Worship: December 31, 2017

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Song of Simeon

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.

 Choral Response:   “Love Has Come”……………..…#110, v. 1

 *Call To Worship

One:       Again and again, the Psalms call us together to praise the Holy One:

All:         Let us praise God from the heavens, from the heights – from all places!

One:       Let the sun and the moon and all the shining stars praise this amazing God.

All:         May all creation and every created being praise God.

One:       Let God be praised by every ruler and every peoples,

All:         young men and women alike, old and young, able-bodied as well as challenged.  We have been raised up, brought together again.  Come, let us worship God!

*Hymn: “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear” ……………#123

*Invocation

One:       O God who gave form to the Cosmos and has amazed us down through the ages,

All:         open us to be amazed today by the beauty visible around us.

One:       Your beloved child, born of old, has been born again in our midst this Christmas season;

All:         may we feel his love working in us and through us.

One:       We were captive to powers and principalities,

All:         but the fullness of time is here and now – we are prepared to receive you gladly and rejoice in freedom.

We Recognize Our Brokenness

 Prayer Of Confession

All:         Holy one, we acknowledge before one another and to your Presence with us that we have fallen short in so many ways.  We have tried on our own to set our lives right, to be loving and giving, to serve the world beyond our doors; but we recognize that without you to empower us, we get stuck in the ruts of our own lives.  Help us, we pray, and give us strength to rely on your righteousness to guide us.  Help us to live according to your word.  Amen.  (A time for silent prayers of confession.)

 Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

One:       As Jesus himself cried, “Abba! Father!” let us do likewise, for the Good News is this:  the spirit of the living Christ will come into our hearts, and we are set free to live fully.

All:         Praise be to God!

Reading Of The Scripture: Isaiah 61: 10 – 62: 3 (O.T., pg. 650)

Faith Lesson For All Ages

 Anthem:       “Glory Be to God”………………………Martin

We Reflect On New Possibilities

Reading Of The Gospel:   Luke 2: 22-40 (N.T., pg. 55)

Message For This Day

*Hymn: “The First Nowell”………………..#147, v. 1-4

 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, 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:   O generous Creator, giver of every good gift, let our offerings keep the life of those gifts circulating.  Accept, we pray, these tokens of our gratitude for all we have received.  May they be of use in extending the work of our community to the world beyond our doors.  Amen.

We Go Forth To Live Transformed lives

 *Closing Hymn: “Go, Tell It on the Mountain” ……………….#136

 *Blessing

One:       God of love and birther of hope, dismiss us now in peace, according to your Word.

All:         Our eyes have been your salvation, which you have long ago prepared.

One:       You have prepared your salvation in the presence of all peoples, everywhere;

All:         may we go forth shining, to be a light of revelation for the glory of all.  Amen.

*Choral Benediction: “Love Has Come”………….……#110, v. 2, 3

*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

Annual Report Information For 2017 should be submitted to the office by Tuesday, January 9.

Mark your 2018 calendar now for the Supper Social (formerly the Congregational Dinner) on January 20 at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  Once again it will be a catered/potluck dinner.  Bring your favorite side dish or dessert to share; the Leedys will cater the main dish.  A sign-up sheet will be available on the table in the back of the Sanctuary.  Plan for an evening of fun and fellowship!

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

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.

 

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

 

 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.

 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.

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

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

 New Parking Regulations In Arendtsville. Please note for worship parking.

Arendtsville Borough Council voted on November 8, 2017, to have No Parking on the following streets effective January 1, 2018.

▪  Main Street from High St. east to the Borough Line, which is the Conewago Creek, with a two-hour exception on the South side in front of Zion UCC.

▪  Gettysburg Street from Main St. to the Borough Line (on Mummasburg Rd.), with a two-hour exception on the West side in front of 43 Gettysburg St. (the laundromat).

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

Single Serve, Microwaveable Cups Of Macaroni And Cheese are being collected to benefit John’s Meals.  The cups need not be a brand name (like Kraft); store brand is fine.  We will be providing 100 cups each month and they may be placed in the cupboard in the rear of the church.  Any questions, please see Chris.  As always, thank you so much for your faithful support of this ministry.

Coming Up Next Week:

Jan. 3, Choir practice, 7:30 pm

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

Looking Forward:

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

Jan. 7, Confirmation class, St. Paul, Biglerville, 6:00 pm

Jan. 8, Ladies’ breakfast, Apple Bin, 9:00 am

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

Jan. 9, Book Club, Mustard seed rm, 7:00 pm

Jan. 9, End-of-year committee reports due

Jan. 13, 14 Confirmation lock in, St. Paul, 7 pm (Sat.) – am (Sun)

Jan. 14, Trivia nite, 6:00 pm

Jan. 17, What’s Cookin’, Trinity Lutheran, 6:00 pm

Jan. 20, Supper Social, F. H., 6:00 pm

Jan. 20, Consistory retreat, Zion Hse, 10 am – noon