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Sunday, May 5, 2024
Worship Service 

Discipleship Ministries
Online Worship Service, 10am

Dear Church family,

 

We will have In-person and Online Worship on Sunday, May 19, 2024, at 10 am.

 

Online Worship

Website: www.littlefallsumc.org

YouTube: www.youtube.com/@lfumc

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

Call 646-876-9923; enter the Meeting ID 917 9067 6301; and enter the Passcode 139139.

 

Sunday Scriptures

Acts 2:2-21 and John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15

Today’s Message is ‘The Caregiver’

 

We will celebrate Pentecost Sunday at Sunday Worship, May 19, 2024.

If you have any concerns and joys and want to share them 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: www.littlefallsumc.org/prayer 

Your generous financial support is significant and appreciated very much.

We have continued our ministries with your support.

 

You can support God’s ministry in three ways:

1. Putting your offerings in the plates at the Offering Station at the in-person Worship

2. Mailing your offerings and tithes to the church office (139 Main St. Little Falls, NJ 07424)

3. Doing online donations at www.littlefallsumc.org/donation

 

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

 

Greeting & Announcements
 

  • We have ‘In-Person’ & ‘Online Worship’ on Sunday, May 19, 2024, at 10am.

 

  • You can join our online worship via YouTube or Facebook. Type “Little Falls United Methodist Church” in the search window on YouTube or Facebook. Please use the link below to join in Online Worship. YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@lfumc

 

  • You can join the Online Worship by your phone. Call (646)-876-9923 and enter the Meeting ID, 917 9067 6301, and Passcode 139139.

 

  • We will celebrate Pentecost Sunday at Sunday Worship, May 19, 2024.

 

 

  • Altar Flowers – Thank you, Lorrain DeCaprio, for providing Altar Flowers in honor of Marilyn and Melissa! If you would like to offer the altar flowers, please contact Janet (973) 896-8936 or ladyteddy@aol.com

 

  • Fellowship Time after Worship – Thank you, the Kim Family, for hosting the coffee hour. Let us enjoy a good fellowship time every Sunday after Worship. Please help us with hosting the coffee hour. The Sign-up board is on the table in the Narthex. Please contact Cheryle or Kathy F. if you have any questions about the coffee hour.

 

  • Prayer Meeting - We will have our Prayer Meeting in the Lee Lounge at 1:00 pm. Meeting Dates on  June 19th. Terrie and Ken will lead the meeting. Please keep this prayer meeting in your hearts before our Lord, that we are open to his guidance and faithful to follow through.

 

  • Kids & Youths For Christ – The last meeting of the 2023-24 Season will be held at 5 pm on Thursday, June 6, 2024. Kids & Youths For Christ is a program for Kindergarten to grade 12 of Christian education and fun activities. All Students are welcome! 

 

  • Church Yard Sale – Thank you, everyone for your help, support, and participation!

 

  • Walk by Faith - We will go to the community to give out our church brochure on Saturday, June 1, 2024, 10 am. We changed the day due to the Memorial day Parade in the town. Please join us and let us share the Good News with others and invite them to the church for a faith journey.

 

  • Evangelism Class – Join us in the Third Session of the Evangelism Class at 7 pm on June 13, 2024, Thursday. Come and join us. All are Welcome! Let us learn from the class and have a conversation for our church ministry!

 

  • Treasured Memories – The next meeting will be held on June 12th, 2024. “Treasured Memories” is a grief group for those who have lost their loved ones. The ongoing meeting gathers every 2nd Wednesday of the month in Lee Lounge at 7 pm. Contact Allison for details (973) 800-4152. 

 

  • Online Donation – Online donation is available now. Please visit the church website and click ‘Donation.’ The link is https://www.littlefallsumc.org/donation.  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!

 

  • Shoprite Gift Card – To purchase a Shoprite gift card, contact Pete (973) 595-5765 or detroit50@aol.com.

 

  • LFUMC FOOD PANTRY ITEMS NEEDED - Many families depend on the Food Pantry on a regular basis. The Pantry needs 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 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 collects postmarked stamps, can pull tabs, and the front of greeting cards (No Hallmark). Items are donated to different charities and organizations.

 

  • General Conference Report

†Call to Worship

Leader: Come, Holy Spirit. Inspire our hearts with your fiery presence!

All: Let your flame burn within us, stirring us to action.

Leader: Come, Holy Spirit. Energize our lives to work for God.

All: Let your wind of hope swirl around us, lifting and moving us from complacency.

Leader: Come, Holy Spirit. Pour your blessing on us.

All: Let your presence challenge us to proclaim God’s presence and love in everything we say and do. AMEN. 

