Worship: May 7, 2017

Sunday, May 7, 2017

The Story, Chapter 29

 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


Announcements: Sunday School Volunteer Recognition (see listing on announcement page)

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 shepherds me and so I lack for nothing.

All:         God lets me rest in peaceful places and leads me to quiet pools of refreshment.  God revives me and guides me along true paths.

One:       My way may be difficult and fearful,

All:         but I know that God is with me and this gives me comfort and courage.

One:       God is a bountiful host to me.

All:         God feeds me with abundance, while my adversaries look on.

One:       God showers me with good things

All:         and God’s kindness and love are constantly with me.  I will always be part of God’s family.  Amen.

 *Hymn:  “Savior, like a Shepherd Lead Us”… ……………#187


One:       Inclusive God, we are here together to listen to teaching, to praise, pray, and share as part of the world-wide Christian community.

All:         Thanks be to God.  Amen.

We Recognize Our Brokenness

Prayer Of Confession

Leader:   Loving God, thank you for community:  for those who meet here each week and for the wider community, for all those who care for others and share generously.  We hear of the costly commitment of the early church and are aware of our shortcomings:

Voice 1:  the prayers we have neglected to pray,

Voice 2:  the community members we have not visited,

Voice 3:  the phone calls we have not made,

Voice 4:  the people we find hard to love,

Voice 5:  the resources we have not joyfully shared,

All:         We remember these and other failures to live in community, and we are sorry.  Amen.   (A time for silent prayers of confession.)

Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

Leader:   God forgives us before we ask and gives us the grace to move forward in our lives and in our communities.

All:         Thanks be to God.  Amen.

 Reading Of The Story:   Lydia, Paul, Silas (pg. 412 of The Story) or Acts 16: 11-40 (pg.  127)

A Time For Children

Anthem:       “Lord, Be With Us On This Day”  ….……Althouse

We Reflect On New Possibilities

Reading Of The Gospel:    John 10: 11-18 (N.T., pg. 97)

Message For This Day

Affirmation Of Faith

All:      Who is God like?

One:    God is a creator.

All:      God has made the world:  the ground from which we are born and nourished, a place where we can feel at home, the earth to which we return at the end of our days.  Who is God like?

One:    God is like a loving companion.

All:      God walks beside us, delighting in our company, sharing everyday tasks, ready to lay down life for us.  Who is God like?

One:    God is like a wise person.

All:      God imparts knowledge and wisdom, gifts and skills, not afraid of the dark times, always passing on the treasures of abundant life. Who is God like?

One:    God is like a caring father and a loving mother,

All:      like a shepherd or best friend,

One:    like the best in our loving relationships,

All:      and greater than them all.

*Hymn: “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need”……….……..#803

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 our creator, your welcome to us is warm and your provision is generous; your goodness and mercy overflow.

All:         We bring these gifts today:  money we have earned or saved, food we have prepared or chosen.  Use them so that your abundant life is shared with those who need it most.  Amen.

We Go Forth To Live Transformed Lives

 *Closing Hymn: “O Lord My God”…………….………….#625


One:       God the creator births and nurtures you; God the companion calls you by name and leads you out; God the life-giver sustains you on life’s journey and will never abandon you.  Go from this place with the assurance of God’s love.

All:         We go to share this love, trusting God who calls and strengthens us.  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

 Filled Baskets Winners will be drawn immediately after worship today. This year our proceeds will go toward Capital Improvements.

 Much Work Was Accomplished On Our April 22 Work Day. A huge thank you to the following for making that happen: Dan, Roger, Cindy, Wayne, Valerie, Tony, Bob, Jay, Bill, John, Jamie, Peggy Sue, Isabelle, Curt, Cooley, Craig, Jim, Deb, and Paul.

 Ladies: Please Join Us For Breakfast on Monday, May 8, at 9:00 a.m. at the Apple Bin.

On Mother’s Day, May 14, all women are invited for light refreshments and flowers after church.  Please plan to join us in the back of the church to honor all of our special “mothers.”

 The Next John’s Meals Executive Board Meeting is on Tuesday, May 16, at 6:30 p.m. in Zion’s Fellowship Hall.

 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.

 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.

Mark Your Calendars. On June 11 we will worship at Oakside Park at 10 a.m. with a picnic to follow. Sign up sheet and details are forthcoming.

 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.

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!

 Zion’s Financial Data

Income through April – $62,606.58

Expenses through April – $71,756.73

Deficit – $9,150.15

 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.

 2016/2017 Sunday School Volunteers

Jen, Sally, Dana, Chris, Joe, Dawn, Jerry, Dusty, Jessica, Peggy, Brittni, Minda, Juli, Kim, Kim, Sue, Craig, Peggy Sue, Jennifer, Diane, Donna, Karen, Chris, Ellen, Brett, Meagan, Mattie, Celine, and Amy

 Coming Up Next Week:

May 7, Winners drawn for filled baskets

May 7, Confirmation, St. Paul’s Lutheran, 6:00 pm

May 8, Ladies’ breakfast, Apple Bin, 9:00 am

May 9, Book Club, Mustard seed rm, 7:00 pm

 Looking Forward:

May 16, John’s Meals executive board mtg, FH, 6:30 pm

May 17, What’s Cookin’, Trinity Lutheran, 6:00 pm

May 21, Church chat for Sunday School parents, 10:15 am

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

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