Worship: August 14, 2022

ZION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

22 Gettysburg Street  Box 538

Arendtsville, Pennsylvania

Tenth Sunday After Pentecost

August 14, 2022

Worship 9:00 a.m.

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Be Disciples, Make Disciples, Love All

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: “Starlight” by Linda Pratt, ©2007 by Linda Pratt, free music for non-commercial use

GREETINGS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

INTROIT: “Clouds” by Linda Pratt, ©2007 by Linda Pratt, free music for non-commercial use

CALL TO WORSHIP

As you entered into the worship space this morning there were obstacles   that you needed to pass through.  Yet, you are here.  You persevered.   And here we are!  For some people, every day involves living with obstacles.  Please join me in the call to worship:

ALL: God is with us!  Even when the way is hard God will be with us.

Leader:  Come, let us worship our God!

OPENING PRAYER

Gracious God, surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses we come before you in awe, grateful for your presence with your people throughout history and confident that you are with us.  In this time of worship, help us to set aside the things that are heavy upon us, and strengthen us to continue the work you have begun.  Amen.

*OPENING HYMN: #12 “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise”, Walter Chalmers Smith 1867, Welsh folk melody, public domain

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

ASSURANCE OF GOD’S LOVE

*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 1993, see insert

THE ORDER FOR HOLY BAPTISM

WELCOME

Members and friends in Christ, we gather now to celebrate the gift of Grace in

the Sacrament of Baptism.

 There is one body and one Spirit.

There is one hope in God’s call to us.

There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Creator of us all.

ADDRESS

Jesus came to John to be baptized by him.  But John tried to make him change his mind. “I ought to be baptized by you.”  John said, “yet you have come to me!”

Jesus said, “Let it be so for now.  For in this way, we shall do all that God requires.”  So, John agreed.

As soon as Jesus was baptized, he came up out of the water.  Then heaven was opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God coming down like a dove and lighting on him.

Then a voice said from heaven, “This is my own dear Son, with whom I am well pleased.”

At another time Jesus said:  Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

The sacrament of baptism is an outward and visible sign of the grace of God.  In as much as the promise of the gospel is not only to us, but also to our children, baptism with water and the Holy Spirit is the mark of their acceptance into the care of Christ’s church, the sign and seal of their participation in God’s forgiveness, and the beginning of their growth into full Christian faith and discipleship.

This is the water of baptism.  Out of this water we rise with new life, forgiven of sin and one in Christ, members of Christ’s body.

 QUESTIONS

 CONGREGATIONAL ASSENT

Jesus Christ calls us to make disciples of all nations and to offer them the gift of grace in baptism.  Do you, who witness and celebrate this sacrament, promise your love, support, and care to the one about to be baptized, as she lives and grows in Christ.

People:  We promise our love, support, and care.

CHILDREN’S ASSENT

PRAYER OF BAPTISM

Christ be with you.

And also with you.

Let us pray:

We thank you, God, … Glory to you eternal God, the one who was and shall always be, world without end.

Amen.

THE ACT OF BAPTISM

PRAYER FOR THE BAPTIZED

Gracious God, you have filled the world with joy by giving us the gift of Jesus.       Bless this newly baptized child.  May she be filled with joy; may she never be ashamed to confess a personal faith in you.  Bless the parents (and sponsors) of this child.      May they always show their gratitude for the life you have given her by loving and caring for Chiara.  Bless these, your faithful people.  Unite them in the peace of Christ and the company of the Holy Spirit.

Amen

Go in the peace of Christ

Thanks be to God.

BAPTISM HYMN: “Jesus Loves Me”, Anna B. Warner 1860, David R. McGuire 1971, New Century Hymnal

  SCRIPTURE READING:  Hebrews 11: 29- 39 and 12: 1-2 and Luke 12:  49-56

  MESSAGE

HYMN: #687 “O God, Our Help in Ages Past, vs. 1-4, Isaac Watts 1719, music attr. William Croft 1708, public domain

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

LORD’S PRAYER  sinners/sins

PRESENTATION OF TITHES AND OFFERIINGS

OFFERTORY INVITATION

Leader:  God is good!

All:  All the time!

Leader:  All the time!

ALL:  God is good!

OFFERTORY:  “I’m Gonna Tell the Gospel Story”, words J. Paul Williams, music Joseph Graham, ©2008 Glory Sound and Malcolm Music (div. of Shawnee Press), Zion’s choir

*SUNG DOXOLOGY, Old Hundredth, public domain

Praise God from whom all blessings flow;

Praise Christ all people here below;

Praise Holy Spirit evermore;

Praise Triune God whom we adore.

 *PRAYER OF DEDICATION

Tending, nurturing God, just as flowers turn to the sun, we turn to you for nourishment for our souls. We turn to you for hope and strength. With thanks for all your good gifts, we offer you our gifts. May they go forth and help the growth of others. Amen.

