Worship: December 26, 2021


22 Gettysburg Street  Box 538

Arendtsville, Pennsylvania

First Sunday after Christmas

December 26, 2021

9:00 a.m.

Livestream link:  Zion UCC Sunday Service Livestream – December 26 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: “Joyful Tidings” based on the tune “Antioch”, by G. F. Handel and a spiritual/arr. James Moffatt, ©1975 Lorenz Publishing Co.


CHIME INTERLUDE: “Away in a Manger”, public domain


Leader: If you are lost, here is a place of refuge.  Welcome,

ALL:  this is the House of God.

Leader:  If you are wandering, here is a place of belonging.  Welcome,

ALL:  this is the House of God.

Leader: If you are going round in circles, come and rest.  Welcome,

ALL:  this is the House of God.

Leader:  Bring your stories, bring your questions, bring your searching and your discoveries and together we meet God in the very heart of it all.  You are home.  Welcome,

ALL:  this is the House of God.



We praise you this day, O God, remembering all that you have done. Especially in this Christmas season, we give you thanks for sending Jesus to be our friend, our teacher, our guide, and our Savior. As a new year begins, we ask you to be with us each day, helping us follow the example of Jesus to make our world a little more loving. Amen.

*Opening HYMN# 134: “Joy to the World”, Isaac Watts/G. F. Handel, public domain



Leader: When we want to put Christmas away with the decora­tions,

All: forgive us, God.

Leader: When we do not trust you to lead us into a new year filled with unknown tomorrows,

All: forgive us, God.

Leader: When we cannot let go of yesterday, and want to hang on to old ideas that do not serve us anymore,

All: forgive us, God.

Leader: When we panic because things are not turning out the way we want or expect, and when we cannot trust your surprises,

All: forgive us, God. Amen.


Leader: God loves the world so much that God sent Jesus to be among us, as one of us, not to judge us but to offer us forgiveness and everlasting life. Thanks be to God!  Amen.



Leader: Glory to God in the highest!

ALL: And peace on earth.

*PRAISE RESPONSE #126: “Jesus, Jesus, O What a Wonderful Child”, African

American tune, harm. Jeffrey Radford/arr. Horace C. Boyer, ©2000 Horace

Clarence Boyer


Je-sus, Je-sus, oh, what a won-der-ful child.

Je-sus, Je-sus, so ho-ly, meek, and  mile; new

Life, new hope the Child will bring.  Lis-ten to the an-gels sing,

“Glo-ry, glo-ry, glo-ry, “let the heav-ens ring!


SCRIPTURE READING:  Psalm 98, Luke 2: 1-20


*HYMN # 147: “The First Nowell”, English carol, public domain



PRAYER RESPONSE #583 “Glory to God”, Jacques Berthier, ©1979, 1981 Les Presses de Taize, GIA Publications


Leader:  God is good!

People:  All the time!

Leader:  All the time!

People:  God is good!

VOCAL SOLO: “The Birthday of a King”, W. H. Neidlinger, public domain

Soloist:  Dan W. 

*SUNG DOXOLOGY “Christmas Doxology”, Thomas Ken, 1674/adapt. Dale A. Schoening 2001, Words copyright © 2001 Dale A. Schoening. Published by The General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church, PO Box 340003, Nashville TN 37203-0003. Web site http://www.umcworship.org

  (to the tune of “O Tannenbaum”)  

Praise God from whom all bless-ings flow, in ev-ery gen-er-a-tion. 

Praise God, all crea-tures here be-low, who gives to us sal-va-tion.

Praise God a-bove, ye heaven-ly host.  Praise Fa-ther, Son, and Ho-ly Ghost.                                         

 Let all cre-a-tion praise the Lord with love and ad-or-a-tion.



Take these gifts we offer, O God, and use them to enhance your presence in our world. May they bring voice and hope and new life to those who have none. Amen. 

*CLOSING HYMN: “Angels We Have Heard on High”, French carol arr. Edward Shippen Barnes 1937, ©1937, ren. 1965 H. Augustine Smith Jr


CHIME MEDITATION: “Mary’s Little Boy-Child”, Jester Hairston, ©1956 Bourne Co.

POSTLUDE: “O Come, Little Children”, based on tune by J.P.A. Schultz/arr. Edward Broughton, ©1978 Lorenz Publishing Co.

The altar flowers are given to the glory of God by Kathy F.

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:

Dec. 26        Worship                                     Sanctuary                9:00 a.m.                                 No Sunday School

Looking Forward:

Jan. 2          No in-person worship       YouTube and Facebook   9:00 a.m.

Welcome to Rowan Jane S., daughter of Parker and Amy S., granddaughter of Ann & Mike S., who was born December 16, 2021!

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.

Remembrance Tree:  Thank you so much for embracing the Remembrance Tree and your generous donations of $3,470.00 which will be applied to heating bills for Zion this winter.

Cookie Trays:  Thanks to all who supported our recent cookie tray fundraiser for our 2022 Summer Mission Trip. We had over 90 dozen cookies ordered amongst 5 different congregations (representing the home churches of those going on the mission trip). We made over $700. Thanks again for the faithful support of Zion members.

Christmas Pageant:  I want to send a special shout-out to our children who participated in the pageant!  I am so proud of them!  They all did an amazing job!  And thanks also to their parents who helped out.  We couldn’t have done it without your help!  We are so blessed to have this in our church.  Miss Chris

Beverage Tabs:  Zion is donating the beverage tabs we have been collecting to Lincoln Elementary.  The money that is raised will be used for a young girl who was critically injured this summer after diving into shallow water.  She is currently in need of a wheelchair and Lincoln Elementary is hoping to help her in this endeavor.  So, if you have a stash of tabs at home, now would be a great time to bring them to church.  Thanks everyone!

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

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!

Please remember to check in on Facebook this morning!