Worship: September 12, 2021


22 Gettysburg Street  Box 538

Arendtsville, Pennsylvania

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

September 12, 2021

9:00 am

Livestream link:  Zion UCC Sunday Service Livestream – September 12 2021


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: “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)”, Redman/Myrin, ©2011 Shout Publishing


Chime Interlude: “My Faith Looks Up to Thee”, public domain

Call to Worship

Leader: Every day, God calls out to God’s world in love. Every day. Today, at this moment, we can pause and listen. Come, celebrate. God is calling your name.

Opening Prayer

God, we are here to worship. We are here to listen. We are here to know. We are here to be known. You know me, I am (name). Help me today to know you more fully. Amen.

Hymn#667 “When Morning Gilds the Skies”, Caswall/Barnby, 1868, public domain


Prayer of Confession

God, Jehovah, Yahweh, Wisdom, Creator, King, Servant, Abba…

With every name we give you, God, we understand something new about your nature. And yet we have been guilty too often of being satisfied with too little. We have allowed one name, or a small number, to limit our understanding of you. We confess to our limited imaginations and our unwillingness to explore, change, and grow. We confess to being unwilling to grow in our understanding of who you are.


Leader: Friends, hear these words: God is endless and ageless and we are always invited deeper into the mystery. The journey stretches out before you. Amen. A TIME FOR YOUNG DISCIPLES


Leader:    O Lord, open our lips!

ALL:  And our mouths shall show forth your praise!


PRAISE RESPONSE: “Hallelujah!”, Caribbean Melody


SCRIPTURE READING:  Psalm 1 and Mark 8:  27-38



  Hymn: #366 “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”, Charles Wesley/Roland Prichard,   public domain

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

  PRAYER RESPONSE #595, Holy, Holy, Holy, Guillermo Cuellar/Raquel Mora

Martinez, ©1994 GIA Publications, Inc.

Holy, holy, holy.  My heart, my heart adores you!

My heart knows how to say to you:  You are holy, Lord!



Leader:  God is good!

People:  All the time!

Leader:  All the time!

People:  God is good!


Vocal Solo: “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”, tune Bunessan/arr. J. Martin, ©2006 Malcome Music

Soloist:  Emma P.

Doxology #609 “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow”, Brian Wren/Hal Hopson, ©1998 Hope Publishing Company


Prayer of Dedication

Gracious God, in your wisdom receive these gifts from our lives. Use them in your ongoing work of justice and reconciliation.  Amen.

Closing Hymn: #697 “Take My Life”, Frances Havergal/H. A. Cesar Malan, public domain


Choral Benediction: # 227 “Jesus, Remember Me”, Taize Community/Jacque Berthier, ©1981 Les Presses de Taize (adm. GIA Publications)

Chime Meditation: “Go Now in Peace”, D. Besig, ©1988 Shawnee Press

Postlude: “To God be the Glory”, William Doane, ©1982 Hope Publishing Co.


The altar flowers are given to the glory of God and in honor of all my family members by Kathy F.

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

 Happy Birthday to Richard S. who celebrates his 77th birthday on September 17th!

Happy Anniversary to John and Sue M. who celebrate their  56th anniversary on September 18th!

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.  There are masks available on the credenza if you forget yours.

 Coming Up This Week:

Sept. 12       Worship & Rally Sunday                       Sanctuary                9:00 a.m.

Sunday School                                    Behind Zion House  10:15 a.m.

Sept. 13       Ladies Breakfast                                  Apple Bin                 9:00 a.m.

Mission Cmte Mtg                                Fellowship Hall         6:30 p.m.

Christian Ed. Cmte Mtg                       Mustard Seed Rm    6:30 p.m.

Sept. 15       What’s Cookin’?                                  Trinitiy Luthern        6-7:30 p.m.


Looking Forward:

Sept. 19       Worship & Bible presentation              Sanctuary                9:00 a.m.

Sunday School                                    Behind Zion House 10:15 a.m.

Sept. 20       Consistory Mtg.                                    Fellowship Hall         7:00 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.

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 readers enjoyed a rousing discussion of “The Pecan Man” in Fellowship Hall on Thursday evening.  You can read the summary of their discussion when it is published on Zion’s website.  Also look for details of their October selection in coming bulletins.


Ladies Breakfast:  Zion’s ladies plan to meet at the Apple Bin tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. for breakfast.  Socially distanced seating is available.  We are also looking ahead to the breakfast on October 11th, also 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!

Not many people knew the Show & Tell item from a prior meeting was an ice cream scoop!  And 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!

What’s Cookin?!:  The 2021-22 season of What’s Cookin’? begins this Wednesday, September 15th, from 6-7:30pm at Trinity Lutheran Church in Arendtsville. We plan to hold September and October evenings entirely outside and ask you to dress appropriately based on the weather. In the event of rain, we will move inside. As long as we are outside, masks are not required, but we ask you to bring them in the event we do need to move inside.

End of Summer Picnic:  The Gettysburg Association has announced the picnic scheduled to be held at Camp Nawakwa on September 18th has been cancelled.

Community Aid clothing pickup:  There will be a trailer available in Zion’s parking lot on September 25th from 9 to 11 a.m. (or until it is full!) for clothing donations.  Maybe now is the time to clean out your closets and drawers as we get ready for fall!

Ramblers Hike:  Also on Saturday, September 25th, Zion’s Ramblers will be hiking on Big Flat beginning at 9 a.m.  See details in future bulletins and watch for your hiking shoes as you clean out those closets for the Community Aid clothing pickup!

Lay Leader Training:  For anyone interested in participating in worship by doing special readings, there will be a training session on September 27th at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary.

Zion’s Website:  Please consider helping an old lady get a facelift!  Our website is long overdue for an update.  We would like to get this project started as soon as possible so Zion can show the world how grounded we are in Mission and outreach.  Should we be fortunate enough to raise more than we need, the remainder will go to the capital improvement fund which could use the boost!  Just make checks payable to Zion UCC and put website in the memo line.

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!

Zion’s Financial Information

Income through August 2021: $116,072.75

Expenses through August 2021: $129,771.14

YTD Deficit: ($13,698.39)