Worship: March 11, 2018

Sunday, March 11, 2018

4th Sunday in Lent

 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


The wheel of the church year has turned to Lent. In Advent we moved from darkness into the light, during Epiphany we celebrated the revelation of the light of Christ to all the world, and now in Lent we move from light into the darkness of Good Friday.  To symbolize this journey we have six candles on the altar, representing the 6 Sundays between Ash Wednesday and Easter.  Each Sunday we will extinguish another candle as the passion of Christ draws near.                           


Chime Interlude And Candle Lighting

Leader:   We light a light in the name of God who lit the world and breathed the breath of life into us.

People:  We light a light in the name of the Son who saved the world and stretched out His hand to me.

Leader:   We light a light in the name of the Spirit who encompasses the world and blesses our soul with yearning.

All:         We will light three lights for the Trinity of love: God above us, God beside us, God beneath us; the beginning, the end, the everlasting one.

 *Call To Worship

Leader:   People of God, gather today; in this sacred space, in this sacred moment.  For this time step aside from your daily concerns, for here we recall the stories of faith.  Here we see God does not dodge dangerous places, here we are called to stand and face our fears, here we remember whose we are.

*Hymn: “Come, Thou Font of Every Blessing” …………..…#475


Leader:   God, we acknowledge our humanity, for when we are in danger we experience fear, when we are in intimidating places we become anxious, when times are tough, our endurance is low and we fall into a culture of complaint.  More often than not, when our journey is rough we travel a round-about way.  But here we would take time to stop, to look up, to take stock, to recognize your loving presence in our lives, to truly see the blessings given to us, and to once again choose love over fear, light over darkness, life over death.  Amen.

We Recognize Our Brokenness

 Call to Confession: “Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling”…..……#418, v. 1

Prayer Of Confession

Leader:   Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid.  Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name, through Christ, our Lord.

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

Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

Leader:   By grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.

 Reading Of The Scripture: Numbers 21: 4-9 (O.T., pg. 134)

Faith Lesson For All Ages


Anthem: “Here in the House of the Lord”…………..Price/Besig

Reading Of The Gospel:   John 3: 14-21 (N.T., pg. 88)

We Reflect On New Possibilities

Message For This Day

 *Hymn: “Here I Am, Lord”……………………..#69

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.


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

*Prayer Of Dedication

Leader:   Bless these gifts that we give today, for we lift our eyes and see there is much we can do to bring about wholeness and healing in our world.  May they contribute in bringing light to dark places.  Amen.

We Go Forth To Live Transformed Lives

 *Closing Hymn: “God of Grace and God of Glory” ……….#307

*Our Lenten Journey To The Cross

Scripture predicts the passion of Christ:   Matthew 16: 21-25 (N.T., pg. 17) (We will extinguish four candles.)


One:       As you leave this sacred space, remember God stands with you in shadowed and dangerous places.  Remember your sacredness, remember your place in the eternal flow of life, realize that when the road is tough, God’s love is steadfast and overcomes every fear.

All:         We will flood the world’s shadowed and dangerous places with the love of God that is stronger than fear.  Amen.

*Choral Benediction: “We Are Forgiven”………….….……#447

*Chime Meditation


*Where noted, please stand if able.      


 March’s Proverb:  

Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words, or else he will rebuke you, and you will be found a liar.                                    Proverbs 30: 5-6

 Through Our Special Offering Today For One Great Hour Of Sharing, we join with other Christians to make our presence known to people who might feel forgotten—the hungry, the hurting, the thirsty, the sick. Our gifts, together, provide food, shelter, comfort, and safety all over the world.  An envelope is available in your pew rack or on the credenza.

Lenten Supper Series.   We will join our UACT partners for supper and faith reflections at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays during Lent. The series schedule is March 14 at Benders Lutheran and March 21 at Trinity Lutheran.

 Please Sign Up For  The Maundy Thursday Seder Supper on March 29. The clipboard is on the credenza at the back of the church.

 Mark your calendars. . . Zion Is Having a Yard And Bake Sale on Friday, June 8, and Saturday, June 9.  Don’t start bringing your items in just yet, as we have no place to store them.  But as you are doing your spring cleaning, keep in mind your “junk” may be someone else’s treasure.  More details to come.

 The 2018 Flower Chart is posted in the vestibule.  Dates available for the first half of the year are April 8, 15, 22, 29; May 6, 13, 27; and June 17, 24. Please sign up.  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.


Heating System Capital Campaign (As of Jan. 31)
Received one-time contributions $98,606
Monetary value of pledges received $32,700
Pledges received thus far in cash

Total cash received ($98,606 + $17,995)=




 Single Serve, Microwaveable Cups Of Macaroni And Cheese are being collected to benefit John’s Meals.  The cups need not be a brand name (like Kraft); store brand is fine.  We will be providing 100 cups each month and they may be placed in the cupboard in the rear of the church.  Any questions, please see Chris.  As always, thank you so much for your faithful support of this ministry.

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

Greeters are needed for March 18 and most of April.

(Bulletin Sponsorship is $15 per Sunday. Please place your remittance designated for Bulletins in the offering plate.)

 Community Aid Clothing Bin is available in the Zion House parking lot for clothing donations along with shoes, accessories, draperies, and bed linens.   We receive funds each quarter based upon the weight of items deposited in the container, and those funds are used toward the Mission Budget.  Please place donations in plastic bags before dropping them into the bin.  After your yard sales, consider donating unsold appropriate items to the bin. 

 Inclement Weather Policy. If snow or ice force cancellation of Sunday services, here’s how to get the word on whether worship services will be held: call the church at 717-677-8319 and listen to the answering machine message. The message will be updated to tell you if services have been cancelled due to inclement weather; check the church web site:  www.zionuccarendtsville.org; or contact a Consistory member.

Coming Up Next Week:

Mar. 12, Ladies’ breakfast, Apple Bin, 9:00 am

Mar. 12, Hoss’s Community Night Fund Raiser, Gettysburg, 12 – 8 pm

Mar. 13, Book Club, Mustard seed rm, 7:00 pm

Mar. 14, Lenten supper series, Benders Lutheran, 6:00 pm

Mar. 14, Choir practice, 7:30 pm


Looking Forward:

Mar. 18, Bowling, Rockwell Lanes, Biglerville, 2:00 pm

Mar. 18, Confirmation, St. Paul Lutheran, 6:00 pm

Mar. 21, What’s Cookin’, Trinity Lutheran, 6:00 pm

Mar. 21, Lenten supper series, Trinity Lutheran, 6:00 pm

Mar. 25, Easter egg hunt

Mar. 25, Trivia nite, 6:00 pm

Mar. 26, Consistory mtg, Zion Hse, 7:00 pm

Mar. 28, Knitting/crocheting, Mustard seed rm, 6:30 pm

Mar. 29, Maundy Thursday service, F. H., 6:30 pm

Mar. 30, Good Friday service, Sanctuary, 7:30 pm

April 1, Sunrise service, Fairview cemetery, 6:15 am

April 1, Easter worship with communion, 9:00 am