Worship: November 19, 2017

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Expectant Choices

 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



Chime Interlude And Candle Lighting Response

Leader:   You are worthy, awesome God, to receive honor and glory. God brings the light of truth to us.

All:         Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive our praise and thanksgiving. Christ brings the light of redemption to us.

Leader:   Spirit of God, you claim our loyalty and establish Christ’s rule in our lives.  The Spirit brings the light of discernment to us.

All:         The Lord reigns as the King of Kings, and is robed in majesty and armed with strength.

 Praise Response:   “In the Lord I’ll Be Ever Thankful”……..…#654

*Call To Worship

One:       As a community of faith, we gather to worship.  We come with our differences, but with Christ as our common ground.

All:         We gather to worship and be reminded of our connection to each other.

One:       Come; let us invest ourselves in this time of worship.

All:         Amen.

 *Hymn: “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come” ………………#367


One:       Almighty God, you have created us as a people each with different gifts.

All:         Each an individual, all empowered to give generously in God’s world.

One:       You have created us, a people, to live in community.

All:         Each an individual, all empowered to share a talent in God’s world.

One:       You have created us, a people, and given gifts with which to serve you.

All:         Each an individual, all empowered to love others in God’s world.

One:       You have created us, and called us to serve.

All:         Each an individual, all empowered to contribute in your world.  Amen.

We Recognize Our Brokenness

Prayer Of Confession

Leader:   Sometimes, we abandon our hopes, our dreams, our plans—and then get angry when things don’t turn out as we had hoped.  Sometimes, we leave others in charge of things, and then put them down for how they took care of it.  Sometimes, we are greedy.  Sometimes, we give up.  In all these times, and more besides, forgive us, O God.  Your grace saves, your compassion gives lift, your justice restores.  Investing God, call us to risky adventures, to touch the lives of neighbours and strangers.  In faith, hope and love, we risk for you.  Amen.   (A time for silent prayers of confession.)

Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

Leader:   God has blessed each one with a unique way to contribute.  God offers grace, forgiveness, healing, freedom, talent, life, new life.  Let us embrace the life that God gives.  We do so knowing we are forgiven and free.

 Reading Of The Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5: 1-11 (N.T., pg. 193)

Faith Lesson For All Ages

Anthem:       “For the Beauty of the Earth”……………Pierpoint

We Reflect On New Possibilities

Reading Of The Gospel:   Matthew 25: 14-30 (N.T., pg. 27)

Message For This Day

 *Hymn: “We Gather Together”……………………..#336

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.


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

 *Prayer Of Dedication

Leader:   Generous God, you give us opportunities, time, patience, and care.  May we use the gifts from you to encourage others, share with others, and work with others, as we invest in your reign of justice, peace, and love.  Amen.

We Go Forth To Live Transformed Lives

 *Closing Hymn: “All Creatures of Our God and King” ……….#15


Leader:   May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart.  May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.  May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation and war, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain into joy.  May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done.

*Choral Benediction:   “Give Thanks”………………….#647

*Chime Meditation


*Where noted, please stand if able.      


 November’s Proverb:  

One given to anger stirs up strife, and the hothead causes much transgression.      Proverbs 29: 22

 The Ladies Breakfast Group thanks you so much for participating in our white elephant auction and contributing to the Capital Campaign. The auction had great items, from humming bird feeders, to White Diamond perfume, a candy dish, Christmas napkins, and other terrific items. It seemed everyone had a great time. Thus far, we raised $330.  We are planning to do this again.

The Knitting/Crocheting Club will meet on Tuesday, November 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the main SS room.

A John’s Meals Board Meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 21, at 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.

Christmas Cookie Donations are being collected for Ben Battersby and his unit. Donations should be brought to Zion House by Monday, November 27.  Ben is actively serving in Afghanistan. If you wish to send Ben a card, his address is PFC Battersby, Benjamin / Bravo Troop, 3-73, CAV NKC / APO, AE 09354

St. Paul Lutheran Church In Biglerville Will Be Serving A FREE Turkey Dinner with all the trimmings for anyone in the community at noon on Thanksgiving day, November 23. Please share this invitation with your friends or neighbors.  St. Paul’s would like to know how many to prepare for, so those planning to attend should call St. Paul’s and leave a message with name and the number attending.

Heating System Capital Campaign (As of October 29)
Received one-time contributions $82,121
Monetary value of pledges received $31,800
Pledges received thus far in cash

Total cash received ($82,121+$11,661)=




UACT is offering its final session on November 30 in a study that celebrates our shared heritage in the Protestant Reformation. Learn the central claims of our faith and the ways in which we can live them today.  A morning and evening session will be held. Trinity UCC Biglerville at 9:30 a.m.; Zion UCC Arendtsville at 7 p.m.

