Worship: November 4, 2018

Sunday, November 4, 2018

All Saint’s Sunday

Holy Communion

 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

Leader:   In a season of harvest we light a candle of gratitude for God’s goodness.

People:  In a season busy with school, work, and preparation for holidays, we light a candle reminding us to call on Christ for strength to continue our Christian journey.

Leader:   In a season where the hills around us are clad in beauty, we invoke the Spirit’s presence so we can somehow share that beauty with the world.

*Call To Worship

One:       In a world that oppresses the most vulnerable,

All:         we praise a God who watches over the outcast and the stranger.

One:       In a world where food is wasted while others live in famine,

All:         we praise a God who provides enough food for all.

One:       In a world where it can be hard to remain hopeful,

All:         we praise a God who keeps faith forever, from generation to generation.

One:       Come, let us worship God.

*Hymn: “For All the Saints”……………… …………………#326

*Invocation

Leader:   Sovereign God of all things good, we gather to recall the great love story of our faith, so that we may embody it in our daily lives, and share it with future generations.  In our worship and in our living may your love remain ever-present.  Amen.

We Recognize Our Brokenness

Call To Confession

Leader:   Christ calls us to share the heavenly banquet of his love with all the saints in earth and heaven.  Knowing our unworthiness and sin, let us ask from him both mercy and forgiveness.

Prayer Of Confession

Leader:   Eternal God, in every age you have raised up men and women to live and die in faith.  Forgive our indifference to your will.  You have commanded us to speak, but we have been silent.  You have called us to do what is just, but we have been fearful.  Have mercy on us, your faithless servants.  Keep before us faithful people for us to follow so that, by the power of your Holy Spirit, we may grow in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to the praise of your holy name.

All:         Amen.   (A time for silent prayers of confession.)

Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

Leader:   You are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God.

 Reading Of The Scripture:   Ruth 1: 1-18 (O.T., pg. 230)

Faith Lesson For All Ages

 Anthem:    “For He Loved Me”…………………….…Taylor/Showalter

Reading Of The Gospel:   Mark12: 28-34 (N.T., pg. 46)

We Reflect On New Possibilities

Message For This Day

*Hymn: “Let Us Break Bread Together”………………..#525

Naming Of The Saints:   Doris, Bill, Myrna, Jay, and Louise

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

Leader:   Loving God, we give thanks for life and for all the faithful who have shared their lives and their gifts with us.  We give thanks for the faithful who have taught us through their actions how to love you and all of your creation.  We give thanks for the faithful who continue to live your gospel and be your church.  We give thanks for the opportunity to give.  Amen.

Holy Communion

Invitation

Leader:   Friends, this is the joyful feast of the people of God!  Folks will come from east and west, and from north and south.  All the citizens of God’s Rule in Christ will feast forever in glory.  This is the Lord’s table, his dinner party spread across time.  And all who are baptized in him are invited to this foretaste of the Age to come.

 Great Prayer Of Thanksgiving

Leader:   The Lord be with you.

People:  And also with you.

Leader:   Lift up your hearts.

People:  We lift them to the Lord.

Leader:   Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People:  It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Leader:   It is indeed right to give our thanks and praise to you, the God of Abraham and Sarah, Miriam and Moses, Joshua, Deborah, Ruth, David, priests, and prophets, Mary, Joseph, Peter and Paul, apostles, and martyrs, and ordinary unknown saints.

People:  You are the God of our mothers and fathers and our children to all generations.

Leader:   You, Everlasting One, made us all.  You fashion us into one people, and continue to love us even when we deny our godly heritage.

People:  Still, you call us home to you through saints dedicated to your will.

Leader:   Therefore we praise you joining our voices with all the people of faith of every time and place who forever sing to the glory of your name:

People:  Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might.  Heaven and earth are full of your glory!  Hosanna in the highest.  Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.  Hosanna in the highest.

Leader:   In union with Christ’s offering for us, we live out the mystery of the faith we proclaim.

People:  Christ has died.  Christ has risen.  Christ will come again.

Leader:   Spirit of the living God, make us one as we partake of these your gifts to us so we might be in communion with you and one another.

People:  As we break bread together, may our eyes be opened to see your glory.  As we lift the cup of salvation, may we be strengthened to follow your Way.  Until Christ comes in final victory and we feast together with all the saints at God’s great family reunion, keep your church one in service to the world here and now.  (Please be seated.)

 Prayer Of Consecration

Words Of Institution

Communion Of The People (Please note the wine is in the outer ring and the grape juice is in the inner rings.   The rice crackers are gluten-free.)  (Please hold each element so we may eat and drink together.) 

 Post Communion Prayer

Leader:   After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, crying out with a loud voice:

People:  “Salvation belongs to our “God who sits upon the throne, and to the Lamb!”  “Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God for ever and ever!  Amen!”

 We Go Forth To Live Transformed Lives

*Closing Hymn: “From All That Dwell Below the Skies” ……….…….#327

 *Blessing

Leader:   Go with a tender and grateful heart, remembering that you may be the only gospel that your neighbor reads this week.  So, in all you do, and in all you say, spread the grace of God, the love of Jesus and the friendship of the Holy Spirit.  You are blessed by the grace, love, and friendship of our Creator, and now you are commissioned to share it by being a blessing in this world.  Amen.

 *Choral Benediction: “In the Lord I’ll Be Ever Thankful”……………#654

*Chime Meditation

Postlude

*Where noted, please stand if able.      

                              

November’s Proverb:

Do not plan harm against your neighbor who lives trustingly beside you.   Proverbs 3: 29

You Are Invited To Dylan’s Scout Ceremony today at 2 p.m. in Zion’s sanctuary.

 Batteries – The end of Daylight Saving Time (today) is a good time to replace the batteries in any smoke, CO, gas, or radon detectors you may have in your house.  Don’t forget to check clocks and remotes, too.  Then, rather than throw out the old batteries, bring them to the recycling box located in the back of the sanctuary.  The box is nearly full. We plan to send it back on November 11; we just need your batteries to fill in those last few nooks and crannies.

 The Altar Guild will meet tomorrow, November 5, at 6:30 p.m. at Zion House for their annual meeting.

Homewood Auxiliary – Dues and donations are now being accepted for the Homewood Auxiliary.  $3 single/$5 couple.  Forms and envelope are on clipboard at rear of the church. Questions: contact Angie.  Thank you for your support for Homewood Auxiliary.

 Christmas card project for Homewood – Zion has been asked again to send Christmas cards for the residents of Homewood. Please sign your name and Friend from Zion UCC on card and let front of envelope blank. Homewood volunteers will address the cards to residents. Cards will be collected until December 2. Please place in box at back of church or call Angie for pickup arrangement or questions.

 Stained Glass Artwork Fundraiser. Beginning November 18, you will have the opportunity to purchase chances to win a beautiful stained glass piece of artwork crafted by Chris. $10 donations for each chance will be accepted before and after church until December 23 when the winner will be drawn.  All donations from this project will be used toward the general fund.  Please contact Kim Johnson or Chris Parker for questions or more information.

 The Ladies Breakfast Group will be having a White Elephant Sale at their regular breakfast gathering on November12.  Please come to enjoy the fellowship and bring an item to sell. The item should be worth at least $20.  It can be an item from your home you no longer want or use.  It can be a craft item, a gift card, or a book you have enjoyed; use your imagination.  Please wrap the item.  The bidding will go by $5 increments.  Come one and all.  Even if you don’t normally come for breakfast, please come for this event.  Questions?  See Sally.

The Book Club will meet on Tuesday, November 13, at 7 p.m. in the mustard seed room. The November book selection is The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell by Robert Dugoni.

A John’s Meals Board Meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 14, at 6 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.

John’s Meals– -Please make donation checks for John’s Meals payable to “UACT-John’s Meals,” and they may be mailed to UACT, PO Box 593, Arendtsville, PA 17303 or placed in the offering plates. Thank you for your continued prayers and support.

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.

 Adams County Community Foundation Giving Spree.   Adams County’s day of giving is Thursday, November 8 from 4–7 p.m. at the Gettysburg Area Middle School, 37 Lefever Street, Gettysburg. Donors will find over 75 nonprofits and a festive atmosphere.

John’s Meals will be a participant in this year’s Giving Spree. Each nonprofit will be awarded a percentage of a $25,000 “stretch pool” based on the amount of donations it receives during the event.

If you would like to help increase John’s Meals’ share of the stretch pool but are unable to attend the Giving Spree, you may donate online at adamscountycf.org/for-donors/ACCF-Giving-Spree beginning October 18 or contact Becky Adelmann at adelmann@pa.net or 717-677-9445 to donate a check before November 8. (Please note that in order to be included in the Giving Spree total, your check must be dated November 8, 2018 and be made out to ACCF.)

Coming Up Next Week:

Nov. 4, Dylan’s, Eagle Scout ceremony, 2:00 pm

Nov. 4, UACT dinner, Biglerville Fire Hall, 5:00 pm

Nov. 5, Altar Guild mtg, Zion Hse, 6:30 pm

Nov. 7, Prayer and Study, Mustard seed rm, 6:30 pm

Nov. 7, Choir practice, 7:30 pm

 Looking Forward:

Nov. 11, Worship with Veteran’s Day remembrance, 9:00 am

Nov. 11, “Reaching for God” youth group, Stone Church, Glenville, 5:00 pm

Nov. 12, Ladies’ breakfast, Apple Bin, 9:00 am

Nov. 13, Book Club, Mustard seed rm, 7:00 pm

Nov. 14, Mission mtg, Zion Hse, 6:30 pm

Nov. 14, What’s Cookin’, Trinity Lutheran, 6:00 pm

Nov. 14, John’s Meals Board mtg., F. H., 6:00 pm

Nov. 18, Magic Elm skating, Hanover, 4:30 pm

Nov. 18, Confirmation, Trinity Lutheran, 6:00 pm

Nov. 26, Consistory mtg, Zion Hse, 7:00 pm

Nov. 28, Knitting/crocheting, 6:30 pm