Worship: November 12, 2017

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Veteran’s Sunday

 November 11 –Veterans’ Day Observance

At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, the armistice – laying down of arms – was signed to end the first World War. Many nations continue to call this Armistice Day, while others name it Remembrance, recalling the sacrifice made by women and men in both World War I – “the war to end all wars” – and the many wars that have taken place since.

 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


Prelude:   “Mansions of the Lord”………………….…Glennie-Smith

 Chime Interlude And Candle Lighting Response

Leader:    You are worthy, awesome God, to receive honor and glory. God brings the light of truth to us.

All:          Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive our praise and thanksgiving. Christ brings the light of redemption to us.

Leader:    Spirit of God, you claim our loyalty and establish Christ’s rule in our lives.  The Spirit brings the light of discernment to us.

All:          The Lord reigns as the King of Kings, and is robed in majesty and armed with strength.

 Praise Response:   “We Shall Overcome”…………..….#379, v. 1, 2

 *Call To Worship

One:           God of justice,

All:             awaken us, enliven us, keep us ready, aware, and present.

One:           Come, let us worship God.

*Hymn: “From All That Dwell Below the Skies” ………………#327


One:        May you give us endurance, patience, and commitment, O God,

All:          to do your work on Earth.

One:        May you encourage us to wait for you to inspire, fill, and encourage us

All:          to do your work on Earth.

One:        We are your people, O God.  May we continue with stamina, hope, faith and love,

All:          to do your work on Earth.  Amen.

We Recognize Our Brokenness

Prayer Of Confession

One:        In the times when we give up,

All:          may we be encouraged to press on.

One:        In moments when we forget you,

All:          may we be prompted by images of you.

One:        When others distract us from seeking you,

All:          may you be at the forefront of our minds.

One:        Encourage, uplift, and energize us, especially when we need to be reminded for whom we are living.  Amen.  (A time for silent prayers of confession.)

Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

One:        Our God is generous in wisdom, sincerity, hope, and faithfulness.  It is God’s desire to share these gifts with us.

All:          We give thanks to our God who has these qualities, and thanks to our God who blesses us with these qualities, too.  Amen.

 Reading Of The Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18 (N.T., pg. 193)

Anthem:   “A Prayer for Our Time”………………………………………Martin

      Composed the week of September 11, 2001 this anthem is an impassioned cry for peace and a          testimony of trust in the providence of God. Incorporating The Navy Hymn theme, the text  lifts our eyes to the God who restores, protects and defends.

 We Reflect On New Possibilities

Reading Of The Gospel:   Matthew 25: 1-13 (N.T., pg. 26)

Message For This Day

*Hymn: “I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light”…………….…..#377

Remembrance Day

Leader: Beyond words, beyond the battle, beyond the outcry, lies silence.  It is sacred, this silence; and holy, this remembering.  For only silent remembering can carry enough pain and truth together to whisper:  “It is enough.  Never again.” (A time for silent reflection on sacrifices made on our behalf.)

Litany for our Dedication To Peace

Leader:       In our remembrance we know silence is not enough to change the world.

All:             Jesus said, “I have come that you may have life and life to the full.”

Leader:       In our remembrance we know silence is not enough to bring peace to the world.

All:             God said, “Behold I make all things new.”

Leader:       In our remembrance we know silence is not enough to change the minds of leaders.

All:             Paul wrote, “Let your light shine before people.”

Leader:       In our remembrance we know silence is not enough to change the way we do things.

All:             Jesus said, “This is what I command you:  love one another.”

Leader:       In our remembrance we know silence is not enough to convey the truth of war.

All:             Jesus said, “Every tree is known by the fruit it bears.”

Leader:       In our remembrance we know silence is not enough but Jesus’ words are.

All:             Jesus said, “Blessed are those who work for peace.”  Jesus also said, “No one has          greater love than this—to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

Zion’s Living Veterans Are As Follows:

Michael Althoff Jeff Davis Loy Hoke Gerald Pitzer Richard Snider
Kenneth Baltzley Thomas Deloe Logan Howell Robert Prosperi Ralph Spence
Ben Battersby Gary Diveley Matthew Leedy Neil Rothhaupt Gregory Sumbury
Matt Battersby Carey Ehly John Matthews Kenneth Sell Harold Tuckey
Kim Blocher Wayne Gantz Jay McGlaughlin Michael Shaffer Robert Vines
Purcell Bohrer Richard Hartman Daryl Miller Lyle Slaybaugh Bill Warren
Tamara Brodbeck Donald Hartzel      

As is our custom, at this time we will recognize the Zion veterans among us. We ask that all remain standing until all are recognized.

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: “God of the Ages, Whose Almighty Hand” ……….#331


Leader:    Go in the strength of God’s spirit, lighting lamps of justice with the oil of righteousness.  May the grace of God nourish you, and the love of God sustain you.  Amen.