As Gifts For Baby Jesus, we will be collecting clothing items for a clothing closet run out of Children’s Aid Society in New Oxford called 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 most needed are new packages of socks, new packages of underwear, new infant clothing, and new or gently used winter clothing for ages 3-10 years of age.  Clothing donations will be accepted by Jessica up until the party on December 3; I will drop off the donation that week.  Many thanks as always for your support and generosity!

Holiday Home Bureau Toys.   As it has in previous years, Zion is contributing to the Holiday Home Bureau Toy program.  We will be collecting new and gently used (no broken, worn) toys and new hats, gloves, scarves for those 12 and under.  In addition, the program is seeking monetary donations to support its food certificate program (they provide $25 food certificates).  Please bring the donations to the church no later than Sunday, December 3.  We will bring the items forward during the children’s message on that Sunday.  Any questions, please ask Chris or Gina.

Christmas Cards Project – Help Homewood residents receive a Christmas card.  Bring a card/s with your handwritten messages for the residents.  Please let the front of the envelope blank, and Homewood will address with resident’s name.  Cards will be hand-delivered and read to residents by volunteers.  A card collection box will be in the back of church until November 26.  Card collection deadline is December 3. Any questions, please contact Angie.

 Our Traditional Christmas Tea will be held following worship on December 17.  Homemade cookies, punch, coffee, and fellowship will all be in abundance.  If you wish to bring homemade cookies, please sign up on the appropriate credenza clipboard.

 Homewood Auxiliary 2018 Membership Dues are now being accepted until the end of December.  The form to check off your name and confirm your address along with the envelope for the $3 single/$5 including spouse dues will be on the credenza at the rear of the Church.  Please make checks payable to Homewood Auxiliary.  Calendars for 2018 are available as well.  Please contact Angie with any questions about becoming a supporting member of the Homewood Auxiliary. 

The Labels For Education Program is coming to a close.  Only UPCs with the Labels for Education logo will be accepted and redeemed for points into registered schools’ bank accounts.  As of 10/26/17, Zion’s Sunday School Program currently has 20,172 points banked in our account, and has a goal to reach 22,000 for our third and final $250 Visa Gift Card to be used towards Sunday School activities for Zion’s children.  Please drop any labels in the red Labels for Education boxes located in the vestibule upon entering the sanctuary, or on the side table in the main Sunday School room.  The deadline to submit labels for the program is January 2, 2018.

Zion’s Financial Data

Income through October – $152,320.33

Expenses through October – $159,096.51

Deficit – $6,776.18

*This is partially due to the unbudgeted $3,000 cost for a new copier in 2017.

 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.

 Community Aid Clothing Bin is available in the Zion House parking lot for clothing donations along with shoes, accessories, draperies, and bed linens.   We receive funds each quarter based upon the weight of items deposited in the container, and those funds are used toward the Mission Budget.  For the second quarter, we received $246. Please place donations in plastic bags before dropping them into the bin.  After your yard sales, consider donating unsold appropriate items to the bin. 

 With John’s Meals joining under the UACT umbrella and its 501(c)3 status,  monetary donations may now be made payable to “UACT – John’s Meals” and made be put into the offering plate or mailed to: UACT, PO Box 593, Arendtsville, PA 17303. 

 Greeters are needed for December 3 and 24 (both a.m. and p.m. services)

 Coming Up Next Week:

Nov. 19, Confirmation, St. Paul Lutheran, 6:00 pm

Nov. 21, John’s Meals board mtg, F. H., 6:30 pm

Nov. 21, Knitting/crocheting club, main SS rm, 6:30 pm

 Looking Forward:

Nov. 27, Consistory mtg, Zion Hse, 7:00 pm

Nov. 28, UACT mtg, Trinity Lutheran, 7:00 pm

Nov. 29, Choir practice, 7:30 pm

Nov. 30, UACT Bible Study, Mustard seed rm, 7:00 pm

Dec. 3, Worship with communion; birthday party for Jesus

Dec. 4, Hoss’s Community Night Fund Raiser, Gettysburg, 12-8 pm

Dec. 10, Congregational annual mtg, 10:15 am

Dec. 10, A Christmas Carol, Majestic Theater, 2:00 pm

Dec. 11, Ladies’ breakfast, Apple Bin, 9:00 am

Dec. 12, Book Club, Diveley residence, 7:00 pm