ZION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
22 Gettysburg Street, Box 538
October 13, 2019
Welcome to Zion and a special welcome to our visitors. Please sign the 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 and straight ahead. We also have restrooms downstairs in Fellowship Hall. Again, exit through the door next to the choir, turn left down the hall, and go down the steps.
*Where noted, please stand if able.
Congregational response in bold print.
TIME OF SHARING
CHIME INTERLUDE AND CANDLELIGHTING
*CALL TO WORSHIP
In this place, the word of God is free to all and for all.
In this place, the love of God does not judge or condemn anyone.
In this place, the faithfulness of God welcomes each soul.
In this place, God’s presence gives birth to justice.
As disciples of Christ in this place,
we commit ourselves to being a liberated, loving, faithful, and just people.
* PRAYER OF INVOCATION
O Lord God, grant us grace to desire you with our whole heart;
so that desiring you we may seek and find you;
and so finding you we may love you;
and loving you, we may express our gratitude for the mercy you have shown us. Amen.
*GATHERING HYMN # 177 “I Will Come to You”
TIME OF CONFESSION
God does not disappoint those who come in hope,
nor does God turn away those who approach in faith.
Let us make our confession to God in hope and faith.
Forgive us, we pray,
for our timidity in witness,
for our quickness in judgment,
for our slowness to forgive,
for our weakness in conviction,
and for our reluctance to understand others.
Pardon us for our sins, and help us to be more worthy followers
of the One who cared for the poor and oppressed, who loved the
outcast, and who turned aside to help whenever he saw a need.
And now let us confess in silence those fears that keep us from loving as Christ has loved us.
ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS
God forgives our sin and restores us to life.
Our sense of alienation is overcome as we are embraced by God’s steadfast love.
Friends, the doors of God are open wide to receive us.
We are heard and known.
The peace of God is ours to accept and cherish.
Thank God with whole hearts!
Give thanks for the new life God offers, and live as forgiven people.
* HYMN RESPONSE # 288 “Spirit of the Living God”
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.
Melt me; mold me; fill me; use me;
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.
II Timothy 2: 8-15, p. 200 (NT)
FAITH LESSON FOR ALL AGES
CHOIR ANTHEM: “Hymn of Promise” . . .Natalie Sleeth/Tom Fettke
GOSPEL READING FOR THE MORNING
St. Luke 17: 11-19, p. 75 (NT)
SILENT PRAYER AND PREPARATION
THE MESSAGE FOR THE MORNING
*HYMN # 264 “At the Name of Jesus”
PASTORAL PRAYER AND THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father who art in heaven,
Hallowed by 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,
The power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
THE GIVING OF OURSELVES AND OUR OFFERINGS
Through the prophet Jeremiah, God instructed the people of Israel to
“seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you” (Jer. 29:7).
As we give, we are seeking the good of our entire community.
*OFFERTORY RESPONSE # 717
For the life that you have given, for the love in Christ made known,
With these fruits of time and labor, with these gifts that are your own;
Here we offer, Lord, our praises, heart and mind and strength we bring;
Give us grace to love and serve you, living what we pray and sing.
*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
We dedicate these tithes and offerings that are part of the ministry of this
congregation. We pray that they may be a blessing within this sanctuary,
up and down the streets of our community, across the cities and
fields of our country, and across the oceans and deserts of our world.
*CLOSING HYMN # 772 “Live into Hope”
*COMMISSION AND BENEDICTION
Having been loved, go out and love.
Having been pardoned, go out and pardon.
Having been transformed, go out and transform.
*CHORAL BENEDICTION # 542 “God Be With You Til We Meet Again” v. 4
God be with you till we meet again; keep love’s banner floating o’er you,
Smite death’s threatening wave before you; God be with you till we meet again.
The Altar Flowers are given to the glory of God and in honor the first wedding anniversary of Joel and Sarah R. by Nana.
