Sunday, November 22, 2020
In-Person & Online Worship Service, 10am
139 Main Street, Little Falls, NJ 07424 / Office Phone: (973) 256-0993
Website: / Email:
“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,
I pray that you and your family are well and safe!
We will have In-person Worship in Sanctuary and Online Worship for Sunday Worship at 10 am on Sunday, November 22, 2020. Please read the guideline of the reopening the church from that email that I sent already, the attachment, or the church website, https://www.littlefallsumc.org/inperson
The information of The Online Worship is here:
Online worship links:
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/lfumcnj/
You can join Online Worship by your home phone or flip cell phone. Call with the
number 646-876-9923 and enter the Meeting ID, 917 9067 6301, and # Key and then
press # key again. Passcode 139139.
The scriptures for this Sunday are Psalm 100 and Matthew 25:31-46.
I will deliver the message titled, ‘Sheep and Goats’.
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 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).
Please see below for other announcements!
Have a good day! & See you on Sunday!
Called to Praise
⭻Prepare your heart and body for Worship
Welcome & Greeting
⭻Call to Worship
Leader: The Lord continually watches all of God’s own sheep.
All: They are led to green pastures and brought before stilled waters.
Leader: Praise God for God’s tender and loving care of us.
All: Thanks to God for all the mercies God shows to us.
Leader: Let us enter God’s house with hearts filled with joy.
All: O Lord, open our spirits to respond to your words of compassion. AMEN.
⭻Praise Song Forever WNS 3023
Give thanks to the Lord
Our God and King
His love endures forever
For He is good He is above all things
His love endures forever
Sing praise sing praise
With a mighty hand
And an outstretched arm
His love endures forever
For the life that's been reborn
His love endures forever
Sing praise sing praise
Sing praise sing praise
Forever God is faithful
Forever God is strong
Forever God is with us
From the rising to the setting sun
His love endures forever
And by the grace of God
We will carry on
His love endures forever
Sing praise sing praise
Joseph Refuses to Do Wrong
Joseph worked hard and Potiphar trusted him to be in charge of his whole house. Not only was Joseph a hard worker, he was handsome and strong, too!
Potiphar’s wife noticed Joseph. She wanted Joseph to fall in love with her, but Joseph knew this was wrong because she was already married. Joseph told Potiphar’s wife that he would NOT fall in love with her. She kept begging Joseph to be her man, and he refused every time. He knew this would not be kind to Potiphar and that it would be a sin against God. Because she was trying to get Joseph to do the wrong thing, Potiphar’s wife was NOT being kind to Joseph.
While Joseph was working on his chores inside the house, Potiphar’s wife grabbed his coat and tried to force him to kiss her. Joseph realized he needed to run away from her. So he did, leaving his coat in her hands. Potiphar’s wife was not happy that she couldn’t get Joseph to do what she wanted. She made up lies about him and told some of the servants that Joseph was the one trying to get HER to fall in love with HIM. It was NOT kind of Potiphar’s wife to say things about Joseph that weren’t true.
When Potiphar came home, his wife continued to lie by telling him that Joseph had done really terrible things to her. Potiphar believed his wife’s lies and was angry with Joseph. He decided to punish Joseph and put him in prison where Pharaoh’s enemies had to stay.
There are times when people are unkind to us by trying to get us to do wrong things. Have you ever had someone try to get you to do something that you knew was wrong? What did you do? When people try to get us to do wrong things, they’re not showing kindness. But you and I can choose to do what’s right and show kindness to others, just like Joseph did!
We have ‘In-Person’ Worship in Sanctuary and ‘Online Worship’ at the same time. You can choose In-person worship or Online worship to worship with us. Please read the guideline in your email or the church website.
If you are planning to be at church please read the guideline from the email or the church website, https://www.littlefallsumc.org/inperson
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/onlineworshipPlease make a hard copy of it or get another device to see it during the worship.
These are two links to Online Worship. Click one of the links to join in Online Worship. Please join in Online worship 10 minutes before the Worship Time!
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.
Please email Pastor Jin (firstname.lastname@example.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!
Altar Flowers - If you would like to offer the altar flower, please contact Janet (email@example.com).
A Shoprite Gift Card - If you need to buy a Shoprite gift card, please contact Pete (firstname.lastname@example.org). He will deliver it to you.
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!
