Worship: October 27, 2019

ZION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

22 Gettysburg Street Box 538

Arendtsville, Pennsylvania

October 27, 2019

 Welcome to Zion and a special welcome to our visitors. Please sign the 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 and straight ahead.  We also have restrooms downstairs in Fellowship Hall.  Again, exit through the door next to the choir, turn left down the hall, and go down the steps.

*Where noted, please stand if able.

Congregational response in bold print.

PRELUDE

TIME OF SHARING

CHIME INTERLUDE AND CANDLELIGHTING

*CALL TO WORSHIP

When the time comes to offer up our lives, may our God say:

“You have fought the good fight.” “You have finished the task.” “You have kept the faith.”

Today and every day, may our God say:

“For you, I have reserved a crown of righteousness.”

* PRAYER OF INVOCATION

We gather in this place, not because we are better than anyone else,

nor because we deserve your love,

nor because our lives have been so exemplary.

 We gather because you have loved us before we have loved you,

and because you have invited us to come.

So we are here to answer your call, to receive your blessing,

and to open our lives to your cleansing and enabling spirit.

 *GATHERING HYMN # 450 “Be Thou My Vision”

TIME OF CONFESSION

Christ calls us to come up to meet him: up from the valley of confusion, up from the pathway of evil, up from the desert of despair, up from the wilderness of loneliness; so that lifted up, we can make our honest confession without fear.

We know, Lord, that the sacrifice acceptable to you is a broken spirit and a contrite heart, yet we often find it difficult to come to you with humility.

 We know that we make wrong decisions,

but we say that our intentions were really good.

We know that the things we do and say are not perfect,

but we say that they could be worse.

Forgive us, we pray, for harboring pride and for being insensitive to your perfect will for our lives.

 And now let us confess in silence those fears that keep us from loving as Christ has loved us.

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS

Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,

they shall mount up with wings like eagles,

they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

By grace, we are reconciled both to God and to others.

Believe this and rejoice.

Thanks be to God for this magnificent gift of love.

* HYMN RESPONSE # 581 “Glory Be to the Father”

Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,

World without end. Amen. Amen.

EPISTLE LESSON

II Timothy 4: 6-8. 16-18, p. 201 (NT)

Our Children (and Congregation) Sing: “Trust and Obey”  see back cover

FAITH LESSON FOR ALL AGES

GOSPEL READING FOR THE MORNING

St. Luke 18: 9-14, p. 76 (NT)

SILENT PRAYER AND PREPARATION

THE MESSAGE FOR THE MORNING

*HYMN # 32 “I Sing the Mighty Power of God”

RECOGNITION OF FIFTY YEARS MEMBERS OF ZION

PASTORAL PRAYER AND THE LORD’S PRAYER

Our Father who art in heaven,

Hallowed by 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,

The power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

 THE GIVING OF OURSELVES AND OUR OFFERINGS

When the writer of the book of Proverbs said that we should “honor the Lord with your substance, and with the first fruits of your produce” (Prov. 3:9), he meant that when it comes to our material possessions, we should place God first among our priorities.

OFFERTORY

*OFFERTORY RESPONSE # 606

Praise God from whom all blessings flow;

Praise him all creatures here below;

Praise him above ye heavenly host;

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

*PRAYER OF DEDICATION

Receive and bless these tithes and offerings, that they may be shining jewels in the crown of justice and righteousness you are shaping for your universe. Receive and bless our lives that they may be a worthy offering, poured out in your service.

*CLOSING HYMN # 838 “Standing on the Promises”

*COMMISSION AND BENEDICTION

Go forth with your head high, with your heart light,

with your spirit soaring, and with your faith leading the way.

*CHORAL BENEDICTION # 36 “For the Fruit of All Creation”  v. 2

In the just reward of labor, God’s will be done.

In the help we give our neighbor, God’s will be done.

In our worldwide task of caring for the hungry and despairing,

In the harvest we are sharing, God’s will be done.

*CHIME MEDITATION

POSTLUDE

The Altar Flowers are given to the glory of God and in honor of Eleanor W.’s 23rd birthday by her parents.

Greeter And Bulletin Sponsorship Sign-Up Sheets for 2019 are on the credenza. v(Bulletin Sponsorship is $15 per Sunday. Please place your remittance designated for Bulletins in the offering plate.)v

Coming Up Next Week:

Oct. 27, Children Sing during Worship, 9:00 am;  Recognition of 50+ years of membership; Confirmation & Sr. High Field Trip,

Oct. 28, UACT Youth Cmte Mtg, Mustard Seed Rm, 6:00 pm

Oct. 29, Estate Planning Seminar, Trinity Lutheran, 6:30 pm

Oct. 30, Knitting Group, Mustard Seed Room, 6:30 pm; Choir Practice, Church, 7:30 pm

Looking Forward:

Nov. 3, UACT Fall Banquet, Biglerville Fire Hall, 5:00 pm

Nov. 6, Choir Practice, Church, 7:30 pm

Nov. 7 Giving Spree, Gettysburg Middle Sch, 4 to 7 pm

Nov. 9, Ramblers’ Hike, Battlefield, 9:00 am

Breakfast Sandwiches Today – REACH will have breakfast sandwiches for sale after worship.

