Worship: February 11, 2018

Sunday, February 11, 2018


 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

Leader:   God said “let there be light” and so it was.  That light has never been conquered, just as God’s goodness can never be overcome by darkness.

People:  The light of Christ has dawned in our lives.  We give thanks and celebrate that we can be that light to others.

Leader:   Epiphany means that what has been hidden is now revealed.  The Holy Spirit continues to reveal God’s truth and grace in this world.

 Response:   “O Lord, Our Lord”………………..#613

 *Call To Worship

One:       Go up to a high mountain, to the thin place where you can meet God.

All:         May we open our senses to discover God is near.

One:       Look over the landscape, look with discerning eyes.

All:         We see the world struggling, and hear its despair.

One:       Listen for the Word – present and pressing,

All:         challenging injustice, urging compassion, calling for peace.

One:       Find your place with saints and prophets and Jesus himself,

All:         whose lives give inspiration, whose words encourage and guide.

One:       Move through this time of worship – meeting, looking, listening, preparing.

All:         God, send your Spirit to be with us and show us how to live.

*Hymn: “O Lord My God”……………………. ………………#625


One:       God of light and glory, may we recognize your glory around us – a sense of the sacred found in the everyday:  in the stories of faith we tell, in the lives of the people we meet, in the words we use to speak.  May your majesty and mystery always be within our seeing, close enough for our hearing, and present in our living.  Amen.

We Recognize Our Brokenness

Prayer Of Confession

One:       Our holy God has spoken and proclaimed to the world from east to west.  Out of Zion God shines forth in radiant beauty.

All:         Lord, have mercy.

One:       Our God comes not in silence, but as a consuming fire, a mighty tempest raging all around.

All:         Christ, have mercy.

One:       O Holy One, you summon heaven above and the whole world to judge your people.  You say, “Gather to me my faithful people, who have covenanted with me.”

All:         Lord, have mercy.

One:       “Let the heavens declare my faithful justice.”

All:         Surely our God is our judge!   (A time for silent prayers of confession.)

 Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

Leader:   God alone is judge; throughout the scriptures, we hear God’s word challenging all the empires we erect in self-love and self-seeking power.  God’s mercy is sure; if we turn to God in humility,  offering our hearts and lives to God, we are received with open arms and a blessing.  Friends of Christ, turn to God and live.  Amen.

Reading Of The Scripture: 2 Corinthians 4: 3-6 (N.T., pg. 169); 2 Kings 2: 1-12 (O.T., pg. 317)

Faith Lesson For All Ages

Anthem:   “Walkin’ in the Light”………..Thomerson

Reading Of The Gospel:   Mark 9: 2-9 (N.T., pg. 41)

We Reflect On New Possibilities

Message For This Day

*Hymn: “Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken”………..……..#81

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:   Responding to your blessing on us, O God, and our love for you, we bring these offerings of our resources, our best efforts, and ourselves.  May we prove faithful to you and to those faithful ones who have come before us.  And may our lives also shine brightly in the world as evidence of our hope.  Amen.

We Go Forth To Live Transformed Lives

*Closing Hymn: “Lord, the Light of Your Love Is Shining” ……….#192

 *Pastoral Benediction

*Choral Benediction: “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”……………#825, v. 2

*Chime Meditation


*Where noted, please stand if able.                                          


February’s Proverb:  

Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds; for riches do not last forever, nor a crown for all generations.   Proverbs 27: 23-24

 The Mission Committee creates opportunities for our congregation to give of our time, talents and treasures to organizations and individuals in need.  The committee does this by coordinating the various mission activities.  Interested?  We are encouraging all current members (those that served last year) and any interested new individuals to be part of the Mission team.  If you are interested, please see Wayne or Deb.  The first meeting for 2018 will be Tuesday, February 20 at 7 p.m. in Zion House. 

 Thank You To All Members for donating labels to our Labels for Education endeavor over the past few years.  We have received three $250 Visa cards, as well as supplies for our Sunday School. We are very grateful to the congregation and to Meagan Weaver for all of her hard work!

The Board Of Upper Adams Christians Together invite and encourage all interested folks to attend our rescheduled annual meeting on February 12, 2018, at Zion UCC in Arendtsville!  The board business meeting begins at 6:15 p.m. The annual meeting for the public portion will begin at 7:00 p.m.  Reports on all our active ministries and financial standing along with future visions for 2018 will highlight the evening, surrounded with celebration for how God has actively grown good fruit in our midst.

An Ash Wednesday Service And Light Meal will be held on February 14. The service is from 7:00-7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary.  Preceding the service at 6:30 will be a light meal in Fellowship Hall.  Please sign on the clipboard on the credenza if you would like to come to the meal.

