Worship: July 23, 2017

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Searched, Known, Named

 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: “Our God Is an Awesome God”…………..#616 sung twice

 *Call To Worship

One:       From every direction, we come and gather.

All:         We have made our way here today.  And we greeted one another as we arrived.

One:       No matter who we are, or from where we come, God meets us in this place.  God meets us in the eyes of the stranger sitting next to us, and in the wonder of children’s whispers.

All:         Led by the Spirit of God, remind us that we are children of God.

One:       Led by the Spirit, let us be present to the community we create.

All:         We are here.  Gathered to listen and respond to God’s blessings.

*Hymn: “O Worship the King, All Glorious Above!” …………………#41


Leader:   Help us to listen to the groans in our midst, O God:  creation’s groans of labour pains, our neighbour’s groans of loneliness, the groans that we bring, with trepidation and awe.  We come bringing all of the yearnings that are on our hearts this day.  And we know that you meet us, wherever we are.  Thank you for your ever-constant presence, and companionship along life’s journey.  We know that with you, we are never alone.  Amen.

We Recognize Our Brokenness

Prayer Of Confession

Leader:   God, we admit that too often we confuse your time for our time, your world for our world.  We lose sight of what is truly important, and we think that we have all the answers.  When we feel strong and confident, we forget you.  And we forget our neighbours.  Help us to see that we are wound up in a tangled web of community, with you at the centre.  Amen.  (A time for silent prayers of confession.)

 Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

Leader:   The good news is that our God is one of patience and understanding.  Even when we stray, we are accompanied by a love that is too deep for words.  Hear this.  Know this.  Remember this!  Thanks be to God.

Reading Of The Scripture:   Genesis 28: 10-19a (O.T., pg. 24)


Anthem:   “A Mighty Fortress”………………. arr. Joel Raney


Reading Of The Gospel:   Matthew 13: 24-30, 36-43 (N.T., pg. 14)

 We Reflect On New Possibilities

Message For This Day

*Hymn: “For the Fruit of All Creation”…………..……..#36

 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:   “You Raise Me Up”…………. arr. Melody Bober


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

 *Prayer Of Dedication

Leader:   With all that we have, and all that we are, we reach out to you, our God of generosity.  We ask that you receive these ordinary gifts; may they be used to offer extraordinary blessings in our community and world.  May these gifts remind us that through you, all is possible!  Amen.

We Go Forth To Live Transformed Lives

*Closing Hymn: “Let All Things Now Living” ………..…….#37


Leader:   As you go from this place, may God’s love hold you, may God’s light guide you, and may God’s liberation free you.  Go out into the world reminded of God’s unwavering presence in your life, and the lives of others.  May you be reminded of this in the eyes of each person you meet, a reminder of God’s love manifest in the world.  Amen.

*Choral Benediction: “You Shall Go Out with Joy”………………#80

 *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

Emergency Pastoral Care Coverage is being provided by Rev. Linda Summers until July 28. Her phone number is 357-6377.

A Property Committee Meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 26, at 7:00 p.m. at Zion House.

A Peach Sundae Benefit For The Biesecker Family will be held on August 6 from 11:00 to 4:00 at the McDannell Fruit Farm & Market.

 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 this evening and August 27.  Bring your lawn chairs and a dessert to share.

All Members And Friends Of Gettysburg Association  are invited to our annual summer picnic on Thursday, July 27, 6-8 p.m. at St. James UCC social hall at 1200 Harney Rd., Littlestown.  Hot dogs, hamburgers, rolls, and drinks will be provided.  Please bring a covered dish or dessert to share.  RSVP by today to Gapccucc@gmail.com or 717-359-4019.

 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.

 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. The last two sessions are at 7 p.m. on 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.

Zion’s Financial Data

Income through June – $93,322.55

Expenses through June – $96,156.96

*Deficit – $2,834.41

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

At The Ladies’ Breakfast, please bring one or more examples from one of your special items that you have collected. Show others your collectibles! The August breakfast will be held on the 14th at 9:00 a.m. at the Apple Bin. See you then. Bring a neighbor!

 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, John’s Meals Volunteer coordinator..

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, 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.

 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.

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.)

 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.

 Coming Up Next Week:

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

July 26, Property committee mtg, Zion Hse, 7:00 pm

Looking Forward:

July 30, Bake sale at McDannell’s

July 31, Consistory mtg, Zion Hse, 7:00 pm

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

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

Aug. 6, Peach sundae benefit for Biesecker family, McDannell Fruit Farm, 11 am – 4 pm

Aug. 14, Ladies’ breakfast, Apple Bin, 9:00 am

Aug. 17, Worship committee, Zion Hse, 7:00 pm

Aug. 20, Trivia nite, 6:00 pm