Sunday, July 25, 2021
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
Discipleship Ministries
Online Worship Service, 10am

139 Main Street, Little Falls, NJ 07424 / Office Phone: (973) 256-0993

Website: www.LittleFallsUMC.org / Email: Info@LittleFallsUMC.org

 

 “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)

Dear Church family,

  

We will have In-person and Online Worship at 10am on Sunday, July 25, 2021. Please read the guideline of the church reopening on the church website, https://www.littlefallsumc.org/inperson  

  

The information for Online Worship is:

https://www.littlefallsumc.org/onlineworship

  

YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOzxLc7UQjeMNprjm9u8gtQ/

 

You can join Online Worship using your home phone or cell phone.

Call with the number 646-876-9923.

Meeting ID, 917 9067 6301, and enter Passcode 139139.

 

The scriptures for this Sunday are 2 Samuel 11:1-15 and John 6:1-15.

 

I will deliver the message titled, ‘Use Your Power’.

 

 

If you have any concerns and joys and share with the congregation and ask the church to pray on Sunday, please let me know! You can email, call, or text me. Or you can submit your prayer concerns and joys here: https://www.littlefallsumc.org/prayer

 

 

Your generous financial support is significant and appreciated very much. We have continued our ministries with your support. Thank you for your financial support with your service for the church and the congregation. Please mail your offerings and tithes to the church office (139 Main St. Little Falls, NJ 07424). You can give us your offerings before or after worship on Sunday or during the church office hours

(Tuesday – Friday, 10 am –1 pm).

Again, we appreciate your generosity very much.

  

 

Please see the bulletin for other announcements!

 

Have a good day! & See you on Sunday!

Pastor Jin

Called to Praise 

 

⭻Prepare your heart and body for Worship

 

Welcome & Greeting

 

⭻Call to Worship

Leader: Come, rest your spirits in the Lord.
All: We come, hungering and thirsting for God’s word.
Leader: This is a place of peace and hope, where all may be fed and healed.
All: Bring us to the time of healing.
Leader: Come, place your trust in God who is always near you.
All: Open our hearts, Lord, to hear your word and feel your presence AMEN.

 

 

⭻Praise Song                Hallelujah              W&S 3027

Verse 1

Your love is amazing

Steady and unchanging

Your love is a mountain

Firm beneath my feet

Your love is a myst'ry

How You gently lift me

When I am surrounded

Your love carries me

 

Chorus

Hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah

Your love makes me sing

Hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah

Your love makes me sing

 

Verse 2

Your love is surprising

I can feel it rising

All the joy that's growing

Deep inside of me

Ev'ry time I see You

All Your goodness shines through

I can feel this God song

Rising up in me

Interlude

Yes You make me sing

Lord You make me sing sing sing

How You make me sing

 

Ending

Lord You make me sing

How You make me sing

 

Children’s Time

 

The Short Man

Luke 19:1-10

 

People crowded the streets to see Jesus. Zacchaeus wanted to see, too, but he was too short. So, he climbed up a tree. As Jesus was passing by, he looked up and said, “Zacchaeus, come down. I want to go to your house.” Zacchaeus scrambled down the tree. Zacchaeus was a tax collector. His job was to get the tax money from the people and give it to the king. Nobody liked him, he was surprised but happy that Jesus wanted to come to his house! A crowd of people stood outside the house. They grumbled, “Why is Jesus in there?” Zacchaeus told Jesus, “I will give money to the poor and I will pay back anyone I have cheated. In fact, I will give them back more money than I took.” Jesus was happy that Zacchaeus was going to make thigs right. 

 

Announcements

 

  • We have ‘In-Person’ Worship in Fellowship Hall and ‘Online Worship’ at 10am on Sunday, July 25th, 2021. You can choose In-person worship or Online worship to worship with us. 

 

 

  • The Worship Bulletin will be sent to you by email (most people) or mail (those who cannot access email). You can see the bulletin on the church website, https://www.littlefallsumc.org/onlineworship Please make a hard copy of it or get another device to see it during the worship.

 

  • We will use YouTube for Online Worship. We have used both YouTube and Facebook for Online Worship, but we had issues for using Facebook for last weeks. Thus, the media team would like to use YouTube only until we figure out the issues. Click the link to join in Online Worship. Please join in Online worship 10 minutes before the Worship Time!

