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Little Falls United Methodist Church
“A Welcoming Community of Faith, Hope, Mission and Outreach Sharing Christ’s Love”
“Making Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World”
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” (Romans 12:1)
Join us for Our Online Worship! We will have Online Worship Service at 10 am on Sunday because we cannot get together in the sanctuary. Worship is an essential part of our faith and our faith journey. Let’s Worship God in every place! Please plan to Worship God at home!
1. The Worship Bulletin will be sent to you by email (most people) or mail (those who cannot access email). Please make a hard copy or get another device to see it during the worship.
2. These are two links to Online Worship. Click one of the links to join in Online Worship. Please join in 10 minutes before 10 am!
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3. Please email Pastor Jin (email@example.com), if you would like to share your concerns and joys with the congregation. I will lift up the names in the order of prayer in our worship.
4. Your financial support and generosity are greatly appreciated and essential for our church ministry and mission. Please consider sending your tithes and offerings to Little Falls UMC (139 Main St. Little Falls, NJ 07424). You can send your offerings and tithes to the church every week. Or, you can send offerings and tithes for a month with a check. Thanks again for your generosity again!
5. If you cannot join in online worship, please have Sunday worship with your family at home using the attached worship bulletin. The worship bulletin includes scripture and sermon notes.
6. Please contact Pastor Jin or the church office, if you need any help from Pastor Jin or church members! We are here to help you!
See you at Online Worship on Sunday at 10 am!
March 29, 2020, Sunday Worship: 10am
Called to Praise
Prepare your heart and body for Worship
Welcome & Greeting
Call to Worship
Leader: Our lives feel all disjointed as though they were a valley of dry bones.
All: But the Spirit of God will bring connection and continuity to our lives.
Leader: The Spirit of God breathes hope into each one of us.
All: The Spirit of God challenges us to be people of faith.
Leader: Open our hearts, Lord, and bring us to your light.
All: Open our lives, Lord, and break us free from doubt and fear. AMEN.
Praise Song Joyful Joyful, We Adore Thee UMH 89
1. Joyful, joyful, we adore thee, God of glory, Lord of love;
hearts unfold like flowers before thee, opening to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; drive the dark of doubt away.
Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day!
2. All thy works with joy surround thee, earth and heaven reflect thy rays,
stars and angels sing around thee, center of unbroken praise.
Field and forest, vale and mountain, flowery meadow, flashing sea,
chanting bird and flowing fountain, call us to rejoice in thee.
3. Thou art giving and forgiving, ever blessing, ever blest,
well-spring of the joy of living, ocean depth of happy rest!
Thou our Father, Christ our brother, all who live in love are thine;
teach us how to love each other, lift us to the joy divine.
4. Mortals, join the mighty chorus which the morning stars began;
love divine is reigning o'er us, binding all within its span.
Ever singing, march we onward, victors in the midst of strife;
joyful music leads us sunward, in the triumph song of life.
Need to Know: Put on God’s Armor
Bible Story: David & Goliath (1 Samuel 17:1-50, Ephesians 6:10-18)
One day David was taking food to his brothers when he heard a giant, named Goliath, shouting from the enemy army. Every day, Goliath would shout for someone to fight him, but the Israelite army would run away scared.
David told the king, “I’ll fight Goliath! God will help me!” So the king put all of his armor on David. But David took the armor off because he wasn’t used to it. David knew that God would help him. David took his slingshot, went to a stream, and picked up five smooth rocks. Now David was ready to face the giant!
When Goliath saw David, he shouted mean things at him. But David knew God would help him beat the giant. David put a rock in his slingshot and began to swing it around. Then he slung a rock through the air, and it hit Goliath in the head. Goliath fell to the ground with a big thud and died.
We can be like David and have power to fight against anything that comes our way when we put on God’s armor: the belt of truth, the armor of godliness, the good news boots, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit. Every time we put on God’s armor and pray, we have the power to be an everyday hero!
Let me hear you say this after me:
Put on (move hands from top of body to toes)
God’s (point up with both hands)
Armor (fists on hips)
All ‘in-person’ meeting, events, and services are canceled due the virus until the further notice. We will update you!
Plan to Worship God at home! A handout for your Sunday Worship will be provided by email or mail (only for those who cannot access to their email). And an online streaming worship will be provided on Youtube and Facebook.
