UJCC Sunday House Worship Service
January 3, 2021 * 2nd Sunday After Christmas * Epiphany of the Lord
Happy New Year! You are invited to use the following prayers & order of worship as we lift our hearts to God together from our respective homes!
Opening Prayer (in unison)
Maker of heaven and earth,
we come into your presence
and we know ourselves to be recipients of
great and wonderful gifts —
the earth, the sky, the waters —
given to us here in such abundance and beauty.
We lead enormously privileged lives.
Don’t let our comfort blind us to the newness
you are making in our midst —
a newness that is taking us in directions
we would not choose on our own;
a newness that moves our safe horizons
out beyond what we can control.
This much does not change:
You are our God; we are your people,
bound to you by the love of Jesus Christ
and by the call of your Holy Spirit.
Faithful God, hold us deep in that truth
even as you move us into your new creation.
Creating and re-creating God,
take us in our uncertainties
and make us new.
We pray in the name of your Son,
who has gone ahead of us into your new future
and who beckons us follow. Amen. (cj)
Song of Centering All Creatures of Our God and King
We Humbly Adore and Receive
Children’s Time Rev. Sungrae Kim
Scripture Reading in Japanese Jeremiah 31:7-9 Miwa and Nanami Jones
Sermon “Answered Prayers and Unfulfilled Prophecies” Rev. Akiko Miyake-Stoner
Song of Reflection Covenant Prayer
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 will have a vacation until January 8th.
* If you or your kids would like to contribute to our virtual worship by music, painting, photos, recipes, or anything, please contact Rev. Rae: email@example.com
Go Now in Peace Becky Messer
Holy Communion will also be celebrated during our Fellowship and Prayer Zoom meeting at 11:30 today. Please prepare the elements for your household. Any kind of bread or juice (even water) will be appropriate.
Worship Resource: (cj) Christine Jerrett, “Prayer: A God Who Makes All Things New (Inspired by a reading of Revelation 21)” https://christinejerrett.wordpress.com/
7. For thus says the Lord: Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob, and raise shouts for the chief of the nations; proclaim, give praise, and say, “Save, O Lord, your people, the remnant of Israel.” 8. See, I am going to bring them from the land of the north, and gather them from the farthest parts of the earth, among them the blind and the lame, those with child and those in labor, together; a great company, they shall return here. 9. With weeping they shall come, and with consolations I will lead them back, I will let them walk by brooks of water, in a straight path in which they shall not stumble; for I have become a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn.