UJCC Sunday House Worship Service
April 19, 2020 * 2nd Sunday of Easter
Blessings to you this Sunday morning in this holy season of Easter! 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
L: Throughout the ages, disciples have said, “I will follow you wherever you go.”
P: Lord, give us the freedom to follow you in the ways of love.
L: We come from busy homes, filled with little time to consider Christ in our lives.
P: Lord, give us the strength to follow you in the ways of peace.
L: In times of struggle, we look to God for help.
P: Lord, give us the opportunity to follow you in the ways of kindness.
L: Today, we celebrate the Holy Spirit, who shows us the joy of following God.
P: Lord, give us the patience to follow you in the ways of faith. Amen. (sdl)
Special Music “Blessings” by Laura Story Irene Ikeda
* Piano: Becky Messer
We Humbly Adore and Receive
Children’s Time Rev. Akiko Miyake-Stoner
Scripture Reading in Japanese Galatians 5:1-12 Miwa and Nanami Jones
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all. Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law. You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.
You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth? That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. “A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.” I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other view. The one who is throwing you into confusion, whoever that may be, will have to pay the penalty. Brothers and sisters, if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been abolished. As for those agitators, I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves!”
Sermon “Technology: Master or Servant?” Nathan Nakamura
Song of Reflection: "Hope" by Becky Messer
* Lyrics and music by Becky Messer
* Piano and pad, lyrics video: Becky Messer
* Other instruments: Rae Kim
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: (sdl) Sarah Dunning Lambert, “Worship Elements: June 30, 2019: Call To Worship (2 Kings, Galatians 5, Luke 9)” https://www.ministrymatters.com/all/entry/3972/worship-elements-june-30-2019
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