ZION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
22 Gettysburg Street Box 538
First Sunday in Advent
November 28, 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.
PRELUDE: “Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus”, Edward Broughton, based on Stuttgart from “Psalmodia Sacra”, ©1998 Lorenz Publishing Co.
CHIME INTERLUDE: “Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers”, public domain
*CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: Waiting can be hard. We are often an impatient people. And yet, in the midst of our impatience, sometimes God calls us to wait.
All: We try to be patient, but there is much that makes us anxious.
Leader: Much in our world is designed to create a sense of urgency, a sense of panic. But here, in this place, we pause to hear God’s word.
All: Here, in this place, we patiently wait for God.
Leader: Come. Let us worship God!
Loving God, in our busy and thing-filled world, you call us to be patient. You
invite us to trust, not in the things of this world, but in your everlasting word.
Strengthen us, we pray, to hear your word, to believe your word, and to respond
to your word in our daily living. Amen.
*HYMN# 123: “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear”, Edmund H. Sears 1849, Richard S. Willis 1850, public domain
LIGHTING THE ADVENT CANDLE AND CHRIST CANDLE
The Advent Candle liturgy today was written by Rachel Hackenberg and is used with permission.
Advent 1 (WAITING)
We wait… With each second, with every hour.
We wait… Through each day, through each season.
We wait… God’s day is coming.
We wait… God’s work will be done.
Like a burning candle that stands watch through the night,
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Like farmers watching the land after a planting, we are expectant before you, Most Holy God. You are the seed of possibility, the root of life, the growing harvest of justice, the off-shooting branch of salvation … and we are impatient for it all. Impatient to know what might be. Impatient to forecast our lives and to secure our futures. Impatient to see the fruit of justice. Impatient for your salvation and healing. We forget that this is your work, O God, not ours. Forgive us. Grant us the faith to wait and to watch for what you will do. Amen.
ASSURANCE OF GOD’S LOVE
“The time is coming,” God declares, “when I will fulfill my gracious promise with the people…” Friends, know that in the midst of all that is going on in our lives, God is forever fulfilling promises, loving us unconditionally, and leading us into a new day.
All: Thanks be to God! Amen.
A TIME FOR YOUNG DISCIPLES
Leader: Glory to God in the highest!
ALL: And peace on earth.
*PRAISE RESPONSE #126: “Jesus, Jesus, O What a Wonderful Child”, African American tune, harm. Jeffrey Radford/arr. Horace C. Boyer, ©2000 Horace Clarence Boyer
SCRIPTURE READING: Jeremiah 33: 14-16 and Luke 21: 25-36
*HYMN #88: “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”, Latin prose and plainsong adapt. Thomas Helmore 1852/arr. John Weaver 1988, ©1990 John Weaver
For the love of family and friends, the beauty of this earth, the invitation of each new day, and for all that brings hope into the present
We give thanks, O God
For ideas that inspire us, leaders that show wisdom, events that bring positive change, and for all that brings hope into the future –
We give thanks, O God.
For stories that have shaped us, lives that have revealed courage, moments that have become milestones, and for all that brought hope into the past.
We give thanks, O God.
For this Season of Advent, where we discover once more how divine love born in human form brings hope to the past, present, and future
We give thanks, O God
Hope is a gift you have nurtured into the cycle of life. May we recognize this gift and allow it to flourish within us as you walk beside us. Amen.
LORD’S PRAYER USING SINS AND SINNED
PRAYER RESPONSE #583 “Glory to God”, Jacques Berthier,©1979, 1981 Les Presses de Taize, GIA Publications
In this Season of Advent, our minds frequently turn to gifts: What might I receive
for Christmas? What can I give to this person, or that person? Should I give more,
or less? All this is in response to something God did long ago, when God sent
Jesus into our world and into our lives. God said, “I love you all so much, I am
coming to be among you.” It is in response to this amazing gift from God that
we give now.
Leader: God is good!
People: All the time!
Leader: All the time!