We begin the stewardship campaign for 2021 today, November 1. We will consecrate our pledges on November 25, Sunday during the Worship. Please support our church and ministries through pledges. We appreciate your faithful generosity.
Bible Study - Life-Changing Prayer - Jim Cymbala - Weds -from Oct. 21 - Dec. 2. (except Thanksgiving week) at 7 pm.
Church Forum - We gathered ideas of the church ministry. The ideas and details of the meeting were mailed and emailed. Please check it and participate in the ministry that you are interested in. Also, We will hold the church forum at 10:30 am on Saturday, Dec. 5. We will continue the conversation for the church ministry.
Thanksgiving Note Calendar - Please join the project of Thanksgiving Note Calendar. Thanksgiving changes a life. Please find three that you are thankful for and write them on the calendar. The copies of the Calendar is on the table in the narthex.
The Unity Circle is starting to collect gloves, hats, scarves, and mittens to fill our snowman box. Please see Betty Caceres for more information. Thank you for your support!
Hymn of Prayer Give Thanks TFWS 2036
Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks To the Holy One;
Give thanks because He's given
Jesus Christ, His Son.
And now let the weak say "I am strong"
Let the poor say "I am rich"
Because of what the Lord has done for us.
Pausing for Silent Prayer and Confession
Prayers of the People (Response: God, in Your Mercy hear our prayers.)
O Lord, we wait for you to come again into our midst. Sometimes we wait patiently, sometimes not. Always we are aware of how much the world needs you. We pray today for those in our community who need your healing and comfort. We pray for persons in leadership across our country, that together we might make wise decisions. We pray for brothers and sisters around the world, whose lives are torn apart by war. We pray for the saints who have witnessed your love. We pray, knowing that you are with us now, and that you will strengthen us to keep awake, to keep the faith, to keep working for the time when Christ will come again to surprise us anew with love and justice on earth. 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.
OT Lesson Psalm 100
All Lands Summoned to Praise God
A Psalm of thanksgiving.
1 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Worship the Lord with gladness;
come into his presence with singing.
3 Know that the Lord is God.
It is he that made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him, bless his name.
5 For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.
This ends the OT Lesson.
Let us turn to the Gospel Lesson. Please stand, if able.
Gospel Lesson Matthew 25:31-46
The Judgment of the Nations
31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, 33 and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. 34 Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35 for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? 38 And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? 39 And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ 40 And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’ 41 Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; 42 for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44 Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?’ 45 Then he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
Leader: This is the word of God for the people of God.
All: Thanks be to God.
Message Sheep and Goats Rev. Jin Kook Kim
One of the church ministries that I am very proud of is mission work, especially helping the needy. We have served many people through our ministries, which are run by us, such as the food pantry ministry, the thanksgiving baskets, and the giving of socks, mittens, and gloves. Also, we have served people through non-profit organizations such as CUMAC or Oasis. In the world, there are many people who are hungry and thirsty who need our help. And we have served them. Our mission work never stopped, even in the pandemic. Even when we closed our church building, we still opened the food pantry and helped people, and we donated money and items to the non-profit organizations to help people. When the pandemic began, a church member suggested asking the township to announce our food pantry ministry to the township residents through the township email blast. We asked the township for the announcement to help more people, and we experienced an amazing event, which was that we received donations from the local community. The church members, residents of Little Falls, the township council, a company in woodland park, non-profit organizations, and a sports club in Little Falls made donations for the food pantry. The donations have helped our food pantry ministries a lot. I felt the warmth of people’s hearts because they made donations to help the needy in a challenging time. People wanted to feed the hungry and give water to the thirsty through our food pantry. There, I saw the kingdom of God, where people care for the least. There, I saw that God was still working through people in the pandemic.
Today’s gospel lesson describes the last day, the day of judgment. When the end of the earth comes, Jesus will come and separate sheep from goats. Jesus will say to sheep that they inherit the kingdom of God because they cared for Jesus, saying, “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” They will ask Jesus, “When did we do it to you?” Jesus will say, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” Jesus will say to goats, “You don’t inherit the kingdom of God because you didn’t care for me.” They will ask, “When did we not care for you.” Jesus will say, “Just as you didn't do it to the least, you didn’t do it to me.”
