Worship: December 10, 2017

Sunday, December 10, 2017

A New Social Order: Peace

2nd Sunday of Advent

Visitors: Welcome to our church.  Please sign our guest book!  If you do not have a church home, we pray that you will find one with us.  We have large-print bulletins available, as well as hearing assistance devices.  Please ask an usher if you require either of these.  Restrooms are located in the church school building.  Go through the door next to the choir loft, and straight ahead.  We also have restrooms downstairs in Fellowship Hall.  Again, exit through the door next to the choir loft, turn left down the hall, and go down the steps. 

We Gather In Awe And Wonder

Prelude

Announcements

Chime Interlude And Candle Lighting Response

Leader:   We light a candle in the name of the God who spoke the world into existence.

All:         We light a second candle in the name of the King who was, and who is, and who ever shall be.

Leader:   We light a light in the name of the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, who walks beside us in our Advent journey.

Choral Response:   “My Soul Cries Out with a Joyful Shout”……..…#100, v. 2

 *Advent Candle Lighting (Peace)

One:       People of God, come, for the light of peace beckons us together. (Light 2 candles.)

All:         In the wilderness a word of comfort is spoken to us, inviting us to follow in God’s way.

One:       Come, people of God, let us follow this new light—let us listen to the voice crying out for our attention; calling us to participate in the journey of this Advent season.

All:         How shall we follow, when the path is bumpy?  How shall we respond, when the voice is not clear?  How shall we participate when the rough places of our lives challenge and divert us each day?  How can we be the people God has called us to be?

One:       The lights of hope and peace are lit in our midst—God will use these lights to show us the way.

All:         In our worship, let us become the lights of hope and peace, believing that through our love, God can use us, too, to show the way.

One:       Come, let us worship.

*Hymn: “On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry” ……………..…#96

*Invocation

Leader:   From the wilderness of our world, we come to worship.  From the alone-ness of our solitary lives, we gather now as one people.  From the challenges and winding roads of our ever-changing, ever-more-complex world, we come to the peace and calm of this sanctuary.  We come with intention and we bring our deep longings.  And we seek, merciful Grace, your guiding spirit as we gather.  The candles of hope and peace have led us here, and we gather around them—each of us with the flickering of these.  Strengthen our lights.  Embolden our spirits.  Kindle your light in our lives today, we pray.  Amen.

We Recognize Our Brokenness

Prayer Of Confession

One:       I am just one voice.

All:         I am just one voice.  We confess we have believed this.  Even as we stand here together.  Even as we worship together.  Even as we sing and explore and discern your spirit together, we have imagined and believed we are each just one and therefore cannot offer much to the ways of hope and peace in this world.  We have not carried our lights high.  We have not shouted our concern and wisdom from the mountaintops.  We have not reached out to embrace the ways of righteousness and peace.  We have seen the winding paths of the need for change in our world, and in discouragement and grief, have entertained the possibility of giving up on our ability to help.

One:       Help us to lift our voices.

All:         Help us to cry out for justice and healing.  Help us to claim our power to be the change we want to see in the world!  Forgive us and help us to proclaim:  We are a thousand voices!  We are not alone!  We can be your way of hope and peace!  (A time for silent prayers of confession)

 Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

One:       God hears each voice, however small or large, whether from the center or the periphery.

All:         God forgives all.  Let us rejoice in this.  Amen.

 Reading Of The Scripture: Isaiah 40: 1-11 (O.T., pg. 627)

Faith Lesson For All Ages

 Anthem:       “The Promise Is Near”……………Martin

We Reflect On New Possibilities

Reading Of The Gospel:   Mark 1: 1-8 (N.T., pg. 32)

Message For This Day

*Hymn: “Angels, from the Realms of Glory”……….……..#143

 Prayers Of The People And The Lord’s Prayer

All:         Hear our voices, eternal Spirit, as we lift them up in prayer.  Help us to be faithful and to embrace the ways of justice and peace.  Help us to be righteous, and love the ways of steadfastness and virtue.

One:       Hear our voices, loving Kindness, as we pray for all who suffer and are oppressed.

All:         Help us to be loving, in a world hurting and in pain.  Help us to add our voices to the chorus of those seeking peace and justice all around the world.

One:       Hear our voices, radical Welcome, as we lift them up in prayer.

All:         Help us to open our hearts to those in pain.  Help us to share from our strength and privilege.  Help us to hear the truth and embrace the ways of new life.  Help us to be heard, known, seen, and loved.  (Pastor adds any special prayer requests.)

(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 sins as we forgive those who sin against us.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.  Amen.)

 Our Offering: Our financial offering is one way that our members participate in the mission and ministry of this church. We thank you for your financial support.  For those of you who are visiting, please feel no need to participate in the offering.  This worship service is our gift to you.

Offertory

 *Doxology: “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings” …………..….#606

*Prayer Of Dedication

Leader:   We offer our resources, our time, and our talents to the work of love, righteousness, peace, and justice.  We offer ourselves and say, “We are a hundred voices singing. . . “

We Go Forth To Live Transformed Lives

*Closing Hymn: “Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates” …………….….#93

*Blessing

One:       Allow your voices to be heard, people of God!  Do not be afraid!

All:         Let us take our song into the world, knowing we are not alone.

*Choral Benediction: “While We Are Waiting, Come”…………#92, v. 2

*Chime Meditation

Postlude

*Where noted, please stand if able.      

