Worship: July 25, 2021

ZION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

22 Gettysburg Street  Box 538

Arendtsville, Pennsylvania

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

July 25, 2021

9:00 am

Livestream link:  Zion UCC Sunday Service Livestream – July 25 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: “Berceuse”, A. Iljinsky, ©1940 Theodore Presser Co.

Announcements

Chime Interlude: “I Love You, Lord”, Laurie Klein, ©1978 House of Mercy Music/Maranatha Music

Call to Worship

How did you get here today?

What have you had to manage in order to make it here?

What’s on your mind?

What have you left behind undone, what is awaiting your return?

What fills your heart and activates your mind as you sit in this place?

This is a place of comfort and care, a room in God’s house of unsurmountable grace. Wherever you find yourself in life’s journey today, you are welcome here. Come, let us worship.

 

Opening Prayer: 

O God of the morning and of the evening hours,

let your Spirit come on us here gathered.

This is the holy place where we, your people, call on you in faith,

joining heart and voice in thanksgiving and praise to your name.  Amen.

 

Hymn: #14 “For the Beauty of the Earth”, F. S. Pierpoint, 1864, C. Kocher, 1838, public domain

Prayer of Confession:

Leader:  May the Spirit lead us in our common confession.  Let us pray.

Dear God, too much of our living this week was burdened by anxiety.  We find it hard to trust that you will provide, or that what you provide will satisfy.

All:  We have not trusted that you will provide.

Leader:  You promise your love will never run out, your presence will never cease, your grace will always be enough to provide what is missing in our lives.

All:  Still, we do not trust that you will provide.  We are still empty.  Fill us with yourself.  Amen.

 

ASSURANCE OF GOD’S LOVE

Leader: Gathered into this community of Christ, may we comprehend the breadth and length and height and depth of the abundant love of God.  God provides all that we need – and more – and we are filled with the fullness of God.

People:  Amen!  Let us live as God’s people.

 

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: Ephesians 3:  14-21 and John 6:  1-21

Message

Top Twelve Countdown # 6: “Amazing Grace”, #649, public domain

Pastoral Prayer & Lord’s Prayer

Leader:  During the Silent time, please lift up the names of those printed in the bulletin and your own prayers.

Leader: God who journeys with us, today as we hold your world in prayer we think particularly on these people: Those who must journey long distances to find life’s necessities – water, food, health care. Those who travel long distances to deliver them – aid workers, transport workers.

All: Journey with them, as you journey with us.

 

Leader: Those who take on the great journeys of the mind to find discoveries in science, technology, and engineering, and all who benefit from these discoveries.

All: Journey with them, as you journey with us.

 

Leader: Those who travel into their imaginations to create stories and plays and film and poetry and art. Those who find joy and inspiration in what is created. Those who step into perilous places to create a safe and secure society.

 

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: “Hold on to Me”, Lauren Daigle, Paul Duncan, Paul Mabury, released 2021

Soloist:  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

O God, in the miracle stories of Jesus, we discover the lengths to which you will go for us. Inspire in us the same kind of ministry, that we might multiply bread and cross stormy waters for service to you. Amen.

 

A Time for Young Disciples

 

Closing Hymn #20 “All Things Bright and Beautiful”, C. F. Alexander, adapt M. Shaw 1915, public domain

Blessing

Choral Benediction: “He’s Got the Whole World”, vs. 1 African American spiritual, public domain

Chime Meditation: “Lord, Be Glorified”, Bob Kilpatrick, ©1978, Bob Kilpatrick Music

Postlude: “Arioso”, G. F. Handel, ©1940 Theodore Presser Co.

 

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

The rosebud on the altar is in honor of the birth of Annie Mae W., daughter of Mattie & Ben W. on July 20, 2021.

Altar Flowers:  Celebrate a special occasion or remember a loved one by sponsoring altar flowers!   Just sign up for your desired Sunday on the Flower chart as you enter the church or contact the Altar Guild Representative for your chosen month.

 Coming Up This Week:

July 25         Worship                                               Sanctuary                9:00 a.m.

Handprint Craft returns

Hot Dog Roast                                     Zion House               6:00 p.m.

July 27         Camp S.A.M.                                       Flohrs Luth.        5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

July 31         Baked goods drop off                         Church                  4 – 6 p.m.

