ORDER OF WORSHIP
(Because In-Person Sanctuary Worship has resumed, this Online Worship will be updated each Sunday afternoon. Call-in Sunday “Time for Truth” Bible Study is on Summer Hiatus and will return in September)
September 19, 2021
OPENING COMMENTS, CALL TO WORSHIP, AND INVOCATION
HYMN OF PRAISE “In Christ Alone” - In Christ Alone (Virtual Choir #3 / A Cappella)
THE WISDOM KEEPING by Trinity Norwood
(A time to share biblical truth with the children)
THE RESPONSIVE READING * The Heidelberg Catechism (83-85)
(A Summary of Biblical Teachings in a Question and Answer Format… scripture verses are provided for further study)
Leader: What are the keys of the kingdom of heaven?
People: The preaching of the holy gospel and church discipline. By these two the kingdom of heaven is opened to believers and closed to unbelievers.1
Leader: How is the kingdom of heaven opened and closed by the preaching of the gospel?
People: According to the command of Christ, the kingdom of heaven is opened when it is proclaimed and publicly testified to each and every believer that God has really forgiven all their sins for the sake of Christ's merits, as often as they by true faith accept the promise of the gospel. The kingdom of heaven is closed when it is proclaimed and testified to all unbelievers and hypocrites that the wrath of God and eternal condemnation rest on them as long as they do not repent. According to this testimony of the gospel, God will judge both in this life and in the life to come.1
Leader: How is the kingdom of heaven closed and opened by church discipline?
People: According to the command of Christ, people who call themselves Christians but show themselves to be un-christian in doctrine or life are first repeatedly admonished in a brotherly manner. If they do not give up their errors or wickedness, they are reported to the church, that is, to the elders. If they do not heed also their admonitions, they are forbidden the use of the sacraments, and they are excluded by the elders from the Christian congregation, and by God Himself from the kingdom of Christ.1 They are again received as members of Christ and of the church when they promise and show real amendment.2
INTERCESSORY PRAYER (Adapted from “Thy Will Be Done: Prayer for God’s Plan, Not Mine” Source: https://www.prayerandpossibilities.com/thy-will-be-done-prayer/ )
O Lord, our Heavenly Father, we praise your holy name. We pray for your will to be done in each of our lives and in this world, for your way to rule here on earth as it does in heaven. We are not in control, Lord, you are, even though that’s often hard for us to admit and accept. We release what comes next into your hands, O Lord, and trusting you fully. We want to step into whatever path you lay before us, even when it looks different from what we thought we wanted. For we know you have bigger plans for our lives, so we submit our lives to your will. Help us, Holy Spirit, to trust and obey you with an eager and joyful heart. Father, as our Lord Jesus Christ taught us to pray... your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.
MINISTRY OF MUSIC “Lead Me, Guide Me” - Velma Willis
THE SERMON The Rev. Pastor J. R. Norwood, PhD “God Cannot be Wrong”
Sermon Focal Text - Job 40:1–5 (ESV); 1 And the LORD said to Job: 2 “Shall a faultfinder contend with the Almighty? He who argues with God, let him answer it.”
Additional Scripture Verses Cited in the Sermon – Job 40:1–5; Job 1:1; Job 1:8-11; Job 1:20-22; Job 2:9–10; Job 2:12–13; 1 Corinthians 3:19–20; Isaiah 55:8–9; Romans 11:33; Job 13:15; Job 38:1–7; Job 42:2–6; Proverbs 16:4; James 1:2-4; James 5:11; Acts 4:12; Hebrews 7:25; Job 19:25–27; Proverbs 3:5–8
THE CALL TO REPENT AND BELIEVE [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 (From Numbers 6:24-26); “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”
"My Life is in Your Hands" sung by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
This Week's Devotional Scripture Readings
September’s Theme: “God’s Word of Wisdom”
Sunday: Proverbs 3:1-35
Monday: Proverbs 4:1-27
Tuesday: Proverbs 17:1-28
Wednesday: Ecclesiastes 1:1-18
Thursday: Ecclesiastes 2:1-26
Friday: Ecclesiastes 3:1-22
Saturday: Ecclesiastes 4:1-16
We have come this far by the grace of Almighty God! Join us in this virtual celebration!
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
STUDY CLASSES STARTING WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15TH!
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#
New Members / Inquirers Class Scheduled Upon Request
Children’s Special Catechism Classes as scheduled
Announcements for September 19, 2021
THE CHURCH PICNIC HAS BEEN CANCELED. Out of a concern for the COVID Delta variant and the fact that children under 12 cannot be vaccinated yet, the Consistory determined that, for safety reasons, fellowship meals that include young children will not be scheduled at this time.
SUNDAY “TIME FOR TRUTH” & WEDNESDAY ADULT PRAYER MEETING & BIBLE STUDY CLASSES RETURN STARTING THIS WEDNESDAY! Due to COVID, Adult Sunday Time for Truth Classes by conference call at 12:30PM. Youth / Young Adult Sunday ZOOM Meeting Class at 12:30PM. Wednesday Prayer and Study... by conference call at 6:30PM
NEW FORMAT FOR THE WEEKNIGHT TEEN & YOUNG ADULT STUDY CLASSES a link will be provided each week on the church website with text / group chat discussion provided throughout the week. Parents should encourage their teens and young adults to participate. Older teens and young adults are encouraged to join the Wednesday night Bible Study. Contact Deacon Tanya Norwood for the group chat.
WOMEN OF NIA MEETINGS WILL study on Friday, Oct. 15th, at 6:30pm via ZOOM.
THE BROTHERHOOD OF MIGHTY MEN are asking for support to reestablish the non-perishable food pantry, and to establish two new initiatives to provide aid to pregnant women & new mothers, and personal care supplies for those in crisis. See the bulletin insert for more details.
THE CHURCH IS TAKING DONATIONS FOR A NEW PIANO KEYBOARD. The repair shop recommends replacing our current piano keyboard that is malfunctioning. Please consider making a special donation in the “Special” designation on your offering envelope or through the online portal on the website.
INFORMATION THOSE IN NEED OF CRISIS RENTAL ASSISTANCE OR MORTGAGE AID can find information on the church website main page and the Pastor’s Desk articles.
WORLD VISION HAITI EARTHQUAKE & HURRICANE IDA RESPONSE. See bulletin inserts and the “Pastor’s Desk” on the Church Website.
THE SPRING & SUMMER 2021 ISSUE OF THE “PRAISE REPORT” IS OUT! The new issue and all past issues are online at ujimachurch.org/news/
COVID VACCINES -
CVS Pharmacy - Free COVID vaccines. Walk-ins are accepted. You can also schedule an appointment by calling 855-287-3456 or by going online to https://www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine
Walgreens - Free COVID vaccines. You can schedule an appointment by calling 1-800-925-4733 or by going online to https://www.walgreens.com/findcare/vaccination/covid/19/landing
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.’”