Worship: October 24, 2021

ZION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

22 Gettysburg Street  Box 538

Arendtsville, Pennsylvania

Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost

October 24, 2021

9:00 am

Livestream link:  Zion UCC Sunday Service Livestream – October 24 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: “Song of Faith”, Esther Higgins, ©1985 Lorenz Publishing Co.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

CHIME INTERLUDE: “A Quiet Reverie”, Sylvia Riggs, ©1985 Lorenz Publishing Co.

 *CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: O give thanks to the Lord, who is good.

All: God’s steadfast love endures forever!

Leader: Let the redeemed of the Lord say so:

All: God’s steadfast love endures forever!

Leader: God’s eternal sacred love has gathered us here, in this place:

All: Let us worship God!

 *OPENING PRAYER

We come into this sacred space mindful of the generations of faith who have come before us: adults and children, certain and questioning, men and women, hopeful and despairing. Bless our time together this day, as we are reminded of the great cloud of witnesses that surrounds and supports us and to which we all belong. Amen.

*HYMN: # 22, “God of the Sparrow”, Jaroslav J. Vajda/Carl F. Schalk, ©1983 Concordia Publishing House & GIA Publications, Inc.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

At times the possessions we own can be used for good in the world. At other times our possessions can own us, taking a powerful hold on our lives. In the silence of this moment, you are invited to close your eyes and imagine you are holding an empty basket. In your mind’s eye, slowly begin to fill the basket with things you know you can live without: shoes and clothes you seldom wear; appliances of little use; boxes stored in attics and basement… Now fill the basket with things that give you pride: jewelry, cars, large electronics, perhaps even your home… Now imagine the basket being taken away and replaced with one that is empty. Imagine yourself filling this basket with the things of deeper mean­ing: your friends and family, your community of faith, your natural born gifts, your own faith, God’s faith in you.

ASSURANCE OF GOD’S LOVE

Embraced by the love of Christ, filled with the power of God, we are set free from all that has a hold on us, to share our real bounty with those most in need and to enter God’s earthly realm of compassion and grace. Amen.

A TIME FOR YOUNG DISCIPLES

 *PRAISE VERSICLE 

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:  Job 42:  1-6, 10-17 and Mark 10:  46-52

MESSAGE

*HYMN #418 “Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling”, Will L. Thompson 1880, public domain

PASTORAL PRAYER

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

 OFFERING

Leader:  God is good!

People:  All the time!

Leader:  All the time!

People:  God is good!

VOCAL SOLO: “I Can See Jesus In You”, Twila Paris, ©1996 Ariose Music & Mountain Spring Music

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

We present these offerings to you O God as a sign of our gratitude for your great love for us. Bless these gifts that they might bless others. Amen.   

*CLOSING HYMN: #828 “More Love to Thee, O Christ”, Elizabeth Payson Prentiss 1856/William Howard Doane 1870, public domain,

BLESSING

CHIME MEDITATION: “Devotion”, Ethel B. Clarke, ©1985 Lorenz Publishing Co.

POSTLUDE: “Rigaudon”, Jean-Baptiste Lully/arr. L. Smith, ©1985 Lorenz Publishing Co.

We welcome Rev. Peter Kuhn to the pulpit this morning!  He is filling in for Rev. Heather while she is on vacation; she will be back in the office this week.

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

The altar flowers today are given to the glory of God and in memory of ‘Chub’ R. by Joan R. and family.

Happy Birthday to Harold T. who celebrates his 85th birthday on October 26th!   And to Jean O. who celebrates her 88th birthday on October 27th!

Happy Anniversary to Eddie & Peggy D. who celebrate 62 years together today, October 24th!  And Happy Anniversary to Fred & Betty B. who celebrate 71 years together on October 28th!

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:

Oct. 24        Worship                                               Sanctuary                9:00 a.m.

Sunday School                                    Church                  10:00 a.m.

Oct. 25        UACT Youth Cmte Mtg                        Fellowship Hall         6:00 p.m.

Looking Forward:

Oct. 31        Worship with Baptism                          Sanctuary                9:00 a.m.

Sunday School                                    Church                  10:00 a.m.

Trunk or Treat                                       Zion Parking Lot     6 – 8 p.m.

Sign the Book!  As you enter or leave church, don’t forget to sign the baptism book “Water Come Down” for Annie W. who will be baptized on October 31st!

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.

Rambler’s Hike:  On November 6, Zion’s Ramblers will meet at 9:00 a.m. at the parking lot on East Cavalry Field (turn at Harley Davidson and follow the road to the parking lot) for a hike.  This ramble will be on a paved surface and is flexible as to length, and this area of the Battlefield has very low car traffic.  All good reasons to come stretch your legs!

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!

Halloween Event: Halloween is almost here!  If a creative spark was just lit and you’d like to decorate your car trunk for this year’s Trunk or Treat gathering, the sign-up sheet is still in the back of church.  We will gather on our parking lot on October 31st from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. or until the candy runs out!  There is always room for more participants to decorate their car trunks. Just include a big receptacle for candy so kiddos can go from car to car and add to their stash of goodies.  If you would like to donate candy, there is a blue bin in the back of church – just toss it in!  If you’d like to hand out candy that night, come on over – the more the merrier. . . or is that scarier!!!

Coming Soon!  Messy Church!  On November 7th, 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.  There is a sign-up sheet on the credenza in the back of church.

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.

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 P.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.

John’s Meals, a program of Upper Adams Christians Together that provides weekend meals for students in the Upper Adams School District, will be participating in the Adams County Community Foundation’s 2021 Giving Spree on November 5th. We’re asking for your generous donation to help us reach more children in food-insecure households so they can return to school better prepared to learn. Donor forms have details about how to give by mail, online, or at a drive-through location at the Gettysburg Times. Visit ACCFGivingSpree.org or contact Becky Adelmann at adelmann@pa.net or 717-677-9445 for more information. Thank you for helping us feed hungry children in our community!

Altar Guild News: Anyone (male or female) interested in participating in Zion’s revitalized, more user-friendly Altar Guild, please contact Donna M.  Thanks for your prayerful consideration of contributing to the life of Zion in this way.

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!  We are searching for a new choir director and new organist, 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!