Sunday, January 20, 2019
Witnessing God’s New Way in the World
Second Sunday after Epiphany
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
Epiphany Candle Lighting
Leader: We light a candle in the name of the One who filled all creation with the Word.
People: We light a candle in the name of the Christ the Morning Star, whose incarnate presence brings light to the world.
Leader: We light a candle to remind us to blaze forth with the Holy Spirit, a shining city on a hill.
*Call To Worship
One: God’s steadfast love extends to the heavens,
All: God’s faithfulness to the clouds.
Left: God’s righteousness is like the mighty mountains,
All: God’s judgments are like the great deep. (pause)
One: How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
All: All people may take refuge in the shadow of God’s wings.
*Hymn: “ More Love to Thee, O Christ”………….………#828
Leader: Holy One, beginning with your wind sweeping over the face of the waters, you created the world; through the waters, you brought your people up out of Egypt, you sent your Spirit over the waters at Jesus’ baptism, and you revealed the nature of Jesus’ ministry when Jesus transformed water into wine. You speak, and all Creation bends and blooms. Help us listen with the attentiveness of the waters, and help us see the new work you are beginning in our midst. Amen.
We Recognize Our Brokenness
Prayer Of Confession
All: God of water, wind, spirit, and light, we come before you today asking for your mercy to be poured out on our lives, for the times when we have not sought you in unexpected places, or the expected places. When we are infrequent in our study of your word, when we are impatient in our times of prayer, when we rarely prioritize Christian fellowship and Christian service, forgive us we pray. Lead us back into the familiar rhythms of worship, scripture reading, prayer, fellowship, and service. Then, leave our hearts open to seeing you, hearing you, and meeting you in unexpected ways. Amen. (A time for silent prayers of confession.)
Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness
One: God takes delight in you and rejoices over you. God’s limitless love has the power to turn the troubled waters of resentment and fear into the wine of grace. Let us receive and celebrate this good news.
All: Thanks be to God!
Reading Of The Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12: 1-11 (N.T., pg. 163)
Faith Lesson For All Ages
Anthem: “Treasured Three – Faith, Hope, Love”…………………Choplin
We Reflect On New Possibilities
Reading Of The Gospel: John 2: 1-11 (N.T., pg. 87)
Message For This Day
*Hymn: “In Christ Called to Baptize”……………………..#297
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
One: Merciful one, with grateful hearts we offer these gifts, asking that they might be transformed into compassion for our world, hope for all who struggle, and vision for our ministry. Amen.
We Go Forth To Live Transformed lives
*Closing Hymn: “Brethren, We Have Met to Worship” ……….#396
Leader: In all experiences and encounters, may you find the compassion of God. In all changes and choices, may you find the wisdom of God. In all reflection and response, may you find the hope of God. In all hearts and homes,
All: may the peace of God be with us. Amen.
*Choral Benediction: “Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine!”….……#839 vs 1
*Where noted, please stand if able.
Listen, children, to a father’s instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight. Proverbs 4: 1
“Souper” Bowl Sunday! Zion will be having a canned soup drive on Sunday, January 27, and February 4. There will be a football field set up in the front of the church. Please bring your cans of soup and place them in the end zone of the team you think will win the Super Bowl. After the game is played, we’ll see if Zion was correct in picking the winner. The soup will then be delivered to a local food pantry. Last year, we donated 319 cans. Let’s see if we can top that amount this year!
The Worship Committee will meet on Thursday, February 7, at Zion House, at 7 p.m.
Parking Along the Side Of The Church On Sunday Morning Is Strictly For Handicapped Parking, as posted signs indicate.
Zion’s Financial Data
Income through December – $188,226.98
Expenses through December – $185,611.51
Surplus – $2,615.47
Trinity Lutheran Church cordially invites you to join them on Sunday, Jan. 27, for an enjoyable evening featuring the Annual UACT Youth Dinner, Outreach Food Auction, and ‘Creative’ Decorating Contest.
The UACT youth will be preparing and serving a Chicken Pot Pie Dinner (slippery pot pie) with proceeds going towards youth activities/programs. The dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Social Room.
The Outreach Food Auction will begin at 6:45 p.m. and will offer many items pertaining to food, such as cakes, cupcakes, cookies, candies, jams/jellies, gift baskets, gift certificates/gift cards, and much, much more. Trinity’s Outreach & Service Committee will use the proceeds to assist local outreach programs, such as John’s Meals, Survivors, Adams Rescue Mission, the Gettysburg Soup Kitchen, and other local community needs.
The ‘Creative’ Decorating Contest is for “ALL AGES.” Participants are to bake the item of their age level, creatively decorate it, and bring it to the Food Auction. Age levels and selected baked items are as follows:
- Pre-K to Grade 3: COOKIES
- Grades 4 to 6: CUPCAKES
- Grade 7 through and including Adults: CAKES
Everyone is invited to attend, which includes friends and neighbors. Everyone is invited to the dinner, and everyone is welcome to participate and/or contribute to the Outreach Food Auction/‘Creative’ Decorating Contest events. SPECIAL NOTE: “All activities of the evening are open to participation by all in our area’s communities!”
If questions, please feel free to contact Trinity’s church office (717-677-8921).
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 27; February 3, 10, 17, 24.
(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 Dawn. 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 Budget. For the third quarter of 2018, Zion received $232. After your yard sales, consider donating unsold appropriate items to the bin.
Coming Up Next Week:
Jan. 18-20, Confirmand/youth “30-Hour Famine,” Camp Nawakwa
Jan. 23, Choir practice, 7:30 pm
Jan. 27, “Souper” bowl drive
Jan. 28, Consistory mtg, Zion Hse, 7:00 pm
Feb. 3, “Souper” bowl drive
Feb. 7, Worship cmte, Zion Hse, 7:00 pm
Feb. 10, “Reaching for God” youth group, Stone Church, Glenville, 5:00 pm
Feb. 11, Ladies’ breakfast, Apple Bin, 9:00 am
Feb. 12, Book Club, Mustard seed rm, 7:00 pm
Feb. 20, What’s Cookin’, Trinity Lutheran, 6:00 pm
Feb. 24, Children sing during worship, 9:00 am