Updated: Nov 21, 2021
UJCC Sunday House Worship Service
August 29, 2021 * 14th Sunday After Pentecost
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 “A Brave And Startling Truth,” by Maya Angelou
When we come to it
We must confess that we are the possible
We are the miraculous, the true wonder of this world
That is when, and only when
We come to it.
Read/hear the entire poem at https://blackartsmovementumf.wordpress.com/maya-angelou/
Loving God, you watch over us and take care of us.
When the world seems frightening,
you calm us, and assure us that you will never abandon us.
And in doing that, you empower us
to speak out for justice,
to act on behalf of others,
and to help make our world a better place.
Be with us this day and always, we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.(twc)
Call To Worship
The Spirit of God is upon us! This is a holy day and we are a holy people! The joy of God is our strength! All of us, with all our gifts, we are the body of Christ! (jcb)
Songs of Centering “My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less" Becky Messer
"Blessed Be Your Name"
We Humbly Adore and Receive
Children's Time Loette Zablackis-Nakamura
Sermon “Once Upon A Time…The Wonder of Being Human” Rev. Akiko Miyake-Stoner
Song of Sending Forth "Trust In You" Becky Messer
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.
* If you or your kids would like to contribute to our virtual worship by music, painting, photos, recipes, or anything, please contact Nathan: firstname.lastname@example.org
Postlude "Go Now In Peace" Becky Messer
Worship Resource: (jcb) Joanne Carlson Brown, “Praise Sentences (Nehemiah 8, I Corinthians 12),” Worship Elements: January 27, 2019 https://www.ministrymatters.com/all/entry/3521/worship-elements-january-27-2019
I Corinthians 12:14-27
14 Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15If the foot would say, ‘Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body’, that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16And if the ear would say, ‘Because I am not an ear, I do not belong to the body’, that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? 18But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20As it is, there are many members, yet one body. 21The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I have no need of you’, nor again the head to the feet, ‘I have no need of you.’ 22On the contrary, the members of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23and those members of the body that we think less honorable we clothe with greater honor, and our less respectable members are treated with greater respect; 24whereas our more respectable members do not need this. But God has so arranged the body, giving the greater honor to the inferior member, 25that there may be no dissension within the body, but the members may have the same care for one another. 26If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.
27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.
Take some time to reflect as a family on what you learned and experienced during worship.
Family Reflection Questions
1. What makes you human?
2. Think of one of your friends. What makes you the same as them? What makes you different?
3. The two greatest commandments that Jesus gave to us are “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind” and “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:35-40) Give one example of each. Share with your family about one thing you can do this week to love God and show love to someone else.