Worship: November 5, 2017

Sunday, November 5, 2017

All Saints Sunday

 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 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:   “Lord, When I Came into This Life“………….#691, v. 1

 *Call To Worship

One:      Listen, O people, God is one: and you shall love your God with all your heart, and soul, and mind, and strength.

All:         We have come to worship God!

One:       Listen, O people, the second commandment is like the first:  you should love your neighbor as you love yourself.

All:         We have come to worship God!

One:       Loving God, our neighbor, and ourselves is more important than anything else.

All:         We have come to worship God!

*Hymn: “What a Fellowship, What a Joy Divine” …………………#837


Leader:   We give you thanks loving God, for your presence in our lives wherever we go and for people in our community who bear your presence to us.  In turning us toward you, O God, turn us toward one another.  Amen.

We Recognize Our Brokenness

Prayer Of Confession

One:       We come before you in confession, O God, knowing you always receive us as we are.  For those times when we have forgotten you, or neglected you, when we have not loved you,

All:         forgive us, loving God.

One:       For those times when we have not loved our neighbor, when we have ignored the needs of those around us, or when we have sought ways to diminish the worth of others,

All:         forgive us, loving God.

One:       For those times when we have not loved ourselves, putting ourselves down, always sacrificing our own needs until we reach the point of resenting others,

All:         forgive us, loving God.  Amen.  (A time for silent prayers of confession.)

Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

One:       Psalm 146 tells us that God lifts up those who are weighed down, loves the righteous, cares for the stranger, and sustains the orphan and the widow.  So know that, whoever you are, and wherever you find yourself, God loves you and is with you always.

All:         Thanks be to God!  Amen.

Reading Of The Scripture:   Revelation 21: 1-6a (N.T., pg. 244)

Faith Lesson For All Ages

Anthem:   “As We Sail to Heaven’s Shore”………..…Nelson/McHugh

 Reading Of The Gospel: John 11:32-44 (N.T., pg. 99)

 We Reflect On New Possibilities

Message For This Day

 *Hymn: “Steal Away”……………………..#358

Naming Of The Saints:   Ernest and Elson

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

Leader:   With these gifts, O God, we express a small portion of our love for you, and for our neighbours.  Take what we offer and use it to help fill the world to overflowing with your abundant goodness.  Amen.

Holy Communion


Leader:   Friends, this is the joyful feast of the people of God!  Folks will come from east and west, and from north and south.  All the citizens of God’s Rule in Christ will feast forever in glory.  This is the Lord’s table, his dinner party spread across time.  And all who are baptized in him are invited to this foretaste of the Age to come.

 Great Prayer Of Thanksgiving

Leader:   The Lord be with you.

People:  And also with you.

Leader:   Lift up your hearts.

People:  We lift them to the Lord.

Leader:   Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People:  It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Leader:   It is indeed right to give our thanks and praise to you, the God of Abraham and Sarah, Miriam and Moses, Joshua, Deborah, Ruth, David, priests, and prophets, Mary, Joseph, Peter and Paul, apostles, and martyrs, and ordinary unknown saints.

People:  You are the God of our mothers and fathers and our children to all generations.

Leader:   You, Everlasting One, made us all.  You fashion us into one people, and continue to love us even when we deny our godly heritage.

People:  Still, you call us home to you through saints dedicated to your will.

Leader:   Therefore we praise you joining our voices with all the people of faith of every time and place who forever sing to the glory of your name:

People:  Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might.  Heaven and earth are full of your glory!  Hosanna in the highest.  Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.  Hosanna in the highest.

Leader:   In union with Christ’s offering for us, we live out the mystery of the faith we proclaim.

People:  Christ has died.  Christ has risen.  Christ will come again.

Leader:   Spirit of the living God, make us one as we partake of these your gifts to us so we might be in communion with you and one another.

People:  As we break bread together, may our eyes be opened to see your glory.  As we lift the cup of salvation, may we be strengthened to follow your Way.  Until Christ comes in final victory and we feast together with all the saints at God’s great family reunion, keep your church one in service to the world here and now.  (Please be seated.)

Prayer Of Consecration

 Words Of Institution

Communion Of The People (Please note the wine is in the outer ring and the grape juice is in the inner rings.   The rice crackers are gluten-free.)  (Please hold each element so we may eat and drink together.) 

Post Communion Prayer

Leader:   After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, crying out with a loud voice:

People:  “Salvation belongs to our “God who sits upon the throne, and to the Lamb!”  “Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God for ever and ever!  Amen!”

 We Go Forth To Live Transformed Lives

*Closing Hymn: “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” ………………..….#825

 *Pastoral Benediction

 *Choral Benediction: “Lord, When I Came into This Life”……#691, v. 2

*Chime Meditation


*Where noted, please stand if able.      



The Altar Guild will meet on Monday, November 6, at Zion Hse at 7:00 p.m.

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.

 All Members are welcome to attend an informational session with Andy Baird to learn about the new heating system on Tuesday, November 7, at 6:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.

 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.  Only one item per person. 

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

A Christmas Carol At The Majestic Theater. The Totem Pole Playhouse, in conjunction with the Gettysburg Community Theatre, is presenting A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, at the Majestic Theater this December.  This all new adaptation simply and directly tells the redemption of the human soul and preserves the beautiful language, charm, and humor of Charles Dickens’ classic tale.  Join the Zion group planning to attend the Sunday, December 10 matinee performance at 2 p.m.  Tickets are $35 per person. Please make checks payable to Debra and note in the memo line that it is for A Christmas Carol. Deadline for signing up and payment is today. Nov 5.  If you are worried about parking in downtown Gettysburg, FREE parking with shuttle service to the Majestic is located at the Gettysburg College Constitution Parking Lot, just two blocks from the theater.  Join us and relive the magic of the Christmas season in Victorian London.

 UACT Is Excited To Be Offering A Study And Fellowship Opportunity for our members, in the fall of 2017.  On November 9, 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. 5, Confirmation, St. Paul Lutheran, 6:00 pm

Nov. 5, Magic Elm skating party, Hanover, 4:30 pm

Nov. 6, Altar guild mtg, Zion Hse, 7:00 pm

Nov. 7, Informational heating system session, F. H., 6:00 pm

Nov. 8, Knitting/crocheting club, main SS room, 6:30 pm

Nov. 8, Choir practice, 7:30 pm

Nov. 9, UACT Bible Study, Mustard seed rm, 7:00 pm

Nov. 11, South Mountain Ramblers, Gettysburg Middle Sch. Lot  9:30 am

Looking Forward:

Nov. 12, Veteran’s day remembrance, 9:00 am

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