Sunday, May 5, 2019
Turning Point of Transformation
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
Chime Interlude And Candle Lighting
Leader: We are a people living in the light of God’s resurrection power. We light a candle to celebrate this amazing love.
People: We are a people living in the light of Christ’s saving power. We light a candle to celebrate our redemption.
Leader: We are a people enlivened and emboldened by the Holy Spirit. We light a candle to celebrate this gift of divine presence.
People: We give thanks for all the ways that Easter has transformed our world, given us hope, and brought us into the light.
*Call To Worship
One: Let us join in praise of the Holy One, who never lets the enemies of justice have the final word.
All: God lifts us up from the pits of despair, the deep recesses of disappointment.
One: Let us join creation’s chorus rejoicing in the transforming presence of our Creator.
All: God brings vision to our blindness, enabling us to see in ways we never imagined.
One: Let our souls unite in thanksgiving and praise the Christ who brings healing and wholeness, restoring us to life.
All: We worship the One who leads us to peace everlasting. To this One be blessing and honour and glory. Amen.
*Hymn: “Now the Green Blade Rises”………………..……….……#247
One: God of the dawning sun, amidst our daily routines and the patterns of life to which we have grown accustomed, we pause in this time of worship to remind ourselves of the potential you have given to us and the world. We open our hearts to the power of the Spirit that calls us to move beyond the limitations we place on your love at work in our lives. Draw us deeper into community where fear is replaced with courage, hostility with peace, bitterness with forgiveness, indifference with compassion, and the energy of oppression is transformed into the power of your justice. Amen.
We Recognize Our Brokenness
Prayer Of Confession
One: The stories we tell ourselves, the history we recount, the images we create, the songs we sing, commonly remind us that we have been and are living in accordance with your will, O God.
All: Some have taught that your will is mirrored in our success and by defending our way of living we are fulfilling your purpose.
One: But, every now and then we hear a voice that unsettles all our certainties with the simple question, “Why do you persecute me?”
All: Whose voice is this? Who are those we persecute? Could it be the voice of Creation: the trees, oceans, rivers, animals, and all living things that depend on the vitality of Earth, and the water and air we breathe?
One: Whose is this voice of affliction disturbing our comforts with this haunting question, “Why do you persecute me?” Could it be the millions of refugees, the poor excluded from global prosperity, those who suffer discrimination’s assault on dignity and life?
All: O Holy One, remove the scales from our eyes that we might see with clarity, be transformed by your grace, letting our witness join with all who recognize the time of turning that we so desperately need and to which you call us. Amen. (A time for silent prayers of confession.)
Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness
One: When we cast our nets into the waters of God’s grace, we turn from a life of scarcity to one of love’s abundance, from complicity in suffering to being agents of healing, from the sackcloth of sorrow to the joy of new life. Thanks be to the Christ who calls us to follow and in whom the angels rejoice. Amen.
Reading Of The Scripture: Acts 9: 1-6, (7-20) (N.T., pg. 119)
Anthem: “In Christ Alone”……………………………….……Getty
The Sacrament Of Baptism
Leader: They were bringing children to Jesus that Jesus might touch them; and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, Jesus was indignant, and said to them,
People: “Let the children come to me, do not hinder them; for to such belongs the realm of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the realm of God like a child shall not enter it.”
Leader: And Jesus took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands upon them.
Leader: The sacrament of baptism is an outward and visible sign of the grace of God. Inasmuch as the promise of the gospel is not only to us but also to our children, baptism with water and the Holy Spirit is the mark of their acceptance into the care of Christ’s church, the sign and seal of their participation in God’s forgiveness, and the beginning of their growth into full Christian faith and discipleship.
People: This is the water of baptism. Out of this water we rise with new life, forgiven of sin and one in Christ, members of Christ’s body.
Questions For The Family
Pastor: Do you desire to have Molly baptized into the faith and family of Jesus Christ?
Family: We do.
Pastor: Will you encourage Molly to renounce the powers of evil and to receive the freedom of new life in Christ?
Family: We will, with the help of God.
Pastor: Will you teach her to love and care for others as Jesus taught us?
Family: We will, with the help of God.
Pastor: Do you promise, according to the grace given you, to grow with your child in faith, reflecting Christ’s love and mission both here at home and in all the world?
Family: We do, with the help of God.
*Congregational Assent (Please stand)
Leader: Jesus Christ calls us to make disciples of all nations and to offer them the gift of grace in baptism. Do you, who witness and celebrate this sacrament, promise your love, support, and care to the one about to be baptized, as she lives and grows in Christ?
People: We promise our love, support, and care. (Please be seated.)
Blessing Of The Water
Pastor: Bless by your Holy Spirit, gracious God, this water. By your Holy Spirit save those who confess the name of Jesus Christ that sin may have no power over them. Create new life in the one baptized this day that she may rise in Christ. Glory to you, eternal God, the one who was, and is, and shall always be, world without end. Amen.
