Worship: January 12, 2020

ZION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
22 Gettysburg Street Box 538
Arendtsville, Pennsylvania
The Baptism of our Lord
January 12, 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, the Creator of all things needful for body and soul,
who refreshes us with the sparkling water of creation
and who washes away the grime and dust of everyday living,
invites us to come to the fountain of heaven, to be washed in the
baptism of forgiveness, and to drink freely of eternal water.

* PRAYER OF INVOCATION
Eternal God, because your purposes become clear to us in Jesus Christ,
we come with boldness to claim our relationship with you.
We are grateful for pioneers in the faith whose journey
has shown us the way that leads to you.
The flames you ignited in them have not gone out,
in spite of our unfaithfulness.
Your wisdom is still proclaimed in the Church,
Challenging centers of earthly power with the claims of heaven.
Today our search for meaning has led us to this place of worship.
You are here; we rejoice.

*GATHERING HYMN # 475 “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”

TIME OF CONFESSION
John the Baptizer appeared in the wilderness,
proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
We, who have received the gift of baptism,
recognize the need to confess our sins
to remind ourselves of our human frailty and of God’s amazing grace.
Forgive us, Lord God, if we have placed fun before fulfillment;
if we have sought pleasure before purpose;
if we have sought to leave a legacy that does not include love;
if we have viewed all of life as a competition;
if we have placed ourselves before others.
Pardon us, we pray, and help us to set straight our priorities.
Now let us silently reflect on the personal struggles and fears
that keep us from being fully free.

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS
A voice from heaven said to Jesus:
“You are my own Child, the Beloved; with you I am well-pleased.”
Jesus Christ passed on that gift to those who dared to follow.
We too are beloved children of God, forgiven, loved, and sent on a mission.
All who are truly sorry for their sin are relieved of its burden
and are recreated in God’s image.
Thanks be to God for this magnificent gift of love.

HYMN RESPONSE # 435 “There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy” v. 1
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy, like the wideness of the sea.
There’s a kindness in God’s justice, which is more than liberty.
There is no place where earth’s sorrows are more felt than up in heaven.
There is no place where earth’s failings have such kindly judgment given.

NEW TESTAMENT LESSON
Acts of the Apostles 10 34-43, p. 121 (NT)

FAITH LESSON FOR ALL AGES

CHOIR ANTHEM: “River of Life” . . .Dengler/Dengler

GOSPEL READING FOR THE MORNING
St. Matthew 3: 13-17, p. 3 (NT)

SILENT PRAYER AND PREPARATION

THE MESSAGE FOR THE MORNING

*HYMN # 688 “Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart”

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,
The power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

THE GIVING OF OURSELVES AND OUR OFFERINGS
Although we live in a certain place and in a particular time,
we are grateful that through our tithes and offerings
we can reach beyond time and place, touching lives that we will never know
and blessing people we will never meet.

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
We count ourselves fortunate to be part of your body here on earth;
your hands, your feet, your mouth – to do your work,
to extend your grace, to express your love, and to share your message.
We now dedicate these tithes and offerings
as one expression of that high calling.

*CLOSING HYMN # 666 “O Splendor of God’s Glory Bright”

*COMMISSION AND BENEDICTION
Go forth from this place at peace with God, with others, and with yourself,
grasping the present with enthusiasm
and looking to the future with confidence.

*CHORAL BENEDICTION # 372 “O For a World” v. 1
O for a world where everyone respects each other’s ways.
Where love is lived and all is done with justice and with praise.

*CHIME MEDITATION

POSTLUDE

THE ALTAR FLOWERS are given to the glory of God and in memory of Paul S.’s birthday by Debra S.

THE BULLETINS are sponsored by Joyce and Bob B. in honor of their grandchildren.

GREETER AND BULLETIN SPONSORSHIP SIGN-UP SHEETS FOR 2020 are posted in the narthex. 
COMING UP NEXT WEEK:
Jan. 12, 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; Trivia Nite, Fellowship Hall, 6:00 pm
Jan. 13, Ladies Breakfast, Apple Bin , 9:00 am; Pastoral Rel. Cmte, Zion House, 6:30 pm
Jan. 15, Choir Practice, Church, 7:30 pm
Jan. 16, Worship Cmte Mtg, Church, 7:00 pm
Jan. 18, Consistory Retreat, Zion House, 9:30 am

LOOKING FORWARD:
Jan. 19, Worship, 9:00 am; Sunday School, 10:15 am; Congregational Chat, After Worship, Confirmation, Trinity Lutheran, 6-7:30 pm; Sr. High Group, Trinity Lutheran, 6-7:30 pm
Jan. 20, Consistory, Zion House, 7:00 pm
Jan. 21, John’s Meals Bd Mtg , Fellowship Hall, 6:30 pm
Jan. 22, Choir Practice, Church, 7:30 pm

Zion’s Financial Data
Income Through November $162,549.07
Expenses Through November $166,794.31
YTD Deficit ($4,245.24)

Steeple Repair Fund
Cost of Steeple Repair $20,000.00
Donations received as of December 31, 2019 $2,850.00

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.

