Worship: October 3, 2021

ZION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

22 Gettysburg Street  Box 538

Arendtsville, Pennsylvania

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

October 3, 2021

9:00 am

Livestream link:  Zion UCC Sunday Service Livestream – October 3 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: “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name”, Tom Birchwood, ©1991 Lorenz Publishing Co.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

CHIME INTERLUDE: “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”, Charles Weslely 1747, public domain

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: Come gather in the house of God’s dwelling.

All: Come sing loud songs of thanksgiving; come proclaim God’s wondrous deeds;

Leader: come gather in God’s house to worship.

 

OPENING PRAYER

Leader: God of the journey, we have chosen to follow your way. It is not a straight or easy path, and there are many obstacles in our way, but your steadfast love is before us, ever guiding us onward. May we continue to follow your lead faithfully, with our whole selves, never losing faith in our goal. Amen.

HYMN: #392 “Jesus, We Are Here”, Patrick Matsikenyiri, ©1990, 1996 Patrick Matsikenyiri, GBGMusik, sheet music in back of bulletin

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Leader: Jesus, when we feel helpless in our circumstances… empower us. When we can imagine no way out of our current situation… inspire us. When we are inconsolable… comfort us. When we curse you in anger and frustration… forgive us. When we swear that you have abandoned us… draw us closer. Amen.

 ASSURANCE OF GOD’S LOVE

Leader: Jesus calls us all. We are all beloved children of God. As a loving parent gathers their children close to their heart, God gathers us in ever closer to each other.

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 1: 1, 2:1-10 

SCRIPTURE READING:  Mark 10:  2-16

MESSAGE

HYMN: #507 “Come to the Table of Grace”, Barbara Hamm, ©2008 Hope Publishing Co., sheet music in back of bulletin

PASTORAL PRAYER

LORD’S PRAYER (sinners/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!

 

VOCAL SOLO: “Blessed Assurance, Jesus is Mine”, Fanny Jane Crosby/Phoebe Palmer Knapp, 1873, public domain, Soloist:  Fred M.

   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

As God has granted gifts to us, so we bring these gifts to God. Bless the giver of each of the gifts presented here, but even more, encourage us to grow the gifts that lie within us, so we can be talented servants of God in this time and this place. Amen.

WORDS OF WELCOME

As we tucked into our beds last night, settling down for an evening’s rest, in another corner of the world the sun was rising and the Christians were making their way to church.  As we woke this morning, priests and pastors were saying their prayers and mulling over the words they would say to their people gathered for evening prayer.

As we arrived at church this morning, our brothers and sisters in other lands were raising songs of praise in multitude of languages.

As we gather at table to break the bread and share the cup – we are joined together with each and every one of them – in the mystery of Christ who makes us one.

From many different lands and many different languages, we come –      to encounter a common story – to worship a common God- to follow a common path – in many different ways.

 

INVITATION

At this table we are shaped and formed by the mystery that makes us one; invited to taste bread that nourishes our souls because it reminds us no matter how broken and divided we may be, love can make us whole; welcomed to receive drink that quenches our thirst for life made new because it connects us with one whose quest to honor the last and the least was so great it led to his death.  Here we become what we were made to be, one family blessed and bonded, fed and nurtured to be a blessing to the world.

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING

Leader:  Grounded in the vine that is our source of existence, we give thanks for the gift of life that connects us to all creation

All:  We are one with Earth and its creatures.

Leader:  Grounded in the body that is the life of Christ, we give thanks for our brothers and sisters who follow the way of Jesus.

All:  We are one with those who share our story.

Leader:  Grounded in our passion for justice, we give thanks for all who work for the common good.

All:  We are one with all who seek to be community of compassion.

Leader:  Grounded in the bread we break and the cup we share, we give thanks for what we receive at this table:  wholeness and unifying peace, courage to break boundaries and strength to self-give.

All:  We are one with love itself in the path that we follow and the life we are called to lead.

CONSECRATION

Leader: We ask you to send your Holy Spirit on this bread and this fruit of the vine, on our gifts, and on us.  Strengthen your universal church that it may be the champion of peace and justice in all the world.  Restore the earth with your grace that is able to make all things new.

Be present with us as we share this meal, and throughout all our lives, that we may know you as the Holy One, who with Christ and the Holy Spirit, lives forever.  Amen.

BREAKING BREAD AND POURING WINE

Leader: The bread which we break is the communion of the body of Christ.

