Worship: October 29, 2017

Sunday, October 29, 2017

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



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:    “Lord, Prepare Me”………………….…..#701

*Call To Worship

One:       Here we are in our newness, in our oldness, carrying our baggage, our discoveries and our treasures that we may pore over them and sift through them to discover that special gift, that bright light, that signpost of fresh new soil for you to lead us into life.

All:         Here we are seeking your guidance and wisdom, God.  Lead us in your ways.

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


One:       God, your seeds of life burst into newness from the dead husks and burnt places.

All:         We praise you, and look for the life-signs.

One:       Through joy-filled and sorrowful stories, you shape a people to live and to love.

All:         We praise you, and seek your wise guiding.

One:       When we least expect it, and when we have known well in advance, you open us to new possibilities.

All:         We praise and honour you in the true worship of our lives.  Amen.

We Recognize Our Brokenness

 Prayer Of Confession

One:       Think about the endings and beginnings in your lives.  This may not be easy.  There are many painful experiences from which we carry the sadness and scars.  Yet God is with us in all these moments.  Sometimes, we are afraid of change, God.  It makes us feel uncomfortable and wary, and we resent those who suggest its benefit.  Sometimes, we hold grudges from old arguments, or differences of opinion.  We prefer to break a relationship than let go.  Sometimes, we hold on to our grieving, and do not let it out.  We are afraid that everything we have valued will unravel.  Sometimes, when you call us into freedom, we hanker for the safety of what we have known; we bury ourselves in debates and questions, rather than risk acting as if we were free.

All:         Help us let go, God.  Set us free.  Amen.   (A time for silent prayers of confession.)

Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

One:       God’s love is steadfast.  God does not hold our shortcomings against us.  We are loved, forgiven, and set free.

All:         We will let go again and again.  We start over, renewed in love.

Reading Of The Scripture:  1 Thessalonians  2: 1-8 (N.T., pg. 191)

Faith Lesson For All Ages

Anthem:       “We Are Your People, Oh Lord”…………Price/Besig

 We Reflect On New Possibilities

Reading Of The Gospel:   Matthew 22: 34-46 (N.T., pg. 24)

Message For This Day

*Hymn: “Be Still, My Soul”……………………………..#819

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.


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

 *Prayer Of Dedication

Leader:   We are God’s people.  We are all on the journey of life.  We choose to seek God’s guiding wisdom in our endings and our beginnings.

All:         We are willing to let go, to be free to travel the way that unfolds before us as we learn to love each other, our neighbours, strangers, and God with our whole heart, mind, strength – with our whole self.  Amen.

We Go Forth To Live Transformed Lives

*Closing Hymn: “We Give Thee but Thine Own” …….…….#708


Leader:   We step onto a path beginning where others have ended.  Shaped and guided we travel with God into life.  May God bless and guide you, every day, this coming week.

 *Choral Benediction: “In Christ There Is No East or West”………#317, v. 1

*Chime Meditation


*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

 Zion Trivia is this evening at 6:00 p.m.  Why not gather a team and join us?  Any questions, contact Gina.

Christmas Cards Project – Help Homewood residents receive a Christmas card.  Bring a card/s with your handwritten messages for the residents.  Please let the front of the envelope blank, and Homewood will address with resident’s name.  Cards will be hand-delivered and read to residents by volunteers.  A card collection box will be in the back of church from November 5 – 26.  Any questions, please contact Angie.

 Homewood Auxiliary 2018 Membership Dues are now being accepted. The form to check off your name and confirm your address along with the envelope for the $3 single/$5 including spouse dues will be on the credenza at the rear of the Church.  Please make checks payable to Homewood Auxiliary.  Calendars for 2018  are available as well.  Please contact Angie with any questions about becoming a supporting member of the Homewood Auxiliary. 

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 October 29 (today). Tickets are $35 per person. Please make checks payable to Debra 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.

 The Pastoral Relations Committee will meet Wednesday, November 1, at 6:30 p.m. in Zion House.

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 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.

Boiler Capital Campaign (As of October 23)
Received one-time contributions $81,221
Monetary value of pledges received $31,800
Pledges received thus far in cash $11,286

  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.

 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

 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 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.

 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.

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.

 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 will be providing 100 cups each month and they may be placed in the cupboard in the rear of the church.  Any questions, please see Chris.  As always, thank you so much for your faithful support of this ministry.

 Coming Up Next Week:

Oct. 29, Confirmation, Seminary, 6:00 pm

Oct. 29, Trivia nite, 6:00 pm

Oct. 30, Cookies for Ben Battersby, Zion Hse

Nov. 1, Pastoral Relations Committee, Zion Hse, 6:30 pm

Nov. 1, Choir practice, 7:30 pm

Nov. 2, UACT Bible Study, Mustard seed rm, 7:00 pm

Nov. 4, Church work day, 9:00 am

 Looking Forward:

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

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

Nov. 6, Altar guild mtg, Zion Hse, 7:00 pm

Nov. 7, Property mtg, F. H., 6:00 pm

Nov. 8, Knitting/crocheting club, main SS room, 6:30 pm

Nov. 12, Veteran’s day remembrance, 9:00 am

Nov. 13, Ladies’ breakfast, Apple Bin, 9:00 am

Nov. 14, Book Club, Mustard seed rm, 7:00 pm

Nov. 15, What’s Cookin’, Trinity Lutheran, 6:00 pm

Nov. 21, John’s Meals board mtg, F. H., 6:30 pm