Worship: December 30, 2018

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Universal Glory

 Visitors: Welcome to our church.  Please sign our 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 loft, and straight ahead.  We also have restrooms downstairs in Fellowship Hall.  Again, exit through the door next to the choir loft, turn left down the hall, and go down the steps. 

 We Gather In Awe And Wonder



Chime Interlude And Candle Lighting Response

Leader:   We light a candle in the name of the God who spoke the world into existence.

All:         We light a second candle in the name of the King who was, and who is, and who ever shall be.

Leader:   We light a light in the name of the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, who walks beside us.

*Call To Worship

One:       The peace of Christ now rules in our hearts.

All:         We give thanks that in Christ, we are one body!

One:       The word of Christ now dwells with us.

All:         Let our hearts sing today with gratitude and praise!

*Hymn: “Once in Royal David’s City”……. ………………#140


Leader:   Holy One, today we celebrate Immanuel, God-with-Us, who comes to us as a child.  We remember that even Jesus grew, and we pray that we might also grow in wisdom as we listen for all creation repeating the sounding joy.  We praise your beauty.  We bask in your mystery.  And when we catch a glimpse of you in our midst, help us to treasure you in our hearts.  Amen.

We Recognize Our Brokenness

Prayer Of Confession

All:         God, sometimes our Christmas spirit is short-lived.  We forget that it’s our job, too, to help the Word to become flesh.  Forgive us.  Renew us.  Help us to remember that the angels still call us to live in peace on earth.  (A time for silent prayers of confession.)

 Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

Leader:   Hear the good news.  You are holy and beloved, God’s chosen ones.  God has forgiven you, so forgive yourselves and one another.  God is yet with us.  Thanks be to God!

 Reading Of The Scripture: Psalm 148 (O.T., pg. 550)

Faith Lesson For All Ages

Anthem:       “Unto Us a Son Is Given”……..………Martin

We Reflect On New Possibilities

Reading Of The Gospel:   Luke 2: 41-52 (N.T., pg. 55)

Message For This Day

*Hymn: “There’s a Star in the East”………………..#135

 Pastoral Prayer And The Lord’s Prayer

    (Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be 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, and the power, and the glory, for ever.  Amen.)

Our Offering: Our financial offering is one way that our members participate in the mission and ministry of this church. We thank you for your financial support.  For those of you who are visiting, please feel no need to participate in the offering.  This worship service is our gift to you.


 *Doxology: “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings” ………..….#606

*Prayer Of Dedication

Leader:   God, our world overflows with the bounty of your love.  May that love continue to flow through our hearts so that we are generous with the gifts you have given.  May our gifts sing your praise; may they bless the world with your joy.  Amen.

We Go Forth To Live Transformed lives

 *Closing Hymn: “Go, Tell It on the Mountain” ………….……….#136

 *Blessing (from Colossians 3: 12-14)

Leader:   So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you:  compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline.  Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense.  Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you.  And regardless of what else you put on, wear love.  It’s your basic, all-purpose garment.  Never be without it.

 *Choral Benediction: “Good Christian Friends, Rejoice”…….……#132 vs 3

 *Chime Meditation


*Where noted, please stand if able.      


December’s Proverb:

Do not quarrel with anyone without cause, when no harm has been done to you. Proverbs 3: 29

There Will Be A Short Meeting Of The Fellowship Committee after worship today in the mustard seed room. We will be discussing upcoming January and 2019 events.

Proceeds From The Stained Glass Artwork Fundraiser totaled $855. This money goes to our church’s general fund.  Bill S. was the lucky winner.  Thank you to all who participated.

Our Most Recent Hoss’s Community Night Fundraiser netted $96.61. The next one is scheduled for Monday, March 18, 2019.

 Supper Social (formerly the Congregational Dinner). Mark your calendar now for the Supper Social on January 19 at 6 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Once again it will be a catered dinner.  The Leedys will cater the meal, and the Fellowship Committee will be providing the desserts. A sign-up sheet is available on the credenza in the back of the Sanctuary.  Plan for an evening of fun and fellowship

Zion’s Financial Data

Income through November – $162,185.00

Expenses through November – $171,756.93

Deficit – $9,571.49

 Offering Boxes For 2019 are now available at the rear of the sanctuary.  If you cannot locate yours, please contact Laurie.  In addition, 2019 special offering lists are available for those who do not receive offering envelopes.

 John’s Meals. Please make donation checks for John’s Meals payable to “UACT-John’s Meals,” and they may be mailed to UACT, PO Box 593, Arendtsville, PA 17303 or placed in the offering plates. Thank you for your continued prayers and support.

 The 2019 Flower Chart is posted in the vestibule.  Please sign up. When Paying For Altar Flowers, please give payment to the altar guild representative for that month. A check payment is preferred. Altar flowers are from The Flower Boutique with a florist’s choice $35 arrangement cost.

 Sign up Sheets For Our Spring Sunday School are now available in the hallway outside the art room and in the sign up book on the credenza. A Creative Cookery Leader for February and an Art/Science and Story/Movie leader for May are needed.  See Jessica with questions.

 Greeter And Bulletin Sponsorship Sign-Up Sheets for 2019 are on the credenza.

Greeters are needed for January 13, 20, 27.

(Bulletin Sponsorship is $15 per Sunday. Please place your remittance designated for Bulletins in the offering plate.)

Single Serve, Microwaveable Cups Of Macaroni And Cheese are being collected to benefit John’s Meals.  The cups need not be a brand name (like Kraft); store brand is fine.  We are aiming to provide 200 cups each month and they may be placed in the cupboard in the rear of the church. The 18-pkg boxes of single-serve Mac and Cheese is also a good donation. It is cheaper and easier to store (boxes).  Any questions, please see Chris.  As always, thank you so much for your faithful support of this ministry.

 Community Aid Clothing Bin is available in the Zion House parking lot for clothing donations along with shoes, accessories, draperies, and bed linens. We receive funds each quarter based upon the weight of items deposited in the container, and those funds are used toward the Mission BudgetFor the second quarter of 2018, Zion received $400.  After your yard sales, consider donating unsold appropriate items to the bin. 

 Coming Up Next Week:

Dec. 30, Confirmation, Trinity Lutheran, 6:00 pm

Jan. 2, Choir practice, 7:30 pm

 Looking Forward:

Jan. 8, Book Club, Mustard seed rm, 7:00 pm

Jan. 9, End-of-year reports due

Jan. 12, Consistory retreat, Zion Hse, 10:00 am

Jan. 13, Worship with communion and consistory installation, 9:00 am

Jan. 13, Church chat, 10:15 am

Jan. 13, “Reaching for God” youth group, Zion, Arendtsville, 5:00 pm

Jan. 14, Ladies’ breakfast, Apple Bin, 9:00 am

Jan. 16, What’s Cookin’, Trinity Lutheran, 6:00 pm

Jan. 18-20,      Confirmand/youth “30-Hour Famine,” Camp Nawakwa

Jan. 19, Supper social, FH, 6:00 pm

Jan. 28, Consistory mtg, Zion Hse, 7:00 pm