Worship: January 23, 2022

ZION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

22 Gettysburg Street  Box 538

Arendtsville, Pennsylvania

Third Sunday after Epiphany

January 23, 2022

Worship 9:00 a.m.

Livestream link:  Zion UCC Sunday Service Livestream – January 23 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: “Grace Alone”, Scott Wesley Brown and Jeff Nelson, ©1998 Universal Music, Brentwood Publishing

ANNOUNCEMENTS

CHIME INTERLUDE: “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name”, 1779 public domain.

*CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: Come to this place of welcome and worship.

All:  We come, seeking community –

Leader:  You are welcome here.

All: We come, bringing joys and sorrows –

Leader: You are welcome here.

All: We come, seeking insight –

Leader: You are welcome here.

All: We come, bringing our life stories –

Leader: You are welcome here.

All: We come, seeking God –

Leader: Let us worship together!

 

*OPENING PRAYER

Leader: God of many gifts, you offer us so many things:

Left Side:  food and drink

Right Side:  gifts for ministry

Leader:  and above all:

All:  overflowing love!

Leader:  In this time of worship, open us to your Spirit, that we might experience and celebrate the many gifts you give us.

All:  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

 

*HYMN #837 “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” (‘What a Fellowship, What a Joy Divine’), Elisha A. Hoffman 1887, Anthony J. Showalter 1887, public domain

 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Leader: God provides us more than we could ever need and yet often we are not satisfied:  we want more.  We hoard and do not share what we share.  We keep the best for ourselves and offer the second-best to God and to others.  Sometimes we feel we are of little value, forgetting that God has invested God’s very best in each one of us.  Let us take a moment in silence to confess the times when we are wasteful, when we do not share, and when we do not recognize the many gifts that God gives to us.  (Silent Prayer)

   ASSURANCE OF GOD’S LOVE

Leader: God takes delight in you and rejoices over you. God’s limit­less love has the power to turn the troubled waters of re­sentment and fear into the wine of grace. Let us receive and celebrate this good news! Thanks be to God!  Amen!           

 

 PRAISE VERSICLE 

L:  Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!

All:  Praise the LORD!

   

*PRAISE RESPONSE: “This Little Light of Mine” vs 1, Reader’s Digest Family Songbook of Faith and Joy, 1975, ed. Wm. Simon, public domain

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine,

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine,

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine,

Every day, every day, every day.

 

SCRIPTURE READING: 1 Corinthians 12:  1-11 and John 2:  1-11

MESSAGE

*HYMN #716 “God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending”, Robert L. Edwards 1961, music ‘The Sacred Harp’ 1844, harm. James H. Wood 1958, ©1961, ren. 1989 The Hymn Society (adm. Hope Publishing Co.)

PASTORAL PRAYER

Silence

Leader: Holy One, just as clouds release rain to the ground,

All: you nurture us and create new beginnings.

Leader: Just as the earth soaks in water and passes it on to the vine,

All: you send us blessings and nourishment to sustain us.

Leader: Just as the vine passes water on to the bud that flowers,

All: you invite us to celebrate your many gifts to us.

Leader: Just as water is passed on to the grape and permeates it with flavor,

All: you give us gifts and abilities we may not realize we have.

Leader: Just as the grapes are harvested to create something new,

All: you call us to offer our gifts in your ongoing work of transformation.

Leader: Holy One, each day, you invite us to allow the water of your good­ness to flow through us and bring forth the wine of your steadfast love.

All: May we receive this invitation with joy. Amen.

 

LORD’S PRAYER USING SINS AND SINNED

 

PRAYER RESPONSE # 469, “Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying”, Ken Medema, ©1973 Hope Publishing Co.

Lord, lis-ten to your chil-dren pray-ing,

Lord, send your Spir-it in this place;

Lord, lis-ten to your chil-dren pray-ing,

Send us love, send us power, send us grace.

 

OFFERING

Leader:  God is good!

People:  All the time!

