Worship: September 26, 2021


22 Gettysburg Street  Box 538

Arendtsville, Pennsylvania

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

September 26, 2021

9:00 am



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: “Prayer of the Penitent”, R. Martin, ©1967 Lorenz Publishing Co.


Chime Interlude: “Prayer”, Charles Gounod/arr. R. Wilson, ©1971 Lorenz Publishing Co.

Call to Worship

Leader: Whoever you are, you are welcome.
People: That is good news!
Leader: Bring your gifts to praise God.
People: We are happy to be together.
Leader: Let us worship God with joy and spirit.

Opening Prayer

Leader: Let us remember that God is with us now.  There is no place where God is not.  Whenever we go, there God is.

People: Compassionate God, in your presence we gather.  We bless you for your steadfast love, for your abundant mercy.  Your life-giving gifts to us never end:  our strength is renewed like the eagle’s.  We praise your name!  Amen.

Hymn: # 625 “How Great Thou Art”, Stuart K. Hine, ©1949, 1953 Stuart K. Hine Trust, Hope Publishing Co.

Prayer of Confession

Creator God, you have given us the power of imagination, through which the future grasps our lives today.  We confess that we do not give our lives over to the transforming power of your spirit.  We choose not to hear you calling to us.  We deny the gifts you grant us.  Draw us into the future toward the new world you are creating through the grace of Jesus.  Amen.


Leader: God hears the confession of our hearts and lips.  Through Jesus Christ we are forgiven all our sins, and by the Holy Spirit we are empowered for new life.

People: We believe the good news of Jesus Christ.  Amen.



  Leader:    O Lord, open our lips!

 ALL:  And our mouths shall show forth your praise!

  PRAISE RESPONSE: “Hallelujah!”, Caribbean Melody

  SCRIPTURE READING: Esther 7:  1-6, 9-10, 9: 20-22 and Mark 9:  38-50 


  Hymn: #488 “I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry”, John C. Ylvisaker, ©1985   John C. Ylvisaker

  Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer (sinners/sinned)

   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: “Abide With Me”, Maher/Redman/Ingram/Crowder, ©2015 Sony/ATV Tree Publishing

Soloist:  Heather B.

 Doxology #609 “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow”, Brian Wren/Hal

Hopson, ©1998 Hope Publishing Company

 Prayer of Dedication

Generous God, we give thanks for all you offer to us:  for your grace that sustains us, for your love that strengthens us, for your peace that supports us, and for your image which is within us.  Bless the gifts we now offer in recognition of all that we receive from you.  Amen.

Closing Hymn: #547 “Go, My Children with My Blessing”, Jaroslav J. Vajda, ©1983 Concordia Publishing House


Choral Benediction: # 658 “God Is So Good”, vs. 1, anonymous 1970s

Chime Meditation: “Valley of Peace”, C. Overholt, ©1965 Lorenz Publishing Co.

Postlude: “Joy and Thanksgiving”, R. Hughes, ©1972 Lorenz Publishing Co.


Today’s altar flowers are given to the glory of God and in honor of our family by Bob and Joyce B.

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

Happy Birthday to Joyce B. who celebrates her 80th birthday on September 27th!   And Happy Birthday to Richard H. who celebrates his 81st birthday on September 27th!

Happy Anniversary to Don and Lois H. who celebrate 63 years together on September 27th!


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:

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

Confirmation Parent Mtg                    Sanctuary         After worship

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


Looking Forward:

Oct. 3          Worship with Holy Communion           Sanctuary                9:00 a.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 Book Club will meet on 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 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:  Thanks to all who brought their clothing donations to Zion’s parking lot yesterday!

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

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!