Worship: August 22, 2021

ZION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

22 Gettysburg Street  Box 538

Arendtsville, Pennsylvania

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

August 22, 2021

9:00 am

Livestream link:  Zion UCC Sunday Service Livestream – August 22 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: “Preludio Religioso”, L. Beethoven, ©1940 Theodore Presser Co.

Announcements

Chime Interlude: “Sure the Presence of the Lord”, Lanny Wolfe, ©1977 Lanny Wolfe Music/ASCAP

Call to Worship

Leader: God is our strength, God is our hope,

People: God is our way of love.

Leader: We come now to this house of worship,

People: this family of prayer,

Leader: to boldly declare the hope we find in our strong God of love.

 

Opening Prayer

Leader:  Holy One, full of compassion, we commit and commend ourselves to you, in who we are, through how we live, and by what we know.  Be the goal of our journey, and our rest by the way.

People: Let our souls take shelter from the turmoil of complex thought beneath the shadow of your wings.  Let our heart, this sea of restless waves, find peace and homecoming in you, O God. Now and always.  Amen.   

 

Hymn: #43 “You Who Dwell in the Shelter of the Lord”, Michael Joncas, ©1979 Jan Michael Joncas

Prayer of Confession

Leader: Holy One, we come with our prayers today, not because we are horrible people but because we have come to know and believe that you hold the words of life, and we long to live in better relationship with you.  This yearning colors our perspective, and we see where we have messed up, where we have been naïve, where we have been inconsistent, where we have given into pessimism. We see so clearly all that we regret.

   ASSURANCE OF GOD’S LOVE

Leader: God returns our yearning for relationship and rejoices when we re-establish and renew our friendship. God extends mercy to us all. Leave your regrets and travel on in peace. Amen.

  

BLESSING OF BACKPACKS

 Friends, will you please stand as you are able and raise your hands up high   in that ancient posture of blessing…

Now, imagine all the love, support, and encouragement pouring out of you – from the tips of your toes to the top of your head and out through your fingertips – onto all these lovely folks beginning a new year of learning, growing, and getting to know a little better, God’s Holy Wisdom… 

Lift your hands and your hearts, and let us pray:

Loving God, be with these people – students, teachers, administrators, custodians, lunch servers…

Be with them and help them as they begin a new year of learning, teaching, growing, and serving… 

May their minds and their pencils be sharp; may their lunches never be forgotten at home; and may their Pink Pearl erasers help them to remember that mistakes are okay – in fact are the most important part of the process…

God, thank you for glue sticks and homework folders and laptops and crisp new notebooks waiting to be filled; thank you for schools and libraries and teachers; thank you for the gift of curiosity and for your Wisdom that is all around…

God of Wisdom, bless these backpacks… And, All God’s People Say Amen!

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:  Psalm 84, Ephesians 6: 10-20

Message

Top Twelve Countdown # 2: “In The Garden:”, C. Austin Miles, 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: “I’ve Got Peace Like a River”, public domain, African American spiritual

Soloists:  Brielle and Jace H. with back-up vocalist Heather B.

 

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

 Holy One, may you guide us by your Spirit, strengthen us in your Word, and equip and sustain us with the Bread of Life to do your will, work for peace, and embody justice. May others know we are Christians by the gentleness of our armor, and by the works of the Spirit. Amen.

 

Closing Hymn: “We Are the Church”, Richard Avery/Donald Marsh, ©1972 Hope Publishing Co.

Blessing

Choral Benediction: #80 “You Shall Go Out with Joy”, Steffi Geiser Rubin/Stuart Dauermann, ©1975 Lillenas Publishing Co.

Chime Meditation: “Lead Me, Guide Me”, Doris Akers, ©1953 Doris Akers

Postlude: “Moderato Maestoso”, E. Grieg/arr. B. Price, ©1969 Lorenz Publishing Co.

 

The altar flowers today are given to the glory of God and in memory of Paul S. by Debra S. on what would have been their 46th wedding anniversary.

