ORDER OF WORSHIP

(Because In-Person Sanctuary Worship has resumed, this Online Worship will be updated each Sunday afternoon)

January 23, 2022

CALL TO WORSHIP  AND INVOCATION   

 

 

HYMN OF PRAISE     We're Marching To Zion - Kaoma Chende

 

THE WISDOM KEEPING        by Deacon Tanya Norwood

(A time to share biblical truth with the children)

 

 

THE RESPONSIVE READING * The Heidelberg Catechism  (120-121)

(A Summary of Biblical Teachings in a Question and Answer Format… scripture verses are provided for further study) 

Leader: Why has Christ commanded us to address God as Our Father? 

People: To awaken in us at the very beginning of our prayer that childlike reverence and trust toward God which should be basic to our prayer: God has become our Father through Christ and will much less deny us what we ask of Him in faith than our fathers would refuse us earthly things.1 

1 Mt 7:9-11; Lk 11:11-13.
 

Leader: Why is there added, Who art in heaven? 

People: These words teach us not to think of God's heavenly majesty in an earthly manner,1 and to expect from His almighty power all things we need for body and soul.2 

1 Jer 23:23, 24; Acts 17:24, 25. 2 Mt 6:25-34; Rom 8:31, 32.

INTERCESSORY PRAYER (Modified from “Convictions” published in The Valley of Vision.  Used with permission. Source: https://banneroftruth.org/us/devotional/a-ministers-convictions/ )

O GOD OF LOVE, We approach thee with encouragements derived from thy character, for we are not left to feel after thee in the darkness of my nature, nor to worship thee as the unknown God. We cannot find out thy perfections,  but we know thou art good, ready to forgive, plenteous in mercy. Thou hast displayed thy wisdom, power, and goodness in all thy works, and hast revealed thy will in the Scripture of truth. Thou hast caused it to be preserved, translated, published, multiplied, so that all men and women  may possess it and find thee in it. Here we see thy greatness and thy grace, thy pity and thy rectitude, thy mercy and thy truth, thy being and the hearts of men and women; Through it thou hast magnified thy name,  and favored mankind with the gospel. Have mercy on us, for we have ungratefully received thy benefits, little improved our privileges, made light of spiritual things, disregarded thy messages, contended with examples of the good, rebukes of conscience, admonitions of friends, leadings of providence. We deserve that thy kingdom be taken away from us. Lord, we confess our sin with feeling, lamentation, a broken heart, a contrite spirit, self-abhorrence, self-condemnation, self-despair.  Give us relief by Jesus our hope, faith in his name of Savior, forgiveness by his blood, strength by his presence,  holiness by his Spirit: And let us love thee with all our heart. Amen.

 

MINISTRY OF MUSIC   Blessed Assurance

 

 

THE SERMON The Rev. Pastor J. R. Norwood, PhD  “Jesus Must Be About His Father’s Business”

 

 

Sermon Focal Text - Luke 2: 48-51(ESV); 48 And when his parents saw him, they were astonished. And his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been searching for you in great distress.” 49 And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” 50 And they did not understand the saying that he spoke to them. 51 And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart. 52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.

Additional Scripture Verses Cited in the Sermon – Luke 2:41–52; Psalm 122:1; Matthew 7:28–29; Mark 1:22; John 1:1; John 1:14; Hebrews 1:1–3; Colossians 1:15-19; John 10:30; Hebrews 4:15; John 1:30; John 4:34; Matthew 20:28; John 6:38–40; John 1:29; John 1:10–13; John 3:16–18; John 14:1–3

 

THE CALL TO REPENT AND BELIEVE  [CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE]

 

THE RENDERING OF OUR TITHES AND OFFERINGS [CLICK HERE TO DONATE]

 

CLOSING BLESSING (From 2 Thessalonians. 3:16) “Now may the Lord of Peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. the Lord be with all of you.” 

Hallelujah, Salvation and Glory | Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

This Week's Devotional Scripture Readings

January’s Theme: “God’s Renewing Word of Unity in Christ Jesus”

Sunday: 2 Corinthians 8:1-15

Monday:  2 Corinthians 8:16-24

Tuesday:  2 Corinthians 9:1-15

Wednesday:  2 Corinthians 10:1-18

Thursday:  2 Corinthians 11:1-15

Friday:  2 Corinthians 11:16-33   

Saturday: 2 Corinthians 12:1-10

Next Sunday’s Children’s Bible Memory Verse

Colossians 3:20

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

UJIMA VILLAGE CHRISTIAN CHURCH 

PROVISIONAL WEEKLY SCHEDULE DUE TO COVID-19

Sunday “In-Person” Worship - 10:30AM 

Sunday Online Worship Posted by 3:30PM at UjimaChurch.org

Adult Sunday Time for Truth Classes by conference call at 12:30PM.

