Worship: October 21, 2018

Sunday, October 21, 2018

A New Way

 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:       O how manifold are the works of God.

All:         The earth is full of God’s glorious creation.

One:       We are a part of God’s magnificent design.

All:         Let us bless and praise our great and good God.

*Hymn: “Eternal Father, Strong to Save………………….……#8

*Invocation

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.

We Recognize Our Brokenness

Prayer Of Confession

One:       When we take counsel in pretty words that lack knowledge and wisdom,

All:         forgive us.

One:       When we speak with authority and condemnation about things we barely understand,

All:         forgive us.

One:      When we, in our ignorance, act as if we can control the morning stars or the lion’s roar,

All:         forgive us.

One:       When we have forgotten you and have forgotten who we are,

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

 Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

Leader:   God, who speaks in whirlwinds and soft breezes, continues to speak to us now.  Be assured that God’s still small voice is planted deep within each of us, for the sake of creation.

 Reading Of The Scripture:   Job 38: 1-7, (34-41) (O.T., pg. 458)

Faith Lesson For All Ages

Anthem:   “The Lord is My Light (I Will Rejoice)”……………Martin

Reading Of The Gospel:   Mark 10: 35-45 (N.T., pg. 44)

We Reflect On New Possibilities

Message For This Day

 *Hymn: “The Church’s One Foundation”……………..#321

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:   “Home”………………Sorenson

 *Doxology: “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings” ……….…..#606

 *Prayer Of Dedication

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

 We Go Forth To Live Transformed Lives

*Closing Hymn: “This Is My Father’s World” ………..……..#370

 *Blessing

Leader:   Friends, go with God.  Do not worry about your status or your favour.  Just go with God.  Be assured that you are loved and highly favoured.  And may the grace of God, the love of Jesus and the friendship of the Holy Spirit be with us all, now and forevermore.  Amen.

 *Choral Benediction: “For the Life That You Have Given”……………#717

*Chime Meditation

Postlude

*Where noted, please stand if able.                                  

 

The Altar Guild will meet on Monday, November 5, at 7:00 p.m. at Zion House for their annual meeting.

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

Everyone Is Invited To The UACT Fall Banquet to be held on November 4 at 5 p.m. at the Biglerville Fire Hall. There will be a presentation on the 2018 REACH mission trip and ELCA youth gathering.  Menu:  turkey dinner with all the fixings.  Tickets are $7.50.  Please sign the sheet on the credenza if you plan to attend.

Zion’s Needleworkers are continuing to create beautiful and useful items for our December fundraiser.  We invite anyone with a creative bent to join us at our monthly meetings where we work on our projects and exchange information.  Anyone who would like to learn the basics of knitting and crocheting is welcome to join us at those meetings on the last Wednesday of the month. If your preferred medium is something other than knitting or crocheting, we welcome you also – sewing, quilting, art – the more the merrier!

Donations To John’s Meals Cannot Be Made Out To Zion UCC.  The check must be made out to Upper Adams Christians Together.  The accounts are entirely separate and funds cannot be transferred from one to another.

 Zion’s Financial Data

Income through September – $129,643.86

Expenses through September – $144,473.42

Deficit – $14,829.56

Sign up Sheets For Our Fall Sunday School are now available in the hallway outside the art room and in the sign up book on the credenza? See Jessica with questions.

 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.  The first one thousand visitors will get a free coin worth $10 to donate to the charity of their choice at the event.  Please see adamscountycf.org/for-donors/ACCF-Giving-Spree for details.

John’s Meals, a program of UACT (Upper Adams Christians Together), that provides weekend meals for children in the Upper Adams School District, 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. Please plan to attend on November 8 to stretch your financial support for John’s Meals and your other favorite organizations and to learn how Adams County’s nonprofits are serving the community.

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.)

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 BudgetFor the second quarter of 2018, Zion received $400.  After your yard sales, consider donating unsold appropriate items to the bin.

Single Serve, Microwaveable Cups Of Macaroni And Cheese are being collected to benefit John’s Meals.  The cups need not be a brand name (like Kraft); store brand is fine.  We are aiming to provide 200 cups each month and they may be placed in the cupboard in the rear of the church. The 18-pkg boxes of single-serve Mac and Cheese is also a good donation. It is cheaper and easier to store (boxes).  Any questions, please see Chris.  As always, thank you so much for your faithful support of this ministry.

Children’s Activity Bags are located under the credenza at the rear of the church.

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

Greeters are needed for November 4, 18, and 25.

Coming Up Next Week:

Oct. 21, Confirmation, Trinity Lutheran, 6:00 pm

Oct. 22, Consistory mtg, Zion Hse, 7:00 pm

Oct. 24, Prayer and Study, Mustard seed rm, 6:30 pm

Oct. 24, Choir practice, 7:30 pm

 Looking Forward:

Oct. 28, Children sing, 9:00 am

Oct. 31, Knitting/crocheting, 6:30 pm

Nov. 4, All Saints Sunday with communion, 9:00 am

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

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

Nov. 5, Altar Guild mtg, Zion Hse, 7:00 pm

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