Worship: June 3, 2018

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Stretch Out Your Hand

 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


Announcements: Recognition of high school graduates (Jake, Alexandra, and Jonathan)

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.

Response:   “These Treasured Children“…………………#487, v. 1

*Call To Worship

Leader:   Lord God, especially today as we remember the coming of your Spirit, teach those of us who lead worship not to rely on our own strength to make worship meaningful and inspiring.  Rather, give us joy and freedom in  knowing that worship is a gift made possible by the work of your Holy Spirit.  Through Christ, our Lord.  Amen.

*Hymn: “O, How I Love Jesus”…… ……………………(insert)


Leader:   Come, Creator Spirit, and move over this chaotic world.

People:  Come, Creator Spirit, and bring life to this world.

Leader:   Come, Creator Spirit, and move over the chaos of our lives.

People:  Come, Creator Spirit, and bring us new life.  Amen.

We Recognize Our Brokenness

Prayer Of Confession

Leader:   Come, Holy Spirit!  Rain upon our dry and dusty lives.  Wash away our sin and heal our wounded spirits.  Kindle within us the fire of your love to burn away our apathy.  With your warmth bend our rigidity and guide our wandering feet.

All:         Amen.   (A time for silent prayers of confession.)

 Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

Leader:   All the promises of God find their “Yes” in Christ.  That is why we utter the “Amen” through him, to the glory of God.  It is God who has put his seal upon us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.

People:  In Christ, by the power of the Spirit, we are redeemed. Praise God, from whom all blessings flow!

Reading Of The Scripture:  1 Samuel 3: 1-10 (11-20) (O.T., pg. 236)

Anthem:   “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”………… Robinson, arr. Sorenson

Kyleigh, Soloist

The Sacrament Of Baptism For

Avery Arthur

Born March 28, 2018, to Austin and Ashley


Leader:   They were bringing children to Jesus that Jesus might touch them; and the disciples rebuked them.  But when Jesus saw it, Jesus was indignant, and said to them,

People:  “Let the children come to me, do not hinder them; for to such belongs the realm of God.  Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the realm of God like a child shall not enter it.”

Leader:   And Jesus took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands upon them.


Leader:   The sacrament of baptism is an outward and visible sign of the grace of God.  Inasmuch as the promise of the gospel is not only to us but also to our children, baptism with water and the Holy Spirit is the mark of their acceptance into the care of Christ’s church, the sign and seal of their participation in God’s forgiveness, and the beginning of their growth into full Christian faith and discipleship.

People:  This is the water of baptism.  Out of this water we rise with new life, forgiven of sin and one in Christ, members of Christ’s body.

 Questions For The Family

Pastor:   Do you desire to have Avery baptized into the faith and family of Jesus Christ?

Family:  We do.

Pastor:   Will you encourage Avery to renounce the powers of evil and to receive the freedom of new life in Christ?

Family:  We will, with the help of God.

Pastor:   Will you teach him that he may be led to profess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior?

Family:  We will, with the help of God.

Pastor:   Do you promise, according to the grace given you, to grow with Avery in the Christian faith, to help him to be a faithful member of the church of Jesus Christ by celebrating Christ’s presence, by furthering Christ’s mission in all the world, and by offering the nurture of the Christian church so that he may affirm his baptism?

Family:  We do, with the help of God.

 *Congregational Assent (Please stand)

Leader:   Jesus Christ calls us to make disciples of all nations and to offer them the gift of grace in baptism.  Do you, who witness and celebrate this sacrament, promise your love, support, and care to the one about to be baptized, as he lives and grows in Christ?

People:  We promise our love, support, and care.  (Please be seated)

 Blessing Of The Water

Pastor:   Bless by your Holy Spirit, gracious God, this water.  By your Holy Spirit save those who confess the name of Jesus Christ that sin may have no power over them.  Create new life in the one baptized this day that he may rise in Christ.  Glory to you, eternal God, the one who was, and is, and shall always be, world without end.  Amen.

 Act Of Baptism

Prayer For The Baptized

Pastor:   We give you thanks, O Holy One, mother and father of all the faithful, for this your child and for the grace acknowledged here today in water and the Holy Spirit.  Embrace us all as sons and daughters in the one household of your love.  Grant us grace to receive, nurture, and befriend these new members of the body of Christ.

All:         Give to the newly baptized:  strength for life’s journey, courage in time of suffering, the joy of faith, the freedom of love, and the hope of new life:  through Jesus Christ, who makes us one.  Amen.

