Worship: April 30, 2017

Sunday, April 30, 2017

The Story, Chapter 28: New Beginnings

 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

Prelude

Announcements

Candle Lighting Liturgy For Easter Season

Leader:   We light a light in the name of the God who brought glory to the world in the brightness of God’s Son, Jesus.

People:  We light a light in the name of Jesus, who pierced the darkness of our lives, with his love.

Leader:   We light a candle as we call on the Holy Spirit to bind us together in love.

All:         Shine on us, Lord Jesus, in the new life of your resurrection.

Response: “I Love You, Lord”……………………#627

 *Call To Worship                                                               

One:       God of our journeys, we meet in your presence.

All:         We are called by your love.

One:       Open our hearts and minds to your presence in our worship, in the scriptures, and in each other.

All:         We are called by your love.

 *Hymn: “In the Bulb There Is a Flower”. ………………#250

 *Invocation

One:       O God, we gather with open hearts ready to receive the new life you give.  Open our eyes, we pray, that your presence might be revealed in the community that is gathered here, and in the love that is  shared.  Amen.

We Recognize Our Brokenness

Prayer Of Confession

Leader:   Forgive us for the times we have imposed burdens of guilt or shame on others, instead of proclaiming the freedom that you offer each of us.

People:  Forgive us for the times we have not offered hospitality to others, and for the times we have missed opportunities to meet you in one another.

Leader:   Forgive us for the times we as a community of faith have turned people away from God by our misinterpretation or misuse of scripture.

People:  Forgive us when we exclude others; remind us that your promise is for all.  Amen.   (A time for silent prayers of confession.)

 Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

One:       Our gracious God extends forgiveness to each of us.  When we turn toward God, God frees us from the heaviness of guilt and grants us open and forgiving hearts to trust in God’s grace and justice.  Our eyes are opened to recognize the presence of the risen Christ in each other.

All:         Thanks be to God!  Amen.

Reading Of The Gospel:   Luke 24: 13-35 (N.T., pg. 84)

A Time For Children

Anthem:       “In Christ Alone”……………Townsend/Getty

We Reflect On New Possibilities

Reading Of The Story:  The Story Chapter 28 (pp. 399-401), or Acts 9:19 (NT p 119)

Message For This Day

*Hymn: “Today We All Are Called to Be Disciples”……………..#757

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

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

 *Prayer Of Dedication

One:       God of our journey, empower us to be a community of invitation, of welcome, and of hospitality.  May we respond to your presence in our lives by walking alongside others; especially those who walk in the shadow of suffering of any kind, those who are bereaved, and those who feel as though they walk alone.  Guide us to witness to your work in our lives and to the resurrections we have experienced in ways that deepen community and mutual love.  Amen.

We Go Forth To Live Transformed Lives

*Closing Hymn: “Christ Is Alive!”.. …………………..#246

 *Blessing

One:       May Christ who is with us in our joys and sorrows, at all times and in all places, shine the light of his resurrection on the road ahead, surround you with his grace, and uphold you with his peace and purpose for your lives.  Amen.

*Choral Benediction: “Go With Us, Lord”………………#748

*Chime Meditation

Postlude

*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

 Much Work Was Accomplished On Our April 22 Work Day. A huge thank you to the following for making that happen: Dan, Roger, Cindy, Wayne, Valerie, Tony, Bob, Jay, Bill, John, Jamie, Peggy Sue, Isabelle, Curt, Cooley, Craig, Deb, and Paul.

Congratulations To “Rather Be Bowling” who pulled out a win on the second tie breaker against “Snowball’s Chance.”  They made a donation of $285 to support McKenna Voss and her family during her fight against Bi-Phenotypic Acute Leukemia.  Mark your calendars…our next Trivia Nite will be Sunday, June 25.

 A Congregational Meeting concerning boiler replacement will be held on June 4. If you are not going to be in worship that day, please be sure you get a proxy ballot from the office. Details are forthcoming.

Mark Your Calendars. On June 11 we will worship at Oakside Park at 10 a.m. with a picnic to follow. Sign up sheet and details are forthcoming.

Our Filled Baskets will be on display until next Sunday.  Immediately after next Sunday’s worship, winners will be drawn.  This year our proceeds will go toward Capital Improvements.

 All Are Invited To Participate in walking to Fairview Cemetery on May 28 when the children lay loose flowers on the veterans’ graves.  Loose flowers will be accepted that morning.  If you can provide a snack upon the children’s return, please let Jessica know.

Ladies: Please Join Us For Breakfast on Monday, May 8, at 9:00 a.m. at the Apple Bin.

On Mother’s Day, May 14, all women are invited for light refreshments and flowers after church.  Please plan to join us in the back of the church to honor all of our special “mothers.”

The Next John’s Meals Executive Board Meeting is on Tuesday, May 16, at 6:30 p.m. in Zion’s Fellowship Hall.

 With John’s Meals joining under the UACT umbrella and its 501(c)3 status,  monetary donations may now be made payable to “UACT – John’s Meals” and made be put into the offering plate or mailed to: UACT, PO Box 593, Arendtsville PA 17303.

Totem Pole Playhouse Outing – Mark your calendars now for August 5 to attend the matinee performance of “Million Dollar Quartet,” the smash-hit musical inspired by the famed December 4, 1956, recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins inside the Sun Records’ recording studio in Memphis, Tennessee for one unforgettable night. The musical features a treasure trove of the greatest rock, rockabilly, gospel, R&B and country standards of the 1950s, over 20 hits such as “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” “See You Later, Alligator,” and “Blue Suede Shoes.”  Tickets will be available at a reduced rate and, if needed, transportation from Zion can be provided.  A sign-up sheet is available in the rear of the sanctuary. What better deal for a great afternoon at Caledonia and the Totem Pole!

If Anyone In Our Extended Family Of Needle Workers has finished a prayer shawl, please give it to one of our regularly attending knitters and crocheters for distribution.  The shawls created so far have been colorful and warm as has the conversation. at our monthly meetings!

 Zion’s Financial Data

Income through March – $45,421.80

Expenses through March – $56,792.79

Deficit – $11,370.99

The 2017 Flower Chart is posted in the vestibule.  Available dates are June 18; July 2; 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 The Flower Boutique 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

 Coming Up Next Week:

Apr 30, Face of America Bike Ride

Apr 30, Confirmation, St. Paul’s Lutheran, 6:00 pm

May 3, Choir practice, Sanctuary, 7:30 pm

 Looking Forward:

May 7, Volunteer recognition and new member Sunday, 9:00 am

May 7, Winners drawn for filled baskets

May 8, Ladies’ breakfast, Apple Bin, 9:00 am

May 9, Book Club, Mustard seed rm, 7:00 pm

May 16, John’s Meals executive board mtg,  FH, 6:30 pm

May 17, What’s Cookin’, Trinity Lutheran, 6:00 pm

May 21, Church chat for Sunday School parents, 10:15 am

May 22, Consistory mtg, Zion Hse, 7:00 pm

May 28, Children walk to cemetery; last day for Sunday School, 10:15 am