The cup of blessing which we bless is the communion of the blood of Christ.

CALL TO SUPPER

Leader: The gifts of God for the people of God.  Come, for all things are ready.

SHARING THE ELEMENTS

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

Leader: Let us pray:

All: Thank you, God:  for the bread and the cup, for the life and the Love, for the Wisdom to walk into your world.  With your strength, our faith is strengthened.  With your love, our love grows.  Help us to share that love, strength, and faith.  Help us to accept when others share it with us – that it might change the world.  In Christ’s name, we ask it.  Amen.

 

CLOSING HYMN: #300 “We Are One in the Spirit”, Peter Scholtes, ©1966 F.E.I. Publications/The Lorenz Corp.

BLESSING

CHIME MEDITATION: “May the Grace of Christ Our Savior”, ©Hope Publishing, public domain

POSTLUDE: “The Call of the Trumpets”, Henry Purcell, arr. Franklin Ritter, ©1991 Lorenz Publishing Co.

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

Happy Birthday to Nancy S. who celebrates her 76th birthday on October 9th!

Happy Anniversary to Gerry & Sandy P. who celebrate 51years together today, October 3rd!

Thank You to McDannell’s Fruit Farm for the beautiful autumn window decorations!

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. 3          Worship with Holy Communion           Sanctuary                9:00 a.m.

No Sunday School

Apple Harvest                                     Fairgrounds

 

Looking Forward:

Oct. 10        Worship                                               Sanctuary                9:00 a.m.

No Sunday School

FOA Bike Ride                                    Barlow Fire co.          11:00 a.m.

Apple Harvest                                     Fairgrounds

Oct. 11        Ladies Breakfast                                 Apple Bin                 9:00 a.m.

Oct. 14        Book Club                                           Fellowship Hall         6:30 p.m.

 

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 will meet Thursday, October 14th at 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall to discuss “Our Souls at Night” by Kent Haruf.  A summary, per Goodreads:  A spare yet eloquent, bittersweet yet inspiring story of a man and a woman who, in advanced age, come together to wrestle with the events of their lives and their hopes for the imminent future.

In the familiar setting of Holt, Colorado, home to all of Kent Haruf’s inimitable fiction, Addie Moore pays an unexpected visit to a neighbor, Louis Waters. Her husband died years ago, as did his wife, and in such a small town they naturally have known of each other for decades; in fact, Addie was quite fond of Louis’s wife. His daughter lives hours away in Colorado Springs, her son even farther away in Grand Junction, and Addie and Louis have long been living alone in houses now empty of family, the nights so terribly lonely, especially with no one to talk with.

Their brave adventures – their pleasures and their difficulties – are hugely involving and truly resonant, making Our Souls at Night the perfect final installment to this beloved writer’s enduring contribution to American literature.

Ladies Breakfast:  Zion’s ladies plan to meet on Monday, October 11th, at 9:00 a.m. at the Apple Bin, where we will have a “Stump the Ladies” contest.  Bring an item, old or modern, that you think people will not recognize.  Win a prize if you can stump everyone!  At the November breakfast, we plan to have our annual White Elephant auction, so start thinking of 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:  The Face of America bike ride by and for disabled veterans will wend its way from Washington D.C. to Gettysburg during the weekend of October 9th & 10th.  Zion is sponsoring the riders’ last rest stop which will be at Barlow Fire Company on the 10th.  There is a sign-up sheet in the back of church for those interested in volunteering at the rest stop and for cookie donations.  We ask that volunteers at the rest stop be fully vaccinated to protect ride participants and themselves.  Please consider supporting this worthwhile event.

Trunk or Treat at Halloween:  If you’ve been in the stores, you know that Halloween is around the corner!  This year, on October 31st, as Arendtsville streets are flooded with ghosts, goblins, and superheroes, Zion is going to host a community Trunk or Treat gathering on our parking lot.  We are looking for about 10 creative participants (or more!) to decorate their car trunks and include a big receptacle for candy (for which we also need donations).  The kiddos can go from car to car and add to their stash of goodies.  Look for a sign-up sheet in October and start gathering decorating ideas – there are many examples online.

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 Parker 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.

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.

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

Amazon Smile!  Don’t forget – Amazon will give a portion of your purchase price to Zion if you use smile.amazon.com and choose Zion as your charity!  Every little bit helps.

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!