ORDER OF WORSHIP
July 12, 2020
OPENING COMMENTS, CALL TO WORSHIP, AND INVOCATION by Pastor Norwood
HYMN OF PRAISE “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” (with Lyrics) Chris Rice
THE WISDOM KEEPING by Deacon Tanya Norwood
(A time to share biblical truth with the children)
READING FROM THE CATECHISM
The Westminster Shorter Catechism (questions 12-13)
(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: What special act of providence did God exercise toward man in the estate wherein he was created?
Answer: When God had created man, he entered into a covenant of life with him, upon condition of perfect obedience; forbidding him to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, upon pain of death. [a]
[a]. Gen. 2:16-17; Jas. 2:10
Question: Did our first parents continue in the estate wherein they were created?
Answer: Our first parents, being left to the freedom of their own will, fell from the estate wherein they were created, by sinning against God [a].
[a]. Gen. 3:6-8, 13; II Cor. 11:3
Dear Lord, You are our sustainer and comforter. We rest in Your unchanging grace. When our days are weary, You supply strength. When our hearts are heavy, You bring joy. When the guilt of sin weighs down upon us, You reassure us of forgiveness. Fortify our hope in You, our love for You, our obedience to You. We pray for relief from this pandemic that is raging, but we ask to be used to Your glory in the midst of it. We pray Your blessing upon those who are ill, those who are in mourning, those who are caring for the sick. We pray for front-line workers, that they may be kept safe. Bring peace to our streets and between people. Help us to be bearers of Your love and messengers of the Gospel. In your Holy Name, O Christ, who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever. Amen.
MINISTRY OF MUSIC "In Christ Alone” (Virtual Choir #3 / A Cappella) - David Wesley
THE SERMON The Rev. Pastor J.R. Norwood, PhD “The Amazing Love of God”
Sermon Focal Text - 1 John 3:1-3 (ESV); 1 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. 3 And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.
Additional Scripture Verses Cited in the Sermon – Genesis 6:5; Romans 1:18; Romans 1: 21; Colossians 1:15-16; Galatians 3:27; Ephesians 1:4-6; Romans 5:6-8; John 15:18-19; John 3:16; Romans 8:28-30; Jeremiah 31:3; John 1:12-13
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 2 Corinthians 13:14 - “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all.
"I Love The Lord, He Heard My Cry" sung by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
This Week's Devotional Scripture Readings
July’s Theme: “God’s Life-Giving Word of Promise”
Sunday: Exodus 1:1-22
Monday: Exodus 2:1-25
Tuesday: Exodus 3:1-22
Wednesday: Exodus 4:1-17
Thursday: Exodus 4:18-31
Friday: Exodus 6:2-13
Saturday: Esther 2:1-23
Due to the Summer Christian Education Retreat in the Poconos, on July 8th, the Wednesday Adult Bible Study was not conducted as a conference call, but was the inspirational film “Lukewarm.” An additional brief promotional version of the documentary, “American Gospel: Christ Alone,” has also been posted for your viewing. We hope to share the full version in a future session when we return to our facilities.
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#
Weeknight Bible Study Classes
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.’”