Worship: February 23, 2020

ZION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

22 Gettysburg Street Box 538

Arendtsville, Pennsylvania

Sunday of the Transfiguration

February 23, 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

At times we may be tempted to regard our faith as something like a

fire department – a service to be called upon only in case of emergency.

But as we gather this morning, we acknowledge that faith is an

important dimension of all of life, and that our relationship

with God is an ongoing source of peace, hope, meaning and love.

So be still before God, and wait patiently;

delight in God, who fulfills the desires of your heart.

With what shall we come before God?

Who is worthy to stand in God’s presence?

Come, not in your wisdom, but in humility; come, not to boast, but to learn.

We come without power or pretension;

we bring our weakness more than our strength.

* PRAYER OF INVOCATION

We honor you, Lord Jesus, on this transfiguration Sunday,

celebrating your majesty, awestruck by your holiness,

and catching just a glimpse of the glory to come.

Prepare us, we ask, for that great day, and for

the challenges that remain on this side of eternity.

 *GATHERING HYMN # 394 “Christ is Made the Sure Foundation”

TIME OF CONFESSION

When we come before God, we can hold nothing back.

God knows us better than we know ourselves.

There is no hiding place.

God is aware of the bad that we have done.

God also knows the good we have failed to do.

There is nothing to do but confess and repent.

Let us join together then in confession.

Holy God, you know that we keep on

making the same mistakes over and over again.

We say we will do better next time, but we soon slip back.

Our intentions are far better than our actions.

We hang on to old habits like old friends.

Help us, we pray, to rid ourselves of the grip of the past.

Enable us, by your Word and Spirit, to catch a new vision

and to pursue that vision with perseverance and confidence.  

For we ask it in the name of our Savior Jesus. Amen.

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

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS

If I had cherished my sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.

But truly God has listened; he has given heed to the words of my prayer.

Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer

or removed his steadfast love from me.

Thanks be to God for this magnificent gift of love.

HYMN RESPONSE # 37 “Let All Things Now Living” v.1

Let all things now living a song of thanksgiving

to God our creator triumphantly raise;

Who fashioned and made us, protected and stayed us,

by guiding us on to the end of our days.

God’s banners are o’er us; pure light goes before us,

a pillar of fire shining forth in the night;

Till shadows have vanished, all fearfulness banished,

as forward we travel from light into light.

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON

Exodus 24: 12-18, p. 68 (OT)

FAITH LESSON FOR ALL AGES

CHILDREN SING

GOSPEL READING FOR THE MORNING

St. Matthew 17: 1-9, p. 17 (NT)

SILENT PRAYER AND PREPARATION

THE MESSAGE FOR THE MORNING

*HYMN # 191 “We Have Come at Christ’s Own Bidding”

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

Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.

Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.

OFFERTORY

*OFFERTORY RESPONSE # 708 “We Give Thee But Thine Own”, v. 1

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

Holy God, we dedicate these tithes and offerings to you,

For we have received much, and our blessings overflow.

*CLOSING HYMN # 192 “Lord, the Light of Your Love is Shining”

*COMMISSION AND BENEDICTION

Take heart, for God will strengthen you in times of trouble,

God will comfort you in times of sorrow,

and God will lead you in times of uncertainty.

*CHORAL BENEDICTION# 317 “In Christ There is No East or West”, v. 1

In Christ there is no east or west, in him no south or north,

But one great fellowship of love throughout the whole wide earth.

*CHIME MEDITATION

POSTLUDE

The Altar Flowers are given to the glory of God and in memory of Richard and Dottie S. 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. v(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.)v

Coming Up Next Week:

Feb. 23, Worship, Children Sing, 9:00 am ; Sunday School, 10:15 am ; Christian Ed Mtg during Sunday School; Confirmation Mtg; Zion House; 6:00 pm

Feb. 26, Ash Wed. joint service, Flohr’s Luth., 7:00 pm

Looking Forward:

Mar. 1, Worship with Communion, 9:00 am; Sunday School, 10:15 am; Cooley Music Recital, Church, 1:00 pm; Confirm/Sr. High Grp, Trinity Luth., 6:00 pm

Mar. 4, Choir, Church, 7:30 pm

Mar. 5, Mission Cmte, Zion House, 6:30 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.

REACH Breakfast Sandwiches are on sale today following worship!

Thank You from the Consistory and Profile Committee for your wonderful response to the CAT. Look for details of the presentation by HolyCow! Consulting in future bulletins. The information you shared will assist the Committee members as they craft Zion’s church profile.

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 such requests 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.