Welcome to Summer Worship at Mount Zion-Finksburg
Summer Worship 9:55 a.m.
Sunday, July 16, 2017

There are worship activity bags in the vestibule for children to use during worship!

Pre-Worship Thoughts
"It is better to be silent and be considered a fool than to speak and remove all doubt." "Your companions are like the buttons on an elevator. They will either take you up or take you down." "A person's true character is revealed by what he/she does when no one is watching." "Some people complain because God puts thorns on the roses, while others praise God for putting roses among the thorns." "Real friends are those who, when you've made a fool of yourself, don't feel you've done a permanent job." Taken from "God's Little Instruction Book"

SONG OF THE FAITH
"Praise You!" - The Damascus Road Trio - Chuck Browning, Linda Kreichauf, Gary Winfrey

*WORDS of SCRIPTURE & SONG
Scripture Lesson Psalm 63.1-4
Hymn ("This is the Day" #657)
L This is the day that the Lord has made
C Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

*OPENING WORDS

*HYMN
(Hymnal #224)
"Good Christian Friends, Rejoice!" (This was one of the top ten songs selected by our congregation in a recent study)

*OPENING PRAYER

SONGS OF THE FAITH
"Show A Little Bit of Love and Kindness"; "At Calvary" + "What The Bible Says"; The Damascus Road Trio

SONG
(Hymnal #277)
"Tell me the stories of Jesus, I love to hear, things I would ask him to tell me if he were here. Scenes by the wayside, tales of the sea, stories of Jesus, tell them to me."

MESSAGE
Summer Meditation Series + The Parables of Jesus - Today- What is The Meaning Behind the Parables
"The Parable of the Lost Sheep" Luke 15.3-7. "The Parable of the Lost Coin" Luke 15.8-20.

WE WELCOME OUR YOUTH & CHILDREN
Congregation singing (Faith We Sing, songbook) "2233
Where Children Belong"

SONG
(Hymnal #503)
"Let It Breathe on Me"

SHARING OUR JOYS AND CONCERNS

Morning Prayer
L The Lord is with you C And also with you
L Let us pray together as we sing together

Prayer Song
(Faith We Sing, songbook 2193)
"Lord, listen to your children praying, Lord send your spirit in this place. Lord, listen to your children praying, send us love, send us power, send us grace."

Morning Prayer and Our Lord's Prayer (We sing "for thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory,
forever, Amen.")

ANNOUNCEMENTS & INFORMAL MOMENTS

RECEPTION OF OUR TITHES AND OFFERINGS
L God is good! C All the time! L And all the time! C God is good!

*DOXOLOGY
(Hymnal#94)
"Doxology with Alleluias"

*OFFERING PRAYER (Unison)
Most Holy God, may your presence be with us in the morning worship and when we leave this place and go back into the world. Consecrate our gifts that we have given today to the up-building of your church here on earth. In the name of the Lord of the Church, Christ Jesus. Amen.

SONG
"Jesus Is All I Need" + Damascus Road Trio"

*CONGREGATIONAL CLOSING
(Hymnal #536)
"Take the name of Jesus with you, as a shield from every snare. It will joy and comfort give you, take it then, where'er you go. Precious name, O how sweet! Hope of earth and joy of heaven. Precious name, O how sweet, Hope of earth and joy of heaven."

*SONG
"I Call Him Lord" + Damascus Road Trio

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Please prepare for next Sunday's Parable message by reading "The Parable of the Mustard Seed (Matthew 13.31-32 also Luke 13.18-19) and "The Parable of "The Yeast" (Matthew 13.33).
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Sunday, July 16, 2017 - OUR SUMMER 2017 MESSAGE SERIES - The Parables of Jesus

"The parables of Jesus embody much of his fundamental teaching. They are quite simple, memorable stories, often with humble imagery, each with a single message. Jesus, for example, likened the Kingdom of God to yeast (an image usually meant as corruption) or a mustard seed. Like his aphorisms, Jesus' parables were often surprising and paradoxical. The parable of the good Samaritan, for example, turned expectations on their head with the despised Samaritan proving to be the wounded man's neighbor. The parables were simple and memorable enough to survive in an oral tradition before being written down years after Jesus' death."
David Ahi

Luke 15:3-7 - The Lost Sheep - Then Jesus told them this parable: "Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the
lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.' I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

Matthew 18:12-14 - Lost Sheep - "What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them12 wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he is happier about 13 that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same 14 way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost.

Luke 15:8-10 - The Lost Coin - "Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.' In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."

Leader: This is the word from our Holy Scriptures for the people of God

Congregation: Thanks be to God for the gift of our Holy Scriptures!

For Your Reading Enjoyment + Another Look at a Shepherd

John 10:1-18 - Shepherd and His Flock
"I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but1 climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. The man who enters by the 2 gate is the shepherd of his sheep. The watchman opens the gate for him, and the 3 sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep4 follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in 5 fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger's voice." Jesus used this figure of speech, but they did not understand what he was 6 telling them. Therefore Jesus said again, "I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. 7 All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not8 listen to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will 9 come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and 10 destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.11 The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns the sheep. So when he sees the12 wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares 13 nothing for the sheep. "I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me- just as 14 15 the Father knows me and I know the Father-and I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They16 too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. The 17 reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life-only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to18 lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father."
New International Version (NIV)