Worship: November 21, 2021

ZION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

22 Gettysburg Street  Box 538

Arendtsville, Pennsylvania

Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

November 21, 2021

9:00 a.m.

Livestream link:  Zion UCC Sunday Service Livestream – November 21 2021

W E L C O M E

Dear visitors, welcome and thank you for joining us at Zion UCC! Our hope is that you will feel encouraged by today’s service and that you will experience the love and peace of Jesus Christ. If you have any questions or need spiritual guidance, please find me at the end of the service.

Rev. Heather

 

PRELUDE: “We Gather Together”, John Turner, Traditional Netherlands melody©2019 Lorenz Publishing Co.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: 

CHIME INTERLUDE: “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus”, Helen Lemmel, ©1922 Benson Music Group

*CALL TO WORSHIP

Dear children of God, rejoice and be glad!

ALL: The world is full of wonder and delight; God’s creation echoes with joy.

When life seems to become a nightmare,

ALL:  God is able to fill us with dreams of hope and courage.

By God’s grace, our seeds of sorrow can yield a bumper crop of

thanksgiving.

ALL:  By God’s love, our flood of tears become fountains of grace.

God does wonderful things.

ALL:  We rejoice and give thanks.

 

*HYMN#367 “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come”, Henry Alford 1844, George J. Elvey 1858, public domain

 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Gracious God:  when we forget to share, when we forget to give thanks, when we forget that you are with us, when we forget to care for others so that all may have reason to celebrate and give thanks, forgive us, and help us to learn new ways of thanksgiving and thanks-living.  Amen.

 

   ASSURANCE OF GOD’S LOVE

Leader:  Just as the changing seasons are part of God’s eternal cycle of life God knows that we grow and change

God forgives us for the things we have done or have forgotten to do.

ALL:  Thanks be to God.  Amen.

 

 A TIME FOR YOUNG DISCIPLES

SCRIPTURE READING:  Psalm 126, Philippians 4:4-9

MESSAGE

*HYMN #336 “We Gather Together”, public domain

PASTORAL PRAYER, written by Howard Thurman, alt.

 

Leader:  Let us begin our Prayer

ALL:  Today, I make my Sacrament of Thanksgiving.

begin with the simple things of my days:
Fresh air to breathe,

Cool water to drink,
The taste of food,
The protection of houses and clothes,
The comforts of home.

Congregation:  For these, I make an act of Thanksgiving this day!     

bring to mind all the warmth of humankind that I have known:
My mother’s arms,
The strength of my father,
The playmates of my childhood,
The wonderful stories brought to me from the lives of many who talked of days gone by when fairies and giants and all kinds of magic held sway;
The tears I have shed, the tears I have seen;
The excitement of laughter and the twinkle in the eye with its reminder that life is good.

Congregation: For all these I make an act of Thanksgiving this day.  

I finger one by one the messages of hope that awaited me at the crossroads:
The smile of approval from those who held in their hands the reins of my security;

The tightening of the grip in a single handshake when I feared the step before me in the darkness;
The whisper in my heart when the temptation was fiercest and the claims of appetite were not to be denied;
The crucial word said, the simple sentence from an open page when my decision hung in the balance.

Congregation: For all these I make an act of Thanksgiving this day.  

I pass before me the mainsprings of my heritage:
The fruits of the labors of countless generations who lived before me, without whom my own life would have no meaning;
The seers who saw visions and dreamed dreams;
The prophets who sensed a truth greater than the mind could grasp and whose words could only find fulfillment in the years which they would never see;

Congregation: For all these I make an act of Thanksgiving this day.

The workers whose sweat has watered the trees, the leaves of which are for the healing of the nations;
The pilgrims who set their sails for lands beyond all horizons, whose courage made paths into new worlds and far-off places;

The saviors whose blood was shed with a recklessness that only a dream could inspire and God could command.

Congregation: For all this I make an act of Thanksgiving this day.

I linger over the meaning of my own life and the commitment to which I give the loyalty of my heart and mind:
The little purposes in which I have shared with my loves, my desires, my gifts;

The restlessness which bottoms all I do with its stark insistence that I have never done my best, I have never reached for the highest;
The big hope that never quite deserts me, that I and my kind will study war no more, that love and tenderness and all the inner graces of Almighty affection will cover the life of the children of God as the waters cover the sea.

Congregation:  All these and more than mind can think and heart can feel, I make as my sacrament of Thanksgiving to Thee, Our Creator, in humbleness of mind and simplicity of heart.  Amen.      

LORD’S PRAYER USING SINS AND SINNED

 OFFERING

Leader:  God is good!

People:  All the time!

Leader:  All the time!

People:  God is good!

 

VOCAL SOLO: “Blessings”, Laura Story, ©2011 New Spring, Brentwood-Benson, Capital CMG

Soloist:  Emma P. 

 

  *Doxology #609 “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow”, Brian Wren/Hal

Hopson, ©1998 Hope Publishing Company, CCLI#1149146

Praise God from whom all blessings flow, Praise God all creatures high and low.

Alleluia, alleluia!  Praise God in Jesus fully known, Creator, Word, and Spirit one.

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

*PRAYER OF DEDICATION

As you refresh us with all your gifts, God of Joy, we offer our gifts so that others might be touched by your grace, feed on the gifts of your creation, be clothed in the graciousness of your compassion, and embraced in your loving arms.  Amen.

*CLOSING HYMN #839 “Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is MIne”, Fanny J. Crosby 1873, Phoebe P. Knapp 1873, public domain

BLESSING

Go now, rejoicing!

ALL: God has done wondrous things for us!

Go, to welcome friends and families to your table.

