Worship: October 10, 2021

 

ZION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

22 Gettysburg Street  Box 538

Arendtsville, Pennsylvania

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

October 10, 2021

9:00 am

Livestream link:  Zion UCC Sunday Service Livestream – October 10 2021

W E L C O M E

Dear visitors, welcome and thank you for joining us at Zion UCC! Our hope is that you will feel encouraged by today’s service and that you will experience the love and peace of Jesus Christ. If you have any questions or need spiritual guidance, please find me at the end of the service.

Rev. Heather

 

PRELUDE: “A Quiet Prayer”, James Bell, ©1970 Lorenz Publishing Co.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

CHIME INTERLUDE: “The Calm”, Charlotte McCann, ©1962 Lorenz Publishing Co.

*CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: Jesus calls us all to follow.

All: We come today as followers of Jesus.

Leader: Leave behind all you have!

All: We come today as followers of Jesus.

Leader: The road is not always easy, but Jesus will never abandon us.

All: We come today as followers of Jesus.

Leader: Come, let us worship God!

 

*OPENING PRAYER

Leader: Transforming God, in our living, you are always with us. In our singing, praying and worship, we hope to share ourselves with you. May your living word pierce our protective shells exposing our true selves, opening our hearts and our lives to your transformation. Amen.

*HYMN: #673 “Jesus, Light of Joy”, David Gambrell, John Goss, ©2011 David Gambrell

 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Leader:  Everlasting God, we have created distance between us.  These few steps remind us of the distance that is often between us and others, a distance created by careless words and actions, a deliberate pulling back from commitments, and the willful wounding of creation.  We confess that, as it is with our neighbor, so it is with you, O God.  There is distance between us, too.  Only your grace can bridge that gap, and every gap that our regrets create.  We ask Jesus to take our hand and walk with us across that bridge and leave the distance behind us.  Let us be together with you.  Amen.

ASSURANCE OF GOD’S LOVE

 Leader: Sisters and brothers, Christ has helped us take the spiritual steps that will bridge the distance.  Now, assured of God’s grace, we move together again.

 

   A TIME FOR YOUNG DISCIPLES

 

*PRAISE VERSICLE 

Leader:    O Lord, open our lips!

ALL:  And our mouths shall show forth your praise!

     *PRAISE RESPONSE: “Hallelujah!”, Caribbean Melody, CCLI#1149146

    Halle, Halle, Halleluja.  Halle, Halle, Halleluja.

Halle, Halle, Halleluja.  Halleluja, Halleleluja.

 

SCRIPTURE READING:  Job 23:  1-9, 16-17 and Mark 10:  17-31

MESSAGE

 *HYMN: #700 “I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me”, African American spiritual, arr. Wendell P.Whalum, ©1984 Estate of Wendell P. Whalum

PASTORAL PRAYER

 LORD’S PRAYER (sins/sinned)

   PRAYER RESPONSE #595, Holy, Holy, Holy, Guillermo Cuellar/Raquel Mora

   Martinez, ©1994 GIA Publications, Inc., CCLI#1149146

Holy, holy, holy.  My heart, my heart adores you!

My heart knows how to say to you:  You are holy, Lord!

 

OFFERING

Leader:  God is good!

People:  All the time!

Leader:  All the time!

People:  God is good!

 

VOCAL SOLO: “You Raise Me Up” with “Be Still My Soul”, ©2002 and 2009 Universal Music Publishing, “You Raise Me Up” ©2009 Alfred Music Publishing, from the book “The Prayer” by Alfred Music, compiled by Tom Fettke

Soloist:  Abby W.

   *Doxology #609 “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow”, Brian Wren/Hal

Hopson, ©1998 Hope Publishing Company, CCLI#1149146

Praise God from whom all blessings flow, Praise God all creatures high and low.

Alleluia, alleluia!  Praise God in Jesus fully known, Creator, Word, and Spirit one.

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

 

 *PRAYER OF DEDICATION

God, we recognize how crazy it is to imagine that we can hang on to more and more and more, and yet somehow find ourselves in your presence. Receive these gifts, we pray, and challenge us to find new and renewing ways to give, so your work may be done. Amen.

*CLOSING HYMN #716 “God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending”, Robert L. Edwards, James H. Wood, ©1961, 1989 The Hymn Society (admin. Hope Publishing Co./Broadman Press

BLESSING

CHIME MEDITATION: “Meditation”, R. Bell, ©1962 Lorenz Publishing Co.

POSTLUDE: “We Praise Thee”, Charles Sergisson, ©1970 Lorenz Publishing Co.

Please check in on Facebook that you are at church this morning!!

The flowers on the altar today are in honor of Joel & Sarah R.’s anniversary and Kendra & Sam R.’s anniversary.

Happy Birthday to Donna M. who celebrates her 78th birthday on October 15th!

Happy Anniversary to Harold & Betty T. who celebrate 63 years together on October 18th!