Please check in on Facebook that you are at church this morning!!

From the Consistory:  In accordance with the CDC’s most recent recommendation, you are requested to wear a mask during worship to protect yourself and others from the Delta variant of Covid-19.  Also, at this time, the choir will NOT be singing for worship.  Zion’s Covid Task Force is meeting on August 25th to further discuss the situation.

Coming Up This Week:

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

Aug. 25        Covid Task Force                                 Fellowship Hall         7:00 p.m.

 

Looking Forward:

Aug. 29        Worship                                                Sanctuary                9:00 a.m.

Acolyte training                                   after Worship

Hot Dog Roast                                     Zion House               6:00 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.

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 day to turn in your supplies for Hoffman Academy. Thank you for your support of this very worthwhile Mission project with Hoffman Homes.

Blessing of the Backpacks:  Today, Rev. Heather will be blessing backpacks, lunch boxes, laptop bags, teachers, students – anything and everyone returning to public school and Sunday School for another fun-filled year!

Lectio Divina – This session of Lectio wraps up on August 24th.  Look for another session in a few months.

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!

3rd Annual Ice Cream Walk – “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!” If you haven’t purchased a ticket for the Ice Cream Walk in Gettysburg on Aug. 24th, you can still get them at Mr. G’s on Baltimore Street.  Join Zion’s members at 3 p.m. that day at Mr. G’s to begin a stroll around town or choose your own time to enjoy a tasty sampling from various stores.

Last Hot Dog Roast:  Zion’s last hot dog roast of the summer will be held next Sunday, August 29th, at 6:00 p.m. behind Zion House.  We had a wonderful selection of food last month in addition to the hot dogs and lots of laughter.  While rain chased some of us home, those who stayed (it was only a passing shower, darn it) had a great time playing games and munching on goodies.  Join us next week for more fellowship and fun.

Ladies Breakfast:  Zion’s ladies plan to meet at the Apple Bin on Monday, Sept. 13th, at 9:00 a.m. for breakfast, provided things have settled down with the Delta variant of Covid-19.  We are also looking ahead to the breakfast on October 11th, also at 9:00 a.m. at the Apple Bin, where we will have a “Stump the Ladies” contest.  Bring an item, old or modern, that you think people will not recognize.  Win a prize if you can stump everyone!  Not many people knew the Show & Tell item from a prior meeting was an ice cream scoop!  And at the November breakfast, we plan to have our annual White Elephant auction, so start thinking of what you might donate to the sale.  The base price is $20 with bidding in $5 increments.  You can’t put a price on the fun and laughter, so grab a friend or neighbor and join us!

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 gapccucc@gmail.com or by phone 717-359-4019 (Redeemer’s UCC in Littlestown).

Zion’s Website:  Buildings aren’t the only things that need maintenance and updating to preserve and enhance their value.  So do websites!  And, like a person, a website only has one chance to make a first impression!  Zion’s website is our church’s face to the world, and right now that face is tired and old.  So, Consistory has agreed that our website should get a facelift.  Luckily, the professional fee, at an incredible “friends discount” price of $30/hour thanks to a connection of Rev. Heather’s, will only be in the $2500 – $3000 range – yes, a website design takes about 100 hours of work!  So, we are asking our generous members to consider a donation that will let Zion put our best face forward to the world and show what we are and what we do.  Should we be fortunate enough to raise more than we need, the remainder will go to the capital improvement fund which could use the boost!  Just make checks payable to Zion UCC and put website in the memo line.

This Load’s On Us!  WOW!  Thanks to your overwhelming generosity, we have enough detergent pods and dryer sheets to last well into next year.  So, we will no longer be collecting these items for our laundry ministry.  However, we will continue to need money.  The laundry tin will remain on the credenza for your monetary donations.  “Well done, good and faithful servants”!

Just a note:  If you add a non-member’s name to the prayer list and would like a card from Zion sent to that person, Lois H. is happy to do that!  Just please add an address to which it can be mailed on the prayer sheet.

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.

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!