 *Choral Benediction:   “We Shall Overcome”………….#379, v. 3, 4

*Chime Meditation


*Where noted, please stand if able.           


November’s Proverb:  

One given to anger stirs up strife, and the hothead causes much transgression.   Proverbs 29: 22

Thank You To The Following Members Who Spent The Day Working On Various Odd Jobs Around The Church. Many dealt with the fix ups needed because of the new heating system.  Jay, Kim, Kim, Cindy, Roger, Dan, Jeff, Wayne, Bob, Bill and Eddie.   A lunch was provided by Deb, Sally and Cindy.

 The Ladies’ Breakfast will be held on Monday, November 13, at 9:00 a.m. at the Apple Bin.  We will be collecting for our annual charity collection.  If you cannot make it that day and still wish to donate, please give your donation to Sally or someone else that you know will be going.  We are also going to have a White Elephant Sale. If you wish, bring something wrapped with a value of $20.  Bidding will start at $5.  Please add your name on the package.  Check around your home; I am sure you have something to donate. Only one item per person. 


Heating System Capital Campaign (As of October 29)
Received one-time contributions $82,121
Monetary value of pledges received $31,800
Pledges received thus far in cash

Total cash received ($82,121+$11,661)=




 Congratulations To Snowball’s Chance (Brittni, Diane, Meagan, Betsy and Mike) our winners at Trivia Nite.  Their donation of $300 will go to McKenna Voss and family.  McKenna is seven years old and battling leukemia.  Mark your calendars…our next Trivia Nite will be Sunday, January 14, 2018.

The Labels For Education Program is coming to a close.  Only UPCs with the Labels for Education logo will be accepted and redeemed for points into registered schools’ bank accounts.  As of 10/26/17, Zion’s Sunday School Program currently has 20,172 points banked in our account, and has a goal to reach 22,000 for our third and final $250 Visa Gift Card to be used towards Sunday School activities for Zion’s children.  Please drop any labels in the red Labels for Education boxes located in the vestibule upon entering the sanctuary, or on the side table in the main Sunday School room.  The deadline to submit labels for the program is January 2, 2018.

Christmas Cards Project – Help Homewood residents receive a Christmas card.  Bring a card/s with your handwritten messages for the residents.  Please let the front of the envelope blank, and Homewood will address with resident’s name.  Cards will be hand-delivered and read to residents by volunteers.  A card collection box will be in the back of church from November 5 – 26.  Card collection deadline is December 3. Any questions, please contact Angie.

 Homewood Auxiliary 2018 Membership Dues are now being accepted until the end of December.  The form to check off your name and confirm your address along with the envelope for the $3 single/$5 including spouse dues will be on the credenza at the rear of the Church.  Please make checks payable to Homewood Auxiliary.  Calendars for 2018  are available as well.  Please contact Angie with any questions about becoming a supporting member of the Homewood Auxiliary. 

Mail For Those Who Serve.   Ben Battersby is actively serving in Afghanistan. If you wish to send Ben a card, his address is PFC Battersby, Benjamin / Bravo Troop, 3-73, CAV NKC / APO, AE 09354

 The Knitting/Crocheting Club will meet on Tuesday, November 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the main SS room.

 A John’s Meals Board Meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 21, at 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.

 UACT Is Excited To Be Offering A Study And Fellowship Opportunity for our members.  On November 16 and 30 we will be engaged in a study that celebrates our shared heritage in the Protestant Reformation.  2017 is the 500th Anniversary of this important event!  Learn the central claims of our faith, and the ways in which we can live them today.  We are offering a morning and evening session. Refreshments will be served!  This is the first of a series of month-long sessions that we will be offering, with the next one in January.

Trinity UCC Biglerville at 9:30 a.m.; Zion UCC Arendtsville at 7 p.m.

It will be co-led by our UACT pastors.  Come, meet some new friends, and share in the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation in a new and exciting way.

 Zion’s Financial Data

Income through October – $152,320.33

Expenses through October – $159,096.51

Deficit – $6,776.18

*This is partially due to the unbudgeted $3,000 cost for a new copier in 2017.   


Coming Up Next Week:

Nov. 12, Confirmation, St. Paul Lutheran, 6:00 pm

Nov. 13, Ladies’ breakfast, Apple Bin, 9:00 am

Nov. 14, Book Club, Mustard seed rm, 7:00 pm

Nov. 15, What’s Cookin’, Trinity Lutheran, 6:00 pm

Nov. 15, Choir practice, 7:30 pm

Nov. 16, UACT Bible Study, Mustard seed rm, 7:00 pm

Looking Forward:

Nov. 21, John’s Meals board mtg, F. H., 6:30 pm

Nov. 21, Knitting/crocheting club, main SS rm, 6:30 pm

Nov. 27, Consistory mtg, Zion Hse, 7:00 pm