 

From the Consistory & Covid Task Force:  In accordance with the CDC’s most recent recommendation, you are requested to wear a mask during worship to protect yourself and others from the Delta variant of Covid-19.  Extra masks are available on the credenza.

 

Coming Up This Week:

Oct. 10        Worship                                               Sanctuary                9:00 a.m.

No Sunday School

FOA Bike Ride                                    Barlow Fire co.          11:00 a.m.

Apple Harvest                                     Fairgrounds

Oct. 11        Ladies Breakfast                                  Apple Bin                 9:00 a.m.

Oct. 14        Book Club                                            Fellowship Hall         6:30 p.m.

 

Looking Forward:

Oct. 17        Worship                                               Sanctuary                9:00 a.m.

Sunday School                                    Church                  10:00 a.m.

Oct. 18        Consistory                                            Fellowship Hall         7:00 p.m.

Oct. 19        John’s Meals Mtg                                Fellowship Hall         6:30 p.m.

Oct. 20        What’s Cookin’?                                  Trinity Lutheran      6-7:30 p.m.

 

Prayer Requests:  Remember to send your prayer requests via email to the church office by Friday evening to have them included in the Sunday service.

Children & Youth:  If you play a sport or are involved in an extracurricular event and would like an addition to your cheering section, just let Rev. Heather know!  She would greatly enjoy attending and supporting your activities.

Recycling Bulletins:  Don’t forget to recycle your bulletins after worship by dropping them in the box at the back of church.

Book Club:  Zion’s Book Club will meet this Thursday, October 14th at 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall to discuss “Our Souls at Night” by Kent Haruf, masked and socially distanced.  All readers are welcome!

Ladies Breakfast:  Zion’s ladies plan to meet tomorrow, October 11th, at 9:00 a.m. at the Apple Bin, where we will have a “Stump the Ladies” contest.  Bring an item, old or modern, that you think people will not recognize.  Win a prize if you can stump everyone!  At the November breakfast, we plan to have our annual White Elephant auction, so start thinking of what you might donate to the sale.  The base price is $20 with bidding in $5 increments.  You can’t put a price on the fun and laughter, so grab a friend or neighbor and join us!

FOA Bike Ride:  The Face of America bike ride by and for disabled veterans will wend its way from Frederick, Maryland to Gettysburg today!  Zion is sponsoring the riders’ last rest stop which will be at Barlow Fire Company.   If you are contributing cookies, please have them in the Sunday School room before church today.  Thanks for supporting this worthwhile Mission project.

Halloween Event:  Halloween is getting closer!  This year, on October 31st, as Arendtsville streets are flooded with ghosts, goblins, and superheroes, Zion is going to host a community Trunk or Treat gathering on our parking lot.  We are looking for about 10 creative participants (or more!) to decorate their car trunks and include a big receptacle for candy (for which we also need donations).  The kiddos can go from car to car and add to their stash of goodies.  Look for a sign-up sheet in October and start gathering decorating ideas – there are many examples online.

Old Cell Phones:  What to do with your old phone when you get a brand spanking new one?  In case you forgot, Zion continues to be a collection site for Cell Phones for Soldiers.  Each recycled cell phone “earns” approximate 30 minutes of talk time for soldiers.  Zion is one of three collection sites in the Gettysburg area (others are Gettysburg Fire Company and AAA).  Chris P. heads this endeavor and would like to have a full box of phones to mail by the end of November.  Right now, the box is ¼ full.  Just drop your phones at the church office including their charging cords.  Phone covers cannot be recycled.  To safeguard your personal data, it is wise to remove the SIM card from the phone before dropping it off.  SIM cards are usually under the battery or in a slot on the side of the phone.  Chris also tries to check for SIM cards before shipping.  Another way to safeguard data is to perform a factory reset.  With an apple/Iphone, go to Settings -> Reset -> Erase All Content and Settings.  With an Android, go to Apps -> Settings -> Backup and Reset -> Factory Data Reset -> Reset Device -> Erase Everything.  Cell Phones for Soldiers’ recycling partner also wipes the data from the phones per DoD standards.  Thanks for your support.

Homewood Auxiliary Membership Drive:  The 2022 Homewood Auxiliary membership dues forms are on a clipboard at the rear of the church including an envelope for the funds. $3 for single, $5 for couple, cash or checks may be made payable to Homewood Auxiliary.  Members, including new members, please take a free calendar.  Also please verify your address. Any questions, please contact Angie V.

Rev. Heather has moved!  She, her mother, Sandy, and cat, Samson, are all now making their home in Gardners and trying to find where they packed things!  Thanks for all your support during the moving process.

Altar Guild News: Anyone (male or female) interested in participating in Zion’s revitalized Altar Guild, please contact Donna M.  Thanks for your prayerful consideration of contributing to the life of Zion in this way.

Amazon Smile!  Don’t forget – Amazon will give a portion of your purchase price to Zion if you use smile.amazon.com and choose Zion as your charity!  Every little bit helps.

Visitors – We’re glad you stopped in.  Don’t forget to help yourselves to a welcome packet on the credenza in the back of church!