Worship: August 25, 2019

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Out of the Shadow 

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. 

*Where noted, please stand if able.

We Gather In Awe And Wonder



Chime Interlude And Candle Lighting

Leader: Loving Spirit, you have chosen us to receive your light, and we light a candle as a sign of our gratitude.

All: Friend, Advocate, Guide—Lord Jesus you enfold us in your love, and we light a candle to celebrate your Presence, in which we rest.

Leader: Holy God, you have drawn us to your wonder, as you set your seal upon us in our baptism.  We light a candle in amazement that you care for each and every one of us, as your own child.

All: We light three candles for the Holy Trinity that loves, redeems, and sustains us. 

*Call To Worship

One: All who are bent over with worry,

All: this is a place of sanctuary.

One: All who are burdened with life,

All: this is a house of care.

One: All who are lost to community,

All: this is a place of welcome.

One: All who travel with questions,

All: this is a community of seekers.

One: All who reach out to God,

All: this is a sacred space of worship.

One: Come, let us worship. 

*Hymn: “God of the Ages, Whose Almighty Hand”……………….……#331


One: We come to you, O God, bound by the world.

All: Speak your liberation to us.

One: We come to you, O God, burdened by life.

All: Teach us how to laugh again.

One: We come to you, O God, weighed down by anxiety.

All: Give us a new rhythm to follow.

One: Smooth our crumpled living, O God.

All: That we might move confidently into life with you.  Amen.

We Recognize Our Brokenness

Prayer Of Confession

One: Liberating God, the voice of Jesus Christ calls us out of shadows into new life.  Yet sometimes, we ignore that voice even when it calls within our heart.  We may think ourselves unworthy or too busy, or too unskilled to be prophets and disciples.  At other times, we may discredit the ministry of others, believing that you would only call certain kinds of people to proclaim your word.  Liberate us again, O God.  Set us free from our misunderstandings and help us to embrace and embody your hopes and dreams.  Amen. (A time for silent prayers of confession.)

Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

One: God’s Spirit has given us life.

All: Christ has set us free!

One: God forgives us.

All: Christ has set us free!

One: Let us live by the Spirit.

All: Christ has set us free!  Alleluia!  Amen.

Reading Of The Scripture:   Isaiah 58: 9b-14 (OT., pg. 647) 

Faith Lesson For All Ages 

Anthem:   “One Day at a Time……….………Wilkins/Kristofferson, Deb S., Soloist 

We Reflect On New Possibilities

Reading Of The Gospel: Luke 13: 10-17 (N.T., pg. 71)

Message For This Day                                  

*Hymn: “Just As I Am, Without One Plea”…………………….….#442

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: “Amazing Grace”………………..arr. Jay Althouse, Deb S., Soloist 

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

*Prayer Of Dedication

One: Surprising, delighting God, you give us much, and we return a portion.  Bless our gifts.  Send them out to delight and bless your world; and heal and renew; to lift up and celebrate.  With thanksgiving for all that you make possible.  Amen.

We Go Forth To Live Transformed lives

*Closing Hymn: “We Praise You, O God” ………………..….#612 


One: From burden to blessing,

All: we go and share God’s promise with the world.

One: From shadow to celebration,

All: we go and share God’s promise with the world.

One: From forgotten to forgiven,

All: we go and share God’s promise with the world.

One: And God’s eternal blessing, of light, of love, of grace, be with you always.

All: We go and share God’s promise with the world.  Amen.

*Choral Benediction: “I Need Thee Every Hour”………………#735 vs. 1

*Chime Meditation


The Altar Flowers are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Robert P. by Gertie . and Kathy ..

The rosebud on the altar is in honor of Hannah Louise P., daughter of Jennifer & Peter P.. She was born Monday, August 19th.

Greeter And Bulletin Sponsorship Sign-Up Sheets for 2019 are on the credenza. v(Bulletin Sponsorship is $15 per Sunday. Please place your remittance designated for Bulletins in the offering plate.)v

Coming Up Next Week:

Aug. 25, Hot Dog Roast, Zion House, 6:00 pm

Aug. 27, UACT board mtg, Trinity Lutheran, Arendtsville, 7:00 pm

Aug. 29, Worship Cmte mtg, Zion House, 7:00 pm

Looking Forward:

Sept. 8, Rally Sunday, Church

Zion’s Financial Data

Income through July – $106,440.27

Expenses through July – $105,216.89

Surplus – $1,223.28

Many Thanks –We thank Deb S. for sharing her musical talents with us today.

Pastoral Care Needs – If you would like a visit from Pastor George, please call the church office at 717-677-8319 to arrange either home visits or conversations at Zion House. If emergency pastoral care needs arise, please call 717-334-0069.

Trivia Nite Winners – Congratulations to “Team Trinity”, our winning team at Trivia Nite.  They made a donation of  $270.00 to the American Brain Tumor Association.  Mark your calendars..our next Trivia Nite will be Sunday, October 20.

Thank you so much – Thank you for the prayers and cards and flowers from the Altar Guild! Also thanks to Pastor George for his visits during my heart procedures. Everything was very much appreciated. Don H.

Hot Dog Roast – Our last hot dog roast of the summer is today at 6:00 p.m. behind Zion House! Bring a side dish and come enjoy the breeze, food, and conversation as we utilize the fire pit and pergola for fellowship as summer draws to a close.

