Worship: April 11, 2021

ZION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

22 Gettysburg Street  Box 538

Arendtsville, Pennsylvania

Second Sunday of Easter

April 11, 2021

10:00 am

 Live stream link:  Zion UCC Sunday Service Livestream – April 11 2021

Welcome to Zion and a special welcome to our visitors in these days of adjusting to a new normal in worship.  Weather permitting, we worship on the parking lot today at 10 am.  We will be livestreaming from the parking lot in case you are unable to join us and in case of inclement weather we will livestream from the sanctuary at 10 am (with no in person worship).  Please check your email on a Sunday morning to be sure of the worship schedule.  The weather can be a bit unpredictable!!

We ask for your patience and understanding and your faithful support of the church in these days of a new normal for all of us.  Let us continue to pray and to remain faithful, knowing that our God continues to reach out and to embrace us.  We sometimes need to be reminded that our God promises to be near to us in the most difficult days as well as the days when life seems easy for us.

As you follow along in the bulletin during live stream worship, please participate quietly when you come to the bold print.

 

PRELUDE

“Low in the Grave He Lay”, tune: “Christ Arose”, arr. R. Hughes, ©1985 Lorenz Publishing Co.

 

TIME OF SHARING

 

CALL TO WORSHIP

This is the day that God has made; it belongs to God.

This is the first day of the week, an opportunity to start anew.

This is the day of rest, set aside for renewal and refreshment from and for the journey.

This is Sunday and we will celebrate the resurrection.

 

* PRAYER OF INVOCATION

 

Holy God, we come today with thanksgiving on our lips and in our hearts,

for we know that Christ’s life has become our life;

that his resurrection has become our resurrection;

that his hope has become our hope;

that his victory has become our victory;

that his triumph has become our triumph,

that his joy has become our joy.

 

GATHERING HYMN “Thine is the Glory”

Printed with permission under license CCLI #1149146

 

Thine is the glory, risen, conquering Son;

Endless is the victory o’er death hast won;

Angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,

Kept the folded graveclothes where thy body lay.

Thine is the glory, risen, conquering Son;

Endless is the victory thou o’er death has won.

 

Lo! Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;

Lovingly he greets us, scatters fear and gloom.

Let the church with gladness hymns of triumph sing,

For the Lord now liveth; death hath lost its sting.

Thine is the glory, risen, conquering Son;

Endless is the victory thou o’er death has won.

 

No more we doubt thee, glorious Prince of life!

Life is naught without thee; aid us in our strife.

Make us more than conquerors through thy deathless love;

Bring us safe through Jordan to thy home above.

Thine is the glory, risen, conquering Son;

Endless is the victory thou o’er death has won.

 

TIME OF CONFESSION

Life with eternity in it is God’s present gift to us.

We have heard it, but we are slow to believe.

We have received it, but we are slow to trust.

It is ours to enjoy, but we have not lived it.

Let us discuss the matter with our Creator.

Look upon us with compassion, O Lord;

for we have fallen short of your will for us.

Have mercy on us;

in tenderness wipe away our faults.

We make no excuses,

and we rely only on your grace.

 

Now let us silently reflect on the personal struggles and fears that keep us from being fully free.

 

CONFESSION MEDITATION

“Morning Has Broken”, arr. David Evans, 1927, public domain

 

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS

Grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the ages began,

but it has now been revealed through

the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus,

who abolished death and brought life and immortality

to light through the gospel.

Thanks be to God for this magnificent gift of love.

 

THE GIVING OF OURSELVES AND OUR OFFERINGS

As we give, we are aware that there are many causes that vie for our attention,

some good and others not so good.

But more than any other cause,

the gospel of Jesus Christ offers

hope, reconciliation, and life.

So, let us give generously, investing in eternity.

 

(If you have not placed your offering in the offering box, we would ask you to mail your offering to Zion United Church of Christ, PO Box 538, Arendtsville, Pennsylvania 17303, or to use the Electronic Funds Transfer option which is available by contacting the church office.  Your ongoing support of the church is deeply appreciated in these days.)

PRAYER OF DEDICATION

We consider it a privilege not only to receive, but also to share and to give.

 Accept these tithes and offerings as a token of our love for you and for others.

