Worship: September 19, 2021

ZION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

22 Gettysburg Street  Box 538

Arendtsville, Pennsylvania

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

September 19, 2021

9:00 am

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: “A Moment of Prayer”, S. Landon, ©1968 Lorenz Publishing Co.

Announcements

Chime Interlude: Gathering Music by our kiddos

Call to Worship

Today, in this moment, in every moment, we are offered life. Now it is before us – God’s call to a new world, to God’s way of knowing the world, to God’s world of knowing. Let us, now, once more, take our first steps together with God as our guide. Welcome to the adventure.

Opening Prayer

Leader: We come to this place, O God, at your invitation.  You welcome us all and challenge us to welcome one another in Christ’s name.  Help us to recognize in each person here the wonderful greatness that you perceive and to celebrate each one’s worth – for Christ’s sake.  Amen.

Hymn:  #664 “Morning Has Broken”, Eleanor Farjeon, arr. Beverly A. Howard, ©2012 Beverly A. Howard

 PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Leader: God, hope is ever with us, love is ever present, the truth that we are all the children of God is all around us. And yet we so often live our days as if none of this is true, as if we had no hope. Forgive us and remind us today of who we are, who you are, and of where we live. Amen.

    ASSURANCE OF GOD’S LOVE

   Leader: Friends, the world belongs to God, the world lives in God, and God’s love permeates all. Rejoice and be glad.

   A TIME FOR YOUNG DISCIPLES – Presentation of the 5th Grade Bibles

   PRAISE VERSICLE

Leader:    O Lord, open our lips!

   ALL:  And our mouths shall show forth your praise!

   

   PRAISE RESPONSE: “Hallelujah!”, Caribbean Melody

 

 SCRIPTURE READING:  Proverbs 31: 10-31 and Mark 9:  30-37

 Message

 Hymn: #450 “Be Thou My Vision”, Mary Byrne, Eleanor Hull, David Evans, ©1927    Oxford University Press, public domain

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer (sinners, sinned)

PRAYER RESPONSE #595, Holy, Holy, Holy, Guillermo Cuellar/Raquel Mora         Martinez, ©1994 GIA Publications, Inc.

Offering

 Leader:  God is good!

People:  All the time!

Leader:  All the time!

People:  God is good!

Vocal Solo: “Beyond the Open Door”, Shawn Craig, arr. Gaylen Bourland, ©1990    Ariose Music/ASCAP

Soloist:  Dan W.

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

Prayer of Dedication

Leader:  Thank you, God, for the wisdom that fills our lives with mercy and good

fruits.  We offer back ourselves, our time, and our possessions.

ALL:  Receive our gifts for the sake of the One who welcomes all your children to

 your bountiful reign.  Amen.

  Closing Hymn: #838 “Standing on the Promises”, Kelso Carter, 1886, public  domain

Blessing

Choral Benediction: #542 vs. 1 “God Be With Till We Meet Again”, Rankin/Toner 1880 public domain

Chime Meditation: “In Quiet Peace”, S. Landon, ©1969 Lorenz Publishing Co.

Postlude: “Sarabande”, Carl Bohm, ©1940 Theodore Presser Co.

 

The altar flowers are given to the glory of God and in memory of Bob C. by the family.

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

Happy Birthday to Bob B. who celebrates his 78th birthday on September 22nd!

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. 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.

Looking Forward:

Sept. 26       Worship                                               Sanctuary                9:00 a.m.

Confirmation Parents Mtg                   Sanctuary          After worship

Sept. 27       Lay Leader Training                             Sanctuary               7:00 p.m.

Confirmation Forms:  Confirmation registration forms are due from those students desiring to be confirmed.  Forms were mailed, but if you need another just contact the church office.  The parent meeting is September 26th after worship.

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.

Book Club:  Zion’s Book Club will meet on Thursday, October 7th 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 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!

Community Aid clothing pickup:  There will be a trailer available in Zion’s parking lot this Saturday, 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:  This Saturday, Sept. 25, the Ramblers will meet on the Big Flats Appalachian Trail parking lot just past the Pine Ridge Campground on the Shippensburg Road at 9:00 a.m.  We will hike the Appalachian Trail north about 1.5 miles to the Anna Michner Parking lot and return along Ridge Road to the Shippensburg Road.  All are invited!

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.

Recycling Bulletins:  Don’t forget to recycle your bulletins after worship by dropping them in the box at the back of church.

Zion’s Website:  Wow!  We are so close to our $3,000 goal!  Thanks to all who have donated so far.  Please consider a donation to help our website present Zion’s best face to the world.  Just make checks payable to Zion UCC and put website in the memo line.

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.

Halloween Event:  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.

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!