Worship: May 21, 2017

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Never Abandoned

 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



Candle Lighting Liturgy For Easter Season

Leader:   We light a light in the name of the God who brought glory to the world in the brightness of God’s Son, Jesus.

People:  We light a light in the name of Jesus, who pierced the darkness of our lives, with his love.

Leader:   We light a candle as we call on the Holy Spirit to bind us together in love.

All:         Shine on us, Lord Jesus, in the new life of your resurrection.

Response: “I Love You, Lord”……………………#627

 *Call To Worship

One:       God, you have brought us out into a sacred place.

All:         We lay our worries down.

One:       We come as brothers and sisters in Christ,

All:         shine your spirit of truth on us.

One:       We come to worship you with open hearts and minds,

All:         you bring us into a sacred place.

 *Hymn: “More Love to Thee, O Christ”……….. …………#828


One:       Holy God, as we reflect on the mystery and the miracle of your presence with us and amongst us, anchor us in your love, ground us in your peace, and open us to the truth and the comfort of your Holy Spirit, today and always.  Amen.

We Recognize Our Brokenness

Prayer Of Confession

One:       Faithful God, for times we have not cared for those who are orphaned in body, mind or soul,

All:         forgive.

One:       For times when we have closed our minds or our hearts to those who are bereaved,

All:         forgive.

One:       For times when we jostle with others for recognition, status, or our share of the pie,

All:         forgive.

One:       When our insecurities, fears, and anxieties hold us back from living in your love and in your commandments,

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

 Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

One:       We are God’s children.  God’s steadfast love surrounds us.  God has given us the spirit of truth, transformed our fears into love, and our lives into an offering to God and to the world.  Amen.

Reading Of The Scripture: 1 Peter 3: 13-18 (N.T., pg. 219)

A Time For Children

Anthem:   “Jesus, What a Beautiful Name”

Reading Of The Gospel:   John 14: 15-27 (N.T., pg. 103)

 We Reflect On New Possibilities

Message For This Day

*Hymn:   “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”…….….…..#366

 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:       God, whose children we are, receive these gifts we offer.  May they help to bring others ever closer to you, and to experience and appreciate your presence in their lives.  Amen.

We Go Forth To Live Transformed Lives

*Closing Hymn: “Brethren, We Have Met to Worship” ………….#396


One:       Go to live in the light of God’s love and travel in the light of the Spirit, confident in God’s presence with and among us.  May God’s spirit guide us in all we do and may our living be a witness to Christ’s love.

All:         Amen.

*Choral Benediction: “Go with Us, Lord”……………………#748

*Chime Meditation


*Where noted, please stand if able.                                          


May’s Proverb: 

The righteous know the rights of the poor; the wicked have no such understanding. Proverbs 29: 7

 With Your Gift To The Strengthen The Church Special Mission Offering on June 4, the UCC is able to fund new ministries that experiment with church beyond the walls of our buildings, resource and inspire churches seeking to do a bold new thing for the sake of the Gospel, and help churches work together in visioning who they are and who they can be in 2017 and for years to come.

Looking For Fun activities for a teen in your life? Kings Gap would like to invite teens aged 13-17 to join them on June 9, 13, and 16 at EcoQuest camp. Teens will be exploring the outdoors while kayaking, orienteering, swimming, geocaching, and trying their hand at archery.  Each day of camp will link recreation with the outdoors and environmental conservation.  Choose one day or join us for all three.  To register for this camp, please pick your days and complete the registration form at the back of the church.  Registration can be sent via email for credit card payments. Sarah Berg, Environmental Education Specialist Supervisor, PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of State Parks, Kings Gap Environmental Education Center, 500 Kings Gap Road, Carlisle PA  17015. Phone: 717.486.3799, E-mail: sberg@pa.gov, www.dcnr.state.pa.us, www.iConservePA.org

A “Kid’s Fun Day” is being sponsored by Trinity UCC in Biglerville on Saturday, June 3, from 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. in their church parking lot. They will have a bouncy house, carnival games, prizes, snow cones, cotton candy, hotdogs, a clown, balloons, and other fun things!  This event is FREE; however, donation buckets will be available.  All proceeds will go towards John’s Meals.  If anyone would like to volunteer to help, that would be wonderful!  Call the church office at 717-677-7765 for more info!

A Huge Thank You To Everyone Who Participated In Our Filled Basket Fundraiser.  We made $2,330 to be used for capital improvements.

We Thank Heather for donating the lovely Keurig stand for Fellowship Hall.

All Are Invited To Participate in walking to Fairview Cemetery on May 28 when the children lay loose flowers on the veterans’ graves.  Loose flowers will be accepted that morning.  If you can provide a snack upon the children’s return, please let Jessica know.

A Congregational Meeting concerning boiler replacement will be held on June 4. If you are not going to be in worship that day, please be sure you get a proxy ballot from the office. Details are forthcoming.

 Mark Your Calendars. On June 11 we will worship at Oakside Park at 10 a.m. with a picnic to follow. A sign up sheet is on the credenza.

Totem Pole Playhouse Outing – Mark your calendars now for August 5 to attend the matinee performance of “Million Dollar Quartet,” the smash-hit musical inspired by the famed December 4, 1956, recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins inside the Sun Records’ recording studio in Memphis, Tennessee for one unforgettable night. The musical features a treasure trove of the greatest rock, rockabilly, gospel, R&B and country standards of the 1950s, over 20 hits such as “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” “See You Later, Alligator,” and “Blue Suede Shoes.”  Tickets will be available at a reduced rate and, if needed, transportation from Zion can be provided.  A sign-up sheet is available in the rear of the sanctuary. What better deal for a great afternoon at Caledonia and the Totem Pole!

Ladies:   Please Join Us For Breakfast on Monday, June 12, at 9:00 a.m. at the Apple Bin.

Please Volunteer To Assist With Children’s Sunday School Beginning In The Fall Of 2017. The sign up book is on the credenza.

Zion Trivia Nite will be Sunday, June 25, starting at 6:00 p.m.  Why not get a team together and join us?

Zion’s Financial Data

Income through April – $62,606.58

Expenses through April – $71,756.73

Deficit – $9,150.15

With John’s Meals joining under the UACT umbrella and its 501(c)3 status,  monetary donations may now be made payable to “UACT – John’s Meals” and made be put into the offering plate or mailed to: UACT, PO Box 593, Arendtsville, PA 17303.

The 2017 Flower Chart is posted in the vestibule.  Available dates are June 18; July 2; Aug. 13; September 3; October 29; November 12; and December 17. 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.

 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.  For the fourth quarter, $160 was received. Please place donations in plastic bags before dropping them into the bin.  After your yard sales, consider donating unsold appropriate items to the bin.

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 Gina or Chris.  As always, thank you so much for your faithful support of this ministry.

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

Greeters are needed for May 28 and June 18.

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


Coming Up Next Week:

May 21, Confirmation, St. Paul’s Lutheran, 6:00 pm

May 22, Consistory mtg, Zion Hse, 7:00 pm

 Looking Forward:

May 28, Children walk to cemetery; last day for Sunday School, 10:15 am

June 3, South Mountain Ramblers, Kim and Larry’s house, 9:30 am

June 4, Communion, recognition of high school graduates, and congregational mtg, 9:00 am

June 11, Worship and picnic at Oakside Park, 10:00 am

June 12, Ladies’ breakfast, Apple Bin, 9:00 am

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

June 21, Book Club, Tony and Gina’s House, 6:00 pm

June 25, Trivia Nite, 6:00 pm