Worship: September 5, 2021


22 Gettysburg Street  Box 538

Arendtsville, Pennsylvania

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

September 5, 2021

9:00 am

Livestream link:  Zion UCC Sunday Service Livestream – September 5 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: “No, Not One!”, Steven Scott/George C. Hugg, ©1995 Lorenz Publishing


Chime Interlude: “Open My Eyes, That I May See”, Clara H. Scott, public domain

Call to Worship

Leader:  Come, bring your hearts and minds to God.

Come, expect Jesus to open for us a new vision for life.

Come, rejoice in the movement of the Spirit that knows no boundaries.


People:  We give thanks for God’s presence among us.  Open us, God! Open our hearts to your unexpected ways. Open our minds to encounter your sure Wisdom. Renew our spirits to follow your call. Open us, God!


Opening Prayer

Leader: God, we thank you for life. For the blood flowing well, for hearts pumping faithfully, for lungs breathing even when we are not paying attention. For the everyday miracle of our existence, we thank you. Today, may we be reminded that everyone we meet is like us: a living miracle. Amen.

Hymn #610 “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing”, Charles Wesley/Carl Glaser, public domain

Prayer of Confession

God, we know only too well how it feels to be assessed and judged because of age, gender, nationality or appearance. And we confess that we have too readily done the same to others. We confess that we have damaged others by grouping

them based on external criteria, on our own assumptions and prejudices. We confess that we have often found it easier to assign people to categories than we have to get to know them for who they are. Forgive us we pray. Amen.


You are a unique, glorious and unrepeatable work of art, handcrafted by the

Creator and Sustainer of the vast universe. You are loved, forgiven and always

welcomed into the arms of God.




Leader: Lift up your hearts!

   All: Let God be praised!

    PRAISE RESPONSE: “Hallelujah!”, Caribbean Melody, CCLI #1149146


    SCRIPTURE READING:  Proverbs 22:  1-2, 8-9, 22-23 and Mark 7:24-37


Hymn #203 “Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love”, Tom Colvin/Jane Marshall ©1969, 1982 Hope Publishing Co., CCLI #1149146

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

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

Martinez, ©1994 GIA Publications, Inc., CCLI #1149146

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: “Just a Closer Walk With Thee”, W. S. Stevenson, traditional folk song,      public domain

Soloist:  Fred M.


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

Prayer of Dedication

Source of all goodness and compassion, move us this day to be generous in our      giving and care. May we not hold back in fear or self-protection but give so that others might find renewed meaning and hope in this life, in this time. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.


Closing Hymn #661 “Why Should I Feel Discouraged”, Civila D. Martin/ Charles H. Gabriel 1905, public domain



Choral Benediction: #748 “Go with Us Lord”, Thomas Tallis, ©1990 Hope       Publishing

Chime Meditation: “Open Our Eyes, Lord”, Robert Cull, ©1976 Maranatha Music

Postlude: “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”, Thomas Chesterton/Martin Luther, ©1995 Lorenz Publishing


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

Happy Birthday to Gertie P. who celebrates her 86th birthday on September 10th!

Congratulations to Rachael & Wayne H. on the birth of their son, Cameron Pierce, on Aug. 13th!

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. 

Coming Up This Week:

Sept. 5         Worship                                               Sanctuary                9:00 a.m.

Sept. 9         Book Club                                            Fellowship Hall         6:30 p.m.

Looking Forward:

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.


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 will return from their summer vacation on September 9th to discuss “The Pecan Man” in Fellowship Hall at 7:00 p.m.  If you like to read, join us!  Here is a summary:   In the summer of 1976, recently widowed and childless, Ora Lee Beckworth hires a homeless old black man to mow her lawn. The neighborhood children call him the Pee-can Man; their mothers call them inside whenever he appears. When the police chief’s son is found stabbed to

death near his camp, the man Ora knows as Eddie is arrested and charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, Ora sets out to tell the truth about the Pecan Man. In narrating her story, Ora discovers more truth about herself than she could ever have imagined. This novel has been described as To Kill a Mockingbird meets The Help.

Ladies Breakfast:  Zion’s ladies plan to meet at the Apple Bin on Monday, Sept. 13th, at 9:00 a.m. for breakfast, provided things have settled down with the Delta variant of Covid-19.  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?!:  We’re excited to be welcoming everyone back in person to What’s Cookin’ for the 2021-2022 season! If your child is in preschool through 6th grade, we invite you to bring them out for these fun sessions of food, fun, and bible-themed learning and activities! Our first session is coming up on 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.

Please RSVP to Ellie V. no later than Wednesday, September 8th with your intent to bring your child(ren) so that we can plan for food and appropriate activities and materials.

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.

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!