                                   

December’s Proverb:  

A person’s pride will bring humiliation. But one who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.  Proverbs 29: 23

 The UCC Christmas Fund Offering will be received next Sunday. The Christmas Fund is used to aid those who have shepherded the Church and are living on the margins in retirement with income supplementation for basic needs such as food, utilities, and medical expenses.  It also goes directly to help active clergy and lay employees who are facing unexpected financial needs due to a crisis in their lives.  Donation envelopes are available in each pew.

Please Join Us For Another UACT Adult Study Series, “A Closer Look at our Bible.”  We reconvene in January for a series that looks at the Bible from the viewpoint of the different types of writing that we find there. Some of those categories include history, poetry and wisdom writings, Apocalyptic literature, and Gospel. Each is unique and expresses God’s Holy Word in ways that tell the story of God and God’s People.

For instance, have you ever wondered:

  1. How, when and why were the four gospels written?  Why are there differences between them?
  2. Why are there two different stories of creation in the beginning of Genesis?
  3. What in the world is Revelation all about and are we to take it literally?

The sessions will be on January 4, 11, 18, and 25.  There will be a 9:30 a.m. session at Trinity UCC Biglerville, and an evening session at 6:30 p.m. at Zion UCC Arendtsville.  The sessions will be led by UACT clergy.  Please Join Us!  Please let Pastor Kim know of your interest.

A Ladies’ Breakfast will be held tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. at the Apple Bin.

Volunteers Are Requested To Visit 1-2 Zion members each month. Please let Kim J. know of your interest.

The Youth And Adults Who Are Attending REACH 2018 to Vassar, Michigan, are hosting a cookie tray fundraiser.  You can order your cookies via this fundraiser and support our cause.  Please sign up on the list on the credenza with the number of dozen of cookies you’d like.  Orders must be received by today and delivery will occur on 12/17.  Cost is $5/doz.  Any questions, please see Chris.  We have 16 youth and adults from the Upper Adams community planning to attend REACH in 2018.  Thanks in advance for your support.

        

Heating System Capital Campaign (As of Dec. 10)
Received one-time contributions $95,126
Monetary value of pledges received $32,700
Pledges received thus far in cash

Total cash received ($84,501 + $15,214)=

$14,417

$109,543 *

 

 (*We will be receiving an additional $4,000 from the Hoffman Trust at the

beginning of December and that will increase the cash total.)

Offering Boxes For 2018 are now available at the rear of the sanctuary.  If you cannot locate yours, please contact Laurie.  In addition, 2018 special offering lists are available for those who do not receive offering envelopes.

Zion’s Financial Data

Income through November – $167,495.84

Expenses through November – $171,694.18

*Deficit – $4,198.34

*This is partially due to the unbudgeted $3,000 cost for a new copier in 2017.

 Our Traditional Christmas Tea will be held following worship on December 17.  Homemade cookies, punch, coffee, and fellowship will all be in abundance.  If you wish to bring homemade cookies, please sign up on the appropriate credenza clipboard.

Homewood Auxiliary 2018 Membership Dues are now being accepted until the end of December.  The form to check off your name and confirm your address along with the envelope for the $3 single/$5 including spouse dues will be on the credenza at the rear of the Church.  Please make checks payable to Homewood Auxiliary.  Calendars for 2018 are available as well.  Please contact Angie with any questions about becoming a supporting member of the Homewood Auxiliary.

 A John’s Meals Board Meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 19, at 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.

Greeter And Bulletin Sponsorship Sign-Up Sheets for 2018 are on the credenza.

2017 Greeters are needed for December 24 (a.m. service)

(Bulletin Sponsorship is $15 per Sunday. Please place your remittance designated for Bulletins in the offering plate.)

 The 2018 Flower Chart is posted in the vestibule.  Please sign up. When Paying For Altar Flowers, please give payment to the altar guild representative for that month. A check payment is preferred. Altar flowers are from The Flower Boutique with a florist’s choice $35 arrangement cost.

The Labels For Education Program is coming to a close.  Only UPCs with the Labels for Education logo will be accepted and redeemed for points into registered schools’ bank accounts.  As of 10/26/17, Zion’s Sunday School Program currently has 20,172 points banked in our account, and has a goal to reach 22,000 for our third and final $250 Visa Gift Card to be used towards Sunday School activities for Zion’s children.  Please drop any labels in the red Labels for Education boxes located in the vestibule upon entering the sanctuary, or on the side table in the main Sunday School room.  The deadline to submit labels for the program is January 2, 2018.

Mail For Those Who Serve.   Ben Battersby is actively serving in Afghanistan. If you wish to send Ben a card, his address is PFC Battersby, Benjamin / Bravo Troop, 3-73, CAV NKC / APO, AE 09354

Coming Up Next Week:

Dec. 10, Congregational annual mtg, 10:15 am

Dec. 10, A Christmas Carol, Majestic Theater, 2:00 pm

Dec. 11, Ladies’ breakfast, Apple Bin, 9:00 am

Dec. 12, Book Club, Diveley residence, 7:00 pm

Dec. 13, Choir practice, 7:30 pm

Looking Forward:

Dec. 17, Christmas cookie social, 10:15 am

Dec. 19, John’s Meals board mtg, FH, 6:30 pm

Dec. 20, What’s Cookin’, Trinity Lutheran, 6:00 pm

Dec. 24, Children sing (a.m.), 9:00 am

Dec. 24, No Sunday School

Dec. 24, Christmas Eve service, 7:30 pm

Jan. 4, UACT adult series, 6:30 pm

Jan. 7, Communion and installation of new consistory members, 9:00 am

Jan. 8, Altar Guild training, Sanctuary, 6:00 pm