Worship: February 4, 2018

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Source of Strength

 Visitors: Welcome to our church.  Please sign our 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 loft, and straight ahead.  We also have restrooms downstairs in Fellowship Hall.  Again, exit through the door next to the choir loft, turn left down the hall, and go down the steps. 

We Gather In Awe And Wonder

Prelude

Announcements:   We welcome visitors to Scout Sunday.

Chime Interlude And Candle Lighting

Leader:   God said “let there be light” and so it was.  That light has never been conquered, just as God’s goodness can never be overcome by darkness.

People:  The light of Christ has dawned in our lives.  We give thanks and celebrate that we can be that light to others.

Leader:   Epiphany means that what has been hidden is now revealed.  The Holy Spirit continues to reveal God’s truth and grace in this world.

*Response:   “O Lord, Our Lord“……………….#613

*Call To Worship

One:       We gather to sing praises to God.

All:         We gather to sing of God’s mighty deeds and wondrous works.

One:       God, who names the stars, and scatters the proud,

All:         who gathers the outcast,

One:       heals the broken-hearted,

All:         covers the heavens with clouds,

One:       sends rain on the earth,

All:         and takes pleasure in those whose hope is in God’s steadfast love.

One:       Come, let us come before God with awe, thanksgiving, and praise.

*Hymn: “To God Be the Glory”……….. ………………….#634

*Invocation

One:       God, we gather this day to remember your great love for us.

All:         Your love which is woven within us and in the fabric of all creation.

One:       We cannot comprehend the magnitude of your love for this planet and for its people.

All:         Yet, you know each one of us by name;

One:       and call us to works of peace and justice.

All:         Might we respond to your call, a call that leads us into works of justice, peace, and compassion.  Amen.

We Recognize Our Brokenness

Prayer Of Confession

Leader:   God, you ask, “Have you not known?  Have you not heard?”  We try to understand, we think we hear, but there is so much noise in our world.  We hear those who shout the loudest, whose sound-bites demand the most attention.  Forgive us for not hearing the voices of the silenced, not seeing those who are made invisible.  Sometimes, God, the pain and needs of our communities and our world overwhelm us.  Remind us again that you are God and you are everlasting, even until the ends of the earth.  Amen.  (A time for silent prayers of confession.)

 Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

Leader:   God knows our weariness, knows our blindness, and loves us still.  We have the promise that if we wait for God our strength will be renewed.  Depend upon it.  Be renewed and set free.

Reading Of The Scripture: Isaiah 40: 21-31(O.T., pg. 628)

Faith Lesson For All Ages

Anthem:   “Awaken me to Pray”…………..…Parker/Lantz

Reading Of The Gospel:   Mark 1: 29-39 (N.T., pg. 33)

 We Reflect On New Possibilities

Message For This Day

*Hymn: “There Is a Balm in Gilead”………….………..#792

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, for ever.  Amen.)

Our Offering: Our financial offering is one way that our members participate in the mission and ministry of this church. We thank you for your financial support.  For those of you who are visiting, please feel no need to participate in the offering.  This worship service is our gift to you.

Offertory

 *Doxology: “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings” …………..….#606

*Prayer Of Dedication

Leader:   God, we are all in this together.  May we keep that in mind as we return to you a portion of what you have given us.  We pray that our offerings may be one means of moving your creation a little closer to peace, justice, and reconciliation.  Amen.

 We Go Forth To Live Transformed Lives

*Closing Hymn: “Lord I Want to be a Christian” ………….…….#729

*Blessing

One:       Go forth now to love and serve God.  Go forth knowing that you have been called to heal the broken-hearted and to work for peace and justice.

All:         Open our ears and eyes that we might hear the voice-less and see those the world makes invisible ones.

One:       God will go with you, giving you knowledge, opening your eyes.

All:         We go forth in peace and love, knowing that we do not work or travel alone.  Amen.

 *Choral Benediction: “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”…………#825, v. 1

*Chime Meditation

Postlude

*Where noted, please stand if able.                                          

 

February’s Proverb:  

The unjust are an abomination to the righteous, but the upright are an abomination to the wicked.             Proverbs 28: 27

 Thank You To All Members for donating labels to our Labels for Education endeavor over the past few years.  We have received three $250 Visa cards, as well as supplies for our Sunday School. We are very grateful to the congregation and to Meagan for all of her hard work!

The Board Of Upper Adams Christians Together invite and encourage all interested folks to attend our annual meeting on February 5, 2018, at Zion UCC in Arendtsville!  The public portion of the meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and end near 8:30 p.m.  Reports on all our active ministries and financial standing along with future visions for 2018 will highlight the evening, surrounded with celebration for how God has actively grown good fruit in our midst.

An Ash Wednesday Service And Light Meal will be held on February 14. The service is from 7:00-7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary.  Preceding the service at 6:30 will be a light meal in Fellowship Hall.  Please sign on the clipboard on the credenza if you would like to come to the meal.