*Baptism Hymn: “I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry”…..#488

Reading Of The Gospel:   Mark 2: 23-3: 6 (N.T., pg. 34)

We Reflect On New Possibilities

Message For This Day

 *Hymn: “We Come to You for Healing, Lord”……………………..#796

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:   “Mercy Me”……………….…….. Elsey/arr. Sorenson

Kyleigh, Soloist

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

*Prayer Of Dedication

Leader:   God of wind, word, and fire, we bless your name this day for sending the light and strength of your Holy Spirit.  We give you thanks for all the gifts, great and small, that have been poured out upon your children.  Accept us with our gifts to be living praise and witness to your love throughout all the earth, through Jesus Christ, who lives with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever.  Amen.

We Go Forth To Live Transformed Lives

*Closing Hymn: “Praise the Lord! God’s Glories Show” ………….#33


Leader:   May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

*Choral Benediction: “These Treasured Children”…..……#487, v. 4

*Chime Meditation


*Where noted, please stand if able.                              


June’s Proverb:  

My child, do not despise the Lord’s discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the Lord reproves the one he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.  Proverbs 3: 11-12

Please Note, when bringing your items to Fellowship Hall for the Rummage Sale, place them under the tablesIt is easier for the committee to sort and price things that way.  Sunday, June 3, is the last day we will accept rummage sale items.   Baked goods may be dropped off Thursday, June 7, anytime during the day or evening.  Fellowship Hall will be unlocked all day.



Bob Smith will be celebrating his 100th birthday on June 11, 2018!  We are having an Open House on Sunday, June 10th from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at his home at 189 Main Street in Arendtsville.  Please drop in to say Hello and Happy Birthday!  Only your presence in needed – no presents.                        The Smith Family

Zion Trivia is on Sunday, June 10, starting at 6:00 p.m. Why not gather a team and join us?  Any questions, see Gina.

 Window Air Conditioners Are Available. Available is one 16,500 BTU, one 12,000 BTU, and three 6,500 BTUs. Any church member interested should let Bob or Kevin know.

 Firepit Fellowship. This summer we are doing something new on our regular, last Sunday of the month, hot dog roasts. On June 24 at 6 p.m. we kick off the summer season by inviting our local first responders, Fire and EMT, to join us for good food and fun.  They will be invited to bring their families, as well. This will be a great family event, with a fire engine, games, and the opportunity to enjoy getting to know our first responders who serve our community so well.  If you would like to help with this event, please let Debra or Kim know.  The other dates for hot dog roasts are July 29 and August 26.  We are hoping that our first responders, and other neighbors, will join us for those, as well.

 Mama Mia! At The Totem Pole Playhouse.   Only 11 tickets remain for the Saturday, August 4, matinee performance of “Mama Mia!” Be sure to reserve your ticket now by signing the sheet in the back of the sanctuary.  We expect this show to be a sold-out run.  If interested, an after-performance behind the scenes tour is available for the group.  Tickets are $30 per person.  Please make checks payable to Debra  Come join the Zion group to enjoy the story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propelling this enchanting tale of love, laughter, and friendship, creating an unforgettable show.

Sign up Sheets For Our Fall Sunday School are now available in the hallway outside the art room and in the sign up book on the credenza? See Jessica with questions.

Heating System Capital Campaign (As of May 27, 2018)
Received one-time contributions $98,706
Monetary value of pledges received $33,300
Pledges received thus far in cash

Total cash received ($98,706 + $25,631)=



 *Anything over and above our$124,000 goal is being placed in the capital improvement fund.

The Flower Chart is posted in the vestibule.  Dates available are July 8, 22, 29; August 12; and December 2.   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.

Zion’s Financial Data

Income through April – $57,002.74

Expenses through April – $67,768.99

Deficit – $10,766.25

 Greeter And Bulletin Sponsorship Sign-Up Sheets are on the credenza.

Greeters are needed for July 1, 8, 22, and 29.

Coming Up Next Week:

June 8, Yard sale, F. H., 7 am – 5 pm

June 9, Yard sale, F. H., 7 am – 12 noon

Looking Forward:

June 10, Congregational picnic, Oakside Park, 9:30 am

June 10, Trivia nite, 6:00 pm

June 11, Ladies’ breakfast, Apple Bin, 9:00 am

June 11, Hoss’s Community Night Fund Raiser, Gettysburg, 12 – 8 pm

June 16, South Mountain Ramblers, King’s Gap Mansion, 10:00 am

June 19, Book Club picnic, Bushey residence, 6:00 pm

June 24, Baptism of Jameson Rebert, 9:00 am

June 24, Firepit fellowship, Zion Hse, 6:00 pm