Worship: January 27, 2019

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Shaped by God’s Word

Third 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



Chime Interlude

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:       The heavens are telling the glory of God;

All:         and the firmament proclaims God’s handiwork.

One:       Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.

All:         Its rising is from the end of the heavens,

One:       let God’s knowledge rise in us.

All:         Let God’s glory shine all around us.

*Hymn: “ In Christ There Is No East or West”………….………#317


Leader:   Sculptor of the heavens and the earth, creator of the sea and sky, we praise your holy name because you created us in love and ordered our lives that we might live with peace, joy, mutuality, unity, and abundance.  Help us see the goodness that is all around us in the beauty of your creation and the framework of your commands.  Help us hear your word this day.  Let it shape us and make us new once more.  Amen.

We Recognize Our Brokenness

 Prayer Of Confession

One:       Is God’s word at the centre of our life?

All:         Creator God, you speak creation into being, and we try to hide our lives from the light of your word.  Forgive us.  We acknowledge that God’s word should shape our community life, yet we limit the reach of God’s voice.  We squeeze it into one special hour, we squeeze it into  Bible studies, or we squeeze it into a place set apart.  We often neglect to put God’s word at the heart of our life together.

One:       How can we place God’s word at the centre of our life?

All:         Shift our vision, gracious God, so that we might see how our lives are knit together by your love and your commands.  Help us to remember that attention to your word and command is attention to community building, peace and justice, and to praise you.  Amen.  (A time for silent prayers of confession.)

Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

One:       We are the Body of Christ.  The one spirit of God is poured out upon us all.  We are forgiven.  We are loved.

All:         Thanks be to God!  Amen.

 Reading Of The Scripture:   1 Corinthians 12: 12-31a (N.T., pg. 163)

Faith Lesson For All Ages

 Anthem:       “Hymns of Hope, Songs of Faith”………………..…arr. Martin

We Reflect On New Possibilities

Reading Of The Gospel:   Luke 4: 14-21 (N.T., pg. 57)

 Message For This Day

 *Hymn: “Today We All Are Called to Be Disciples”…………………..#757

 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

We Go Forth To Live Transformed lives

*Closing Hymn: “To God Be the Glory” ……………………….#634


One:       The spirit of God is upon us.  We go out into the world for we have been anointed,

All:         to share the good news with everyone we meet, to bring freedom to those held captive, to bring hope to those who have been displaced, to tear down all structures of oppression, to declare that this is God’s time.

*Choral Benediction: “Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine!”……….#839 vs 1

*Chime Meditation


*Where noted, please stand if able.      


January’s Proverb:

Listen, children, to a father’s instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight.   Proverbs 4: 1

Zion’s Knitting/Crocheting Needleworkers will meet on Wednesday, January 30, at 6:30 p.m. in the mustard seed room.

A John’s Meals Board Meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 19, at 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.

“Souper” Bowl Sunday!  Zion is having a canned soup drive today and February 4.  A football field is 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.

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).

Zion’s Financial Data

Income through December – $188,226.98

Expenses through December – $185,611.51

Surplus – $2,615.47

Parking Along the Side Of The Church On Sunday Morning Is Strictly For Handicapped Parking, as posted signs indicate.

 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. Available dates for the first half of the year are Feb. 10, 17, 24; Mar. 3, 17, 24, 31; Apr. 7, 14, 28; May 5, 19, 26; June 2, 16, 23, 30.  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.

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 BudgetFor the third quarter of 2018, Zion received $232.  After your yard sales, consider donating unsold appropriate items to the bin. 

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

Greeters are needed for February 3, 10, 17, 24.

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


Coming Up Next Week:

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

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

Jan. 30, Choir practice, 7:30 pm

 Looking Forward:

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

Feb. 20, What’s Cookin’, Trinity Lutheran, 6:00 pm

Feb. 24, Children sing during worship, 9:00 am