What do you see from Jesus’ word? What I see is Jesus’s mention that what we do for the least is what we do for Jesus. Here we can see a good example of the combination of loving God and loving neighbor. We cannot love God when we don’t love God’s people. The commandments of Jesus, “love God and love neighbor,” go together. The commandments cannot be separated. As Jesus said in the scripture, caring for God’s people is caring for Jesus.
We should note that giving the least food, water, and clothing, welcoming them, and caring for them when they are sick or in prison are not a full list of what we should do, but examples of caring for God’s people. To care for people, Jesus wants us to do whatever we can with our resources given by God. And as you know, our resources are not only materials such as food, water, and clothing, but also our spiritual talents and gifts such as our abilities, skills, time, energy.
We can care for others because God gives us the resource first. God has blessed us and provided us the resource to live on earth. We cannot care for others if God doesn’t provide us our resources. Are you writing three that you are thankful for on the Thanksgiving Note Calendar? I found myself blessed by God so much. I am thankful to God for God’s love and grace, my family, you, Little Falls church family, visitors and new members, our church leadership, church ministry, God’s work in us and through us, and many others. How about you? What did you see and experience when you do the project? I believe that we give thanks for God’s blessings: God’s presence, salvation, Jesus, resources, the promise of the kingdom of God and the eternal life, family, and the church family, and our lives. God gives us God’s blessings in our lives. The very God’s blessings are given to us not only for us but also for God’s people through our sharing. And I believe we are sharing God’s blessings with others through our church ministries and our lives.
When I prepared for this sermon, a question came to my mind, “Are we using all our resources that God has given to care for the least? Or are we using just parts of resources and put the rest in the ground like the servant who received a talent from the master and put it in the ground instead of using it. The servants who received two or five used all two or five. They didn’t use just one talent and put another one in the ground or three for business and two in the ground.
Caring for God’s people means not only giving materials but also helping people to have a spiritual direction in God, coming back to God, and accepting God’s grace and love in Jesus Christ. Our resource means not only our materials or abilities but also our faith in God and our witness of God’s love and care. God already gave us the resources of helping people to have spiritual direction. God already gave us faith in God. God already gave us the experience of God’s work in our lives. Let us care for others with our materials and abilities and with our faith and spirituality. The best God’s blessing for us is God’s love and grace in Jesus Christ. Let us care for others giving the best God’s blessing for them, which is God’s love and grace in Jesus Christ. Let us help people to see their ways in God, their hope in God, and their meaning of life in God. 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 over pledge cards and Prayer of Dedication
All: Gracious and loving God, giver of all that is good and true and beautiful and life-giving. These cards represent our sweat, they represent our lives, they represent our dreams. The pledges which we make on them are but tokens of the awesome gifts that have been given to us and they are pledged in thanksgiving for all we have received, for all we have been inspired to be, for all we are challenged to become, in this place.
May they be the first fruits of all we have and not what we have left over, so that we may live out as closely as possible how you give to us. May we see them as our offering to you, sacred, holy, yet earthy, filled with possibilities. May we hold this image in our hearts and minds so as we watch our offerings each week come to your table, we can see our very selves being part of this offering, it is us on the table, living sacrifices to you.
We present our offerings and tithes to you with our hearts of thanksgiving and gratitude. Please take them and use them for your glory and kingdom. Bless those who offered pledge cards, offerings and tithes. Give us courage, insight and grace to use these gifts to nourish your people and to proclaim the Gospel to the people in the world. Amen.
Called to the World
⭻Closing Hymn Come, Ye Thankful People, Come UMH 694
Come, ye thankful people, come, raise the song of harvest home;
All is safely gathered in, ere the winter storms begin.
God our Maker doth provide for our wants to be supplied;
Come to God's own temple, come, raise the song of harvest home.
All the world is God's own field, fruit as praise to God we yield;
Wheat and tares together sown are to joy or sorrow grown.
First the blade and then the ear, then the full corn shall appear;
Lord of harvest, grant that we wholesome grain and pure may be.
For the Lord our God shall come, and shall take the harvest home;
From the field shall in that day all offenses purge away,
Giving angels charge at last in the fire the tares to cast;
But the fruitful ears to store in the garner evermore.
Even so, Lord, quickly come, bring Thy final harvest home;
Gather Thou Thy people in, free from sorrow, free from sin,
There, forever purified, in Thy presence to abide;
Come, with all Thine angels come, raise the glorious harvest home.
⭻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!”