Worship: February 9, 2020

ZION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
22 Gettysburg Street Box 538
Arendtsville, Pennsylvania
Fifth Sunday after Epiphany
February 9, 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
God sends light to us this day and invites us to meet one another in this light.
Light breaks forth like the dawn, drawing us into relationship with one another.
Humble yourselves for the worship of God, that you may be empowered to serve.
God calls us to trust with steady hearts and to serve with righteous compassion.
Seek not for lofty words of wisdom but for powerful demonstrations of God’s way.
God makes us to be the salt of the earth, God makes us as light to show God’s works to the world.

* PRAYER OF INVOCATION
Draw us, O God, into your secret and hidden wisdom
that we may glimpse your purposes for us.
Calm our fears and lead us to deeper trust.
Steady our hearts that we may not fear to undertake
whatever mission you have for us today.
Grant us such compassion that we may open our hearts and hands
to others who need the help we can provide.

*GATHERING HYMN # 69 “I, the Lord of Sea and Sky”

TIME OF CONFESSION
Our worship celebrates God’s rule over all creation. We are part of that creation.
We can choose whether or not to acknowledge God’s rule in our individual lives
and in the Church. Do our deeds reflect the immeasurable greatness of God’s power? Do they mark us as disciples of Jesus Christ?
Join me in admitting the shallowness of our commitment.
O God, you are judge over all things. That strikes terror within us when we realize
how poorly we have lived as the Body of Christ in the world.
We have often been more interested in our own survival than in proclaiming the gospel, more attentive to numbers than individuals,
more eager to interpret your Word for our convenience than truly listen.
What is true for all of us together is also true for most of us individually.
We do not seek or accept your daily guidance. Our witness to Jesus Christ
is often a pale reflection of the joy expressed by the early disciples.
Forgive our unwillingness to embrace your way fully.

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

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS
God, who knows our thoughts, answers our cries and rescues us from darkness.
God, who understands our motives, reaches out to heal us and make us righteous.
God, who is with us in our weakness, grants strength and power to live as salt and light. Receive God’s forgiveness with joy and thanksgiving.
Thanks be to God for this magnificent gift of love.

HYMN RESPONSE # 438 “Rock of Ages” v. 1
Rock of Ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in thee.
Let the water and the blood from thy wounded side which flowed
Be of sin the double cure, cleanse from guilt and make me pure.

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON
Isaiah 58: 1-12, p. 647 (OT)

FAITH LESSON FOR ALL AGES

CHOIR ANTHEM: “Let Your Light Shine”. . . Price/Besig

GOSPEL READING FOR THE MORNING
St. Matthew 5: 13 – 20, p. 4 (NT)

SILENT PRAYER AND PREPARATION

THE MESSAGE FOR THE MORNING

*HYMN # 53 “O God, Who Gives Us Life”

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 gifts of God are for us — but not for us only.
We are blessed so we can be a blessing to others.

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
Along with our monetary offerings, we offer our bodies and our minds,
our work and our leisure, our pleasures and our pastimes,
all to be used for your constructive and creative work on earth.

*CLOSING HYMN # 757 “Today We All Are Called to Be Disciples”

*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. 2
Sisters, will you come and help us? Moses’ sisters aided him.
Will you help the trembling mourners who are struggling hard with sin?
Tell them all about the Savior. Tell them that he will be found.
Sisters, 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 the members of Zion by the Altar Guild.

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.)
COMING UP NEXT WEEK:
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

LOOKING FORWARD:
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. 19, What’s Cookin’?, Trinity Lutheran, 6-7:30 pm; Choir Practice, Church, 7:30 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.
THE CAT IS LOOSE FOR ONE MORE WEEK! The Congregational Assessment Tool due date is almost here! Paper copies and electronic copies need to be submitted by February 16th. If you would like a paper copy, please pick one up in the rear of church after worship today. If you would like the link to the electronic survey sent to you, please call the church office at 717-677-8319 and request that. Remember, your participation is crucial to the success of our search for a called pastor! We appreciate your attention to this task this week. Many thanks to all who have already returned their surveys.

LADIES BREAKFAST GROUP: Ladies, please join us at the Apple Bin on Monday, Feb. 10th at 9:00 a.m. for food and fellowship. It’s a great way to start this week!

MENS 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 Diveley is organizing the gathering, so please contact him if you have questions.

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.

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.