Sunday, August 16, 2020

In-Person & 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,

 

I pray that you and your family are well and safe!

 

We will have In-person Worship and Online Worship for Sunday Worship at 10 am on Sunday, August 16. 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: https://www.littlefallsumc.org/onlineworship

 

Online worship links:

Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOzxLc7UQjeMNprjm9u8gtQ/

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!

 

The scriptures for this Sunday are Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32 and Matthew 15:21-28.

I will deliver the message titled, “Are We Serious?”.

 

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!

 

Pastor Jin

Called to Praise

⭻Prepare your heart and body for Worship

 

Welcome & Greeting

 

⭻Call to Worship

Leader: Lord, we come to you this day with so any concerns on our hearts.
All: Lord, hear our cries.
Leader: Lord, fill our hearts with praise and our lives with your love.
All: Lord, hear our prayers!
Leader: Lord, strengthen us in service to you and give us abundant grace
All: Lord, hear our prayers! AMEN!

 

⭻Praise Song                                                          My Life Is In You, Lord                                     TFWS 2032

 

Chorus
My life is in you, Lord;
my strength is in you, Lord;
my hope is in you, Lord;
in you, it's in you.
My life is in you, Lord;
my strength is in you, Lord;
my hope is in you, Lord;
in you, it's in you.
 
Verse
I will praise you with all of my life,
I will praise you with all of my strength;
with all of my life, with all of my strength.
All of my hope is in You.           

 

Children’s message

 

Jesus Chooses Helpers

Mat thew 4:18-22, Luke 5:27-28, 6:12-16, 9:1-6

 

When Jesus lived on Earth, many people followed Him and listened as He told everyone how much God loved them. One day Jesus was by the water, and He saw some men fishing. He said to them, "Come follow me!" The men left their boats and went to follow Jesus. Later, Jesus invited more fishermen to follow Him. Now Jesus was leading four men.

 

Later, Jesus saw a man collecting money. His name was Matthew. Jesus asked Matthew to follow Him. Matthew left his work and went to follow Jesus, too. Jesus found more helpers until He had 12 helpers in all.

 

Jesus wanted to teach His helpers how to be leaders like Him and tell others about God's love.

We can follow Jesus, just like the helpers in our story. Jesus is the best leader, and Jesus is my leader!

 

Let me hear you say this after me: 

Jesus (point up)

Is My Leader (thumbs to chest)

Announcements

  1. We have ‘In-Person’ Worship in fellowship Hall 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.

  2. If you are planning to be at church please read the guideline from the email or the church website, https://www.littlefallsumc.org/inperson

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

i. Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOzxLc7UQjeMNprjm9u8gtQ/

ii.Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/lfumcnj/

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. If you need to buy a Shoprite gift card, please contact Pete (detroit50@aol.com). He will deliver it to you.

 

Hymn of Prayer                                          The Lord’s Prayer                                      W&S 3071

 

Our God in heaven,

Holy is your name,

Your reign come, your will done, on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread,

And help us forgive,

As we have been forgiven.

In the time of trial lead us into light,

For yours is the kingdom,

And the power, and the glory, forever,

Our God, in heaven, holy is your name,

Holy is your name.

 

Pausing for Silent Prayer and Confession

 

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

 

Lord, what a blessing it is to come together in this community of faith. We travel here from all walks of life, from different ages and stages, and are welcomed in your love and your presence! Today we bring before you the names of loved ones who are struggling with loss, with illness, with depression, with addiction, with alienation from those that they love. Be with each of them. Lay your hand of healing gently over their lives and pour out your balm of peace on them. Help us to reach out to be of service to each other in Jesus’ name. Lord, we also bring to you situations of celebration: birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, family gatherings, special occasions which lift us up and remind us of the goodness that there is in life. Breathe your spirit into these wonderful events that all who gather may rejoice and celebrate the blessings you have given each of us. Keep our hearts and minds open for your reconciling word for us; for 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

     

NT Lesson                                       Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32   (NSRV)

Israel’s Rejection Is Not Final

11 I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. Do you not know what the scripture says of Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel? 29 for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. 30 Just as you were once disobedient to God but have now received mercy because of their disobedience, 31 so they have now been disobedient in order that, by the mercy shown to you, they too may now receive mercy. 32 For God has imprisoned all in disobedience so that he may be merciful to all.     

 

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

Gospel Lesson                                 Matthew 15:21-28 (NSRV)

The Canaanite Woman’s Faith

21 Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. 22 Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.” 23 But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, “Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.” 24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 25 But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” 26 He answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” 27 She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” 28 Then Jesus answered her, “Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed instantly.

 

Message                                               Are We Serious?

 

A few months ago, Ian alone wanted to talk with grandma by a video chat. As you know, my family is the only family who is in the U.S., and all of my and my wife's parents are in Korea. My family usually does a video chat to let kids see their grandparents. And we see together the screen and talk together in the living room whenever we see them through a video chat. Kids sometimes talk with grandparents until we finish the call. Sometimes, they just say hi to them and do what they want. That evening, Ian insisted on talking with grandma alone, saying, "I have to say something to grandma alone." He didn't let us know what he needed to say, although I asked. He brought my phone and go into his room and talked with grandma for a long time. And then, he came back to the living room, and he said, "Daddy and Mommy, grandma will buy a toy for me soon!" Yes, he wanted to get a specific toy, which we said no already. To get the toy, he wanted to talk to grandma alone, and he finally got a word from grandma for the toy. He really wanted to get the toy and his desire to get the toy made him find to reach out to grandma and asked her the toy having a one on one meeting. Kids are smart, aren't they?

 

What do you want anything? What do you really want to get for your life? Do you really want or need it? How much do you want it? How can you get it? And who can give you what you want?

