Worship: June 5, 2022 Pentecost

ZION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

22 Gettysburg Street  Box 538

Arendtsville, Pennsylvania

Pentecost

June 6, 2022

Worship 9:00 a.m.

Livestream Link:  Zion UCC Pentecost Sunday Service Livestream – June 5 2022

Be Disciples, Make Disciples, Love All

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 “Here I Stand” composed by Ricky Valadez, free music

GREETINGS & ANNOUNCEMENTS 

INTROIT “Invention Eleven”, Gordon L. Haws, ©2017 Gordon L. Haws, used with permission

CALL TO WORSHIP 

OPENING PRAYER

*Holy One, may the power of your spirit blow through our midst this day, filling our lungs with energy, vitality, and an eagerness to serve. May the power of your spirit ignite a fire within us that knows no fear, giving us the courage to be your people. May the power of your spirit open our hearts and loosen our tongues so with boldness we may proclaim your vision.  Amen.

*OPENING HYMN “Let Every Christian Pray”, Fred Pratt Green, tune Joseph Barnby 1868, ©1971 Hope Publishing Company

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

ASSURANCE OF GOD’S LOVE

Leader: Jesus said, “Peace be with you,” and then breathed out his spirit.  “If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them.”  Receive the Spirit of God and may the flame of forgiveness blow freely within you.

ALL: Thanks be to God! Amen.

CHILDREN’S TIME

*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 1993

SCRIPTURE READING: Acts 2:  1-21

HYMN #286 – “Breath on Me Breath of God”, Edwin Hatch 1878, Robert Jackson 1888, public domain

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE 

LORD’S PRAYER sinners/sin

PRESENTATION OF TITHES AND OFFERINGS

OFFERTORY INVITATION

Leader: God is good

All: All the time!

Leader: All the time

All: God is good!

OFFERTORY: “The Power of My Spirit”, words and music Pepper Choplin, ©2004 Glory Sound, div. of Shawnee Press, Zion’s Choir

*SUNG DOXOLOGY, Old Hundredth, public domain

Praise God from whom all blessings flow;

Praise Christ all people here below;

Praise Holy Spirit evermore;

Praise Triune God whom we adore.

*THE PRAYER OF DEDICATION (unison)

To the possibility, persistence, growth, imagination, and adventure of the spirit, we dedicate ourselves.  The stuff that makes things happen is the energy of God – the Spirit, moving across the church, and we will be part of it.  Amen.

COMMUNION

INVITATION

This is the table, not of the Church, but of God.  It is to be made ready for those who love him and who want to love him more.  So, come, you who have much faith and you who have little, you who have been here often and you who have not been for a long time, you who have tried to follow and you who have failed.  Come, not because it is I who invite you:  it is our God.  It is those who want to know God that will meet God here.

One: The Lord be with you.

All: And also with you.

One: Lift up your hearts.

All: We lift them to God.

One: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

All: It is right to give our thanks and praise.

One: Holy God, Creator of all life around us and within us, we remember how you moved over the water to create and to bless. On the day of Pentecost, your Spirit blew through the group, bringing them to understanding and community. We too have felt the wind of your spirit in our lives comforting us, calling us, and showing us the way.

Even with all your whispers of love, we are sometimes plagued with doubts and suffering. We have given way to injustice. So, in the fullness of time, you sent your Son to be with us in anxiety, in despair and to show us your ultimate Hope. We remember him and your disciples who were blessed on Pentecost as we pray together:

BREAKING THE BREAD, POURING THE CUP

One: Before the Pentecost wind and the birth of the church, Jesus showed everyone everything he could about God’s love. He called them beloved. He asked them to love. He offered himself as proof that nothing can stop the love of God. He took bread, and he broke it, saying “This is my body, broken for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, he took the cup and blessed it saying, “This is the cup of the new covenant, poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in remembrance of me.”

BLESSING THE BREAD AND CUP

One: Holy God, pour out your spirit on these gifts today, easing our doubts and challenging us to seek new unknowns together. Continue to discomfort us that we might both seek comfort in you and work for justice for your people. Draw us together as one body around this table and in your love. Amen.

