ORDER OF WORSHIP
(This Online Worship will be updated each Sunday by the afternoon)
September 24, 2023
Due to Pastor Norwood’s illness, older videos are being used this week. Please keep Pastor and Sister Norwood in prayer as they tested positive for COVID.
CALL TO WORSHIP AND INVOCATION
HYMN OF PRAISE We're Marching to Zion - Jim Hill
THE WISDOM KEEPING by Sister Trinity Norwood
THE RESPONSIVE READING * The Heidelberg Catechism (Questions 110-111)
(A Summary of Biblical Teachings in a Question and Answer Format… scripture verses are provided for further study)
Leader: What does God forbid in the eighth commandment
People: God forbids not only outright theft and robbery1 but also such wicked schemes and devices as false weights and measures, deceptive merchandising, counterfeit money, and usury;2 we must not defraud our neighbor in any way, whether by force or by show of right.3 In addition God forbids all greed4 and all abuse or squandering of His gifts.5
Leader: What does God require of you in this commandment
People: I must promote my neighbor's good wherever I can and may, deal with him as I would like others to deal with me, and work faithfully so that I may be able to give to those in need.1
PRAYER - A MEDITATION (modified from “A Disciple’s Renewal” at https://banneroftruth.org/us/devotional/a-disciples-renewal/ used with permission)
O MY SAVIOR, Help me. I am so slow to learn, so prone to forget, so weak to climb; I am in the foothills when I should be on the heights; I am pained by my graceless heart, my prayerless days, my poverty of love, my sloth in the heavenly race, my sullied conscience, my wasted hours, my unspent opportunities. I am blind while light shines around me: take the scales from my eyes, grind to dust the evil heart of unbelief. Make it my chiefest joy to study thee, meditate on thee, gaze on thee, sit like Mary at thy feet, lean like John on thy breast, appeal like Peter to thy love, count like Paul all things dung. Give me increase and progress in grace so that there may be more decision in my character, more vigor in my purposes, more elevation in my life, more fervor in my devotion, more constancy in my zeal. As I have a position in the world, keep me from making the world my position; May I never seek in the creature what can be found only in the Creator; Let not faith cease from seeking thee until it vanishes into sight. Ride forth in me, thou King of kings and Lord of lords, that I may live victoriously, and in victory attain my end. Amen.
MINISTRY OF MUSIC We’ll Understand It Better, By and By - Gaither Vocal Band
THE SERMON The Rev. Pastor J. R. Norwood, PhD “Walking With God”
Due to Pastor Norwood’s illness, older videos are being used this week. Please keep Pastor and Sister Norwood in prayer as they tested positive for COVID. We pray that Pastor Norwood will be able to continue his series “What Is Love” on October 1st.
Sermon Focal Text - Hebrews 11:5–6 (ESV); 5 By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God. 6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
THE CALL TO REPENT AND BELIEVE [CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE]
THE RENDERING OF OUR TITHES AND OFFERINGS [CLICK HERE TO DONATE]
CLOSING BLESSING (Ephesians 6:23-24) “Peace to the brothers, and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love.”
Awesome God (A Cappella) - David Wesley
This Week's Devotional Scripture Readings
September’s Theme: “God’s Saving Word - Wisdom”
Sunday: Proverbs 8:1-36
Monday: Proverbs 9:1-18
Tuesday: 1 Corinthians 1:1-17
Wednesday: 1 Corinthians 1:18-31
Thursday: 1 Corinthians 2:1-16
Friday: 1 Corinthians 3:1-23
Saturday: 1 Corinthians 4:1-21
Next Sunday’s Children’s Bible Memory Verse
UJIMA VILLAGE CHRISTIAN CHURCH
Sunday “In-Person” Worship - 10:30 AM
Sunday Online Worship Posted by 3:30PM at UjimaChurch.org
Sunday Time for Truth Classes for All Ages
is at 12:30PM after Morning Worship
Wednesday Prayer Meeting and Bible Study
6:30PM via Conference Call
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
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ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR SEPTEMBER 24, 2023
MAUI FIRE RELIEF DONATIONS ARE NEEDED! You can give directly through World Vision [ https://donate.worldvision.org/give/disaster-relief-in-the-usa ] or through the “Special” donation designation on the offering envelopes or church website online donation portal. See our bulletin insert for more details.
WOMEN OF NIA NIGHT OF CARING & SHARING - Friday, Oct. 20th, at 6:30pm in The Lighthouse Cafe. This is an outreach opportunity! See Missionary Rogers for details.
BABY BOTTLE FUNDRAISER in support of “Options for Women” pregnancy support ministry. Get a bottle, fill it with money (coins, bills, checks) and return by October 15th. This will be an ongoing fundraiser sponsored by the Brotherhood of Mighty Men.
THE MIGHTY MEN will rehearse after worship on the 1st and 3rd Sundays.
MONTHLY WORSHIP MINISTRY LEADERSHIP ZOOM MEETINGS. Meeting details will be provided via text and will include dial-in information for those unfamiliar with ZOOM. Future meetings will be held on Sep 25, Oct 30, Nov 27.
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS after Time for Truth Studies on Sunday, October 8th (approximately 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM). Friendly companion animals and photos of beloved pets can be brought to the main entry so that we can thank God for them.
REFORMATION DAY OBSERVED on Sunday, October 29th, during the morning worship.
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 Workshops Being Planned
“The Blessing of Wise Counsel” - The Relationship Between Spiritual, Emotional, & Mental Health
“Why So Many? Which Is Best?” An Overview of Bible Translations
“The Ministry of Reconciliation” - Christian Dispute Resolution
“A Different Jesus” - The False Gospel of Cults
“Saved and Single” - Living the Single Life Faithfully & Joyfully
2024 Christian Ed. Retreat - 6/30 - 7/4 2024
Upcoming 2023 Holy Days and Special Observances: 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