Worship: January 24, 2021

ZION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

22 Gettysburg Street  Box 538

Arendtsville, Pennsylvania

Third Sunday after Epiphany

January 24, 2021

9:00 am

Live stream link:  Zion UCC Sunday Service Livestream – January 24 2021

Welcome to Zion and a special welcome to our visitors in these days of adjusting to a new normal in worship.  Because of the continuing concerns for the spread of the covid-19 virus, we have chosen to live stream our worship services, suspending in- person worship until we gain a clearer picture of how to gather in the sanctuary to worship safely.  These are difficult times and even with the hope for a vaccine in the near future, it will be some time before enough people have the vaccine in order to effectively control covid-19.  We ask for your patience and understanding and your faithful support of the church in these days of a new normal for all of us.  Let us continue to pray and to remain faithful, knowing that our God continues to reach out and to embrace us.  We sometimes need to be reminded that our God promises to be near to us in the most difficult days as well as the days when life seems easy for us.

As you follow along in the bulletin during live stream worship, please participate quietly when you come to the bold print.

 

PRELUDE

“Blessed Assurance”, P. Knapp, public domain

 

TIME OF SHARING

 

CALL TO WORSHIP

 

For God alone our souls wait in silence.

Our hope is from God, our fortress.

God is our rock and our salvation.

God is our refuge and our deliverance.

Trust in God at all times, in all places.

Pour out your hearts to the One who hears.

All people are valuable in God’s sight.

No one is more important than another.

Worship God, who is ready to speak to us.

Open your lives to God’s steadfast love.

All power in the universe belongs to God.

Yet God depends on our faithful service.

 

PRAYER OF INVOCATION

 

We await your message, God of all places and times.

Sometimes we do not like what we hear, but we know we need to listen.

Your message is inclusive and fair,

while we like to make distinctions that favor us and our friends.

You call us out of our comfort zones to do new things and try better ways.

You direct us to reach out to people

with whom we seem to have little in common.

Speak your truth to us in this time,

so we can carry it to the places where you want us to go,

to the people you are eager to reach.

 

GATHERING HYMN “You Walk Along Our Shoreline”

Printed with permission under license CCLI #1149146

You walk along our shoreline where land meets unknown sea.

We hear your voice of power, “Now come and follow me.

And if you still will follow through storm and wave and shoal,

Then I will make you fishers but of the human soul.”

 

You call us, Christ, to gather the people of the earth.

We cannot fish for only those lives we think have worth.

We spread your net of gospel across the water’s face,

Our boat a common shelter for all found by your grace.

 

We cast our net, O Jesus; we cry the kingdom’s name;

We work for love and justice; we learn to hope through pain.

You call us, Lord, to gather God’s daughters and God’s sons,

To let your judgment heal us so that all may be one.

 

TIME OF CONFESSION

God’s word sometimes comes as a warning.

How often we have pushed aside the word we find unpleasant.

Even if we grudgingly acknowledge its truth,

we like to postpone any action to change.

God comes to us today, saying that our days are fewer than we think.

The time for us to repent is now.

Sovereign God, we reluctantly confess

that we have installed our own gods in our lives.

They take our time. They use our resources. They demand care and devotion.

We do not like to hear that our way of life is unhealthy for us.

Yet we sometimes realize that what seems innocent

 is really avoiding our commitment to you.

We hear your voice calling us even

while we pursue our own pleasures and self-interests.

O, God, open our hearts and give us strength to change.

Help us to return to you.  Give us a new sense of commitment.

 

And now let us confess in silence those fears that keep us from loving as Christ has loved us.

 

CONFESSION MEDITATION

“Holy, Holy, Holy”, Schubert, 1827, public domain

 

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS

Remember God’s pardon.

Remember God’s promises.

Remember God’s purpose for your life.

Our lives can count for something good.

Forgiven and forgiving people can make a difference.

 

Thanks be to God for this magnificent gift of love.

 

THE GIVING OF OURSELVES AND OUR OFFERINGS

 

“Go therefore,” said Jesus, “make disciples of all the nations;

baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you.”

Taking seriously Jesus’ command, we respond

with our tithes and offerings in this day.

 

(For the time being we would ask you to mail your offering to Zion United Church of Christ, PO Box 538, Arendtsville, Pennsylvania 17303, or to use the Electronic Funds Transfer option which is available by contacting the church office.  Your ongoing support of the church is deeply appreciated in these days.)

