Worship: March 24, 2019

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Third Sunday of 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: Lord Jesus, we walk with you through the valley of the shadow of death.  Please light our way.

People: Let us find our life in you, O Lord.

Leader: Banished from the Garden of Eden for our rebellion, give light to our darkness.

People: we long for the garden of Paradise.

Leader: O Lord, you are the Christ.

People:  Remember us in your kingdom.

Leader:  We come to hear you speak of your love for us.  You kindle love in our hearts.

People: You have the words of eternal life.  Amen. 

*Call To Worship

One: People of God, do you thirst? Do you hunger, on this Lenten journey?

All: Our souls long for the relief of right relationship and just living. Our spirits crave the pleasure of knowing all are well and safe.

One: People of the Way, come!  We are invited to drink deeply from the well of the glory of God!  We are invited to be renewed by the ever-flowing grace of God’s forgiveness and welcome.

All: But how much will this cost?  How can we afford such luxury and gift?

One: The glory of God is ours by our births – an inheritance for our humanity.  There is no material cost.  God gives to us out of love and delight.  Then how shall we respond to such love and kindness?

All: Let us respond in faithful worship and offer our very selves – our hearts devoted, and our minds renewed – in thanksgiving for God’s great favor.

One: Come, let us worship!

*Hymn: “There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy”…….………#435


One: Water of Life,

All: we thirst.

One: Bread of the World,

All: we hunger.

One: Giver of All Mercy,

All: we ache for a sense of your presence in our world.

One: We, like many before us, are tempted by the temporal pleasures and easy answers of the cultures in which we live. We know that our great joy and fulfillment is in your love and grace, and our most faithful living is in our ability to share and create wholeness.  Pour into our lives anew; nourish our spirits afresh; touch our souls with your hand and help us to find our way.  Be with us on this journey as we worship, we pray.  Amen.

We Recognize Our Brokenness 

Prayer Of Confession

One: Your ways are not our ways, Holy One.

All: Our ways lead us to desire material gain and social standing.

One: Your ways remind us that our greatest strength comes from love.

All: Our ways ask, who is the greatest sinner?  Who deserves more good?

One: Your ways call us to recognize all brokenness and strive to heal it.

All: Our ways claim that your love is evident by our wealth and privilege.

One: Your ways reveal that your love is true for all humanity and in all creation.

All: Our ways are often a struggle for control and certainty – unwilling to risk our comforts and safety.

One: Your ways are an invitation to let go and be willing to risk suffering to be part of your redeeming love on earth.

All: Our ways, we see more clearly now, are not your ways.  Forgive us, we pray.  And help us to find Your way, as we journey together this road tread by Jesus himself, our savior and guide.  Lead us, we pray.  Amen.  (A time for silent prayers of confession.)

Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

One: People of God, let us allow our thirst to lead us to God’s loving grace.  Be assured, children of God, that we are offered forgiveness in abundance – ever flowing with new life.  Amen.

Reading Of The Scripture:   Isaiah 55: 1-9 (O.T., pg. 644); 1 Corinthians 10: 1-13 (N.T., pg. 161)

Faith Lesson For All Ages 

Anthem:   “Come Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy”………….Sorenson

We Reflect On New Possibilities

Reading Of The Gospel:   Luke 13: 1-9 (N.T., pg. 71)

Message For This Day

*Hymn: “O My Soul, Bless Your Redeemer”………………..#439

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

One: As we dedicate this offering, we also dedicate our thirst.  Use it to help transform the world.  As we dedicate these gifts, we also dedicate our hunger.  May it motivate us all to act in the world and create new light.  Bless this giving and this worship toward true renewal.  Amen.

We Go Forth To Live Transformed lives

*Closing Hymn: “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise”………….#12


One:           A small stream beckons us today – to feel our thirst and know our hungers.  As we journey forward through this Lenten time, let us remember the journey of our ancestors, and allow our need to be the gift that moves us to offer new life in the Glory of God.  Amen.

*Choral Benediction: “I Danced in the Morning”……………………#157, vs 2

*Chime Meditation


*Where noted, please stand if able.       

