Worship: December 8, 2019

ZION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

22 Gettysburg Street Box 538

Arendtsville, Pennsylvania

Second Sunday in Advent

December 8, 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

LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT CANDLE OF PEACE

Last Sunday we lit the first candle in our Advent Wreath,

the candle of hope.

We light it again as we remember that Christ was born in Bethlehem.

The light of hope that cannot be extinguished wherever we go.

The second candle of Advent is the Candle of Peace.

Peace is a word that we hear a lot.

It is one of the things that we hope for.

Christ brought peace when he first came to us

and he will bring everlasting peace when he comes again.

The prophet, Isaiah, called Christ, ‘the Prince of Peace’.

When Jesus came he taught people the importance of being peace makers.

He said that those who make peace shall be called the children of God.

We light the candle of peace to remind us

that Jesus is the Prince of peace

and that through him peace is found.

Peace is like a light shining in a dark place.

As we look at this candle,

we celebrate the peace we find in Jesus Christ.

Let us pray:

Thank you, God, for the peace you give us.

We ask that as we wait for all your promises to come true,

and for Christ to come again,

 that you would remain present with us. 

Help us today, and every day,

to worship you, to hear your Word,

and to do your will by sharing your peace with each other.

We ask it in the name of the One who was born in Bethlehem, our Savior, Jesus.

*GATHERING HYMN # 96 “On Jordan’s Banks, the Baptist’s Cry”

TIME OF CONFESSION

We, who have known the refreshing waters of baptism recognize our continuing need

to be cleansed. We have not heeded the voice of love, which seeks the highest good

of all. We have ignored the wonders of God; we live in fear rather than hope. Our

Creator calls us back to a relationship of trust and obedience. Let us seek to respond.

Righteous God, we confess that we have not looked up to claim the riches of your love.

We have not listened to your voice of truth in the wilderness of our despair.

We have not acknowledged your presence amid the loneliness of our struggles.

We have been too busy with our own agendas to reach out in concern

to those who carry burdens far greater than our own.

Baptize us anew, we pray, for a passion for justice and righteousness.

Be known among us now and forever.

And now let us confess in silence those fears that keep us from loving as Christ has loved us.

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS

To all who are truly sorry for their sin and seek forgiveness,

let the Good News be clear: you are forgiven and receive new life.

We are free to bear the fruit of God’s love. In accordance with God’s promise,

we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home.

Thanks be to God for this magnificent gift of love.

* HYMN RESPONSE # 39 “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”

Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father;

There is no shadow of turning with thee.

Thou changest not; thy compassions they fail not.

As thou hast been thou forever wilt be.

Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness!

Morning by morning, new mercies I see.

All I have needed thy hand hath provided.

Great is thy faithfulness, Lord unto me.

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON

Isaiah 11: 1-10, p. 602 (OT)

FAITH LESSON FOR ALL AGES

CHOIR ANTHEM: “Prepare Ye the Way” . . .M. Barrett/M. Smith

GOSPEL READING FOR THE MORNING

St. Matthew 3: 1-12, p. 2 (NT)

SILENT PRAYER AND PREPARATION

THE MESSAGE FOR THE MORNING

*HYMN # 87 “Comfort, Comfort, Now My People”

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

A generous person will be enriched, and one

who gives water will in turn be watered.

OFFERTORY: “Say He Will Come” . . .Lau

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

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

We thank you that we enjoy not only the necessities of life,

such as food, water, clothing, and shelter, but also many

extras that make life interesting and enjoyable. Help

us to use all of these things responsibly and unselfishly

for the good of others as well as for ourselves.

*CLOSING HYMN # 129 “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming”

*COMMISSION AND BENEDICTION

May Jesus Christ, at his second coming, find you prepared for him,

for he lives and reigns forever, worthy of all honor and all praise.

*CHORAL BENEDICTION # 93 “Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates”  v. 2

Fling wide the portals of your heart;

 make it a temple, set apart

from earthly use for heaven’s employ,

adorned with prayer and love and joy.

