Worship: February 2, 2020

ZION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
22 Gettysburg Street Box 538
Arendtsville, Pennsylvania
Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
February 2, 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
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,”
said Jesus, “for they will be filled”.
As we come to worship today, let us come with our appetites whetted for God’s truth
and with our will ready to follow the truth, wherever it will lead us.

* PRAYER OF INVOCATION
We praise you, O Holy God, for you renew our faith, encourage our daily walk,
invite us to follow you, increase our hope, and strengthen our love.
Now hear our prayers and our praises as we come before you in worship.

*GATHERING HYMN # 722 “Lord, Speak to Me That I May Speak”

TIME OF CONFESSION
What has God done to us that we have cut off communication,
gone our own way, forgotten the source and sustainer of all life?
Or is the fault with us, not God?
Before the mountains of God’s holiness, how shall we plead our case?
Let us come before God with bold humility to confess our sin.

We do not understand your ways, O God,
yet often we have not sought to understand them.
We do not believe that love works,
or that patience and humility mark the way to fullness of life.
So, we have sought our own way of power and wisdom,
impatience and the way of self-interest.
Will you forgive us once more?

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

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS
Shall we not trust that God will save us?
As our confession is honest and sincere, God vindicates us
and offers us a full life that is not based on worldly standards.
God calls us to a new life of justice, kindness and humility,
Of meekness, spiritual hunger, and mercy, pure hearts and peacemaking.
You are blessed; rejoice and be glad!
Thanks be to God for this magnificent gift of love.

HYMN RESPONSE # 439 “O My Soul Bless Your Redeemer” v. 2
God forgives all your transgressions, all diseases gently heals;
God redeems you from destruction, and with you so kindly deals.

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON
Micah 6: 1-8, p. 816 (OT)

FAITH LESSON FOR ALL AGES

CHOIR ANTHEM: “The Beatitudes”. . English/arr. Purifoy

GOSPEL READING FOR THE MORNING
St. Matthew 5: 1-12, p. 4 (NT)

SILENT PRAYER AND PREPARATION

THE MESSAGE FOR THE MORNING

*HYMN # 629 “Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee”

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
In everything do to others as you would have them do to you,
for this is the law and the prophets.

OFFERTORY

*OFFERTORY RESPONSE # 606 “Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow”
Praise God from whom all blessings flow, praise him all creatures here below;
Praise him above, ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
Holy God, to you and for the benefit of others we dedicate these tithes and offerings,
for we have received much from you and have received much from others.

*CLOSING HYMN # 700 “I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me”

*COMMISSION AND BENEDICTION
Go forth with confidence that
God will go before you to guide you,
is beneath you to uphold you,
over you to shelter you,
and within you to strengthen you.

*CHORAL BENEDICTION # 396 “Brethren, We Have Met to Worship” v. 1
Brethren, we have met to worship and adore the Lord our God.
Will you pray with all your power while we try to preach the word?
All is vain unless the Spirit of the holy One comes down.
Brethren, pray, and holy manna will be showered all around.

*CHIME MEDITATION

POSTLUDE

THE ALTAR FLOWERS are given to the glory of God and in honor of our children and grandchildren by Bob and Joyce B.

THE BULLETINS are presented to the glory of God and in honor of our children and grandchildren by Nancy and Eric 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.)
COMING UP NEXT WEEK:
Feb. 2, Worship, 9:00 am; Sunday School, 10:15 am , “Souper” Bowl Soup Drive
Feb. 4, U.A. Prayer Brkfst, Apple Bin, 7:45 am
Feb. 5, Choir Practice, Church, 7:30 pm

LOOKING FORWARD:
Feb. 9, 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
Feb. 10, Ladies Breakfast Group, Apple Bin, 9:00 am
Feb. 12, Choir Practice, Church, 7:30 pm
Feb. 13, Book Club, Mustard Sd. Rm., 7:00 pm
Feb. 14-15, Confirm/Sr. High Lock-in, Trinity Lutheran, 7:00 pm-7:00 am

Zion’s Financial Data
Income Through December $187,471.20
Expenses Through December $183,831.23
YTD Surplus $3,639.97

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.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Betty B.! She will celebrate 92 years on February 4th.

