Worship: October 15, 2017

Sunday, October 15, 2017

People on a Journey

 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:   We light a light in the name of the God who made heaven and earth.

All:         We light a light in the name of our Lord, whose love has been poured into our hearts.

Leader:   We light a light in the name of the Holy Spirit, who leads us into all truth.

All:         We light three candles because all praise and glory is yours, O God – Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier.

 Praise Response:   “I Love You, Lord”…………………..#627

 *Call To Worship

Leader: We are each on a journey, a journey of faith.

All:         And we are on the journey together.

Leader:   Can we trust God on the journey?

All:         We have set out in faith.  We will risk letting go and step out on the journey.  We will look for God’s leading as the path unravels.  We will trust God on the journey.

*Hymn: “Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life” ………#343, v. 1-4

*Invocation

Leader:   God who calls and guides, your awesome power is visible all around us.  You amaze us, for you persist with us.  Despite our fickleness and wavering, you listen to those who plead and argue with you.  You change your mind and remember your love.  You stay your hand and offer life and hope because your love is enduring, longing, desiring, yearning for all that is best for those you call.

People:  Our hearts are open, our hands stretch wide, our minds are attentive, our worship true, that we may live each day trusting you to lead and guide, always.

All:         Amen.

 We Recognize Our Brokenness

Prayer Of Confession

Voice 1:  When I cannot see you, God, I long for something visible to prove you are real and true.

Voice 2:  When those who lead in your name disappoint, disappear or argue bitterly, I feel abandoned, betrayed and confused.

Voice 3:  When my questions reverberate as if unheard, I feel uncertain, afraid and foolish.

Voice 1:  When the way ahead seems so uncertain, we attach ourselves to those who are confident and sure.

Voice 2:  When life is unendingly difficult, we seek happiness and comfort in the world around us.

Voice 3:  When the journey is so lonely, we turn back to the familiar ways we have always known.

Together:      Your time is not our time, God.  We do not know the way ahead.  We want clarity and security. . . and yet, much more, we want to live. . .   (A time for silent prayers of confession.)

 Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

One:       We are emerging into the light of the one who knows our frailties, our weakness, our wavering. . . and loves beyond all measure.  God’s peace surpasses our worry and uncertainty.  God’s peace will guide our hearts and minds into the ways of life in Christ.

All:         We will risk letting go and trust God to guide us on the way.

 Reading Of The Scripture:  Philippians 4: 1-9 (N.T., pg. 187)

Faith Lesson For All Ages

Anthem: “A Mighty Fortress…………..arr. Harland

Zion’s Men

We Reflect On New Possibilities

Reading Of The Gospel:   Matthew 22: 1-14 (N.T., pg. 23)

Message For This Day

 *Hymn: “Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy”……………………..#415

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:       God does not seek our offerings of gold or finest robes.

All:         We do not want to be distracted by what we have, what we wear, or any other symbols of success and importance in our culture, and so we offer all these things and our whole selves in joy and trust as we step into the journey with God.

One:       God seeks the turning of our lives in ways that lead to life for all.

All:         We bring what we have and who we are that we may be a life-bringing voice, and a sign of hope and peace for a world in need.  Amen.

We Go Forth To Live Transformed Lives

*Closing Hymn: “There Is Now a New Creation” ….……….#774

*Blessing

One:       We have begun a journey; we have begun to let go and dare to step into the path.

All:         Let us dare to trust God as the path unravels and our prayers unfurl.

One:       Beloved, whatever is true, honourable, just, pure, pleasing, commendable, if there is any excellence and worthy of praise, consider these things.  The peace of God be with you, and keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus, always.

All:         Amen.

*Choral Benediction:   “Go, My Children, with My Blessing”…………..#547, v. 2

*Chime Meditation

Postlude

*Where noted, please stand if able.      

 

October’s Proverb:  

Do you see someone who is hasty in speech? There is more hope for a fool than for anyone like that.   Proverbs 29: 20

 UACT Is Excited To Be Offering A Study And Fellowship Opportunity for our members, in the fall of 2017.  On November 2, 9, 16, and 30 we will be engaged in a study that celebrates our shared heritage in the Protestant Reformation.  2017 is the 500th Anniversary of this important event!  Learn the central claims of our faith, and the ways in which we can live them today.  We are offering a morning and evening session. Refreshments will be served!  This is the first of a series of month-long sessions that we will be offering, with the next one in January.

Trinity UCC Biglerville at 9:30 a.m.

Zion UCC Arendtsville at 7 p.m.

It will be co-led by our UACT pastors.  Come, meet some new friends, and share in the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation in a new and exciting way.

 A Christmas Carol At The Majestic Theater.   The Totem Pole Playhouse, in conjunction with the Gettysburg Community Theatre, is presenting A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, at the Majestic Theater this December.  This all new adaptation simply and directly tells the redemption of the human soul and preserves the beautiful language, charm, and humor of Charles Dickens’ classic tale.

