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Z I O N  U N I T E D  C H U R C H  O F   C H R I S T

Third and Jackson Streets

Decatur, Indiana


(*)Please stand either in body or in spirit

June 23, 2024


Gathering Music:               “Wade In The Water”        

The Church Bell Rings:

The Worship Leaders Enter:                  

The Welcome and Announcements:                    Liturgist: Justin Shaffer

            (Visitors: Please sign the Friendship Folder)


Please take a moment and quiet your minds and open your hearts

as we enter this time of worship.

The Prelude:                 “We Are Marching To Zion”              

The Light Of Christ Appears:                                                    

Entering the Journey: Threshold Moment                              Rev. Kahler                                                                                                                                         

                              Far from home, we know we’re seeing,

                            everywhere is full of meaning;

                 diff’rent folx expand our world and awe of all

                            the creation and its beings.


The Invitation To Worship:                                                         Liturgist



                           Far from home, we know we’re seeing,

                           everywhere is full of meaning;

               diff’rent folx expand our world and awe of all

                           the creation and its beings.


*Opening Prayer: (Unison)                                                         Liturgist


        Sojourning God, your Spirit exists everywhere, on every path, inviting us to move with curiosity and compassion toward each other. Decenter us even if we become uncomfortable.Show us how to be humble and willing to accept that all beings are sacred as created by you so that we will grow in peace,

expand in love and deepen in understanding. Nudge and guide us, we pray. Amen.



*Hymn Of Praise:                      “He Leadeth Me”                       No. 461     


Confession and Assurance:                                                     Rev. Kahler


          As we pray together:


          Merciful God, we confess that we have not loved you with   our whole hearts and have not loved our neighbors as ourselves,

through what we have done and left undone. Forgive us when     we create boundaries of “us” and “them” and assume scarcity where you offer abundance. Guide us as we seek to turn around toward greater love. Lead us to travel in your ways.



           Know this:

                      In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.


                      In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.

                      Glory to God. Amen!


*Passing The Peace:


                       The peace of the risen Christ is with you!

                       And also with you!


*Hymn:                   “Bring Forth The Kingdom Of God”

                   (Children may come forward for Children’s Time)



                              You are a seed of the Word, O people:

                              Bring forth the Kingdom of God!

                             Seeds of mercy and seeds of justice,

                             Grow in the Kingdom of God!


                             Bring forth the Kingdom of mercy,

                             Bring forth the Kingdom of peace;

                             Bring forth the Kingdom of justice,

                             Bring forth the City of God!


Children’s Time Of Unpacking:                                             


Prayers Of The People: (In remembrance, gladness, gratitude & need)


The Invitation to Prayer:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

                              Leader:  The Lord is with you.

                             People: And also with you.

                             Leader: Let us pray.


Pastoral Prayer and The Lord’s Prayer:

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.


First Reading:                               Isaiah 65: 17-25                      Liturgist

                                                                                    Pew Bible, Pg. 644


Music For The Journey:      “10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)”

                                                                                             Chancel Choir


Second Reading:                    Revelations 21: 22-26              Rev. Kahler

                                                                                        Pew Bible, Pg. 1085


The Sermon:                             "The Reflection"                    Rev. Kahler


Reflecting On The Journey:



Invitation To Generosity:                                                              Liturgist

We are grateful for the gifts that we receive in our lives. We invite you to participate in this opportunity of generosity to continue the mission of God’s Love to the world. We are grateful and thankful.


The Moment Of Offering:                                              Ushers Serve


The Offertory:  “When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder”


Doxology:                 Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
                                Praise God, all creatures here below;
                                Praise God for all that love has done;
                                Creator, Christ, and Spirit One. Amen.


*The Hymn of Commitment:            "Sweet By And By"            No. 553  


* The Benediction:


  *The Song of Departing Friends:     “Far From Home”


                                   Far from home, we know we’re seeing,

                                     everywhere is full of meaning;

                                     diff’rent folx expand our world and awe of all

                                     the creation and its beings.


*The Moment for Silent Prayers                                                                      Chimes


*The Light is carried forth                                                 Acolytes serve


*The Worship Leaders exit


*The Postlude:                            "When We All Get To Heaven"


Each of Us                                                                                                       A Minister of Christ

Rev. Allen Kahler                                                                                                               Minister            

Barb Engle                                                                                                Congregation President 

Jan Miller                                                                                                              Board Secretary

Maggie Bolinger                                                                                                     Office Secretary

Stacey Smith                                                                                                       Church Treasurer

Lisa Krueckeberg                                                                                             Financial Secretary

Shelly Nussbaum                                                                   Music Director/Church Organist

Kacie Shaffer                                                                                                                   Custodian

Justin Shaffer                                                                                                       Building Manager                           


Vicki Nussbaum, Ken Uhrick                                                                                    Door Greeters

Tim & Maggie Bolinger                                                                                                        Ushers

Ushers                                                                                                                               Acolytes


We welcome all members, visitors, and guests to our worship service this morning. Visitors: Please sign our Friendship Folder located in each pew.


Altar flowers and bulletins are presented today by Dave and Myra Gaunt in honor the birthdays of their grandchildren, Owen and Molly Strickler.


Today we continue our journey that takes us to places physically and spiritually welcome to Quest; The Awakening Traveler. There will be an opportunity to study this material in a small group setting on Wednesday evenings at 7:00PM in the Lounge. 


Operation Help Food Bank continues to  serve our local community by providing food and nonperishable items to the hungry. The products for June will be canned meats, such as chicken, ham, beef, tuna, etc., and peanut butter.


We are continuing to collect funds through the end of June to help Rev Larry and Pansy Balleine after their house fire in May. Please designate your donation as “Balleine funds” and place in the weekly offering.

If you would like to send them a card, a recipe, photo, or note of encouragement, their temporary address is:  

Rev. & Mrs. Larry Balleine

                                                                   426 E. Lake Ave.

                          Monticello, WI 53570


The Men’s Fellowship Chicken and Rib Sale from Nelson’s Chicken will be Saturday, June 29. Prices will remain the same as last year, $9 for a chicken half, $11 for a half slab of ribs and $3.50 for broasted potatoes. The hours are 10 a.m.-2p.m. at Bargain Lane (formerly Walgreens) on 13th Street. Pre-orders must be picked up by noon. Proceeds are used for Men’s Fellowship mission projects.

Pastor Allen and Shannon have been asked to help with a week of camp at Camp Mack in Milford, Indiana June 30-July 5. Pastor will be available throughout the day if needed.


A sign-up sheet for the Men’s Fellowship Golf Outing July 21st is on the Third Street bulletin board. Tee Time is 3 p.m. at the Geneva golf course. We will have a picnic afterward if there is sufficient interest. Please sign up as soon as possible.


                                                                  Looking Ahead


            Wednesday, June 19:  Small Group Study, 7 p.m.


  Saturday, June 29: Nelson’s Chicken and Ribs, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.



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 Last week's attendance:  54                      Offering: $ 1245.00

 Needed each week: $3911.15

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