Greeter And Bulletin Sponsorship Sign-Up Sheets for 2019 are on the credenza. v(Bulletin Sponsorship is $15 per Sunday. Please place your remittance designated for Bulletins in the offering plate.)v

 “BELLS” Supper Study – On each Wednesday evening in Lent, we will gather at 5:45 p.m. at Flohr’s Lutheran in McKnightstown for a supper and study session to learn about a new type of spiritual formation called “BELLS.” This is an acronym for Bless, Eat, Learn, Listen, Sent.  It encourages us to be more “missional” in the world and better at proclaiming the good news. While Flohr’s is the meeting site, participating churches will take turns providing the meal.  Please consider joining us for this Lenten journey.

Profile Committee Volunteers Needed – Zion is looking for a few good men and women (young and old) to serve on the Profile Committee during our pastoral transition! The Committee will develop an honest assessment of our church and how it wishes to interact with our community.  If you are interested in serving on this committee, please contact Wayne or any member of Consistory.

John’s Meals – In light of several recent generous donations of macaroni & cheese, the inventory team is requesting that individuals from Zion consider providing small cans/cups of peas or mixed vegetables instead, to be placed in the cupboard in the rear of the church. For additional information, feel free to contact Dawn or  “Buddy.  Thank you!

Maundy Thursday Seder Meal – Please consider joining us on Maundy Thursday, April 18th, for a seder-style meal and service of Holy Communion to be held at Zion.  There is a clipboard on the credenza in the rear of the church to sign up.

Breakfast Ladies Group: We are NOT meeting at the Apple Bin on April 8th for breakfast.  INSTEAD, we are having lunch in Fellowship Hall at 11:30 a.m on that day.!  Everyone is going to make their favorite recipe to share.  If you have not given your recipe to Sally, please do so soon.  If you have never attended a group breakfast or have not come in a while, you are very welcome.  Please bring a favorite dish for all to taste.  It can be main dish, salad, soup, or dessert.

Hoss’s News – Zion received $107.06 from our most recent Hoss’s Community Fundraiser. Our next Hoss’s night is scheduled for Monday, June 3, 2019.  Thanks to everyone who supported this event.

Hartman Center Summer Camp – Early registration for the Summer Camping Program at Hartman Center is now open. The Center offers camps for youth and adults as well as inter-generational camps.  If you or family members are interested in attending a camp, please see Minda Harbaugh for details.

Chicken BBQ – A chicken barbeque dinner will be available on April 28 from 10 am to noon at Zion House (carry-out only). Each dinner will be $8.00 and include ½ chicken, potato chips, and applesauce.  The REACH group will also have desserts and beverages available at $1.00 each.  Order forms are in the back of church, and proceeds will go to Helping Hands, a community Mission outreach project.

Email Addresses – In order to communicate with members more efficiently, we are collecting email addresses! Please print your email address on the sign-up clipboard in the rear of the church.  If you know other members’ addresses, please also list those.  The addresses will be used for group email blasts to communicate news such as church cancellations, deaths in our church family, info about our Helping Hands project, etc.  For those of you who do not have email, no worries – we will continue to get the information out to you through normal channels.

Face of America Bike Ride – Zion will once again host the Barlow Rest Stop for the FOA Bike Ride on Sunday, May 5, 2019. Volunteers are needed to help set up the food/drinks and then meet and assist the riders.  A sign-up sheet is in the back of church.

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 BudgetFor the fourth quarter of 2018, Zion received $424.00. After your yard sales, consider donating unsold appropriate items to the bin.

Coming Up Next Week:

Mar. 25, A/V Solutions Consultation, church, 6:30 pm

Mar. 26, Money Counter Training, Zion House, 7:00 pm

Mar. 27, Choir Practice, 7:30 pm

Looking Forward:

Apr. 3, Choir Practice, 7:30 pm 

Zion’s Financial Data

Income through February – $28,544.97

Expenses through February – $36,650.16

Deficit – $8,105.19