Greeter And Bulletin Sponsorship Sign-Up Sheets for 2019 are on the credenza. v(Bulletin Sponsorship is $15 per Sunday. Please place your remittance designated for Bulletins in the offering plate.)v
Coming Up Next Week:
Oct. 13, No Sunday School; Confirmation, Trinity Lutheran, 6:00 pm; Sr. High Group, Trinity Lutheran, 6:00 pm
Oct. 14, Ladies Breakfast, Apple Bin, 9:00 am
Oct. 16, What’s Cookin’?, Trinity Lutheran, 6:00 pm; Choir, Church, 7:30 pm
Oct. 17, Worship Cmte, Church, 7:00 pm
Oct. 20, Confirmation, Trinity Lutheran, 6:00 pm; Sr. High Group, Trinity Lutheran, 6:00 pm; Trivia Nite, Fellowship Hall, 6:00 pm
Oct. 21, Consistory, Zion House, 7:00 pm
Oct. 23, Choir, Church, 7:30 pm
Zion’s Financial Data
Income through September – $135,417.39
Expenses through August – $138,271.30
Deficit – ($2,853.91)
Pastoral Care Needs – If you need to contact George, please feel free to call his home number, 717 334-0069 or email at email@example.com. George is also available at the office by appointment only; please contact the church office or George to schedule an appointment
Ladies Breakfast Group – Our group will meet on October 14th at 9:00 a.m. at the Apple Bin. Bring a friend/neighbor for fun and enjoyment. We will also meet on November 11th at the Apple Bin at 9:00 a.m. for breakfast and our third annual White Elephant Sale. Bring a wrapped item that has a value of at least $20.00, and have fun raising money for the church!
Habitat for Humanity –. The second weekend blitz build in Biglerville will be on October 17, 18, & 19. If you have some time to donate to a worthwhile project, please contact Roger B. for details.
Trivia Nite – Trivia Nite at Zion will be Sunday, October 20 starting at 6:00 PM. Why not gather a team and join us? Any questions, please see Gina B.
Mark your calendars and plan to participate in several upcoming worship services at Zion:
On Sunday, October 27th, we will be recognizing all those who have been members of Zion for 50 years or longer; come and express your appreciation to these folks whose commitment and faithfulness have helped Zion to flourish and to provide Christian witness to our community. Also, on this Sunday, the Sunday School children will be singing.
On Sunday, November 3rd, we will observe All Saints’ Sunday, a day set aside to remember those who have gone before us over the past year. In a change, you are invited to include in the Prayer for the Saints any family members or friends who have died since the beginning of last November. Please fill out the insert and return to the church office by October 27th to be included in these prayers. As in previous years, you are invited to bring photographs of loved ones which will be placed on the window sills around the sanctuary that morning.
On Sunday, November 10th, we will observe Veteran’s Day Sunday, recognizing all those members who have served in the military.
A lot of special times at Zion in the next couple of weeks, and we hope that you will plan to attend and invite your friends and family to join you.
An Estate Planning Seminar will be held Tuesday, October 29, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at Trinity Lutheran in Arendtsville. Attorney John Wolfe, ELCA Foundation rep Ryan Ebner, and Jim Dunlop of Thrivent will be presenting. Please take a flyer from the credenza in the rear of church if interested.
UACT News – UACT’s Fall Banquet will be held November 3, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. at the Biglerville Fire Hall. There will be presentations on the Youth Programming, John’s Meals, and more! The menu consists of a turkey dinner with all the fixings, and tickets are $8.00. Everyone is invited! Please sign up on the sheet on the credenza in the rear of church and place your check for payment in the offering plate by October 20th. Your check should be made out to Zion UCC with UACT Fall Banquet in the memo line.
Also, mark your calendars for the Adult Chili Cook-Off Contest, Creative Decorating Contest, and Food Auction, happening at Trinity Lutheran on Sunday November 10th. Grab a flyer in the back of church for details. The dinner and auction benefit UACT youth programs, John’s Meals, and other local outreach organizations.
John’s Meals invites you to the Adams County Community Foundation’s 2019 Giving Spree on November 7 from 4-7 p.m. at the Gettysburg Area Middle School where you will find 85 nonprofits and a festive atmosphere. The first 1000 visitors will get a free coin worth $10 to donate to the charity of their choice so plan to come early and help fill our piggy bank’s tummy! All donations we receive at the event, or online between October 23 and November 7, will be matched by a percentage of the ACCF stretch pool. Please join us at the Giving Spree to view our display and speak with our enthusiastic volunteers about how your gift will benefit hungry children in the Upper Adams School District.
John’s Meals will also be at the annual UACT banquet at the Biglerville Fire Hall at 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 3 to share information about our program. So if you are unable to attend the Giving Spree, we can accept your donation there. (Checks must be made out to ACCF and dated November 7, 2019.)
For details, visit adamscountycf.org or contact John’s Meals board member Becky Adelmann at 717-677-9445 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Next Ramble – Look for details in upcoming bulletins about a walk on November 9th as we explore the eastern side of the Gettysburg Battlefield