ORDER OF WORSHIP

(Because In-Person Sanctuary Worship has resumed, this Online Worship will be updated each Sunday by afternoon. Call-in Sunday “Time for Truth” Bible Study will be at 12:30PM)

June 6, 2021

OPENING COMMENTS, CALL TO WORSHIP, AND INVOCATION   

HYMN OF PRAISE     “Holy, Holy, Holy” sung by a 250 Voice Mass Choir from various Choirs in Chennai, India

THE WISDOM KEEPING        by Deacon Tanya Norwood

(A time to share biblical truth with the children)

THE RESPONSIVE READING * The Heidelberg Catechism  (37-39)

(A Summary of Biblical Teachings in a Question and Answer Format… scripture verses are provided for further study) 

Leader: In the Apostle’s Creed, what do you confess when you say that Jesus suffered?

People: During all the time He lived on earth, but especially at the end, Christ bore in body and soul the wrath of God against the sin of the whole human race.1 Thus, by His suffering, as the only atoning sacrifice,2 He has redeemed our body and soul from everlasting damnation,3 and obtained for us the grace of God, righteousness, and eternal life.4 

1 Is 53; 1 Tim 2:6; 1 Pet 2:24; 3:18. 2 Rom 3:25; 1 Cor 5:7; Eph 5:2; Heb 10:14; 1 Jn 2:2; 4:10. 3 Rom 8:1-4; Gal 3:13; Col 1:13; Heb 9:12; 1 Pet 1:18, 19. 4 Jn 3:16; Rom 3:24-26; 2 Cor 5:21; Heb 9:15.
 

Leader:  Why did He suffer under Pontius Pilate as judge?

People: Though innocent, Christ was condemned by an earthly judge,1 and so He freed us from the severe judgment of God that was to fall on us.2 

1 Lk 23:13-24; Jn 19:4, 12-16. 2 Is 53:4, 5; 2 Cor 5:21; Gal 3:13.
 

Leader: Does it have a special meaning that Christ was crucified and did not die in a different way?

People: Yes. Thereby I am assured that He took upon Himself the curse which lay on me, for a crucified one was cursed by God.1 

1 Deut 21:23; Gal 3:13.

INTERCESSORY PRAYER (adapted from “A Prayer Book for Australia Sunday Services” BetterGatherings.com)

God of everlasting love, you generously provide all things for us. We pray for people everywhere: make your way known to them, your saving power among all nations.  We pray for the welfare of your church here on earth: guide and govern it by your good Spirit, so that all who call themselves Christians may be led in the way of truth, and hold the faith in unity of spirit, in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life. We commend to your fatherly  goodness all who are afflicted or distressed in body, mind or circumstances. Relieve them according to their needs, give them patience in their sufferings, and deliver them from all their afflictions. All this we ask for the sake of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

MINISTRY OF MUSIC      “In Christ Alone” - David Wesley - Virtual Choir #3

THE SERMON The Rev. Pastor J. R. Norwood, PhD  “God’s Rainbow”

Sermon Focal Text -  Genesis 9:12-17 (ESV); 12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: 13 I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16 When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” 17 God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.”

 Additional Scripture Verses Cited in the Sermon – Genesis 9:8–17; Romans 12: 2; Genesis 6:5-13; Hebrews 10:30–31; Hebrews 12:29; Ezekiel 18:21–23; Ezekiel 33:11; Genesis 8:21–22; Matthew 24:37–39; 2 Peter 2:1–10

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 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24) Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it. Amen

“He Looked Beyond My Faults” (Amazing Grace) - Stephen Akin

This Week's Devotional Scripture Readings

June’s Theme: “God’s Word of Hope”

Sunday: 1 Peter 2:1-25    

Monday: 1 Peter 3:1-22

Tuesday: 1 Peter 4:1-19

Wednesday: 1 Peter 5:1-14

Thursday: 2 Peter 1:1-21

Friday: 2 Peter 2:1-22

Saturday: 2 Peter 3:1-18

29th Anniversary Video Celebration!

We have come this far by the grace of Almighty God!  Join us in this virtual celebration!

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

MORE VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED to assist in entryway screening for worship.  Please see Deacon Tanya Norwood for more information.

WOMEN OF NIA ZOOM MEETING on Friday, June 18th, at 6:30PM. Have your dinner plate in front of you so we can break bread together and be prepared to share a Bible MEMORY Verse. This will be our planning session so have your ideas for future meetings ready!  The Zoom Meeting details are:

Meeting ID: 832 6099 5341  /  Passcode: 304488

Call-in Option: 1-646-558-8656  Meeting ID: 832 6099 5341  /  Passcode: 304488 (Your Phone Service Rates May Apply)

TEEN AND YOUNG ADULT Q & A/RAP SESSION WITH PASTOR on Thursday, June 24t,h at 6:00pm. Questions can be submitted via text in advance to Sis. Norwood or asked during the session. Feel free to invite your friends….

Teen and Young Adult Q&A/Rap with Pastor by ZOOM at 6:00PM

Web Link https://us04web.zoom.us/j/746790441

Meeting ID: 746 790 441

Thursday ZOOM Call In Option 1-646-558-8656 Code 746-790-441#

A CELEBRATION OF GRADUATES during the morning worship on Sunday, June 27th.  

EVERYBODY’S BIRTHDAY POT-LUCK on Sunday, July 4th, outside after morning worship. A food sign-up form is in the vestibule.

COVID VACCINES - FEMA and the City of Trenton will host two (2) Covid-19 vaccine sites starting the week of February 22nd at the Pentecostal Assembly Church of God, 50 N. Clinton Ave., Trenton 08609 and then beginning March 1st at Trenton Central High School, 400 Chambers St.  Should you have any questions or wish to discuss this further, please do not hesitate to contact me via email or the Trenton Mayor’s office at (609) 989-3030.  You may also reach our Covid-hotline at (609) 989-3242.

Pre-Register for the Vaccine: https://covidvaccine.nj.gov/  

Call Us or Email Us: (609) 989-3242 covidvac@trentonnj.org

COVID-19 Resource Center: www.trentonnj.org/COVID19

 

Safety Procedures for When We Return to Our Sanctuary for Worship

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.’”