Worship: October 8, 2017

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Words of Life

 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:   We light a light in the name of the God who made heaven and earth.

All:         We light a light in the name of our Lord, whose love has been poured into our hearts.

Leader:   We light a light in the name of the Holy Spirit, who leads us into all truth.

All:         We light three candles because all praise and glory is yours, O God – Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier.

 Praise Response:   “I Love You, Lord”………………..#627

 *Call To Worship

One:       Here we gather to be shaped into the ways of God.  We come here to make space and time special.  We come to be attentive to God’s ways.

All:         God, come into this time and make it holy, that we may be transformed by your presence.

*Hymn:   “Life Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates” ……………#93


Leader:   Law-giving God, you urge us to live in ways that bring you honour, and that enable people to live together creating harmony and respect.  Teach us to be attentive to your words.  Help us hear you in the silence that speaks your life-giving word through the transforming power of your Spirit.  Amen.

We Recognize Our Brokenness

Prayer Of Confession

One:       Many of us struggle with feelings of failure because we have not lived up to our own or others’ expectations.  God’s realm embraces the spirit rather than the letter of the Law.  God gives life rather than condemnation.  In this confidence, we open ourselves to God.  Let us pray.  When we are afraid that we do not live up to expectations, when we become overwrought with our shortcomings,

All:         calm our anxious hearts, O God.

One:       When we feel so angry that we hurt relationships and break the bonds of community,

All:         stir our memories of love for one another, O God.

One:       When we are caught in the little white lies that tangle us, almost imperceptibly into ever-tightening webs of deceit,

All:         give us courage to carry the truth, O God.

One:       When our lives are so packed full that we barely have time to breathe; or succumb to things that glitter and consume our energy to attain,

All:         shift our focus to your delight, O God.  Amen.  (A time for silent prayers of confession)

 Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

One:       Friends, long ago Moses reminded the people that they did not need to be afraid of God.  Rather, they were invited into a transformed way of living, guided by the One who is able to make all things new.  Let Christ be your example and your goal, and the spirit of the law your guide.  You are forgiven.

All:         We will press on in the Spirit toward the life made perfect through Christ who fulfills the law and sets us free.

 Reading Of The Scripture:   Philippians 3: 4b-14 (N.T., pg. 187)

 Faith Lesson For All Ages

 Anthem:   “Take the Yoke Upon You”…..… D. Nolan

Deb, Soloist

We Reflect On New Possibilities

Reading Of The Gospel:   Matthew 21: 33-46 (N.T., pg. 22)

 Message For This Day

  *Hymn: “Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness”…………..…..#291, v. 1, 2

 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.

Offertory:   “The Summons”………………Deb, Soloist

 *Doxology: “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings” ……..….#606

*Prayer Of Dedication

One:       Stir within us, Spirit of the living God, that our lives may carry the spirit of your law.

All:         May our finest offerings flow through these gifts into the world you love.  Amen.

We Go Forth To Live Transformed Lives

*Closing Hymn: “Make a Joyful Noise to God!” ……….….#54

 *Pastoral Benediction

*Choral Benediction:   “Go, My Children, with My Blessing”……….#547, v. 1

 *Chime Meditation


*Where noted, please stand if able.      


October’s Proverb:  

Do you see someone who is hasty in speech? There is more hope for a fool than for anyone like that.   Proverbs 29: 20

UACT Is Excited To Be Offering A Study And Fellowship Opportunity for our members, in the fall of 2017.  On November 2, 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.

Ladies:   Please Join Us Tomorrow For Breakfast – October 9 at 9:00 a.m. at the Apple Bin.

 Zion’s Christmas Choir began rehearsals on Wednesday, October 4, at 7:30 p.m. If you wish to sing for the Christmas season, please let Sharon know.

Zion’s Knitters And Crocheters will be offering unique stocking stuffer items for sale in late November for those discerning buyers interested in getting a jump on their Christmas shopping!  The proceeds of these sales will be contributed to the capital campaign fund currently in progress at Zion.  Sale details will be forthcoming.  We encourage our church family and extended family of needle workers to make those needles flash and create your favorite scarves, hats, dish cloths, ornaments, hotpads, and any other attractive items that could find homes in Christmas stockings!  While your imaginations run wild, feel free to come to our twice-a-month meetings for practical advice, fellowship, and to turn in completed items.   Our next meeting will be October 11, 2017, at 6:30 p.m., in the main Sunday School room.  Hope to see you there!

The Property Committee will meet on Tuesday, November 7, at 6:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.

