Updated: Jul 5
UJCC Sunday House Worship Service
September 5, 2021 * 15th 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!
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” - Proverbs 3:5-6
Call To Worship
For everything there is a season:
And a time for every matter under heaven:
A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted.
A time to break down, and a time to build up.
A time to weep and a time to laugh.
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to be silent and a time to speak.
A time to love and a time to hate.
A time for war and a time for peace.
God has made everything suitable for its time.
God has put a sense of past and future into our minds.
God has done this, so that all should stand in awe before God.
Whatever God does endures forever. (tw)
Songs of Centering “Holy is the Lord" Becky Messer
"Here I am to Worship"
We Humbly Adore and Receive
Children's Time Bill Tokumoto
Sermon “Once Upon A Time…In God’s Time” Rev. Akiko Miyake-Stoner
Song of Reflection "Help Us Accept Each Other" Becky Messer
Song of Sending Forth "O Church of God, United" 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: email@example.com
Postlude "Go Now In Peace" Becky Messer
Worship Resource: (tw) Rev. Thomas Weitzel, “Dialog for New Year’s Eve (based on Ecclesiastes 3:1-13)” http://www.liturgybytlw.com/AdvXmas/NewYrEve.html, slightly adapted
I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. 19For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; 20for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; 23and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. 24For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? 25But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. 27And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. 28 We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.
Take some time to reflect as a family on what you learned and experienced during worship.
Family Reflection Questions
1. What are you practicing right now? What is something you want to learn to do?
2. What does it mean to be patient?
3. Share a time when you waited for something and it turned out to be really great.
4. What does God teach us about waiting for God’s timing?