UJCC Sunday House Worship Service
June 13, 2021 * 3rd Sunday After Pentecost
Come, Holy Spirit!
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!
“I have a mustard seed and I’m not afraid to use it.”
-Pope Benedict XVI
to you belong the mysteries of the universe.
You transform shepherds into kings,
the smallest seeds into magnificent trees,
and hardened hearts into loving ones.
Bless us with your life-giving Spirit,
re-create us in your image,
and shape us to your purposes,
through Jesus Christ. Amen. (vds)
Song of Centering Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart Becky Messer
We Humbly Adore and Receive
Children’s Time Nathan Nakamura
Sermon “The Kingdom's Black Gold" Rev. Akiko Miyake-Stoner
Song of Reflection This is Living
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 Rev. Rae: email@example.com
Go Now in Peace Becky Messer
Worship Resource: (vds) Vanderbilt Divinity School, “Scripture (Series 1, semicontinuous)” https://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/prayers.php?id=206
He also said, ‘The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.’
He also said, ‘With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.’
With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.