ZION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
22 Gettysburg Street Box 538
November 10, 2019
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
In a world of angry voices, we open our ears to God’s message of love.
In a world of death and destruction,
we open our spirits to God’s message of hope.
In a world of conflicting ideologies,
we open our minds to God’s enduring truth.
* PRAYER OF INVOCATION
For the gift of this morning, we praise you.
For the renewing power of sleep, we praise you.
For waking up to a new day, we praise you.
For the freedom to worship here today, we praise you.
For the love and friendship of your people here gathered, we praise you.
For the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we praise you.
For new life in the present, and for the promise of new life in the future, we praise you.
*GATHERING HYMN # 41 “O Worship the King, All Glorious Above”
TIME OF CONFESSION
God invites sinners to reclaim their former glory.
All who have stumbled and fallen are welcomed and lifted up.
Those who exalt themselves as if they were gods are brought to their knees.
God will listen when we repent and will answer when we sincerely desire to change.
Prophetic God, we see the signs around us of need:
need for acts of peace, need for words of good news,
need for hearts of love, need for souls of wisdom.
And we confess that we have ignored the signs
and continued to live wrapped up in deeds of vengeance,
thoughts full of anger, hearts laden with pride,
and souls parched by despair.
Grant us the will to pray not only for eyes to see and ears to hear,
but for the faith to follow the way Christ walks before us and beside us.
And now let us confess in silence those fears that keep us from loving as Christ has loved us.
ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS
Consider yourself dead to sin and alive to God in Jesus Christ.
Believe this and rejoice.
Thanks be to God for this magnificent gift of love.
* HYMN RESPONSE # 475 “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” v. 1
Come, thou Fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing thy grace,
Streams of mercy, never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet, sung by flaming tongues above;
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it, mount of God’s unchanging love.
II Thessalonians 2: 1-5, 13-17, p. 194 (NT)
FAITH LESSON FOR ALL AGES
ANTHEM: “Defender” . . . .Battistelli & Gretzinger
Soloists: Heather B. & Cytha G.
GOSPEL READING FOR THE MORNING
St. Luke 20: 27-38, p. 79 (NT)
SILENT PRAYER AND PREPARATION
THE MESSAGE FOR THE MORNING
*HYMN # 286 “Breathe on Me, Breath of God”
Beyond words, beyond the battle, beyond the outcry, lies silence. It is sacred, this silence; and holy, this remembering. For only silent remembering can carry enough pain and truth together to whisper: “It is enough. Never again.” (A time for silent reflection on sacrifices made on our behalf.)
LITANY FOR OUR DEDICATION TO PEACE
In our remembrance we know silence is not enough to change the world.
Jesus said, “I have come that you may have life and life to the full.”
In our remembrance we know silence is not enough to bring peace to the world.
God said, “Behold I make all things new.”
In our remembrance we know silence is not enough to change the minds of leaders.
Paul wrote, “Let your light shine before people.”
In our remembrance we know silence is not enough to change the way we do things.
Jesus said, “This is what I command you: love one another.”
In our remembrance we know silence is not enough to convey the truth of war.
Jesus said, “Every tree is known by the fruit it bears.”
In our remembrance we know silence is not enough but Jesus’ words are.
Jesus said, “Blessed are those who work for peace.” Jesus also said, “No one has greater love than this—to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
Zion’s Living Veterans Are As Follows:
|Michael A.||Jeff D.||Loy H.||Robert P.||Gregory S.|
|Kenneth B.||Thomas D.||Logan H.||Kenneth S.||Harold T.|
|Ben B.||Gary D.||Matthew L.||Michael S.||Robert V.|
|Matt B.||Carey E.||John M.||Lyle S.|
|Purcell B.||Richard H.||Daryl M.||Richard S.|
|Tamara B.||Donald H.||Gerald P.||Ralph S.|
As is our custom, at this time we will recognize the Zion veterans among us. We ask that all remain standing until all are recognized.
PASTORAL PRAYER AND THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father who art in heaven,
Hallowed by 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
It is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy.
As God has entrusted to us all our possessions,
We share them for the good of all of God’s creation.
Let us receive our tithes and offerings in this day.
*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
As stewards of our time, of our talents,
and of our financial resources,
we dedicate ourselves to being responsible and generous
in all that we have and all that we are.
*CLOSING HYMN # 8 “Eternal Father, Strong to Save”
*COMMISSION AND BENEDICTION
May God grant you love in all your relationships;
joy in all your successes,
hope in all your difficulties,
triumph in all your challenges,
and comfort in all your sorrows.
*CHORAL BENEDICTION # 353 “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less” v. 1
My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; all other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand.
