Worship: December 29, 2019

ZION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

22 Gettysburg Street Box 538

Arendtsville, Pennsylvania

First Sunday after Christmas

December 29, 2019

Welcome to Zion and a special welcome to our visitors. Please sign the 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 and straight ahead. We also have restrooms downstairs in Fellowship Hall. Again, exit through the door next to the choir, turn left down the hall, and go down the steps.

*Where noted, please stand if able.

Congregational response is in bold print.

PRELUDE

TIME OF SHARING

CHIME INTERLUDE AND CANDLELIGHTING

*CALL TO WORSHIP

Holy and Gracious One, we come to the end of another year.

A year that seems to have passed by very quickly.

We reflect on the ups and downs.

For some of us it has been a year filled with good physical health,

meaningful relationships, and memorable adventures.

For this we lift up our hearts in thanksgiving.

For some of us it has been filled with some frustrations,

some painful moments when we felt overwhelmed,

and some disappointments that discouraged us.

Yet we have known your presence through all these things.

We give thanks that over the past year we have known your nearness,

your guiding Spirit, your encouraging love.

We give thanks for this community of faith that has stood by us,

supported us, and helped us grow in faith.

We give thanks that even in those moments when we have strayed,

when we have doubted, when we have forgotten you,

you remained near to us, welcoming us and holding us close.

We pray that those whose lives we touched have benefitted,

that our witness has been faithful, and that our words have given healing.

Continue to be near to those we hold in our hearts.

Remember the good that we have done,

and continue to encourage us on our way.

For we ask it in the name of Jesus, our Savior.    

*GATHERING CAROL # 132 “Good Christian Friends, Rejoice”

TIME OF CONFESSION

If God were dependent on our communication to know where we are or who we are,

would God know us?

We expect of God evidence and signs of caring.

Does not God, who gave us life,

have the right to expect to hear from us daily in prayer?

How have we cut ourselves off from God?

Heavenly Parent, we have wandered away to pursue our own agenda.

We have laid aside your expectation that we will forbear one another and forgive.

We harbor grudges against people.

There are some we neglect and some we disdain.

We have viewed them neither as your beloved nor as our sisters and brothers.

The peace of Christ does not rule in our hearts.

Your trust is not what flows from our lips or finds expression in our actions.

O God, turn us around, that what we do may be a genuine expression of your love,

for we ask it in the Name of Jesus.

Now let us silently reflect on the personal struggles and fears that keep us from being fully free.

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS

God has already forgiven us.

God offers healing for our brokenness.

The scars of resentment against others are taken away

so we can forgive them.

The love of God enables us to love.

Praise God from the earth.

Draw near to the eternal and exalt the Name of the One

who rules all time and space.

Thanks be to God for this magnificent gift of love.

HYMN RESPONSE # 581 “Glory Be to the Father”

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, amen.

EPISTLE LESSON

Hebrews 10: 10-18, p. 210 (NT)

FAITH LESSON FOR ALL AGES

CHOIR ANTHEM: “On a Night of Wonder”. . . Aulthouse

GOSPEL READING FOR THE MORNING

St. Matthew 2: 13-23, p. 2 (NT)

SILENT PRAYER AND PREPARATION

THE MESSAGE FOR THE MORNING

*CAROL # 143 “Angels from the Realms of Glory”

PASTORAL PRAYER AND THE LORD’S PRAYER

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,

The power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

THE GIVING OF OURSELVES AND OUR OFFERINGS

Everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required;

and from the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded.

OFFERTORY

*OFFERTORY RESPONSE # 708 “We Give Thee But Thine Own” v.1

We give thee but thine own, whate’er the gift may be;

All that we have is thine alone, a trust, O Lord, from thee. 

*PRAYER OF DEDICATION

What a wonderful gift it is, O God,

to have the opportunity to worship together, to celebrate the gift of Jesus,

to share as your people in a community of faith.

May we continue to grow together, to support one another,

and to carry our faith to ends of the earth.

*CLOSING CAROL # 119 “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”

*COMMISSION AND BENEDICTION

Forgetting what lies behind, and straining forward to what lies ahead,

press on toward the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

*CHORAL BENEDICTION # 134 “Joy to the World” vv. 1 and 4

Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her king;

Let every heart prepare him room,

And heaven and nature sing, and heaven and nature sing,

And heaven and heaven and nature sing. 

He rules the world with truth and grace, and makes the nations prove

The glories of his righteousness

And wonders of his love, and wonders of his love,

And wonders, wonders of his love.

*CHIME MEDITATION

POSTLUDE

The Altar Flowers are given to the glory of God and memory of my husband, George, by Carolyn W.

