Worship: November 11, 2018

Sunday, November 11, 2018

November 11 –Veterans’ Day Observance

At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, the armistice – laying down of arms – was signed to end the first World War. Many nations continue to call this Armistice Day, while others name it Remembrance, recalling the sacrifice made by women and men in both World War I – “the war to end all wars” – and the many wars that have taken place since.

 Visitors: Welcome to our church.  Please sign our 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 loft, and straight ahead.  We also have restrooms downstairs in Fellowship Hall.  Again, exit through the door next to the choir loft, turn left down the hall, and go down the steps. 

 We Gather In Awe And Wonder

Prelude:   “Soldier’s Hallelujah”……….……..Cohan

Announcements

Chime Interlude And Candle Lighting

Leader:   In a season of harvest we light a candle of gratitude for God’s goodness.

People:  In a season busy with school, work, and preparation for holidays, we light a candle reminding us to call on Christ for strength to continue our Christian journey.

Leader:   In a season where the hills around us are clad in beauty, we invoke the Spirit’s presence so we can somehow share that beauty with the world.

 *Call To Worship

One:       Unless we love each other as God loves us,

All:         we serve only in part.

One:       Unless we seek justice for everyone,

All:         we welcome only in part.

One:       Unless we praise God with our whole self,

All:         we worship only in part.

One:       Come let us worship God with body, mind, and spirit.

*Hymn: “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee”……………….. ….……#337

*Invocation

Leader:   Great healer, lover of our souls:  Bless this sacred time set apart for worship and praise.  May this space be different from the places we left to come here.  May this his space be a glimpse of your coming kin-dom and a foretaste of your glory.  Amen.

We Recognize Our Brokenness

Prayer Of Confession

Leader:   Jesus, we are eagerly waiting for you, come quickly to our aid.  Forgive us when we are more concerned with appearance than practice; quantity than quality; being blessed than being a blessing.

People:  Forgive us when we are unaware of how our actions affect others.  Forgive us for the times that we are addicted to privilege and motivated by praise.  Forgive us, correct us, transform us, and lead us in your way.

All:         Amen.   (A time for silent prayers of confession.)

 Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

Leader:   Friends, God calls us to do better.  With God’s help, and the loving support of each other, we can demonstrate a glimpse of the change that we hope to actualize in our homes, community, country, and world.

 Reading Of The Scripture:   Ruth 3: 1-5; 4: 13-17 (O.T., pg. 231)

Anthem:   “Blades of Grass, and Pure White Stones”………….…Christopher

Reading Of The Gospel:   Mark 12: 38-44 (N.T., pg. 46)

 We Reflect On New Possibilities

Message For This Day:   We thank Tom Deloe for bring the message this morning.

*Hymn:   “Where Charity and Love Prevail”………………..#316

 Remembrance Day

Leader:   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

Leader:   In our remembrance we know silence is not enough to change the world.

All:         Jesus said, “I have come that you may have life and life to the full.”

Leader:   In our remembrance we know silence is not enough to bring peace to the world.

All:         God said, “Behold I make all things new.”

Leader:   In our remembrance we know silence is not enough to change the minds of leaders.

All:         Paul wrote, “Let your light shine before people.”

Leader:   In our remembrance we know silence is not enough to change the way we do things.

All:         Jesus said, “This is what I command you:  love one another.”

Leader:   In our remembrance we know silence is not enough to convey the truth of war.

All:         Jesus said, “Every tree is known by the fruit it bears.”

Leader:   In our remembrance we know silence is not enough but Jesus’ words are.

All:         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.”

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 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, for ever.  Amen.)

Our Offering: Our financial offering is one way that our members participate in the mission and ministry of this church. We thank you for your financial support.  For those of you who are visiting, please feel no need to participate in the offering.  This worship service is our gift to you.

 Offertory

 *Doxology: “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings” ……….….#606

 *Prayer Of Dedication

Leader:   God, in your great commonwealth, love is the highest currency.  Please accept these gifts as a love offering towards the work of your kin-dom here on earth.  Amen.

 We Go Forth To Live Transformed Lives

*Closing Hymn: “God of the Ages, Whose Almighty Hand” ………….#331

 *Blessing

Leader:   The people of God are revolutionary, countercultural, rebellion leaders!  Go with God, creating new paths where there once were none.  Go with Jesus, breaking down walls and systems that exclude and oppress.  Go with the Spirit, resisting and persisting any force that tries to keep you down.  Amen.

*Choral Benediction: “In the Lord I’ll Be Ever Thankful”…………..#654

*Chime Meditation

Postlude

*Where noted, please stand if able.      

                                   

 November’s Proverb:

Do not plan harm against your neighbor who lives trustingly beside you. Proverbs 3: 29

 The Book Club will meet on Tuesday, November 13, at 7 p.m. in the mustard seed room. The November book selection is The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell by Robert Dugoni.