Act Of Baptism
Prayer For The Baptized
Pastor: We give you thanks, O Holy One, mother and father of all the faithful, for this your child and for the grace acknowledged here today in water and the Holy Spirit. Embrace us all as sons and daughters in the one household of your love. Grant us grace to receive, nurture, and befriend this new member of the body of Christ.
All: Give to the newly baptized: strength for life’s journey, courage in time of suffering, the joy of faith, the freedom of love, and the hope of new life: through Jesus Christ, who makes us one. Amen.
Baptism Hymn: “I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry”…..#488
We Reflect On New Possibilities
Reading Of The Gospel: John 21: 1-19 (N.T., pg. 109)
Message For This Day
*Hymn: “Jesus Calls Us”………………………………….….#720
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.
Offertory “Grace”……………………………………… Celtic Melody
Emma Parker, soloist
*Doxology: “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings” …………….….#6
*Prayer Of Dedication
One: Holy One, it is you who enables us to live as a joy-filled people, confident that you are at work in us and through us, embracing the transformation that your love and grace make possible. May these gifts expand our witness to your abundant mercy, grace, and love. May these gifts enable the turning needed for the healing of the world. Amen.
We Go Forth To Live Transformed lives
*Closing Hymn: “That Easter Day with Joy Was Brig…….……..….#254
One: Never underestimate the power you have been given as witnesses to God’s transforming love.
All: Our vision has been restored. We will live as instruments of God’s peace, love, and justice.
One: You are never alone. The Spirit of God is at work among you and through you.
All: Once we sought the safe path, the easy road, now we journey with confidence in the risen Christ who fills us with joy.
*Choral Benediction: “In the Bulb There Is a Flower”…………#250 vs 2
*Where noted, please stand if able.
Coming Up Next Week:
May 5, FOA Bike Ride Rest Stop, Barlow Fire Co; Trivia Nite, 6:00 pm, Fellowship Hall
Trivia Tonight! – Get a team together and join us for food, fun, and learning how much we don’t know! It all starts at 6:00 pm in Fellowship Hall.
Face of America Bike Ride – Today, Zion will once again host the Barlow Rest Stop for the FOA Bike Ride. If you want to be inspired, after worship come out and greet the many vets and their friends who are riding from Washington D.C. to Gettysburg.
Chicken BBQ update – Our first chicken BBQ fundraiser was a great success. Thanks to all our generous members and community friends, we sold 160 chicken dinners for a profit of $752.00 for Helping Hands and other Mission projects. Reach made a profit of $78.00 on the drinks and desserts. Thanks are due to Roger, Wayne, Cindy, and Valerie, Sue, Dan, Wes, and Chris for handling all the purchasing, building, storing, cooking, selling, and tear-down details. The portable pit is now stored in the shed behind Zion House
First Annual UACT Day at the Park! – Today is the day! The first annual UACT Day at the Park. Children, families, and friends are invited to Oakside Park to share in an afternoon of fun, games, food, and fellowship from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. See the flyers in the rear of church.
UACT News – Ascension Day (Upper Adams Christians Together) worship will be held at Bender’s Lutheran Church on Thursday, May 30, at 7pm. While many mistakenly believe the Ascension is about the absence of Christ, the church proclaims the Lord’s Ascension as the universal presence of Christ. Therefore, weather permitting, we will celebrate Ascension Day outdoors in the pavilion. Often neglected by many Christians, the church marks Ascension Day as the moment when Jesus was promoted to the Oval Office of the Universe. Join us as our lives are re-centered around the King of kings and Lord of lords.
College Planning Strategies Workshop – Trinity Lutheran Church in Arendtsville is hosting a workshop on Sunday, May 19th, at 4:00 pm for parents with college-age children. A Thrivent professional will present strategies for funding college and retirement. Students and both parents should attend. See flyers in back of church.
Additional Sunday Money Counters needed! Looking for a volunteer opportunity? Consider being a money counter! Counters have a rotating monthly schedule requiring 45 minutes after church. No experience is necessary, although prior money handling is a plus. Training is provided. If interested, or for more information, please see or contact Barb or Donna.
Annual Bake Sale – Even as we greet spring, we look ahead to summer! Our annual bake sale will be held at McDannell’s Farm Market on July 28th. More information and requests for donations will be coming from Valerie. McDannell’s will also host a Peach Sundae event on August 4th to benefit the Biesecker family.
Upper Adams Prayer Breakfast –The fifth Upper Adams Prayer Breakfast of the year will be held on Tuesday May 7th at the Apple Bin Restaurant. It starts at 7:45 a.m. with coffee and breakfast orders, followed by singing and a presentation by a visiting pastor. Pastor Kim Blocher will be presenting on May 7th. After the presentation and special prayer requests, breakfast follows and is generally over by 9:00. The June 4th prayer breakfast meeting will feature Pastor Peter Lagerman from the Gettysburg ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Please consider joining this 30 year-old multi-denominational group as we celebrate the blooming apple trees and share fellowship.