Worship: August 1, 2021

 

ZION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

22 Gettysburg Street  Box 538

Arendtsville, Pennsylvania

Tenth Sunday After Pentecost

August 1, 2021

9:00 am

Livestream link:  Zion UCC Sunday Service Livestream – August 1 2021

 

W E L C O M E

Dear visitors, welcome and thank you for joining us at Zion UCC! Our hope is that you will feel encouraged by today’s service and that you will experience the love and peace of Jesus Christ. If you have any questions or need spiritual guidance, please find me at the end of the service.

Rev. Heather

 

Prelude: “O Worship the King”, Dan Forrest, att. To J. M. Haydn, ©2015 Lorenz Publishing

Announcements

Chime Interlude: “Just As I Am, Without One Plea”, public domain

Call to Worship

Leader: We gather as God’s community,

All: for we are the Body of Christ.

Leader: We come as gifted people,

All: to worship our God.

Leader: We come as a community,

All: to be strengthened in our gifts.

Leader: We come united as friends of the one spirit,

All: who calls us to hope and to build each other up in love.

Leader: Come, let us worship.

 

Opening Prayer:

 Leader:  Generous Giver of Life, you, who with each sunrise, breaks open a love that renews and sustains all of creation,

All:  come to us in this place, creating a renewed hunger for generous lives of spirit and human goodness.

Leader:  For it is in the name of Jesus, our bread of life, that we ask. Amen.

 

Hymn: #664 “Morning Has Broken”, text Eleanor Farjeon 1931, Gaelic melody, arr. Beverly Howard, ©2012 Beverly A. Howard

Prayer of Confession:

Leader: God, we confess our ordinary faults – the friend we did not call, the smile withheld, the road rage – real even if not verbal – the gossip spread, the unnecessary critical word, the time wasted, the new year’s resolution already broken.  Please forgive us and make us sensitive, aware, and caring, in Christ’s name.  Amen.

 

ASSURANCE OF GOD’S LOVE

Leader: The good news is that God never casts us away; we are always present to God. Through Jesus, our lives are rebuilt and granted restoration, renewal, and nourishment that never perish. Let this knowledge nourish you and give life to you and, through you, the world.

PRAISE VERSICLE 

  Leader: Lift up your hearts!

All: Let God be praised!

 

   PRAISE RESPONSE “I Woke Up This Morning” African American spiritual, arr. Jeffrey Radford, 1983

 

SCRIPTURE READING: Ephesians 4:  1-16

 Message

 

 Top Twelve Countdown # 5: “Be Still My Soul” #819, Katharina von Schlegel 1752, Jean Sibelius 1899, public domain

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer (Sins/Sinned)

PRAYER RESPONSE 

“Breathe on Me, Breath of God” #286, vs. 1, Edwin Hatch 1878, Robert Jackson 1888, public domain

Breathe on me, Breath of God, fill me with life anew,

That I may love what thou dost love and do what thou wouldst do.

 

Offering

Leader:  God is good!

People:  All the time!

Leader:  All the time!

People:  God is good!

 

Vocal Solo: “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty”, J. Neander, public domain

Soloist:  Dan W.

 

Doxology: #647 “Give Thanks”

Henry Smith, ©1978 Integrity’s Hosanna! Music; CCLI #1149146

Give Thanks with a grateful heart; give thanks to the Holy One.

Give thanks because we’re given Jesus Christ, the Son. (repeat these two lines)

And now let the weak say, “We are strong”; let the poor say, “We are rich

Because of what the Lord has done for us!” (repeat these two lines)

Give thanks.  Give thanks.

 

Prayer of Dedication

As God has granted gifts to us, so we bring these gifts to God. Bless the giver of each of the gifts presented here, but even more, encourage us to grow the gifts that lie within us, so we can be talented servants of God in this time and this place. Amen.

 

THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION

CENTERING FOR COMMUNION #701 “Lord, Prepare Me”, John Thompson & Randy Scruggs, arr. Nylea Butler-Moore, ©1982 Full Armor Music Publishing Co.

INVITATION

Come, household of God: Alien and well-known, stranger and familiar. Know that God has called you to this place and said all are welcome. We are all a part of this community; let us all share in this sacrament together.

 

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING

 

Leader: One God, holy and good, we have been united with you through the life and ministry, death and resurrection, of Jesus the Christ.

We come from different places and bring our different ideas and stories to this

place. You welcome us and proclaim to the world that we all are connected, that we all belong.  Now, may we who are united by your Spirit experience your presence in a bold and new way.

At his last meal with his friends Jesus called them and us to remember, and so we do that now. We remember:  how Jesus took bread, gave thanks to you, broke it, and shared it among them.

People: One loaf, broken for all.

Later Jesus took a cup, and again gave you thanks, and shared that with them.

People:  One cup, shared for all.

“These are my body and blood,” he said. “Whenever you share in this meal Remember me.”

People: One God, remembered by all.

 

THE BLESSING

Leader: Therefore, bless now, by your Word and Spirit, both us and these gifts of bread and wine, that in receiving them at this time, and offering here our faith and praise, we may be united with Christ and one another, and remain faithful to the tasks he sets before us.

 

BREAKING BREAD AND POURING WINE

Through the broken bread we participate in the body of Christ

Through the cup of blessing, we participate in the new life Christ gives.

These are the gifts of God for you the people of God.  Come, for all things are now ready.

 

SHARING THE ELEMENTS

The body of Christ, broken for us all.

The Cup of the New Covenant poured out for you.