 

In today's scripture, there was a mom who really wanted healing for her daughter because a demon tormented her daughter. She came to Jesus when Jesus came to her region. She shouted to ask Jesus to heal her daughter. Jesus ignored her. She didn't give up and kept crying out to ask Jesus' help for her daughter until disciples were bothered. Although disciples asked Jesus to send her away, helping her, Jesus refused to help her, saying, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel." Jesus didn't want to help her to focus on his mission. The woman didn't give up. She came closer to Jesus and knelt before him and asked to help her. And Jesus insulted her, saying, "It is not fair to take the children's food and throw it to the dogs." Jesus likened her to a dog. It was an insult for her. She would give up there, but she didn't give up. Instead, she asked Jesus to help her, saying, "Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table."

 

What can you see here? What can you see from the woman? I can see her desperation. She wanted to heal for her daughter. She didn't give up even though Jesus ignored and insulted her. She didn't give up because she wanted her daughter to be healed. She didn't give up because she was serious and clear what she needed from Jesus. Her desperation for healing for her daughter made her humble before Jesus. What Jesus said to her didn't matter to her. How Jesus treated her didn't matter to her. She desperately needed Jesus' healing power for her daughter, so she asked him to help her over again, not giving up, although Jesus ignored her and rejected her and insulted her.

 

She asked Jesus to help her because Jesus was the only hope for her. As we can see, she was a mother who was able to do everything for healing for her daughter as she endured Jesus' ignorance, rejection, and insult. I believe that she tried all that she could to heal her daughter, such as find a doctor or any others who could help her as much as she could. We don't know how she knew about Jesus, but it was apparent that she knew or believed that Jesus was able to heal her daughter. She would hear about Jesus that he healed many people and cast out evil spirits from people who suffered from an evil spirit. She called Jesus Lord. In the gospel of Matthew, the word "Lord" is addressed to Jesus only by true believers. She truly believed Jesus as the healer for her daughter, so she came to Jesus and asked Jesus' help and didn't give up.

 

What do we want these days? Are we serious about what we want? Is it really critical for us to live out our days? Or do we just want it, thinking that it would be good for us? Do we want a toy in our life? Or do we want true peace, true healing, true love, true grace, true mercy, true justice, and true compassion? Who can give them to us? Jesus has these, and only Jesus can give us them. Do we want salvation, eternal life, and the kingdom of God? Jesus has them, and only Jesus can give us them. 

 

Are we serious about what we need? Do we believe that only Jesus can give us them? Then, let's ask Jesus to help us. When the woman didn't give up and asked Jesus to help her, Jesus healed her daughter. He refused to help her at first because he was not sent for her. He healed her daughter when he saw her faith, and when she didn't give up, asking Jesus to help her. Are we serious about what we want? Do we really want it and believe that only Jesus can give us them? Let's ask Jesus to give us them without giving up. Jesus will help us when we keep asking to help us with faith in him. We would sometimes feel that Jesus ignores us, or rejects us or even insults us when we don't get Jesus' help right after we ask him to help us. However, Jesus will help us and give us what he has when we don't give up, asking him with faith in him.

 

How much do we want Jesus' peace, grace, salvation, and help? How seriously do we ask Jesus to help us? How long do we ask Jesus to help us? Once? Twice? Or more than that? Are we serious like Ian, who had a one on one meeting with grandma for the toy? Are we serious like the woman who shouting and crying out, and asking Jesus to heal her daughter despite ignoration, rejection, and insult? I pray we don't give up asking Jesus to help us. I pray we keep asking Jesus to give us what we really need and what he has, such as true peace, healing, salvation, and God's kingdom.

 

I pray for you every day for your healing, peace, and life issues because I want you to have peace in Christ. I ask God to protect you and heal you not only your body but also your heart and to make your life easy every day because I want you to be safe in Christ and because I believe that God can give us those. I pray for God to grow us, our church community, in Christ, in Spirit, and in numbers because I believe God wants us to grow in Jesus for the glory of God and the kingdom of God, and because God can help us and lead us into God's ways for our growth.

Little Falls Church Family,

Please consider what we really need and what we really want? Let's look at our hearts to see how much, how seriously we want what we want. And let's consider who can give us what we want.   I hope we seriously want true grace, healing, compassion, justice, and peace rather than a toy. And I pray that all of us realize that only Jesus can give us them. Let's ask Jesus to help us without ceasing. Let's ask Jesus to give us Jesus' peace, grace, healing, compassion, and justice over again. Then, Jesus will give us them, and we will enjoy them 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: God of abundance and joy, we thank you for the many blessings you have poured on our lives. Receive these gifts, lovingly given, and bless them in your service. God of love and mercy, we give you thanks that the compassion of Christ was challenged to move beyond the people of one community. May it be a reminder to us, his disciples, to follow this example in our living and our giving. Help us to see beyond our walls, beyond our communities, and across the divides of nation, race and creed, and to be generous as we share our blessings that have their source in you, God of us all. We pray in the name of our rock and redeemer; in Christ, we pray, Amen.

 

Called to the World

 

⭻Closing Hymn                                                           Precious Name                                                UMH 536

 

1 Take the name of Jesus with you,

Child of sorrow and of woe.

It will joy and comfort give you,

Take it then where'er you go.

 

Refrain:

Precious name, O how sweet!

Hope of earth and joy of heaven;

Precious name, O how sweet!

Hope of earth and joy of heaven.

 

2 Take the name of Jesus ever

As protection ev'rywhere.

If temptations 'round you gather,

Breathe that holy name in prayer. [Refrain]

 

3 At the name of Jesus bowing,

When in heaven we shall meet,

King of kings, we'll gladly crown him

When our journey is complete. [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!”

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