Worship: July 2, 2017

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Welcoming Ways

 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: “God of Great and God of Small”……………#19, v. 3

 *Call To Worship

One:       Welcome to all who are weary, tired, or burned-out.

All:         We come to be refreshed and renewed in God’s presence.

One:       Welcome all who are anxious, worried, or burdened.

All:         We come to be calmed and comforted by the Spirit.

One:       Welcome to all who feel complacent, comfortable, or detached.

All:         We come to be stirred by Christ’s message for us.

One:       All are welcome here.  Come as you are.

All:         Together, we will rest in God’s presence, be calmed by the Spirit, and be stirred by Christ’s message.  Together we will welcome one another as we gather for worship.

 *Hymn: “O Beautiful for Spacious Skies”……. ……………#338


Leader:   Christ, you hold us in your warm embrace.  You already welcome each of us exactly as we are, and you hold us close to you.  Your embrace gathers all of us into a community that you have created.

People:  And yet, in your community, there is always room for more.  You teach us to welcome one another.  We are thankful that with you, each of us has a place, and each one of us can find a welcome home.  Amen.

 We Recognize Our Brokenness

Prayer Of Confession

Leader:   Christ, even though you have taught us what it means to welcome, and you have shown us a beautiful and beloved community where there is room for all, sometimes we create our own closed communities.  Sometimes, we exclude others because of who they are, or what they believe.

People:  Sometimes, we think that our way is a better way than other ways.  Sometimes, we don’t want to find things in common with, or love, others who are different from us.

Leader:   Sometimes, we become so comfortable in our lives, that we don’t want to be uncomfortable by welcoming people who are beyond our doors.  Sometimes, we do not welcome one another as you have welcomed us.

People:  Forgive us, dear God. (A time for silent prayers of confession)

 Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

One:       Hear the good news—Christ is with us, Christ is always with us.  We are forgiven people.  We are given new opportunities to become more Christ-like each day.

All:         Thanks be to God.

 Reading Of The Scripture: Romans 6: 12-23 (N.T., pg. 146)

A Time For Children

Anthem:   “Holy, Holy, Holy”………… arr. Mark Hayes

Vocal solo – Joe

Reading Of The Gospel:   Matthew 10: 37-42 (N.T., pg.10)

 We Reflect On New Possibilities

Message For This Day

*Hymn: “Will You Let Me Be Your Servant”…………..#727

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. Jean Anne Shafferman

Vocal duet – Joe and Erin

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

*Prayer Of Dedication

We Go Forth To Live Transformed Lives

*Closing Hymn: “Lord, I Want to Be a Christian” ….……….#729

*Pastoral Benediction

 *Choral Benediction: “This Is My Song”………#340, v 3

*Chime Meditation


*Where noted, please stand if able.                                          


 July’s Proverb:  

The poor and the oppressor have this in common: the Lord gives light to the eyes of both. Proverbs 29: 13

Summer Christian Education: The Confirmation Class You Always Wanted. A summer adult program is being hosted by Pastor Ben Siebert in the backyard of Trinity Lutheran’s parsonage on N. High St., Arendtsville. They will meet at 7 p.m. on the following Sundays: July 9, July 16, July 30, and August 13.  Bring a lawn chair. Join us for an opportunity to go through some of the exercises the current confirmation students use (adjusted to adult abilities). There will be a review of things that were probably once taught, and also explore some new ideas!   Low amounts of homework, high amounts of engagement.

 Coming Up. . . Zion’s Bake Sale on Sunday, July 30, during McDannell’s “Customer Appreciation Day.”   You may drop off your bake sale items on Saturday, July 29, in the large Sunday School room for our committee to price.  If you can’t make it to Arendtsville on Saturday, you may bring them to church that Sunday morning and someone will deliver them to McDannell’s.  Don’t feel like baking?  Cash donations are always accepted.  Better yet, why not come to McDannell’s Fruit Farm & Market and buy something to take home to enjoy!   Suggestions are Rice Krispie Squares, Pies, Cakes, Whoopie Pies, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Sugar Cookies, Raisin Cookies, Brownies, Homemade Jams, Jellies and Fudge.  Proceeds to go toward our Capital Improvement Fund.  Any questions, contact Gina.

At The July 10 Ladies’ Breakfast, please bring a picture of a younger “you” such as a high school graduation picture or a wedding picture, etc. Breakfast is held at 9:00 a.m. at the Apple Bin. See you then. Bring a neighbor!

 A John’s Meals Executive Board Meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. at Zion UCC Fellowship Hall.

Zion’s Financial Data

Income through May – $76,624.86

Expenses through May – $83,183.68

*Deficit – $8,997.82

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

 Summer What’s Cookin’ For Youth Of Preschool Age To Grade 6! It’s been a great year studying, eating, and laughing together! The fun continues throughout the summer with these monthly activities. As always, friends are welcome to every event.

 July 28: Backyard Movie Night!

Where: Jeff and Jenni’s House, Table Rock Rd., Biglerville

When: 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Bring: Lawn chairs, snacks to share!

August: Pool Party! When and where: Information coming soon!

 Please Volunteer To Assist With Children’s Sunday School beginning in the fall of 2017. The sign up book is on the credenza.

Will YOU please help the children in the Upper Adams School District?

John’s Meals needs your help! The volunteers for John’s Meals 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.  Next school year, 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 consider volunteering for this outreach to the children in our community! It would be great if all of our area churches could provide one or more teams to become involved in this mission!   Please contact Angie or Pam.

 Hot Dog Fellowship.   Summertime and the living is easy on Hot Dog Fellowship Sundays. Grab your roasting sticks and join in the fun and fellowship, not to mention food, at the hot dog roast behind Zion House at 6 p.m. on the 4th Sunday in July and August (7/23 and 8/27).  Bring your lawn chairs and a dessert to share; we’ll supply the dogs, buns, condiments, and drinks.

 Labels For Education Summer Update. Campbell’s reports that due to recent decline in their Labels for Education program, they have decided to wind down the program.  From now through end of summer, only UPCs with the Labels for Education logo will be accepted and be able to be redeemed for points.  Campbell’s has begun the process of removing the Labels for Education logo, and state that there will be a limited number of products that contain these labels in stores through August 2017.  Zion’s Sunday School currently has approximately 12,000 points banked in our account, and have 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.  Zion’s kids thank you for your help in wrapping up this project successfully over the next few months!

 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.

The 2017 Flower Chart is posted in the vestibule.  Available dates are August 13; 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.

 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.


Stewardship is a way of life, rooted in Scripture. God wants nothing less: “You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart. . . And your neighbor as yourself.” Stewardship is active faith.

Stewardship is a choice of the heart. Many people do good works every day. But until they do them as a way of showing they love God above all, they have not found stewardship as a way of life.

Stewardship is a spiritual partnership with God, rich in prayer and grace. It is also a practical partnership, choosing to place in God’s service the three fundamental gifts of time, talent, and treasure.

Stewardship is discipleship in action.

 Looking Forward:

July 10, Ladies’ breakfast, Apple Bin, 9:00 am

July 12, John’s Meals executive board mtg, FH, 6:30 pm

July 16-22, REACH to Crossville, TN

July 17-21, Vacation Bible School, Trinity Lutheran, 6:15-8 pm

July 23, Hot dog fellowship, Zion Hse, 6:00 pm

July 30, Bake sale at McDannell’s

July 3, Consistory mtg, Zion Hse, 7:00 pm

Aug. 5, Totem Pole Playhouse matinee, 2:00 pm

Aug. 6, Worship with communion, 9:00 am