Worship: February 16, 2020

ZION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
22 Gettysburg Street Box 538
Arendtsville, Pennsylvania
Sixth Sunday after Epiphany
February 16, 2020

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
From the midst of our real lives, with their very real problems,
We come to seek courage and strength from the
presence of God and the support of one another.
As persons who love imperfectly and are loved imperfectly,
We come to be renewed by the perfect love of God,
proclaimed in the community of love and faith.
As persons who never fully live up to their high calling in Jesus Christ,
We come to be encouraged to do our best for one more week.

* PRAYER OF INVOCATION
In the newspapers, over the radio, on television, we hear so much bad news.
It’s good to come to this place and hear good news for a change;
the good news that you, O God, do indeed exist –
that you care, that you love, that you have answers,
and that you have called us to be your agents
of healing and transformation in our troubled world.

*GATHERING HYMN # 39 “Great is Thy Faithfulness”

TIME OF CONFESSION
We can hide nothing from God, who knows our every thought.
God is aware of sins we have not recognized.
Whenever we have broken a solemn trust,
Whenever we have acted on selfish impulse,
Whenever we have trampled on the feelings of others,
or ignored their need, God takes notice.
If we have been selfish, only looking after our own needs,
Forgive us, O God, and help us to live the good news.
If we have closed our eyes to injustice.
Forgive us, O God, and help us to live the good news.
If we have turned away from those who need us.
Forgive us, O God, and help us to live the good news.
If we have believed that our time and talents were for our use alone.
Forgive us, O God, and help us to live the good news.
If we have lived only looking out for ourselves.
Forgive us, O God, and help us to live the good news.

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

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS
Those who are poor receive riches money cannot buy.
Those who are burdened with guilt are set free.
Those who have a past also have a future.
Those who have been dead are made alive.
Believe the good news and rejoice in it.
Thanks be to God for this magnificent gift of love.

HYMN RESPONSE # 627 “I Love You, Lord”
I love you, Lord, and I lift my voice to worship you; O my soul, rejoice.
Take joy, my King, in what you hear; may it be a sweet, sweet sound in your ear.

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON
Deuteronomy 30: 15-20, p. 179 (OT)

FAITH LESSON FOR ALL AGES

CHOIR ANTHEM: “If We Ever Needed the Lord Before” . . Dorsey

GOSPEL READING FOR THE MORNING
St. Matthew 5: 21-37, p. 4 (NT)

SILENT PRAYER AND PREPARATION

THE MESSAGE FOR THE MORNING

*HYMN # 63 “The Lord is God”

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.

THE GIVING OF OURSELVES AND OUR OFFERINGS
The major ministries of this congregation are to share the message of Jesus Christ
through the spoken word, through the written word, and through personal example.
We give our tithes and offerings in order for these ministries to continue.

OFFERTORY

*OFFERTORY RESPONSE # 717 “For the Life That You Have Given”
For the life that you have given, for the love in Christ made known,
With these fruits of time and labor, with these gifts that are your own;
Here we offer, Lord, our praises; heart and mind and strength we bring;
Give us grace to love and serve you, living what we pray and sing.

*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
We give these tithes and offerings as concrete and unmistakable
evidence that we wish to be witnesses to the saving
power of Jesus Christ, both here and around the world.

*CLOSING HYMN # 315 “In the Midst of New Dimensions”

*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.

*CHORAL BENEDICTION # 396 “Brethren, We Have Met to Worship” v. 4
Let us love our God supremely; let us love each other, too.
Let us love and pray for sinners till our God makes all things new.
Christ will call us home to heaven; at his table we’ll sit down.
Christ will gird himself and serve us with sweet manna all around.

*CHIME MEDITATION

POSTLUDE

THE ALTAR FLOWERS are given to the glory of God and in memory of Ralph and Emma C. by Kevin and Sharon C.

THE BULLETINS are presented to the glory of God and in honor of our children and grandchildren by Nancy and Erik H.

GREETER, FLOWER, AND BULLETIN SPONSORSHIP SIGN-UP SHEETS FOR 2020 are posted in the vestibule. (Flower sponsorship is $35.00; Bulletin Sponsorship is $15. Give checks for flowers to the Altar Guild rep for the month; place checks for bulletins in the offering plate. Thanks for your generosity.)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO: Shirley C. who celebrates 82 years on Feb. 17th, Lorraine M. who celebrates 89 years on Feb. 19th, and Don H. who celebrates 81 years on Feb. 22nd.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO: William and Carolyn L. who celebrate 69 years together on Feb. 22nd.