 

YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOzxLc7UQjeMNprjm9u8gtQ/

 

  • You can join the Online Worship by your home phone or flip cell phone. Call with the number 646-876-9923 and enter Meeting ID, 917 9067 6301 and # Key and then press # key again! Passcode 139139.

 

  • If you cannot join in online worship, please have Worship Service with your family at home using the attached worship bulletin. The worship bulletin includes scripture and sermon notes.

 

  • Holy Communion – We will have Holy Communion at Sunday Worship on August 1st at 10am. If you plan to join us Online service, please prepare Holy Communion elements, Bread (or a cracker) and Grape juice (or water).  

 

  • Please email Pastor Jin (jkim@littlefallsumc.org) if you would like to share your concerns and joys with the congregation. Pastor Jin will lift up the names in the order of prayer in our worship.
     

  • 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!

 

  • Church Forum – We had our last forum on July 17th. We discussed ideas and made plans for the future of our church. We need your help to carry out each idea as the church ministry. All are welcome to join us at our next forum.

 

  • Altar Flowers - If you would like to offer the altar flowers, please contact Janet (ladyteddy@aol.com).

 

  • Shoprite Gift Card - If you want to buy a Shoprite gift card, please contact Pete (detroit50@aol.com).

 

  • Kohl’s Gift Card - If you want to buy a Kohl’s gift card, please contact Allison Smith.

 

  • AmazonSmile Program - Please choose Little Falls UMC as your charity organization at https://smile.amazon.com. All services and prices will be the same and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to the church.

 

  • 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! 

 

  • LFUMC FOOD PANTRY ITEMS NEEDED - Many families depend on the Food Pantry on a regular basis. The Pantry is in need of the following non-perishable items; canned vegetables, peanut butter, jelly, adult/children’s cereal, pasta & sauce, instant potatoes/rice, tuna, chicken, sardines, fruit, apple sauce, juice, and granola bars. 

 

  • SOCKS FOR SOULS - Do your feet get cold?  Please help the Unity Circle to provide new or gently used socks to the homeless. There is a constant need. Please drop off your socks in the large white sock in the Narthex. 

 

  • Ongoing Collection - UMW also collects postmarked stamps, can pull tabs, Box Tops for Education, and the front of greeting cards. Items are donated to different charities and organizations.

 

 

Hymn of Prayer             It Is Well with My Soul            UMH 377

 

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.

 

Refrain:

It is well with my soul,

it is well, it is well with my soul.

 

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.

 

Refrain:

It is well with my soul,

it is well, it is well with my soul.

 

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!

 

Refrain:

It is well with my soul,

it is well, it is well with my soul.

 

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.

 

Refrain:

It is well with my soul,

it is well, it is well with my soul.

 

Pausing for Silent Prayer and Confession

 

Prayers of the People (Response: God, in Your Mercy hear our prayers.)

What powerful images the scriptures present today, Lord, of Jesus feeding the thousands of people who have gathered. The Gospel lesson tells us that with the small offering of five barley loaves and two fish, he offered sustenance to the many. We wonder about this and have our doubts that such a thing could really happen in today’s world. We see the big picture, the thousands of dollars that are spent on trivial things, but we do not hear about the small wonders that are performed everywhere in your name as good people reach out to those in need. Take away our blindness and our doubt. Surround us with a strong faith that, when we hear the words of healing, we may confidently know that you are in the midst of all our lives. Heal our wounded spirits. Restore in us a spirit of joy. As we have lifted names of dear ones in our prayers before you, O God, we ask your healing blessing on each of their lives and situations. We also ask your healing mercies on all areas in which there is strife, oppression, and despair. Comfort your people with your love. Empower your disciples to serve you fully in your world. We ask this in Jesus’ Name, 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. 

 

All: Amen

 

OT Lesson           2 Samuel 11:1-15

David Commits Adultery with Bathsheba

11 In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab with his officers and all Israel with him; they ravaged the Ammonites, and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem.

