ORDER OF WORSHIP
May 31, 2020
OBSERVANCE OF THE ASCENSION
OPENING COMMENTS, CALL TO WORSHIP, AND INVOCATION by Pastor Norwood
HYMN OF PRAISE “To God be the Glory”
THE WISDOM KEEPING by Deacon Tanya Norwood
(A time to share biblical truth with the children)
THE CATECHISM The Heidelberg Catechism (questions 125)
(A Summary of Biblical Teachings in a Question and Answer Format… scripture verses are provided for further individual or small group study. Our Church ascribes to both the Heidelberg and Westminster Catechisms)
Question: In the Lord’s Model Prayer, what is the fourth petition?
Answer: Give us this day our daily bread. That is: Provide us with all our bodily needs1 so that we may acknowledge that Thou art the only fountain of all good,2 and that our care and labor, and also Thy gifts, cannot do us any good without Thy blessing.3 Grant, therefore, that we may withdraw our trust from all creatures and place it only in Thee.4
Great and Glorious Triune God... Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we celebrate Your abiding presence among and within Your people who are called by Your Name, washed in the blood of the Lamb, and granted the promise of everlasting life. Grant us true repentance that we may be forgiven and forgiving. Increase our faith that we may live to glorify You. Instill Your love within us so that we will reflect Your love in this world. In these days of strife, grant Your peace. Where there is fear, give hope. Where there is hatred, grant compassion. Where there is selfishness, grant charity. Where there is need, give provision. Where there is sickness, bless with healing. Let Your Name be reverenced in this world and Your gospel believed that souls may be saved and give You glory forevermore. Amen.
MINISTRY OF MUSIC “Create In Me A Clean Heart” - Donnie Mcclurkin
THE SERMON The Rev. Pastor J.R. Norwood, PhD "What Does This Mean?"
Sermon Focal Text - Acts 2:1-12 (ESV); 1 When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. 5 Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. 6 And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. 7 And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? 9 Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, 11 both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” 12 And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?”
Additional Scripture Verses Cited in the Sermon – John 3:8; Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:19-20;John 14:16–17; John 16:7; John 17:21-23; Romans 8:9; Romans 8:16; Romans 8:26-28
A CALL TO REPENTANCE
The "Good News" of Jesus Christ is about how our Holy and Almighty Creator acted on behalf of those He is determined to have with Him eternally in heaven. It is about overwhelming grace, overflowing love, and everlasting life. The grace of Jesus Christ brings rebirth and renewal, saving faith, repentance and forgiveness, transformation and triumph. We want everyone to know the Gospel and invite you to learn more... [Click Here to Learn More]
GIVING OF TITHES AND OFFERINGS [CLICK HERE TO DONATE ONLINE]
"Praise God from whom all blessing flow. Praise Him all creatures here below. Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen."
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...However, any who want to mail a donation, a check may be sent to Ujima Village Christian Church, PO Box 7217, Ewing, NJ 08628
CLOSING BLESSING Based on Based on Romans 15:13;- May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit we may abound in hope. Amen.
“Jesus Is” (LIVE) - The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
This Week's Devotional Scripture Readings
May’s Theme: “God’s Life-Giving Word of Faith”
June’s Theme: “God’s Life-Giving Word of Spiritual Renewal”
Sunday: 2 Corinthians 12:1-10
Monday: Acts 2:22-47
Tuesday: Joel 1:1-20
Wednesday: Joel 2:1-17
Thursday: Joel 2:18-32
Friday: Joel 3:1-21
Saturday: Acts 8:26-40
To View Video's of Pastor Norwood's Previous On-Line Sermons, Click Below...
Live Class Call-In Information...
*PLEASE NOTE: Due to unprecedented high use volume during the pandemic, many conference call services are experiencing difficulty with capacity. Some users have gotten busy signals when calling into our classes. For this reason, we are now also posting on our website recordings of each class that will remain accessible until the next class is conducted (see above for links). Repeated efforts to dial-in will also typically result in being able to access the live call-in.
If dial-In is giving a busy signal or if you’re having difficulty connecting to your meeting, you can send a text message to your conference Dial-In Number… Text “Help” to receive a text message with a temporary backup number. Tap the number in your text to dial it, or you can Text “Call Me” to receive a call that connects you with your Dial-In.
Once connected, enter your Access Code as you normally would.
You can also join a conference by receiving a call… You can text “Call Me” to your conference dial-in number. You will receive a call directly that will connect you and you will then enter your Access Code as you normally would.
Note: For US Numbers Only. Message and data rates may apply.
Sunday Time for Truth Classes* will be by conference call at 12 NOON.
Adult Prayer and Study:
Dial-in number: (425) 436-6399
Access code: 189219#
Youth Sunday ZOOM Meeting Class with Call-In Option:
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Weeknight Bible Study Classes* (OTHER THAN HOLY WEEK)
Adult Prayer and Study... Wednesday at 6:30PM
Dial-in number: (425) 436-6399
Access code: 189219#
Youth Study...Thursday at 6PM
Conducted on Zoom Meeting Video Call with Audio Call Option
Or copy and paste the meeting link in your browser address bar: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/746790441
Meeting ID: 746 790 441
Zoom Call In
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*Various rates may apply based on your phone plan.
Children's Study Resources For kids 4 to 12 years old
Search in web your browser and download "The Bible App for Kids: Interactive Audio & Stories from Life Church" for your computer or mobile device. Parents or guardians should have their children start at Genesis and do at least one story every Thursday and Sunday and draw a picture from the Bible Story. If they bring in their pictures when we return to the church, they can choose a prize from "the Sunday School Prize Table" for each picture they bring.
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.’”