UJCC Sunday House Worship Service
April 4, 2021 * Easter
Happy Easter! He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!
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!
Prelude “Thine Be The Glory” Worldwide United Methodist Virtual Choir
Flowering of the Cross UJCC Sunday School
Song of Centering Becky Messer
Call To Worship
You are making all things new! A new heaven A new earth A new way of thinking A new way of being.
You are making all things new! No more Death No more mourning No more crying No more pain.
You are making all things new! Renew our minds to renew the world by living out your commandment of love.
You are making all things new! Alleluia! (ww)
We Humbly Adore and Receive
Children’s Time Rev. Sungrae Kim
Japanese Scripture Reading Psalm 134 Miwa and Nanami Jones
Sermon “A Long Obedience: Community and Blessing” Rev. Akiko Miyake-Stoner
Choral Anthem “Behold The Lamb” UJCC Choir
Time of Confession
Christ has risen
and we have risen to new life with him.
Yet we must confess the ways we have
continued to remain in our tombs of sin and death.
when we stand before the empty tomb
we don’t always feel the joy of resurrection.
We feel fear, doubt, and distrust.
We feel empty.
Forgive the fear that paralyzes us at the brink of new life.
Forgive our doubt of your love.
Forgive our distrust of your surprising, joyous plan.
Fill our emptiness with your glorious light.
Raise us to abundant new life
for the glory of your name.
(time of silent prayer and confession)
Words of Assurance
Wake up, sleeper!
Rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.
Sisters and brothers,
Christ has forgiven our sins.
Christ calls us to new life.
Christ will lead us into righteousness. Amen. (gs)
Song of Sending Forth “Living Hope” 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
Easter Egg Hunt
Journey of the Easter Bunny
Go Now in Peace Becky Messer
Holy Communion will also be celebrated during our Fellowship and Prayer Zoom meeting at 10:30 today. Please prepare the elements for your household. Any kind of bread or juice (even water) will be appropriate.
Worship Resources: (ww) Weekly Worship Page of the Christian Aid website, slightly adapted “Prayer Litany (inspired by Isaiah 43:18-19; 65:17, Revelation 21:5, Romans 12:2)” https://www.christianaid.org.uk/churches/weekly-worship; (gs) Greg Scheer, slightly adapted “Easter Confession,” http://www.gregscheer.com/
Psalm 134 (The Message Translation)
1-3 Come, bless God, all you servants of God! You priests of God, posted to the nightwatch in God’s shrine, Lift your praising hands to the Holy Place, and bless God. In turn, may God of Zion bless you— God who made heaven and earth!