A Mission Committee Meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 20, at 7:00 p.m. in Zion House.

On Sunday, March 18, We’re Going BOWLING!  Reserved are several regular and duck pin lanes at Rockwell Lanes in Biglerville at 2:00.  Jessica Parker needs a final head count by Sunday, March 4, with number of bowlers attending with your group.  Two games of bowling plus shoes will be paid for by Zion. Please see Jess with any questions.

As A Mission Project, Isabelle will be collecting used batteries to be recycled.  She will be collecting single use household, rechargeable household, button, cellphone and tool batteries.  Please bring your old batteries and place them in the big green box in the back of the church starting February 11.  She will be collecting till the box is full!

Congratulations To “Out Of Towners,” our winning team at Trivia. They were able to make a $300 donation to a quadriplegic young man in rehab.  Mark your calendars. . . our next Trivia Nite will be Sunday, March 25.

On Sunday, February 18, we will have a Jesus Loves Me Valentine’s Day party.  Parents have opted to not have the children do Valentine’s for each other; however, Jessica still would like them to each receive a card or two.  Jess will assemble goodie bags and would love for members of the church to help with cards.  A basket of Valentine’s will be on the credenza with each child’s name on an envelope.  Feel free to take a card and write a note to that child.  If you know something about them, have recognized good behavior in church, etc., feel free to write a personal note.  Jessica will collect them until February 11 in a bag that she will place with the basket.  Thanks in advance for your help!!

 Our Treasurer, Laurie, has announced her intention to “retire” from this position in May. We have so appreciated Laurie’s steady steering of our finances at Zion.  In addition, Jess will be “retiring” at the end of this SS program year.  We are also deeply appreciative of her work to strengthen and maintain a fine program.  So Zion U.C.C. has the following paid positions open:  church treasurer beginning June 2018 and Sunday School Supervisor beginning August 2018.  Anyone interested in receiving information and/or applications for either position should contact Donna.

The 2018 Flower Chart is posted in the vestibule.  Please sign up. When Paying For Altar Flowers, please give payment to the altar guild representative for that month. A check payment is preferred. Altar flowers are from The Flower Boutique with a florist’s choice $35 arrangement cost.

Sunday School Speakers

            Today Allen Dugan will be with us during Sunday School time. He will discuss funeral planning and answer those questions you’ve always wanted to ask!

On February 18, our historian Bob Prosperi will be with us to discuss the history of the Eternal Peace Light Memorial.  This follows up on our planned walk to the Peace Light on February 17.  We will meet for the walk at 9:30 a.m. at the Seminary chapel.  Join us for all these events!

Zion’s Financial Data

Income through January – $13,760.00

Expenses through January – $22.755.36

Deficit – $8,995.36

Single Serve, Microwaveable Cups Of Macaroni And Cheese are being collected to benefit John’s Meals.  The cups need not be a brand name (like Kraft); store brand is fine.  We will be providing 100 cups each month and they may be placed in the cupboard in the rear of the church.  Any questions, please see Chris.  As always, thank you so much for your faithful support of this ministry.

 

Heating System Capital Campaign (As of Jan. 31)
Received one-time contributions $98,606
Monetary value of pledges received $32,700
Pledges received thus far in cash

Total cash received ($98,606 + $17,995)=

$17,995

$116,601

 Inclement Weather Policy. If snow or ice force cancellation of Sunday services, here’s how to get the word on whether worship services will be held: call the church at 717-677-8319 and listen to the answering machine message. The message will be updated to tell you if services have been cancelled due to inclement weather; tune in to WGET or WGAL TV 8; check the church web site:  www.zionuccarendtsville.org; or contact a Consistory member.

 Coming Up Next Week:

Feb. 4, Funeral Planning by Allen Dugan, 10:15 am

Feb. 5, UACT annual mtg, Zion, Arendtsville, 7:00 pm

Feb. 7, Choir practice, 7:30 pm

Looking Forward:

Feb.11, Confirmation, St. Paul, Lutheran, 6:00 pm

Feb. 12, Ladies’ breakfast, Apple Bin, 9:00 am

Feb. 13, Book Club, Mustard seed rm, 7:00 pm

Feb. 14, Ash Wednesday service, Zion, 7:00 pm

Feb. 17, South Mountain ramble, Seminary to Peace Light, 9:30 am

Feb. 18, Worship with communion, 9:00 am

Feb. 18, History of the Eternal Peace Light memorial by Bob Prosperi, 10:15 am

Feb. 20, Mission Cmte mtg, Zion Hse, 7:00 pm

Feb. 21, What’s Cookin’, Trinity Lutheran, 6:00 pm

Feb. 21, Lenten supper series, Trinity Lutheran, 6:00 pm

Feb. 26, Consistory mtg, Zion Hse, 7:00 pm