Worship: May 30, 2021

ZION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

22 Gettysburg Street  Box 538

Arendtsville, Pennsylvania

1st Sunday After Pentecost – Trinity Sunday

May 30, 2021

9:00 am

Livestream link:  Zion UCC Sunday Service Livestream – May 30 2021

W E L C O M E

Dear visitors, welcome and thank you for joining us at Zion UCC! Our hope is that you will feel encouraged by today’s service and that you will experience the love and peace of Jesus Christ. If you have any questions or need spiritual guidance, please find me at the end of the service.

Rev. Heather

Prelude: “God of Our Fathers”, G. Warren, arr. Marty Parks, ©2013 Lorenz Publishing Co. “God & Country”

Announcements

Chime Interlude: “Abide with Me”, Wm. Henry Monk, (Tune “Eventide”)

Call to Worship

Leader:  Life is a journey with others; we travel as a people, on a winding road.  We share our lives, our experiences, our hopes, our fears.

People:  With joy and hope we welcome other travelers to share our lives.  We learn from each other.  We laugh and cry with each other.  We are at home with each other.

Leader:  Life is a series of hellos and good-byes.

People:  We affirm the Spirit’s presence in the journey, thanks be to God!

 

Opening Prayer

God who creates, we have seen you in your good creation. God who saves, we have seen you at work in the world. God who renews, we have seen your restoring love touching the hearts of the people of the earth. We are thankful. Amen.

 

Hymn #1 “Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty”, R. Heber 1827, J. B. Dykes 1861 public domain

Prayer of Confession

Leader: God of glory, of strength, power, majesty, blessing and peace, we confess that in the noise of our lives, we can fail to notice you. We confess that we don’t recognize you when you are not what we expect. We confess that we try to make you small. Forgive us. Help us to see more of who you are. Amen.

   ASSURANCE OF GOD’S LOVE

Leader: The God who is more than we can understand, who creates and fills an expanding universe, loves us more and forgives us more than we would dare to hope. Know that in God you can find strength and peace.

*PRAISE VERSICLE 

      Leader: Lift up your hearts!

      ALL: Let God be praised! 

*PRAISE RESPONSE  “I’m Gonna Sing When the Spirit Says Sing”  vs 1, public domain

Reading of Scripture:  Isaiah 6:  1-8 and John 3:  1-17

Message

Hymn #69 “Here I Am Lord”, Daniel L. Schutte, ©1981, 2000 OCP

Pastoral Prayer

O God, we pray for those who are in the midst of transition:

for those who are graduating…

for those who are leaving home…

for those who are getting married…

for those who have lost a family member, a friend, or a pet in the last year…

 

for those who are moving or have moved, or miss someone who has…

for those who are breaking up personal relationships…

for those whose families are touched by divorce…

for all others who are on the brink of farewell or trying to recover from a departure…

 

God, wrap your arms around each one of these.  Let the love be felt so deeply that healing and hope warm each heart.  Bless every “goodbye” Amen.

 

Lord’s Prayer (sins and sinners)

 

Offering

Leader:  God is good!

People:  All the time!

Leader:  All the time!

People:  God is good!

                                               

Vocal:   “Somebody Bigger Than You and I”, Lang, Heath, & Burke, ©1951 Bulls-eye Music, Inc.

Fred M., soloist

 

Doxology:  #647 “Give Thanks”, Henry Smith, ©1978 Integrity’s Hosanna! Music, CCLI#1149146

Give Thanks with a grateful heart; give thanks to the Holy One.

Give thanks because we’re given Jesus Christ, the Son.

Give thanks with a grateful heart; give thanks to the Holy One;

Give thanks because we’re given Jesus Christ, the Son.

And now let the weak say, “We are strong”; let the poor say, “We are rich

Because of what the Lord has done for us!”

And now let the weak say, “We are strong”; let the poor say, We are rich

Because of what the Lord has done for us!”  Give thanks.  Give thanks.

 

Prayer of Dedication

Generous God, just as you did not overlook those in need, we see those in our community and our world who need support and care. We see that what we give makes a differ­ence. We give these gifts in love of you and of our neighbour.