A John’s Meals Board Meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 14, at 6 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.

 Zion’s Financial Data

Income through October – $149,486.93

Expenses through October – $157,337.19

Deficit – $7,850.26

The Ladies Breakfast Group will be having a White Elephant Sale at their regular breakfast gathering on November12.  Please come to enjoy the fellowship and bring an item to sell. The item should be worth at least $20.  It can be an item from your home you no longer want or use.  It can be a craft item, a gift card, or a book you have enjoyed; use your imagination.  Please wrap the item.  The bidding will go by $5 increments.  Come one and all.  Even if you don’t normally come for breakfast, please come for this event.  Questions?  See Sally.

 As Gifts For Baby Jesus, we will be collecting gifts for the clients of Children’s Aid Society in New Oxford. Any extras that we provide that they cannot use for their current clients will be placed in their clothing closet (God’s Closet).  The closet is open to families in need as well as Children and Youth Case Workers that can use the closet to supply clothing to foster children and families in their care.  The items they have requested are new pajamas and new toys for boys/girls ages 5-10 years of age.  Please do not wrap them.  Donations will be accepted by Jessica up until the Birthday Party on December 2; I will drop off the donation that week.  Many thanks as always for your support and generosity!

 Offering Boxes For 2019 are now available at the rear of the sanctuary.  If you cannot locate yours, please contact Georganna.  In addition, 2019 special offering lists are available for those who do not receive offering envelopes.

 Our Office Manager is “retiring” in 2019. If you have interest in the position, please let Donna Miller know.

 Stained Glass Artwork Fundraiser. Beginning November 18, you will have the opportunity to purchase chances to win a beautiful stained glass piece of artwork crafted by Chris. $10 donations for each chance will be accepted before and after church until December 23 when the winner will be drawn.  All donations from this project will be used toward the general fund.  Please contact Kim Johnson or Chris for questions or more information.

Homewood Auxiliary – Dues and donations are now being accepted for the Homewood Auxiliary.  $3 single/$5 couple.  Forms and envelope are on clipboard at rear of the church. Questions: contact Angie.  Thank you for your support for Homewood Auxiliary.

 Christmas card project for Homewood – Zion has been asked again to send Christmas cards for the residents of Homewood. Please sign your name and Friend from Zion UCC on card and let front of envelope blank. Homewood volunteers will address the cards to residents. Cards will be collected until December 2. Please place in box at back of church or call Angie  for pickup arrangement or questions.

Autumn Has Finally Arrived, And Christmas Is Right Around The Corner!  Zion’s Knitting and Crocheting Group will hold its Stocking Stuffer Items Sale in early December.  Give unique, handcrafted gifts for Christmas this year.  Profits help support Zion U.C.C.’s ministries.  Anyone interested in donating items for sale, please contact one of the club members or come to our meetings on the last Wednesday of the month. 

 John’s Meals– -Please make donation checks for John’s Meals payable to “UACT-John’s Meals,” and they may be mailed to UACT, PO Box 593, Arendtsville, PA 17303 or placed in the offering plates. Thank you for your continued prayers and support.

 When Paying For Altar Flowers, please give payment to the altar guild representative for that month. A check payment is preferred. Altar flowers are from The Flower Boutique with a florist’s choice $35 arrangement cost.

Single Serve, Microwaveable Cups Of Macaroni And Cheese are being collected to benefit John’s Meals.  The cups need not be a brand name (like Kraft); store brand is fine.  We are aiming to provide 200 cups each month and they may be placed in the cupboard in the rear of the church. The 18-pkg boxes of single-serve Mac and Cheese is also a good donation. It is cheaper and easier to store (boxes).  Any questions, please see Chris.  As always, thank you so much for your faithful support of this ministry.

 

Coming Up Next Week:

Nov. 11, “Reaching for God” youth group, Stone Church, Glenville, 5:00 pm

Nov. 12, Ladies’ breakfast, Apple Bin, 9:00 am

Nov. 13, Book Club, Mustard seed rm, 7:00 pm

Nov. 14, What’s Cookin’, Trinity Lutheran, 6:00 pm

Nov. 14, John’s Meals Board mtg, F. H., 6:00 pm

Nov. 14, Mission mtg, Zion Hse, 6:30 pm

Nov. 14, Choir practice, 7:30 pm

 Looking Forward:

Nov. 18, Magic Elm skating, Hanover, 4:30 pm

Nov. 18, Confirmation, Trinity Lutheran, 6:00 pm

Nov. 19, Consistory mtg, Zion Hse, 7:00 pm

Nov. 28, Knitting/crocheting, 6:30 pm

Nov. 28, Prayer and Study, Mustard seed rm, 6:30 pm