UJCC Sunday House Worship Service
April 11, 2021 * 2nd Sunday of Easter
"Humor is not the opposite of seriousness. Humor is the opposite of despair."
- Conrad Hyers
The Peace of Christ be with you! You are invited to use the following prayers & order of worship as we lift our hearts to God together from our respective homes!
In this time of worship,
grant us, God,
the grace to see ourselves as others see us -
creatures of your making: wholly loved.
In the busyness of this week,
awaken us to your presence
in the smiles and glances of those we meet.
Shape our hearts to delight in the gifts of
each and every day. Amen. (puc)
Song of Centering Becky Messer
We Humbly Adore and Receive
Children’s Time Rev. Sungrae Kim
- sermon script adapted from https://sermonwriter.com/children-sermons/new-testament-1-corinthians-118-31-making-wise-choices-edstrom/ Copyright 2010, Richard Niell Donovan
Japanese Scripture Reading I Corinthians 1:18-31 Miwa and Nanami Jones
Sermon “Holy Fools” Rev. Akiko Miyake-Stoner
Song of Reflection “What a Beautiful Name” UJCC Band
You are invited to continue your spiritual practice of giving to the church. Please either mail your offering to the church (136 N. Villa Ave., Clovis, CA 93612) or try our online giving option (LINK HERE). Thank you!
Doxology Youth Band
Joys and Concerns & Time of Prayer
You are invited to share your joys and concerns with one another using our usual format:
Person lifting the prayer: “O God of Mercy;” everyone’s response: “This is our prayer.”
After you share your joys and concerns, go around the circle and offer prayer, praying freely or using this format:
“God, I thank you for…” and “God, I ask for…”
You are invited to close together with The Lord’s Prayer.
* Please join in our Zoom Fellowship & Prayer meeting at 11:30 am
Meeting ID: 892 8141 6160
Or call: +1 669 900 6833
* Sunday School at 1 pm
Meeting ID: 833 3556 5421
* If you or your kids would like to contribute to our virtual worship by music, painting, photos, recipes, or anything, please contact Rev. Rae: firstname.lastname@example.org
* Meet the Wayfinder students working at UJCC
* videos edited by Ryan and Madeline
Go Now in Peace Becky Messer
Worship Resource: (puc) Pictou United Church, “Prayer: Holy Humor Sunday,” slightly adapted http://www.pictouunited.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/4-14-2013-Holy-Humour-Sunday.pdf
Questions for Reflection:
1. Where do you see resurrection at play around you?
2. Tell someone a joke or something funny that happened!
I Corinthians 1:18-31
18 For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19For it is written, ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.’ 20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. 22For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, 23but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling-block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.
26 Consider your own call, brothers and sisters: not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are, 29so that no one might boast in the presence of God. 30He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 31in order that, as it is written, ‘Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.’