Worship: June 23, 2019

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Deep Down Questions

 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. 

*Call To Worship

One: O God, we wait,

All: and our waiting is for you.

One: O God, we long,

All: and our longing is for you.

One: O God, we yearn,

All: and our yearning is for you.

One: And in silence,

All: we listen for your Spirit.

One: And in silence,

All: we hear our names.

One: And in silence,

All: we are found.

*Hymn: “Open My Eyes, That I May See”……….……#451


One: Sacred space, holding all silence; silence, holding the whole word of God; word of God, holding all truth for the world; truth for the world, holding every hope of life; hope of living, holding every grace of God; the grace of God, holding every moment of heaven; moments of heaven, held in sacred space; sacred space, holding all silence; in this silence, God, we meet.  Amen.

We Recognize Our Brokenness

Prayer Of Confession

One: “What are you doing here?” asks God.  “What are you doing here in the silence, among those who have no voice, among those who have been silenced?  What sound will fill the silence?  “What are you doing here in the injustice, amid the imbalance of the world, amid the unfairness of people’s lives What act to transform the suffering?  “What are you doing here in the pain, amid the hurt of people, amid the brokenness of the world?  What response to make whole the healing?  “What are you doing here?” asks God. (A time for silent prayers of confession.)

Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

One: “I am forgiving,” says God.  “I am holding you and believing in you.  I am waiting to change your living, echo truth into every lie, speak healing into every brokenness.  I am forgiving.  Come and let us start anew.”

Reading Of The Scripture:   1 Kings 19:1-4, (5-7), 8-15a (O.T., pg. 311)

Faith Lesson For All Ages

Anthem:   “Gonna Be a Great Day”…….………………Joseph M. Martin

We Reflect On New Possibilities

Reading Of The Gospel:   Luke 8: 26-39 (N.T., pg. 63)

Message For This Day                                    

*Hymn: “I Will Come to You”…………………………..…….….#177

Prayers Of The People And The Lord’s Prayer

One: Creating God, may all our words be filled with silence: a space broad enough to pray for the world’s needs, and a place deep enough to meet you in it.  We place a silence here for all conflict, where words can never heal, only the witness of peace-filled living, and the touch of love. (a moment of silence).

We place a silence here for all hurt, where words can never repair, only the witness of grace-filled living, and the touch of love. (a moment of silence).

We place a silence here for all injustice, where words can never break through, only the witness of truth-filled living, and the touch of love. (a moment of silence).

We place a silence here for all victims, where words can never say sorry, only the witness of compassion-filled living, and the touch of love. (a moment of silence).

We place a silence here for all people, where words are confusing and confused, and only the witness of patient living, and the touch of love, speaks. (a moment of silence). 

Creating God, may all our words be filled with silence: space broad enough to pray what the world needs, and a place deep enough to meet you in it.  Amen. 

(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:   “I Want Jesus to Walk With Me”………………..…..Lloyd Larson

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

*Prayer Of Dedication

One: Gracious God, we give you thanks for your gifts of compassion and mercy.  Now we offer gifts to you – gifts of time, talent, effort, and treasure – gifts that are not flashy or perfect, but gifts that we pray may reflect your compassion and mercy to a hurting world.  Amen.

We Go Forth To Live Transformed lives

*Closing Hymn: “Take Thou Our Minds, Dear Lord” ………….……..….#707 


One: Go now in silence, always listening for God in the world.

All: Our ears are open to God.

One: Go now in silence, always listening for love in our neighbourhood.

All: Our hearts are open to God.

One: Go now in silence, always listening for grace in our living.

All: Our lives are open to God.  Amen.

*Choral Benediction: “Go, My Children, With My Blessing”………#547 vs 1

*Chime Meditation


*Where noted, please stand if able.

The Altar Flowers are given to the glory of God and in honor of all fathers.

Greeter And Bulletin Sponsorship Sign-Up Sheets for 2019 are on the credenza. v(Bulletin Sponsorship is $15 per Sunday. Please place your remittance designated for Bulletins in the offering plate.)

Office Manager summer hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Coming Up Next Week:

June 26, Profile Cmte Mtg, Zion House, 6:30 pm

Looking Forward:

June 30, Hot Dog Roast, Zion House, 6:00 pm

Pastoral Care Needs – Rev. George Heberling will be providing pastoral care over the summer months for those in need. Please call the church office at 717-677-8319 if you would like him to visit.

Vacation Bible School – Join us at Trinity Lutheran in Arendtsville on July 8 – 12 from 6:15 to 8:00 p.m. for Vacation Bible School. There is no charge but a free-will offering will be taken.

Totem Pole Playhouse –Time is getting short! Remember to sign up for the Saturday, August 10th matinee production of “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” at the Totem Pole Playhouse.  The clipboard is in the back of church.  BLWT is a rollicking musical with serious themes.  Come find out how putting life on TV changes it, how it changes people, and how the TV camera impacts that which it records. The show asks questions about privacy and whether television, both local and national, goes too far in its pursuit of stories, as pertinent a question today as in the 1970’s.  Tickets are $35.00, and payment is due to Debra by July 1st.

FirePit Fellowship – Don’t forget the Hot Dog Roast on June 30th at 6:00 p.m. behind Zion House!  Bring your chairs and a dish to share and come join the picnic!

Ladies’ Breakfast – The next Ladies’ Breakfast will be held Monday, July 8th, at the Apple Bin at 9:00 a.m.  Please join us for lots of interesting conversation and much laughter.  All are welcome.  Instead of our normal breakfast gathering on Monday, August 12th, we will be going to Crumbs Café in Mt. Holly Springs for lunch.  We will be carpooling from Biglerville at 11:00 a.m.  Reservations are required for Crumbs Café, so the deadline to sign up with Sally will be Sunday, August 4th whether you are meeting us there or carpooling.  Even if you don’t attend the breakfasts on a regular basis, come join us for lunch!

Hoss’s Fundraiser – We made $75.47 on our most recent Hoss’s Communitiy Night Fundraiser. The next one is scheduled for Monday, September 16, 2019.

Thrivent College Planning Workshop – Want to help your student get through college but still be able to retire comfortably? Come to a complimentary 60-minute college planning overview here at Zion to learn how to save money on college.  Thrivent will be presenting in Fellowship Hall on Thursday, July 11th, at 6:00 pm.  See the flyer on the credenza in the rear of church for more information.

Lancaster Theological Seminary – The seminary is offering a new, online ministerial leadership program designed for lay ministers, those considering a ministerial career, and individuals preparing for or seeking an alternative to a graduate theological degree. For more information or to apply, visit lancasterseminary.edu/academics/PAM.