Worship: January 5, 2020

ZION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
22 Gettysburg Street Box 538
Arendtsville, Pennsylvania
Epiphany Sunday
January 5, 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.

PRELUDE
TIME OF SHARING
CHIME INTERLUDE AND CANDLELIGHTING
*CALL TO WORSHIP
Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples;
but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you.
Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.

* PRAYER OF INVOCATION
Light of the world,
we come to you seeking the eternal brightness.
We wish to behold your majesty.
We wish to be illumined in our understanding.
We wish to see clearly your will for our lives.
We wish to travel in faith to the city of lights.

*GATHERING CAROL # 150 “As With Gladness, Men of Old”

TIME OF CONFESSION
As the glory of God shines around us once more, our mistakes
and unfaithfulness are revealed in ways we cannot escape.
We come to recognize that we have failed to act
with God to show forth Christ in the world.
We have resisted communion with God, who seeks to expand
the narrow circles of interest and attention that constrict us.
May our confession express an earnest desire for change.
Holy and Merciful One, when we exclude our sisters and brothers, forgetting that
Christ came for all people – female and male, imprisoned and free, strong and weak – please forgive us. When we believe that our way is the only way to follow you, and
forget that you may choose to be known by different names, in different ways, by
different cultures, please forgive us. When we believe that revelation is ours to
decide rather than yours to show forth, please forgive us. Pardon us and bless us
with humility and love, so that we may be your faithful servants forever.
Now let us silently reflect on the personal struggles and fears that keep us from being fully free.

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS
For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed,
but my steadfast love shall not depart from you,
and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,
says the Lord, who has compassion on you.
Thanks be to God for this magnificent gift of love.

HYMN RESPONSE # 581 “Glory Be to the Father”
Glory be to the Father
And to the Son and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be
World without end. Amen, amen.

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON
Isaiah 60: 1-6, p. 649 (OT)

FAITH LESSON FOR ALL AGES

CHOIR ANTHEM: “He Came!” . . . Sewell

GOSPEL READING FOR THE MORNING
St. Matthew 2: 1-12, p. 1 (NT)

SILENT PRAYER AND PREPARATION

THE MESSAGE FOR THE MORNING

*CAROL # 151 “We Three Kings of Orient Are”

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
On entering the house, the wise men saw the child with Mary his mother;
and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure
chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
So may we present our tithes and offerings
to honor the Child who is our Savior.

OFFERTORY

*OFFERTORY RESPONSE # 708 “We Give Thee But Thine Own” v.1
We give thee but thine own, whate’er the gift may be;
All that we have is thine alone, a trust, O Lord, from thee.

*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
We don’t usually know who will be the eventual recipient of our tithes and offerings, but we pray for them, Holy God,
and ask that you will bless them through what we give today.

*CLOSING CAROL # 152 “What Star is This?”

*COMMISSION AND BENEDICTION
May the Light of the World shine brightly in your world,
casting light on the path and bringing warmth, truth, and love.

*CHORAL BENEDICTION # 136 “Go Tell It on the Mountain” v. 3
Go, tell it on the mountain, over the hills and everywhere;
Go tell it on the mountain that Jesus Christ is born!

Down in a lowly manger the humble Christ was born,
And God sent us salvation that blessed Christmas morn.

Go, tell it on the mountain, over the hills and everywhere;
Go tell it on the mountain that Jesus Christ is born!

*CHIME MEDITATION

POSTLUDE

THE ALTAR FLOWERS are given to the glory of God and in honor of the members of Zion by the Altar Guild.

GREETER AND BULLETIN SPONSORSHIP SIGN-UP SHEETS FOR 2019 are on the credenza. (Bulletin Sponsorship is $15 per Sunday. Please place your remittance designated for Bulletins in the offering plate.)
COMING UP NEXT WEEK:
Jan. 5, Worship, 9:00 am; Sunday School, 10:15 am; Confirmation, Trinity Lutheran, 6-7:30 pm; , Sr. High Group, Trinity Lutheran , 6-7:30 pm
Jan. 7, Upper Adams Prayer Brkfst, 7:45 am
Jan. 8, Choir Practice, Church, 7:30 pm
Jan. 9, Book Club, Mustard Seed Rm, 7:00 pm
LOOKING FORWARD:
Jan. 12, Worship, 9:00 am; Sunday School, 10:15 am; Confirmation, Trinity Lutheran, 6-7:30 pm; Sr. ; High Group, Trinity Lutheran , 6-7:30 pm; Trivia Nite, Fellowship Hall, 6:00 pm
Jan. 13 , Ladies Breakfast, Apple Bin , 9:00 am
Jan. 15 , Choir Practice, Church, 7:30 pm
Jan. 16 , Worship Cmte Mtg, Church, 7:00 pm
Jan. 18 , Consistory Retreat, Zion House, 9:30 am
Jan. 19, Congregational Chat After Worship

