Worship: November 14, 2021

ZION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

22 Gettysburg Street  Box 538

Arendtsville, Pennsylvania

Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

November 14, 2021

9:00 a.m.

Livestream link:  Zion UCC Sunday Service Livestream – November 14 2021

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: “Let There Be Peace on Earth”, Sy Miller/Jill Jackson, ©1955 Jan Lee Music

ANNOUNCEMENTS

At this time, we will recognize the Zion veterans among us.  We ask that all remain standing until all are recognized.

 

Zion’s Living Veterans

Kenneth B. Jeff D. Donald H. Daryl M. Lyle S.
Ben B. Thomas D. Loy H. Gerald P. Richard S.
Matt B. Carey E. Logan H. Robert P. Gregory S.
  Clyde F. Matthew L. Kenneth S. Harold T.
Tamara B. Richard H. John M. Michael S. Robert V.

 

HYMN #39 “This Is My Song”, Jean Sibelius 1899/Lloyd Stone 1934, public domain

Soloist:  Bill S.

 

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: Our God is a worker of wonders, bringing life out of death.

All: Nothing and no one is holy like our God!

Leader: God lifts up those who are lowly, God rekindles lives that the world has sought to extinguish.

All: Nothing and no one is holy like our God!

Leader: God restores dignity to those who have been brought down and guards the feet of his faithful ones.

All: Nothing and no one is holy like our God!        

Leader: Come, friends, and let us worship God.

 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Who we are is known to God.  At no point in any of our stories has God rejected us because we reject ourselves.  We are God’s beloved children, heirs to all that is God and belongs to God.  Our suffering is God’s suffering.  Our joy is God’s joy.  God accepts and celebrates the selves we find so hard to accept.  Let us find our peace, then.  Let us receive with a deep thankfulness that cup of God’s love which is Christ’s forgiveness.  Amen.

 

   ASSURANCE OF GOD’S LOVE

Leader:  Thanks be to God for the Spirit within each one of us,

We are loved with a love that has no bounds.  We are forgiven with a forgiveness that forgets all wrong.  God is in the turning even as we turn our lives around.

ALL:  God is beyond us.  God is among us.  God is within us.  Thanks be to God.  Amen.

 

  *PRAISE VERSICLE 

Leader:    O Lord, open our lips!

ALL:  And our mouths shall show forth your praise!    

    *PRAISE RESPONSE: “Hallelujah!”, Caribbean Melody, CCLI#1149146

 Halle, Halle, Halleluja.  Halle, Halle, Halleluja.

Halle, Halle, Halleluja.  Halleluja, Halleleluja.

 

THE ORDER FOR BAPSTIM

     WELCOME

Leader: Members and friends in Christ, we gather now to celebrate the gift of Grace in the Sacrament of Baptism.

People: There is one body and one Spirit. There is one hope in God’s call to us.

There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Creator of us all.

 ADDRESS

Leader: Jesus came to John to be baptized by him.  But John tried to make him change his mind. “I ought to be baptized by you,” John said, “yet you have come to me!”

People: Jesus said, “Let it be so for now.  For in this way, we shall do all that God requires.”  So, John agreed.

Leader: As soon as Jesus was baptized, he came up out of the water.  Then heaven was opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God coming down like a dove and lighting on him.

People: Then a voice said from heaven, “This is my own dear Son, with whom I am well pleased.”                                     

Leader: At another time Jesus said: “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”.

The sacrament of baptism is an outward and visible sign of the grace of God.  In as much as the promise of the gospel is not only to us, but also to our children, baptism with water and the Holy Spirit is the mark of their acceptance into the

care of Christ’s church, the sign and seal of their participation in God’s forgiveness, and the beginning of their growth into full Christian faith and discipleship.

People:  This is the water of baptism.  Out of this water we rise with new life, forgiven of sin and one in Christ, members of Christ’s body.

 QUESTIONS

Leader: Do you desire to have your child baptized into the faith and family of Jesus Christ?

Parent/s   (I do)

Leader: Will you encourage this child to renounce the powers of evil and to receive the freedom of new life in Christ?

Parent/s  (I will, with the help of God.)

Leader: Will you teach this child so that he may be led to profess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior?

Parent/s (I will, with the help of God.)

Leader: Do your promise, by the grace of God, to be Christ’s disciple, to follow in the way of our Savior, to resist oppression and evil, to show love and justice, and to witness to the work and word of Jesus Christ as best you are able?

Parent/s  (I do, with the help of God.)

