Worship: January 14, 2018

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Known and Loved

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



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:   “Lord, When I Came into This Life” ……………….#691, v. 2

 *Call To Worship

One:       Come, listen for the word of the one who has searched you and known you.

All:         We are ready to listen.

One:       Come, discover the one who is acquainted with all your ways and sees your potential.

All:         We are ready to meet God.

One:       Come, meet, as if for the first time, the one who greets our discouragement with hope.

All:         We are ready to greet each other.

One:       Come, open your hearts to the one in whom heaven and earth are united, and offers the transforming vision of God’s love and justice.

All:         Here we are.  We are ready to listen.  We are ready to follow.

*Hymn: “I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me” …………………#700


One:       Weaver of life, you knit together the fragments of our days into a garment of beauty.

All:         Take our joys and sorrows and create a pattern with them where your love shines.

One:       Weaver of life, you take our individual stories, our successes and our failures, and make of us a community in which your grace is revealed.

All:         Use our diverse gifts and talents to create a quilt of radical hospitality and welcome.

One:       Weaver of life, you are the thread running through all creation, all people,  all that exists.

All:         Give us the vision to see beyond the torn and tattered fabric of conflict, division, and endless exploitation, so that we may see the glory of your presence in all of life.

One:       Weaver of life, you wrap us in the garment of your love and justice, calling us to follow you.

All:         We are knit together in your love, stitched together in your grace, bound together by your justice.  Amen.

We Recognize Our Brokenness

Prayer Of Confession

One:       You who know us better than we know ourselves, help us to remember that we are fearfully and wonderfully made.

All:         There are times when all I can see are my failings and my shortcomings – the ways in which I fall short of the person I want to be.

One:       You who welcome the stranger, the outcast – those who are so often overlooked, remind us of your love for all people.

All:         It is so easy to dismiss those who we have been taught have little to offer, finding it hard to believe they have anything of value to contribute.

One:       You who call us into a unity of care and compassion, of love and justice, help us to let go of those limited and selfish desires that keep us separated from one another.

All:         We are drawn to those things that give us immediate pleasure, but all too easily overlook the harm we do to ourselves, to our community, and your creation when our focus is on satisfying our own needs and desires.

One:       You who walk this earth with a vision of heaven in your heart, give us courage to live as a new people with hearts open to your reign.

All:         We look at the challenges we face, the overwhelming problem in the daily news, and we feel powerless to make a difference, concluding all too often there is nothing we can do.  Amen.  (A time for silent prayers of confession.)

Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

One:       God sees you as you are and God loves you without reserve.  God sees the beauty that was in you from your birth, and knows the potential you have to be channels of God’s love and justice.  God continues calling your name.

All:         In grace, we respond to the transforming love that we are given.

 Reading Of The Scripture: I Samuel 3: 1-10 (O.T., pg. 236)

Faith Lesson For All Ages

Anthem:   “Hark! A Thrilling Voice in Sounding”…….…Christopher/Mozart

Reading Of The Gospel:   John 1: 43-51 (N.T., pg.87)

We Reflect On New Possibilities

Message For This Day

*Hymn: “I Will Come to You”…………………..#177

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.)

 Installation Of New Consistory Members

Wayne, Kevin, and Bob

(We say farewell and thanks to off-going members: Sally, Craig, and Kim.)


Pastor:   Affirmation of ministry is the act whereby a local church of the United Church of Christ recognizes the diverse gifts of its members…in the life of the world.  There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit gives them.

People:  There are different ways of serving but the same God is served.

 Covenant (Consistory members will affirm their commitment to serve)

Pastor:   (to the congregation): Members of this household of faith…Will those who are able rise and witness to the commitment we now make?

People:  We gather in celebration of the joy that is ours to be partners with you in the service of Jesus Christ.  We promise to love you, honor your leadership and assist you that together we may be a faithful church of Jesus Christ.


 Declaration & Greeting of Christian Love

Consistory President:   In the name of Jesus Christ, and on behalf of the people of Zion United Church of Christ, I rejoice to announce that you are installed as members of Consistory.  In accordance with the faith and order of this church, I extend to you the hand of Christian love.

