ZION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
22 Gettysburg Street Box 538
Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost
August 15, 2021
Livestream link: Zion UCC Sunday Service Livestream – August 15 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.
Prelude: “Praise Him, All Ye Little Children”, Carey Bonner, ©2000 Hal Leonard Publishing
Chime Interlude: “For the Life That You Have Given”, Carl P. Dawe Jr., ©1990 Hope Publishing Co.
Call to Worship
Leader: Sing psalms and hymns, sing spiritual songs together.
People: Sing! Make music for our God.
Leader: Giving thanks to God always, in your hearts, and here as one people of God.
God of all, today as we come to worship and praise you, we pray that we might be wise enough to open our eyes and recognize you in all things. Amen.
Hymn: #66 “Every Time I Feel the Spirit”, African American spiritual, arr. Joseph T. Jones, music adapt. ©1990 Melva Wilson Costen
Prayer of Confession:
Think about times this week when you have been unwise. In your mind take yourself back to the situation. As you watch what happens, declare your regret and pray for forgiveness.
Think about times in the past, perhaps long past, when you were unwise and that you still regret today. As before, take yourself back to the situation. As you watch what happens, declare your regret and pray for forgiveness.
Think about times when someone acted unwisely toward you. Once again, take yourself back to the situation. As you watch what happens, declare your hurt and then pray a prayer of forgiveness to those that hurt you.
ASSURANCE OF GOD’S LOVE
Good news, my friends, good news! God’s spirit will fill you anew, and wisdom will show you the way. So, let your hearts sing your praises to our God; for the song endures, and God forgives. Give thanks to God always. Amen.
Leader: Lift up your hearts!
All: Let God be praised!
PRAISE RESPONSE “I Woke Up This Morning” African American spiritual, arr. Jeffrey Radford, 1983
THE ORDER FOR BAPSTIM
Leader: Members and friends in Christ, we gather now to celebrate the gift of Grace in the Sacrament of Baptism.
People: 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.
Leader: 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!”
People: Jesus said, “Let it be so for now. For in this way, we shall do all that God requires.” So, John agreed.
Leader: 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.
People: Then a voice said from heaven, “This is my own dear Son, with whom I am well pleased.”
Leader: 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.
People: 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.
Leader: Do you desire to have your child baptized into the faith and family of Jesus Christ?
Parent/s (I do)
Leader: Will you encourage this child to renounce the powers of evil and to receive the freedom of new life in Christ?
Parent/s (I will, with the help of God.)
Leader: Will you teach this child so that she may be led to profess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior?
Parent/s (I will, with the help of God.)
Leader: Do your promise, by the grace of God, to be Christ’s disciple, to follow in the way of our Savior, to resist oppression and evil, to show love and justice, and to witness to the work and word of Jesus Christ as best you are able?
Parent/s (I do, with the help of God.)
Leader: Do your promise, according to the grace given you, to grow with this child in the Christian faith, to help this child to be a faithful member of the church of Jesus Christ, by celebrating Christ’s presence, by furthering Christ’s mission in all the world, and by offering the nurture of the Christian church so that she may affirm her own baptism?
Parent/s (I do, with the help of God)
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.
Jesus calls children and youth to be helpful and supportive of one another. As children you will laugh together, and learn about God. Will you help this child by being a friend to them and teach them about Christ?
Children: We will.
PRAYER OF BAPTISM
Leader: Christ be with you.
People: 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.
THE ACT OF BAPTISM
By what name will this child be called?
Payton, you are baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit be upon you, child of God, disciple of Christ, member of the Church.
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 Payton. Bless these, your faithful people. Unite them in the peace of Christ and the company of the Holy Spirit.
Go in the peace of Christ
People: Thanks be to God.
HYMN #486 “Child of Blessing, Child of Promise”, Ronald S. Cole-Turner, V. Earle Copes, ©1981 Ronald S. Cole-Turner
SCRIPTURE READING: 1 Kings 2: 10-12, 3: 3-14 and Ephesians 5: 15-20
Top Twelve Countdown # 3: “I Danced in the Morning”, Sydney Carter, Shaker melody adapt., ©1963 Stainer & Bell, Ltd, admin. Hope Publishing Co.