2 It happened, late one afternoon, when David rose from his couch and was walking about on the roof of the king’s house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; the woman was very beautiful. 3 David sent someone to inquire about the woman. It was reported, “This is Bathsheba daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite.” 4 So David sent messengers to get her, and she came to him, and he lay with her. (Now she was purifying herself after her period.) Then she returned to her house. 5 The woman conceived; and she sent and told David, “I am pregnant.” 6 So David sent word to Joab, “Send me Uriah the Hittite.” And Joab sent Uriah to David. 7 When Uriah came to him, David asked how Joab and the people fared, and how the war was going. 8 Then David said to Uriah, “Go down to your house, and wash your feet.” Uriah went out of the king’s house, and there followed him a present from the king. 9 But Uriah slept at the entrance of the king’s house with all the servants of his lord, and did not go down to his house. 10 When they told David, “Uriah did not go down to his house,” David said to Uriah, “You have just come from a journey. Why did you not go down to your house?” 11 Uriah said to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah remain in booths;[ and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord are camping in the open field; shall I then go to my house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife? As you live, and as your soul lives, I will not do such a thing.” 12 Then David said to Uriah, “Remain here today also, and tomorrow I will send you back.” So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day. On the next day, 13 David invited him to eat and drink in his presence and made him drunk; and in the evening he went out to lie on his couch with the servants of his lord, but he did not go down to his house.

David Has Uriah Killed

14 In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah. 15 In the letter he wrote, “Set Uriah in the forefront of the hardest fighting, and then draw back from him, so that he may be struck down and die.”

This ends the OT Lesson. 
Let us turn to the Gospel Lesson. Please stand, if able.

 

Gospel Lesson       John 6:1-15   

Feeding the Five Thousand

6 After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. 2 A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. 3 Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. 4 Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. 5 When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?” 6 He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. 7 Philip answered him, “Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.” 8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, 9 “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?” 10 Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all. 11 Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. 12 When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, “Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.” 13 So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets. 14 When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, “This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.” 15 When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself.

Leader: This is the word of God for the people of God. 

All: Thanks be to God.

Message                          Use Your Power                      Rev. Jin Kook Kim

 

Good morning Church Family, I hope you had a blessed week last week. Last Sunday, we considered together through the Bible that God wants us to make all people insiders in the church. We are the church that accepts Jesus as savior, and all are members of God’s household. We are called to make all insiders who are cared for by all. And there should be the marginalized in our church community. Let’s open our hearts to everyone and make all insiders of the church by reaching out to all and making a close relationship with all.

 

After the pandemic began last year, one of the issues that arose was domestic violence. People spent their time at home more than other places due to the pandemic. It was not good for the victims, kids, and a spouse who were abused because they were exposed to domestic violence longer. A home should be the most comfortable place for everyone, but for the victims, a home is not a peaceful place but the worst and fearful place. The point of the issue is a parent, or a spouse misused their physical power. As a father or a mother, a parent has to use their power to care for their kids and protect their kids and help their kids. However, they use their power to hurt their kids. That is totally wrong. People make such a mistake. They don’t know what power they have and what is the good way to use their power, so they misuse their power, and the result is very bad.

 

In today’s scripture, David misused his power and committed sins before God and people. David was the king of Israel. Late one afternoon, he walked about on the roof of the king’s house and saw a woman bathing. She was beautiful, and David wanted to get her, so he sent people to inquire about her. He got a report about her. Her name was Bethsheba, and she was the wife of Uriah, who was a soldier of his army. Although David knew that she was a married woman, he got her and lay with her. It was adultery. God elected him as a king giving power to him, and he was a great king and a leader of Israel. However, David misused his power to sin. He should not use his power as a king to sin against God and people. God gave him the power to lead the people of Israel to God’s ways and to protect people and his nation, but he used his power in the wrong way. 

 

That was not only his misuse of power. He misused his power again to hide his adultery. He found that Bethsheba was pregnant after he lay with her. He wanted to hide his adultery, so he ordered his general to send Uriah, the husband of Bethsheba, home. David planned to let Uriah come back home and sleep with Bethsheba so Uriah would think Bethsheba had Uriah’s baby. However, Uriah didn’t go home but stayed at the king’s house while he was in Jerusalem because he was faithful to other soldiers who were camping in the open tent on the battlefield. David’s first plan failed, but he still wanted to hide his sin. So, he sent Uriah back to the battlefield and ordered general Joab to set him to be killed by the enemy. And Uriah died on the battlefield in that way. Although the enemy killed Uriah, it was David who killed him. It was murder. David misused his power to kill Uriah.

