Sunday, May 2, 2021

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 worship and Online Worship at 10am on Sunday,

May 2, 2021. 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 for Online Worship is here:

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 Acts 8:26-40 and John 15:1-8.

I will deliver the message titled, ‘Abide in Me’.

 

We will have Holy Communion during Sunday Worship on March 7th. The elements will be given to those who are in the Sanctuary right after worship. Online Forks, Please, prepare a piece of bread (or a Cracker) and a small cup of juice (or Water) as the elements of Holy Communion before worship.

 

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 to the household of love, for God is love.

All: As we abide in love, we abide in God.

Leader: Come to the vineyard of grace, for God is gracious.

All: As we abide in the vine, we bear the fruit of salvation.

Leader: Come bathe in baptismal waters, for God’s Spirit awaits.

All: As we abide in God’s Spirit, we abide in peace.

Leader: Come to the household of love, God is love.

All: Come! All are welcome here.

 

 

⭻Praise Song                 I Will Run To You           Darlene Zschech

Verse 1

Your eye is on the sparrow

And Your hand it comforts me

From the ends of the earth

To the depths of my heart

Let Your mercy and strength be seen

 

Verse 2

You call me to Your purpose

As angels understand

For Your glory may You draw all men

As Your love and grace demands

 

Chorus

And I will run to You

To Your words of truth

Not by might not by power

But by the Spirit of God

Yes I will run the race

'Til I see Your face

Oh let me live in the glory (of Your grace)

Children’s Message

 

Jesus Feeds Thousands

Matthew 14:13-22

 

Jesus and his disciples were tired. They needed a quiet place to rest so they got into a boat and pushed off from shore. A crowd followed the boat. Over 5000 people had come to see Jesus. Even though he was tired, Jesus wanted to help them. He climbed out of the boat and he began to bless and heal many people. Later that day the disciples said to Jesus, “It is getting late. These people should go home and eat dinner.” Jesus replied, “We can feed them. See if anyone has any food to share. The disciples found one boy. He had five loaves of bread and two small fish. Jesus said, “Bring the boy to me.” The disciples asked, “How will so little food feed this many people?” Jesus said, “You will see. Have the people sit down.” Then Jesus took the bread and gave thanks to God. “His disciples gave bread and fish to everyone. To their surprise, 12 baskets were left over!

 

 

Announcements

 

  • We have ‘In-Person’ Worship in Sanctuary and ‘Online Worship’ at 10am on Sunday, May 2, 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.

 

  • 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!

 

  • Holy Communion – We will have Holy Communion at Sunday Worship at 10 am on May 2nd. If you plan to join us Online service, please prepare Holy Communion elements, Bread (or a cracker) and Grape juice (or water).  

 

  • Church Forum - we had a Church Forum on March 20th.  Thank you for joining us. We had a discussion and make plans for make the ideas true. We need your help to carry out each idea as the church ministry. Next forum will be held at 10:30am on May 15th, Saturday. 

 

  • Church Wide Garage Sale – May 22, 2021, 9 am – 3 pm. Help us for the church garage sale! Contact Allison Smith. for details. 

 

  • 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.

 

  • 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! 

  • Pledge Card - Thank you for your support and generosity. If you didn’t submit your pledge card, please send it to the church office. You are not late. We appreciate your faithful generosity.

 

  • Church Directory – The Church directory is on the table in narthex. Each copy is for a household. Please write your name on the sheet next to the directory before you pick up your copy. 

 

 

Hymn of Prayer             God Is So Good              TFWS 2056

 

Verse 1

God is so good

God is so good

God is so good

God's so good to me

 

Verse 2

He cares for me

He cares for me

He cares for me

God's so good to me

 

Verse 3

He loves me so

He loves me so

He loves me so

God's so good to me

 

Verse 4

God is so good

God is so good

God is so good

God's so good to me

Pausing for Silent Prayer and Confession

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

 

Almighty God, whose love is beyond understanding, whose mercy is beyond comprehension—we lift up our hearts to you in prayer. Though we were captives of our sinful and rebellious ways, your love has released us. You have freed us to experience divine love in our own lives. Your atoning love has freed us from the penalty of sin, which was rightfully ours to pay. How can we express our thanksgiving, except to praise your name and to allow your love to be seen in us. Grant to us a determined faith and a fervent love, that we might be reflections of your divine grace. Hear our prayer, O Lord, as we offer our petitions in the name of the One who is love, even Jesus Christ our Lord. 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

      

 

NT Lesson           Acts 8:26-40

Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch

26 Then an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Get up and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is a wilderness road.) 27 So he got up and went. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury. He had come to Jerusalem to worship 28 and was returning home; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah. 29 Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over to this chariot and join it.” 30 So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 He replied, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to get in and sit beside him. 32 Now the passage of the scripture that he was reading was this:

“Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter,
   and like a lamb silent before its shearer,
       so he does not open his mouth.
33 In his humiliation justice was denied him.
   Who can describe his generation?
       For his life is taken away from the earth.”

34 The eunuch asked Philip, “About whom, may I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” 35 Then Philip began to speak, and starting with this scripture, he proclaimed to him the good news about Jesus. 36 As they were going along the road, they came to some water; and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water! What is to prevent me from being baptized?” 38 He commanded the chariot to stop, and both of them, Philip and the eunuch, went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. 40 But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he was passing through the region, he proclaimed the good news to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.

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

 

Gospel Lesson          John 15:1-8

Jesus the True Vine

15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. 2 He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. 3 You have already been cleansed[b] by the word that I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. 5 I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. 6 Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.

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

All: Thanks be to God.