COMING UP NEXT WEEK:
Feb. 16, Worship, 9:00 am; Sunday School, 10:15 am; HolyCow! Survey due
Feb. 17, Mens Breakfast Group Apple Bin, 8:00 am; Consistory Mtg, Zion House, 7:00 pm
Feb. 18, John’s Meals Bd Mtg, Fellowship Hall, 6:30 pm
Feb. 19, What’s Cookin’?, Trinity Lutheran, 6-7:30 pm; Choir Practice, Church, 7:30 pm
LOOKING FORWARD:
Feb. 23, Worship, 9:00 am, Sunday School, 10:15 am
Feb. 26, Ash Wednesday joint service, Flohr’s Lutheran, 7:00 pm

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.

THE CAT COMES HOME! The Congregational Assessment Tool due date is today! Paper copies may be placed in the basket on the credenza in the back of church. Electronic submissions can be done on-line. We thank you for taking the time to give your unique perspective on church life here at Zion. Our Profile Committee greatly appreciates your input.

MENS BREAKFAST GROUP: Men, don’t forget to join us for breakfast at the Apple Bin tomorrow, Feb. 17th, at 8:00 a.m. We look forward to some good food, conversation, and fellowship.

COMMUNITY AID: Zion has received $288.00 for the fourth quarter of 2019 from Community Aid. Thanks to all who have donated clothing and other items in our bin.

SOUPER BOWL TALLY: We are excited to announce that 395 cans of soup were donated to John’s Meals through the Souper Bowl Soup Drive, greatly exceeding last year’s total. Thanks to all for their support of this event.

HOMEWOOD HERSHEY PARK FUNDRAISER: Planning to go to Hershey Park this year? Homewood at Plum Creek has Hershey Park admission tickets available for purchase at fantastic savings! Regular admission price is $74.80, but you can buy a ticket for $42.00 from Homewood that is valid through September 27, 2020. Please see Angie V. by March 8 if you are interested and make checks payable to Homewood at Plum Creek.

ASH WEDNESDAY JOINT SERVICE: We will be joining our UACT partners for a joint Ash Wednesday Service on Feb. 26 at Flohr’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in McKnightstown at 7:00 p.m. There will be imposition of ashes and Holy Communion. Hope to see a good representation from Zion to hear Pastor George’s sermon!

BREAD FOR THE JOURNEY: March 4th & 18th, April 1st and 15th at 6:30 p.m. You are invited to attend these UACT gatherings for adults, centered in small group discussions, and focused on the quest for healthy emotional and spiritual living in today’s world. Childcare will be provided, along with light refreshments. The gatherings will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Arendtsville.

MOVIE NIGHT: INSIDE OUT – March 11th & 25th at 6:30 p.m. All ages are invited to Trinity Lutheran Church for these UACT gatherings which will center around the Pixar movie “Inside Out”, as we explore how each of our feelings have important roles to play in our lives of faith. A simple meal will be provided.

SCAM ALERT: Please be aware that neither the pastor nor any of the church leadership of Zion will ever contact you via email and ask you to purchase a gift card for a third party. It has been reported that a member of a church received a bogus email from their pastor asking that member to purchase a gift card (this did not happen at Zion). Also, if it happens that someone approaches you on a Sunday morning asking for financial assistance, please direct them to either the pastor or Consistory President  We have had several occasions recently for financial help and have decided on how best to handle these types of situations. No reason to be alarmed, but awareness is important!

FREE CONCERT: Music, Gettysburg! Will present a free concert by the Wittenberg College Choir on Friday, March 6, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. in the Gettysburg Chapel of the United Lutheran Seminary at 147 Seminary Ridge. Consider attending an evening of superbly performed choral music. Visit www.musicgettysburg.org for more information.

HARTMAN CENTER: Zion has received information about summer camps at the Hartman Center. If you are interested, please pick up a brochure in the Sunday School room.

SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE: The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Hanover & Spring Grove has announced that the annual application process for The Florence deHaven Stick Memorial Scholarship is now underway. Florence was Hanover’s first visiting nurse, and the scholarship was established and funded in 1982 by her husband, Dr. Edward Stick. Scholarships in the range of $3,000 – $5,000 will be awarded to students enrolled in an accredited nursing program or accepted for classes beginning in the fall of 2020 for a career as an R.N. or L.P.N. The award is made on the basis of financial need, academic performance, and extracurricular activities. Completed applications are due by March 13, 2020 and may be obtained at www.vnahanover.org or by contacting Heather Reynolds at 717-637-1227 or 1-800-422-3197, ext. 292.