Worship: October 7, 2018

Sunday, October 7, 2018

World-Wide Communion

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

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

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

*Hymn: “All Who Hunger, Gather Gladly” …….……#509

*Invocation

Leader:     God of the journey, we have chosen to follow your way of justice and peace.  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.

 We Recognize Our Brokenness

 Prayer Of Confession

Leader:     Brother Jesus, when we feel helpless in our circumstances. . . empower us.  When we can imagine no way out of our current situation. . . inspire us.

People:     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.

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

Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

Leader:     Jesus is our brother, and calls us all sisters and brothers.  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.

Reading Of The Scripture:   Job 1: 1, 2:1-16(O.T., pg. 429)

Faith Lesson For All Ages

Anthem:   “More Like You, Lord, May I Be”……….…Stewart/Nix

Reading Of The Gospel:   Mark 10: 2-16 (N.T., pg. 43)

We Reflect On New Possibilities

Message For This Day

*Hymn: “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say”…………….…..#182

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:     Bless these gifts to your service God.  May they act as a slight reflection of your grand glory, a glimmer of your very being, and a step along the way.  Amen.

World-Wide Communion

(We practice open-communion, which includes non-members and children.)

 *Opening Words

Leader:….. God, our Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer made life out of nothing but love, cares for life for no reason but love, guides and protects life for no reason but love.  In love, God calls us, beloved creatures, made in God’s own image, to feast with God and with each other, that we may taste and see God’s goodness, delight in God’s ways of justice and peace, learn to recognize and love our neighbour, and work with gladness and courage for the in-breaking of God’s realm on earth.  With love, our Creator God calls us to this table inviting us to break bread, share the cup, delight in these good gifts of Earth, and be renewed by God’s sustaining love.

*Prayer Of Thanksgiving

Leader:….. Redeemer, born into our story, a human being just like us you experienced life like we do, knowing hunger and fear, pain and sorrow, birth and life, suffering and death.  You came to travel beside us and show us how to live with love.

All:………. With awe and wonder, we praise you, Creator God.

Leader: …. Sustainer, spirit of wonder and mystery and might, conqueror of death, destroyer of darkness, whisperer of truth in the chaos of confusion, guide of goodness in the presence of temptation source of hope in the valley of despair.

All:………. With awe and wonder, we praise you, Creator God.

Leader:….. Welcoming God, you preside at this table, inviting us all to join you and feast with you.  With humble hearts, we accept your gracious invitation, trembling but trusting, we move toward your embrace, grateful and amazed, we recognize ourselves as your beloved children.

All:………. With awe and wonder, we praise you, Creator God.

*Words Of Institution

 Blessing Of The Bread And Cup

Leader:….. Holy Spirit, make this bread to be for us the Bread of Life that we might know you deeply, that all who hunger might be filled, that we might be sustained through all that comes our way.  And make this cup to be the cup of mercy, compassion, and wholeness, that you might fill us again with your great love for us, that we might spill that mercy into all the world, and that we may be assured your abundance is enough for always.

Sharing Of The Elements (Please note the wine is in the outer ring and the grape juice is in the inner rings. The round wafers are gluten-free.)  (Please hold each element so we may eat and drink together.)

*Communion Prayer

All:………. Creator God, you have welcomed us to your table, fed us with your bread and wine, nourished us with your eternal love, and filled us with a renewed sense of your divine peace.  Send us forth from this place empowered to share the good news of your active presence in the world, to witness to the wonders of your creation, and to love you and love our neighbor with all our heart and mind and strength and soul.   Amen.

 We Go Forth To Live Transformed Lives

*Closing Hymn: “Fairest Lord Jesus” ……………….#630 vs 1-3

 *Blessing

Leader:     May God, our parent, protect and guide us, may Jesus, our brother, challenge and comfort us, and may Spirit, our friend, empower and sustain us, now and forever.  Amen.

*Choral Benediction: “Fairest Lord Jesus”…….………#630 vs 4

*Chime Meditation

Postlude

*Where noted, please stand if able.       

 

Neighbors In Need helps make a just world for all possible. Please give generously to today’s special mission offering.  Extra envelopes are in your pew rack and on the credenza.

The Book Club will meet on Tuesday, October 9, at 7:00 p.m. in the mustard seed room. The selection to be discussed is Dog On It by Spencer Quinn. In this mystery series, Chet and Bernie investigate the disappearance of Madison, a teenage girl who may or may not have been kidnapped, but who has definitely gotten mixed up with some very unsavory characters. When Madison, a well-behaved, gifted student doesn’t arrive home after school, her divorced mother is frantic. Bernie is quick to take the case – something about a cash flow problem that Chet’s not all that clear about – and he’s relieved, though vaguely suspicious, when Madison turns up unharmed with a story that doesn’t add up. But when she disappears for a second time in a week, Bernie and Chet aren’t taking any chances; they launch a full-blown investigation. Without a ransom demand, they’re not convinced it’s a kidnapping, but they are sure of one thing . . . Something smells funny.

 Everyone Is Invited To The UACT Fall Banquet to be held on November 4 at 5 p.m. at the Biglerville Fire Hall. There will be a presentation on the 2018 REACH mission trip and ELCA youth gathering.  Menu:  turkey dinner with all the fixings.  Tickets are $7.50.  Please sign the sheet on the credenza if you plan to attend.

Zion’s Needleworkers are continuing to create beautiful and useful items for our December fundraiser.  We invite anyone with a creative bent to join us at our monthly meetings where we work on our projects and exchange information.  Anyone who would like to learn the basics of knitting and crocheting is welcome to join us at those meetings on the last Wednesday of the month. If your preferred medium is something other than knitting or crocheting, we welcome you also – sewing, quilting, art – the more the merrier!

Donations To John’s Meals Cannot Be Made Out To Zion UCC.  The check must be made out to Upper Adams Christians Together.  The accounts are entirely separate and funds cannot be transferred from one to another.

Zion’s Financial Data

Income through August – $113,253.06

Expenses through August – $129,442.33

Deficit – $16,189.27

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.

Heating System Capital Campaign (As of July 31, 2018)
Received one-time contributions $100,331
Installment pledges      33,300
Total pledged   $133,631
   
   
Payments made on installments         29,396
Balance due on installment pledges            3,904
   
Total cash received through July 31        $129,727

 

*Anything over and above our $124,000 goal is being placed in the capital improvement fund.

 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.

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.

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

Greeters are needed for November 4, 18, and 25.

Coming Up Next Week:

Oct. 8, Ladies’ breakfast, Apple Bin, 9:00 am

Oct. 9, Book Club, Mustard seed rm, 7:00 pm

Oct. 10, Prayer and Study, Mustard seed rm, 6:30 pm

Oct. 10, Choir practice, 7:30 pm

 Looking Forward:

Oct. 14, No Sunday School for children

Oct. 14, “Reaching for God” youth group, Trinity Lutheran, 5:00 pm

Oct. 14, Confirmation, Trinity Lutheran, 6:00 pm

Oct. 17, What’s Cookin’, Trinity Lutheran, 6:00 pm

Oct. 20, Celebration of Life: Louise Scarpate, Sanctuary, 11:00 am

Oct. 22, Consistory mtg, Zion Hse, 7:00 pm

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

Nov. 4, All Saints Sunday with communion, 9:00 am

Nov. 4, UACT dinner, Biglerville Fire Hall, 5:00 pm