Worship: April 9, 2017 (Palm Sunday)

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Palm Sunday

The Story: Chapter Twenty-Five, Jesus – The Son Of God

 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 and Palm Sunday. 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.

Introit:   “Hosanna To the Son of David”………….Barrett/Pethel

 *Call To Worship

One:       Rejoicing with the followers of Jesus, we wave palms.

All:         Let us prepare the way of the one who comes in the name of our God.

One:       Welcome Jesus, riding in humility, raising our hopes for renewal!

All:         Let us prepare the way of the one who comes in the name of our God.

One:       Hosanna in the highest, blessed is the one who comes in the name of God.

All:         Let us prepare the way of the one who comes in the name of our God.

*Hymn: “Hosanna, Loud Hosanna”…………#197


Leader:   Deep Spirit, present within all things, we gather as a people, alive with hopes, fears, longings, joy, and weariness.  We come in worship, we come in community, we come in expectant vulnerability.  In peace, may we continue our journey from Lent into Holy Week.  May worship be filled with a sense of wonder, a sense of fragile longing about the events to come, a sense of what it means to be part of our sacred humanity.  In the Spirit of Jesus we pray.

We Recognize Our Brokenness

Call To Confession

Leader:   Like the people who greeted Jesus as he entered Jerusalem and then later pronounced “Crucify him,” we are fickle people who often deny Christ in our thoughts, words, and deeds.  Remembering the events of Jesus’ last week helps us see ourselves for what we are:  sinners in need of a Savior, a Savior—praise God—we have in Christ.  In honesty and hope, we confess now our sins to God.

 Prayer Of Confession

Leader:   Gracious God, having heard your Word, we thankfully remember the life of our Lord Jesus Christ on this earth.  Yet we also acknowledge our failure to respond earnestly and faithfully to his witness.  We often mistake Jesus for a mere earthly king, friendly companion, or problem-solver, failing to see him as the ruler of all creation.  We do not appreciate the depth of his passion and sacrifice on the cross, failing to acknowledge him as our way of salvation.  Even in this Lenten season, we have not walked faithfully in the way of Jesus Christ.  Forgive us, we pray, and bring us ever more fully into the joy of union with Jesus Christ, our Lord.

All:         Amen.   (A time for silent prayers of confession.)

Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

Leader:   Hear the Word of the Lord from Psalm 118:  Let those who fear the Lord say, “His steadfast love endures for ever.”  Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free.  The Lord is our strength and our song; he has become our salvation.  We shall not die, but we shall live, and recount the deeds of the Lord.  In Christ, God answers us and sets us free!  In Christ, we are forgiven!  Thanks be to God.

 Reading Of The Scripture:   Psalm 118: 1-2, 19-29 (O.T., pg. 534); Philippians 2: 5-11 (N.T., pg. 186)

A Time For Children

Anthem: “The Entry Into Jerusalem”…………………Thompson

 We Reflect on New Possibilities

 Gospel Reading:   Matthew 21: 1-13 (N. T., pg. 21)

Message For This Day

 *Hymn: “A Cheering, Chanting, Dizzy Crowd”………………..#200

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

We Go Forth to Live Transformed Lives

 *Closing Hymn: “Beneath the Cross of Jesus”…………….#216


Leader:   Hear us on our Easter journey, O God.  A journey through the knotted experience of shadows and light, of pain and joy, of friendship and betrayal.  May we hold this story of Passion Sunday close to our hearts this week, having it teach us eternal truths of the human condition and God’s eternal grace.  Go in peace, go with wisdom, go in community.  Amen. 

Our Lenten Journey To The Cross

Scripture predicts the passion of Christ:   Matthew 21: 42-46 (N.T., pg. 23) (We will extinguish six candles.)

 *Choral Benediction: “Stay with Me”………….………#204

*Chime Meditation


*Where noted, please stand if able.      


Next Week:

“The Resurrection,” Chapter Twenty-Seven of The Story – or – Matthew 27-28; Mark 16; Luke 24; John 19-21

April’s Proverb:  

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

Proverbs 29: 2

An Egg Hunt will be held today. Sunday School classes will be held until 10:50.  Then the egg hunt begins!

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!

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

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

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

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.)

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.)

Labels For Education Update. Campbell’s reports that due to recent decline in their Labels for Education program, they have decided to wind down the program over the next year.  From now until August 2017, only UPCs with the Labels for Education logo will be accepted and be able to be redeemed for points.  Campbell’s has begun the process of removing the Labels for Education logo, and state that there will be a limited number of products that contain these labels in stores through August 2017.  Zion’s Sunday School currently has 10,204 points banked in our account, and have a goal to reach 25,000 by August for our third and final $250 Visa Gift Card to be used towards Sunday School activities for Zion’s children.  Now is the time to check your pantry shelves, grab a pair of scissors, and clip those UPC codes with the Labels for Education logo off of those emergency cans of Campbell’s soups, Prego pasta sauces, Pepperidge farm products, Swanson broths, etc.  Please bring in any stashes of labels you have at home, and drop them in the square, red Labels for Education boxes located in the vestibule upon entering the sanctuary, or on the side table in the main Sunday

School room.  Zion’s kids thank you for your help in wrapping up this project successfully over the next few months!

Coming Up Next Week:

Apr 9, Egg hunt, 10:50 am

Apr 9, Confirmation, St. Paul’s Lutheran, 6:00 pm

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

Apr 12, Choir practice, Sanctuary, 7:30 pm

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

Apr 14, Good Friday service, 7:30 pm

Looking Forward:

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

May 7, New member Sunday, 9:00 am