Worship: April 21, 2019

 Sunday, April 21, 2019

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 

Announcements

Prelude

Introit:   “An Easter Proclamation”………………………..…………Vivaldi/Fettke

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.

*Call To Worship

One: God has promised:  “I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind.

All: “Be glad and rejoice forever in what I am creating; for I am about to create Jerusalem as a joy, and its people as a delight.

One: “I will rejoice in Jerusalem and delight in my people; no more shall the sound of weeping be heard in it, or the cry of distress.

All: “No more shall there be in it an infant that lives but a few days, or an old person who does not live out a lifetime.

One: “They shall build houses and inhabit them.  They shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit.  Come, then, people of God, let us raise an “Alleluia” for the new thing God is doing in our lives.  Christ is risen.

All: He is risen indeed!

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

*Invocation

One: Today is a day for praise, Holy Creator!  So, we thank you!  For the new beginnings you have set before us – new opportunities, new adventures, new relationships, and new joys.

All: we thank you.

One: For the delight you have returned to each of us in our time – healing our hearts, our bodies, and Earth,

All: we thank you.

One: For the tears you have wiped from our eyes – the comfort you have sent to us through your beauty, your creatures, and your people,

All: we thank you.

One: And for coming to be among us as Jesus, the Christ, even when we did not and do not deserve such love,

All: we thank you!

One: We raise our Alleluias in thanksgiving, today, and give praise to you, Loving God!

All: Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Amen. 

We Recognize Our Brokenness

Prayer Of Confession

All: We confess, Eternal Creator, that even 2000 years later, we expect to find the tomb closed and full of the death we experience all around us.  We do not expect new life today.  We have arrived on this morning, like Mary, ready to be weighed down by the realities of our world.  We confess that part of our spirit remains unable to comprehend you right here, with us, risen.  Forgive us, we pray.  Amen.  (A time for silent prayers of confession.)  

Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

One: There is only one assurance we need today:  Christ is risen!  Christ is risen.  With open hearts, eyes, and minds, we believe the risen Christ is with us.  Christ has risen!  Alleluia.  Amen.  

Reading Of The Scripture:   Acts 10: 34-43 (N.T., pg. 121) 

Anthem:   “I Will Rise”………………………….……..…Giglio, Tomlin 

We Reflect On New Possibilities

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

Message For This Day                                  

*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.

Offertory   “Because He Lives, Amen” ……………………………………..Gaither 

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

*Prayer Of Dedication

One: On this day of celebration, we bring not only our offerings but also our lives.  We dedicate ourselves anew today to be the love that rises after death.  We dedicate our hearts to continuing to respond to a broken world with compassion and hope.  We dedicate our very souls to fulfilling your resurrection in the world.  Bless all these offerings, we pray.  Amen. 

The Order Of Holy Communion

*Welcome

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.  All are welcome at this table.

*Thanksgiving Prayer

Leader: Jesus—companion and Savior—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.  And so we proclaim the mystery of our faith:

All: Christ has died.

  Christ is risen.

  Christ will come again.  (Please be seated.) 

Words Of Institution 

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

*Blessing

One: Christ has risen to be among us in love and communion.  Let us now rise up to be in loving communion with God’s family and God’s creation.  Let us lift the wings of our joy and be a people of God celebrating God’s grace and goodness forever.  Amen.

*Choral Benediction: “Christ is Alive!”……..……..……#246, vs 1

*Chime Meditation

Postlude

Greeter And Bulletin Sponsorship Sign-Up Sheets for 2019 are on the credenza.     v(Bulletin Sponsorship is $15 per Sunday. Please place your remittance designated for Bulletins in the offering plate.)v

Sunday School Sign-Up – Sunday School is looking ahead! Sign-up sheets for 2019/2020 are now available in the book on the credenza in the rear of church as well as in the hallway outside the main Sunday School room.

First Annual UACT Day at the Park! – All local youth, their families, and friends are invited to Oakside Park to share in an afternoon of fun, games, food, and fellowship on May 5, 2019 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm! Location details and other information can be found in the flyers at the rear of church.

College Planning Strategies Workshop – Trinity Lutheran Church in Arendtsville is hosting a workshop on Sunday, May 19th, at 4:00 pm for parents with college-age children.  A Thrivent professional will present strategies for funding college and retirement.  Students and both parents should attend.  See flyers in back of church.

Nursery Attendants needed – Nursery attendants are needed for the month of May. Anyone with current clearances can sign up for this.  Please see the clipboard on the credenza in the back of church.

Chicken BBQ – Today is the last day to place an order for the Chicken BBQ on April 28th from 10 am to noon at Zion House (carry-out only)!  Each dinner will be $8.00 and include ½ chicken, potato chips, and applesauce.  The REACH group will also have desserts and beverages available at $1.00 each.  Order forms are in the back of church

Additional Sunday Money Counters needed! Looking for a volunteer opportunity? Consider being a money counter!  Counters have a rotating monthly schedule requiring 45 minutes after church.  No experience is necessary, although prior money handling is a plus.  Training is provided.  If interested, or for more information, please see or contact Barb or Donna .

Annual Bake Sale – Even as we greet spring, we look ahead to summer! Our annual bake sale will be held at McDannell’s Farm Market on July 28th.  More information and requests for donations will be coming from Valerie.  McDannell’s will also host a Peach Sundae event on August 4th to benefit the Biesecker family.

Email Addresses –Don’t forget to update your email address on the sign-up clipboard in the rear of the church if you have not already done so. 

Face of America Bike Ride – Zion will once again host the Barlow Rest Stop for the FOA Bike Ride on Sunday, May 5. Volunteers are needed to help set up the food/drinks and then meet and assist the riders, and a volunteer sign-up sheet is in the back of church.  Also needed are cookies by our wonderful bakers!  The riders really look forward to our delicious goodies.  There is a separate sign-up sheet for cookie donations. 

Adams County Arts Council – The Council is offering a limited number of scholarships for children to attend Eat Smart/Play Hard classes at the Arts Education Center this summer. Qualification is dependent on income level.  For more information, see the application form and brochure in the back of church.

Zion’s Financial Data

Income through March – $45,725.01

Expenses through March – $51,622.92

Deficit – $5,897.91