Updated: Aug 1, 2020
UJCC Sunday House Worship Service
July 26, 2020 * Eighth Sunday After Pentecost
"A Beautiful Morning Sunrise", photo taken by Katsuyo Howard
Blessings to you this holy Sabbath day! You are invited to use the following prayers & order of worship as we lift our hearts to God together from our respective homes!
Call To Worship
One: Called to be branches in Christ’s body,
Many: we yearn to be connected to the vine.
One: Called to be mustard bushes offering shade to God’s creatures,
Many: we search for places to plant the seeds of faith.
One: Called to be growing with God in the midst of this world’s painful questions,
Many: we seek God’s nurturing presence. (kh)
Song of Centering "Be Thou My Vision"
* Becky Messer, Garrett Masterson, and Larry Honda
We Humbly Adore and Receive
Scripture Reading in Japanese Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 Miwa and Nanami Jones
Special Song "Declare Your Maker's Praise" Choir
Sermon “That’s God’s Way” Rev. Akiko Miyake-Stoner
Song of Reflection "Here As In Heaven" Evan Hamada & Rev. Rae Kim
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
* Please join in our Zoom Fellowship & Prayer meeting at 11:30
From your computer or smartphone, join Zoom Meeting
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* If you or your kids would like to contribute to our virtual worship by music, painting, photos, or anything, please contact Rev. Rae: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Worship Resource: (kh) Katherine Hawker, “Contemporary Call To Worship (inspired by Mark 4:26-32)” http://liturgyoutside.net/
Senior Care Response Team (SCRT) - Obento deliveries Friday 7.24.2020
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
31He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; 32it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.” 33He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.”
44“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. 45“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; 46on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it. 47“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind; 48when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad. 49So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous 50and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 51“Have you understood all this?” They answered, “Yes.” 52And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”