Sunday, May 28, 2017
Continuing the Christ Life
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: “This Is My Song”……………………………#340, v. 1
*Call To Worship
One: Sing to God
All: and praise God’s name.
One: When we see white billowing clouds,
All: we think of God’s splendour and glory,
One: but God is not too great to care for the lonely and desolate
All: and stand up for those who are alone.
One: God rules from a holy place,
All: but makes a home for the lonely.
One: God sets people free
All: and sustains them.
One: God causes abundant showers to fall,
All: and revives us when we are tired.
One: God is among us and blesses us
All: and so we praise God’s name. Amen.
*Hymn: “God of the Ages, Whose Almighty Hand” …………………#331
All: Christ has died but lives again. Christ’s work continues shared by us all
as we kindle a light in the darkness. Amen.
We Recognize Our Brokenness
Prayer Of Confession
Leader: God, Father and Mother of us all, we give thanks for the life of Jesus; his work among us, and for those who carry on Christ’s mission. We try to continue Christ’s work, and pass on Christ’s light, but sometimes we are scared we will be burnt; that Christ’s work will be too costly, or too hard. (A moment’s silence)
People: Sometimes we let the light go out; we let everyday concerns extinguish it. Sometimes we are reluctant to pass the light on: we don’t want to share, believing our way is the right way.
All: Amen. (A time for silent prayers of confession)
Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness
Leader: No matter what we have done, God rekindles our flames and equips us to continue serving.
Reading Of The Scripture: Acts 1: 6-14 (N.T., pg.110)
A Time For Children
Anthem: “Let Freedom Ring”
Reading Of The Gospel: John 17: 1-11 (N.T., pg. 105)
We Reflect On New Possibilities
Message For This Day
Affirmation Of Faith
Leader: We believe that Jesus came from God, did God’s work in the world and returned to God. In the person of Jesus we see the glory of God.
People: We believe that we belong to Jesus: given by God guarded by God and a source of joy to God.
Leader: We believe that Jesus has given us a mission to be unified with Christ and with each other and to make Christ known in the world. Amen.
*Hymn: “Lead On, O King Eternal!”………………… …..……..#269
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
All: For all the gifts we have been given, we give thanks: the gift of your love, the gift of Jesus, the gift of life everlasting. We acknowledge our mission to serve and so we bring what we can that others may know your love, too. Amen.
We Go Forth To Live Transformed Lives
*Closing Hymn: “Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory” …………….#354
One: Go out into the world secure in the knowledge that God loves you and watches over you. Go out into the world, called as witnesses to God’s love, to continue Christ’s work of unity and hope.
*Choral Benediction: “This Is My Song”……….………#340, v. 2
*Where noted, please stand if able.
The righteous know the rights of the poor; the wicked have no such understanding. Proverbs 29: 7
Will You Help Us Strengthen The Church Even More, through prayerfully giving to the Strengthen the Church Special Mission offering? The shape of Christianity is changing. The ways the church can have an impact on the world around are multiplying! Please consider giving to this cause on June 4. An envelope is available in your pew rack.
High School Graduates will be recognized at next Sunday’s worship service.
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 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.
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: email@example.com, www.dcnr.state.pa.us, www.iConservePA.org
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.
Ladies: Please Join Us For Breakfast on Monday, June 12, at 9:00 a.m. at the Apple Bin.
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!
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 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 June 18 and most Sundays in July
(Bulletin Sponsorship is $15 per Sunday. Please place your remittance designated for Bulletins in the offering plate.)
Coming Up Next Week:
May 28, Children walk to cemetery; last day for Sunday School, 10:15 am
May 28, Confirmation, St. Paul’s Lutheran, 6:00 pm
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
June 26, Consistory mtg, Zion Hse, 7:00 pm