 

Closing Hymn: #542 “God Be with You Til We Meet Again”, J. E. Rankin, 1880, Wm G. Tomer, 1880, public domain

Blessing

Choral Benediction:  #627 “I Love You, Lord”, L. Klein, ©1978 House of Mercy Music

Chime Meditation: “Faith of our Fathers”, F. Faber 1849, H. Hemy, 1864, public domain

Postlude: “Eternal Father Strong to Save”, John Dykes, arr. Marty Parks, ©2013 Lorenz Publishing Co. “God & Country”

 

The altar flowers are given to the glory of God and in honor of our newest granddaughter, Charlotte S., by Bob and Joyce B.

 

There is an offering plate on the credenza in the back of church for your giving envelopes.

 

Altar Flowers:  If you would like to sponsor the altar flowers, please sign up for your desired Sunday on the Flower chart as you enter the church, or you can contact the Altar Guild Representative for your chosen month.

 

 

Coming Up This Week:

May 30          Worship                                            Sanctuary                   9:00 a.m.

Sunday School                               Walk to Cemetery  10:15 a.m.

June 3,4, 5    Habitat Blitz Build                          Biglerville                    8:00 a.m.

 

Looking Forward:

June 6            Worship                                            Sanctuary                   9:00 a.m.

June 7            Christian Ed mtg                             Fellowship Hall          7:00 p.m.

June 9            Habitat lunch prep                         Fellowship Hall          7:00 p.m.

June 10         Habitat morning snack & lunch  Biglerville

Book Club                                         Fellowship Hall          6:30 p.m.

June 12         Community Aid trailer                  Zion parking lot       9 – 11 a.m.

 

 

Happy Birthday to Judy BE. and Loy H. who both celebrate 78 years on June 1st.

 

Congratulations to Samantha W. and Jordan S. on the birth of their daughter, Charlotte Kay, on May 21st!  Congrats also to grandparents Juli & Josh H. and Jim S. & Lori D., and to great-grandparents Bob and Joyce B.!

 

Don’t forget to check in on Facebook that you are at church this morning!!

Habitat for Humanity of Adams County will have a blitz build on June 3, 4, 5 and 10, 11, and 12 as they begin construction of a home on Marie Lane in Biglerville for Helayna & Mitchell T.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Roger B.  If you would like to assist in packing the lunch and snack for June 10th, please contact Debra S.

 

Representatives of Zion needed:  Zion still needs two volunteers to represent us at the Penn Central Conference annual meeting on June 12th.  And great news – you can do it from the comfort of your home computer via Zoom.  Bylaw changes, board members, synod delegates, and budget are on the agenda.  There are some pre-session Zoom gatherings for questions and explanations scheduled this week, so please contact the church office as the Spirit moves you!

 

Community Aid Donations Pickup:  The next Community Aid drop-off of CLOTHING & SHOES is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, June 12th, on Zion’s parking lot from 9:00 a.m. to 11 a.m. or until Deb’s trailer is full!  Please make sure your closing is bagged and closed.  Any questions, please contact Angie.  The date is tentative since the parking lot project has not yet been scheduled.  If the dates conflict, an email blast will be sent with a revised date.

 

Prayer Requests:  Remember to send your prayer requests via email to the church office by Friday evening to have them included in the Sunday service.

 

Ladies Breakfast:  The next Ladies Breakfast will be at the Apple Bin on June 14th at 9:00 a.m.  Bring a friend!

 

New year, new beginning:  At the end of 2021, Zion’s long-time choir director Sharon C. will retire!  While we wish her the best and will miss her guidance, Zion will be looking for a new choir director as well as a new organist.  If you know of anyone with either skill set who might be interested, please contact the church office.

 

Soda Can Tabs:  Don’t forget your soda can tabs.  Just place them in the barrel on the credenza in the back of church.

 

A/V Volunteers Needed: If you are interested in audio visual and computer technology or have experience and would like to participate in the life of the church this way, please call the church office at 717-677-8319 or send an email to zion_ucc_arendtsville@comcast.net. You will be welcomed with open arms, training, and meticulously detailed notes!

 

Top Twelve Favorite Hymns of Zion’s Congregation:  You’ve heard of Top Ten Countdowns – Zion will have its own Top Twelve Countdown this summer!  Please list your favorite hymn on the form below and return it by June 6th either in the offering plate, by email, or by post office mail.  Returns will be tallied, and each Sunday from June 13 to August 29 a favorite hymn (beginning with 12 and working our way up to number 1) will be featured during the worship service.

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