Time to Sing – Choir rehearsals will resume on Wednesday, September 4th at 7:30 p.m.  We will sing for the Sunday, September 8th service.  If you like to sing, please join us.  We would love to have new members. . . especially sopranos. . .but all voices are welcome!

“Do-Nut” Forget – Sunday, September 8th, is Sunday School Rally Day!  We will recognize faithful attendance recipients that morning during worship, and Sunday School children will enjoy donuts, muffins, and juice afterwards.  Parents will receive Emergency Contact and Video/Photograph permission forms in the mail for each child which must be handed in September 8th or sent back ahead of time to the church office.  We look forward to an exciting 2019/2020 Sunday School year!

Ladies’ Breakfast Group – The Zion UCC ladies had a wonderful lunch at Crumbs Café in Mt. Holly on August 12th. 17 ladies attended.  The food was great, the company even better.  Our next gathering will be Monday, September 9th at the Apple Bin for breakfast at 9:00 a.m.  Please join us!

Snack Sponsorship – Sunday School is looking for Snack Sponsors each month for the upcoming year. If you are willing to sponsor snacks for a particular Sunday, please choose your month on the sign-up sheet in the back of church and write a $45.00 check to Zion with “Sunday School Snack Sponsor” in the memo line.  Checks can be given to Dana or placed in the offering.  Thanks for your support of our Sunday School program!

John’s Meals – The John’s Meals team is once again seeking donations of single serve, microwaveable cups of macaroni & cheese which can be placed in the cupboard in the rear of the church. The cups need not be a name brand (like Kraft);  a store brand is fine.  The 18-pk boxes of single-serve cups are perfect as they are easier to store and inventory.  Feel free to contact Jerry (Buddy) with questions.  Thanks so much for your faithful support of this important ministry.

UACT Youth Activity –Join us at Oakside Park on August 30th for a showing of “Dumbo”, UACT’s final summer activity for area youth!  Gates open at 7:00 p.m., and the movie begins at dusk at the amphitheater.  Oakside requests a donation of $5.00 per car.  Also, we are excited to announce What’s Cookin’ begins on September 18th and we would love to have you cook one month!  Stay tuned for a more formal announcement in the near future.

REACH Sub Sale – Reach is already gearing up for next year’s mission trip and is starting to raise funds! They are holding a sub sale and need orders by September 1st.  Please see the order sheet in the back of church and choose your tasty sub.  The delivery date is September 12th.

Book Club – Zion’s Readers will meet once again on September 12th at 7:00 p.m.in the Mustard Seed Room to discuss “My Brilliant Career” by Miles Franklin.  New readers are always welcome!  Here is a synopsis:

First published in 1901, this Australian classic is the candid tale of the aspirations and frustrations of sixteen-year old Sybylla Melvin, a headstrong country girl constrained by middle-class social arrangements (especially the pressure to marry). Trapped on her parents’ outback farm, Sybylla simultaneously loves bush life and hates the physical burdens it imposes.  She longs for a more refined lifestyle – to read, to think, to sing – but most of all to do great things.  Suddenly her life is transformed when she is whisked away to live on her grandmother’s gracious property.  There Sybylla falls under the eye of the rich and handsome Harry Beecham.  Soon she finds herself choosingbetween everything a conventional life offers and her own plans for a “brilliant career”.

Upper Adams Prayer Breakfast – Elder David L. Roberts, pastor of the Amos Tabernacle Church of God in Christ in Mummasburg, will headline the next meeting of the Upper Adams Prayer Breakfast on Tuesday, September 3rd at the Apple Bin.  Brother Roberts was ordained fifteen years ago after service as a deacon.  He is a self-described “working pastor”, having held the position of maintenance supervisor for David Sites Realty for many years.  He and his wife, Lois, have two of their post-college children still in the South Central PA area although their youngest, an Air Force retiree, and his Penn State engineer brother moved farther south.  Everyone is invited to attend this always multi-denominational group to learn from and enjoy the speaker’s insights.  The October 1st gathering will be led by the director of the Adams Rescue Mission, Pastor Bruce Dietrick.

Kennies Community Rewards Program – If you shop at Kennies, you can help Zion earn Community Rewards points! Grab a sign-up sheet from the back of church, fill it out, and either take it to Kennies in Biglerville or drop it in the collection plate.  Thanks for your support.

AERO Oil Program – If you purchase your heating oil or propane from AERO Oil, you can help Zion! AERO Oil has established the AERO Energy House of Worship Program which gives its customers an opportunity to give to their church.  AERO Oil will donate four cents for every gallon of fuel a customer uses.  Customers do NOT pay any more for their fuel and simply need to sign up for the program at AeroEnergy.com/HOW or by calling 1-888-827-1713.

“Stop The Bleed” – Do you know how to stop a wound that is bleeding in an emergency situation? “Stop the Bleed” is a program developed by federal government agencies utilizing knowledge won on the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq to treat soldiers and civilians.  Materials used can be stored in churches, schools, and businesses, and with training may help you save neighbors’ and friends’ lives.  St. Jacob’s Lutheran Church in Glen Rock, PA is hosting a workshop on September 7, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. that includes a video training session and hands-on practicum.  The training should conclude before noon.  If interested, please call 717-235-7313 or email stjacobs@comcast.net by August 26th.