Worship: June 25, 2017

Sunday, June 25, 2017

God Hears, God Cares

 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 2

 *Call To Worship

One:       I need you to hear something really important.

All:         What is it?

One:       You need to be ready.  Are you ready?

All:         Yes.

One:       Really ready?

All:         Absolutely!  What’s so important?

One:       First, take a deep breath.  Ok, listen closely:  God is here in our midst; God is listening to the stories we share; God knows us, more deeply than we can imagine.

All:         What a wonderful reminder!  As we rejoice in God’s love, let us come together and worship in the light of community.

*Hymn: “For the Beauty of the Earth” ……………………#14


Leader:   Our many-storied God, you give name to the prayers sung through our living.  You created a world with so much potential for beauty.  It is through this world that we experience the many stories that make us who we are.  Help us to encounter you today, during this time of beholding and wonder.  Amen.

We Recognize Our Brokenness

Prayer Of Confession

Leader:   Patient God, it’s true:  we don’t want you to disrupt our peace.  Too often, we don’t let you interrupt our comfort and complacency.  We like things the way they are.  We like living based on the economy of this world, rather than your economy of love.  Too often we choose the easy route.  We wonder:  What are you seeking to teach us?  What are we to learn from you?  Too much of our lives is spent doubting you, instead of living into your beautiful reminder that we are heard, known, and loved.

People:          For this, we say, forgive us. Amen.   (A time for silent prayers of confession.)

 Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

One:       No matter how we say it, no matter the  big words we use to emphasize it, no matter how many times we are reminded of it, the Good News is simple:  God’s love is not going anywhere:  God’s love is real; God’s love is deep; God’s love is everywhere.

All:         Hallelujah!  Thanks be to our awesome God!

Reading Of The Scripture: Romans 6: 1b-11 (N.T., pg. 146)

Special Music:   “You Raise Me Up”……………..Graham

Piano solo by Abby

Reading Of The Gospel:   Matthew 10: 24-39 (N.T., pg. 10)

 We Reflect On New Possibilities

Message For This Day

 *Hymn: “Now There Is No Male or Female”……………#493

 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:   “Above All”………………..Baloche

Piano solo by Abby

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

*Prayer Of Dedication

Leader:.. God listens.  God pauses.  God responds.

People:. We have listened.  We have paused.  And now we respond.  God, use our offering, an outpouring of our response to you, as gifts for the world.

Leader:.. Through this giving, may we be inspired to continue offering in this – your world.  Amen.

We Go Forth To Live Transformed Lives

*Closing Hymn: “My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less” ………….#353


Leader:   Let us go as listening, pausing, responding people, called to live the gospel’s love.  And as you go, know that you are comforted by a God of many stories, know that you are walking alongside Jesus, a friend for the journey, God’s embodied love in human form, and know that you are inspired by the Spirit’s call to respond.  Amen.

*Choral Benediction: “God Be with You Till We Meet Again”…………#542, v. 2

*Chime Meditation


*Where noted, please stand if able.                                          


June’s Proverb:   Scoffers set a city aflame, but the wise turn away wrath.

Proverbs 29: 8

 The Hoss’s Community Fundraiser on June 12 raised $121.39.  Thank you to all who supported this fundraiser. The next one is scheduled for Monday, September 11.

 Zion Trivia Nite will be Sunday, June 25, starting at 6:00 p.m.  Why not get a team together and join us?

Hot Dog Fellowship. In a few weeks the first day of summer will be here. The return of summer also signals the return of Hot Dog Fellowship Sundays.  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 on the fourth Sunday in June, July, August, and September (6/25, 7/23, 8/27, and 9/24).  Bring your lawn chairs and a dessert to share.

 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.

 Put Your Aprons On And Fire Up The Ovens. . . Zion is again having a bake sale on Sunday, July 30, at McDannells Fruit and Farm Market’s Customer Appreciation Day! More details to come.

 Zion’s Financial Data

Income through May – $76,624.86

Expenses through May – $83,183.68

Deficit – $8,997.82

 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!

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.

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 July 2; Aug. 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:

June 25, Trivia Nite, 6:00 pm

June 25, Hot dog fellowship, Zion Hse, 6:00 pm

June 26, Consistory mtg, Zion Hse, 7:00 pm

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


Romans 6:1-14, from The Message

When Death Becomes Life

6 1-3 So what do we do? Keep on sinning so God can keep on forgiving? I should hope not! If we’ve left the country where sin is sovereign, how can we still live in our old house there? Or didn’t you realize we packed up and left there for good? That is what happened in baptism. When we went under the water, we left the old country of sin behind; when we came up out of the water, we entered into the new country of grace—a new life in a new land!

3-5 That’s what baptism into the life of Jesus means. When we are lowered into the water, it is like the burial of Jesus; when we are raised up out of the water, it is like the resurrection of Jesus. Each of us is raised into a light-filled world by our Father so that we can see where we’re going in our new grace-sovereign country.

6-11 Could it be any clearer? Our old way of life was nailed to the cross with Christ, a decisive end to that sin-miserable life—no longer at sin’s every beck and call! What we believe is this: If we get included in Christ’s sin-conquering death, we also get included in his life-saving resurrection. We know that when Jesus was raised from the dead it was a signal of the end of death-as-the-end. Never again will death have the last word. When Jesus died, he took sin down with him, but alive he brings God down to us. From now on, think of it this way: Sin speaks a dead language that means nothing to you; God speaks your mother tongue, and you hang on every word. You are dead to sin and alive to God. That’s what Jesus did.

12-14 That means you must not give sin a vote in the way you conduct your lives. Don’t give it the time of day. Don’t even run little errands that are connected with that old way of life. Throw yourselves wholeheartedly and full-time—remember, you’ve been raised from the dead!—into God’s way of doing things. Sin can’t tell you how to live. After all, you’re not living under that old tyranny any longer. You’re living in the freedom of God.

The Message (MSG)

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