Leader:  All the time!

People:  God is good!

 

VOCAL SOLO: “Love Grows Here”, Don Besig, © 1979, 2004 Harold Flammer Music

Soloist:  Kevin C.

 

*SUNG DOXOLOGY:  #606 “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow”, ©1988 Neil Weatherhogg text, ©2008 Hal H. Hopson music,

 

Praise God from whom all blessings flow;

Praise Christ, all people here below;

Praise Holy Spirit evermore;

Praise Triune God whom we adore. 

 

*PRAYER OF DEDICATION

Merciful one, with grateful hearts we offer these gifts, asking that they might be transformed into compassion for our world, hope for all who struggle, and vision for our ministry. Amen

*CLOSING HYMN #649 “Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound”, John Newton 1772, arr. Edwin O. Excell 1910, public domain

BLESSING

CHIME MEDITATION: “For the Beauty of the Earth”, 1864 public domain

POSTLUDE: “Happy are They Who Walk with the Lord”, Daniel E. Gawthrop, ©2013 Lorenz Publishing Co.

Please check in on Facebook that you are at church this morning!!

The altar flowers are given to the glory of God and in honor of Miriam R. and Rev. Heather who both celebrated birthdays on Thursday, January 20th, by Jane & Bill S.

 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 different variants of Covid-19.  Extra masks are available on the credenza.

Coming Up This Week:

Jan. 23         Worship                                     Sanctuary                          9:00 a.m.

Sunday School                          Church                            10:15 a.m.

Looking Forward:

Jan. 30         Worship                                     Sanctuary                          9:00 a.m.

Sunday School                          Church                            10:15 a.m.

Jan. 31         UACT Youth Cmte Mtg              Fellowship Hall                   6:00 p.m.

Happy Belated Birthday to Miriam R. who celebrated 96 years on January 20th!  And Happy Belated Birthday to Rev. Heather who also celebrated on January 20th!

Star Words:  If you missed the opportunity to pick out a star word at last week’s service, the basket is in the back of church.  Help yourself to a word, post it in an obvious place at home, and see how often its meanings are reflected in your life in the coming year!

Picture Authorization Forms:  As we work with the website developer to better show the world who Zion is and how we live in the world, the saying that a picture is worth a thousand words still rings true.  Pictures will play an important role on the website, and so legal permission must be obtained to use pictures in which church members appear.  Authorization forms are on the credenza, and the form was also attached to the most recent newsletter.  Just fill it out and drop it in the collection plate or return it to the church office.  Perhaps your smiling face will be part of Zion’s new look!

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:  The next breakfast will be February 14th, Valentine’s Day, at 9:00 a.m. at the Apple Bin, weather permitting.  Please bring a gift that you received for Valentine’s Day, either this year, last year, or many years ago . . . a card, a lovely valentine box – maybe it had candy!   Just something that gave you pleasure on Valentine’s Day.  See you there!

Book Club:  Zion’s readers met last Thursday evening to discuss Keeping Lucy by T. Greenwood.  As always, a spirited discussion was enjoyed by everyone.  Look for the summary of that discussion on Zion’s website.  Happy reading!

Cards to non-members:  If you placed someone’s name on the prayer list who is not a member of Zion and you would like a card to be sent to that person to tell them they are being held in thought and prayer, please notify Lois Hartzel of their address.

Zion’s “Souper Bowl”:  The teams are being whittled down for the NFL Super Bowl.  Zion will have their own field set up again this year on February 6 and 13 by Gina Bushey, and you are encouraged to bring cans of soup (tomato, chicken noodle, vegetable, rice, stars – no cream-based soup, please) to benefit John’s MealsJust put your donations in the appropriate end zone, and we’ll see if we can surpass last year’s collection total!

Beverage Tabs:  Please keep those beverage tabs coming!  They are donated to Lincoln Elementary School to benefit a student currently in need of a wheelchair due to a swimming/diving accident last year.  Every tab is a step closer to funding her chair! 

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!