 

VOCAL SOLO

“Who Is This King?”, Martin/Larson, ©2006, 2008 Lorenz PublishingCo.

Dan W., soloist

 

ACTS OF THE APOSTLES 4: 32-35

4:32 Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common.
4:33 With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all.
4:34 There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold.
4:35 They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.

 

GOSPEL READING FOR THE MORNING

St. John 20: 19-31

20:19 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”
20:20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
20:21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”
20:22 When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.
20:23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
20:24 But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.
20:25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”
20:26 A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”
20:27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.”
20:28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”
20:29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed

are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”
20:30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book.
20:31 But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.

 

SILENT PRAYER AND PREPARATION

“He Lives”, A. Ackley, ©1933 H. Rodeheaver, ©1961 Word Music LLC

 

THE MESSAGE FOR THE MORNING

 

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.

 

CLOSING HYMN  “Low in the Grave”

Public domain; no sheet music

Low in the grave he lay, Jesus my Savior,
Waiting the coming day, Jesus my Lord!
Up from the grave he arose;
With a mighty triumph o’er his foes;
He arose a victor from the dark domain,
And he lives forever, with his saints to reign.
He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!

 

Vainly they watch his bed, Jesus my Savior,
Vainly they seal the dead, Jesus my Lord!

Up from the grave he arose;
With a mighty triumph o’er his foes;
He arose a victor from the dark domain,
And he lives forever, with his saints to reign.
He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!

 

Death cannot keep its prey, Jesus my Savior;
He tore the bars away, Jesus my Lord!

Up from the grave he arose;
With a mighty triumph o’er his foes;
He arose a victor from the dark domain,
And he lives forever, with his saints to reign.
He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!

 

COMMISSION AND BENEDICTION

As we leave this time of worship and reenter the world of everyday living,

go forth with minds open to new truth,

with eyes open to new opportunities,

and with hands open to both receive and to share.

 

CHIME MEDITATION

“Come You Faithful, Raise the Strain”, public domain

 

POSTLUDE

“Thine Is the Glory”, tune G. F. Handel; arr. R. J. Hughes, ©1977 Lorenz Publishing Co.

 

Office hours are limited; please call the office before stopping by.

 

Coming Up This Week:

Apr. 11        Outdoor Worship                       Parking lot             10:00 a.m.

Sunday School                           Zoom                       9:00 a.m.

Cooley Music Recital                 Church                   12:00 p.m.

Apr. 12        Ladies Breakfast                        Apple Bin                9:00 a.m.

 

Looking Forward:

Apr. 18        Outdoor Worship                       Parking lot             10:00 a.m.

Sunday School                           Zoom                       9:00 a.m.

Gettysburg Assoc. Mtg              Zoom                       2:00 p.m.

Apr. 19        Consistory Mtg                          Fellowship Hall       7:00 p.m.

 

Pastoral Care:  If you would like a visit from George, please contact him and let him know a convenient time.

Prayer Requests:  Don’t forget to send your prayer requests via email to the church office by Friday evening to have them included in the Sunday service.

John’s Meals needs clean plastic bags from your shopping! You can drop them in the bin in the storage closet at Zion House.  If you are able, we appreciate them doubled, but we will definitely take any bags.  Thanks for your continued financial support, donations of Mac & Cheese, and for all the bags!

Ladies Breakfast Group News From Sally:  We are welcoming spring by resuming our monthly breakfast meetings!  Join us at The Apple Bin on Monday, April 12th at 9:00 a.m.  We may be outside enjoying the sun or, if the weather is inclement, we will meet inside – socially distanced for your comfort level.

Spring Cleaning at Church:  The Property Committee is looking for a few good men and women to help with some outside jobs on April 24th.  A possible agenda includes taking down a tree, trimming shrubbery, power washing Zion House, and mulching around the church and Zion House.  Volunteers should assemble at 8:00 a.m.  If you have tools that match the projects, please bring them; if not, just come!  Many hands make light work.

 

April Events at Camp Nawakwa

 CAMP OPEN HOUSE Sunday, April 11 (2-4:30 p.m.)

Maybe you couldn’t go to the one last month, or maybe you went to one of the camps and now want to check out the other. Either way, you have another opportunity to visit Camps Nawakwa & Kirchenwald

Questions?  Contact Anne Rankin at annerankin524@gmail.com.