Worship: January 2, 2022

 

ZION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

22 Gettysburg Street  Box 538

Arendtsville, Pennsylvania

Second Sunday After Christmas

January 2, 2022

Worship 9:00 a.m.

Livestream link:  Zion UCC Sunday Service Livestream – January 2 2022

W E L C O M E

Dear visitors, welcome and thank you for joining us at Zion UCC! Our hope is that you will feel encouraged by today’s service and that you will experience the love and peace of Jesus Christ. If you have any questions or need spiritual guidance, please find me at the end of the service.

Rev. Heather

PRELUDE: “Arise, Shine!”, Robert Sterling and Chris Machen/arr. Tom Fettke, ©1987 Ariose Music

Announcements

CHIME INTERLUDE: “The Snow Lay on the Ground” (Venite Adoremus), public domain

*CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: A shining light has led us far –

All: we have found the child of peace.

Leader: Ancient songs have strengthened our spirits –

All: we have seen the child of love.

Leader: A gift of new life has dispelled our fears –

All: we have held the child of hope.

Leader: The cradle of straw has found our hearts –

All: we shall journey with this child of joy.

 

*OPENING PRAYER

God of life, starlight is our night companion – a gift of wonder – that helped direct ancient ones on their journey and helps us reflect upon our own. Amen.

*OPENING HYMN #744    “Arise, Your Light has Come”, Ruth Duck, William H. Walter, ©1992 GIA Publications

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

God, who has pity on the weak and needy, we come before you, admitting our brokenness.  We confess that we have not been a source of light to those in desperate need of light, and we confess that we have run from your light, preferring to hide in the dark places of our own need.  Have mercy on us.  Lift up your eyes and look around.  Shine the light of your love on us all, that we may reflect your light in the places of our lives.  Amen.

ASSURANCE OF GOD’S LOVE

God indeed looks up and sees our need.  In Jesus, God has shined the light of love on us all.  In the warm glow of God’s light, our path is illumined and we leave this place enabled to look up and see the need of those around us.  For this great gift, we give thanks!  Amen.

  

A TIME FOR YOUNG DISCIPLES

Praise Versicle

Leader: Glory to God in the highest!

ALL: And peace on earth.

 

*PRAISE RESPONSE #126: “Jesus, Jesus, O What a Wonderful Child”, African American tune, harm. Jeffrey Radford/arr. Horace C. Boyer, ©2000 Horace Clarence Boyer                                                          

Je-sus, Je-sus, oh, what a won-der-ful child.

Je-sus, Je-sus, so ho-ly, meek, and  mile; new

Life, new hope the Child will bring.  Lis-ten to the an-gels sing,

“Glo-ry, glo-ry, glo-ry, “let the heav-ens ring!

 

SCRIPTURE READING:  John 1:  1-18 and Matthew 2:  1-12

MESSAGE

*HYMN #110 “Love Has Come”, Ken Bible/arr. Eric T. Myers, ©1996LNLWhymns and ©2012 Eric T. Myers, sheet music in back of bulletin

PASTORAL PRAYER

God of compassion, we bring our prayers to you for all the precious gifts we    receive: moments of beauty; love from family and friends; food from the earth; encounters that cultivate hope. Receive our gratitude for all this and more.

   Silence for reflection

We bring our prayers to you for all those we have concern for: lives burdened by loss or heartache; those struggling with illness or pain; countries devastated by violence or conflict; all those carrying hidden sorrows. Grant them strength and healing.

Silence for reflection

We bring our prayers to you for all those who, like the magi, are searching for something: some for new meaning; some for the right path; some for community; some for your presence. Grant them each a kind and guiding light.

   Silence for reflection

We bring these prayers to you, along with all those which remain unspoken, trusting that you have received them all with mercy and grace. Amen.

 

LORD’S PRAYER USING SINS AND SINNED

PRAYER RESPONSE #583 “Glory to God”, Jacques Berthier,©1979, 1981 Les Presses de Taize, GIA Publications

OFFERING

Leader:  God is good!