Leader: Do you promise, according to the grace given you, to grow with this child in the Christian faith, to help this child to be a faithful member of the

church of Jesus Christ, by celebrating Christ’s presence, by furthering Christ’s mission in all the world, and by offering the nurture of the Christian church so that he may affirm his own baptism?

Parent/s  (I do, with the help of God)

CONGREGATIONAL ASSENT

Jesus Christ calls us to make disciples of all nations and to offer them the gift of grace in baptism.  Do you, who witness and celebrate this sacrament, promise your love, support, and care to the one about to be baptized, as he lives and grows in Christ?

People:  We promise our love, support, and care.

CHILDREN’S ASSENT

Jesus calls children and youth to be helpful and supportive of one another.    As children you will laugh together and learn about God.  Will you help this child by being a friend to them and teach them about Christ?

Children:  We will.

PRAYER OF BAPTISM

Leader: Christ be with you.

People: And also with you.

Let us pray:

We thank you, God, … Glory to you eternal God, the one who was and shall always be, world without end.

People: Amen.

THE ACT OF BAPTISM

By what name will this child be called?

Norman Paul R. you are baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit be upon you, child of God, disciple of Christ, member of the Church.

PRAYER FOR THE BAPTIZED

Gracious God, you have filled the world with joy by giving us the gift of Jesus.    Bless this newly baptized child.  May he be filled with joy; may he never be ashamed to confess a personal faith in you.  Bless the parents (and sponsors) of this child.    May they always show their gratitude for the life you have given him by loving and caring for Norman.  Bless these, your faithful people.  Unite them in the peace of Christ and the company of the Holy Spirit.

People: Amen

Go in the peace of Christ

People: Thanks be to God.

HYMN #188 “Jesus Loves Me!”, Anna B. Warner/David R. McGuire, ©1971

SCRIPTURE READING: 1st Samuel 1:  4-20 and Mark 13:  1-8

MESSAGE

Hymn:  #697 “Take My Life”, Frances R. Havergal 1874, H. A. C. Malan 1827, public domain

PASTORAL PRAYER

LORD’S PRAYER USING SINS AND SINNED

   PRAYER RESPONSE #595, Holy, Holy, Holy, Guillermo Cuellar/Raquel Mora

   Martinez, ©1994 GIA Publications, Inc., CCLI#1149146

Holy, holy, holy.  My heart, my heart adores you!

My heart knows how to say to you:  You are holy, Lord

OFFERING

Leader:  God is good!

People:  All the time!

Leader:  All the time!

People:  God is good!

VOCAL SOLO: “Hallelujah” (Veterans Version), Sailor Jerri/Leonard Cohen, ©2017

Soloist:  Bill S.

   *Doxology #609 “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow”, Brian Wren/Hal

Hopson, ©1998 Hope Publishing Company, CCLI#1149146

Praise God from whom all blessings flow, Praise God all creatures high and low.

Alleluia, alleluia!  Praise God in Jesus fully known, Creator, Word, and Spirit one.

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

 *PRAYER OF DEDICATION

Thank you, O God, for this opportunity to share our re­sources to strengthen your

work in this world. Create in us open and eager hearts to do your work. We offer you these gifts along with our commitment to change the world as you would have us do. Amen.

*CLOSING HYMN “Sent Forth by God’s Blessing”, Omer Westendorf 1964, Welsh folk melody, ©1972, 1993

BLESSING

CHIME MEDITATION: “Lord, Let Us Now Depart in Peace”, public domain

POSTLUDE: “Eternal Father, Strong to Save”, ©1985 Lorenz Publishing Co./ “Let Freedom Ring”, Robert Hughes/tune ‘Melita’ by John Dykes

The altar flowers are given to the glory of God by Frank & Bonnie O. in honor of their daughter, Jennifer A. F.

Please check in on Facebook that you are at church this morning!!

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 the Delta variant of Covid-19.  Extra masks are available on the credenza.

 Coming Up This Week:

Nov. 14        Worship, Baptism, Veterans’ Day        Sanctuary                9:00 a.m.

Nov. 16        John’s Meals Mtg                                Fellowship Hall         6:30 p.m.

Nov. 17        What’s Cookin?                                   Trinity Lutheran     6 – 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 20        Community Aid Trailer                         Zion parking lot   9 – 11:00 a.m.

Looking Forward:

Nov. 21        Worship                                               Sanctuary                9:00 a.m.

Nov. 25        Thanksgiving!

