Worship: January 21, 2018

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Follow Me

 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. 3

 *Call To Worship

One:       We gather as a distracted people.  No matter where we are, someone or something wants our attention.

All:         For God alone my soul waits in silence.

One:       We are offered endless solutions that will make it all clear, solve all our problems, and guarantee our happiness and success.

All:         For God alone my soul waits in silence.

One:       The sounds of wealth, power, and status have tremendous appeal.

All:         For God alone my soul waits in silence.

One:       Come to this place of worship to renew the silence and wait for God.

*Hymn: “You Walk along Our Shoreline”….. ……………#170


One:       God of mercy, in each second of time you are with us:  you call us to discipleship, you invite us into relationship one with another and with you, our Creator.  In the moments of this worship may we experience your call, your community, your grace – and be led to respond.  Amen.

 We Recognize Our Brokenness

Prayer Of Confession

One:       From the beginning of time, O God, it was your intention that we live in harmony with Earth and with one another, but our desire for status, wealth, and security blind us to the deep bonds that unite us.

All:         The world often seems overwhelming.  It feels we have so little capacity to make a difference, so we seek refuge in addictions, obsessions, and distractions of every sort. 

One:       We often fail to recognize how steeped we are in the ways of this world, even when those ways run counter to the love you have for all of life.  We hide from the harm done when culture, education, religion, and politics continue pushing those with darker skin to the bottom and privileging those whose skin colour is lighter.  We lament the consequences of a changing climate, but continue with life as if nothing has changed.

All:         It is no small thing to place our trust in you, O God.  It puts us at odds with all the other voices seeking our allegiance, and we are often afraid to make such a risky venture.  Amen.    (A time for silent prayers of confession.)

 Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

One:       God listens.  God’s power is at work in the steadfast love that belongs to God.

All:         We will trust in God who is our rock, our salvation, the source of our deliverance.

One:       God’s love is more powerful than our sin, through the deliverance of the cross.  We are forgiven.

Reading Of The Scripture: Jonah 3: 1-5, 10 (O.T., pg. 811)

Faith Lesson For All Ages


Anthem:   “Come Follow Me”………………..Miller/Martin

Reading Of The Gospel:   Mark 1: 14-20 (N.T., pg. 33)

We Reflect On New Possibilities

Message For This Day

 *Hymn: “Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore”…..……..#721

 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.


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

 *Prayer Of Dedication

Leader:   We offer these gifts as a sign of our dedication to a way of living.  Help us make this a daily commitment so that in our lives we might give witness to and be disciples for a way of living in which your love is our refuge and our strength.  Amen.

We Go Forth To Live Transformed Lives

*Closing Hymn: “Jesus Calls Us”……….. …………..….#720


One:       Go forth trusting the silence of God is stronger than the constant drone of voices that seek our trust.  Go forth speaking a word of liberation and freedom to all who have become captive to the enticing claims of popularity, power and wealth.  Go forth to help shape a world where those who are of little influence are valued as highly as those who acquire the status of degrees, positions, and notoriety.  Go forth with the knowledge that the justice and love of God is at work in ways unseen, but is even now bringing into being the good news that Christ proclaims.

All:         We go into the world ready to live in faithfulness to your love.

*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

 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.

 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)=




The Worship Committee  will meet on Tuesday, January 23, at 6:30 p.m. at Zion House.

Knitting/Crocheting will meet on Wednesday, January 31, aat 6:30 p.m. in the Mustard seed room.

“Souper” Bowl Sunday!  Zion will be having a canned soup drive on Sunday, January 28, and February 4.  There will be a football field set up in the rear of the church.  Please bring your canned soup and place 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 cans of soup will then be delivered to a local food pantry.

Zion’s Financial Data

Income through December – $191,960.04

Expenses through December – $186,166.60

Surplus – $5,793.44

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.  Remaining sessions are scheduled for January 25 and February 1.  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.

 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.

 Greeter And Bulletin Sponsorship Sign-Up Sheets are on the credenza.

(Bulletin Sponsorship is $15 per Sunday. Please place your remittance designated for Bulletins in the offering plate.)

 Community Aid Clothing Bin is available in the Zion House parking lot for clothing donations along with shoes, accessories, draperies, and bed linens.   We receive funds each quarter based upon the weight of items deposited in the container, and those funds are used toward the Mission Budget.  Please place donations in plastic bags before dropping them into the bin. 

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

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

Jan. 23, Worship cmte, Zion Hse, 6:30 pm

Jan. 24, Choir practice, 7:30 pm

Jan.25, UACT adult series, 6:30 pm

Looking Forward:

Jan. 28, “Souper” Bowl Sunday, Jan. 31, Pastoral Relations cmte, Zion Hse, 6:00 pm

Jan. 31, Knitting/crocheting club, Mustard seed, 6:30 pm

Feb. 1, UACT adult series, 6:30 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

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

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