Worship: February 14, 2021

ZION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

22 Gettysburg Street  Box 538

Arendtsville, Pennsylvania

The Transfiguration of our Lord

February 14, 2021

9:00 am

 Live stream link:  Zion UCC Sunday Service Livestream – February 14 2021

 

Welcome to Zion and a special welcome to our visitors in these days of adjusting to a new normal in worship.  Because of the continuing concerns for the spread of the covid-19 virus, we have chosen to live stream our worship services, suspending in- person worship until we gain a clearer picture of how to gather together in the sanctuary to worship safely.  These are difficult times and even with the hope for a vaccine in the near future, it will be some time before enough people have the vaccine in order to effectively control covid-19.  We ask for your patience and understanding and your faithful support of the church in these days of a new normal for all of us.  Let us continue to pray and to remain faithful, knowing that our God continues to reach out and to embrace us.  We sometimes need to be reminded that our God promises to be near to us in the most difficult days as well as the days when life seems easy for us.

As you follow along in the bulletin during live stream worship, please participate quietly when you come to the bold print.

 

PRELUDE

“Fairest Lord Jesus”, arr. D. Hegarty, ©1976 Lorenz Publishing Co.

 

TIME OF SHARING

 

CALL TO WORSHIP

Christ calls us to come up to meet Him

up from the valley of confusion,

up from the pathway of evil,

up from the desert of despair,

up from the wilderness of loneliness,

to meet Him and to share with Him the glory of the Divine Presence.

 

PRAYER OF INVOCATION

We come before you, gracious God, just as we are,

with dreams and doubts,

ideals and idiosyncrasies,

baggage and burdens,

secrets and successes,

failures and faith,

loves and longings,

convictions and concerns.

Take all of who we are

and help us to become what we hope to be,

by the power of your Holy Spirit.

 

GATHERING HYMN “Blessed Assurance”

Printed with permission under license CCLI #1149146

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!

O what a foretaste of glory divine!

Heir of salvation, purchase of God,

Born of his Spirit, washed in his blood.

This is my story; this is my song,

Praising my Savior all the day long;

This is my story; this is my song,

Praising my Savior all the day long;

 

Perfect submission, perfect delight,

Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;

Angels descending bring from above

Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

This is my story; this is my song,

Praising my Savior all the day long;

This is my story; this is my song,

Praising my Savior all the day long;

 

Perfect submission, all is at rest;

I in my Savior am happy and blest,

Watching and waiting, looking above,

Filled with his goodness, lost in his love.

This is my story; this is my song,

Praising my Savior all the day long;

This is my story; this is my song,

Praising my Savior all the day long;

 

 

TIME OF CONFESSION

Have mercy on us, O God, according to your steadfast love;

According to your abundant mercy, blot out our transgressions.

Create in us a clean heart, O God.

And put a new and right Spirit within us.

Cast us not away from your presence,

And take not your Holy Spirit from us.

Restore to us the joy of your salvation,

And uphold us with a willing spirit.

Let us join together and make honest confession that God may heal us.

Eternal God, in whom we live and move and have our being,

whose face is hidden from us by our sins,

and whose mercy we forget in the blindness of our hearts;

cleanse us, we pray, from all our sins

 and deliver us from proud thoughts and vain desires,

that with lowliness and meekness we may draw near to you,

confessing our faults, trusting in your grace,

and finding in you our refuge and strength. 

Through Jesus Christ our Savior.

 

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

 

CONFESSION MEDITATION

“The Holy Light”, George Blake, ©1985 Lorenz Publishing Co.

 

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS

They who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;

they shall mount up with wings like eagles;

they shall run and not be weary;

they shall walk and not faint.

Thanks be to God for this magnificent gift of love.

 

THE GIVING OF OURSELVES AND OUR OFFERINGS

Whoever gives even a cup of cold water

to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple —

truly I tell you, not one of these will lose their reward.

 

(For the time being we would ask you to mail your offering to Zion United Church of Christ, PO Box 538, Arendtsville, Pennsylvania 17303, or to use the Electronic Funds Transfer option which is available by contacting the church office.  Your ongoing support of the church is deeply appreciated in these days.)

PRAYER OF DEDICATION

Through our tithes and offerings we extend a cup of cold water —

and  a serving of food, and a change of clothing,

and a helping hand, and a reading lesson, and a vaccination,

and a message of hope and salvation.

 

VOCAL SOLO

“Safe Within Your Arms”, Mark Hayes, ©2000 Alfred Publishing Co., Inc.