Please present your offerings and tithes by sending a check to the church office (139 Main St. Little Falls NJ 07424) Thank you for your financial support and generosity!
If you have any questions or need pastoral care, please contact to the church office or Pastor Jin by call, email, or text.
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Hymn of Prayer As The Deer TFWS 2025
As the deer pants for the water
So my soul longs after you
You alone are my heart’s desire
And I long to worship you
You alone are my strength, my shield
To You alone may my spirit yield
You alone are my heart’s desire
And I long to worship you
Pausing for Silent Prayer and Confession
Prayers of the People (Response: God, in Your Mercy hear our prayers.)
God of life, present and promised, you are the One to whom we call: for you are the One who hears, and you are the One who acts, bringing us new life with your grace and love and power. Remember your people who ask your help and grace. Pour out your mercy on all of us. We need your grace always. Provide us the best things in your sight! Renew us with your grace and ground us with your Spirit, that we might be empowered to live, in word and deed, as testimonies to the power of your love over the grave. In Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
Called to the Word
Prayer for Illumination
Leader: Lord, open our hearts and minds by the power of your Holy Spirit, that, as the Scriptures are read and your Word proclaimed, we may hear with joy what you say to us today.
NT Lesson Matthew 11:28-30
“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Gospel Lesson John 19:28-29
28 After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said (in order to fulfill the scripture), “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar full of sour wine was standing there. So they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch of hyssop and held it to his mouth.
Message “I Thirst” Rev. Jin Kook Kim
We are in the Lenten Season, and today is the fifth Sunday of Lent. We meditate on Jesus' seven words on the cross in this Lenten Season. I pray God inspires us and lead us into God's ways when we meditate on Jesus' words on the cross in Lent.
Do you know about 'Epidural?' An epidural is a type of anesthetic which is injected into a person's spine for pain relief. Epidurals are often given to women to relieve the pain from contraction when they are giving birth. How do I know this medication? My wife got the epidural when she gave birth to children. When her doctor asked her intention if she wanted to get Epidural or not, she did not hesitate to say, "Yes!" People take medication not only for huge pain but also for a little pain. Some people take a pill of pain relief to avoid their pain even they have very little pain. Basically, no one wants pain. We don't want any pain. If we have any ways to avoid the pain, we usually use the way, don't we?
Jesus suffered and had great pain on the cross. He had been in pain after the trial. He was whipped after the trial. He fell while he was going up to Calvary, carrying the heavy cross. He was nailed and hung on the cross. In the midst of the pain on the cross, Jesus said, "I thirst." Yes, he should be thirsty because he was tired and wounded. And he was in great pain. However, it was because not only that he was tired and wounded but also that he was very close to death because of pain and wounds. As you know, if a person is still conscious while approaching death, he or she becomes thirsty. Do you know what? Jesus had chances to relieve his thirst. He had chances to drink something.
Jesus was offered a cup of wine to drink before he was crucified. It is written in Mark 15:22-23, "Then they brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means the place of a skull). And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he didn't take it." Why do you think did they offer Jesus wine mixed with myrrh? Scholars insist that myrrh and gall were ways of speaking of poisons that were thought to expedite death or possibly to deaden the pain. Jesus was offered the wine, pain relief for him. He would know the benefit of the wine. However, he refused to drink it. This shows us that Jesus was intentionally choosing to suffer. He didn't choose the easier way when he carried out God's will. He took the uncomfortable, inconvenient way which most people don't want to go. As a human being, he was entirely in pain. Jesus showed us the costliness of our sin and God's grace.
Many people misunderstand Jesus' crucifixion. We think easy that Jesus was the Son of God, and he came to die for our salvation. Thus, it was not hard for him to be crucified on the cross because he was the Son of God. No! He suffered from the pain and felt it fully as a human being. He was fully God, and he was fully a human fully. He felt the pain as it is as a human being like us, although he had the power to make miracles and wonder and to walk on water.
When Jesus said, "I am thirsty" on the cross, people put a sponge full of the sour wine on a branch of hyssop and held it to Jesus' mouth. They offered him sour wine. The sour wine was not a good drink for him because it would make him thirsty more. However, Jesus received it at this time. Why? Today's scripture lets us know the reason that Jesus received it. Jesus said, "I thirst" in order that the scripture might be fulfilled. What scripture did Jesus want to fulfill on the cross? Scholars say that it is Psalm 69:21, "For my thirst, they gave me vinegar to drink." Jesus drank it because he wanted to carry out God's will, although it was not easy for him.
