Sunday, July 1, 2018
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: 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.
Response: “Great Are You, Lord”…………………….#614
*Call To Worship
Leader: The church is called to be the model of God’s love in the world,
People: love by its nature is risky business,
Leader: and so we come to worship today to gather the strength to be risk takers
People: standing with those who are excluded,
Leader: advocating for those who cannot speak for themselves,
People: bringing healing to the infirm.
*Hymn: “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” ………………….……#611
Leader: Loving God, you call us to deep involvement in the world, so today we come seeking to strengthen our relationship with you and our knowledge of how best to be your people. Be with us we pray. Amen.
We Recognize Our Brokenness
Prayer Of Confession
Leader: There are risks to being generous – sometimes the unscrupulous take advantage of the charitable. It happens to us all, and when it does, it can leave us feeling silly and naïve; our pride is dented, and suddenly doubt becomes our life’s companion. We begin to make decisions based on the memory of the pain of the past, not on the merit of any good that will be done. We become hesitant to give, and dismiss people in genuine need – just in case things go badly. This self-protection seems rational, but it has a bitter twist, for we know that people with little charity become discontented and unhappy people. By refusing to take loving risks, we harm ourselves.
People: God of compassion, resolve our doubt, restore our empathy, forgive us our self-concern. Amen. (A time for silent prayers of confession.)
Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness
Leader: Of these things we can be sure – God is a long term, relentless risk taker who never stops being charitable to us, who never ceases to offer forgiveness and compassion to us, no matter the circumstances in which we reside. Let go of doubt, embrace trust, and be at peace.
Reading Of The Scripture: 2 Corinthians 8: 7-15 (N.T., pg. 172)
Faith Lesson For All Ages
Anthem: “Spirit of God Descent Upon My Heart”……….…Abby, piano solo
Reading Of The Gospel: Mark 5: 21-43 (N.T., pg. 37)
We Reflect On New Possibilities
Message For This Day
*Hymn: “O Beautiful for Spacious Skies”…………………..#338
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: “Be Thou My Vision”……………Abby, piano solo
*Doxology: “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings” ……….….#606
*Prayer Of Dedication
Leader: These gifts are proof that risk taking can have an impact on our world, as this money makes its way to people and organizations that are involved in bringing good news to all. We give gladly. Amen.
We Go Forth To Live Transformed Lives
*Closing Hymn: “God of the Ages, Whose Almighty Hand” ……..…….#331
Leader: We are the people of God, called to take the risky journey of loving the world and its people as God loves us – intentionally and steadfastly. Go from here strengthened in the knowledge that God’s spirit travels with you always, and into all places. Amen.
*Choral Benediction: “Shall We Gather at the River”…………………#375, v. 1
*Where noted, please stand if able.
Happy are those who find wisdom, and those who get understanding, for her income is better than silver, and her revenue better than gold. Proverbs 3: 13-14
Mama Mia! at the Totem Pole Playhouse – Only a few more days are left to obtain one of the few group tickets left for the August 4 matinee performance of Mama Mia, a show guaranteed to be the hit of the 2018 Totem Pole season. Final count and balance due is required by July 9, so be sure to contact Debra soon if you want to be included in an enjoyable afternoon outing with fellow Zion members.
Vacation Bible School is quickly approaching and is being held July 16-20 from 6:15 to 8 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran. This year’s theme is … “Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus!” All travelers of the community, Age 3 to Grade 6, who enjoy the high seas are invited to join us as we make ready for an adventurous week.
Zion’s Financial Data
Income through May – $70,420.22
Expenses through May – $79,047.02
Deficit – $8,626.80
Sign up Sheets For Our Fall Sunday School are now available in the hallway outside the art room and in the sign up book on the credenza? See Jessica with questions.
|Heating System Capital Campaign (As of June 24, 2018)|
|Received one-time contributions||$98,706|
|Monetary value of pledges received||$33,300|
|Pledges received thus far in cash
Total cash received ($98,706 + $28,441)=
*Anything over and above our $124,000 goal is being placed in the capital improvement fund.
The Flower Chart is posted in the vestibule. Dates available are July 8, 22, 29; and August 12. 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 of 2018, Zion received $272. After your yard sales, consider donating unsold appropriate items to the bin.
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 are aiming to provide 200 cups each month and they may be placed in the cupboard in the rear of the church. The 18-pkg boxes of single-serve Mac and Cheese is also a good donation. It is cheaper and easier to store (boxes). Any questions, please see Chris. As always, thank you so much for your faithful support of this ministry.
Greeter And Bulletin Sponsorship Sign-Up Sheets are on the credenza.
Greeters are needed for July 8, 22, and 29.
Coming Up Next Week:
July 6-15 REACH to Vassar, Michigan
July 9, Ladies’ breakfast, Apple Bin, 9:00 am
July 16-20 VBS, Trinity Lutheran, 6:15 – 8 pm
July 29, McDannell’s Bake Sale and Ice Cream Fund Raiser
July 29, Firepit fellowship, Zion Hse, 6:00 pm
Aug. 4, Mami Mia!, Totem Pole, 2:00 pm
Aug. 5, Communion, baptism of Maci Wilkinson, 9:00 am
Aug. 5, Peach sundaes to benefit Biesecker twins, McDannell’s, 11 am – 4 pm