Christmas Choir –The choir has begun rehearsals for the Sundays in Advent and Christmas Eve. If you would like to sing for the Christmas season, please join us on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.

Ramblers – Zion’s Ramblers will be exploring the eastern end of the Gettysburg Battlefield on Nov. 9th at 9:00 a.m.  Turn off Route 30 at Battlefield Harley Davidson and follow Cavalry Field Rd. to small parking area.  Join us for a relaxing walk.    

Ladies Breakfast Group – Our group will meet on November 11th at the Apple Bin at 9:00 a.m. for breakfast and our third annual White Elephant Sale.  Bring a wrapped item that has a value of at least $20.00, and have fun raising money for the church!

Gloves Drive The Ladies Group is also sponsoring a gloves drive and asks all church members to consider donating a pair of gloves to be put in the John’s Meals packages that go home on weekends. Dollar Tree has 2 pairs of gloves for $1.00 and WalMart has 2 pairs for $2.99.  There will be a box in the back of church where you can drop your purchase.  If you prefer to make a monetary donation, give your money to Sally B., and she will do your shopping for you!  Our goal is 175 pairs of gloves – the weather is getting cooler.  The deadline for gloves or money is November 10th.

Trivia Winners – Congratulations to Team Trinity, our winners at Trivia on Oct. 20th.  They were able to make a $332.00 donation to the SPCA.  Mark your calendars, our next Trivia Nite will be Sunday, January 12, 2020.

All Saints Sunday – On Sunday, November 3rd, we will observe All Saints’ Sunday, a day set aside to remember those who have gone before us over the past year.  In a change, you are invited to include in the Prayer for the Saints any family members or friends who have died since the beginning of last November.  Participation forms are in the back of church and can be placed in the offering plate by October 27th to be included in these prayers.  As in previous years, you are invited to bring photographs of loved ones which will be placed on the window sills around the sanctuary that morning. On Sunday, November 10th, we will observe Veteran’s Day Sunday, recognizing all those members who have served in the military.  A lot of special times at Zion in the next couple of weeks, and we hope that you will plan to attend and invite your friends and family to join you.

An Estate Planning Seminar will be held Tuesday, October 29, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at Trinity Lutheran in Arendtsville. Attorney John Wolfe, ELCA Foundation rep Ryan Ebner, and Jim Dunlop of Thrivent will be presenting.  Please take a flyer from the credenza if interested.

Upper Adams Prayer Breakfast – Pastor Tim Seitz-Brown, interim at St. Paul’s and Bender’s Lutheran churches in Biglerville, will speak and pray at the breakfast on Nov. 5th at the Apple Bin.  He brings varied life and pastoral experiences to share with this multi-denominational group.  Join us at 7:45 a.m.

The UACT youth will be hosting a Chili Cook-Off Contest on Sunday, November 10th, at Trinity Lutheran in Arendtsville.  The proceeds from the chili cook-off will go to support the UACT Youth.  The UACT Youth Committee is seeking your best chili recipe, made by you and placed in a medium sized crockpot.  The UACT Youth Committee will supply the additional items for the meal, and the winner of the cook-off will be chosen by the number of votes for his or her chili.  Directly after the cook-off, Trinity Lutheran will be holding their Food and Baked Goods Auction to support their Mission activities.  In addition to the items that are donated to be sold, there is a cupcake and cake contest.  Entries can be dropped off that evening, and age groups for entries are:  K-3, 4-6, 7-12, adult.  It’s a fun night, not to be missed!  Activities start at 5:30 p.m.  Any questions can be directed to Chris P. or Dana B.

John’s Meals invites you to the Adams County Community Foundation’s 2019 Giving Spree on November 7 from 4-7 p.m. at the Gettysburg Area Middle School where you will find 85 nonprofits and a festive atmosphere. The first 1000 visitors will get a free coin worth $10 to donate to the charity of their choice so plan to come early and help fill our piggy bank’s tummy! All donations we receive at the event, or online between October 23 and November 7, will be matched by a percentage of the ACCF stretch pool. Please join us at the Giving Spree.

Christmas Poinsettias – The Altar Guild is offering members the opportunity to purchase red or white poinsettias to decorate the church at Christmas. Please see the insert for details and ordering directions.

REACH News – Anyone wishing to attend this year’s REACH mission trip to Columbia County, New York (Albany area) needs to talk to Chris P. The trip is planned for July 11-19, 2020.  Registrations are being accepted now and $100.00 will hold your place (Zion will underwrite this registration fee).

Homewood Christmas – Due to the overwhelming response of Christmas cards for Homewood residents, Zion has offered instead to supply small gifts this year. Cube-sized boxes of tissues and medium size (10-15 oz.) bottles of UNSCENTED body lotion will be collected.  There are currently 217 residents at Homewood.  Please wrap your gifts and place in the box in back of church.  Donations will be accepted until December 8th.  Thanks for supporting Homewood’s residents.  Contact Angie V. if you have questions.