THE CAT IS LOOSE! If you have an email address on record with the church office, you received a link to the Church Assessment Tool last week. Paper copies are still available after church if you wish to have one, or you can pick one up during the week at Zion House or request a mailed copy. Please remember to set aside 30 to 40 minutes to complete the assessment. The CAT must be submitted or returned to the office by Feb. 16th. The information gained from this tool will be critical to your leaders as they plan for our future. PLEASE MAKE THIS A PRIORITY THIS WEEK if you haven’t already shared your experiences and perspectives by participating in this important process. If you have questions, please contact a Consistory member or the church office. Many thanks.

“SOUPER” BOWL SUNDAY! Today is the day for your soup donations! Will your favorite team win the Super Bowl? Help our Upper Adams kiddos win by bringing your cans of soup, (tomato, vegetable, chicken noodle/rice/star etc.) and place them in your team’s end zone. After the game is played, we will tally the number of donated cans. The soup will then be delivered to John’s Meals. Last year’s total was 272 cans. Can we top that?

UPPER ADAMS PRAYER BREAKFAST: The Upper Adams Prayer Breakfast meets on Tuesday, Feb. 4th at 7:45 a.m. to hear retired United Methodist pastor Judy Young speak of her overseas experience,
her work with the Pennsylvania Prison Society, and involvement with Guns Sense 4 Gettysburg. Our group meets on the first Tuesday of every month except when announced UA school closings or delays for adverse winter weather cancel that day’s gathering. Come join us for food, conversation, and multi-denominational fellowship. At our March 3rd gathering, we will have Pastor Mike Young presenting to our group.

MEN’S BREAKFAST GROUP: Men from Zion are starting their own Breakfast Group – they will be meeting at the Apple Bin on the third Monday of each month at 8:00 a.m. beginning February 17th. We invite all available men to join us as we get to know each other a little better outside of church. Eddie D. is organizing the gathering, so please contact him if you have questions.

CHURCH COMMITTEES: Don’t forget! If you would like to serve on a church committee, please contact one of the following people: Wayne B. or Tom D. – Mission; Debra S. – Fellowship; Minda H. – Christian Ed.; Craig L. – Personnel/Stewardship; Bob V. – Property; Jay J. – Finance.

BOOK CLUB: Zion’s readers will meet on Thursday, February 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the Mustard Seed Room to discuss “Angela’s Ashes” by Frank McCourt. Why don’t you join us? Here’s a synopsis:

“When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I managed to survive at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: The happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood.”

So begins the Pulitzer Prize winning memoir of Frank McCourt, born in Depression-era Brooklyn to recent Irish immigrants and raised in the slums of Limerick, Ireland. Frank’s mother, Angela, has no money to feed the children since Frank’s father, Malachy, rarely works, and when he does, he drinks his wages. Yet Malachy– exasperating, irresponsible and beguiling– does nurture in Frank an appetite for the one thing he can provide: A story. Frank lives for his father’s tales of Cuchulain, who saved Ireland, and of the Angel on the Seventh Step, who brings his mother babies. Perhaps it is story that accounts for Frank’s survival. Wearing rags for diapers, begging a pig’s head for Christmas dinner and gathering coal from the roadside to light a fire, Frank endures poverty, near-starvation, and the casual cruelty of relatives and neighbors–yet lives to tell his tale with eloquence, exuberance and remarkable forgiveness. Imbued on every page with Frank McCourt’s astounding humor and compassion, this is a glorious book that bears all the marks of a classic.

TOTEM POLE PLAYHOUSE 2020: The vote is in! Zion will be attending a matinee production of the musical play “Always… Patsy Cline” on June 6, 2020. Stay tuned for more information and the sign-up sheet.

THANKS FROM HOMEWOOD: A heartfelt thank you to the churches that support our Plum Creek residents! Even though our campus was beautifully decorated outside with lights and wreathes and ribbons and bows, it was the love that was shared on the inside that had the biggest impact this holiday season! Again this year you lovingly remembered our residents in an extra special way. Each personal care resident received lots of Christmas cards, a box of Kleenex, and unscented body lotion. Each skilled care resident received lots of cards and a box of Kleenex. All the cards included warm holiday greetings and many also held a special surprise inside. We received 400 boxes of Kleenex, 100 unscented body lotions, and over 1,000 Christmas cards. We are indeed blessed! Wishing you all good things in 2020, Megan Schuman, Community Therapeutic Recreation and Volunteer Director.
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.