Worship: May 9, 2021


22 Gettysburg Street  Box 538

Arendtsville, Pennsylvania

Sixth Sunday of Easter

May 9, 2021

9:00 am



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: “Crown Him with Many Crowns”, Elvey, ©2006 Hal Leonard Corporation


Chime Interlude: “Rejoice, the Lord is King”, public domain

Call to Worship

   One: Listen to the world sing God’s praises!  The sound of children laughing, the feel    of a gentle breeze, the taste of a home- cooked meal, the fresh smell of morning.

   All: God’s steadfast love is everywhere around us.

   One: Listen to the world sing God’s praises! In friendship restored, in reconciled relations, in love refreshed.

   All: God’s steadfast love is everywhere around us.

   One: May God’s love be present to us in this time together, that God’s presence might be known through us in all the earth.

   All: Amen.    

Hymn #611 “Joyful Joyful”, public domain

Opening Prayer

O God, we open our mouths to praise you and you open our spirits to receive you.   We open our hands to serve you and you open our hearts to love you.  We are open to your mystery, O God, make yourself known in us this day.

Prayer of Confession

God, you welcome all to your house to join in the joyous feast of your love.  We know this; yet there are times we are not good agents for you, we hold on to

limiting, ill-informed beliefs about whom you hold dear.  We fail to extend your hospitality to all.  We are selective, we exclude.  At times we actively create divisions.  Send your spirit of love amongst us as we confess our failings.  Amen.

Assurance of God’s Love

Your steadfast love and faithfulness extend to all the world and all who live in it.  Your forgiveness is unending.  For this we are humbly grateful.  Amen.


       Leader: Lift up your hearts!

       All: Let God be praised! 

 *598 “Amen, We Praise Your Name” 

Molefe ©Lumko Inst., Dargie ©1983 Choristers Guild


Reading of Scripture:  Psalm 98

Reading of Gospel John 15:  9-17


Hymn #300 “We Are One in the Spirit”, Peter Scholtes, ©1966 F.E.L. Publications, 1991 The Lorenz Corporation

Pastoral Prayer & Lord’s Prayer

God of all that sings, gaze upon us with your expansive compassion. Open our eyes to a new way of seeing our world. Open our minds to a new way of being in the world. Set in our hearts a longing for righteousness and equity, and teach us to be people who work for justice. Attune us to the Spirit, to your repairing grace, that we may bring healing to our relationships, and to our world. As we look toward becoming transformed and transforma­tional people, guide this community as we journey to a harmony and capacity to love we never knew we had. Be beside us as we step out of our prejudices and narrow definitions, as we travel a road of inclusion and acceptance and to step into your realm where all are your friends. Amen.


Leader:  God is good!

People:  All the time!

Leader:  All the time!

People:  God is good!


Vocal:  “The King of Glory”, J. Martin, ©2008 Timespann

Dan W. soloist


Sung Doxology #647 “Give Thanks”

Henry Smith, ©1978 Integrity’s Hosanna! Music


Prayer of Dedication

        O God, we offer our lives and all that we are to serving you. We dedicate ourselves to living as you have taught us by following all you have commanded.  In Christ, you offer us friendship; a sacred gift that makes serving you a joy.  Amen!


Closing Hymn #375 “Shall We Gather at the River”,

Robert Lowry, public domain



Choral Benediction: “Majesty, Worship His Majesty”,

Hayford, arr. Thomas, ©1981 Rocksmith Music


Chime Meditation: “A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing”,

from The English Hymnal, Oxford University Press


Postlude: “O Worship the King”,

Johann Michael Haydn, arr. Gardiner, ©2009 Hal Leonard Corporation


Please check in on Facebook that you are at church this morning!!

Office hours are limited; please call the office before stopping by.


Coming Up This Week:

May 9            Outdoor Worship                           Parking lot                9:00 a.m.

Sunday School                                 Outside F.H.             10:15 a.m.

BBQ Chicken Fundraiser               Parking lot                after worship

May 10          Covid Task Force mtg                                                          7:00 p.m.

May 13          Book Club                                         Fellowship Hall          6:30 p.m.

May 15          Ramblers Hike                                 to Pole Steeple          9:00 a.m.


Looking Forward:

May 16          Outdoor Worship                           Parking lot                9:00 a.m.

Sunday School                                 Outside F.H.             10:15 a.m.

May 17          Consistory Mtg                               Fellowship Hall          7:00 p.m.


Ramblers Hike:  If you intend to go on the Rambler’s Hike on May 15th, please keep an eye on your email in case weather interferes!  We will meet at the parking lot called the “Michaux State Forest ATV/snowmobile lot-Piney Mountain”.  It is about 5 miles from the square in Bendersville.   Head out of Bendersville on the Bendersville-Wenksville Road and in a bit over a mile turn right on Pine Grove Furnace road.  Go straight at the stop sign, and in about 2 miles you’ll see the lot on the left.  Most of the walk will be on the ATV trail, ending up at Pole Steeple.


Prayer Requests:  Don’t forget to send your prayer requests via email to the church office by Friday evening to have them included in the Sunday service.


Soda Can Tabs:  We are still collecting soda can tabs for the Ronald McDonald House, so please save your tabs as you enjoy soft drinks during the coming hotter months!  Just bring them along to worship and deposit them in the keg sitting near the offering basket.  Every donation helps kids and parents who are making use of Ronald McDonald House facilities during difficult times.


Menallen Friends Preschool, located near Biglerville, PA is a non-profit part-time nursery program.  Students meet on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:45a.m.-12:15p.m.  We are seeking qualified individuals to prepare children aged

3-5 for kindergarten by nurturing a love for learning and teaching them through promoting the social, emotional, intellectual, and physical growth skills needed to become successful lifelong learners.

Qualifications include:

  • A great love and patience for children.
  • Knowledge of best practices and preschool educational methods.
  • Ability to engage children, earn their trust, and help them to build self-esteem.
  • Familiarity with safety and sanitation guidelines for classrooms.
  • Excellent communication and instructional skills.
  • Ability to act as mediator if conflicts arise.
  • BS/BA in early childhood education or child development ordemonstrated experience in childcare, childhood health, special education or preschool program development.
  • Current negative tuberculosis test and COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Current Criminal Record Check and Child Abuse Clearance.

Contact: Mary Gemmill at  717.624.5146  or mmgemmill55@gmail.com


A/V Volunteers Needed: Zion needs a few recruits to help with our Audio/Visual needs. If you are interested in 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!


Strengthen the Church:  Pentecost Sunday, May 23rd, has been selected as the appropriate day for the Strengthen the Church collection.  In the past pandemic year, your donations helped churches to adapt to needs they had never before experienced.  This year, as the UCC puts it, “your generosity will help us continue to plant new churches, awaken new ideas in existing churches and develop the spiritual life in our youth and young adults.  Through your gift, we offer extravagant welcome, support local church outreach, and build up the body of Christ. Because of you, we renew and grow stronger.”


Ladies Breakfast:  Zion’s ladies will meet on Monday, May 10th, at 9:00 a.m. at the Apple Bin for breakfast, inside or outside will be determined by the weather.  Come join us for fellowship and food!