Worship: November 17, 2019

ZION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

22 Gettysburg Street Box 538

Arendtsville, Pennsylvania

November 17, 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.

 PRELUDE

TIME OF SHARING

CHIME INTERLUDE AND CANDLELIGHTING

*CALL TO WORSHIP

God is eager to answer us, even before we call.

God is eager to listen, though we are not ready to speak.

The hills sing together before God’s presence.

All of nature proclaims God’s glory.

If the seas join in praise, how much more should we.

If the hills are alive with song, let us, too, awake to sing.

Make a joyful noise to God, all people of the earth!

Break forth into joyous song!

Be glad! Rejoice in all that God is creating.

Welcome the new heaven and earth God has planned.

We worship God with great joy and delight.

We welcome God’s healing touch in our midst.

* PRAYER OF INVOCATION

As we gather, some of us feel battered and bruised by a brutal world.

Some of us are drained of strength and weary, parched as a desert.

Some of us are feeling strong, celebrating life and love.

And many of us are just here, living each day at a time,

just trying to meet each challenge as it comes.

Whatever our needs, and whatever our station in life,

we come to you with praises,

grateful for your presence in our lives.

 *GATHERING HYMN # 738 “O Master, Let Me Walk With Thee”

TIME OF CONFESSION

We are a people who claim to have wisdom

and yet fail to use our gifts in ways that are wise.

We are a people who claim to be understanding

and yet fail to discern God’s will for all.

Let us approach our wise and understanding God

as we confess our sin and failure with humility.

All too often, Lord, we find it easier to criticize than to encourage;

to give advice than to give a hand;

to scheme than to sacrifice;

to complain than to compliment,

to argue than to agree.

Forgive us, we pray, and help us to truly serve.

 And now let us confess in silence those fears that keep us from loving as Christ has loved us.

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS

God is our deliverance and our honor,

our rock and our refuge; we will trust in God at all times.

As we make our honest and sincere confession before God,

We will experience freedom from the burden of our sin

And new life that allows us to serve God and others.

Thank God for this magnificent gift of love.

* HYMN RESPONSE # 475 “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”   v. 3

O to grace how great a debtor daily I’m constrained to be!

Let that grace now, like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to thee.

Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love;

Here’s my heart; O take and seal it; seal it for thy courts above.

 EPISTLE LESSON

II Thessalonians 3: 6-13, p. 195 (NT)

FAITH LESSON FOR ALL AGES

CHOIR ANTHEM: “Faith to Carry On”. . .Don Besig/Nancy Price

GOSPEL READING FOR THE MORNING

St. Luke 21: 5-19, p. 80 (NT)

SILENT PRAYER AND PREPARATION

THE MESSAGE FOR THE MORNING

*HYMN # 697 “Take My Life”

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

Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have,

for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

OFFERTORY

*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

We consider it a privilege to invest our tithes and offerings

in a cause that will never fail.

We are investing in human beings,

who are both mortal body and eternal soul,

so we give in confidence that our investment will never be lost.

*CLOSING HYMN # 346 “For the Healing of the Nations”

*COMMISSION AND BENEDICTION

As you go from this place, may the loving power of the Lord guard your body and save your

soul until Christ brings you at last to the heavenly places where he lives and reigns forever.

*CHORAL BENEDICTION # 353 “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less”  v. 2

When darkness seems to hide his face, I rest on his unchanging grace;

In every high and stormy gale, my anchor holds within the veil.

On Christ the solid Rock I stand; all other ground is sinking sand;

All other ground is sinking sand.

 *CHIME MEDITATION

POSTLUDE

The Altar Flowers are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Jean T. S. and Charlie S. by Jane T.

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. 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. 19, John’s Meals Board Mtg, Fellowship Hall, 6:30 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

Looking Forward:

Nov. 24, “Undie” Sunday donations due; Congregational Chat, following Worship; No Confirmation/Sr. High Group

Nov. 25, UACT Youth Cmte Mtg, Mustard Seed Rm, 6:00 pm; Altar Guild mtg, Zion House, 7:00 pm

Nov. 26, UACT Board Mtg, Trinity Lutheran

Nov. 28, Free Turkey Dinner, St. Paul’s, Biglerville, 12:00 pm

Zion’s Financial Data

Income Through October $150,356.34

Expenses Through October $153,808.14

YTD Deficit (3,451.80)

We Welcome Rev. Ed Gobrecht back as our supply pastor today and thank him for his service.

 Ladies Breakfast Group – Thanks so much for your support of our Gloves Drive. In addition to the 175 pairs of gloves going home with John’s Meals packages, another 83 pairs of gloves and 16 hats will be delivered to the Upper Adams schools for children who need them!

The Ladies Breakfast Group met November 11 at the Apple Bin for breakfast and our White Elephant Sale. Thanks to the generosity of our members, a very nice donation was made to the Leukemia Society in memory of Kathy S., AND a donation was made to Zion to help with the new sound system.  We will meet again December 9th at the Apple Bin for breakfast.  Come and bring a friend!

Sunday School Update – Please note the Christian Education Committee is meeting today during Sunday School rather than Nov. 24th.

Prayer List Reminder – When a person is added to the Prayers for the People list and is not a member of Zion, please remember to give the name and address to Lois H.so a card can be sent to let that person know Zion is thinking of them.

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!

Altar Guild Meeting – There will be a meeting of the Altar Guild on Monday, November 25th at 7:00 p.m. at Zion House to plan for the 2020 year.

Free Turkey Dinner November 28thSt. Paul Lutheran Church in Biglerville will be serving a free turkey dinner with all the trimmings for anyone in the community on Thanksgiving Day, November 28th at 12:00 noon.  For more information, please call 717-677-9445.

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.

Homewood Annual Garden of Life – Homewood at Plum Creek will hold its annual Garden of Life on Friday, December 6, 2019 at 6:00 pm. There will be two simultaneous services, one in the Town Hall Chapel in the Sandra L. Fair Healthcare Center and the other in the Windows Dining Room in the Community Center.  The Garden of Life signifies the lighting of Christmas lights over the entire campus.  Donations of $5.00 are being accepted to sponsor a light in memory or honor of a loved one.  More information and the donation form are on the credenza in the back of church.

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).

Tender Care Pregnancy Center Job Opportunity – There is a part-time opening for a Nurse Manager/Sonographer providing limited ultrasound scans and supervising the medical services provided at both the Hanover and Gettysburg locations. If interested, the required qualifications and application process are detailed in the flyers on the credenza in the back of church.