UJCC Sunday House Worship Service
May 17, 2020 * 6th Sunday of Easter * Mental Health Sunday
* Chalk drawings by Isabela & Sofia Hamasaki
Blessings to you this 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
Leader: God calls us to love our neighbor as ourselves;
All: the one who is weak and the one who is strong,
Leader: the one who is happy and the one who is sad,
All: the one who is enjoying mental wellness today
Leader: and the one who is struggling with mental illness today,
All: the one whom we understand and the one we don’t,
Leader: the one who is embraced and the one who is shunned,
All: the one who is like us and the one who is different.
Leader: Come, let us worship together!
All: We come, trusting God’s abundant love! (ucc)
Song of Centering Help Us Accept Each Other Rebecca Messer
We Humbly Adore and Receive
Children’s Time Kevin Watkins
Scripture Reading Matthew 14:12-24
John’s disciples came and took his body and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus.
When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”
Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”
“We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.
“Bring them here to me,” he said. And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.
Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
Sermon “Hurt People Hurt People” Nathan Nakamura
Song of Reflection In the Secret
* Ashley Lum, Alex Nii, Evan Hamada, Hannah Nii, Rae Kim, Rebecca 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.
Worship Resource: (ucc) United Church of Christ Worship Resources for Mental Health Sunday “Call To Worship” https://www.ucc.org/mental_health_sunday_2017
* Please join in our Zoom Fellowship & Prayer meeting at 11:30
From your computer or smartphone, join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 892 8141 6160
* Zoom Sunday School at 1pm today
Meeting ID: 850 7599 8856
* 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