 

Through today’s Bible, God gives us a lesson that we should not misuse our power. You would say, “I don’t have any power. I am not a king but a normal person. What power do I have?” We have power whether we recognize that or not. We have power. Whatever we have, it is our power: physical strength, positions, skill, knowledge, ability, finance, etc. People usually think that they have power when their power is superior to others’ comparing theirs to others. They say they have power when they have a position higher than others, when they are richer than others, or when they have skills and abilities more than others. However, the truth is everyone has power, whether it is potent or not. We have physical power in which you can move your body and push and pull something. We have physical power that we can decide how to use. We have power at work if we have a position, whether we are boss or not, whether we have a senior-level position or not. We have our duty and right for the client or the team. We have the power of how to treat the client or the team member. We have the power of skill, ability, and knowledge that we can use. We have the power of finance that we can manage. We have power that we can use.

 

God wants us to use our power appropriately, not to misuse it as David did. Some people misuse their physical power to abuse their kids or spouse, but we can hold the heavy door for kids in the mall or pull a kid up from the deep pool. Some people use their power of position to dump their work on others or treat them badly. Even we hear the news that people misuse their power for sexual violence at work. We can use our power of position to help clients and the team members. Some people misuse their power of knowledge, skill, and ability to take advantage of others. Last year, I heard the news that a couple of Senators sold millions of stocks before the pandemic using the inside information provided to help the people and the nation. On the other hand, doctors and researchers used their power of knowledge to help people to be safe from the pandemic. We can use our power of knowledge, skill, and ability to help people and care for them. Some people misuse their finance only for themselves and self-interests or oppress others. However, we can use our finances to help the needy by donating food for the food pantry ministry or other items which we are collecting for kids, women, the poor, and the needy. Jesus had great power when he was on the earth and used his power to help people and care for them. As followers of Jesus Christ, we are called to use our power to help people and care for them. 

 

Little Falls Church Family,

 

We have the power that God gave us, whether it is potent or not. And God wants us not to misuse our power for a wrong purpose but use our power for God’s will and desire. Can you remember one of Jesus’ parables regarding talents? The master gave five talents, two talents, and one talent to each servant before leaving his home for his trip to a foreign country. When he came back from his trip, he accounted for three. The one who was given five talents earned five more, so he made 10. The one who had two talents made another two, so he gave four talents to the master. The master didn’t say to the servant who gave him four talents, “Why could you not make five talents of profit as your friend did?” Rather he gave him the same compliment, “Well done, good and trustworthy servant. Enter into your master’s joy.” Church family, we have power, and God wants us to use our power for God and God’s people. It does not matter that you have potent power or less power. We have power, and God will give us compliments when we use our power for God’s will and desire.

 

We, as a church family, have power. When we use our power for people, we can change their lives. We can transform the world into the kingdom of God. Let’s use our power for God’s people. By doing that, we participate in God’s ministry and mission, and we will enter into God’s joy.

 

Please remember that we have power, and we can use our power for a good purpose. 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: Mighty and all-knowing God who sees us as we are and as we might be: What offering can we give that will bring you joy? We have brought gifts this morning that you might dedicate them to the work of caring and compassion in our neighborhoods, in our nations, and throughout the world. Yet all the money we have can’t accomplish what you can make happen if we simply let Christ dwell in our hearts – not for an hour on Sundays but every hour of every day. This is the offering we dedicate this day. In Christ, our redeemer, we pray. Amen.

 

Called to the World

 

⭻Closing Hymn             Take My Life, and Let It Be           UMH 399

 

Take my life, and let it be consecrated, Lord, to Thee.

Take my moments and my days; let them flow in ceaseless praise.

Take my hands, and let them move at the impulse of Thy love.

Take my feet, and let them be swift and beautiful for Thee.

 

Take my voice, and let me sing always, only, for my King.

Take my lips, and let them be filled with messages from Thee.

Take my silver and my gold; not a mite would I withhold.

Take my intellect, and use every power as Thou shalt choose.

 

Take my will, and make it Thine; it shall be no longer mine.

Take my heart, it is Thine own; it shall be Thy royal throne.

Take my love, my Lord, I pour at Thy feet its treasure store.

Take myself, and I will be ever, only, all for Thee.

 

⭻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.” “The grace of the Lord, Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you!”