Thank You from Pam S. for all the prayers, thoughts, and cards she received after her recent right knee surgery.  She will have surgery on her left knee in a month or so and, after recuperating from that, looks forward to getting back to Zion and seeing everyone!

Thanks to all who came to Messy Church!  The fellowship and laughter was wonderful as we experienced the gift of the Holy Spirit.  Thank you to all the volunteers!

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.

Recycling Bulletins:  Don’t forget to recycle your bulletins after worship by dropping them in the box at the back of church.

Ladies Breakfast:  Thank you so much to all who attended the Ladies Breakfast this past Monday at the Apple Bin and participated in the White Elephant sale.  Sale monies will be for the Fellowship Committee.  A great time was had by all; please join us next month on December 13th at 9:00 a.m. again at the Apple Bin.

Poinsettia Order Forms:  Order forms are available on the credenza in the back of church for poinsettias to brighten first the sanctuary and then your home over the Christmas holiday.  There are three colors available to provide bursts of color on Christmas Eve.  Directions for payment are on the forms.

Remembrance Tree:  Take the opportunity to brighten Zion’s sanctuary and honor or remember a family member or friend by sponsoring an ornament on Zion’s Remembrance Tree this holiday season!  Forms are on the credenza.  Just fill out a form along with your check (made payable to Zion UCC with remembrance tree in the memo line) and put forms and checks in the manilla envelope on the credenza in the back of church.  The more ornaments, the lovelier the tree.  And the money will help with Zion’s heating bills.

Homewood Christmas Gifts:  Again, this year, we will be making the holidays a little brighter for Homewood’s residents.  Cube-sized boxes of tissues and bottles of unscented body lotion are requested.  Wrapped items are preferred, but Gina Bushey has volunteered to do your wrapping for you if you are short on time!  Christmas cards (signed on the inside with your name/Zion UCC and leaving the envelope blank) will also be collected.  Drop your gifts in the bin and basket in the Sanctuary until Sunday, December 5th.  Any questions, please contact Angie.

Community Aid clothing drive:  Zion will hold another clothing/shoe drive on Saturday, November 20, 2021, from 9 to 11 a.m. (or until the trailer is full).  Please have all clothing/shoes bagged and tops securely shut when you bring them to the parking lot.  Only clothing and shoes are acceptable items for this collection.

Annual Meeting:  Zion’s annual meeting will be held on November 21st following worship.  You should have received a letter with relevant documents concerning the meeting.  If you cannot attend in person, please use the proxy provided with the letter.  Thanks for your participation in the business of the church.

Old Cell Phones:  Don’t forget to drop your old cell phones at the church office including their charging cords for shipment to Cell Phones for Soldiers.  Phone covers cannot be recycled.  To safeguard your personal data, it is wise to remove the SIM card from the phone before dropping it off.  SIM cards are usually under the battery or in a slot on the side of the phone.  If you can’t get to the SIM card, you can perform a factory reset.  With an apple/Iphone, go to Settings -> Reset -> Erase All Content and Settings.  With an Android, go to Apps -> Settings -> Backup and Reset -> Factory Data Reset -> Reset Device -> Erase Everything.  Every phone equates to 30 minutes of talk time for a soldier.  Thanks for your support.

Holiday Family Outreach:  The challenge is underway!  Zion’s Mission Committee is challenging us to fundraise for HFO and will match donations up to a total of $1,000.00.  We have the opportunity to make lots of families happy at the holidays this year!  Making a donation is simple – just make your check payable to Zion UCC and write HFO on the memo line.  Checks can be placed in the offering plate, dropped at Zion House, or mailed to the church office.  The time frame for donations is October 31st to November 21st.  Are we up for the challenge?

Beverage Can Tabs Update:  Zion is donating the beverage tabs we have been collecting to Lincoln Elementary.  The money that is raised will be used for a young girl who was critically injured this summer after diving into shallow water.  She is currently in need of a wheelchair and Lincoln Elementary is hoping to help her in this endeavor.  So, if you have a stash of tabs at home, now would be a great time to bring them to church.  Thanks everyone!

An Amazon Christmas?  Don’t forget – If you are beginning to do your Christmas shopping, Amazon will give a small portion of your purchase price to Zion if you use smile.amazon.com and choose Zion as your charity!  In a busy shopping season, you might be surprised how the total adds up!

Scripture directs us to make a joyful noise unto the Lord, and Zion needs help to do that!  In our search for a new choir director and new organist, we’ve had a few nibbles but haven’t caught one yet!  So please use your networking skills to spread the word.

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!