Worship: August 20, 2017

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Offering Forgiveness

 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



Chime Interlude And Candle Lighting

Leader:   Holy Spirit, Creator, as you hovered over the waters, cover us with the light of your presence.

All:         Holy Spirit, Comforter, by you we are born again, cover us with the light of your holiness.

Leader:  Holy Spirit, Redeemer, by you we are made a living temple, cover us with the light of redemption.

All:         Breath of life, you breathe light into the whole body of the Church and dwell in each one of us.

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

 *Call To Worship

Voice 1:  Come all who are weak and all who are strong.

All:         God welcomes us here.

Voice 1:  Come all who are in fear and all who are brave.

All:         God welcomes us as we are.

Voice 1:  Come all who are sad and all who are filled with joy.

All:         God welcomes us in all stages of life.

Voice 1:  Come all who want peace and all who seek justice.

All:         God welcomes us into a kingdom of justice and joy.

Voice 1:  Come all who long to praise in a rowdy way; come all who are seeking a quiet moment.

All:         God welcomes us each here,

Voice 1:  to worship this day.  Amen.

 *Hymn: “O Splendor of God’s Glory Bright” ……………#666


Leader:   God, we come each from our own heart journeys to this space, to encounter you and each other.  God, we greet this new day, as we are open to all the potential it holds, and open to the community that surrounds us.  God, we reach for the sky and gather your love.  We push down and release all the tensions that keep us from being fully present to this time of worship, and we gather energy from all the things that ground us here.  This time together God, we know, is a part of our heart story.  Amen.

 We Recognize Our Brokenness

Prayer Of Confession

Leader:   Gracious God, thank you for not only the forgiveness you offer to us but also for being with us when we feel far from home.

People:  Help us, God, to offer the same forgiveness and hospitality to others as you do with us.  Amen.  (A time for silent prayers of confession)

Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

Leader:   God’s love shows no boundaries.  God’s forgiveness is deeper and wider than we can imagine.  God’s mercy is always with us.

People:  Thanks be to God.

Reading Of The Scripture: Genesis 45: 1-15 (O.T., pg. 40)

A Time For Children

Anthem:   “Giant’s Fall”…………….Francesca Battistelli

Soloist: Heather

 Reading Of The Gospel:   Matthew 15: 10-28 (N.T., pg. 16)

 We Reflect On New Possibilities


Message For This Day                                        

 *Hymn: “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing”……………..…..#610

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:   “Where Were You”…………….. Francesca Battistelli

Soloist: Heather

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

 *Prayer Of Dedication

Leader:   Life-giver, bless these gifts so they may be used to offer feast amidst famine, joy amidst pain, courage amidst fear.  We pray in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

We Go Forth To Live Transformed Lives

 *Closing Hymn: “Our God, Our Help in Ages Past” ………….#687


Leader:   As you go, know that we are forgiven, loved, and chosen people.  Go – living into your fullest self, helping others to do the same.  Go, blessed by God, the mother and father of us all; the Christ, the one who travels with us; and the Spirit, who binds us together.

 *Choral Benediction: “Our God Is an Awesome God”………….……#616

*Chime Meditation


*Where noted, please stand if able.                              


August’s Proverb:  

If a king judges the poor with equity, his throne will be established forever. Proverbs 29: 14

Hoffman Home School Supplies.  Please return your purchased items to the collection bin by today.  Thank you for your support of this project!   Questions or money, see Jo.

Trivia Nite at Zion is this evening, beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Why not gather a team and join us?  Any questions, see Gina.

Hot Dog Fellowship.  Grab your roasting sticks and join in the fun and fellowship, not to mention food, at the hot dog roast at 6:00 p.m. behind Zion House on August 27.  Bring your lawn chairs and a dessert to share.

The Book Club reconvenes after a summer break on Tuesday, September 12, at 7:00 p.m. in the Mustard Seed room. Being discussed that evening is “The Whole Town’s Talking” by Fannie Flagg.

Music!  Music!  Zion’s Choir and Zion’s Men’s Choir will begin rehearsals on Wednesday, September 6, from 7:30-8:30 p.m.  The choir is always open to new members, so if you have that desire to share your musical talents, whether instrumental or vocal, please don’t be shy.  Let Sharon know of your interest and your binders of music will be waiting for you.  Let the fun begin!

Zion’s Christmas Choir will begin rehearsals on Wednesday, October 4, beginning at 7:30 p.m.  If you wish to sing for the Christmas season, please let Sharon know.

Zion’s Financial Data

Income through July – $108,838.49

Expenses through July – $111,223.79

*Deficit – $2,385.30

*This is partially due to the unbudgeted $3,000 cost for a new copier in 2017.

 John’s Meals Packing/Delivery Team Training will be provided on Monday, August 28, at 7:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.

John’s Meals Needs Volunteers To Pack And Deliver three weekend meals and snacks to the children from food insecure homes in the Upper Adams community.  We have been currently providing these weekend meals to the children at Arendtsville and Bendersville Elementary.  We would like to start serving the children at Biglerville Elementary.  BUT–We need more teams to pack and deliver weekend meals in order to expand our mission! The volunteer teams should consist of 3-4 people to pack food bags and then deliver and hand out the bags to children at an elementary school at 3:00 at the end of the week.  Each team would be scheduled to deliver the weekend meals approximately once a month.  We can provide assistance to volunteers to apply for security clearances as required by the school district.  Please contact Angie or Pam, John’s Meals Volunteer coordinator.

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.

 Labels For Education Update:   The Labels for Education program is coming to a close.  Only UPCs with the Labels for Education logo will be accepted and redeemed for points into registered schools’ bank accounts.  As of 7/31/17, Zion’s Sunday School Program currently has 17,847 points banked in our account, and has a goal to reach 22,000 for our third and final $250 Visa Gift Card to be used towards Sunday School activities for Zion’s children.  Please drop any labels in the red Labels for Education boxes located in the vestibule upon entering the sanctuary, or on the side table in the main Sunday School room.  The deadline to submit labels for the program is January 2, 2018.  Many thanks to all of you for your help and support over the past few years!

The 2017 Flower Chart is posted in the vestibule.  Available dates are September 3; October 29; 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 first quarter, $196  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.

 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.)

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 Chris.  As always, thank you so much for your faithful support of this ministry.

 Coming Up Next Week:

Aug. 20, Trivia nite, 6:00 pm

Looking Forward:

Aug. 27, Hot dog fellowship, Zion Hse, 6:00 pm

Aug. 28, John’s Meals packing/delivery team training, F. H., 7:00 pm

Aug. 28, Consistory mtg, Zion Hse, 7:00 pm

Sept. 6, Choir practice, Sanctuary, 7:30 pm

Sept. 10, Rally Sunday (Sunday School begins), 10:15 am

Sept. 11, Ladies’ breakfast, Apple Bin, 9:00 am

Sept. 11, Hoss’s Community Night Fund Raiser, Gettysburg, 12 – 8 pm

Sept. 12, Book Club, Mustard seed rm, 7:00 pm