Join the Zion group planning to attend the Sunday, December 10 matinee performance at 2 p.m., by signing the reservation list on the table in the rear of the sanctuary by Oct 29. Tickets are $35 per person. Please make checks payable to Debra Scarborough and note in the memo line that it is for A Christmas Carol. Deadline for payment is November 5.  Information on student ticket availability and pricing is forthcoming.

If you are worried about parking in downtown Gettysburg, FREE parking with shuttle service to the Majestic is located at the Gettysburg College Constitution Parking Lot, just two blocks from the theater.

Join us and relive the magic of the Christmas season in Victorian London.

Zion’s Christmas Choir has begun rehearsals on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. If you wish to sing for the Christmas season, please let Sharon know.

A John’s Meals Board Meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 17, at 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.

 The Book Club will meet on Thursday, October 19, at 7:00 p.m. in the mustard seed room. To be discussed is “Word of Honor” by Nelson DeMille.

The Upper Adams CROP Walk will be held on Sunday, October 22, at 1:00, leaving from Zion’s parking lot.  Please plan to join us for either a one- or two-mile walk.  Donations may be placed in the CROP lunch box on the credenza at the rear of the sanctuary.  Checks should be made to “Upper Adams CROP.”

A Mission Committee Meeting will be held on Thursday, October 26, at 7:00 p.m. in Zion House.

Zion Trivia is coming on Sunday, October 29, at 6:00 p.m.  Why not gather a team and join us?  Any questions, contact Gina.

 A Church Work Day will be held on Saturday, November 4. Minor repairs and painting as a result of the new boiler installation will be done.  If you are interested in volunteering, please see Craig.

 The Altar Guild will meet on Monday, November 6, at Zion Hse at 7:00 p.m.

The Property Committee will meet on Tuesday, November 7, at 6:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.

The Ladies’ Breakfast will be held on Monday, November 13, at 9:00 a.m. at the Apple Bin.  We will be collecting for our annual charity collection.  If you cannot make it that day and still wish to donate, please give your donation to Sally or someone else that you know will be going.  We are also going to have a White Elephant Sale. If you wish, bring something wrapped with a value of $20.  Bidding will start at $5.  Please add your name on the package.  Check around your home; I am sure you have something to donate. Only one item per person.

Zion’s Knitters And Crocheters will be offering unique stocking stuffer items for sale in late November for those discerning buyers interested in getting a jump on their Christmas shopping!  The proceeds of these sales will be contributed to the capital campaign fund currently in progress at Zion.  Sale details will be forthcoming.  We encourage our church family and extended family of needle workers to make those needles flash and create your favorite scarves, hats, dish cloths, ornaments, hotpads, and any other attractive items that could find homes in Christmas stockings!  While your imaginations run wild, feel free to come to our twice-a-month meetings for practical advice, fellowship, and to turn in completed items.   Our next meeting will be October 25, 2017, at 6:30 p.m., in the main Sunday School room.  Hope to see you there!

 

Boiler Capital Campaign (As of September 25)
Received one-time contributions $77,196
Monetary value of pledges received $31,800
Pledges received thus far in cash $ 7,768

 Care Package For Ben. If you would like to make cookies for Ben Battersby, please have them to the church office by Monday, October 30.   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

 Zion’s Financial Data

Income through September – $136,780.01

Expenses through September – $141,830.29

*Deficit – $5,050.28

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

 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. 

 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. 

 Coming Up Next Week:

Oct. 15, No Sunday School for children, 10:15 am

Oct. 15, Confirmation, St. Paul’s Lutheran, 6:00 pm

Oct. 17, John’s Meals board mtg, F. H., 6:30 pm

Oct. 18, What’s Cookin’, Trinity Lutheran, 6:00 pm

Oct. 18, Lectio divina, Mustard seed rm, 6:30 pm

Oct. 18, Choir practice, 7:30 pm

Oct. 19, Book Club, Mustard seed rm, 7:00 pm

 Looking Forward:

Oct. 22, Children sing, 9:00 am

Oct. 22, CROP Walk, Leave Zion’s parking lot, 1:00 pm

Oct. 23, Consistory mtg, Zion Hse, 7:00 pm

Oct. 25, Knitting and crocheting club, Main Sunday Sch rm, 6:30 pm

Oct. 26, Mission mtg, Zion Hse, 7:00 pm

Oct. 29, Trivia nite, 6:00 pm

Oct. 30, Cookies for Ben Battersby, Zion Hse

Nov. 2, UACT Bible Study, 7:00 pm

Nov. 4, Church work day

Nov. 5, Worship with communion, all saint’s day, 9:00 am

Nov. 5, Magic Elm skating party, Hanover, 4:30 pm