ZION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
22 Gettysburg Street Box 538
Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
November 7, 2021
Livestream link: Zion UCC Sunday Service Livestream – November 7 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: “I Lift My Eyes Up” (Psalm 121), Brian Sorensen/arr. Carol Thornquist, ©1990 Vineyard Songs, Canada/ion Publishing
CHIME INTERLUDE: “I Love You Lord”, Laurie Klein, ©1978 House of Mercy Music
*CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: Celebrate God’s call to gather! Come, people of all ages! Come, strangers and friends!
ALL: We will sing praises to God all our lives.
Leader: Celebrate God’s call to gather! Come, let God open our eyes and lift us up! Come, praise God whose faithfulness shall last forever!
ALL: We will sing praises to God all our lives.
Leader: God of young and old and in-between, you invite us to share in the new life Christ brings. You value each person here. You welcome us. You declare that, whoever we are and however we have come to be here, we are a family – your family. And so here, at home with you, we gather for worship and praise in Christ’s name. Amen.
*HYMN #610 “O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing”, Charles Wesley/Carl G. Glaser, public domain
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Leader: We will constantly fail however failure is not the final word – and
we are reminded of hope when we come together during our time of
confession and assurance of God’s love, let us pray:
Gracious God, you are the source of all our yearning and desire for fullness of life; you are the vision that helps us continue to dream. Forgive us when we fall short of your hopes for us, and help us to become so filled with the joy of your presence that we might live each moment with gratitude and receive every person in our life as a precious gift, through Christ, with Christ and in Christ we pray. Amen.
ASSURANCE OF GOD’S LOVE
Leader: Thanks be to God for the Spirit who lives in us. Praise be to God who is always working things together for good. We are loved. We are forgiven. God is in the turning, while turning our lives around.
All: God is beyond us. God is between us. God is within us. Thanks be
to God. Amen.
Leader: O Lord, open our lips!
ALL: And our mouths shall show forth your praise!
*PRAISE RESPONSE: “Hallelujah!”, Caribbean Melody, CCLI#1149146
Halle, Halle, Halleluja. Halle, Halle, Halleluja.
Halle, Halle, Halleluja. Halleluja, Halleleluja.
SCRIPTURE READING: Mark 12: 38-44 and Ruth 3: 1-5; 4: 13-17
*HYMN #286 “Breathe on Me, Breath of God”, Edwin Hatch/Robert Jackson, 1878 & 1888, public domain
LORD’S PRAYER USING SINS AND SINNERS
PRAYER RESPONSE #595, Holy, Holy, Holy, Guillermo Cuellar/Raquel Mora
Martinez, ©1994 GIA Publications, Inc., CCLI#1149146
Holy, holy, holy. My heart, my heart adores you!
My heart knows how to say to you: You are holy, Lord
Leader: God is good!
People: All the time!
Leader: All the time!
People: God is good!
VOCAL SOLO: “Beneath the Cross of Jesus”, Elizabeth C. D. Clephane/Frederick C. Maker/ 1868, 1881, public domain
Fred M., soloist
*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
God, in your great commonwealth, love is the highest currency. Please accept these gifts as a love offering towards the work of your kingdom here on earth. Amen.
Leader: He was always the guest. In the homes of Peter and Jairus, Martha, and Mary, Joanna and Susanna, he was always the guest. At the meal tables of the wealthy where he pled the case of the poor, he was always the guest. Upsetting polite company, befriending isolated people, welcoming the stranger, he was always the guest.
But here, at this table, he is the host. Those who wish to serve him must first be served by him, those who want to follow him must first be fed by him, those who would wash his feet must first let him make them clean. For this is the table where God intends us to be nourished; this is the time when Christ can make us new.
So come, you who hunger and thirst for a deeper faith, for a better life, for a fairer world. Jesus Christ, who has sat at our tables, now invites us to be guest at his.
THE GREAT THANKSGIVING
Leader: God is with you.
People: And also with you.
Leader: Lift up your hearts.
People: We lift them up to God.
Leader: Let us give God thanks and praise.
People: Let us give God thanks and praise!
Leader: We give you thanks, Lord God, our Creator, for bringing the worlds into being, for forming us in your likeness, for recalling us when we rebel against you, and for keeping the world in your steadfast love.
We praise you especially for Jesus Christ, whom you sent in the fullness of time, to be the good news. Born of Mary, our sister in faith, Christ lived among us to reveal the mystery of your Word, to suffer and die on the cross for us, to be raised from death on the third day, and then to live in glory.
We bless you, gracious God, for the presence of your Holy Spirit in the church you have gathered. With the faithful in every place and time, we praise with joy your Holy Name.
We remember that on the night of betrayal and desertion, Jesus took bread, gave you thanks, broke the bread, and gave it to the disciples, saying: “This is my body which is broken for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
In the same way, Jesus also took the cup, after supper, saying; “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me”. Therefore, we proclaim the mystery of our faith.
All: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again!
Leader: Therefore, bless now, by your Word and Spirit, both us and these gifts of bread and wine, that in receiving them at this time, and offering here our faith and praise, we may be united with Christ and one another, and remain faithful to the tasks he sets before us.
All: In the strength Christ gives us, we offer ourselves to you, eternal God and give thanks that you have called us to serve you, through Christ our Savior. Amen.
