Worship: April 29, 2018

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Abiding in Love

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 Easter 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:   “I Love You, Lord“…………………….#627

*Call To Worship

One:       Jesus is the true vine.

All:         We are the branches.

One:       People of the loving vinegrower, we gather here to seek God’s care.  Open your hearts:  let God’s Spirit tend you, let God’s word cleanse you, let God’s commandment of love abide in you, let us avail to the loving attention of our God and be fruitful.

*Hymn: “When Peace like a River”……#840


One:       Loving God, we come together to reconnect to you, the source of love.  No one has ever seen God, but here, connected to one another, God lives in us.  Grafted again to the taproot of love in this time together, we strengthen ourselves to reach out like branches bearing good fruit to the world.  Abide with us in this time, O God, so that we will continue to abide in love now and always.  Amen.

We Recognize Our Brokenness

Prayer Of Confession

Leader:   God, you are the vinegrower and we are your branches.  We confess there are things in our lives that need to be removed and let go of in order for us to be our best and bear much fruit.

All:         You promise that perfect love will cast out fear, yet there are times when we are afraid.  We recall and confess those times when we have been overcome by fear.

Leader:   You tell us that your love has nothing to do with punishment, yet there are times when we long to punish those who do wrong, or long to be punished ourselves for our own wrong-doing.

All:         You tell us that love has no room for hate; yet when we see hateful things happen, or are the victims of hateful acts, hating back comes so naturally.  We recall and confess the times we give in to hate.

Leader:   You promise us that when we abide in you we will be bountiful and bear much fruit, yet there are times when we would rather go unchanged and unchallenged, rather than open our hearts to your transforming spirit.  We recall and confess at times we have chosen impoverishment over bounty.  Amen.   (A time for silent prayers of confession.)

Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

Leader:   The promise of God is clear – God sent Jesus into the world so that we might live.  When we abide in God, God abides in us.  When we love one another, God lives in us.  When we choose love, there is no fear.  Therefore, let God’s loving word cleanse us and free us of all that impoverishes our lives.  Open your hearts to receiving God’s bounty and blessing, and be made fruitful.

Reading Of The Scripture:  1 John 4: 7-21 (N.T., pg. 226)

Faith Lesson For All Ages

Anthem:   “Think About His Love w/Amazing Grace“…………Schram

Reading Of The Gospel:   John 15: 1-8 (N.T., pg. 103)

 We Reflect On New Possibilities

Message For This Day

 *Hymn: “Abide with Me”……………….……..#836

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 longs for all of us to live bountiful lives.  We share these gifts from the bounty with which we are blessed, in order that they may be a blessing to others.  Amen.

We Go Forth To Live Transformed Lives

*Closing Hymn: “We Give Thee but Thine Own” ……….#708


Leader:   We are the branches that seek to glorify God, to bear much fruit, to witness to God’s love revealed among us, to reveal the fullness of a life lived with compassion, devoid of fear and hate.  Leave all impoverishment here and go out in joy, for the spirit of the loving God abides with us this day and evermore.  Amen.

 *Choral Benediction: “I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me”…………#700, v. 1

*Chime Meditation


*Where noted, please stand if able.      


April’s Proverb:  

Those who mislead the upright into evil ways will fall into pits of their own making, but the blameless will have a goodly inheritance.                       Proverbs 28: 10

Window Air Conditioners Are Available. Available is one 16,500 BTU, one 12,000 BTU, and three 6,500 BTUs. Any church member interested should let Bob Vines or Kevin Cooley know.

 Join Us For A Maintenance Day on Saturday, May 12, at 8 a.m.

 Please Join In Planting The Seeds needed to grow and sustain our denomination by making a gift to the Strengthen the Church offering to be received on May 20.

 The Personnel Committee will meet on May 8 at 7:00 p.m. at Zion House.

Coming Soon: An Adult Study Session for our UACT churches:  “What difference does it make in our lives today, if we say we are a people of the Resurrection?”  This study highlights what Christians believe about the Resurrection, where we get those beliefs from, and how those beliefs shape our Christian practices. Join us at Zion UCC on Thursday evening at 6:30 on May 3, 10, 17, and 24.

 Sign up Sheets For Our Fall Sunday School are now available in the hallway outside the art room and in the sign up book on the credenza? See Jessica with questions.

 Zion’s Rummage/Bake Sale is quickly approaching!  Here are some details and things you need to know . . . You may start bringing your donations in any time after May 20.  Please place the items in Fellowship Hall (which is where the event will be held), being mindful not to interfere with John’s Meals.  Items that we would love to have . . . Housewares, small appliances and electronics in full working order, holiday decorations, CDs, DVDs, video games, towels, blankets, bed sheets, curtains, small furniture items, jewelry, pocketbooks/purses, toys, books, and children’s equipment.  You do not need to price or display your items, as we will take care of that for you.  Special Note:  We are only accepting children’s clothing (up to size 12) that is clean and in good condition.  No adult clothing/shoes; please use the Community Aid bin in the parking lot for those items.  Other unacceptable items include text books, encyclopedias, dictionaries, Reader’s Digest condensed books, etc.  We will also need baked goods for the bake sale, so use this prep time to get creative in the kitchen!  The dates for the rummage/bake sale are Friday, June 8 from 7:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m., and Saturday, June 9, from 7:00 a.m. till noon.  All proceeds will benefit our REACH mission trip to Vassar, Michigan.   

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

Greeters are needed for 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.)

 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. 

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.

 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 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.  . The 18-pkg boxes of single-serve Mac and Cheese is also a good donation. It is cheaper and easier to store (boxes).  Any questions, please see Chris.  As always, thank you so much for your faithful support of this ministry.

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

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

May 2, Choir practice, Sanctuary, 7:30 pm

May 3, UACT Bible Study, F. H., 6:30 pm

Looking Forward:

May 8, Personnel cmte mtg, Zion Hse, 7:00 pm

May 12, Maintenance Day, Zion, 8:00 am

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

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

May 16, What’s Cookin’, Trinity Lutheran, 6:00 pm

May 20, Communion and confirmands join church, 9:00 am

May 20, UACT joint confirmation service, Zion UCC, 3:00 pm

May 21, Consistory mtg, Zion Hse, 7:00 pm

May 27, Children walk to cemetery, 10:15 am

May 30, Knitting/crocheting, Mustard seed room, 6:30 pm