Looking Forward:

Aug. 1          Worship with Communion                   Sanctuary                9:00 a.m.

Bake Sale at McDannell’s Farm Mkt   After worship

Aug. 3          Lectio Divina                                       Sanctuary                7:00 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.

July Hot Dog Roast –Be sure to join us this evening (July 25th) at 6 PM at the firepit behind Zion House for the July Hot Dog Roast.  This time we are featuring the world-famous Glenville hot Dog with its world-famous West Virginia Hot Dog Sauce.  Bring a side, bring a dessert, or just bring a chair; we will supply the rest.

Camp S.A.M. (stories, art, music) is being held July 27 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.at Flohr’s Lutheran Church in McKnightstown for pre-school to Grade 4 students and their families.  To pre-register, go to www.flohrslutheran.org or call 717-334-3992.  Walk-ins are also welcome.  A pizza supper will be provided.

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.

 

 Bake Sale at McDannell’s Farm Market!  Next Sunday, August 1st, Zion is holding a bake sale at McDannell’s Farm Market following worship.  Freshly baked items can be dropped off in the Sunday School room from 4 to 6 p.m. on July 31st or before worship on August 1st.  Then come on out to McDannell’s following worship and satisfy your sweet tooth!  There will also be horse-drawn wagon rides, a food truck, and the opportunity for pictures with Sasquatch.  Proceeds from the Bake Sale will support the purchase of headsets for UASD elementary school children who need them.

 

Lectio Divina – Is your prayer life stale?  Spice it up learning a new spiritual discipline with a group from church and Rev. Heather.  We will begin the spiritual practice of Lectio Davina.  Lectio is a time where we read scripture, share a word from the passage that is meaningful to each individual, and what you can take away from the scripture for the week.  Afterwards, we will pray together.  This Spiritual discipline will be 4 Tuesdays in August – the 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th.  We will meet at 7 p.m. at church.  Our time together will vary depending on how many people show up.  My guess is at the most we will last an hour.  Please let Heather know if you are planning to attend at revzionucc@gmail.com.  Thanks!

 

3rd Annual Ice Cream Walk – “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!” On Aug. 24th don’t miss the chance to try samples from five of Gettysburg’s ice cream shops and help support Healthy Adams County and the Adams County Literacy Council.  One can even get a little exercise walking from shop to shop!  Tickets are $10.  Join the group from Zion in the parking lot behind Mr. G’s Gift Shop at 3 PM or go at your own time and pace.  Please sign up on the clipboard on the credenza at the back of the sanctuary by Aug. 9th.  Payment should be made to Debra Scarborough.

 

New Ministry at Zion!  Sometimes, it’s those little unexpected kindnesses that make the biggest impact in our lives.  Sometimes, a little bit of help is all we need to get us moving on that forward-looking path.  Sometimes, it’s that feeling of validation that gives us peace and sparks hope when our struggles are recognized and acknowledged.  And sometimes, it is in the act of giving where we find our purpose and our strength; where we find the Holy Spirit “washing” our hearts, unleashing the suds of love to the world.

Enthusiastic to share that cleansing vibe, Zion’s Mission Committee is excited to announce a laundromat ministry in Arendtsville!  Each week, Zion will leave 5 baggies at the laundromat, filled with a detergent pod, 2 dryer sheets, $3.00 in quarters, and a note that says: “This load is on us.”  You can help by donating money, detergent pods, and dryer sheets.  Checks may be made out to “Zion UCC” with “Laundry Ministry” on the memo line.  A laundry tin (for quarters) will be on the credenza and a tub will be in the back of the church for detergent pods and dryer sheets.   Let generous, foaming bubbles of love seep out of Zion and overflow Arendtsville!

Ladies Breakfast:  Zion’s ladies will meet August 9th at 9:00 a.m. at the Apple Bin for our monthly breakfast.  Grab a friend and come join us for food, conversation, and laughter!

Communion next Sunday!   Don’t forget to bring your elements to church!

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!

 

Reach Rev. Heather at revzionucc@gmail.com Her Office Hours are Sunday 10 a.m. – 12 noon

Monday 9:30 a.m. – 12 noon

And by appointment

Office Manager Hours – Tuesday & Thursday 8a.m. – 12 noon