Worship: January 9, 2022

ZION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

22 Gettysburg Street  Box 538

Arendtsville, Pennsylvania

First Sunday after Epiphany

January 2, 2022

Worship 9:00 a.m.

Livestream link:  Zion UCC Sunday Service Livestream – January 9 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: “Be Thou My Vision”, Edward Broughton, Irish tune ‘Slane’, ©1987 Lorenz Publishing Co.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

CHIME INTERLUDE: “What Star is This?”, Franklin Ritter, tune ‘Puer Nobis’, ©2004 Lorenz Publishing Co.

*CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: The voice of God is over the waters;

All: over the mighty waters, God speaks with creative power.

Leader: The voice of God breaks the cedars;

All: over the cedars, fire, wilderness, and forest, God speaks with authority.

Leader: Enthroned forever, may God bless the people with strength and peace!

All: Bless us with strength and peace.

Leader: Let us say, “Glory!”

All: Glory, glory, glory, God!

Leader: Come, Let us worship!

 

*OPENING PRAYER

Leader: Many voices speak to us.  We are torn in many directions.  To whom should we listen?  To what should we pay attention? Which voices are the right ones? How do we hear the voice of God in all the noise?  Help us, God, to listen with our hearts.  To open ourselves to your voice:  that calls us to serve you and others, that invites us to use our own voices to help the world.  Speak to us, God.  We are listening.  Amen.

*HYMN #321 “The Church’s One Foundation”, Samuel John Stone 1866, Samuel Sebastian Wesley 1864, public domain

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Let us pray: Too often, we imagine you only in these traditional biblical scenes, instead of looking for you in our everyday lives: in our workplaces, our places of worship, and our homes. Forgive us. Open our hearts, eyes, and ears to encounter you today. Ready our hearts to shout “Glory,” when we hear your voice and see your work in our lives. Too often, we acknowledge your holy identity, but we forget to remember that we share in your baptism. Forgive us. Remind us again this day that we are claimed as God’s children and are sent to show the love we see in you. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF GOD’S LOVE

Leader:  God’s voice publicly claims Jesus as “my child, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”

All: We too are called by God: God knows us, loves us, claims and names us. We are beloved and empowered!

A TIME FOR YOUNG DISCIPLES

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:  Isaiah 43:  1-7 (paraphrased)

Here are words of God, the one who created and formed you.  Listen to them, repeat them, and take them to heart. Do not fear, for I have redeemed you.  I have called you by name and you are mine.

ALL:  I will not fear, for you have redeemed me.  You have called me by my name – (say your name).

When you pass through times of difficulty and chaos, I will be with you.  Always remember that you are precious in my sight, and honored, and I love you.

All:  In good times and bad, I will remember that I am precious in your sight, and honored, and that you love me.

Whether you head north, south, east, or west – I will gather you up.  So never be afraid, for I am always with you, wherever you may go.

All:  I will never be afraid, for you are always with me, no matter where I go.

SECOND READING: Luke 3:  15-17, 21-22

MESSAGE

*HYMN #480 “Take Me to the Water”, African American spiritual, arr. Valeria Foster, ©2000 GIA Publications, Inc.

PASTORAL PRAYER

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: “Ancient Words”, Lynn DeShazo, ©2001 Integrity’s Hosanna!

Soloist:  Bill S.

 

*SUNG DOXOLOGY:  #608 “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow”, ©1988 Neil Weatherhogg text, ©2008 Hal H. Hopson music, sheet music in back of bulletin

 

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

Receive what we bring – together – O God, our gifts, ourselves, and a new and deeper commitment. Speak your blessing on us and send us out to repair and rebuild your beloved community in every place we go. With Jesus’ Spirit in us, we pray and live. Amen.

*CLOSING HYMN #488 “I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry”, John C. Ylvisaker, ©1985 John C. Ylvisaker

BLESSING

CHIME MEDITATION: “To God Be the Glory”, Roger Wilson, Mit Freuden Zart 1566, ©1954, 1969 Lorenz Publishing Co.

POSTLUDE: “Jesus is All the World to Me”, Sharon Elery Rodgers, based on ‘Elizabeth’, ©1992, Lorenz Publishing Co.

 

The altar flowers are given to the glory of God and in honor of our children and grandchildren by Roger and Cindy B.

 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 Covid-19 and its variants.  Extra masks are available on the credenza.

 Coming Up This Week:

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

Sunday School                          Church                            10:15 a.m.

Jan. 10         Ladies Breakfast                        Apple Bin                           9:00 a.m.

Jan. 13         Book Club                                  Fellowship Hall                   6:30 p.m.

Looking Forward:

Jan. 16         Worship                                     Sanctuary                          9:00 a.m.

Sunday School                          Church                            10:15 a.m.

Jan. 17         Consistory Mtg                           Fellowship Hall                   6:30 p.m.

Jan. 18         John’s Meals Mtg                      Fellowship Hall                   6:30 p.m.

Happy Birthday to Jean S. who celebrates 94 years today!  And Happy Birthday to Ken L. who celebrates 74 years on January 10th!

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.

Star Gift:  As you leave church today, feel free to grab a star gift!  A star gift is simply a star-shaped piece of brightly colored paper with a word printed on it. Every person who comes to church on Epiphany Sunday receives a star gift and is asked to reflect on that word for the coming year. The people are invited to ponder what significance this word might have in their lives, and how God might be speaking to them through that simple message. We draw from a list of more than 150 words, each with its own message and significance.  And if you are watching Zion’s service online, never fear – just let us know you would like a star gift, and we will make sure you receive one.  If you keep your star gift in an easily accessible place (posting it on your fridge, for example), it can be uncanny how that one-word message can permeate through your life in the coming year!

Ladies Breakfast:  Just a reminder – Zion’s ladies meet tomorrow morning at the Apple Bin for breakfast. Join us and enjoy the fellowship and food spiced with lots of laughter!  And then mark your calendars for February 14th as we again meet and celebrate Valentine’s Day!

Book Club:  Zion’s readers are meeting this Thursday evening, January 13th, at 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall to discuss Keeping Lucy by T. Greenwood.  Anyone who enjoys reading can find a warm welcome, interesting perspectives, and thought-provoking insights at our monthly meetings.

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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