Worship: November 26, 2017

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Reign of Christ

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

Announcements

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:   “Christ Is Coming!”………………#360, v. 1

 *Call To Worship

One:       O all the world!  Raise glad shouts to the Holy One!

People:  Worship God with joy!  Come into the Presence with ringing cries!

One:       Be assured the Holy One is the God who made us,

People:  the shepherd to whom we belong, who feeds us in green pastures.

One:       With thanksgiving enter the Holy One’s doors, with praise, the divine courts.

People:  Praise and bless the Holy Name.

One:       Truly the Holy One is good, forever true and loving.

All:         from age to age ever faithful.

*Hymn: “To God Be the Glory”…….. ……………………#634

*Invocation

Leader:   Gracious God, your people hunger and thirst each day, through lack of food, or lack of spiritual nourishment.  Open us to recognize the ways you reveal your grace, your blessings, and your comforting presence.  You are our guide, revealing the path on which we are to travel.  Help us to see your presence in one another, and make us ready to act lovingly, openly, honestly, and humbly in the way of Christ.  Amen.

We Recognize Our Brokenness

Prayer Of Confession

One:       When we see people hungry and thirsty for something to nourish their bodies,

All:         we are sorry for those moments we put our own needs first, especially at the cost of hurting your children.  God, forgive.

One:       When we see someone who is homeless, with little clothing, or protection of the night air,

All:         we are sorry for those moments we put our own needs first, especially at the cost of hurting your children.  God, forgive.

One:       When someone we know is sick, and it becomes a burden to care for them,

All:         we are sorry for those moments we put our own needs first, especially at the cost of hurting your children.  God, forgive.

One:       When we know that people are restricted to homes, hospitals, prisons, and we look past how important a visit could be,

All:         we are sorry for those moments we put our own needs first, especially at the cost of hurting your children.  God, forgive.  Amen.   (A time for silent prayers of confession.)

Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

One:       Friends, we are loved with a love that knows no bounds.  God is good; God’s steadfast love endures forever.  May we be this love in the world.

All:         Thanks be to God.  Amen.

Reading Of The Scripture:   Ephesians 1: 15-23(N.T., pg. 181)

Faith Lesson For All Ages

Anthem:   “Shout to the Lord”……………Zschech/Hayes

We Reflect On New Possibilities

Reading Of The Gospel:   Matthew 25: 31-46 (N.T., pg. 27)

Message For This Day

 *Hymn: “Today We All Are Called to Be Disciples”……………..#757

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

One:       May we respond to basic needs of life:  food, water, shelter, love;

All:         and offer nourishment, warmth, shelter, protection.

One:       May we recognize the stranger,

All:         and offer friendship, kindness, and welcome.

One:       May we recognize the sick,

All:         and offer comfort, peace, and patience.

One:       May we recognize the imprisoned,

All:         and offer time, graciously, out of concern and love.  May our gifts meet the longings of your people.  Amen.

We Go Forth To Live Transformed Lives

*Closing Hymn: “Soon and Very Soon” ………………….#384

*Blessing

One:       Go from this place, encouraged to act graciously and love abundantly.

All:         We go ready to act lovingly, openly, honestly, and humbly, in the way of Christ.  Amen.

 *Choral Benediction:   “Christ Is Coming”…………………#360, v. 4

*Chime Meditation

Postlude

*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

Volunteers Are Requested To Visit 1-2 Zion members each month. Please let Kim J. know of your interest.

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

The Youth And Adults Who Are Attending REACH 2018 to Vassar, Michigan, are hosting a cookie tray fundraiser.  You can order your cookies via this fundraiser and support our cause.  Please sign up on the list on the credenza with the number of dozen of cookies you’d like.  Orders must be received by 12/10 and delivery will occur on 12/17.  Cost is $5/doz.   Any questions, please see Chris.  We have 16 youth and adults from the Upper Adams community planning to attend REACH in 2018.  Thanks in advance for your support.

The Former St. Paul’s Singers will be providing the prelude and offertory next Sunday, December 3. This is the only time they will be singing together until next summer.

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)=

$11,661

$93,782

 

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.

 The Christmas Fund For The Veterans Of The Cross And The Emergency Fund has been a tangible expression of God’s love and light in the world for over 115 years. It provides UCC congregations an opportunity to reach out in kindheartedness to those who have faithfully shepherded our Church and who now find themselves facing worrisome financial needs.  The Christmas Fund offering will be received on Dec. 17. 

 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.

Offering Boxes For 2018 are now available at the rear of the sanctuary.  If you cannot locate yours, please contact Laurie.  In addition, 2018 special offering lists are available for those who do not receive offering envelopes.

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.

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.

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 today.  Card collection deadline is December 3. Any questions, please contact Angie.

 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 2018 Flower Chart is posted in the vestibule.  Please sign up. 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.

Greeter And Bulletin Sponsorship Sign-Up Sheets for 2018 are on the credenza.

2017 Greeters are needed for December 24 (a.m. service)

(Bulletin Sponsorship is $15 per Sunday. Please place your remittance designated for Bulletins in the offering plate.)

Coming Up Next Week:

Nov. 27, Christmas cookies for Ben Battersby, Zion Hse

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

Looking Forward:

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

Dec. 3, Confirmation, St. Paul Lutheran, 6:00 pm

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

Dec. 4, Consistory mtg, Zion Hse, 7:00 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

Dec. 17, Christmas cookies social, 10:15 am

Dec. 20, What’s Cookin’, Trinity Lutheran, 6:00 pm

Dec. 24, Children sing (a.m.), 9:00 am

Dec. 24, No Sunday School

Dec. 24, Christmas eve service, 7:30 pm