Worship: November 24, 2019

ZION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

22 Gettysburg Street Box 538

Arendtsville, Pennsylvania

November 24, 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

We are gathered in the presence of the Holy One our God,

the One whom we have experienced as our Creator,

our Redeemer, and our Sustainer to the end of time.

Today we look to God, our Sustainer, our Savior, and our Sovereign,

our Breath, our Soul, our Being, our Life, our Hope, and our Joy.

Come, let us worship God.

* PRAYER OF INVOCATION

We worship you with gladness, O God our Shepherd,

for you have gathered us as your beloved flock.

You have sent a mighty Savior, who has

demonstrated among us the power of love.

Send your Spirit now to remind us of your

gifts and to strengthen us for our tasks.

May we show our loyalty to Christ by the way we live every day.

 *GATHERING HYMN # 366 “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”

TIME OF CONFESSION

Come, all who dwell in the shadow of death, whose ways are not God’s ways, whose works

scatter and destroy rather than gather and build up. God summons us to a time of repentance

and reconciliation. Let us admit our unfaithfulness that we might be restored to the flock.

God, our Father and our Mother, Jesus prayed that you

would forgive us because we do not always know what we do.

We pray that you will hear his prayer with a heart of mercy.

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

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS

Jesus Christ, who is the first-born of the dead and the ruler of the kings

of the earth, loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood.

Thanks be to God for this magnificent gift of love.

* HYMN RESPONSE # 288 “Spirit of the Living God”

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

Melt me; mold me; fill me; use me;

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

EPISTLE LESSON

Colossians 1: 11-20, p. 188 (NT)

FAITH LESSON FOR ALL AGES

CHOIR ANTHEM “God of the Ages” . . . John Parker/Lloyd Larson

GOSPEL READING FOR THE MORNING

St. Luke 23: 33-43, p. 83 (NT)

SILENT PRAYER AND PREPARATION

THE MESSAGE FOR THE MORNING

*HYMN # 438 “Rock of Ages”

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,

The power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

 THE GIVING OF OURSELVES AND OUR OFFERINGS

Having expressed our gratitude to God in songs and prayer,

let us now express that gratitude with our tithes and offerings.

OFFERTORY: “Simple Thanks” . . .Nancy Price/Don Besig

*OFFERTORY RESPONSE # 606 “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow”

Praise God from whom all blessings flow;

Praise him all creatures here below;

Praise him above ye heavenly host;

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

 *PRAYER OF DEDICATION

Receive these tithes and offerings as an expression

of the gratitude that we feel for all you have done

for us, both materially and spiritually, and help

us to express that thanksgiving daily with our lives.

*CLOSING HYMN # 65 “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah”

*COMMISSION AND BENEDICTION

Go in peace, for the One who came in humility will come again in glory, and

the One who came as a crying child will come again as triumphant Lord.

*CHORAL BENEDICTION # 353 “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less”  v. 3

His oath, his covenant, his blood support me in the whelming flood;

When all around my soul gives way, he then is all my hope and stay.

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 honor of our grandchildrenby Bob and Joyce B.

Greeter And Bulletin Sponsorship Sign-Up Sheets for 2019 are on the credenza. v(Bulletin Sponsorship is $15 per Sunday. Please place your remittance designated for Bulletins in the offering plate.)v

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. 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, 7:00 pm

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

Looking Forward:

Dec. 1, Worship with Baptism, Communion, 9:00 am

Dec. 4, Choir Practice, Church, 7:30 pm

Zion’s Financial Data

Income Through October $150,356.34

Expenses Through October $153,808.14

YTD Deficit (3,451.80)

Today is the Day! Let your voice be heard! 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 today 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 today Today, 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 –Today is the last day to place your order! 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.

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.

Living Alone Luncheon – All Upper Adams residents, or those attending churches in the Upper Adams area, who live alone are invited to a free luncheon to be held at Centenary United Methodist Church, 99 N. Main Street, Biglerville, on Saturday, December 7, 2019, at 12:00 noon, rain or shine! Please call Judy (717-778-2242) or Sandy (717-677-7350) by November 30th to make the required reservations so enough food is prepared.  This is our way of giving back to our community.  Hope to see you there.

Upper Adams Prayer Breakfast – Join us on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 7:45 a.m. for the Upper Adams Prayer Breakfast to be held at The Apple Bin, located on Rt. 234 between Arendtsville and

Biglerville. The Rev. Susan McCarthy, formerly pastor of Bender’s and St. Paul Lutheran Churches,

Biglerville, will be the guest speaker. All are invited to attend and enjoy the insights and experiences of this returning guest speaker to the group.

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.

Ladies Breakfast Group –We will meet on December 9th at the Apple Bin for breakfast.  Come and bring a friend!

Hoss’s Fundraiser – Our next Hoss’s fundraiser will be held December 9th from 12 noon to 8:00 pm at Hoss’s in Gettysburg.  Inserts are in the bulletin; please give one to the wait staff.  Thanks for your support.

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.