A Church Work Day will be held on Saturday, November 4. Minor repairs and painting as a result of the new boiler installation will be done.  If you are interested in volunteering, please see Craig Long.


Boiler Capital Campaign (As of September 25)
Received one-time contributions $77,196
Monetary value of pledges received $31,800
Pledges received thus far in cash $   7,768


A John’s Meals Board Meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 17, at 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.

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

The Book Club will meet on Thursday, October 19, at 7:00 p.m. in the mustard seed room. To be discussed is “Word if Honor” by Nelson DeMille.

The Upper Adams CROP Walk will be held on Sunday, October 22, at 1:00, leaving from Zion’s parking lot.  Please plan to join us for either a one- or two-mile walk.  Donations may be placed in the CROP lunch box on the credenza at the rear of the sanctuary.  Checks should be made to “Upper Adams CROP.”

A Mission Committee Meeting will be held on Thursday, October 26, at 7:00 p.m. in Zion House.

Come To A Lunch And Learn AT SpiriTrust Lutheran, the Village at Gettysburg, 1075 Old Harrisburg Rd., Gettysburg, on October 19 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Sponsored by SpiriTrust Lutheran Home Care & Hospice, the topic will be Financial Information for Seniors – How to make sound financial decisions late in life. Reservations are required and space is limited. Please contact Missy Gladfelter at 717-337-4469 by October 12 if interested in attending.

Zion’s Financial Data

Income through September – $136,780.01

Expenses through September – $141,830.29

*Deficit – $5,050.28

*This is partially due to the unbudgeted $3,000 cost for a new copier in 2017.

Hey, Guys … Enjoy a Night Of Great Food And Fellowship!! Trinity Lutheran Church cordially invites all the menfolk of this church and any guests (friends/neighbors) they wish to invite (of all ages) to the Annual “FATHER & SON DINNER” to be held on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22, beginning at 5 p.m. in the Social Room at Trinity Lutheran Church, Arendtsville.  Dinner will be a freewill offering.  The guest speaker will be RYAN MORRIS, CEO of TRIPWIRE OPERATIONS GROUP which teaches police and fire departments how to handle explosives and explosive threats. Contact the Trinity Church Office at office@trinityarendtsville.org or 717-677-8921 with your name and the number attending by October 15.

With John’s Meals joining under the UACT umbrella and its 501(c)3 status,  monetary donations may now be made payable to “UACT – John’s Meals” and made be put into the offering plate or mailed to: UACT, PO Box 593, Arendtsville, PA 17303.

When Paying For Altar Flowers, please give payment to the altar guild representative for that month. A check payment is preferred. Altar flowers are from The Flower Boutique with a florist’s choice $35 arrangement cost.

Community Aid Clothing Bin is available in the Zion House parking lot for clothing donations along with shoes, accessories, draperies, and bed linens.   We receive funds each quarter based upon the weight of items deposited in the container, and those funds are used toward the Mission Budget.  Please place donations in plastic bags before dropping them into the bin.  After your yard sales, consider donating unsold appropriate items to the bin.

Single Serve, Microwaveable Cups Of Macaroni And Cheese are being collected to benefit John’s Meals.  The cups need not be a brand name (like Kraft); store brand is fine.  We will be providing 100 cups each month and they may be placed in the cupboard in the rear of the church.  Any questions, please see Chris Parker.  As always, thank you so much for your faithful support of this ministry.


Coming Up Next Week:

Oct. 8, No Sunday School for children, 10:15 am

Oct. 9, Ladies’ breakfast, Apple Bin, 9:00 am

Oct. 11, Choir practice, 7:30 pm

Oct. 11, Lectio divina, Mustard seed rm, 6:30 pm

Oct. 11, Knitting and crocheting club, Main Sunday Sch rm, 6:30 pm

Looking Forward:

Oct. 15, No Sunday School for children, 10:15 am

Oct. 15, Confirmation, St. Paul’s Lutheran, 6:00 pm

Oct. 17, John’s Meals board mtg, F. H., 6:30 pm

Oct. 18, What’s Cookin’, Trinity Lutheran, 6:00 pm

Oct. 19, Book Club, Mustard seed rm, 7:00 pm

Oct. 22, Children sing, 9:00 am

Oct. 22, CROP Walk, Leave Zion’s parking lot, 1:00 pm

Oct. 23, Consistory mtg, Zion Hse, 7:00 pm

Oct. 26, Mission mtg, Zion Hse, 7:00 pm

Oct. 29, Trivia nite, 6:00 pm