Dan W., Soloist

 

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON FOR THE MORNING

II Kings 2: 1-12

2:1 Now when the LORD was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal.
2:2 Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here; for the LORD has sent me as far as Bethel.” But Elisha said, “As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they went down to Bethel.
2:3 The company of prophets who were in Bethel came out to Elisha, and said to him, “Do you know that today the LORD will take your master away from you?” And he said, “Yes, I know; keep silent.”
2:4 Elijah said to him, “Elisha, stay here; for the LORD has sent me to Jericho.” But he said, “As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they came to Jericho.
2:5 The company of prophets who were at Jericho drew near to Elisha, and said to him, “Do you know that today the LORD will take your master away from you?” And he answered, “Yes, I know; be silent.”
2:6 Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here; for the LORD has sent me to the Jordan.” But he said, “As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So the two of them went on.
2:7 Fifty men of the company of prophets also went, and stood at some distance from them, as they both were standing by the Jordan.
2:8 Then Elijah took his mantle and rolled it up, and struck the water; the water was parted to the one side and to the other, until the two of them crossed on dry ground.
2:9 When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me what I may do for you, before I am taken from you.” Elisha said, “Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit.”
2:10 He responded, “You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it will be granted you; if not, it will not.”
2:11 As they continued walking and talking, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them, and Elijah ascended in a whirlwind into heaven.
2:12 Elisha kept watching and crying out, “Father, father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” But when he could no longer see him, he grasped his own clothes and tore them in two pieces.

 

EPISTLE LESSON FOR THE MORNING

II Corinthians 4: 3-6

4:3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.
4:4 In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
4:5 For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake.
4:6 For it is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

 

GOSPEL READING FOR THE MORNING

St. Mark 9: 2-9

9:2 Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them,
9:3 and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them.
9:4 And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus.
9:5 Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
9:6 He did not know what to say, for they were terrified.
9:7 Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!”
9:8 Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus.
9:9 As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead.

 

SILENT PRAYER AND PREPARATION

“In This Quiet Hour”, James Denton, ©1988 Lorenz Publishing Co.

 

THE MESSAGE FOR THE MORNING

 

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, forever.  Amen.

 

CLOSING HYMN  “O Jesus, I Have Promised”

Printed with permission under license CCLI #1149146

O Jesus, I have promised to serve thee to the end,

Be thou forever near me, my Master and my friend;

I shall not fear the battle if thou art by my side,

Nor wander from the pathway if thou wilt be my guide.

 

O let me feel thee near me! The world is ever near;

I see the sights that dazzle; the tempting sounds I hear.

My foes are ever near me, around me and within;

But, Jesus, draw thou nearer and shield my soul from sin.

 

O let me hear thee speaking in accents clear and still,

Above the storms of passion, the murmurs of self will;

O speak to reassure me, to hasten or control,

O speak, and make me listen, thou guardian of my soul.

 

O Jesus, thou hast promised to all who follow thee

That where thou art in glory there shall thy servant be.

And, Jesus, I have promised to serve thee to the end;

O give me grace to follow, my Master and my friend.

 

COMMISSION AND BENEDICTION

May the God who created us in wisdom,

who saves us in love,

and who upholds us daily in power,

be with you now and forever.

 

CHIME MEDITATION

“Walk In The Light”, tune “Manoah”, arr. E. Broughton, ©1992 Lorenz Publishing Co.

 

POSTLUDE

“All Things Become New”, Robert J. Hughes, ©1982 Lorenz Publishing Co.

 

 

Office hours are limited; please call the office before stopping by.

 

Coming Up This Week:

Feb. 14                  Live stream Worship                                                 9:00 a.m.

Sunday School                           Zoom                     10:30 a.m.

Feb. 15                  Consistory Mtg                          Zoom                       7:00 p.m.

Feb. 17                  Live stream Ash Wednesday service                         7:00 p.m.

With Communion

 

Looking Forward:

Feb. 21                  Live stream Worship                                                 9:00 a.m.

With Communion

Sunday School                           Zoom                     10:30 a.m.

 

Happy Birthday to Elener S. who celebrates her 84th birthday on February 15th!  And Happy Birthday to Shirley C. who celebrates her 83rd birthday on February 17th!  And also Happy Birthday to Lorraine M. who celebrates her 90th birthday on February 19th!

 

Pastoral Care:  If you would like a visit from George, please contact him and let him know a convenient time.

 

Ash Wednesday Service:  This year our Ash Wednesday service will be live stream only on February 17th at 7:00 p.m.  Please have your Communion elements at hand before logging on to the service.  A link to the live stream will be sent via email blast.

 

Prayer Requests:  Don’t forget to send your prayer requests via email to the church office by Friday evening to have them included in the Sunday service.

 

Summer Camping Opportunity This Summer:  The Penn Central Conference is partnering with the LCC (Lutheran Camping Corporation) and the Lower Susquehanna Synod of the Lutheran Church to offer summer camp opportunities close to home at Camp Nawakwa.  If you have fond memories of camps at The Hartman Center, you may be interested.  There is an open house at Nawakwa on March 21  or April 11.   Please see this link for more information:  Summer Camp Open House at Kirchenwald & Nawakwa; March 21 & April 11; 2-4:30 p.m.