Greeter And Bulletin Sponsorship Sign-Up Sheets for 2019 are on the credenza. v(Bulletin Sponsorship is $15 per Sunday. Please place your remittance designated for Bulletins in the offering plate.)v

Coming Up Next Week:

Dec. 29 ,Worship, 9:00 am; No Sunday School; No Confirmation Class or Sr. High Group

Jan. 4, Habitat Day, Biglerville house, 8 am to noon

Looking Forward:

Jan. 5, Worship, 9:00 am; , Sunday School, 10:15 am; Confirmation, Trinity Lutheran, 6-7:30 pm; , Sr. High Group, Trinity Lutheran     , 6-7:30 pm

Jan. 7, Upper Adams Prayer Brkfst, 7:45 am

Jan. 8, Choir Practice, Church, 7:30 pm

Jan. 9, Book Club, Mustard Seed Rm , 7:00 pm

Zion’s Financial Data

Income Through November $162,549.07

Expenses Through November $166,794.31

YTD Deficit ($4,245.24)

Weather Cancellation – If inclement weather causes cancellation of worship, the announcement will be on the church answering machine by 7:30 a.m.

Pastoral Care Needs – If you need to contact George, please feel free to call his home number, 717 334-0069 or email at gpheber@embarqmail.com.   George is also available at the office by appointment only; please contact the church office or George to schedule an appointment.

Offering Boxes For 2020 are now available at the rear of the sanctuary.  If you cannot locate yours, please contact Kathy J.  In addition, 2020 special offering lists are available for those who do not receive offering envelopes.

The 2020 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 made to Zion UCC Altar Guild is preferred. Altar flowers are from The Flower Boutique with a florist’s choice $35 arrangement cost.

Stocking Stuffer Sale – Thanks to all who supported Zion’s Needle Workers! With your generosity, we are able to give $191.00 to the Audio/Visual Upgrade project now happening in the sanctuary!

Sign up Sheets For Our Spring Sunday School – There are still open positions for the spring. Please see the sign-up book on the credenza in the rear if interested or contact Dana B.

Habitat for Humanity – Saturday, January 4th is Zion’s volunteer day at Adams County Habitat for Humanity’s Biglerville house construction project. Please contact Roger B. if interested in attending to help with inside work.

Upper Adams Prayer Breakfast – Please join us January 7th at 7:45 a.m. at the Apple Bin for the monthly prayer breakfast. Upper Adams welcomes Pastor Mark Ostby of York Springs’ Open Arms Christian Fellowship. Pastor Mark presently lives in Mechanicsburg, and he has served churches in Connecticut and North Carolina. Next month, we welcome retired Methodist minister Rev. Judy Young who now works with Gettysburg 4 Gun Sense and the Adams County Prison Ministry.

Book Club – Zion’s readers will meet January 9th at 7:00 p.m. in the Mustard Seed Room to discuss The Dutch House by Ann Patchett. A synopsis: At the end of the Second World War, Cyril Conroy combines luck and a single canny investment to begin an enormous real estate empire, propelling his family from poverty to enormous wealth.  His first order of business is to buy the Dutch House, a lavish estate in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia.  Meant as a surprise for his wife, the house sets in motion the undoing of everyone he loves. The story is told by Cyril’s son Danny, as he and his older sister, the brilliantly acerbic and self-assured Maeve, are exiled from the house where they grew up by their stepmother. The two wealthy siblings are thrown back into the poverty their parents had escaped from and find that all they have to count on is one another. The Dutch House is a dark fairy tale about two smart people who cannot overcome their past. When at last they’re forced to confront the people who left them behind, the relationship between an indulged brother and his ever-protective sister is finally tested.

Job Opportunity – The Census Bureau has local jobs available and will be hiring through March of 2020. In Adams County, they are paying $18.00 an hour. For more information, go to 2020census.gov/jobs or call 1-855-562-2020. Training is provided and hours are flexible.

Upcoming Events at area UCC churches – Emmanuel U.C.C. in Hanover is sponsoring a series of free Community Concerts/Events.   On January 26 at 3 pm will be One Piano, Four Hands featuring Don Horneff and Myfanwy Jacob-Smith. On Saturday, Feb. 22, at 7:00 pm there will be a showing of the classic silent film “The Freshman” starring Harold Lloyd with Michael Britt as organ accompanist. On Sunday, March 22, at 3 pm, the Baltimore Mandolin Orchestra comes to town.

Please remember to write a separate check when donating to more than one fund.  For example, when making a regular offering and a donation to Altar Guild by check, be sure to include two separate checks noting the appropriate account on each check.  Thank you!