Sunday, January 6, 2019
Consumed by the Fire of a Star
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: According to the story, Mary and Joseph listened to all the prophecies about their child. They let lowly shepherds draw near, they received blessings and praise from pious Simeon and faithful Anna, they accepted gifts of the foreign magi. They didn’t judge those who came near to worship or appreciate this child who had interrupted their lives.
All: We come to worship the one true God who brings together all who have need of the divine presence.
*Hymn: “I Wonder as I Wander”…………….……(insert)
Leader: God who guides our journey, as Mary opened her heart to the child in her arms and the magi opened their hearts to a journey of unknown proportions, may we throw open the doors of our hearts to welcome the joy and pain of life lived in the mysteries of a faith. May our worship guide us, like the brightest star, closer to God, ourselves and one another. Amen.
We Recognize Our Brokenness
Prayer Of Confession
One: If we’re honest, none of us got what we wanted this year.
All: Wars continue to rage, starvation threatens refugees, entire ecosystems are still under threat. We rarely stop to consider our part in the cycle.
One: We confess we did not really give the gifts that would bring peace to Earth.
All: We speak aloud that we still struggle to find peace even in our town or homes this year. Amen. (A time for silent prayers of confession.)
Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness
Voice One: Still your hearts, and listen! The magi followed nothing more than a question.
All: Just like us, they had doubts and questions.
Voice One: Even though they didn’t study our scriptures, they studied Creation. And Creation testified to God’s presence. They noticed that Creation was changing, calling out to them to come and worship a God they hadn’t intended to worship!
All: Let it be known that even though we do not know what we seek, where we are headed or who we will encounter along the way, we serve a God who speaks peace, acceptance, and grace into and all around each one of us.
Reading Of The Scripture: Isaiah 60 (O.T., pg. 649)
Faith Lesson For All Ages
Anthem: “Do You Hear What I Hear”………………Regney
We Reflect On New Possibilities
Reading Of The Gospel: Matthew 2: 1-12 (N.T., pg. 1)
Message For This Day
*Hymn: “There’s a Song in the Air”………………..(insert)
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: We have carried these gifts long enough. Through deserts and hostile lands where scarcity rules and fear threatens our generosity. We have borne the burden of an abundance we don’t understand. Accept these efforts, O God, as a sign of our reverence for our brother, the child Christ. Guide our steps by your light and our dreams as we deliver these gifts into your care and return home by a gentler, more peaceful path. Amen.
*Closing Hymn: “As with Gladness Men of Old” ………………….#150
All: God in the darkness, God in the light. God to the left, God to the right, God in front, God behind, God in us to seek, God in us to find. Amen.
*Choral Benediction: “We Three Kings of Orient Are”…………#151 vs 5
*Where noted, please stand if able.
Listen, children, to a father’s instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight. Proverbs 4: 1
Annual Report Information For 2017 should be submitted to the office by Tuesday, January 9.
Updated Membership Directories are available on the credenza.
Parking Along the Side Of The Church On Sunday Morning Is Strictly For Handicapped Parking, as posted signs indicate.
The John’s Meals New Buyer Group will meet in the Basement/Fellowship hall for a short meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, January 7.
Proceeds From The Stained Glass Artwork Fundraiser totaled $855. This money goes to our church’s general fund. Bill Stoner was the lucky winner. Thank you to all who participated.
A John’s Meals Board Meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.
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 December – $188,226.98
Expenses through December – $185,611.51
Surplus – $2,615.47
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.
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.
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.)
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 second quarter of 2018, Zion received $400. After your yard sales, consider donating unsold appropriate items to the bin.
Coming Up Next Week:
Jan. 7, John’s Meals buyer group, FH, 6:30 pm
Jan. 8, Book Club, Mustard seed rm, 7:00 pm
Jan. 9, Choir practice, 7:30 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. 15, John’s Meals board mtg, FH, 6:30 pm
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