 *HYMN: #741 “Guide My Feet”, African American spiritual, harm. Wendell P Whalum, ©1984 Estate of Wendell P. Whalum  

Singing these three verses:

  1. Guide My Feet 3.  Stand by Me    5.  Search my Heart

*BENEDICTION

POSTLUDE: “A Cowboy Boogie”, by Linda Pratt, ©2007 by Linda Pratt, free music for non-commercial use

The altar flowers are given to the glory of God and in honor of the marriage of Veronica Stanko & Tyler Ames on August 13, 2022 by Scott & Lisa Stanko

From the Consistory:  Covid cases remain high.  The Consistory highly recommends you wear masks in church.

Don’t forget to sign up to sponsor altar flowers in honor or memory of loved ones and for special events!  The flower chart is on the bulletin board as you enter church.

 Coming Up This Week:

Aug. 13        Ramble – Spangler’s Spring      Gettysburg Middle Sch.          9:00 a.m.

Aug. 14        Worship with Baptism                Sanctuary                        9:00 a.m.

Welcome Bag Distribution

Youth Group                                                                     2:00 p.m.

Aug. 15        Consistory Mtg                           Fellowship Hall                 6:30 p.m.

Aug. 17        Pool Party for youth                   Pelc’s                               4 -7 p.m.

 

Looking Forward:

Aug. 21        Worship                                     Sanctuary                        9:00 a.m.

Blessing of the Backpacks

Acolyte Training                        Sanctuary              after worship

Aug. 26        Movie Night                               Trinity Lutheran

Youth Group:  We are meeting today at 2 p.m. at the church parking lot.

Ramble August 13thIt’s been a busy summer, but we are going to take time for a walk on Saturday, August 13th!  If you want to stretch your legs a bit, meet at the Gettysburg Middle School parking lot at 9:00 a.m. that day.  We will walk around Spangler’s Spring.  Here’s hoping it’s cool that morning!

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.

Bake Sale report:  The Mission-sponsored Bake Sale at McDannell’s Fruit Farm was a sweet success 😊.  $585.50 was raised, some of which will be helping to offset expenses for this year’s REACH trip.  An additional $17.25 in quarters was collected for the Laundry Ministry.   Thank you to everyone who baked and bought the wonderful selection of yummy treats.  A special thank you to the McDannells for allowing us to be part of their annual event.

Hoffman Academy:  Only one more week to purchase school supplies for the Hoffman Academy, the school at Hoffman Homes.  If you haven’t chosen an item to buy, they are listed on the board in the back of the church. Take two if you are able!  Then bring them next Sunday, August 21. Or give Gina B. your cash or a check and she will shop for you!  Thank you for your support of this very worthwhile Mission project!

Fourth Annual Ice Cream Walk:  Healthy Adams County is again sponsoring an ice cream walk through the streets of Gettysburg on Tuesday, August 23rd!  You can choose five stops from the eight participating stores which should all be open by noon.  If you’d like to go as a group from Zion at 1 p.m., just sign the clipboard in the back of church by and give your $10 to Cindy B. – she will purchase tickets for you and distribute them on the 23rd.  Otherwise, purchase your tickets at Mr. G’s gift shop.  Support this local endeavor while enjoying a nice walk and sweet treats.

Ladies Breakfast:  An enjoyable time was had by Zion’s Ladies this past Monday at breakfast.  Here’s the upcoming schedule for the next few months.  The September 12th breakfast will be at 9:15 a.m. at The Apple Bin.  At our Monday, October 10th breakfast at The Apple Bin, at 9:00 a.m., Bonnie O. will show and explain the clothing she wore when she and her husband, Frank, portrayed General Robert E. Lee and Mary Ann Custis Lee in the re-enactment world for 12 years.  It should be a great time, and after the presentation, we will be VERY appreciative of today’s dress!  During November’s breakfast, we will have our annual White Elephant sale to benefit Zion.  Start thinking about what you want to bring – something from home you no longer need, a gift you would like to share, or something new bought just for the sale – and plan to wrap it and have a hint for the ladies.  The gift value should be at least $20.00.

Book Club News:  Book Club resumes on September 8th!  We are reading West With Giraffes, by Lynda Rutledge.  It is described as “An emotional, rousing novel inspired by the incredible true story of two giraffes who made headlines and won the hearts of Depression-era America.  Join us at Fellowship Hall at 6:30 p.m. for a discussion!

Zion Trivia Nite is back!  After a two-year hiatus, teams will gather once again for an evening of food, fellowship and trivia questions on Sunday evening, September 11.  Just to refresh your memory, the evening begins at 6:00 PM with a light dinner. Then around 6:30, we start with the first round of questions.  After two rounds, we break for coffee and homemade desserts.  We then finish the evening with the remaining three rounds of questions.  Each participant donates $5.00 to play and a team consists of two to six players.  Each team plays for the charity of their choice, with all the money donated going to the winning team’s charity. Since its inception, Trivia Nite has donated over $10,000 to worthy causes.  So why not gather a team and join us?  Any questions, contact Gina B.

Openings at SCCAP:  There is a job opening at SCCAP for someone to work 25 to 40 hours a week.  Also, they welcome and value volunteers!  Contact Lisa Beaver at 717-334-7634.

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!