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING (unison)

Thanks be to you, God known in a body who blessed as he lived, who raised up our life to be gathered as one, reaching out for the Kingdom.  For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  Amen.

*HYMN #315 “In the Midst of New Dimensions”, Julian B. Rush 1979, rev. 1985, ©1994 Julian B. Rush

*BENEDICTION

POSTLUDE “I Stand All Amazed” by Charles H. Gabriel, arr. By Linda Titera, 2005, free music

Today’s altar flowers are given to the glory of God and in honor of Dot R.’s birthday celebration on June 10th.

 From the Consistory:  Covid cases are mounting again.  After consultation and consideration, the Consistory is highly recommending you wear masks in church again.

Don’t forget to sign up to sponsor altar flowers in honor or memory of loved ones and for special events!  The flower chart is on the bulletin board as you enter church.

 A few Happy Belated Birthdays:  to Judy B.-E. who celebrated 78 years on June 1st!  To Loy H. who also celebrated 78 years on June 1st!  And to Sue H. who celebrated 74 years on June 3rd

Happy Birthday to Connie L. on June 6th, and Happy Birthday to Dot R. who celebrates 89 years on June 10th!

Coming Up This Week:

June 5         Worship with Communion                   Sanctuary                9:00 a.m.

June 8         Mission Committee Mtg                      Fellowship Hall         6:30 p.m.

June 10        Book Club                                            Battersbys               6:00 p.m.

Looking Forward:

June 12        Worship, honoring graduates             Sanctuary                9:00 a.m.

June 13        Ladies Breakfast                                  Apple Bin                 9:00 a.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.

Prayer List Changes Coming!  Our prayer list names have grown like weeds in our gardens! So, we will be thinning out the list.  At the end of June, we are returning to the process used in prior years.  When you submit a name to the prayer chain, it will remain on the list for one month and then be removed.  If you wish the person to continue receiving prayers, please resubmit the name again the next month.  Only new submissions will be published in the bulletin each week.  If you want to be a prayer volunteer just contact Angie, and thanks to all who pray and submit names.

The gardens are starting to produce!  If you have extra fresh produce, you are willing to share, please bring it to Zion House on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  We will have a table on the front porch where people can find free food to supplement their dinner tables.

Calling all grads!  On June 12th, we will honor our 2022 graduates during worship.  If you have a student graduating high school or college, please let us know and include their future plans so we can share your good news in the bulletin.  Either email (zion_ucc_arendtsville@comcast.net) or call the office (717-677-8319).

Lay Readers needed for June:  If you would like to read scriptures any Sunday in June, please call or email the office!

Soloists wanted!!  If you or a friend would like to share vocal or instrumental talents over the summer, there is a sign-up sheet on the credenza.

Totem Pole outing June 12thDebra S. will meet those of us who bought tickets for “Always. . . Patsy Cline” on June 12th at 1:30 p.m. at the Playhouse to distribute the tickets.

Ladies Breakfast:  The next Ladies Breakfast will be Monday, June 13th, at 9:00 a.m. at The Apple Bin.  That day, we will take reservations to go to the Old Farm House on Wednesday, June 22nd, for brunch and tea. Please consider joining us for this lovely event; we will carpool from Biglerville.

Clean-up Day has been rescheduled for June 18th.  Every pair of willing hands is gratefully accepted!  Meet in the parking lot at 8:30 a.m. (or come when you can) as we tackle removing the gumdrop tree, weeds, mulch, etc. at the church and Zion House.

Mark your calendars!  Worship at Oakside Park will be held June 19th at 10:00 a.m. at Pavilion 3.  Lunch will follow so plan what scrumptious dish or dessert you would like to share with everyone.  Chicken and drinks will be provided.

This year, Vacation Bible School will run from July 18 – 22 from 6:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Shepherds for each class and a Snack Coordinator are being recruited.  If you are moved to fill one of those positions, please let Miss Chris know soon so we are not scrambling at the last minute for volunteers.  Children in the pre-Kindergarten group will need a person to accompany them to VBS.  Thanks for supporting Zion’s kiddos!

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!