Worship: April 16, 2017, Easter Sunday

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter:   Christ Is Risen

 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 light a light in the name of God who lit the world and breathed the breath of life into us.

People:  We light a light in the name of the Son who saved the world and stretched out His hand to me.

Leader:   We light a light in the name of the Spirit who encompasses the world and blesses our soul with yearning.

All:         We will light three lights for the Trinity of love:  God above us, God beside us, God beneath us; the beginning, the end, the everlasting one.

 Introit:   “An Easter Jubilee”…………………Nix/Graham

 *Call To Worship

One:       Christ is risen!

All:         Christ is risen indeed!

One:       The shadows have gone and the day has dawned!

All:         Alleluia!

One:       The stone has been rolled away and Christ is alive!

All:         Alleluia!

One:       Our sorrow is turned to joy!

All:         Alleluia!

One:       Christ is risen!

All:         Christ is risen indeed!  Alleluia!

*Hymn: “Jesus Christ Is Risen Today” ………………..…#232


One:       God of life, thank you for the night:  for those who kept watch through its long hours; for the gift of sleep, and the refreshment of dreams; for your faithful presence that keeps us company when we are not aware of you;

All:         Thank you, God of life!

One:       God of life, thank you for this new day:  for the song of birds, the early morning bustle of city streets, and the brightening sky; for this day of all days when we celebrate the risen Christ;

All:         Thank you, God of life!

One:       God of life, thank you for the message of Easter: for the affirmation of your steadfast love; for the presence of the One who overcame death; for the promise of life still to be revealed;

All:         Thank you, God of life!

 We Recognize Our Brokenness

Leader:   Good Friday is past, we celebrate on this side of the cross, and we speak of life from death.  Come now to the feast of life that takes all our past and redeems it with life.  Come to the table for the host is waiting with the bread of life and the cup of salvation.

Prayer Of Confession

One:       God of life, creation shouts your presence,

All:         but we do not always know where to find you.

One:       God of life, your Spirit is in all who love and do good,

All:         but we do not always recognize you.

One:       God of life, your promises give us hope and confidence,

All:         but we do not always understand or believe.  (A time for silent prayers of confession.)

 Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

One:       The God of love does not give us over to death but offers us life; the Spirit of Jesus gives us a song of joy to sing.

All:         We are witnesses to the life of the risen Christ!  Alleluia!

Reading Of The Scripture: Colossians 3: 1-4 (N.T., pg. 190)

A Time For Children

Anthem:       “I Will Sing”…………….…  Boswell/Farren

Reading Of The Gospel:   John 20: 1-18 (N.T., pg. 108)

We Reflect On New Possibilities

Message For This Day

Affirmation Of Faith

All:         We believe in an Easter God who creates and re-creates, who gives abundant life and is with us through all that life may bring.  We believe in Christ of the Resurrection who appeared to his disciples and became present in a new way to those who follow him.  We believe in the Spirit foretold by Jesus who came with power and wonders who gives strength and consolation and empowers us.  Amen.

 *Hymn:   “The Day of Resurrection!”……………………..#233

 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:   God of life, you invite us to share life.  We offer these gifts of good and money and pray that they may bring life and hope to those who receive them.  Amen.

The Order Of Holy Communion


*Thanksgiving Prayer

Leader:   Jesus—companion and Saviour—unfolder of alleluias, bread-breaker, life-giver, grave-dancer, wine-sharer, stone-roller, gardener, returned.  Here is our thanksgiving gathering with all those who have ever gathered round this table meeting your promise in this story that pulls death from the world and redeems it with life.  May this bread break open your wondrous story.  As we share it we give thanks for what has been done for us.  May this wine spill your promise into the world.  As we share it we give thanks for what you have done for us.  Great God of resurrection bringing life from death,  light from shadows,  adventures from question, authenticity from lies,  we sing with all the angels,

All:         Holy, holy, holy God of new and transforming life heaven and earth are full of your glory, hosanna in the highest.  Blessed is the one who comes in your name, O God:  hosanna in the highest.

Leader:   In our thanksgiving may we live as the Body of Christ within the new covenant sealed for all for the forgiveness of sins.  We remember Jesus the Christ always. (Please be seated.)

 Prayer Of Consecration

Preparation Of The Elements

 Sharing Of The Elements (Please note the wine is in the outer ring and the grape juice is in the inner rings. The round wafers are gluten-free.  Please hold each element so we may eat and drink together.)

*Prayer Of Thanksgiving

All:…….. Gracious God, we praise, worship and adore you for the food received at your table.  You have sent your Holy Spirit among us to make our meal at this table a memorial of our Lord Jesus Christ.  We go from here, strengthened, refreshed, and empowered by your Spirit to make our living and working, our loving and doing and thinking, a true and joyful ministry in your name.  Amen.

We Go Forth To Live Transformed Lives

*Closing Hymn: “Thine Is the Glory” ……………………….#238


One:       We cried to God from the depths

All:         and God heard our voice.

One:       We came with our burdens, bound by our fears,

All:         and stand redeemed.

One:       We leave this place with hope

All:         released to serve a living God.

One:       Go in the strength of God who shows steadfast love, in the courage of Christ who shares our humanity, and in the companionship of the Spirit who gives life.

*Choral Benediction: “Hallelujah Chorus”…………………………Handel

Choir and congregation

*Chime Meditation


*Where noted, please stand if able.                                          


April’s Proverb:   When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when the wicked rule, the people groan.     Proverbs 29: 2

 It’s Here, It’s Here. . . Our “Filled Basket” Fundraiser!  Continuing the entire month of April, our beautifully filled baskets are on display at the rear of the sanctuary.  Immediately after worship on Sunday, May 7, the winners will be drawn.  This year our proceeds will go toward Capital Improvements.  So make sure you are in church in April for a chance to take one of these lovely baskets home!

A John’s Meals Board Meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 18, at 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.

Zion’s Financial Data

Income through March – $45,421.80

Expenses through March – $56,792.79

Deficit – $11,370.99

Calling All Cooks!   The Arendtsville Lions Club is sponsoring Springfest on April 29 from 11-5 at the South Mt Fairgrounds. A chili cook off is just one of the activities, and Zion is looking for a team to participate! If interested, please contact:  DEB_GIBBONS@HOTMAIL.COM to register and for the rules. Other activities include an antique/hot rod car show, wine tasting, music by Don’t Tell, food, vendors, and family fun. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the gate, and $5 for kids 6-12.  See Kim J. for tickets or information.

 Coming Up Next Week:

Apr 17, Property cmte mtg, Zion Hse, 7:00 pm

Apr 18, John’s Meals board mtg, Fellowship hall, 6:30 pm

Apr 18, Book Club, Mustard seed rm, 7:00 pm

Apr 19, What’s Cookin’, Trinity Lutheran, Arendtsville, 5:15 pm

Apr 19, Choir practice, Sanctuary, 7:30 pm

Apr 22, Church work day

Looking Forward:

Apr 23, Gettysburg Assoc. annual spring mtg, Bethel UCC, Hanover, 3:00 pm

Apr 23, Confirmation, St. Paul’s Lutheran, 6:00 pm

Apr 24, Knitting/crocheting club, Mustard seed rm, 6:30 pm

Apr 24, Consistory, Zion Hse, 7:00 pm

Apr 29, Church work day rain date

Apr 29, South Mountain Ramblers, Pine Plantation at King’s Gap

Apr 30, Face of America Bike Ride