People:  All the time!

Leader:  All the time!

People:  God is good!

 

VOCAL SOLO by Fred M.

 

*SUNG DOXOLOGY “Christmas Doxology”, Thomas Ken, 1674/adapt. Dale A. Schoening 2001, Words copyright © 2001 Dale A. Schoening. Published by The General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church, PO Box 340003, Nashville TN 37203-0003. Web site http://www.umcworship.org

  (to the tune of “O Tannenbaum”)  

Praise God from whom all bless-ings flow, in ev-ery gen-er-a-tion. 

Praise God, all crea-tures here be-low, who gives to us sal-va-tion.

Praise God a-bove, ye heaven-ly host.  Praise Fa-ther, Son, and Ho-ly Ghost.                                         

Let all cre-a-tion praise the Lord with love and ad-or-a-tion.

 

*PRAYER OF DEDICATION

As the magi brought gold, so we bring these gifts. As the magi brought frankincense, so we bring our prayers. As the magi brought myrrh, so we bring our lives to you, O God. Amen.

 *CLOSING HYMN #151 “We Three Kings of Orient Are”, John Henry Hopkins, Jr. 1857, public domain, sheet music in back of bulletin

BLESSING

CHIME MEDITATION: “In the Bleak Midwinter”, Charity Boyles, tune “Cranham” by Gustav Holst, ©1990 Lorenz Publishing Co.

POSTLUDE: “Angels We Have Heard on High”, James Mansfield, traditional French carol, ©1994 Lorenz Publishing Co.

 

From the Consistory:  In accordance with the CDC’s most recent recommendation, you are requested to wear a mask during worship to protect yourself and others from the Delta variant of Covid-19.  Extra masks are available on the credenza.

 Coming Up This Week:

Jan. 2          No in-person worship – Livestream on YouTube                 9:00 a.m.

Looking Forward:

Jan. 9          Worship                                     Sanctuary                          9:00 a.m.

Sunday School                          Church                            10:15 a.m.

Jan. 10         Ladies Breakfast                        Apple Bin                           9:00 a.m.

Jan. 13         Book Club                                  Fellowship Hall                   6:30 p.m.

Prayer Requests:  Remember to send your prayer requests via email to the church office by Friday evening to have them included in the Sunday service.

Ladies Breakfast:  Mark your calendars for January 10 and February 14th!  Zion’s ladies are meeting at the Apple Bin on those dates at 9:00 a.m. for breakfast.  Join us and enjoy the fellowship and food spiced with lots of laughter!

Remembrance Tree:  Thank you so much for embracing the Remembrance Tree and your generous donations of $3,470.00 which will be applied to heating bills for Zion this winter.

Cookie Trays:  Thanks to all who supported our recent cookie tray fundraiser for our 2022 Summer Mission Trip. We had over 90 dozen cookies ordered amongst 5 different congregations (representing the home churches of those going on the mission trip). We made over $700. Thanks again for the faithful support of Zion members.

Christmas Pageant:  I want to send a special shout-out to our children who participated in the pageant!  I am so proud of them!  They all did an amazing job!  And thanks also to their parents who helped.  We couldn’t have done it without you!  We are so blessed to have this in our church.  Miss Chris

Beverage Tabs:  Zion is donating the beverage tabs we have been collecting to Lincoln Elementary.  The money that is raised will be used for a young girl who was critically injured this summer after diving into shallow water.  She is currently in need of a wheelchair and Lincoln Elementary is hoping to help her in this endeavor.  So, if you have a stash of tabs at home, now would be a great time to bring them to church.  Thanks everyone!

Recycling Bulletins:  Don’t forget to recycle your bulletins after worship by dropping them in the box at the back of church.

Visitors – We’re glad you stopped in.  Don’t forget to help yourselves to a welcome packet on the credenza in the back of church!