If your preferred medium is something other than knitting or crocheting, we welcome you also – sewing, quilting, art – the more the merrier!

 A John’s Meals board meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 18, at 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.

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.

 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 today, September 9, at Stone Church Picnic Grove in Glenville from 5-7 p.m.

Zion’s Financial Data

Income through August – $113,253.06

Expenses through August – $129,442.33

Deficit – $16,189.27

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.

 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 Parker with questions.

 Coming Up Next Week:

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. 12, Choir practice, 7:30 pm

 Looking Forward:

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. 18, John’s Meals board mtg, FH, 6:30 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

Oct. 7, Worship with communion, 9:00 am