Steeple Repair Fund
Cost of Steeple Repair $20,000.00
Donations received as of December 2019 $2,300.00

WEATHER CANCELLATION – If inclement weather causes cancellation of worship, the announcement will be on the church answering machine by 7:30 a.m.

PASTORAL CARE NEEDS – If you need to contact George, please feel free to call his home number, 717 334-0069 or email at gpheber@embarqmail.com. George is also available at the office by appointment only; please contact the church office or George to schedule an appointment.
OFFERING BOXES FOR 2020 are now available at the rear of the sanctuary. If you cannot locate yours, please contact Kathy. In addition, 2020 special offering lists are available for those who do not receive offering envelopes.

THE 2020 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 made to Zion UCC Altar Guild is preferred. Altar flowers are from The Flower Boutique with a florist’s choice $35 arrangement cost.

SIGN UP SHEETS FOR OUR SPRING SUNDAY SCHOOL – There are still open positions for the spring. Please see the sign-up book on the credenza in the rear if interested or contact Dana B.

UPPER ADAMS PRAYER BREAKFAST – Please join us January 7th at 7:45 a.m. at the Apple Bin for the monthly prayer breakfast. Upper Adams welcomes Pastor Mark Ostby of York Springs’ Open Arms Christian Fellowship. Pastor Mark presently lives in Mechanicsburg, and he has served churches in Connecticut and North Carolina. Next month, we welcome retired Methodist minister Rev. Judy Young who now works with Gettysburg 4 Gun Sense and the Adams County Prison Ministry.

BOOK CLUB – Zion’s readers will meet January 9th at 7:00 p.m. in the Mustard Seed Room to discuss The Dutch House by Ann Patchett. A synopsis: At the end of the Second World War, Cyril Conroy combines luck and a single canny investment to begin an enormous real estate empire, propelling his family from poverty to enormous wealth. His first order of business is to buy the Dutch House, a lavish estate in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia. Meant as a surprise for his wife, the house sets in motion the undoing of everyone he loves. The story is told by Cyril’s son Danny, as he and his older sister, the brilliantly acerbic and self-assured Maeve, are exiled from the house where they grew up by their stepmother. The two wealthy siblings are thrown back into the poverty their parents had escaped from and find that all they have to count on is one another. The Dutch House is a dark fairy tale about two smart people who cannot overcome their past. When at last they’re forced to confront the people who left them behind, the relationship between an indulged brother and his ever-protective sister is finally tested.
TOTEM POLE PLAYHOUSE – 2020 MATINEE OUTING: TPP has a great lineup of shows for 2020. To help decide which show the Zion UCC group attends, please vote your choice on the chart on the credenza. A description of each show is included. “Vote early and vote often.”
JOB OPPORTUNITY – The Census Bureau has local jobs available and will be hiring through March of 2020. In Adams County, they are paying $18.00 an hour. For more information, go to 2020census.gov/jobs or call 1-855-562-2020. Training is provided and hours are flexible.

UPCOMING EVENTS AT AREA UCC CHURCHES – Emmanuel U.C.C. in Hanover is sponsoring a series of free Community Concerts/Events. On January 26 at 3 pm will be One Piano, Four Hands featuring Don Horneff and Myfanwy Jacob-Smith. On Saturday, Feb. 22, at 7:00 pm there will be a showing of the classic silent film “The Freshman” starring Harold Lloyd with Michael Britt as organ accompanist. On Sunday, March 22, at 3 pm, the Baltimore Mandolin Orchestra comes to town.

PLEASE REMEMBER to write a separate check when donating to more than one fund. For example, when making a regular offering and a donation to Altar Guild by check, be sure to include two separate checks noting the appropriate account on each check. Thank you!