During The Sunday School Hour on February 18, our historian Bob Prosperi will be with us to discuss the history of the Eternal Peace Light Memorial. This follows up on our planned walk to the Peace Light on February 17.  We will meet for the walk at 9:30 a.m. at the Seminary chapel.  Join us for all these events!

On Sunday, February 18, we will have a Jesus Loves Me Valentine’s Day party.  Parents have opted to not have the children do Valentine’s for each other; however, Jessica still would like them to each receive a card or two.  Jess will assemble goodie bags and would love for members of the church to help with cards.  A basket of Valentine’s will be on the credenza with each child’s name on an envelope.  Feel free to take a card and write a note to that child.  If you know something about them, have recognized good behavior in church, etc., feel free to write a personal note.  Jessica will collect them until February 11 in a bag that she will place with the basket.  Thanks in advance for your help!!


Heating System Capital Campaign (As of Jan. 31)
Received one-time contributions $98,606
Monetary value of pledges received $32,700
Pledges received thus far in cash

Total cash received ($98,606 + $17,995)=



  On Sunday, March 18, We’re Going BOWLING!  Reserved are several regular and duck pin lanes at Rockwell Lanes in Biglerville at 2:00.  Jessica Parker needs a final head count by Sunday, March 4, with number of bowlers attending with your group.  Two games of bowling plus shoes will be paid for by Zion. Please see Jess with any questions.

A John’s Meals Board Meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 20, at 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.

 2018 Membership Directories are available on the credenza.

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

Greeters are needed for February 18, March 18, and most of April.

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

As A Mission Project, Isabelle will be collecting used batteries to be recycled.  She will be collecting single use household, rechargeable household, button, cellphone and tool batteries.  Please bring your old batteries and place them in the big green box in the back of the church starting February 11.  She will be collecting till the box is full!

 Our Treasurer, Laurie, has announced her intention to “retire” from this position in May. We have so appreciated Laurie’s steady steering of our finances at Zion.  In addition, Jess will be “retiring” at the end of this SS program year.  We are also deeply appreciative of her work to strengthen and maintain a fine program.  So Zion U.C.C. has the following paid positions open:  church treasurer beginning June 2018 and Sunday School Supervisor beginning August 2018.  Anyone interested in receiving information and/or applications for either position should contact Donna.

 The 2018 Flower Chart is posted in the vestibule.  Dates available for the first half of the year are April 8, 15, 22, 29; May 6, 13, 27; and June 10, 17, 24. 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.

 Zion’s Financial Data

Income through January – $13,760.00

Expenses through January – $22.755.36

Deficit – $8,995.36

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 will be providing 100 cups each month and they may be placed in the cupboard in the rear of the church.  Any questions, please see Chris.  As always, thank you so much for your faithful support of this ministry.

Inclement Weather Policy. If snow or ice force cancellation of Sunday services, here’s how to get the word on whether worship services will be held: call the church at 717-677-8319 and listen to the answering machine message. The message will be updated to tell you if services have been cancelled due to inclement weather; tune in to WGET or WGAL TV 8; check the church web site:  www.zionuccarendtsville.org; or contact a Consistory member.

Coming Up Next Week:

Feb. 11, Confirmation, St. Paul, Lutheran, 6:00 pm

Feb. 12, Ladies’ breakfast, Apple Bin, 9:00 am

Feb. 12, UACT annual mtg, F. H., 6:15 pm/7:00 pm

Feb. 13, Book Club, Mustard seed rm, 7:00 pm

Feb. 14, Ash Wednesday light meal, F. H., 6:30 pm

Feb. 14, Ash Wednesday service, Zion, 7:00 pm

Feb. 17, South Mountain ramble, Seminary to Peace Light, 9:30 am

 Looking Forward:

Feb. 18, Worship with communion; children sing, 9:00 am

Feb. 18, History of the Eternal Peace Light memorial by Bob Prosperi, 10:15 am

Feb. 20, John’s Meals board mtg, F. H., 6:30 pm

Feb. 20, Mission Cmte mtg, Zion Hse, 7:00 pm

Feb. 21, What’s Cookin’, Trinity Lutheran, 6:00 pm

Feb. 21, Lenten supper series, Trinity Lutheran, 6:00 pm

Feb. 21, Choir practice, 7:30 pm

Feb. 26, Consistory mtg, Zion Hse, 7:00 pm

Feb. 27, Knitting/crocheting, Mustard seed rm, 6:30 pm

Feb. 28, Lenten supper series, Zion, 6:00 pm