ZION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
22 Gettysburg Street Box 538
October 6, 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.
TIME OF SHARING
CHIME INTERLUDE AND CANDLELIGHTING
*CALL TO WORSHIP
For Moses, the sacred place was a burning bush. For Jacob, the sacred place was a special
stone. For the Israelites in the desert, the sacred place was a portable tent. For the Kingdom
of Israel, the sacred place was a temple. Wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is a
sacred place. The Spirit of the Lord is here, and this, too, is a sacred place.
* PRAYER OF INVOCATION
We thank you, creator of all, for friends and good company, for
family members who love and support us, for sights, sounds, and feelings,
for all things beautiful and bright, for the sheer joy of living, and
for the knowledge that we live under the wings of your love and concern.
*GATHERING HYMN # 72 “By the Babylonian Waters”
TIME OF CONFESSION
We who claim to have found a better way of life in Jesus Christ are called
to extend life-saving faith to others. Yet it is so easy to interact with anger,
resentment, and self-interest instead. Let us examine ourselves before God.
For good deeds not done, for promises not kept,
for kind words unsaid, for love unexpressed,
for prayers neglected, for encouragements not given,
and for other failures to do what is good, forgive us, O Lord.
And now let us confess in silence those fears that keep us from loving as Christ has loved us.
ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS
God’s promises never fail, God’s compassion never falters,
and God’s love never fades. Great is the faithfulness of our God.
Give thanks for the new life God offers, and live as forgiven people.
* HYMN RESPONSE # # 39 “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”
Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
There is no shadow of turning with thee.
Thou changest not; thy compassions they fail not.
As thou hast been thou forever wilt be.
Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning, new mercies I see.
All I have needed thy hand hath provided.
Great is thy faithfulness, Lord unto me.
SACRAMENT OF HOLY BAPTISM
Sacrament of Holy Baptism
Hannah Louise P.
Leader: They were bringing children to Jesus that Jesus might touch them; and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, Jesus was indignant and said to them,
People: “Let the children come to me, do not hinder them; for to such belongs the realm of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the realm of God like a child shall not enter it.”
Leader: And Jesus took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands upon them.
Leader: The Sacrament of Holy Baptism is an outward and visible sign of the grace of God. Inasmuch as the promise of the gospel is not only to us but also to our children, baptism with water and the Holy Spirit is the mark of their acceptance into the care of Christ’s Church, the sign and seal of their participation in God’s forgiveness, and the beginning of their growth into full Christian faith and discipleship.
People: This is the water of baptism. Out of this water we rise with new life, forgiven of sin and one with Christ, members of Christ’s body.
Questions for Family
Pastor: Do you desire to have Hannah Louise baptized into the faith and family of Jesus Christ?
Family: We do.
Pastor: Will you encourage Hannah to renounce the power of evil and to receive the freedom of new life in Christ?
Family: We will, with the help of God.
Pastor: Will you teach her that she may be led to profess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior?
Family: We will, with the help of God.
Pastor: Do you promise, according to the grace given you, to grow with Hannah in the Christian faith, to help her be a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ by celebrating Christ’s presence, by furthering Christ’s mission in all the world, and by offering the nurture of the Christian Church so that she may affirm her baptism:
Family: We do, with the help of God.
Affirmation of Congregation (please stand)
Leader: Jesus Christ calls us to make disciples of all nations and to offer them the gift of grace in baptism. Do you, who witness and celebrate this sacrament, promise your love, support, and care to the one about to be baptized as she lives and grows in Christ?
People: We promise our love, support, and care. (be seated)
Blessing of Water and Act of Baptism
Pastor: Bless by your Holy Spirit, gracious God, this water. By your Holy Spirit save those who confess the name of Jesus Christ so that sin may have no power over them. Create new life in the one baptized this day that she may rise with Christ. Glory to you, eternal God, the One who was, and is, and shall always be, world without end. Amen.
Prayer for the Baptized
Pastor: We give you thanks, O Holy One, mother and father of all the faithful, for this your child and for the grace acknowledged here today in water and the Holy Spirit. Embrace us all as sons and daughters in the one household of your love. Grant us grace to receive, nurture, and befriend this new member of the body of Christ.
All: Give to Hannah strength for life’s journey, courage in the time of suffering, the joy of faith, the freedom of love, and the hope of new life; through Jesus Christ, who makes us one. Amen.
*Baptismal Hymn # 488 “I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry”
THE GIVING OF OURSELVES AND OUR OFFERINGS
The gifts of God are for us — but not for us only.
We are blessed so we can be a blessing to others.
*OFFERTORY RESPONSE # 708
We give thee but thine own, whate’er the gift may be;
All that we have is thine alone, a trust, O Lord, from thee.
*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
Along with our monetary offerings, we offer our bodies and our
minds, our work and our leisure, our pleasures and our pastimes,
all to be used for your constructive and creative work on earth.
II Timothy 1: 1-14 (N.T. p. 199)
FAITH LESSON FOR ALL AGES
CHOIR ANTHEM: “A Communion Invitation” . . . Mary Martin/Joseph M. Martin
GOSPEL READING FOR THE MORNING
St. Luke 17: 5-10 (N.T. p. 75)
SILENT PRAYER AND PREPARATION
THE MESSAGE FOR THE MORNING
THE LITURGY OF THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION
The peace of God be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Holy One, our God.
