ORDER OF WORSHIP
(This Online Worship will be updated each Sunday by the afternoon)
November 20, 2022
CALL TO WORSHIP AND INVOCATION
HYMN OF PRAISE Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing - Celtic Worship
THE WISDOM KEEPING by Deacon Tanya Norwood
THE RESPONSIVE READING * The Westminster Shorter Catechism (106-107)
(A Summary of Biblical Teachings in a Question and Answer Format… scripture verses are provided for further study)
Leader: In the Lord’s Model Prayer, what do we pray for in the sixth petition?
People: In the sixth petition, which is, And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, we pray, that God would either keep us from being tempted to sin [a], or support and deliver us when we are tempted [b].
[a]. Ps. 19:13; Matt. 26:41; John 17:15; [b]. Luke 22:31-32; I Cor. 10:13; II Cor. 12:7-9; Heb. 2:18
Leader: What doth the conclusion of the Lord's Prayer teach us?
People: The conclusion of the Lord's Prayer, which is, For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever, Amen. teacheth us to take our encouragement in prayer from God only [a], and in our prayers to praise him, ascribing kingdom, power, and glory to him [b]; and, in testimony of our desire, and assurance to be heard, we say, Amen. [c]
[a]. Dan. 9:4, 7-9, 16-19; Luke 18:1, 7-8; [b]. I Chron. 29:10-13; I Tim. 1:17; Rev. 5:11-13; [c]. I Cor. 14:16; Rev. 22:20
PRAYER ( from “Lord’s Day Morning” from https://banneroftruth.org/us/devotional/lords-day-morning/ , used with permission)
O MAKER AND UPHOLDER OF ALL THINGS, Day and night are thine; they are also mine from thee — the night to rid me of the cares of the day, to refresh my weary body, to renew my natural strength; the day to summon me to new activities, to give me opportunity to glorify thee, to serve my generation, to acquire knowledge, holiness, eternal life. But one day above all days is made especially for thy honor and my improvement; The sabbath reminds me of thy rest from creation, of the resurrection of my Saviour, of his entering into repose. Thy house is mine, but I am unworthy to meet thee there, and am unfit for spiritual service. When I enter it I come before thee as a sinner, condemned by conscience and thy Word, For I am still in the body and in the wilderness, ignorant, weak, in danger, and in need of thine aid. But encouraged by thy all-sufficient grace let me go to thy house with a lively hope of meeting thee, knowing that there thou wilt come to me and give me peace. My soul is drawn out to thee in longing desires for thy presence in the sanctuary, at the table, where all are entertained on a feast of good things; Let me before the broken elements, emblems of thy dying love, cry to thee with broken heart for grace and forgiveness. I long for that blissful communion of thy people in thy eternal house in the perfect kingdom; These are they that follow the Lamb; May I be of their company!
MINISTRY OF MUSIC O How I Love Jesus - Hasan Green
THE SERMON The Rev. Pastor J. R. Norwood, PhD “In All Circumstances”
Sermon Focal Text - 1 Thessalonians 5:18 ESV); give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Additional Scriptures Cited: 1 Thessalonians 5:12–24; 1 Thessalonians 3:2-4; Romans 8:18; Romans 8:28; Romans 8:34–39; James 5:16; Romans 8:26-27; Ephesians 5:15–19; Philippians 4:4-7
THE CALL TO REPENT AND BELIEVE [CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE]
THE RENDERING OF OUR TITHES AND OFFERINGS [CLICK HERE TO DONATE]
CLOSING BLESSING (Jude 1:24–25 ESV); 24 Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, 25 to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.
The Mississippi Mass Choir - Near The Cross-Trad. Arrangement
This Week's Devotional Scripture Readings
November's Theme: “God’s Renewing Word of Thanksgiving & Praise”
Sunday: Psalm 96
Monday: Psalm 97
Tuesday: Psalm 98
Wednesday: Psalm 99
Thursday: Psalm 100
Friday: Psalm 112
Saturday: Psalm 113
Next Sunday’s Children’s Bible Memory Verse
30th Church Anniversary Video - Founder’s Day 2022
UJIMA VILLAGE CHRISTIAN CHURCH
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 November 20, 2022
SPECIAL THANKSGIVING PRAYER MEETING on Wednesday, November 23rd, at 6:30PM. Dial-in number: (425) 436-6399 Access code: 189219#
ARTICLES FOR THE UPCOMING NEWSLETTER ARE DUE by Next Sunday, November 27th. Articles can be emailed to UjimaNews@gmail.com
SUPPORT THE HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE! Ujima is joining with the Trenton/Ewing Health Team to collect non-perishable food from November 21 to December 18. Bring your food donations to worship. A collection bin will be available.
ADVENT BEGINS NEXT SUNDAY! November 27th.
THE WOMEN OF NIA WILL HOST THE CHURCHWIDE COOKIE EXCHANGE AND CHRISTMAS FELLOWSHIP on Friday Dec. 16th at 6:30pm. We encourage everyone to bring enough of their favorite cookies (home baked or store bought) to share AND an empty container to take home a sampling of all the goodies! Crazy sweaters optional. Look for the Sign up sheet as the event grows closer.
THE MIGHTY MEN’S CHOIR will rehearse after study on the 1st and 3rd Sundays.
THE AFFORDABLE NEW JERSEY COMMUNITIES FOR HOMEOWNERS AND RENTERS (ANCHOR) program provides property tax relief to New Jersey residents who owned or rented their principal residence (main home) on October 1, 2019, and met the income limits. ANCHOR replaces the Homestead Benefit program. The deadline for filing is December 30, 2022. For More Information, Go To: https://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/anchor/index.shtml or call 1-877-658-2972.
“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 2022 Holy Days and Special Observances: Thanksgiving 11/24; First Sunday of Advent 11/27; Christmas 12/25; Watchnight 12/31
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.’”