BLESSING THE ELEMENTS (Breaking and pouring)
Through the broken bread we participate in the body of Christ. Through the cup of blessing, we participate in the new life Christ gives.
These are the gifts of God for you the people of God. Come, for all things are now ready.
SHARING THE ELEMENTS
PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
Leader: Let us pray:
All: In gratitude, in deep gratitude for this moment, this meal, these people, we give ourselves to you. Take us out to live as changed people because we have shared the Living Bread and cannot remain the same. Ask much of us, expect much from us, enable much by us, encourage many through us. Amen.
*CLOSING HYMN “God Whose Giving Knows No Ending”, Robert L. Edwards/Franz Joseph Haydn, ©1961 The Hymn Society
CHIME MEDITATION: “Lord, Be Glorified”, Bob Kilpatrick, ©1978 Prism Tree (Lorenz Publishing Co.)
POSTLUDE: “Let It Be Said of Us”, Steve Fry/arr. Carol Tornquist, ©1994 Curb Word Music/Brentwood Benson Publishing
The altar flowers are given to the glory of God and in memory of George W. by Carolyn and family.
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. 7 Worship with Communion Sanctuary 9:00 a.m.
Sunday School Church 10:00 a.m.
Messy Church Fellowship Hall 4 – 6 p.m.
Nov. 8 Ladies Breakfast Apple Bin 9:00 a.m.
Nov. 10 Cleanup Day Church 8:00 a.m.
Nov. 11 Book Club Fellowship Hall 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 14 Worship, Baptism, Veterans’ Day Sanctuary 9:00 a.m.
Nov. 16 John’s Meals Mtg Fellowship Hall 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 17 What’s Cookin? Trinity Lutheran 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 20 Community Aid Trailer Zion parking lot 9 – 11:00 a.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.
Recycling Bulletins: Don’t forget to recycle your bulletins after worship by dropping them in the box at the back of church.
Another Book! On November 14th, Zion will welcome another child of Christ through baptism – Norman R.! Please take a moment to sign his Baptism book as you enter or leave church.
Messy Church! This afternoon, from 4 to 6 p.m., Zion will have its first Messy Church experience! Come one, come all to an intergenerational, educational gathering with a simple meal, messy hands-on activities, and a brief worship service all centered on the topic of Communion.
Ladies Breakfast: At the November breakfast on Monday the 8th at the Apple Bin, we plan to have our annual White Elephant auction, so dig through your store of treasures to decide what you might donate to the sale. The base price is $20 with bidding in $5 increments. You can’t put a price on the fun and laughter, so grab a friend or neighbor and join us!
Homewood Christmas Gifts: Again, this year, we will be making the holidays a little brighter for Homewood’s residents. Wrapped cube sized boxes of tissues, bottles of unscented body lotion, and Christmas cards (signed on the inside with your name/Zion UCC and leaving the envelope blank) will be collected in the Sanctuary beginning on Sunday, November 7th and ending on Sunday, December 5th. Any questions, please contact Angie V.
Community Aid clothing drive: Zion will hold another clothing/shoe drive on Saturday, November 20, 2021, from 9 to 11 a.m. (or until the trailer is full). Please have all clothing/shoes bagged and tops securely shut when you bring them to the parking lot. Only clothing and shoes are acceptable items for this collection.
Annual Meeting: Zion’s annual meeting will be held on November 21st following worship. You will be receiving a letter with relevant documents concerning the meeting. If you cannot attend in person, please use the proxy provided with the letter. Thanks for your participation in the business of the church.
Old Cell Phones: Wondering what to do with your old cell phone? Zion continues to be a collection site for Cell Phones for Soldiers. Each recycled cell phone “earns” approximate 30 minutes of talk time for soldiers. Chris Parker heads this endeavor and would like to have a full box of phones to mail by the end of November. Right now, the box is ¼ full. Just drop your phones at the church office including their charging cords. 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. Chris also tries to check for SIM cards before shipping. Another way to safeguard data is to 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. Cell Phones for Soldiers’ recycling partner also wipes the data from the phones per DoD standards. Thanks for your support.
Holiday Family Outreach: Now that October has arrived, it’s just a hop, skip, and jump to Thanksgiving and Christmas! For many years, Zion has collected new and gently used toys and stuffed animals, as well as more recently Lego sets, for Holiday Family Outreach which distributes these gifts at Christmas to those who qualify for assistance. Last year, with Covid, HFO requested cash donations to be used to purchase gift cards rather than actual toys. As Covid continues to be a concern, that method will be used again this year. However, there’s a twist!! Zion’s Mission Committee is challenging us to fundraise for HFO and will match donations up to a total of $1,000.00. We have the opportunity to make lots of families happy at the holidays this year! Making a donation is simple – just make your check payable to Zion UCC and write HFO on the memo line. Checks can be placed in the offering plate, dropped at Zion House, or mailed to the church office. The time frame for donations is October 31st to November 21st. Are we up for the challenge?
Homewood Auxiliary Membership Drive: The 2022 Homewood Auxiliary membership dues forms are on a clipboard at the rear of the church including an envelope for the funds. $3 for single, $5 for couple, cash or checks may be made payable to Homewood Auxiliary. Members, including new members, please take a free calendar. Also please verify your address. Any questions, please contact Angie V.
An Amazon Christmas? Don’t forget – If you are beginning to do your 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!