The word of Jesus, "I thirst," represents not only his physical condition but also his strong desire for carrying out God's will to the end in his life. He refused the wine mixed with myrrh because he wanted to follow God's will fully. He accepted the sour wine because he wanted to fulfill God's will fully also. Jesus' word, "I thirst," shows us Jesus' inner thirst for God's will and God's desire as a Psalmist says in Psalm 42:1-2; "As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God."
Please note this. Jesus followed God's will, and he paid the cost to follow God's will. Jesus paid great cost for it, although we did not pay anything but received salvation as Jesus' love and grace. The cost, Jesus's death, was not cheap. His following to God's will was not cheap. This is why we call it grace, which is God's unmerited, undeserved gift. Thus, we should give thanks to Jesus, our Savior. We should not forget what Jesus paid for it.
We are Christians, and Christians mean the followers of Christ. Jesus has called us as his disciples and said to his disciples, "If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me" (Mark 8:34).
Little Falls Church Family,
I pray that we thirst for carrying out God's will in our lives as Jesus did. We are usually and easily thirsty for what we need and what we want. However, how much are we thirsty for carrying out God's will and desire? We know that God gives us our life, and our life is not for us, our goal, or our satisfaction, but for God, God's will, God's desire, and God's kingdom. Also, we know that we will have joy and delight, which God will give us when we follow God's will. Thus, our life should be focused on God's will. If we do not feel any thirst for carrying out God's will, we should examine our relationship with God if it is in trouble or not in good shape. I pray God gives us Jesus's heart to carry out God's will. As we know, carrying out God's will means practicing God's love, grace, justice, compassion, and peace in our lives. It is helping and serving people to experience God's grace through our words and deeds.
Also, I pray that we willing to pay the cost to follow God's will. As we know, to follow God's will, we need to pay something, whether it is big or small. We use our resources to follow God's will. The resources are our time, energy, labor, finance even our hearts. It is easy for us to follow God's will when the cost is small, but it is hard for us to follow God when the cost is high. Jesus took pain, suffering, and humility to follow God's will. He didn't take an easy way but the right way. He paid himself fully to follow God's will. It was a huge cost. And Jesus said that if we want to follow him, take up our cross. As followers of Jesus Christ, I pray that we pay the cost to follow God whether the cost is big or small as Jesus showed us how to follow God's will with the word, "I thirst" on the cross.
Last Tuesday, the church council had a conference call and decided that the church employees who work at the church for one of their primary incomes, can work for their usual hours, not decreasing the hours as long as the church can afford although the church leadership expects fewer donations from the outside group who share the church facility with us. The church is open to those who need food from our food pantry, although we closed the building for all events and meetings to participate in social distancing. Church members asked me to contact them if anyone needs any help from the church for grocery shopping. Other members bring food to the church for the church food pantry. UMW is still working on the Easter Baskets to help people. These are the good examples that we are following God's will and paying our cost to follow God's will.
Little Falls Church Family,
Let us not be afraid of being thirsty for God because Jesus is with us. Let us not be afraid to pay the cost to follow God's will because God cares for us always! When we abide in Jesus and Jesus abides in us, Jesus takes off our burdens but makes us be in peace and rest. Because Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30, "Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."
I hope that we are thirsty for God, and we carry out God's will even when we need to pay the cost to follow God's will, so that we have peace, joy, delight, and hope given by God in Christ. Amen.
Called to Share
Response to Our Generous God
Doxology Praise God, From Whom All Blessings Flow UMH 95
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!
Prayer of Dedication
All: From your hands, O God, come the blessings that make life possible, even the very gift of life itself. In gratitude and thanks, receive from our hands this portion of our labors. By your Spirit’s leading, may we use these gifts to bless the life of others with the assurance of love, the promise of hope, and the course of justice. This we do to your glory. Amen.
Called to the World
Closing Hymn It Is Well With My Soul UMH 377
1. When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
when sorrows like sea billows roll;
whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.
It is well with my soul,
it is well, it is well with my soul.
2. Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
let this blest assurance control,
that Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
and hath shed his own blood for my soul.
3. My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
4. And, Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
the clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
the trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
even so, it is well with my soul.
Benediction Rev. Jin Kook Kim
“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.” God is with you and cares for you always! Go in Peace! Amen!