ZION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
22 Gettysburg Street Box 538
Third Sunday after Epiphany
January 26, 2020
Welcome to Zion and a special welcome to our visitors. Please sign the 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 and straight ahead. We also have restrooms downstairs in Fellowship Hall. Again, exit through the door next to the choir, turn left down the hall, and go down the steps.
*Where noted, please stand if able.
Congregational response is in bold print.
TIME OF SHARING
CHIME INTERLUDE AND CANDLELIGHTING
*CALL TO WORSHIP
It is a good thing to come into God’s house.
It is a good thing to set aside a day of rest and worship.
It is a good thing to gather together as members of God’s family.
* PRAYER OF INVOCATION
Hear us, Lord God in heaven, as we leave behind our petty squabbles,
our petty worries, our petty concerns, and come into your presence
as the holy God who lives and reigns forever. We bow down before you,
we worship you, we honor you, we acknowledge you as the creator of
the universe and the Lord of our lives. We look to you as the God who,
when this age has run its course, will throw open the portals of eternity.
*GATHERING HYMN # 170 “You Walk Along our Shoreline”
TIME OF CONFESSION
Have we said yes when Jesus invites, “Follow me”?
Have we carried the Christian name with confidence and joy?
Why do we violate the best we know or hide from God who shelters us?
Why do we quarrel with one another and focus on our differences?
Who will save us from ourselves?
It’s not always easy to live peaceably and comfortably with others,
and we confess that often the problem lies with us.
Pardon us if we have been negative in our thinking and in our speaking.
Forgive us if we have been quick to criticize and slow to understand.
Forgive us if we have allowed our different political views to poison our friendships. Forgive us if we have been insensitive to the feelings of others.
Pardon us, we pray, where we have failed to understand
as Jesus understood and to love as Jesus loved;
and may others see the compassion of Jesus reflected in us.
And now let us confess in silence those fears that keep us from loving as Christ has loved us.
ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS
When our confession is honest and sincere, we are forgiven by a merciful God.
Then we are no longer strangers, for we have found a home.
Then we are no longer orphans, for we are members of the family of God.
Then we are no longer outsiders, for we are accepted and loved.
Thanks be to God for this magnificent gift of love.
HYMN RESPONSE # 439 “O My Soul Bless Your Redeemer” v. 1
O my soul, bless your Redeemer; all within me bless God’s name;
Bless the Savior and forget not all God’s mercies to proclaim.
I Corinthians 1: 10-18, p. 155 (NT)
FAITH LESSON FOR ALL AGES
CHOIR ANTHEM: “Following Jesus Medley” . . arr. Pethel
GOSPEL READING FOR THE MORNING
St. Matthew 4: 12-23, p. 3 (NT)
SILENT PRAYER AND PREPARATION
THE MESSAGE FOR THE MORNING
*HYMN # 175 “Seek Ye First”
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,
The power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
THE GIVING OF OURSELVES AND OUR OFFERINGS
All things are from God, who reconciled us through Christ,
and has given us the ministry of reconciliation. Remembering that we are
children of God, let us respond faithfully with our tithes and offerings.
*OFFERTORY RESPONSE # 717 “For the Life That You Have Given”
For the life that you have given, for the love in Christ made known,
With these fruits of time and labor, with these gifts that are your own;
Here we offer, Lord, our praises; heart and mind and strength we bring;
Give us grace to love and serve you, living what we pray and sing.
*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
Because we are richly blessed, we share our resources.
Because we want to be reconcilers in a broken world, we give our offerings.
Because we wish to support the church and its ministry, we present our tithes.
*CLOSING HYMN # 310 “I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord”
*COMMISSION AND BENEDICTION
Live in harmony with one another
Do not repay anyone evil for evil
So far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
*CHORAL BENEDICTION # 372 “O For a World” v. 5
O for a world preparing for God’s glorious reign of peace,
Where time and tears will be no more, and all but love will cease.
THE ALTAR FLOWERS are given to the glory of God and in honor of our family by Jay and Kim J.
THE BULLETINS are sponsored by the S., P., D. N. family
GREETER AND BULLETIN SPONSORSHIP SIGN-UP SHEETS FOR 2020 are posted in the vestibule. (Bulletin Sponsorship is $15 per Sunday. Please place your remittance designated for Bulletins in the offering plate.)