TRIVIA TONIGHT! Want to have fun and test your knowledge of a variety of subjects? Grab some friends and bring a team to Zion’s Trivia Nite in Fellowship Hall this evening at 6:00. Join us for food, fun, and fellowship.

MAC & CHEESE NEEDED – John’s Meals has begun the Spring Semester of weekend meal distribution for students and siblings in the UASD elementary schools in food-insecure homes and is once again seeking donations of individual, microwavable cups/packs of Macaroni & Cheese. They can be placed in the Matthew 25 cupboard in the rear of church. Approximately 160 bags/week are delivered, with 300+ cups of Mac & Cheese per month on the rotating 2-week menu. Any questions please contact Angie V. Thank you for your continued support for John’s Meals.

CONGREGATIONAL CHAT – Our second Congregational Chat will be next Sunday morning, January 19th, following worship in Fellowship Hall. You are encouraged to participate in the chat, where you will learn more about the Holy Cow! Congregational Assessment Tool (CAT). By completing CAT you can help the Profile Committee to develop Zion’s profile to reflect the vision of the membership for the future of this congregation, while also helping to define the skills and abilities of new leadership that will help Zion reach its vision and goals. The CAT survey will be available online or you may request a paper copy; it must be completed and either sent to Holy Cow! (via email) or returned to the church by February 16th. All responses are confidential. After the results are compiled, we will announce a date when you will have an opportunity to hear the results of the survey. Thank you for your help in developing an accurate picture of Zion, both in the present and in the hopes for years to come.

“SOUPER” BOWL SUNDAY! Zion will be having a canned soup drive on Sunday, January 26 and February 2. There will be a football field set up in the front of the church. Please bring your cans of soup, (tomato, vegetable, chicken noodle/rice/star etc.) and place them in the end zone of the team you think will win the Super Bowl. After the game is played, we’ll see if Zion was correct in picking the winner. The soup will then be delivered to John’s Meals. Last year, we donated 272 cans. Let’s see if we can top that amount this year!

OFFERING BOXES FOR 2020 – Please be sure to pick up your envelopes from the table in the back of church. If you cannot locate yours, please contact Kathy J.

THE 2020 FLOWER CHART, GREETER SIGN-UP, AND BULLETIN SPONSOR SIGN-UP are now posted in the vestibule. Please consider participating in the life of the church by greeting members when they enter or sponsoring altar flowers or bulletins. Payments for flowers are made out to the Zion UCC Altar Guild ($35.00); payments for bulletins are made to Zion UCC (separate check for $15.00).

SPRING SUNDAY SCHOOL ROTATION – There are still open positions for the spring! Please see the sign-up sheets in the Sunday School hallway if interested or contact Dana B.

TOTEM POLE PLAYHOUSE – 2020 MATINEE OUTING: TPP has a great lineup of shows for 2020. To help decide which show the Zion UCC group attends, please vote your choice on the chart on the credenza. A description of each show is included. “Vote early and vote often.”
JOB OPPORTUNITY – The Census Bureau has local jobs available and will be hiring through March of 2020. In Adams County, they are paying $18.00 an hour. For more information, go to 2020census.gov/jobs or call 1-855-562-2020. Training is provided and hours are flexible.

UPCOMING EVENTS AT AREA UCC CHURCHES – Emmanuel U.C.C. in Hanover is sponsoring a series of free Community Concerts/Events. On January 26 at 3 pm will be One Piano, Four Hands featuring Don Horneff and Myfanwy Jacob-Smith. On Saturday, Feb. 22, at 7:00 pm there will be a showing of the classic silent film “The Freshman” starring Harold Lloyd with Michael Britt as organ accompanist. On Sunday, March 22, at 3 pm, the Baltimore Mandolin Orchestra comes to town.

PLEASE REMEMBER to write a separate check when donating to more than one fund.