People:  Thanks be to God!

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.


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

 *Prayer Of Dedication

Leader:   All of life is in your hands, O God.  We are blessed when a small portion is entrusted to our care.  Fill us with gratitude and enhance our generosity that, as a community, we may live out the values, hope, and promise that we proclaim.  Amen.

We Go Forth To Live Transformed Lives

*Closing Hymn: “Arise, Your Light Is Come!” …………….#744


One:       Go forth from this place as truth tellers, unafraid to name the challenges we face.

All:         We have heard the voice of the One who sees us as we are, our brokenness and our potential.

One:       Go forth with a renewed vision to guide you, with hope in your heart, ready to be agents of God’s transforming love.

All:         We have heard God calling.  We are ready to follow the One in whom heaven and Earth continue to meet.

 *Choral Benediction: “You Shall Go Out with Joy”……………#80

*Chime Meditation


*Where noted, please stand if able.                                          


January’s Proverb:  

The fear of others lays a snare, but one who trusts in the Lord is secure.   

Proverbs 29: 25

Zion’s Financial Data

Income through December – $191,960.04

Expenses through December – $186,166.60

Surplus – $5,793.44

Sunday School Speakers

            On February 4, 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!


Heating System Capital Campaign (As of Jan. 2)
Received one-time contributions $98,506
Monetary value of pledges received $32,700
Pledges received thus far in cash

Total cash received ($98,506 + $16,492)=



Trivia Nite will be this evening, January 14. Why not gather a team and join us?

 The Altar Guild Training Session postponed due to weather conditions on January 8 will be held on Monday, January 15, at 6:00 p.m. in the sanctuary.

Mark your 2018 calendar now for the Supper Social (formerly the Congregational Dinner) on January 20 at 6 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.  The Leedys will cater the meal.  A sign-up sheet is available on the table in the back of the Sanctuary.  Plan for an evening of fun and fellowship!

Please Join Us For Another UACT Adult Study Series, “A Closer Look at our Bible.”  Categories to be studied include history, poetry and wisdom writings, Apocalyptic literature, and Gospel.  Each is unique and expresses God’s Holy Word in ways that tell the story of God and God’s People.  For instance, have you ever wondered:

  1. How, when and why were the four gospels written?  Why are there differences between them?
  2. Why are there two different stories of creation in the beginning of Genesis?
  3. What in the world is Revelation all about and are we to take it literally?

Remaining sessions are on January 18 and 25.  There will be a 9:30 a.m. session at Trinity UCC Biglerville, and an evening session at 6:30 p.m. at Zion UCC Arendtsville.  The sessions will be led by UACT clergy.

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 Parker.  As always, thank you so much for your faithful support of this ministry.

 New Parking Regulations In Arendtsville. Please note for worship parking.

Arendtsville Borough Council voted on November 8, 2017, to have No Parking on the following streets effective January 1, 2018.

▪  Main Street from High St. east to the Borough Line, which is the Conewago Creek, with a two-hour   exception on the South side in front of Zion UCC.

▪  Gettysburg Street from Main St. to the Borough Line (on Mummasburg Rd.), with a two-hour exception on the West side in front of 43 Gettysburg St. (the laundromat).

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.

 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:

Jan. 13, 14, Confirmation lock in, St. Paul, 7 pm (Sat.) – am (Sun)

Jan. 14, Trivia nite, 6:00 pm

Jan. 15, Altar Guild training session, Sanctuary, 6:00 pm

Jan. 16, John’s Meals Board mtg, F. H., 6:30 pm

Jan. 17, Choir practice, 7:30 pm

Jan. 17, What’s Cookin’, Trinity Lutheran, 6:00 pm

Jan.18, UACT adult series, 6:30 pm

Jan. 20, Consistory retreat, Zion Hse, 10 am – noon

Jan. 20, Supper Social, F. H., 6:00 pm

Looking Forward:

Jan. 21, Confirmation class, St. Paul Lutheran, 6:00 pm

Jan. 22, Consistory, Zion Hse, 7:00 pm

Jan. 31, Pastoral Relations cmte, Zion Hse, 6:00 pm

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

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