People: God is good!
VOCAL SOLO: “Advent Hymn”, Christy Nockels, ©2016 Sweather Weather Music
Soloist: Heather B.
*SUNG DOXOLOGY “Christmas Doxology”, Thomas Ken, 1674/adapt. Dale A. Schoening 2001, Words copyright © 2001 Dale A. Schoening. Published by The General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church, PO Box 340003, Nashville TN 37203-0003. Web site http://www.umcworship.org
(to the tune of “O Tannenbaum”)
Praise God from whom all bless-ings flow, in ev-ery gen-er-a-tion.
Praise God, all crea-tures here be-low, who gives to us sal-va-tion.
Praise God a-bove, ye heaven-ly host. Praise Fa-ther, Son, and Ho-ly Ghost.
Let all cre-a-tion praise the Lord with love and ad-or-a-tion.
*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
We offer these gifts to you, O God, in the hope that they might help make your promises come true. We offer you our whole selves as well, dedicated to doing our part to help bring your will into reality in our world. As we give these gifts, we recommit ourselves to exploring ways that we can live the love of Christ’s coming every day throughout the year, and not just in this season. Amen.
*CLOSING HYMN #143: “Angels From the Realms of Glory”, James Montgomery 1816, 1825/ Henry T. Smart 1867, public domain
CHIME MEDITATION: “Jesus Came, the Heaven’s Adoring”, public domain
POSTLUDE: “Good Christian Men, Rejoice”, Hugh Livingston, Jr., based on “in Dulci Jubilo”, ©1981 Lorenz Publishing Co.
Please check in on Facebook that you are at church this morning!!
The altar flowers are given to the glory of God and in memory of Len M. from the family.
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. 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.
Nov. 30 UACT Mtg Fellowship Hall 7:00 p.m.
Dec. 5 Worship with Communion Sanctuary 9:00 a.m.
Sunday School 10:15 a.m.
Dec. 9 Book Club Fellowship Hall 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 12 Ugly Christmas Sweater Sunday and Christmas Social!
Happy Birthday to Elaine E. who celebrates 92 years on December 1st and to Peggy D. who celebrates 79 years on December 4th!
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.
Poinsettia Order Forms: Today’s the day for flower orders! If you would like to brighten up the church on Christmas Eve and then your home for the holiday, with lovely poinsettias, now’s your last chance! The poinsettias are available in three different colors and order forms are on the credenza in the back of church with directions for payment.
Remembrance Tree: The Remembrance Tree is up and looking good! Thanks to all who have sponsored ornaments. There’s still time to remember or honor family and friends and add color to Zion’s sanctuary. Forms are on the credenza. Just fill one out and place it and your check (made payable to Zion UCC with remembrance tree in the memo line) 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.
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.
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: Thanks to all who donated to Holiday Family Outreach. Although the Mission Committee’s challenge ended this past Sunday, you can still donate directly to HFO by mailing them a check c/o Adams County United Way, 123 Buford Ave., Gettysburg, PA 17325.
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. Every phone equates to 30 minutes of talk time for a soldier. Thanks for your support.
Candy Cane invitations: Of course, you noticed our giant Candy Cane as you entered church today! There are small candy canes there for you to give to a friend or neighbor with a card listing our Christmas Eve worship services. Feel free to take a candy cane as you leave worship today to give to that special someone!
December 12th – Ugly Christmas Sweater Sunday and Christmas Social: Come on, you know you have a holiday sweater that only sees the light one day a year! Here’s the chance to bring it out again. Wear your Christmas sweater (ugly or not) to church on December 12th and share it with all of us there and at the Christmas Social in Fellowship Hall after worship. Just shake the cookie crumbs off it before you put it away again!
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!
Children’s Christmas Pageant: On December 19th, Zion’s kiddos will present “Let Earth Receive”, a Christmas play, as their gift to Zion’s congregation. Mark your calendars!
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! Smile.amazon.com lets you choose Zion to receive a small percentage of the price of your order.
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!