Thinking of You Thursday June 17, 2021

Thinking of You Thursday

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Vacation Bible School 2021

Vacation Bible School is coming up and we would love to share this fun-filled adventure with your child! We can't wait to climb aboard and ride the rails, as we learn all about how Jesus' Power Pulls Us Through! Click on the link to register today!

VBS Dates: July 11, 2021 - July 15, 2021

Time: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Ticket call (Drop Off) will begin at 5:15 pm each night.

Children will need to be checked-in and out each night by a parent/guardian
VBS will be offered to children ages 4 through those who completed 5th grade.

Dinner will be provided each night for the children. The meals will be prepared in advance, individually wrapped, and distributed nightly. A menu will be provided in advance. If your child has specific dietary needs, please let us know so that we can assist with accommodations.


If you have any questions, please reach out to Ashley Mitchell at 919.631.1869 or

June 13, 2021 Worship Service

June 13, 2021 Worship Service Liturgy

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Order of Worship - Zebulon United Methodist Church

Sunday, June 13, 2021 – 3rd Sunday after Pentecost

10:00 am In-Person, Outdoor Service

and Online Service

                                                                                under the pine trees near the Mission House 🌲





Gathering Quote                       "Our rest lies in looking to the Lord, not to ourselves."

                                                                              Watchman Nee


Prelude                                                               We Sing to You, O God                                            Kara Zaharin

                                                                               John Darwall

Welcome                                                                                                                                           Ashley Mitchell


Call to Worship      Leader:    May those who love your salvation say continually,                       Ashley Mitchell

                                               “Great is the Lord!”

        People:   Yea, our heart is glad in God, because we trust in

                                                God’s holy name.

        Leader:    Let us make a joyful noise to God with songs of praise!

                    People:   We praise you, O God; we acknowledge you to be the Lord.


Opening Prayer           Great and faithful God, in whom we live and move and                        Ashley Mitchell

have our being, you created us for yourself, so

that our hearts are restless until they find rest in you.

Grant to us such devotion of heart and strength of

purpose that no selfish passion may hinder us from

knowing your will, and no weakness from doing it.

In your light may we see life clearly and, in your service,

find perfect freedom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



Hymn of Praise                                                     Blessed Assurance                                               ZUMC Choir

United Methodist Hymnal 369



                                                                  PROCLAIMING THE WORD         


Children’s Moment                                                                                                                      Linda Daughtridge   



Scripture Lesson                           1 Kings 18:20-39 New Revised Standard Version                  Ashley Mitchell



20 So Ahab sent to all the Israelites, and assembled the prophets at Mount Carmel. 21 Elijah then came near to all the people, and said, "How long will you go limping with two different opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him." The people did not answer him a word. 22 Then Elijah said to the people, "I, even I only, am left a prophet of the Lord; but Baal's prophets number four hundred fifty. 23 Let two bulls be given to us; let them choose one bull for themselves, cut it in pieces, and lay it on the wood, but put no fire to it; I will prepare the other bull and lay it on the wood, but put no fire to it. 24 Then you call on the name of your god and I will call on the name of the Lord; the god who answers by fire is indeed God." All the people answered, "Well spoken!" 25 Then Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, "Choose for yourselves one bull and prepare it first, for you are many; then call on the name of your god, but put no fire to it." 26 So they took the bull that was given them, prepared it, and called on the name of Baal from morning until noon, crying, "O Baal, answer us!" But there was no voice, and no answer. They limped about the altar that they had made. 27 At noon Elijah mocked them, saying, "Cry aloud! Surely he is a god; either he is meditating, or he has wandered away, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is asleep and must be awakened." 28 Then they cried aloud and, as was their custom, they cut themselves with swords and lances until the blood gushed out over them. 29 As midday passed, they raved on until the time of the offering of the oblation, but there was no voice, no answer, and no response. 30 Then Elijah said to all the people, "Come closer to me"; and all the people came closer to him. First he repaired the altar of the Lord that had been thrown down; 31 Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the word of the Lord came, saying, "Israel shall be your name"; 32 with the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord. Then he made a trench around the altar, large enough to contain two measures of seed. 33 Next he put the wood in order, cut the bull in pieces, and laid it on the wood. He said, "Fill four jars with water and pour it on the burnt offering and on the wood." 34 Then he said, "Do it a second time"; and they did it a second time. Again he said, "Do it a third time"; and they did it a third time, 35 so that the water ran all around the altar, and filled the trench also with water. 36 At the time of the offering of the oblation, the prophet Elijah came near and said, "O Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that you are God in Israel, that I am your servant, and that I have done all these things at your bidding. 37 Answer me, O Lord, answer me, so that this people may know that you, O Lord, are God, and that you have turned their hearts back." 38 Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt offering, the wood, the stones, and the dust, and even licked up the water that was in the trench. 39 When all the people saw it, they fell on their faces and said, "The Lord indeed is God; the Lord indeed is God."