Wednesday Prayer and Study by conference call at 6:30PM

Conference Call Dial-in number: (425) 436-6399 Access code: 189219

Various rates may apply based on your phone plan

Youth / Young Adult Sunday ZOOM Meeting Class at 12:30PM

Join the ZOOM Class at https://us04web.zoom.us/j/330030350 

Meeting ID: 330 030 350

Call In: (646) 558-8656  Code 330-030-350#

Youth/Young Adult Weekly Online Chat Link on Church Website

New Members / Inquirers Class Scheduled Upon Request

Children’s Special Catechism Classes as scheduled

ANNOUNCEMENTS

THE NEW ISSUE OF “THE PRAISE REPORT” NEWSLETTER IS AVAILABLE ONLINE under the “News” tab at www.UjimaChurch.org

NEW CANDY CART BIBLE VERSE REQUIREMENT FOR CHILDREN 6-13… They must be able to recite the posted Bible verse to receive the candy reward.  Verses are posted with the Weekly Bible Readings in the Sunday bulletin and online.

WE NEED ALL MEMBERS FOR OUR 30TH ANNIVERSARY VIDEO!!! Ujima turns 30 on the 3rd Sunday of February.  A sign-up schedule for recording is available in the vestibule.  Recording will take place on January 30 and February 6. Designated recording times are available for Sunday Time for Truth students. See bulletin insert for details.

CHRISTIAN MISSION SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY WINTER 2022 REGISTRATION is from Jan. 10 to Feb. 1 for “New Testament Foundations”. Classes are from Feb 8 to April 5, 2022. See insert for details or visit www.CMST-Online.org 

WE ARE IN NEED OF ADDITIONAL DOOR TEMPERATURE VOLUNTEERS. Volunteer should see First Lady Tanya Norwood

THE WOMEN OF NIA WILL NOT MEET A CRACKER BARREL THIS MONTH DUE TO COVID PRECAUTIONS. A Zoom meeting will be conducted on Friday, Jan. 21, at 6:30PM. Lesson 7, “Living in Obedience,” will be discussed.  See Sister Norwood for Zoom information.

ANNUAL GIVING STATEMENTS WILL BE AVAILABLE ON  JAN. 30TH. See the Trustees for your statement.

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IF YOU GIVE IN-PERSON OR BY BANK ELECTRONIC DRAFT AND DON’T USE AN ENVELOPE, YOUR OFFERING OR TITHE CAN NOT BE CREDITED TO YOU.  Please fill in the information on the appropriate envelope and use it in order to have your tithes and offerings recorded.  ONLINE GIVERS THROUGH THE CHURCH WEBSITE ARE AUTOMATICALLY RECORDED BUT ARE  ASKED TO PLACE AN “ON-LINE GIVER CARD” IN THE OFFERING PLATE AS A WITNESS TO OTHERS.

“WHO ARE YOU?” CHURCH INVITE CARDS are available in the vestibule. Take a few, give them out, leave them wherever you go.

THE “BUSY BEES” BUILDING FUND CLUB needs you to donate to meet our building and fuel demands without touching the ministry budget.  Please give a little extra on the 2nd Sunday Offering.

ALL PAST ISSUES OF THE PRAISE REPORT ARE ON THE CHURCH WEBSITE! See the “News” menu item for copies

GOT CHANGE? DONATE YOUR LOOSE CHANGE to meet building needs. A change jar is available on Sundays in the sanctuary vestibule.

UJIMA’S MIGHTY MEN MEET IN-PERSON & BY CONFERENCE CALL  for fellowship on the first Sundays at 9:30AM in the Lighthouse Café. This is an Outreach Opportunity!

PASTOR NORWOOD’S RECENT SERMONS can be downloaded or streamed online at www.UjimaChurch.org or at www.facebook.com/RevNorwood

Upcoming Events:

Church Anniversary - Sunday, February 20, 2022

2022 Church Family Retreat - Sunday to Thursday, 7/3-10/2022

Upcoming 2022 Holy Days and Special Observances: Church Anniversary 2/20; Ash Wednesday (Lent begins) 3/2; Palm Sunday 4/10; Holy Thursday 4/14; Good Friday 4/15; Resurrection Sunday 4/17; Mother’s Day 5/8; Ascension Day 5/26; Pentecost 6/5; Father’s Day 6/19; Reformation Day (observed) 10/30; All Saints Day (observed) 11/6; Thanksgiving 11/24;  First Sunday of Advent 11/27; Christmas 12/25; Watchnight 12/31

 

 

Safety Procedures for Worship

A Call to Action from the Council of Trustees

During the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic the Trustees of Ujima Village Christian Church ask that you put your faith and trust in the Lord into action. The Trustees are asking all members to fulfill all of the acts of worship. Take the opportunity to respond in gratitude to the grace, love, and mercy of God.

As part of our online worship service that our Pastor has worked diligently to provide for our congregation, we remind our members to respond in gratitude and give your tithes and offering to God each Sunday.  This act of worship through tithing is just like the confessing of the Apostles Creed, singing of hymns, hearing the sermon, and engaging in prayer.

Below is a list of a few Bible verses that will help you fully understand biblical stewardship.  Just like in our physical Sunday worship services at Ujima we remind you of what the Scripture tells us in 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 (ESV); 6  …whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7  Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8  And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.

Psalm 56:12   “I must perform my vows to You, O God; I will render thank offerings to You.”

Proverbs 11:24   “One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.”

Malachi 3:10   “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open   the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.”

Matthew 6:25   “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life   more than food, and the body more than clothing?”

Luke 16:11  “If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth (money), who will entrust to you the true riches?”

Luke 21:1-4      “Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. And he said, ‘Truly I t  tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to   live on.’”