ALL: Christ would have you include the stranger, as well.

Go, with glad and open hearts into the world.

ALL: Where the Spirit will work beside you to give hope and courage to all.

Amen!

CHIME MEDITATION: “For the Beauty of the Earth”, public domain

POSTLUDE: “Come Thou Font of Every Blessing”, (Nettleton), Arr. Nancy Lyons Smith, ©1989 Braodman Press, Genevox Music Group

 

The altar flowers are given to the glory of God and in honor of Rev. Heather’s 20th anniversary of her ordination by her mother, Sandy.

Please check in on Facebook that you are at church this morning!!

From the Consistory:  In accordance with the CDC’s most recent recommendation, you are requested to wear a mask during worship to protect yourself and others from the Delta variant of Covid-19.  Extra masks are available on the credenza.

Coming Up This Week:

Nov. 21        Worship                                               Sanctuary                9:00 a.m.

Sunday School                                                                  10:15 a.m.

Nov. 25        Thanksgiving!

Looking Forward:

Nov. 28        Worship                                               Sanctuary                9:00 a.m.

Sunday School                                                                  10:15 a.m.

Nov. 29        UACT Youth Cmte Mtg                        Fellowship Hall         6:00 p.m.

Prayer Requests:  Remember to send your prayer requests via email to the church office by Friday evening to have them included in the Sunday service.

Annual Meeting:  Today’s the day!  Zion’s annual meeting will be held immediately following worship.  Thanks for your participation in the business of the church.

Poinsettia Order Forms:  Order forms are available on the credenza in the back of church for poinsettias to brighten first the sanctuary and then your home over the Christmas holiday.  There are three colors available to provide bursts of color on Christmas Eve.  Directions for payment are on the forms.

Remembrance Tree:  Take the opportunity to brighten Zion’s sanctuary and honor or remember a family member or friend by sponsoring an ornament on Zion’s Remembrance Tree this holiday season!  Forms are on the credenza.  Just fill out a form along with your check (made payable to Zion UCC with remembrance tree in the memo line) and put forms and checks in the manilla envelope on the credenza in the back of church.  Checks will be accepted until December 19th, and a Remembrance Tree booklet will be published for Christmas Eve.  So please include on the form the language you would like to see in the booklet.  The more ornaments, the lovelier the tree!  And the money will help with Zion’s heating bills.

Homewood Christmas Gifts:  Thanks to all who are making the holidays a little brighter for Homewood’s residents.  Cube-sized boxes of tissues and bottles of unscented body lotion can be dropped in the bin at the back of church until Sunday, December 5th.  Wrapped items are preferred, but Gina Bushey has volunteered to do your wrapping for you if you are short on time!  Christmas cards (signed on the inside with your name/Zion UCC and leaving the envelope blank) can be put in the basket on the credenza. Any questions, please contact Angie V.

Holiday Family Outreach:  Today’s the last day of the challenge!  Zion’s Mission Committee is matching donations made by today up to a total of $1,000.00.  Making a donation is simple – just make your check payable to Zion UCC and write HFO on the memo line and drop it in the offering plate.

Community Aid clothing drive:  Thanks to all who donated clothing yesterday and to Debra for the use of her trailer and transporting the clothing to Community Aid.

An apology to Thomas S. for inadvertently missing his name in the Veterans Day section of the bulletin.  Thank you for your service, Tom!

Old Cell Phones:  Don’t forget to drop your old cell phones at the church office including their charging cords for shipment to Cell Phones for Soldiers.  Phone covers cannot be recycled.  To safeguard your personal data, it is wise to remove the SIM card from the phone before dropping it off.  SIM cards are usually under the battery or in a slot on the side of the phone.  If you can’t get to the SIM card, you can perform a factory reset.  With an apple/Iphone, go to Settings -> Reset -> Erase All Content and Settings.  With an Android, go to Apps -> Settings -> Backup and Reset -> Factory Data Reset -> Reset Device -> Erase Everything.  Every phone equates to 30 minutes of talk time for a soldier.  Thanks for your support.

Christmas Eve Services:  Don’t forget you have a choice this year for Christmas Eve services!  We are offering 4:00, 7:00, and 9:00 p.m. services, hoping to accommodate everyone and still pay attention to the recommended Covid guidelines.  The 4 p.m. service is a half-hour while the other two services are about an hour and feature soloists.  The sign-up sheet is on the credenza in the back of church.

Ladies Breakfast: Ladies, please join us December 13th at 9:00 a.m. at the Apple Bin for our December breakfast.  Grab a friend and bring them – the more the merrier!

Beverage Tabs:  Zion is donating the beverage tabs we have been collecting to Lincoln Elementary.  The money that is raised will be used for a young girl who was critically injured this summer after diving into shallow water.  She is currently in need of a wheelchair and Lincoln Elementary is hoping to help her in this endeavor.  So, if you have a stash of tabs at home, now would be a great time to bring them to church.  Thanks everyone!

Recycling Bulletins:  Don’t forget to recycle your bulletins after worship by dropping them in the box at the back of church.

 An Amazon Christmas?  Don’t forget Zion while Christmas shopping! Amazon will give a small portion of your purchase price to Zion if you use smile.amazon.com and choose Zion as your charity!  In a busy shopping season, you might be surprised how the total adds up!

Scripture directs us to make a joyful noise unto the Lord, and Zion needs help to do that!  In our search for a new choir director and new organist, we’ve had a few nibbles but haven’t caught one yet!  So please use your networking skills to spread the word.

Visitors – We’re glad you stopped in.  Don’t forget to help yourselves to a welcome packet on the credenza in the back of church!