Sermon                                                                        “Rest Assured”                                                    Pastor Liz




Anthem(recorded service)                            I Will Call Upon the Lord                                       ZUMC Choir

                                                                               Michael O’Shields


Hymn of Response(Outdoor Service)                  God is So Good                                                   ZUMC

                                                                        The Faith We Sing 2056



Pastoral Prayer                                                            Lord’s Prayer                                                      Pastor Liz


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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.


Offering and Prayer of Dedication                                                                                                  Ashley Mitchell  






Hymn of Commitment                                       My Hope is Built                                                        ZUMC Choir

                                                                   United Methodist Hymnal 368


Dismissal with Blessing                                                                                                                            Pastor Liz                                                      

Postlude                                                       The Lord Bless and Keep You                                         Kara Zaharin

                                                                                    Jim Strathdee


Want to be a part of ZUMC's Media Ministry? One thing we have learned during this pandemic is that church life is meant to be shared not only in person but also digitally! If you would like to be a part of a new team to strengthen our online presence, please attend an interest gathering today, Sunday, June 13, right after our 10:00 outdoor service. The session will be from 11:00-12 noon and will be held in the Wesley Fellowship Room at the back of the Sanctuary.


Next Sunday, June 20th 11:00am, Safe Sanctuary Training will be held immediately following the 10:00 am Worship Service. We are planning to be in the Fellowship Hall from 11:00 am – 11:30 am.

Please RSVP with Ashley Mitchell so that we can ensure adequate spacing/materials. You can contact Ashley at 919-631-1869 or by email at


ZUMC’s Open Enrollment for prospective Lay Readers has begun!  Those of teenage years and older are qualified! Please contact Pastor Liz or Brent Boykin for additional information!


Vacation Bible School 2021

We are beginning to get things lined up for VBS 2021 and we are planning to hold VBS IN PERSON! Our theme is Rocky Railway! The dates are Sunday, July 11 - Thursday, July 15 from 5:30-8:00pm. Our volunteers are what makes our VBS such a success each year!  This church and I are so grateful for your help, and I hope you will consider donating your service to this ministry to help create deeper relationships between our children and God! While we are going to hold VBS in person, we will be making a few changes to accommodate COVID protocols and social distancing, as much as possible. I am in the works of organizing the ins and outs of VBS for this year, but I wanted to get a sense of who would be willing to volunteer for this year’s VBS.




Thank you for sharing your children with our church and I look forward to seeing their return to our worship service. Please reach out to me if you would like to be added to our weekly communications list or ways you can volunteer with our Kid’s Ministry. I can be reached at: or 919-631-1869.  Blessings, Ashley Mitchell


We have openings in July, August and September 2021 and beyond. Please contact Linda Chamblee at 919-632-4565 to reserve a date to place flowers in the sanctuary.


Our offerings and tithes to God are a blessing to ZUMC! You are encouraged to give to the Lord's work through our church in the following ways:

~by mailing your offering to ZUMC at 121 W. Gannon Ave., Zebulon, NC 27597.

~by placing your offering in the mail slot on the back door of the church office.

 ~by giving online at

Remember we are in the Heritage district.

 ~by giving in person at our Sunday 10 AM Services! An offering box is available in the

Wesley Fellowship Room outside the Sanctuary.



Annual Conference is coming up this week! It will be held virtually June 16-19. Our Bishop, Bishop Hope Morgan Ward, will preside over the Conference. The theme for this year’s Conference is “Like a Well-Watered

Garden.” Please be in prayer for this important online gathering of clergy and laity. Thank you to Sonya Boykin, our Lay Member to Annual Conference, for her participation and support. All are welcome to join the Annual Conference. For more details, please check out this link:


Undercover Quilters Group would like to send a big thank you to the Methodist Men for helping the Undercover Quilters in May during the fish fry. We appreciated your setting up the tables, carrying packages, helping us find the right light switches, regulating the air conditioning and even moving a car or two. It was very much appreciated.  Also, we would like to invite any of our church members that would like to join our quilting bee to contact Gail Tabor at 815-674-1895.


July 4th - Hot Dog Lunch is happening after the Worship Service – Bring a chair and get ready for a celebration! Please sign up at the church to attend! The Zebulon Police Dept. and their families have been invited and will be our special guests.


Attendance at In-Person Worship last Sunday: 65    

Viewers of Online Worship: 18



Zebulon United Methodist Church, 121 W. Gannon Ave., Zebulon, NC 27597, 919-269-9408

Online Donations for ZUMC

Online Donations for ZUMC

As ZUMC is following the requirements to stay shut down during the COVID crisis.

Processes for Giving:

  1. Send by mail (121 West Gannon Street, Zebulon, NC  27597)
  2. Pay via online giving.

Note: During the COVID restrictions we will not be accepting donations through the mail slot at the side door of the church office.

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Church name: Zebulon United Methodist Church

Church city: Zebulon

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Thank you and God bless. We will be open again as soon as things are safe.