COMING UP NEXT WEEK:
Jan. 26, Worship, 9:00 am; Sunday School, 10:15 am; HolyCow! Survey opens, “Souper” Bowl Soup Drive, Confirmation, Trinity Lutheran, 6-7:30 pm; Sr. High Group, Trinity Lutheran, 6-7:30 pm
Jan. 27, UACT Youth Cmte Mtg, Church, 6:00 pm
Jan. 29, Choir Practice, Church, 7:30 pm
Feb. 2, Worship, 9:00 am; Sunday School, 10:15 am ; “Souper” Bowl Soup Drive
Feb. 4, U.A. Prayer Brkfst, Apple Bin, 7:45 am
Feb. 5, Choir Practice, Church, 7:30 pm
Zion’s Financial Data
Income Through December $187,471.20
Expenses Through December $183,831.23
YTD Surplus $3,639.97
WEATHER CANCELLATION – If inclement weather causes cancellation of worship, the announcement will be on the church answering machine by 7:30 a.m.
HOLYCOW! SURVEY OPENS TODAY – Here’s your chance to share your opinions on the life of Zion and where it should go in the future! Those of you with current email addresses should have received an email with the link for the on-line survey as well as directions. Those who wish paper copies can pick them up at the back of church today. All surveys need to be done and submitted/returned by Feb. 16th. Surveys are anonymous. The data from the surveys will be compiled by HolyCow! and returned to Zion to aid in the formation of our church profile as we go through the process of calling a new pastor.
“SOUPER” BOWL SUNDAY! Our football field is set up! Please bring your cans of soup, (tomato, vegetable, chicken noodle/rice/star etc.) and place them 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 soup will then be delivered to John’s Meals. Last year, we donated 272 cans. Let’s see if we can top that amount this year!
VOLUNTEER CLEARANCES – Today’s the day to get help with clearance applications! If you are interested in renewing or applying for your background check and child abuse clearance in the state of PA, there will be a session today after Sunday School (11:30) at APM. Come on down!
GIVING STATEMENTS FOR 2019 – Any giving statements not picked up today from the box in the rear of church will be mailed to the recipients. Thanks for your generosity.
UPPER ADAMS PRAYER BREAKFAST – The Upper Adams Prayer Breakfast meets on Tuesday, Feb. 4th at 7:45 a.m. to hear retired United Methodist pastor Judy Young speak of her overseas experience,
her work with the Pennsylvania Prison Society, and involvement with Guns Sense 4 Gettysburg. Our group meets on the first Tuesday of every month except when announced UA school closings or delays for adverse winter weather cancel that day’s gathering. Come join us for food, conversation, and multi-denominational fellowship. At our March 3rd gathering, we will have Pastor Mike Young presenting to our group.
MEN’S BREAKFAST GROUP – Men from Zion are starting their own Breakfast Group – they will be meeting at the Apple Bin on the third Monday of each month at 8:00 a.m. beginning February 17th. We invite all available men to join us as we get to know each other a little better outside of church. Eddie Diveley is organizing the gathering, so please contact him if you have questions.
CHURCH COMMITTEES – You may have heard the phrase, “It take a village to raise a child”. Well is takes committees to run a church! And with the Consistory reorganization now done, we invite anyone interested in using their talents to further the life of the church by serving on a committee to contact the following people: Wayne B. or Tom D. – Mission; Debra S. – Fellowship; Minda H. – Christian Ed.; Craig L. – Personnel/Stewardship; Bob V. – Property; Jay J. – Finance.
TRIVIA NITE WINNERS – 2020 was a mere twelve days old when generous Trivia Nite participants met this past Sunday for the first night of competition in the new year. After an evening of intriguing questions, food, and fellowship shared among friends, Team Trinity who dramatically revealed their matching shirts (with Trinity UCC logo), came out on top, amassing $375 for their charity of choice: The Zoos Victoria Bushfire Emergency Wildlife Fund (ZVBEWF). Our next Trivia Nite is March 29th.
About the ZVBEWF: Zoos Victoria is responding to the national bushfire-affected areas of Australia where it is estimated that as many as 500 million animals – including critically endangered species – have perished, with the full impact to be determined in the coming months. Donations made to their not-for-profit organization will provide emergency veterinary care and scientific intervention (such as exploring supplementary feeding for the animals who have survived, but whose habitats have been destroyed) and will be utilized in consultation with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning to ensure funds most effectively assist injured wildlife and their habitat.
Genesis 1:26 <The Message (MSG)>: God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature so they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle, and, yes, Earth itself, and every animal that moves on the face of Earth.”
MAC & CHEESE NEEDED – Thanks to those who have donated macaroni and cheese cups to John’s Meals. Keep them coming! Please know that you can place them in the cabinet at the back of church at any time. They are an important part of our rotating menus.
TOTEM POLE PLAYHOUSE – 2020 MATINEE OUTING: Don’t forget to vote for your choice of the shows Totem Pole is offering this coming season. The clipboard is on the credenza in the rear of church. Fellowship will soon decide which one to attend for our outing, and your input is needed.