Worship: April 15, 2018

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Christ Among Us

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:   We are a people living in the light of God’s resurrection power.  We light a candle to celebrate this amazing love.

People:  We are a people living in the light of Christ’s saving power.  We light a candle to celebrate our redemption.

Leader:   We are a people enlivened and emboldened by the Holy Spirit.  We light a candle to celebrate this gift of divine presence.

People:  We give thanks for all the ways that Easter has transformed our world, given us hope, and brought us into the light.

Response:   “Be Not Afraid“………………..#243

*Call To Worship

One:       People of God, why are you here?

All:         To bask in the graciousness of the God of love, to seek forgiveness for our transgressions, to calm our fears and sort through our doubts, to learn more about the rule of righteousness, to open our minds to wonder.

One:       Surely this gladdens the heart of God; you are very welcome here.

*Hymn: “Now the Green Blade Rises”……… ……………#247


One:       God of glory, fill your church with the power that flows from Christ’s resurrection so that, in the midst of the sinful world, it may signal the beginning of a renewed humanity, risen to new life with Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

All:         Amen.

We Recognize Our Brokenness

Prayer Of Confession

Leader:   “I know that you acted in ignorance” (Acts 3: 17).  How often could these words be said to us?  In this place of grace and acceptance we take a moment to consider this question.

All:         We confess the time we have chosen not to be informed, to plant our feet firmly in “the ignorance is bliss” camp.  We confess the times we have behaved thoughtlessly toward others and our world.  We confess that we have even denied truths that are inconvenient for us.  We confess the times we have not noticed the manifold wonder that is gifted to us in our lives.  Forgive us, generous God.   (A time for silent prayers of confession.)

Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

One:       People of the living God, see what love we have been given, for we are called the children of God and this is what we are.  Therefore, we will not be deceived nor continue on a pathway of ignorance.  We would open our minds to understanding, our eyes to the wonder that surrounds us, and our hearts to doing what is right.

People:  Thanks be to God!  Amen.

Reading Of The Scripture: Acts 3: 12-19 (N.T., pg. 113)

Faith Lesson For All Ages

Anthem:   “We Have Seen the Risen Lord”…….…Pethel

Reading Of The Gospel: Luke 24: 36b-48 (N.T., pg. 85)

 We Reflect On New Possibilities

Message For This Day

*Hymn: “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today!……………..#245

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:   We bring our gifts today believing that wonderful things can be done with them.  We give them gladly.  Amen.

We Go Forth To Live Transformed Lives

*Closing Hymn: “Lead On, O King Eternal!” …………………….#269


One:       People of God, go out this day knowing that you are witnesses to the risen Christ.

All:         With our eyes open to wonder, with our minds attuned to goodness, with our souls aware of what fears and doubts still remain but with our hearts open to joy and forgiveness, we will go in peace to love and serve the world.

*Choral Benediction: “In the Bulb There Is a Flower”…………#250, v 2

*Chime Meditation


*Where noted, please stand if able.                                          


April’s Proverb:  

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, fools despise wisdom and instruction.                                                     Proverbs 1: 7

 The Theme For April In Sunday School is “Easter: Peter’s Story.” The children will be learning about Peter’s relationship with Jesus, and how Jesus charged him with taking care of God’s sheep.  We’re going to be completing a mission project to accompany our theme, and we will be collecting donations to purchase a sheep for Heifer International.  A sheep costs $120.  If you’d like to donate to our cause, you may give your donation to any Sunday School youth or to Miss Jess.  The check should be made out to “Zion UCC” with “Sunday School Project” in the memo line.  We will have a poster with sheep to mark our donations, indicating each donor on the sheep.  Thanks in advance for your support of our learning to put our faith into action. 

 A Fellowship Committee Meeting will be held today immediately after worship in the Mustard Seed Room to discuss and plan for upcoming events.  Anyone interested in joining the committee is welcome to attend. 

A John’s Meals meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 17, at 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.

A Special Concert (Lady Concert), featuring the all-male a cappella group, ‘Drop The Octave,’ from Gettysburg College, will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 38 North High Street, Arendtsville, this evening at 7 p.m.  “Drop The Octave” (DTO) is a really fantastic group of young men who give a wonderful musical performance!


Heating System Capital Campaign (As of Mar. 26)
Received one-time contributions $98,706
Monetary value of pledges received $33,300
Pledges received thus far in cash

Total cash received ($98,706 + $24,251)=



 *Since we are nearing completion of our goal, anything over and above will be placed in the capital improvement fund.

We Have All Known The Power And Promise Of Prayers – especially when others pray for us in times of need. It has been decided to send notes to people for whom we are praying; ones who are not Zion members.  So if you are placing someone on the prayer list, if possible have the address ready so it can be communicated via the prayer chain.  Obviously this will not be possible or desirable in every case.  Lois has agreed to send the cards.

A Chicken BBQ will benefit Boy Scout Troop #71. It will be held on Saturday, April 21, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Biglerville.  The $9 meal includes ½ chicken, roll with butter, baked beans, apple sauce, and a beverage (take-out only).  For advance tickets, call 717-321-4563.

Mark your calendars. . . Zion Is Having a Yard And Bake Sale on Friday, June 8, and Saturday, June 9.  Don’t start bringing your items in just yet, as we have no place to store them.  But as you are doing your spring cleaning, keep in mind your “junk” may be someone else’s treasure.  More details to come.

Zion’s Financial Data

Income through March – $42,650.65

Expenses through March – $50,612.08

Deficit – $7,961.43

 The Flower Chart is posted in the vestibule.  Dates available are May 6; June 17, 24; July 8, 22, 29; August 5, 12, 26; September 9; and December 2, 9.   Please sign up.  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.

 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 will be providing 100 cups each month and they may be placed in the cupboard in the rear of the church.  Any questions, please see Chris.  As always, thank you so much for your faithful support of this ministry.

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

Greeters are needed for April 29, May 20, and the entire month of June.

(Bulletin Sponsorship is $15 per Sunday. Please place your remittance designated for Bulletins in the offering plate.)

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 last quarter of 2017, Zion received $344. Please place donations in plastic bags before dropping them into the bin.  After your yard sales, consider donating unsold appropriate items to the bin.

Coming Up Next Week:

Apr. 15, Fellowship cmte mtg, Mustard seed rm, 10:15 am

Apr.15, Confirmation, St. Paul’s Lutheran, 6:00 pm

Apr. 17, John’s Meals mtg, F. H., 6:30 pm

Apr. 18, What’s Cookin’, Trinity Lutheran, 6:00 pm

Apr. 18, Choir practice, Sanctuary, 7:30 pm

Apr. 21, South Mountain Ramblers

 Looking Forward:

Apr. 22, Gettysburg Assoc annual mtg, Redeemers UCC, 3:45 pm

Apr. 23, Consistory mtg, Zion Hse, 7:00 pm

Apr. 25, Knitting/crocheting, Mustard seed room, 6:30 pm

Apr. 29, Face of America bike ride, Host at Barlow Fire Co

May 14, Ladies breakfast, Apple Bin, 9:00 am

May 15, Book Club, Mustard seed room, 7:00 pm