PRAYER OF DEDICATION

Accept these tithes and offerings as evidence

that your Spirit is at work in our lives,

motivating us to seek the welfare of others

and to spread the good news of Jesus Christ.

VOCAL SOLO

“Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”, arr. Mark Hayes, ©2000 Alfred Publishing

Dan W., soloist

 

EPISTLE LESSON FOR THE MORNING

I Corinthians 7: 29-31

 

7:29 I mean, brothers and sisters, the appointed time has grown short; from now on, let even those who have wives be as though they had none,
7:30 and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no possessions,
7:31 and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away.

 

GOSPEL READING FOR THE MORNING

St. Mark 1: 14-20

 

1:14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God,
1:15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”
1:16 As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea–for they were fishermen.
1:17 And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.”
1:18 And immediately they left their nets and followed him.
1:19 As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets.
1:20 Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.

 

SILENT PRAYER AND PREPARATION

“Hear Our Prayer, O Lord”, Whelpton, 1897, public domain

 

THE MESSAGE FOR THE MORNING

 

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, forever.  Amen.

 

CLOSING HYMN  “Today We All Are Called to Be Disciples”

Printed with permission under license CCLI #1149146

Today we all are called to be disciples of the Lord,

To help to set the captive free, make plowshares out of sword,

To feed the hungry, quench thirst, make love and peace our fast,

To serve the poor and homeless first, our ease and comfort last.

 

God made the world and at its birth ordained our human race

To live as stewards of the earth, responding to God’s grace.

But we are vain and sadly proud; we sow not peace but strife.

Our discord spreads a deadly cloud that threatens all of life.

 

Pray justice may come rolling down as in a mighty stream,

With righteousness in field and town to cleanse us and redeem.

For God is longing to restore an earth where conflicts cease,

A world that was created for a harmony of peace.

 

May we in service to our God act out the living word,

And walk the road the saints have trod till all have seen and heard.

As stewards of the earth may we give thanks in one accord

To God who calls us all to be disciples of the Lord.

 

COMMISSION AND BENEDICTION

In your standing, may you be resolute.

In your sitting, may you find peace.

In your running, may you know the exhilaration of a race well run.

 

CHIME MEDITATION

“God Be With You”, W. Tomar, 1880, public domain

 

POSTLUDE

“Leaning On the Everlasting Arms”, A. Showalter, 1887, public domain

 

 

Thank You:  Miriam R. would like to thank everyone for all the birthday wishes!  She had a great day, received many cards and gifts and had a pizza lunch with all of her kids.  Thanks for thinking of her.

 

Thank You to Valerie and Wayne B. for their donation of silk floral arrangements for use on the altar when no one has sponsored fresh flowers!

 

Congratulations to Alex and Rodney W. on the birth of son, Emory, on January 18th!  Also, congratulations to grandparents Craig & Kandy L.!

 

Office hours are limited; please call the office before stopping by.

 

Coming Up This Week:

Jan 24                    Live Stream Worship                                                9:00 a.m.

Sunday School                           Zoom                     10:30 a.m.

Jan 25                    UACT Youth Cmte                    Zoom                       6:00 p.m.

Jan 27                    Search Cmte & Consistory Mtg Zoom                       7:00 p.m.

Looking Forward:

Jan 31                    Live Stream Worship                                              9:00 a.m

With Baptism, Sydney Rayne Elmore

Sunday School                           Zoom                     10:30 a.m.

 

Pastoral Care:  If you would like a visit from George, please contact him and let him know a convenient time.

 

Prayer Requests:  Don’t forget to send your prayer requests via email to the church office by Friday evening to have them included in the Sunday service.

 

Altar Guild:  The Altar Guild is looking for volunteers for light monthly duties.  If you are interested, please contact Donna M.

 

2021 Offering Envelopes:   Available for pick-up in Zion House utility closet.

 

Zion Financial Information

Income through December 2020: $181,842.69

Expenses through December 2020: $167,798.38

YTD Surplus: $14,044.31

 

Job Opportunity:  The Bendersville Lutheran Parish is seeking a part-time parish secretary (15-20 hrs/wk). Our office is located at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 126 Church St., Bendersville, PA.  For a complete job description and a job application and how to apply, please visit our website at bendersvillelutheranparish.com under the Employment menu option.  Questions can also be directed to our office via phone, 717-677-9880 (please leave a message), or through our email, 3churches@centurylink.net.  Please consider this employment opportunity that could fit your schedule with very flexible work hours, determined by the hiring committee and you.