*CHIME MEDITATION

POSTLUDE

The rosebuds on the altar today are in honor of the births of Riley W. and Chiara R.

The Altar Flowers are given to the glory of God and in honor of the birth of Christ by Betsy B.

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. 8, Worship & Annual Mtg, Church, 9:00 am; Sunday School, 10:15 am

Dec. 9, Ladies Breakfast, Apple Bin, 9:00 am; Hoss’s Fundraiser, Hoss’s, Gettysburg, 12- 8:00 pm

Dec. 11, Choir Practice, Church, 7:30 pm

Dec. 12, Book Club, Mustard Sd Rm, 7:00 pm

Looking Forward:

Dec. 15, Worship with Children’s Pageant, 9:00 am; No Sunday School; Confirmation & Sr High Grp, Trinity Lutheran, 6 – 7:30 pm

Dec. 16, Consistory Mtg, Zion House, 7:00 pm

Dec. 18, What’s Cookin’?, Trinity Lutheran, 6 – 7:30 pm; , Choir Practice, Church, 7:30 pm

Holiday Toy Drive: Today is the last day for the LEGO set collections.

Christmas Cantata at Trinity Lutheran – The Chancel Choir of Trinity Lutheran Church in Arendtsville will present a cantata of inspirational Christmas music on December 8th at 7:00 p.m. under the direction of Amanda H. and accompanied by Ellie V.  The cantata is free and open to all.

Christmas at Homewood– Today is the last day to donate gift wrapped and gift bagged boxes of tissues and UNSCENTED body lotion for Homewood’s residents’ Christmas gifts. Please place in boxes in back of church.  Thanks for brightening the residents’ holiday.

Ladies Breakfast Group –We will meet tomorrow, December 9th at the Apple Bin for breakfast.  Come and bring a friend!

Hoss’s Fundraiser – Our next Hoss’s fundraiser will be held tomorrow, December 9th from 12 noon to 8:00 pm at Hoss’s in Gettysburg.  Forms are available in the back of church.  Thanks for your support.

REACH Cookie Tray Fundraiser –Tired of baking Christmas cookies? Let REACH do it for you!  Order forms are on the credenza in the back of church.  Just fill one out and return it with payment to Chris P.  Cookies may be picked up December 22nd.  Thanks for your support.

Book Club – We meet December 12th to discuss A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II.  A synopsis:

In this fast-paced biography, Sonia Purnell tells the story of Virginia Hall, an American spy who worked undercover in France during World War II for Britain’s Special Operations Executive. Hall began life in the U.S. with a mother who wished for the perfect debutante.  Hall was more comfortable studying languages and found herself living abroad and working for the State Department.  She lost half her leg in a hunting accident which didn’t slow her down.  She named her wooden prosthetic, drove ambulances in France, and was recruited as a spy.  Posing as a newspaper reporter, enlisting civilians for the French Resistance, and establishing an underground network of allies, Hall became one of the most important spies during World War II.

“Undie” Sunday Update – 63 packages of socks/underwear/t-shirts were collected; Chris P. delivered appropriate sizes to Biglerville Elem & HS, Arendtsville Elem, and the homeless shelter.

From the Treasurer: When making a donation to more than one account, please write a separate check for each designation.  For example, when making a regular offering and a donation to Altar Guild, if paying by check be sure to include two separate checks noting the appropriate account on each check.  With so many funds, it is important to identify your giving with a separate check.  This will make the accounting much easier for the money counters and the treasurer.  Thanks so much!

Homewood Auxiliary Dues are being accepted now until December 15. The sign-up clipboard is located on the credenza at the back of church along with envelope for dues, $3 individual and $5 couple. New members please complete info on blank pages. Calendars are a thank you for your continued membership and support.

Altar Guild – Zion is looking for a few good people to join the ranks of the Altar Guild! Members take turns monthly being in charge of flower sponsorships, paraments, candles, and Communion preparations.  If interested, please contact Donna M. for more information.