Worship: October 28, 2018

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Reformation Sunday

 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:       Join me in spreading the news;

All:         together let’s get the word out.

One:       Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see – how good God is.

All:         Blessed are you who run to God.

One:       Come let us worship.

*Hymn:  “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” ……………….…#275

*Invocation

Leader:   Wondrous God, we gather to worship you and to learn from you.  Show us your kin-dom, share with us your dream, lead us towards your peace, and guide us in your way.  Amen.

We Recognize Our Brokenness

 Prayer Of Confession

Leader:   Compassionate friend, too often, like Job, we have uttered and spoken of things which we do not understand, things beyond our imagination and comprehension.  Have mercy on us.  In our arrogance:

People:  we have celebrated diversity while ignoring differences that make us uncomfortable; we have developed theories on inclusion while maintaining practices of exclusion; we have taught full acceptance while living out a way of partial tolerance.  Have mercy on us, for we know only in part. 

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

Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

Leader:   Friends, we have been told:  “Walk away from the evil things of the world, and always seek peace and pursue it.” (Psalm 34:14)  With the assurance of our forgiveness, may we seek peace, grace, and love in all things.

Reading Of The Scripture:   Job 42: 1-6, 10-17 (O.T., pg. 462)

Anthem:   The Children Sing

Reading Of The Gospel:   Mark 10: 46-52 (N.T., pg. 44)

 We Reflect On New Possibilities

Message For This Day

 *Hymn: “We Come to You for Healing, Lord”………………..#796

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

Leader:   We give thanks and ask your blessing on these collected gifts of this community that we offer to you now.  And we give thanks in advance for the gifts of the kin-dom that you have planted within each of us to share.  Amen.

We Go Forth To Live Transformed Lives

*Closing Hymn: “God of Grace and God of Glory” …..…….#307

*Blessing

Leader:   May God’s grace shine upon you.  May Christ’s mercy uplift you.  May the Spirit’s love enfold you.  This day and every day.  Amen.

*Choral Benediction: “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”…………#366, vs. 4

*Chime Meditation

Postlude

*Where noted, please stand if able.      

 

Stained Glass Artwork Fundraiser. Beginning November 18, you will have the opportunity to purchase chances to win a beautiful stained glass piece of artwork crafted by Chris Parker. $10 donations for each chance will be accepted before and after church until December 23 when the winner will be drawn.  All donations from this project will be used toward the general fund.  Please contact Kim or Chris for questions or more information.

 The Personnel Committee will meet briefly after worship today, October 28.

 Autumn Has Finally Arrived, And Christmas Is Right Around The Corner!  Zion’s Knitting and Crocheting Group will hold its Stocking Stuffer Items Sale in early December.  Give unique, handcrafted gifts for Christmas this year.  Profits help support Zion U.C.C.’s ministries.  Anyone interested in donating items for sale, please contact one of the club members or come to our meetings on the last Wednesday of the month. 

You Are Invited To Dylan Eiker’s Eagle Scout Ceremony. Save the date and time: Sunday,   November 4, at 2 p.m. in Zion’s sanctuary.

Batteries – The end of Daylight Saving Time on November 4 is a good time to replace the batteries in any smoke, CO, gas, or radon detectors you may have in your house.  Don’t forget to check clocks and remotes, too.  Then, rather than throw out the old batteries, bring them to the recycling box located in the back of the sanctuary at Zion.  The box is nearly full. We plan to send it back on November 11; we just need your batteries to fill in those last few nooks and crannies.

The Altar Guild will meet on Monday, November 5, at 6:30 p.m. at Zion House for their annual meeting.

The Ladies Breakfast Group will be having a White Elephant Sale at their regular breakfast gathering on November12.  Please come to enjoy the fellowship and bring an item to sell. The item should be worth at least $20.  It can be an item from your home you no longer want or use.  It can be a craft item, a gift card, or a book you have enjoyed; use your imagination.  Please wrap the item.  The bidding will go by $5 increments.  Come one and all.  Even if you don’t normally come for breakfast, please come for this event.  Questions?  See Sally.

The Book Club will meet on Tuesday, November 13, at 7 p.m. in the mustard seed room. The November book selection is The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell by Robert Dugoni.

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

John’s Meals– -Please make donation checks for John’s Meals payable to “UACT-John’s Meals,” and they may be mailed to UACT, PO Box 593, Arendtsville, PA 17303 or placed in the offering plates. Thank you for your continued prayers and support.

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.

 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.

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

Greeters are needed for the entire month of December.

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.)

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.

 Coming Up Next Week:

Oct. 28, Personnel Committee mtg, 10:15 am

Oct. 28, Confirmation visit to Hoffman Homes, 3:30 pm

Oct. 31, Prayer and Study, Mustard seed rm, 6:30 pm

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

Oct. 31, Choir practice, 7:30 pm

Looking Forward:

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, 6:30 pm

Nov. 11, Worship with Veteran’s Day remembrance, 9:00 am

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

Nov. 26, Consistory mtg, Zion Hse, 7:00 pm