The Altar Flowers are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Bob M. by Kitty and family.
Weather Cancellation – If inclement weather causes cancellation of worship, the announcement will be on the church answering machine by 7:30 a.m.
Coming Up Next Week:
Nov. 10, UACT Chili Cookoff, Trinity Lutheran, 5:30 pm
Nov. 11, Ladies Brkfst, Wht Elphnt Sale, Apple Bin, 9:00 am
Nov. 13, NO CHOIR PRACTICE
Nov. 14, Book Club, Mustard Sd Rm, 7:00 pm
Nov. 17, Christian Ed. Mtg, during Sunday School; Skating Party, Magic Elm, 4 – 7:30 pm;
Confirmation/Sr. High Grp, Trinity Lutheran, 6 – 7:30 pm
Nov. 18, Consistory Mtg , Zion House, 7:00 pm
Nov. 20, What’s Cookin’?, Trinity Lutheran, 6 – 7:30 pm; Choir Practice, Church, 7:30 pm
Nov. 21, Discernment Mtg, Zion House, 6:30 pm
Today’s Anthem: We thank Heather Bushey and Cytha Guynes for sharing their musical talents with Zion today!
Zion’s Financial Data
Income Through October $150,356.34
Expenses Through October $153,808.14
YTD Deficit (3,451.80)
Chili Cook-Off – Today’s the day for the Chili Cook-Off Contest, food sale, and cake decorating at Trinity Lutheran in Arendtsville hosted by the UACT Youth. The proceeds will support the UACT Youth programs. Feel free to bring a medium-sized crockpot of your favorite chili. Then enjoy a warm meal as well as Trinity’s food and baked goods auction and a cake & cupcake contest. Activities start at 5:30 p.m.
The Center for Youth & Community Development (CFYDC) has opened an after school program at Arendtsville Elementary. We have programs in the other public schools in Adams County. Our after school program is free to all families and provides a wonderful opportunity for students to engage in fun and educational activities and gives parents the peace of mind that they are in a safe place during the after school hours. Flyers and registration forms are on the credenza if interested.
Ladies Breakfast Group – Our group will meet tomorrow morning at the Apple Bin at 9:00 a.m. for breakfast and our third annual White Elephant Sale. Bring a wrapped item that has a value of at least $20.00, and have fun raising money for the church!
Sunday School Update – Please note the Christian Education Committee meeting will now be held on Nov. 17th during Sunday School rather than Nov. 24th.
Your Participation is Needed! The process of beginning to write Zion’s profile involves your input so that the profile can reflect the hopes of the congregation in securing the kind of pastoral leadership that Zion will need to meet its vision of the future. A series of Congregational Chats begins on Sunday, November 24th, following worship services. Please make every effort to attend so that we can begin to gather the information to prepare a profile that truly reflects the congregation. Thank you.
“Undie” Sunday – On November 24th, Zion is collecting NEW socks, underwear, t-shirts, and onesies for ages pre-K through adult. School-aged (5 yr. old to 18 yr old) items will be donated to Upper Adams School District to be handed out by their nurses. Pre-K and adult sizes will be donated to the homeless shelter in Gettysburg.
Christmas Poinsettias – The Altar Guild is offering members the opportunity to purchase red or white poinsettias to decorate the church at Christmas. Forms are available in the rear of church with details and ordering directions. Orders must be turned in by the last Sunday in November!
Holiday Toy Drive: Zion has been asked to provide LEGO sets (ONLY LEGOS, NOT DUPLOS) for the United Way Holiday Toy Drive. Look for sets in the 6-9 and 9-12 age groups. We will collect until December 8th. Thanks for supporting our wider community’s kiddos.
Christmas at Homewood– Zion will supply cube-sized boxes of tissues and medium size (10-15 oz.) bottles of UNSCENTED body lotion as gifts for Homewood’s residents. Please wrap your gifts (lotion bottles can be put in gift bags with tissue paper) and place in the box in back of church by December 8th. Thanks for your support. Contact Angie V. if questions.
Homewood Auxiliary Dues are being accepted now until December 15. The sign-up clipboard is located on the credenza at the back of church along with envelope for dues, $3 individual and $5 couple. New members please complete info on blank pages. Calendars are a thank you for your continued membership and support.
Gloves Drive – We have reached our goal of 175 pairs of gloves! If you still have more gloves to donate, please do so – we will find appropriate homes for them. Thank you so much for your support of the children in our community!
REACH News – Anyone wishing to attend this year’s REACH mission trip to Columbia County, New York (Albany area) needs to talk to Chris P. The trip is planned for July 11-19, 2020. Registrations are being accepted now and $100.00 will hold your place (Zion will underwrite this registration fee).