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Order of Worship August 13, 2023

UJCC Sunday Worship Service

August 13, 2023 * Camp Reflection Sunday


“There’s no WiFi in the wilderness, but you’ll never make better connections.”

― unknown


We Gather Together


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You are invited to the spiritual practice of returning thanks to God. You can try our online giving option HERE. Thank you and peace be with you!

Gathering Music

We recognize that some of you may have had a crazy week and need some space or quiet time. So, 5-10 minutes prior to the service, we will play some music that you can listen to while you meditate

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Words of Welcome

During this time, our worship leader will offer a greeting, introduce special guests, or provide important information for the service. Ultimately, we want to show how much we appreciate you joining us today despite your busy schedule.​

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Greeting One Another

This may merely seem like a time to greet one another. However, it also serves as a reminder of the peace that we have with God and the peace that we have with each other due to Jesus’ sacrifice. Please take this time to meet someone new!

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Song of Centering - Every Move I Make

In the same way that we get ready for a date, it is important for us to get ready to hear God’s Word. So, during the songs of centering, we intentionally try to lay aside our busy lives, worries, and distractions in order to focus on God. For if we have too much noise in our minds, this can leave little room for God. Please feel free to sit quietly in meditation, close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, sing along, or use your body as you are able.

Opening Prayer

We believe that prayer changes things. When we pray, God shows up and does amazing things. Feel free to join us in the opening prayer by reading the words presented on the screen.

Children's Song - Every Move I Make

One way we like to be more inclusive of children in our service is by playing fun songs. But no one is too old to enjoy these songs! Please sing along and dance with us!

Children's Time

At UJCC, we value young families and children. So, whenever we have family worship, we try to make short, fun, educational videos or skits in order to be more inclusive of our younger audience. Feel free to enjoy this material with your kids and talk about it later too!

Scripture Reading In Japanese & English Some Japanese and Japanese Americans attend our church. As a result, we like to extend our love and hospitality to them by reading the Scripture text for the sermon in Japanese once a month. However, we understand that many people may not speak Japanese. So, feel free to appreciate the beauty of the Japanese language and we will read the text again in English shortly after.

Camp Reflections

We believe God still speaks to us today through the Bible, people, and many other sources as well. As a result, we will listen to our youth during this time and try to discern what God is trying to tell us through their reflections. Feel free to listen, take notes, or meditate on something that stuck out to you.

Camp Slideshow

Enjoy some pictures/videos of all the activities our campers enjoyed. We hope it can inspire your young ones to attend next year!

Homily

The homily is a short message. Pastor Ivana will wrap up our camp reflections as she shares her own stories as well.

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Song of Reflection - Cornerstone

It is our responsibility to respond to God’s message. So, the song after the sermon gives us a little more time to digest God’s message and think about how we can respond appropriately. So, feel free to meditate on the message, pray, or simply enjoy the music.

Joys & Concerns

We believe God hears and answers our prayers. Not only that, but we believe in praying together so that we can encourage and support those going through difficult times, or celebrate our many blessings. For we are all God’s family. When one of us suffers, we all suffer. When one of us rejoices, we all rejoice. You are not alone. At this time, Rev. Akiko will lead us in the Lord’s prayer. You can follow along with the words on the slideshow.

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Announcements

The announcements provide opportunities for us to put our faith into action throughout the week. Please try to see if anything interests you or challenge yourself to try something new. Volunteering is a great way to bless others, but we are often blessed ourselves in the process. You can check all the current announcements at www.ujcclife.com/events

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Song of Sending Forth - Matthew 11

The song of sending forth prepares our hearts to go back out into the world. You can use this song as a final opportunity to decide how to respond to the message, pray for God’s guidance, sing along, or simply enjoy the music. ​

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Final Blessing

This is a short prayer said in order to bless everyone as we get ready to go back out into the world. Feel free to close your eyes and receive the blessing so that you may be strengthened and encouraged!

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Postlude - Days of Love

This is the final ending song for the worship service. Once the song is finished, feel free to talk to someone new, attend our small group, or make your way safely back home.

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