Worship: March 18, 2018

Sunday, March 18, 2018

5th 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 here; in this sacred space, in this sacred moment, away from your daily concerns and restraints.  Here we recall the stories of faith, here we see the God who is constantly loving, here we are offered forgiveness again, here we remember whose we are.

*Hymn: “In the Garden” ………….……(insert)


Leader:   God, we hear your promise that as love is written on our hearts, love becomes our true nature.  In the full knowledge that we are a forgiven people we look with expectation into our world, to do what we can do to share the good news revealed in Jesus and be agents of peace and justice.  Amen.

We Recognize Our Brokenness

 Call to Confession: “Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling”…………..#418, v 2

Prayer Of Confession

Leader:   God, we make so many mistakes; we turn away from you so often.  We need you so much.  Thank you that you so loved the world that you sent Jesus to die on the cross to save us from our sins.

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

 Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

Leader:   You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.  Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

 Reading Of The Scripture: Jeremiah 31: 31-34 (O.T., pg. 691)

 Faith Lesson For All Ages

 Anthem:     “Wherever You Lead”…………..…Evans

Reading Of The Gospel:   John 12: 20-33 (N.T., pg. 100)

We Reflect On New Possibilities

Message For This Day

*Hymn:   “I Danced in the Morning”…….……..#157

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:   We send these gifts into the world with love and the desire that they will flow and flood where they will do good and bring about justice.  Amen.

We Go Forth To Live Transformed Lives

 *Closing Hymn: “Jesus Loves Me!”……………… ……….#188


One:       As you leave this sacred space, remember that we are a forgiven people and God has written love on our hearts.  Remember your sacredness, remember your place in the eternal flow of life, and realize the power love has to change lives.

All:         We will flood the world with the law of love.  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

 If you Find An Earring In The Church – it’s really an ear clip – just a big “U,” please place it in church mailbox #4 or give to Pastor Kim. It was lost on March 4.

The Next John’s Meals Board Meeting will be on Tuesday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m. in Zion’s fellowship hall.

Lenten Supper Series.   We will join our UACT partners for supper and faith reflections at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21, at Trinity Lutheran.

Since The March What’s Cookin’ date falls during the Lenten season, we will be meeting on Wednesday, March 21, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. (earlier end, than usual).  We will share a meal with the other participants, then break away for a more age-appropriate, quick lesson.

Zion’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt will occur Sunday, March 25 @ 10:45. Please report to the Main Sunday School room and bring your baskets.  Jessica will be accepting donations of small wrapped candy that will fit inside of eggs until March 18 (today).  Sign up sheet in the main Sunday School room–please sign up by today so the bunny is ready!!

Zion Trivia Nite is Sunday, March 25, at 6:00.  Why not gather a team and join us?  Any questions, see Gina.

Bender’s Lutheran Church (1385 Rentzel Road, Biglerville) will be having their annual Easter Egg Hunt and Resurrection Story reading on Saturday, March 31 at 9:30 a.m. All children up to and including 6th graders are welcome! First, the story of Christ’s crucifixion will be read as the children prepare resurrection rolls. While the rolls are in the tomb (or oven), the children go outside for the egg hunt. The children then share a snack as the rest of the resurrection story is read and the children open their rolls to discover that Jesus isn’t there! Community children are invited.

A Chicken BBQ will benefit Boy Scout Troop #71. It will be held on Saturday, April 21, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Biglerville.  The $9 meal includes ½ chicken, roll with butter, baked beans, apple sauce, and a beverage (take-out only).  For advance tickets, call 717-321-4563.

Heating System Capital Campaign (As of Mar. 11)
Received one-time contributions $98,706
Monetary value of pledges received $33,300
Pledges received thus far in cash

Total cash received ($98,706 + $22,473)=




 Zion’s Financial Data

Income through February – $25,561.42

Expenses through February – $34,806.20

Deficit – $9,244.78

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 Flower Chart is posted in the vestibule.  Dates available are April 8, 22, 29; May 6, 13; June 17, 24; July 8, 22, 29; August 5, 12, 26; September 9; and December 2, 9.  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.

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 Parker.  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 most of April and May.

(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.

 Coming Up Next Week:

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

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

Mar. 20, John’s Meal board mtg, F. H., 6:30 pm

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

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

Mar. 21, Choir practice, 7:30 pm

Looking Forward:

Mar. 25, Children sing, 9:00 am

Mar. 25, Easter egg hunt, 10:45 am

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

Apr. 1, Sunrise service, Fairview cemetery, 6:15 am

Apr. 1, Easter worship with communion, 9:00 am

Apr. 9, Ladies’ breakfast, Apple Bin, 9:00 am

Apr. 10, Book Club, Mustard seed rm, 7:00 pm

Apr. 11, Mission mtg, Zion Hse, 6:30 pm

Apr. 21, South Mountain Ramblers