 

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

Let us pray:

Eternal God, you have called your people from east and west and north and south to feast at the table of Jesus Christ.  We thank you for Christ’s presence and for the spiritual food of Christ’s body and blood.  Go with us to the streets, to our homes, and to our places of labor and leisure that whether we are gathered or scattered, we may be the servant church of the servant Christ, in whose name we rejoice to pray.  Amen.

 

Closing Hymn #526 “Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ”, Fred Kaan, Jamaican folk melody, adapt. Doreen Potter, ©1975 Hope Publishing Co.

 

Blessing

Choral Benediction:  #546 “Lord Dismiss Us With Your Blessing”, vs. 1, J. Fawcett, 1773, public domain

Chime Meditation: “Lamb of God”, Twila Paris, ©1985 Mountain Spring Music

Postlude: “Rise Up and Serve the Lord”, Patricia Lou Harris, based on Festal Song, ©1997 Lorenz Publishing

 

The altar flowers are given to the glory of God and in honor of Ivanna S.’s 19th birthday.

 

 

Coming Up This Week:

Aug. 1          Worship with Communion                   Sanctuary                9:00 a.m.

Bake Sale at McDannell’s Farm Mkt   After worship

Aug. 3          Lectio Divina                                       Sanctuary                7:00 p.m.

 

Looking Forward:

Aug. 8          Worship                                               Sanctuary                9:00 a.m.

Aug. 9          Altar Guild mtg                                    Church                    3:00 p.m.

Aug. 10        Lectio Divina                                       Sanctuary                7:00 p.m.

 

Prayer Requests:  Remember to send your prayer requests via email to the church office by Friday evening to have them included in the Sunday service.

Rev. Heather encourages Zion’s members to offer a welcome by signing the gift book which will be given to Zion’s newest member after the baptism on August 15th.  The book is in the back of church.

Keep Your Soda Can Tabs coming:  Just put them in the barrel on the credenza in the back of church to benefit the Ronald McDonald House.

Bake Sale following worship at McDannell’s Farm Market today!  Satisfy your sweet tooth and help fund headsets for Upper Adams students!

Lectio Divina – This new spiritual discipline starts August 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in the Mustard Seed Room.  Lectio is a time where we read scripture, share a word from the passage that is meaningful to each individual, and what you can take away from the scripture for the week.  Afterwards, we will pray together.   It will continue on August 10th, 17th, and 24th.  Walk-ins welcome!

 

3rd Annual Ice Cream Walk – “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!” On Aug. 24th don’t miss the chance to try samples from five of Gettysburg’s ice cream shops and help support Healthy Adams County and the Adams County Literacy Council.  One can even get a little exercise walking from shop to shop!  Tickets are $10.  Join the group from Zion in the parking lot behind Mr. G’s Gift Shop at 3 PM or go at your own time and pace.  Please sign up on the clipboard on the credenza at the back of the sanctuary by Aug. 9th.  Payment should be made to Debra S.

 

New Ministry at Zion!  Sometimes, it’s those little unexpected kindnesses that make the biggest impact in our lives.  Sometimes, a little bit of help is all we need to get us moving on that forward-looking path.  Sometimes, it’s that feeling of validation that gives us peace and sparks hope when our struggles are recognized and acknowledged.  And sometimes, it is in the act of giving where we find our purpose and our strength; where we find the Holy Spirit “washing” our hearts, unleashing the suds of love to the world.

Enthusiastic to share that cleansing vibe, Zion’s Mission Committee is excited to announce a laundromat ministry in Arendtsville!  Each week, Zion will leave 5

baggies at the laundromat, filled with a detergent pod, 2 dryer sheets, $3.00 in quarters, and a note that says: “This load is on us.”  You can help by donating money, detergent pods, and dryer sheets.  Checks may be made out to “Zion UCC” with “Laundry Ministry” on the memo line.  A laundry tin (for quarters) will be on the credenza and a tub will be in the back of the church for detergent pods and dryer sheets.   Let generous, foaming bubbles of love seep out of Zion and overflow Arendtsville!

Please note Ladies Breakfast Change:  After consideration of the most recent CDC guidelines due to the prevalence of the Delta variant of Covid-19, Zion’s ladies will NOT be meeting in August at the Apple Bin.  Hope to see you in September.

Amazon Smile!  Good news – as you shop on Amazon, you can now contribute to Zion!  Just go to smile.amazon.com and choose Zion U.C.C. as your designated charity, and then do your shopping.  Amazon contributes a certain percentage of your purchase price to your charity.

Blessing of the Backpacks:  Don’t forget – Rev. Heather will be blessing backpacks, lunch boxes, laptop bags, anything you’re taking back to school – on August 22nd during worship.  Get a good start to your school year!

School Supplies for Hoffman Academy:  Zion will once again be purchasing school supplies for the Hoffman Academy, the school at Hoffman Homes.  Look for the display board in the back of the church and samples of the items being requested.  Each slip of paper on the board will list an item and the cost (between $20 and $25) and where it can be purchased.  Feel free to take as many slips as you are able!  Please return purchases no later than Sunday, August 22. If you’d rather not shop, Jo M. can do the shopping for you!  She will gladly accept your cash or checks made out to her.  You could also mail her your check.  Thank you for your support of this very worthwhile project!

Scripture directs us to make a joyful noise unto the Lord, and Zion needs help to do that!  We are searching for a new choir director and new organist, so please use your networking skills to spread the word.

Visitors – We’re glad you stopped in.  Don’t forget to help yourselves to a welcome packet on the credenza in the back of church!