ORDER OF WORSHIP

(This Online Worship will be updated each Sunday by the afternoon)

February 5, 2023

CALL TO WORSHIP  AND INVOCATION   

HYMN OF PRAISE  Holy, Holy, Holy - The Hymns Project

 

THE WISDOM KEEPING        by Deacon Tanya Norwood

 

THE RESPONSIVE READING * The Heidelberg Catechism  (29-30)

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

Leader: Why is the Son of God called Jesus, that is, Savior?

People: Because He saves us from all our sins,1 and because salvation is not to be sought or found in anyone else.2 

1 Mt 1:21; Heb 7:25. 2 Is 43:11; Jn 15:4, 5; Acts 4:11, 12; 1 Tim 2:5.
 

Leader:  Do those who seek their salvation or well-being in saints, in themselves, or anywhere else, also believe in the only Savior Jesus?

People: No. Though they boast of Him in words, they in fact deny the only Savior Jesus.1 For one of two things must be true: either Jesus is not a complete Savior, or those who by true faith accept this Savior must find in Him all that is necessary for their salvation.2 

1 1 Cor 1:12, 13; Gal 5:4. 2 Col 1:19, 20; 2:10; 1 Jn 1:7.

 

PRAYER ( modified from “The Cry of the Convicted Sinner” at https://banneroftruth.org/us/devotional/the-cry-of-a-convicted-sinner/  , used with permission)

THOU RIGHTEOUS AND HOLY SOVEREIGN, In whose hand is my life and whose are all my ways, Keep me from fluttering about religion; fix me firm in it, for I am irresolute; my decisions are smoke and vapor, and I do not glorify thee, or behave according to thy will; Cut me not off before my thoughts grow to responses, and the budding of my soul into full flower, for thou art forbearing and good, patient and kind. Save me from myself, from the artifices and deceits of sin, from the treachery of my perverse nature, from denying thy charge against my offenses, from a life of continual rebellion against thee, from wrong principles, views, and ends; for I know that all my thoughts, affections, desires and pursuits are alienated from thee. I have acted as if I hated thee, although thou art love itself; have contrived to tempt thee to the uttermost, to wear out thy patience; have lived evilly in word and action. Had I been a prince I would long ago have crushed such a rebel; Had I been a father I would long since have rejected my child. O, thou Father of my spirit, thou King of my life, cast me not into destruction, drive me not from thy presence, but wound my heart that it may be healed;     break it that thine own hand may make it whole. This is my plea O Christ, who lives and reigns with the Father and Holy Spirit, One God eternal. Amen.

MINISTRY OF MUSIC   Leaning On The Everlasting Arms - Norton Hall Band

THE SERMON The Rev. Pastor J. R. Norwood, PhD  “Jesus Love The Little Children”

Sermon Focal Text - Luke 18:15–17 (esp. 15 ESV); 15 Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. 16 But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 17 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”

Additional Scriptures Cited: Matthew 18:15-17; Mark 10:13–16; Matthew 19:13–15;  Psalm 139:15–16; Jeremiah 1:5; Matthew 18:1–6 

 

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 Peter 1:2; “Grace and peace be yours in abundance, through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.” 

 

How Deep The Father's Love For Us - David Wesley

This Week's Devotional Scripture Readings

February's Theme: “God’s Saving Word - Love”

Sunday: Deuteronomy 7:12-26   

Monday: Colossians 1:1-23

Tuesday: Colossians 1:24—2:5

Wednesday: Colossians 2:6-19

Thursday: Colossians 2:20—3:17

Friday: Colossians 3:18—4:6         

Saturday: Colossians 4:7-18

 

Next Sunday’s Children’s Bible Memory Verse

Psalm 23:1

 

 

 

30th Church Anniversary Video - Founder’s Day 2022

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

UJIMA VILLAGE CHRISTIAN CHURCH 

WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Sunday “In-Person” Worship - 10:30AM 

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

Sunday Time for Truth Classes at 12:30PM

Adult Class in the Fellowship Hall & Conference Call

Youth and Children’s Classes in 1st Floor Classroom & Lighthouse 

Wednesday Prayer and Study is at 6:30PM via Conference Call

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

New Members / Inquirers Class Scheduled Upon Request

Children’s Special Catechism Classes as scheduled

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR FEBRUARY 5, 2023

PLEASE RESPECT THE TIME OF MEDITATION PRIOR TO MORNING WORSHIP. Enter the sanctuary level quietly and be mindful that there are worshipers who may be quietly meditating before worship.

THE MIGHTY MEN’S CHOIR will rehearse after study on the 1st and 3rd Sundays.

CONSISTORY MEETING on Monday, Feb. 6, at 6:30PM via conference call

SECURITY MINISTRY MEETING WITH THE PASTOR via conference call on Thursday, Feb 9th at 6:30PM

REGISTRATION FOR THE WINTER 2023 CMST COURSE “PAULINE STUDIES” IS OPEN until February 7.  Go to www.CMST-online.org to register.

PRESCRIPTION DROP-OFF AT UJIMA PLAZA on Wednesday, Feb. 8, from 9AM - 11AM.

WOMEN OF NIA DINNER MEETING on Friday, Feb. 17th at 5:30PM, at Applebees on Rt. 33 in Hamilton.

31ST CHURCH ANNIVERSARY WEEK EVENTS - 

  • Wednesday, Feb. 15th, Bible-lymics at 6:30PM in the Fellowship Hall
  • Friday, Feb. 17th,  Posted Online Presentation: “A Biblical Response to Alternative Pronouns and Gender”
  • Sunday Morning, Feb. 19th, Anniversary Worship at 10:30AM
  • Sunday Afternoon, Feb. 19th, Prayer Lunch at 12:30PM

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

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:

Ash Wednesday (Lent begins) 2/22

Upcoming 2023 Holy Days and Special Observances: Church Anniversary 2/19; Ash Wednesday (Lent begins) 2/22; Palm Sunday 4/2; Holy Thursday 4/6; Good Friday 4/7; Resurrection Sunday 4/9; Mother’s Day 5/1; Ascension Day 5/18; Pentecost 5/28; Father’s Day 6/18; Blessing of the Animals 10/8; Reformation Day 10/31; All Saints Day 11/5; Advent begins 12/3; 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.’”