You are invited to draw a line down the pitcher that you received in your bulletin. On one side write or draw what practices you would like to empty from your daily lives as unhelpful. On the other side, write what practices you might like to include in your daily lives to help fill themselves with the Spirit.
Lord’s Prayer (Sins/Sinned)
“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.
Leader: God is good!
People: All the time!
Leader: All the time!
People: God is good!
Vocal Solo: “Bow the Knee”, Chris Machen & Mike Harland, ©1997 Centergetic Music, from “Songs for Solo Ministry” by Tom Fettke
Kevin C., soloist
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 we seek to live wisely, we offer these gifts to you, O God. May the work of this money, and we your people, make music in praise of you. Amen.
Closing Hymn: #313 “Lord, Make Us More Holy”, African American spiritual
Choral Benediction: # 487 “These Treasured Children”, vs. 5, Jacque B. Jones, Michael Praetorius, ©2010 GIA Publications, Inc.
Chime Meditation: “I Was There To Hear Your Borning Cry”, John C. Ylvisaker, ©1985 John C. Ylvisaker
Postlude: “Thine Is the Glory”, from “Judas Maccabarus”, G. Handel, ©1977 Lorenz Publishing Co.
Coming Up This Week:
Aug. 15 Worship with Baptism Sanctuary 9:00 a.m.
Aug. 16 Consistory Mtg Fellowship Hall 7:00 p.m.
Aug. 17 John’s Meals Fellowship Hall 6:30 p.m. Lectio Divina Outside 7:00 p.m.
Aug. 22 Worship with Blessing of Backpacks Sanctuary 9:00 a.m.
Aug. 24 Ice Cream Walk Gettysburg 3:00 p.m.
Lectio Divina Outside 7:00 p.m.
Thank You, thank you to all who supported the Bake Sale at McDannell’s Farm Market on August 1st either by donating or purchasing items. Zion raised $626.50 to be used for purchasing headphones for Upper Adams students!
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.
Recycling Bulletins: You will notice a box in the back of church marked Recycle Church Bulletins. If you do not want to take your bulletin home, then please drop it in the box. Not only are we being good stewards of the environment, but we are helping a special needs person in Mt. Holly who shreds church bulletins, junk mail, old catalogs, etc. and gives the shredded paper to a local farm where it is used for bedding for the animals and then returned to the soil. Thanks to Lisa S. for finding this great way for Zion to help and for transporting the items for shredding!
School Supplies for Hoffman Academy: Today’s the last day to grab your slips from the poster board in the back of church so you can purchase school supplies for the Hoffman Homes Academy! Supplies are due August 22nd. If you’d rather not shop, Jo M. is happy to do the shopping for you and 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!
John’s Meals is holding a board meeting in Fellowship Hall on August. 17th at 6:30 p.m.
Lectio Divina – This new spiritual discipline continues on Aug. 17th and 24th outside. 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. Praying together follows. Walk-ins welcome!
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!
Acolyte Training: Training for all new and returning acolytes will be held on Aug. 29th at 10:00 a.m. after Worship. All students in Grades 3 and up are encouraged to attend and give it a try. Candle-lighting is a fun way for our youth to serve the church, participate in worship and grow in their faith. Hope to see you there!
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.
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.
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.
End of Summer Picnic: The Gettysburg Association is sponsoring a picnic on Saturday, September 18th from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Camp Nawakwa. You are asked to bring a summer side dish or dessert to share; hot dogs, hamburgers, rolls, drinks, condiments, and dinnerware will be provided. Register by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 717-359-4019 (Redeemer’s UCC in Littlestown).
3rd Annual Ice Cream Walk – “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!” Today’s the last day to sign up for the Ice Cream Walk 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. 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 and make your payment to Cindy B.
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!
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!