Worship: April 2, 2017

Sunday, April 2, 2017

5th Sunday in Lent

Son of God, Chapter 25 of The Story

 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


The wheel of the church year has turned to Lent. In Advent we moved from darkness into the light, during Epiphany we celebrated the revelation of the light of Christ to all the world, and now in Lent we move from light into the darkness of Good Friday.  To symbolize this journey we have six candles on the altar, representing the 6 Sundays between Ash Wednesday and Easter.  Each Sunday we will extinguish another candle as the passion of Christ draws near.


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.

 Praise Opening:   “In the Lord I’ll Be Ever Thankful”…………….#654

*Call To Worship

One:       Wait and watch for God!

All:         Even when we feel in the depths of death and despair?

One:       Wait and watch for God!  God never fails us.

All:         Even when life seems like a night that never ends?

One:       Wait and watch for God!  In God there is constant love and kindness.

All:         We will wait and watch with hope.

*Hymn: “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” ………………..#223


All:         God of Jesus, who shared our humanity, keep us company on this Lenten journey so that we may find the path to life.  Amen.                                

 We Recognize Our Brokenness

Call To Confession:    “Were You There”……..#228, v. 1

Prayer Of Confession

Leader:   Life-giving God, your creative love and energy surround us, renewing and regenerating a planet that continues to evolve.  New life confronts us:  we notice signs of spring and the profusion of summer growth, the abundance of autumn and the tenacity of life in winter.  We praise you for a world of beauty and wonder that reflect your care and faithfulness.  Yet we are also confronted by death:  accidents and disease separate us from loved ones, forest life and farmland are destroyed by industry and development; cultures and languages disappear and people lose their sense of identity.  We acknowledge the grief and anger that are often part of loss; we wrestle with unanswered questions and feelings of despair.  We own our tendency to give up on faith when life no longer makes sense; or to attack the people who seem to be responsible.

All:         We remember Jesus who declared, “I am the resurrection and the life,” yet wept at the death of a friend.  Come, O Spirit!  Bring us comfort and courage when death stares us in the face.  Come, O Spirit!  Give us strength and new energy to resist the powers of destruction and despair that undermine life. (A time for silent prayers of confession.)

Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

One:       God does not abandon us to death and despair.  Whatever our past, whatever our fears for the future, we are surrounded by God’s compassion and steadfast love.  In God we find forgiveness and mercy.  The Spirit of Christ within you brings you life.

All:         Thanks be to God!

Reading Of The Scripture:   Romans 6: 1-11 (N.T., pg. 146)

A Time For Children

 Anthem: “Let My Heart Be Quiet”…………………Schopf

 We Reflect on New Possibilities

 Gospel Reading:   John 11: 1-44 (pg. 98); (The Story – Chapter 25, pg. 358)

Message For This Day

Affirmation Of Faith

One:       We affirm our faith together.

All:         We believe in the steadfast love of God, whose willingness to hear is greater than our despair; whose power to forgive is greater than our sin; we trust in this God to save us.  We believe in Jesus Christ, who wept in anger and grief; who faced life with hope and death with courage; at his command the bonds of death are untied; in him we find life and resurrection.  We believe in the Spirit of God, who breathes new life into dead bones; who dwells in us and brings us hope; who forms us into the people of God, always alive to new possibilities; this is the Spirit who dwells in us. 

Hymn:   “O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High”…………#618

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

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

We Go Forth to Live Transformed Lives

*Closing Hymn: “Our God, Our Help in Ages Past”………….#687

 * Our Lenten Journey To The Cross

Scripture predicts the passion of Christ:   Matthew 17: 22-23 (N.T., pg. 18) (We will extinguish five candles.)


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: “Nothing Can Trouble”……..……#820

*Chime Meditation


*Where noted, please stand if able.      



Next Week:

“Hour of Darkness,” Chapter Twenty-Six of The Story – or – Matthew 26-27; Mark 14-15; Luke 22-23; John 13-14; 16-19

April’s Proverb:  

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

Trivia Nite will be this evening at 6:00 p.m.  Why not gather a team and join us?  Any questions, see Gina.

 It’s Here, It’s Here. . . Our “Filled Basket” Fundraiser!  Starting today, and continuing all the 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!

 THE MISSION COMMITTEE will meet on Monday, April 3, at 7:00 p.m. at Zion House.

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

Lenten Study – We will be joining our UACT partners for our last Wednesday evening “Soup Supper and Study.” We gather on April 5 at 5:15 for soup at Trinity Arendtsville (come when you can if that is too early) and begin the study at 6:00 p.m.  The goal is to finish before 7:00 p.m. so folks can get to choir practice, if needed.

An Egg Hunt will be held on Palm Sunday, April 9. Sunday School classes will be held until 10:50.  Then the egg hunt begins!  Please sign your Easter Egg “hunters” up on the sign-up sheet in the Main Sunday School room.  Candy donations will be accepted until today.

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. or call her for tickets or information.

 Zion’s Financial Data

Income through March – $45,421.80

Expenses through March – $56,792.79

Deficit – $11,370.99

John’s Meals Financial Donations. Please do not include a John’s Meals donation in the same check as your church contribution.

The 2017 Flower Chart is posted in the vestibule.  Available dates are April 23, 30; May 28; June 18; July 2, 9; Aug. 13; September 3; October 29; November 12; and December 17. 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 Bair’s Flower Basket with a florist’s choice $35 arrangement cost.

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 Budget.  For the fourth quarter, $160 was received. Please place donations in plastic bags before dropping them into the bin.  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 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 Gina or Chris.  As always, thank you so much for your faithful support of this ministry. (We are no longer collecting canned meat for the food pantry at Centenary.)

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

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

Coming Up Next Week:

Apr 2, Trivia nite, 6:00 pm

Apr 2, Confirmation, St. Paul’s Lutheran, 6:00 pm

Apr 3, Mission cmte mtg, Zion Hse, 7:00 pm

Apr 5, Soup supper and study, Trinity Lutheran, Arendtsville, 5:15 pm

Apr 5, Choir practice, Sanctuary, 7:30 pm


Looking Forward:

Apr 9, Children sing during worship, 9:00 am

Apr 9, Egg hunt, 10:50 am

Apr 10, Ladies’ breakfast, Apple Bin, 9:00 am

Apr 13, Maunday Thursday service and seder supper, Fellowship hall, 6:30 pm

Apr 14, Good Friday service, 7:30 pm

Apr 16, Sunrise service, Fairview Cemetery, 6:15 am

Apr 16, Worship with communion; no Sunday School, 9:00 am

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 22, Church work day

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