Worship: December 9, 2018

Sunday, December 9, 2018

2nd Sunday of Advent:  Peace

 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

*Advent Candle Lighting (Peace)

Reader 1:   (As the Peace candle is lit) The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?

Reader 2:   The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Reader 1:   I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.

Reader 2:   Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage.

All:            Wait for the Prince of Peace!  (We light the candle of peace.)

*Call To Worship

Leader:      A voice cries:  “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.”  As we worship today, let us prepare to welcome God’s dramatic work in our midst, in our hearts, in our community, and in all of creation.  Let us worship God.

*Hymn: “On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry” ……………#96

We Recognize Our Brokenness

Prayer Of Confession

All:         While we ask, Lord, for the most meaningful Advent season ever, we sadly confess having done so little with so much.  Forgive us Lord, for not bending the knee, for not reading your Word, for not searching our hearts, for not facing our sins.  Forgive us according to your tender mercies, O God!  Grant that when Christmas morning breaks for us this year, we may have a fresh sense of your presence and a renewed resolve to live to the praise of Christ’s glory.  Amen.  (A time for silent prayers of confession.)

Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

Leader:   The good news of this Advent season is forgiveness of sin and new life.  Let us commit our lives to Christ’s way of hope and peace.

All:         Thanks be to the Advent God, who comes among us, setting us free to love and serve.

Reading Of The Scripture:   Philippians 1: 3-11 (N.T., pg. 185)

Faith Lesson For All Ages

Anthem:   “Free Us, Emmanuel!”…………Choplin

Reading Of The Gospel:   Luke 3: 1-6 (N.T., pg. 56)

We Reflect On New Possibilities

Message For This Day

 *Hymn:   “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming”……………..#129

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

All:         Provider God, you know how hard it is for us to listen and speak up in turn.  May these offerings be shared in ways that cause your people to speak your name and hear your voice.  Amen.

We Go Forth To Live Transformed Lives

*Closing Hymn: “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear” ……….#123 vs 1-4


Leader:   As you depart from this place may you remember how it feels to hold the silence this way.  Go into the world knowing your challenge is to listen first, speak gently, and know when to do which.  Amen.

*Choral Benediction: “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear”…………#123 vs 5

*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

The Theme Of This Year’s Christmas Fund Offering is “The Light Is Surely Coming.” The recipients of your gifts are persons who have faithfully served the church for many years.  And now, in their time of need, you can be the church to them.  Join thousands of UCC members and congregations who will support this year’s appeal.  The Christmas Fund Offering will be received on December 23.

Ladies Who Are Coming To The Apple Bin breakfast On December 10:  Please wear a Christmas sweater if you have one, ugly or pretty. Bring a friend.

 A John’s Meals Board Meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 18, at 6:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.

 Homewood Christmas card project.   Thanks to everyone at Zion UCC and all our friends who helped us reach a total of 406 signed Christmas cards for the Homewood residents to help brighten their holiday season.

Need A Unique Gift Or Stocking Stuffer for a friend or family member?  We have just the thing!  Zion’s needle workers has a table of hand-made items for sale today only in the back of church.  Let our creations gladden hearts this holiday season.  Proceeds raised will be given to one of Zion’s mission projects.

 Our Traditional Christmas Social will be held following worship on December 16. If you wish to bring homemade cookies, please sign up on a clipboard on the credenza.

 Stained Glass Artwork Fundraiser. An opportunity exists to purchase chances to win a beautiful stained glass piece of artwork crafted by Chris. $10 donations for each chance will be accepted before and after church until December 23 when the winner will be drawn.  All donations from this project will be used toward the general fund.  Please contact Kim or Chris for questions or more information.

 Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Arendtsville, will be having its annual Christmas Cantata this evening at 7 p.m.  The program is free and light refreshments will be served in the Social Room following the program.

We Have All Known The Power And Promise Of Prayers – especially when others pray for us in times of need. It has been decided to send cards to people for whom we are praying; ones who are not Zion members.  So if you are placing someone on the prayer list, if possible have the address ready so it can be communicated via the prayer chain.  Obviously this will not be possible or desirable in every case.  Lois will be sending the cards.

 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.

 Homewood Auxiliary – Dues and donations are now being accepted for the Homewood Auxiliary. $3 single/$5 couple.  Forms and envelope are on clipboard at rear of the church. Questions: contact Angie.  Thank you for your support for Homewood Auxiliary.

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. See Jessica with questions.

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

2018 Greeters are needed for December 23 and 30.

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

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.

 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.

 Coming Up Next Week:

Dec. 9, Annual congregational mtg, 10:15 am

Dec. 9, “Reaching for God” youth group, Zion, Arendtsville, 5:00 pm

Dec. 10, Ladies’ breakfast, Apple Bin, 9:00 am

Dec. 10, Hoss’s Community Fund Raiser, Gettysburg, 12 – 8 pm

Dec. 11, Book Club, Diveley Residence, 6:30 pm

Dec. 12, Choir practice, 7:30 pm

 Looking Forward:

Dec. 16, Worship with Christmas pageant, cookie social

Dec. 16, Confirmation, Trinity Lutheran, 6:00 pm

Dec. 17, Consistory mtg, Zion Hse, 7:00 pm

Dec. 18, John’s Meals board mtg, F. H., 6:00 pm

Dec. 19, What’s Cookin’, Trinity Lutheran, 6:00 pm

Dec. 23, Worship with communion, 9:00 am

Dec. 24, Christmas Eve service, 7:30 pm