Let us give thanks.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.
Loving and Compassionate God, we give you praise for the care and
grace which you show toward all that you have made.
We thank you for acting to deliver us from the power of sin and death
through Jesus Christ, our Savior.
With all creation, and with all the company of the redeemed,
we magnify your glorious name, evermore praising you:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of the heavenly host;
heaven and earth are full, are full of the majesty of your glory.
Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest!
Blessed the one who comes in the name of our God.
Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest.
Eternal God, we trust in you.
We thank you for raising Jesus from the dead,
the first fruit of all who have died.
His ascension into heaven to sit at your right hand we confess,
and His coming again in triumph we await.
Come, Lord Jesus, come.
We remember, O Holy and Mighty God,
how Jesus on the night He was betrayed,
took bread and blessed it, and broke it,
and gave it to His disciples, saying,
“Take, eat, this is my body, broken for you”.
We remember too how in the same manner
He took the cup and gave it to His disciples saying,
“This cup is my blood, the blood of the new covenant,
poured out for you.
As often as you do it, do so in remembrance of me.
Worthy is the Lamb, the Lamb that was slain, to receive all power and wealth,
wisdom and might, honor and glory and praise.
Worthy indeed is your Son Jesus Christ, who died so that we
might live and who rose from the dead so that we might be one with
Him in your sight. We pray that our lives may always proclaim the mystery of faith:
Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.
Loving God, send your Holy Spirit upon these gifts, that the bread we
break may be for us communion in the body of Christ, and the cup of
blessing which we bless may be for us communion in the blood of
Christ; that being built up in love we may be strengthened in the
unity of the faith and come to the fullness of the stature of Christ
our Redeemer. Amen.
BREAKING OF BREAD AND POURING OF WINE
The gifts of God for the people of God.
Take them remembering Christ died and was raised for you.
Give Christ thanks and praise.
In humble and joyous thanksgiving we will receive the
body and blood of our Savior.
SHARING OF THE BREAD AND WINE
*THE SACRAMENTAL BLESSING
*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
We give you thanks, O merciful God, for this bread and wine,
the body and blood of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
May it strengthen us always to be your willing and obedient servants
until that time when life’s journey ends
and we share in the eternal feast of your heavenly realm. Amen.
*CLOSING HYMN # 518 “Your Only Son”
*COMMISSION AND BENEDICTION
As you leave, remember the words of our Savior,
“You did not choose me, but I chose you,
and appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last.”
*CHORAL BENEDICTION # 542 “God Be With You” v. 3
God be with you till we meet again; when life’s perils thick confound you,
Put unfailing arms around you; God be with you till we meet again.
We Welcome into the family of the Church of Jesus Christ by the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, Hannah Louise P. The white rosebud on the altar is presented in honor of her baptism this morning.
The Altar Flowers are given to the glory of God and in honor of the members of Zion by the Altar Guild.
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
Zion’s Office Manager’s hours are Tuesday and Thursday 8:00 a.m. to noon.
Wednesday noon to 4:00 p.m.
Coming Up Next Week:
Oct. 6, No Sr. High Group; No Confirmation
Oct. 9, Mission Cmte, Zion House, 6:30 pm; Choir, Church, 7:30 pm
Oct. 10, Book Club, Mustard Sd Rm, 7:00 pm
Oct. 13, Confirmation, Trinity Lutheran, 6:00 pm; Sr. High Group, Trinity Lutheran, 6:00 pm
Oct. 14, Ladies Breakfast, Apple Bin, 9:00 am
Oct. 16, What’s Cookin’?, Trinity Lutheran, 6:00 pm; Choir, Church, 7:30 pm
Oct. 17, Worship Cmte, Church, 7:00 pm
Zion’s Financial Data
Income through August – $117,973.86
Expenses through August – $119,921.52
Deficit – ($1947.66)
Pastoral Care Needs – If you need to contact George, please feel free to call his home number, 717 334-0069 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. George is also available at the office by appointment only; please contact the church office or George to schedule an appointment
Ladies Breakfast Group – Our group will meet on October 14th at 9:00 a.m. at the Apple Bin. Bring a friend/neighbor for fun and enjoyment. We will also 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!
Habitat for Humanity –. There will be a blitz build in Biglerville on October 10, 11, & 12 and also October 17, 18, & 19. If you are interested in increasing your practical skills and meeting a great group of people, please contact Roger B. for details.
Book Club –Zion’s Book Club will meet on Thursday, October 10th, at 7:00 pm in the Mustard Seed Room to discuss Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. Here is a synopsis: For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens . . .
Mark your calendars and plan to participate in several upcoming worship services at Zion:
On Sunday, October 27th, we will be recognizing all those who have been members of Zion for years or longer; come and express your appreciation to these folks whose commitment and faithfulness have helped Zion to flourish and to provide Christian witness to our community. Also, on this Sunday, the Sunday School children will be singing.
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. Please fill out the insert and return to the church office 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 in the rear of church if interested.
UACT News – UACT’s Fall Banquet will be held November 3, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. at the Biglerville Fire Hall. See flyer on the credenza in rear of church. On November 10th, there will be an Adult Chili Cook-off, Creative Decorating Contest, and Food Auction to benefit UACT youth programs, John’s Meals, etc. See flyer for details.