Message                          Abide in Me                     Rev. Jin Kook Kim   

 

Good morning Church Family! Last Sunday, we had a message of the good shepherd. Jesus described himself as the good shepherd who cares for us as much as he lays down his life. Through that message, Jesus declares that he has cared for us till now and he will care for us to the end. I hope you and I have the faith that Jesus cares for us forever.

 

Jesus gives us another description of himself through today's scripture. He says, "I am the true vine. You are the branches" What does that mean? What does Jesus want to say to us? Jesus wants to explain the relationship between himself and us. The vine and the branches are not separable. Especially the branches cannot live when they are apart from the vine. The branches lose their original purpose when they are separated from the vine. They are not the live branches anymore when they are not connected to the vine. The detached branches would be thrown into a fireplace.

 

The branches can be alive when they abide in the vine because the vine makes them be alive by providing water and nourishment. Jesus says, "I am the true vine, and you are the branches. Abide in me." Jesus wants us to abide in him because it is the way to live, the way to be alive, and the way to last our lives. We cannot live by ourselves. We cannot live alone. We are alive and last our lives because through Jesus, God gives us life, love, and grace regardless we are aware of that or not. Jesus' order, 'Abide in me,' is for us to last our lives. Jesus loves us and wants to teach us how to continue our lives. That is to abide in Jesus. The branch will be ok for a moment or a day right after it is detached from the vine. However, we know that the branch will be withered at the end because it lost the channel of water and nourishment. Likewise, we will be withered at the end when we are separated from Jesus Christ, the channel of what we need for our lives. Jesus' words, "Abide in me," is Jesus' heart towards us.

 

Little Falls Church family, I hope we abide in Jesus, and we are in Jesus. Jesus makes us alive and provides what we need to live. Jesus is the life. We have the life when we abide in Jesus. Jesus is peace, love, grace, mercy, wisdom, and strength. We have peace, love, grace, mercy, and strength when we abide in Jesus. Let us abide in Jesus! Let us be in Jesus!

 

When branches abide in the vine, the branches are alive and bear fruits. The branches cannot bear fruits when they are apart from the vine. The branches cannot bear fruits by themselves. The branches can bear fruits when they abide in the vine. Likewise, we can be alive and bear fruits when we abide in Jesus. Jesus says, "I am the true vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing." Jesus knows our limitations. Jesus knows that we cannot bear fruits without Jesus. Jesus' words, "Abide in me, and you will bear much fruits," are Jesus' invitation for us to bear much fruit in him. 

 

What are the fruits? The fruits are what glorifies God as Jesus says in verse 8, "My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples." Little Falls Church Family, what fruits can glorify God? The fruits are the results of following God's will and desire. When we follow God's will, we will bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit, which is "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control." (Galatians 5:22) When we bear the fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, God will be glorified by us and our fruits. The fruit that glorifies God is new disciples of Jesus Christ. As Jesus ordered, "Go to the world and make disciples by baptizing and teaching them."

 

It is not easy for us to bear the fruits that glorify God in our lives because we would want to make the fruits that make us happy and have a better life and glorify ourselves. We cannot bear the fruits that God wants from us when we are apart from Jesus. However, We can bear the fruits that God pleases when we abide in Jesus because Jesus can lead us, help us, and strengthen us to bear the fruits.

 

Little Falls Church family, 

Through today's scripture, Jesus is inviting us to bear the fruits that glorify God. Jesus is saying to us, "My beloved ones, come and abide in me. Without me, you cannot live alone; you cannot sustain your life; you cannot bear the fruits that God wants. However, when you abide in me, I will give you the life. I will make you alive. I will help you bear the fruits that glorify God. Come and abide in me." Church family, I hope you and I abide in Jesus. I pray that all of us abide in Jesus and follow Jesus' direction, and accept Jesus' help and strength, and bear the fruits which make God please and glorify God.

 

How can we abide in Jesus? First, hold Jesus' words in our hearts and mind by reading the Bible and listening to God's message through worship, daily devotional, and Bible study. Second, pray to God in the name of Jesus. Prayer is the time with Jesus and God. We can talk to God and listen to God through our prayers. Third, try to follow Jesus' life and word in the presence of the Holy Spirit. When we try to follow Jesus' life and teaching, we experience the sweetness of the fruits from following Jesus' life and teaching. We will taste the sweetness of love, grace, mercy, justice, and compassion in our lives. 

 

Let's abide in Jesus! That is the way to last our lives. That is the way to bear the fruits that God wants from us. That is the way to participate in God's joy and glory. Let's abide in Jesus! Amen.

 THANKSGIVING AND HOLY COMMUNION                     Rev. Jin Kook Kim

 

Response 1

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

 

Response 2

Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.

 

Response 3

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: God of the far-flung universe and God who is closer than our own heartbeat: we long to dwell in your closeness, abiding in you and you abiding in us. However, the call to abide in other places is strong: to abide in the world of popularity and acceptance or in the world of increasing wealth and power centered around our own wants and desires. As we offer our gifts and ourselves to you, help us turn away from other calls and abide in that place of heart’s deepest desire: in your Son, Jesus, and he in us. In Christ, we pray. Amen.

 

Called to the World

 

⭻Closing Hymn                        I Need Thee Every Hour                 UMH 397

 

I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord;

No tender voice like Thine can peace afford.

 

Refrain

 

I need Thee, O I need Thee;

Every hour I need Thee;

O bless me now, my Savior,

I come to Thee.

 

I need Thee every hour, stay Thou nearby;

Temptations lose their power when Thou art nigh.

Refrain

 

I need Thee every hour, in joy or pain;

Come quickly and abide, or life is in vain.

Refrain

 

I need Thee every hour; teach me Thy will;

And Thy rich promises in me fulfill.

Refrain

 

I need Thee every hour, most Holy One;

O make me Thine indeed, Thou blessed Son.

Refrain

 

 

⭻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!”