Zion United Methodist Church
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Stepping out in faith to be Christ to others in the world


Fifth Sunday in Lent                                                March 18, 2018

"Say to Joseph, Forgive,  I pray you, the transgression of your brothers and their

 sin, because they did evil to you.  And now, we pray  forgive the transgression of

 the servants of the God of your father.  Joseph wept when they spoke to him."

Genesis 50:17




UMH United  Methodist Hymnal                    FWS Faith We Sing 


Entrance and Praise


Greeting and Announcements

Introit                          "Lead Me Lord"                        UMH 473

*Call to Worship

In this season, we worship remembering Jesus' death in love for us and all people.  Lent is a time of tears.  But out of tears, joy is born--the joy of sin forgiven, hope reborn, and life restored.  We stand in awe of the God who brings joy out of tears, and life out of death.  Let us worship with reverence.  Amen.

*Hymn of Praise       "Forward Through the Ages"      UMH 555

*Prayer of Praise

O God, you know us through and through, you know the many choices we face each day.  We choose between right and wrong; we choose between greater and lesser evils; we choose what will be important to us in life.  As you strengthened Jesus to choose rightly when he was tempted in the wilderness, so strengthen us, through your presence and Spirit, when we face temptation, that we may walk in the paths most pleasing to you.  Amen.

*Gloria Patri:                                                                

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.


Ministry Moment                                                   Camp Rainbow    Lyonie Sturtevant, Fred Manz--Hillcrest UMC


Special Music                                                       Sanctuary Choir

"Song of Humility" from The Song Everlasting Cantata’

by Joseph M. Martin.

      Proclamation of the Word


Glory Sighting Time

A Time for the Child in All of Us                                                                                                            

Prayer for Illumination

Your blessings, poured out into our lives, are more numerous than the stars.  When we hear your word aright, we are sometimes dazzled by the brightness of new insights.  Open us to fresh thoughts; then move us beyond mere thinking to appropriate action.  In Christ we pray.  Amen.

Old Testament Lesson                                           Genesis 50:15-21


*Hymn of Preparation       "Healer of Our Every Ill"       FWS 2213


*Gospel Lesson                                                        Matthew 6:9-15


Sermon                Revenge vs. Reconciliation               Pastor Kim


Response to the Word


Prayers of the People

The Lord's Prayer                                                       UMH, pg. 895

Receiving our Tithes and Offerings  (Our offerings support the missions and ministries of the United Methodist Church locally, nationally, and globally.)


*Doxology:  Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;  praise him all creatures here below; Praise him above, ye heavenly hosts;  Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  Amen.


Sending Forth


*Hymn of Commitment          "Help Us Accept"          UMH 560

Ministry of Announcements



 and Congregational Response                FWS 2226           "Bind Us Together"


As worship ends, our mission in the world begins.                                                

*Please stand as you are able.


Mission and Ministry Calendar *

Sunday School begins at 9:30am

                             Worship Service at 8:45 and 11am


March 18    -   Fifth Sunday in Lent

March 20    -   UMW, 10am

March 21    -   Lenten Service and Lunch at noon at Shady Grove                           UMC, Choir Rehearsal, 6pm

March 22    -   Forgiveness Study, 6:30pm

March 25    -   Palm Sunday

March 27    -   Centering Prayer, 10:30am

March 28    -   Choir Rehearsal, 6pm

March 29    -   Maundy Thursday Service, 7pm

March 30    -   Ecumenical Good Friday Service at Christ

                        Episcopal, Noon-3pm; Good Friday Service,









Sunday      -    Early Worship, 8:45am-9:15am; Sunday School,                               9:30am; Choir Rehearsal, 10:30am; Regular Worship,                11am

Monday      -    Quilters from 10am-2:30pm

Wednesday -   RACSB from 10 am-1:30pm - fellowship hall; Choir,                       6pm

Thursday    -    RACSB from 10:30 am-2pm - fellowship hall

 Friday       -    RACSB from 10am-noon - fellowship hall; Youth;








Church News


Lenten Lunch Schedule

Mar. 21    -   Shady Grove       Pastor Kim



Lenten Study on Forgiveness by Adam Hamilton Thursday nights at 6:30pm in Adult Sunday School Room.  Books $11.


Try a Zoom Lenten devotional (over the internet) with Pastor Kim--Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 8am.  Contact Pastor Kim for details.


The next Trustee meeting will be April 8. 


May, June, July Newsletter

     Please give your newsletter articles to Beverly no later than April 4th.


Sermon Notes:

     A prayer from Adam Hamilton, p.  110

     If you're an adult and your parents still give you unsolicited advice, or if your kids have hurt you in some way, you may try a prayer like this:  "God, please bless my daughter (mother, son, father).  I'm assuming she doesn't really mean what she said and that she doesn't know it hurts.  But I pray you would bless her and help her to become the woman you want her to be.  Make me a blessing to her.  Help me to let go of my frustration or disappointment or hurt."