Worship: September 29, 2019

ZION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

22 Gettysburg Street Box 538

Arendtsville, Pennsylvania

September 29, 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.

PRELUDES

Isabelle S. playing “Solfegietto” by J.S. Bach

Marshall S. playing “Canon In D” by Pachelbel

TIME OF SHARING

CHIME INTERLUDE AND CANDLELIGHTING

*CALL TO WORSHIP

As we come to this house of prayer and praise, let our worship come from the heart;

let us leave behind anything that would detract from our time with God;

and let us open our lives to the refreshment of God’s Holy Spirit.

 * PRAYER OF INVOCATION

Open our eyes to see your beauty.

Open our lips to sing your praise.

Open our minds to receive your truth.

Open our lives to receive your love.

Open our hands to share your grace.

 *GATHERING HYMN #321 “The Church’s One Foundation”

TIME OF CONFESSION

How easily we find security in things.   We are tempted and trapped by senseless

and harmful desires. We become indifferent to the plight of brothers and sisters.

We lose touch with God. We are in need of God’s mercy, forgiveness and help.

 We admit, Lord, that all too often we are self-absorbed.

Like the rich man in our Lord’s parable,

we don’t see the beggar outside the gate, or the homeless person sleeping under

an overpass, or the neighbor who is out of work, or the fellow worker who is dealing

with a personal crisis, or even the member of our own family who is crying out for our

help. Open our eyes, our hearts, and our hands, to the needs of those around us.

And now let us confess in silence those fears that keep us from loving as Christ has loved us.

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS

We take comfort in the fact that God honors true repentance, that failure

need not be final, and that God gives new opportunities and fresh starts.

Let us 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.

EPISTLE LESSON

I Timothy 6: 6-19

FAITH LESSON FOR ALL AGES

CHOIR ANTHEM: “One Step He Leads”. . . . Pepper Choplin

GOSPEL READING FOR THE MORNING

St. Luke 16: 19-31

SILENT PRAYER AND PREPARATION

THE MESSAGE FOR THE MORNING

*HYMN # 625 “How Great Thou Art”

PASTORAL PRAYER AND THE LORD’S PRAYER

Our Father who art in heaven,

Hallowed by 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,

The power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

THE GIVING OF OURSELVES AND OUR OFFERINGS

As we give, let us do so thoughtfully, prayerfully, and graciously,

remembering the importance of the ministry of Jesus Christ.

OFFERTORY

*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

Deliver us, good God, from the temptation to see money

either as all-important or unimportant. Help us to use its power in

constructive and life-affirming ways, both for ourselves and others.

*CLOSING HYMN # 630 “Fairest Lord Jesus”

*COMMISSION AND BENEDICTION

Return to your living places, your business places,

your work places, your play places, and your learning places,

with a new attitude, a new enthusiasm,

a new confidence, and a new sense of calling.

*CHORAL BENEDICTION # 542 “God Be With You Til We Meet Again”  v. 2

God be with you till we meet again; unseen wings protecting hide you,

Daily manna still provide you; God be with you till we meet again.

*CHIME MEDITATION

POSTLUDE

The Altar Flowers are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Len M. by Donna and family.

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:

Sept. 29, UACT Sr. High Group, Trinity Lutheran, 6-7:30 pm; Confirmation, Trinity Lutheran, 6-7:30 pm

Oct. 2, Pastoral Relations Cmte, Zion House, 6:30 pm; Choir Practice, Church, 7:30 pm

Looking Forward:

Oct. 6, Worship with Communion, Baptism; No Sr. High Group; No Confirmation

Oct. 9, Choir, Church, 7:30 pm

Oct. 10, Book Club, Mustard Sd Rm, 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 gpheber@embarqmail.com.   George is also available at the office by appointment only; please contact the church office or George to schedule an appointment.    Thank you.

Upper Adams Prayer Breakfast – Biglerville native Rev. Dan Kriel will speak at the Upper Adams Prayer Breakfast at the Apple Bin on October 1st. He is an avid bicyclist and has been involved in youth ministry for the last 20 years.  Coffee and breakfast orders begin at 7:45 a.m.

Ladies Breakfast Group – Our group will meet on October 14th at 9:00 a.m. at the Apple Bin.  Hope you can make it!  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 followed by our third annual White Elephant Sale.  Bring a wrapped item that has a value of at least $20.00, and there will be an auction.  This is a wonderful, fun way to raise money for the church.

Hoss’s Fundraiser – Zion has received $145.43 from Hoss’s as a result of the last Hoss’s Fundraiser. Thanks to all for supporting this event.

Habitat for Humanity – Habitat is beginning a new house in Biglerville. There will be a blitz build on October 10, 11, & 12 and also October 17, 18, & 19.  Zion is helping provide the noon meal on October 11th, and is also scheduled for work hours on January 4, 2020.   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 . . .