Worship: June 20, 2021

ZION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

22 Gettysburg Street  Box 538

Arendtsville, Pennsylvania

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

June 20, 2021

9:00 am

Livestream link:  Zion UCC Sunday Service Livestream – June 20 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: “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”, J. S. Bach, public domain

Announcements

Chime Interlude: “Joys Are Flowing Like a River”, public domain

Call to Worship

You are the God of the complex – galaxies and nebulas and quantum physics.

You are the God of the simple – bread made from grain, wine made from grapes.

You are the God of the extraordinary – DNA, cells and subatomic material.

You are the God of the ordinary – daises, dirt, and dandelions.

You are the God who blesses us with the richness of the earth, and you are the God who chose to live in poverty.

You are the God that searches for the lost and you are the God who loses his life so that we might be found.

 

Opening Prayer

 

Leader: Spirit of love and courage, as we begin this time of worship, grant us pause to be filled anew with the trust and dignity of Jesus the Christ.  May Jesus’ full embrace of life, with all of its unknowns, be our strength and inspiration.  Amen.

 

Hymn #12 “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise”, W. C. Smith, 1867, public domain

Prayer of Confession

God, we know that there are no restrictions on your grace, and there are no boundaries to your love. Yet, we confess that we are guilty of trying to place restrictions on your gifts of love and grace.

Too often, we build roadblocks in our neighbor’s paths, instead of building up our relationships with one another. Merciful God, forgive us. Teach us to open our hearts, so that we may love as you love.

Guide us in the ways of your grace that we may offer it freely to all others – just as you have freely given it to us even now.

 

   ASSURANCE OF GOD’S LOVE

Leader: Peace! Be still!” Friends, in and through Christ, love has overcome.  Love is victorious.  We arise as with the dawning of a new day.

 

People: Praise be to God.  Amen!

 PRAISE VERSICLE 

       Leader: Lift up your hearts!

       All: Let God be praised! 

*PRAISE RESPONSE: # “I’m Gonna Sing When the Spirit Says Sing”  CCLI #1149146

I’m gonna sing when the Spirit says Sing.

I’m gonna sing when the Spirit says Sing.

I’m gonna sing when the Spirit says Sing,

And obey the Spirit of the Lord.

 

  SCRIPTURE READING:  Mark 4:  35-41

  1 Samuel 17: 32–49

Message

Top Twelve Countdown #11:  “The King of Glory”, Willard Jabusch, arr. John Ferguson, ©1973 United Church Press, 1985 Willard F. Jabusch,

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer (Sins/Sinned)

PRAYER RESPONSE  #288 Spirit of the Living God, CCLI #1149146

Spir-it of the liv-ing God, fall a-fresh on me;

Spir-it of the liv-ing God, fall a-fresh on me;

Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me.

Spir-it of the liv-ing God, fall a-fresh on me.

 

Offering

Leader:  God is good!

People:  All the time!

Leader:  All the time!

People:  God is good!

 

Vocal Solo:  “Knowing What I Know About Heaven”, Sarah Darling/Guy Penrod, ©2010 Sarah Darling Music

Kevin & Sharon C., duet

 

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

Like David, our experiences prepare us for the next step and give us gifts and abilities to share. Take what we bring today that it may be used to demonstrate your care for people.

 

Closing Hymn #623 “I’ve Got Peace like a River”, African-American spiritual, public domain

Blessing

Choral Benediction #192 “Shine, Jesus, Shine” vs. 1, Graham Kendrick, ©1987 Make Way Music, sheet music in back of bulletin

Chime Meditation: “It Only Takes a Spark”, Kurt Kaiser, ©1969 Lexicon Music Inc.

Postlude: “Allegro Maestoso”, G. F. Handel, public domain

 

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

Altar Flowers:  If you would like to sponsor the altar flowers, please sign up for your desired Sunday on the Flower chart as you enter the church, or you can contact the Altar Guild Representative for your chosen month.

 Coming Up This Week:

June 20         Worship                                            Sanctuary                   9:00 a.m.

June 21         UACT Youth Comm. Mtg.             outside Zion House  5:30 p.m.

Consistory Mtg.                              Fellowship Hall          7:00 p.m.

June 22         John’s Meals Board Mtg              outside Zion House  6:30 p.m.

Looking Forward:

June 27         Worship                                            Sanctuary                   9:00 a.m.

June 28         Personnel Mtg                                Fellowship Hall          7:00 p.m.

June 30         Mission Mtg                                    Fellowship Hall          7:00 p.m.

Happy Anniversary to Bill and Jane S. who celebrate 56 years together on June 26th!

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.

 Choir Director & Organist Needed:  If you know of anyone interested in either position, please contact the Personnel Committee.

Keep Your Soda Can Tabs coming:  On May 23rd, Zion handed off 12.5 lbs. of aluminum pull tabs (that we had been collecting/accumulating in 3 barrels at the church) to Chloe, a young lady who (along with her soccer team) has been collecting tabs for the Danville Ronald McDonald House. Various teams participating in an upcoming soccer tournament hoped to reach their goal of donating 250 lbs. (of tabs) to the charity! At last count, Chloe indicated her team had collected 45 lbs.  Zion will continue to collect pull tabs from any aluminum can (e.g., beverage cans, soup cans, etc.). Simply place the tabs in the barrel on the credenza in the back of the church.  Thank you for your continued, ongoing efforts in supporting the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Under the Horizon:  Under the Horizon has a few openings remaining for summer pottery camps in case anyone is interested.  If so, please contact cathleen@underthehorizon.net.

 

Rev. Heather’s email address is revzionucc@gmail.com so feel free to contact her!

 

Rev. Heather’s Office Hours

Sunday 10a.m. – 12 noon

Monday 9:30 a.m. – 12 noon

And by appointment

Office Manager hours – Tuesday & Thursday mornings 8 – 12 noon