Worship: September 24, 2017

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Re-birth in God

 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:   “God Welcomes All”……….#399 (sung twice)

Call To Worship

One:       In wilderness and wild places, in lonely spaces, in birth and rebirth, in fire and flame, in pain and joy, beyond familiar traces, encounter the Holy.

All:         We gather in this place, separated from our usual spaces, to wonder, laugh, and maybe even cry, to discover and to hope, to meet God here among us.

*Hymn: “My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less” ………………#353


Leader:   Dare we venture into the wild places? Wilderness spaces –  frozen tundra, windswept outback, tangled bush, jagged mountain ranges, fathomless seas –  so much beauty, so much danger, so much uncertainty.  Dare we find God present?  In painful distress, disappointed hopes, and almost abandoned dreams, listen for the deep and anguished sighs and groans.  Yes, God, you are here!  Amen. 

 We Recognize Our Brokenness

Prayer Of Confession

One:       God of the wilderness, the untamed, untapped place, there are times when we have felt completely abandoned, and have cursed you and our lives; there are times when we have lashed out at others failing to recognize their hurt, their dependence, their need.

All:         God, breathe with us in mercy and care.

One:       There are times when we have trodden roughly in wild places, wanting to make it ours, bend it to our will.  We have tilled where we ought not; we have hewn and burned when we should not; we have built edifices to our own skill and glory;

All:         God, breathe with us in love and compassion.

One:       There are times when we have not paid attention or blamed others for our own thoughtlessness and greed.  We have ignored the signs of warning; we have been noisy in places of silence; we have been silent when there was a need to speak.

All:         God, breathe with us so we may know your Spirit.  Amen.  (A time for silent prayers of confession)

Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

One:       When we call to God in our distress, when we cry in our anguish and hurt, the Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.

All:         We have the first fruits of the Spirit within us, renewing the whole creation.

Reading Of The Scripture:   Philippians 1: 21-30 (N.T., pg. 185)

Faith Lesson For All Ages

Anthem:   “By Grace”…………….……..Bedford

We Reflect On New Possibilities

Reading Of The Gospel:   Matthew 20: 1-16 (N.T., pg. 20)

Message For This Day

*Hymn: “God of the Fertile Fields”………………………..#714

 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:   God of wilderness wanderings we hear your call and feel your Spirit groaning, urging us into life.  Stir up your gifts within us that we may dare to care enough to bring love to birth.

We Go Forth To Live Transformed Lives

*Closing Hymn: “As Those of Old Their Firstfruits Brought..…….#712


Leader:   In every gift of God there is a test of self-discovery, a promise of life.  Go from this place into the wild places where God already is.  And may the blessing of God who searches the heart lead you into the freedom of God’s whole creation, today and every day.

 *Choral Benediction:   “Our God Is an Awesome God”………………..#616

*Chime Meditation


*Where noted, please stand if able.                                          


September’s Proverb:  

When the wicked are in authority, transgression increases, but the righteous will look upon their downfall. Proverbs 29: 16

 Please Support Next Sunday’s Neighbors In Need, the UCC’s annual offering to support ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States, including the Council for American Indian Ministries, justice and advocacy efforts, and direct service projects funded by the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries. Extra contribution envelopes may be found in the pew racks.

 Our September 4 Hoss’s Community Fundraiser netted a profit of $128.57. The next one is scheduled for Monday, December 4, 2017.

 Attention all Knitters and Crocheters!    There will be an organizational meeting on Monday, September 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the Mustard Seed room to explore potential projects. Come be part of our creative process and enjoy our fellowship!

South Mountain Ramblers will ramble on September 30 at 9:30 a.m., on a hike made possible by the new bridge over Mountain Creek, between Fuller and Laurel Lakes. Meet at the Fuller Lake parking lot.

 A Property Meeting will be held on October 3 at 7:00 p.m. at Zion House.  The meeting will be to discuss clean-up and painting after completion of the heating/cooling system installation and the relocation of a storage shed. 

Zion Extends Our Gratitude  to Donna for the donation of a storage shed to be placed behind Zion house.

 What’s Cookin’ Families! This is the week that our new year kicks off!  Please plan to join us on Wednesday evening (September 20) at 6:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, in Arendtsville.  We’ll enjoy suppertime together (parents are welcome to stay), then split into age groups for our lesson time.  If your family would like to volunteer to provide a meal, the sign up sheet is located by the restrooms, in the hallway outside our social room — or just let Carol Cogliano know!

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


Boiler Capital Campaign (As of August 28)
Received one-time contributions $42,046
Monetary value of pledges received $20,700
Pledges received thus far in cash $   3,690


 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

 Neighbors Helping Neighbors. Hospice volunteering can make such a difference not only in the lives of those needing support, but also in your life! SpiriTrust Lutheran Home Care & Hospice is looking for caring individuals interested in serving our local community by becoming hospice volunteers.  Our volunteers are part of the SpiriTrust Lutheran Home Care & Hospice team and provide emotional support to clients and their families, relief to caregivers, and friendship at a time when companionship is needed most.  All volunteers receive specialized training before assignment to client and families.  Volunteer training is free and the next session is scheduled for October 6, October 13, and October 20 from 9 a.m. – noon at our office located at 260W. High St., Gettysburg.  This is a very flexible volunteer opportunity.  If you are interested and these dates do not work for you, we also have an online training program.  Call our Volunteer Coordinator at 717-337-4469.

Zion’s Financial Data

Income through August – $121,981.95

Expenses through August – $127,593.62

*Deficit – $5,611.67

*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.

 John’s Meals Needs Volunteers To Pack And Deliver three weekend meals and snacks to the children from food insecure homes in the Upper Adams community.  We have been currently providing these weekend meals to the children at Arendtsville and Bendersville Elementary.  We would like to start serving the children at Biglerville Elementary.  BUT–We need more teams to pack and deliver weekend meals in order to expand our mission! The volunteer teams should consist of 3-4 people to pack food bags and then deliver and hand out the bags to children at an elementary school at 3:00 at the end of the week.  Each team would be scheduled to deliver the weekend meals approximately once a month.  We can provide assistance to volunteers to apply for security clearances as required by the school district.  Please contact Angie or Pam, John’s Meals Volunteer coordinator.                 

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.

 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.  As always, thank you so much for your faithful support of this ministry.

 Greeter And Bulletin Sponsorship Sign-Up Sheets are now on the credenza.

Greeters are needed for November 12, 19; December 3, 24.

(Bulletin Sponsorship is $15 per Sunday. Please place your remittance designated for Bulletins in the offering plate.)

 Coming Up Next Week:

Sept. 24, Confirmation class, St. Paul’s, Biglerville, 6:00 pm

Sept. 25, Knitting/crocheting club, Mustard seed rm, 6:30 pm

Sept. 25, Consistory mtg, Zion Hse, 7:00 pm

Sept. 27, Choir practice, Sanctuary, 7:30 pm

Sept. 30, South Mountain ramble, Fuller Lake parking lot, 9:30 am


Looking Forward:

Oct. 1, Worship with communion, 9:00 am

Oct. 1, REACH organizational mtg

Oct. 3, Property mtg, Zion Hse, 7:00 pm

Oct. 4, Lectio divina, Mustard seed rm, 6:30 pm

Oct. 4, Christmas choir rehearsal, 7:30 pm

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

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

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

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, Zion’s parking lot, 1:00 pm

Oct. 29, Trivia Nite, 6:00 pm