Worship: October 17, 2021

ZION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

22 Gettysburg Street  Box 538

Arendtsville, Pennsylvania

Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost

October 17, 2021

9:00 am

Livestream link:  Zion UCC Sunday Service Livestream – October 17 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: “Jesus, With Thy Church Abide”, S. Landon, based on German chorale “Scheffler”, composer unknown ©1971 Lorenz Publishing Co.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

CHIME INTERLUDE: “A Song of the Hills”, Gilbert Martin, ©1972 Lorenz Publishing Co.

*CALL TO WORSHIP

Minister:  Welcome!  There are many places you could be this morning, but you have chosen to be here:

People:  Where we learn how to live in God’s Kingdom.

Minister:  Welcome to this place – full of music, of words, of prayer – yet also filled with uncertainty.

People:  Where we encounter a Wisdom we cannot always understand.

Minister:  Welcome to God’s House, the most dangerous place in town:

People:  Where we talk about and are with God and are reduced to silence so we may hear the call to discipleship.

 

*OPENING PRAYER

Leader: God, you are so great, we cannot help but praise you with our entire being. Help us to recognize your glory in everything around us: the winds carry your messages, and the elements preach your sermons. All of creation is a living love letter that inspires awe and praise. Help us to celebrate and find solace in this love today and every day. Amen.

*HYMN: # 1 “Holy, Holy, Holy!  Lord God Almighty!”, Reginald Heber, 1827; John Bacchus Dykes 1861, public domain

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Leader: We do not pray in order to alleviate our guilt, but to express our gratitude to God.  For we know all the things we have said and done that we shouldn’t, and all those words we could have spoken, all those actions we could have undertaken, but did not.  Despite such lives, God still loves us.

ASSURANCE OF GOD’S LOVE

Leader: God shines a light on us and loves us for who we are. So, we share the light that God has blessed us with and extend it to those who are still in darkness who need a light.  At this time, please think of someone you can pray for so God’s light can shine on them.

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 38:  1-7 and Mark 10:  35-45

MESSAGE

 *HYMN: #727 “Will You Let Me Be Your Servant”, Richard Gillard, ©1977 Universal Music, Brentwood Publishing Co.

 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!

 INSTRUMENTAL SELECTION:  Take Thou Our Minds, Dear Lord – Calvin Weiss Lauder, Public Domain.

 *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

Receive us God, and what we offer to you now. May it help to bring about your realm on Earth. Amen.

CLOSING HYMN #741 “Guide My Feet”, African American Spiritual, Wendell P. Whalum ©1984

BLESSING

CHIME MEDITATION: “Our Prayers We Raise”, R. Martin, ©1969 Lorenz Publishing Co.

POSTLUDE: “Short Postlude in F”, Donald Lee Moore, ©1968 Lorenz Publishing Co.

 

The altar flowers this morning are given to the glory of God and in honor of Eddie and Peggy D.’s 62nd anniversary on October 24th by their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

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

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

From the Consistory:  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. 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.

Looking Forward:

Oct. 24        Worship                                               Sanctuary                9:00 a.m.

Sunday School                                    Church                  10:00 a.m.

Oct. 25        UACT Youth Cmte Mtg                        Fellowship Hall         6:00 p.m.

Sign the Book!  As you enter or leave church, don’t forget to sign the baptism book “Water Come Down” for Annie Mae W. who will be baptized on October 31st!

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 met this past Thursday evening to discuss “Our Souls at Night” by Kent Haruf.  Check Zion’s website next week for the discussion details.  On November 11th, we meet to discuss “Keeping Lucy” by T. Greenwood.  Happy reading!

Ladies Breakfast:  The Ladies had a great time trying to guess the items brought for the Stump the Ladies contest last week.  Now, thinking ahead to the November breakfast, we plan to have our annual White Elephant auction, so dig through your store of treasures to decide 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:  Thanks to all who donated cookies or helped with The Face of America bike ride last Sunday.  It was great to see all the riders again after a 2-year hiatus due to weather and Covid.  Zion is happy to support our veterans by sponsoring the final rest stop of their jaunt from Washington D.C. to Gettysburg.

Halloween Event:  Halloween is getting closer!  Don’t forget to sign up and decorate your trunk for this year’s Trunk or Treat gathering on our parking lot on October 31st from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. or until the candy runs out!  We are looking for about 10 creative participants (or more!) to decorate their car trunks and include a big receptacle for candy so kiddos can go from car to car and add to their stash of goodies.  If you would like to donate candy, there is a blue bin in the back of church – just toss it in!  If you’d like to hand out candy that night, come on over – the more the merrier. . . or is that scarier!!!

Coming Soon!  Messy Church!  On November 7th, from 4 to 6 p.m., Zion will have its first Messy Church experience!  Come one, come all to an intergenerational, educational gathering with a simple meal, messy hands-on activities, and a brief worship service all centered on the topic of Communion.  There is a sign-up sheet on the credenza in the back of church.

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.

Holiday Family Outreach:  Now that October has arrived, it’s just a hop, skip, and jump to Thanksgiving and Christmas!  For many years, Zion has collected new and gently used toys and stuffed animals, as well as more recently Lego sets, for Holiday Family Outreach which distributes these gifts at Christmas to those who qualify for assistance.  Last year, with Covid, HFO requested cash donations to be used to purchase gift cards rather than actual toys.  As Covid continues to be a concern, that method will be used again this year.  However, there’s a twist!! Zion’s Mission Committee is challenging us to fundraise for HFO and will match donations up to a total of $1,000.00.  We have the opportunity to make lots of families happy at the holidays this year!  Making a donation is simple – just make your check payable to Zion UCC and write HFO on the memo line.  Checks can be placed in the offering plate, dropped at Zion House, or mailed to the church office.  The time frame for donations is October 31st to November 21st.  Are we up for the challenge?

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.

John’s Meals, a program of Upper Adams Christians Together that provides weekend meals for students in the Upper Adams School District, will be participating in the Adams County Community Foundation’s 2021 Giving Spree on November 5th. We’re asking for your generous donation to help us reach more children in food-insecure households so they can return to school better prepared to learn. Donor forms have details about how to give by mail, online, or at a drive-through location at the Gettysburg Times. Visit ACCFGivingSpree.org or contact Becky Adelmann at adelmann@pa.net or 717-677-9445 for more information. Thank you for helping us feed hungry children in our community!

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

An Amazon Christmas?  Don’t forget – If you are beginning to do your Christmas shopping, Amazon will give a small portion of your purchase price to Zion if you use smile.amazon.com and choose Zion as your charity!  In a busy shopping season, you might be surprised how the total adds up!

Scripture directs us to make a joyful noise unto the Lord, and Zion needs help to do that!  We are searching for a new choir director and new organist, so please use your networking skills to spread the word.

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!