 

†Praise Song                      Holy Spirit (Bryan & Kate Torwalt)

 

1. There's nothing worth more
That will ever come close
Nothing can compare
You're our living hope
Your presence

 

2. I've tasted and seen
Of the sweetest of love
Where my heart becomes free
And my shame is undone
Your presence, Lord

 

[Chorus]

Holy Spirit, You are welcome here
Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere
Your glory, God, is what our hearts long for
To be overcome by Your presence, Lord
Your presence, Lord

 

[Bridge]

Let us become more aware
Of Your presence
Let us experience the glory
Of Your goodness

 

Children’s Time                           The Holy Spirit Comes              Acts 2

Thousands of people went to Jerusalem to celebrate a Jewish holiday called Pentecost. They came from many countries and spoke many different languages. Jesus’ disciples were staying there. They were praying together. Suddenly, a noise filled the room. It sounded like a strong wind blowing. The Holy Spirit appeared as tongues of fire on each of them. They started talking in languages they did not know. The people in Jerusalem heard the noise and came to see what was happening. The Crowd was amazed and asked, “How are you able to speak our languages?” Peter said, “The prophets told us this would happen.” Then Peter told them about God’s plan. “God sent Jesus to save everyone from the bad things we have done.” The people asked, “What should we do?” Peter replied, “Ask Jesus to forgive you for your sins and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.” On that day, 3,000 people believed in Jesus. The disciples baptized all of them.

 

Hymn of Prayer                           Spirit of the Living God                       UMH 393

 

Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me.

Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me.

Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me.

 

Pausing for Silent Prayer and Confession

 

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

Knock us off our seats, O Lord, with the wind of your Holy Spirit. Don’t let us just sit back and rest as though nothing important was happening. Remind us that you have come to bless and prepare us for your service. Now is the time of proclamation and celebration! Now is the birth of your church, not as an exercise in futility, but as a dynamic group of people who know you and love you as you know and love each of us. Flame up our hearts! Make us so joyful that we find it difficult to sit back and watch. We want to be part of your healing love and mercy. We want to be people who bear the word that your love for us is eternal; that Jesus Christ, our Savior, proclaimed and taught that love in all that he did and said, modeling for us a new way to live. Pick us up and propel us forward into your world. Help us to remember that you have given to us what we need to be your disciples. We just need to say a resounding "Yes!" to you. Thank you for all the wondrous patience and blessings you pour into our lives each and every day, as we offer our lives back to you in joy and hope. 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 2:2-21

2 And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

5 Now there were devout Jews from every people under heaven living in Jerusalem. 6 And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. 7 Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? 9 Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” 12 All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13 But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”

14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Fellow Jews[a] and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. 15 Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. 16 No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:

17 ‘In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. 18 Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy. 19 And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist. 20 The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day. 21 Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’

 

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

 

†Gospel Lesson                                        John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15

26 “When the Advocate[a] comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf. 27 You also are to testify, because you have been with me from the beginning.

 

4 But I have said these things to you so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you about them. “I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. 5 But now I am going to him who sent me, yet none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ 6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts. 7 Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate[ will not come to you, but if I go, I will send him to you. 8 And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 about sin, because they do not believe in me; 10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, and you will see me no longer; 11 about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.

12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14 He will glorify me because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15 All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

 

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

All: Thanks be to God.

 

Message                                           The Caregiver                  Rev. Jin Kook Kim

 

Good morning, Church family! I hope you had a blessed week in God’s love and grace last week. Last Sunday, we considered Jesus’ prayer to God for God’s care for people. Leaving his disciples, Jesus worried about them, so he asked for God’s care for them and God’s guidance for them through his prayer. Jesus loves us so much and wants us to be cared for and guided by God. Let us remember that we are loved by Jesus all the time and let us remind ourselves that we are cared for and guided by God. And as we know, God’s guidance comes from God’s word. God’s word is the lamp on our feet in our faith journey and light on our way. Let us follow God’s word to follow God’s guidance in our lives.

 

Today is Pentecost Sunday. We celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit today and every year. What thoughts come to your mind when you hear the word, “Holy Spirit”? What images come to your mind? Is it Fire? Wind? Dove?

 

Today’s scripture gives us the description of the coming of the Holy Spirit to Jesus’ first disciples and followers as we read Acts 2:2-3, “And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them.” Then, what happened? They were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in many languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. Isn’t that amazing? They received the Holy Spirit and spoke in many languages which they couldn’t do before. Can you believe that it happened? As you know, I grew up in a Korean church in Korea. I saw and listened to people speaking in tongues which were the languages that they didn’t know during the communal prayer time in the worship service. It happened and is happening now. I saw people were healed by the Holy Spirit when I went on mission trips in countries in Asia. The work of the Holy Spirit is amazing and wonderful.

 

When we think about the Pentecost and the Holy Spirit, we usually think of the images of wind and fire and the wonderful ability to speak in many languages. It is true that the amazing event happened. However, I want us not to stay in wonder about the described event but beyond that, I want us to find the meaning of the coming of the Holy Spirit at that time and in our time.

 

As we read the Gospel lesson, Jesus already taught them that the Holy Spirit was going to come to them. The first meaning of the coming of the Holy Spirit is Jesus’ word is fulfilled. Jesus taught them the Holy Spirit was going to come to them and care for them after he went to Heaven leaving them. Jesus’ promise of caring for them was fulfilled by the coming of the Holy Spirit. It was not only his word that he would care for them through the Spirit but also his word became real to them as they received the Holy Spirit. Church family, Jesus promises to care for us. The promise is not just a word but the word becomes real in our lives. We are in Jesus’ care through the Holy Spirit, our caregiver.

 

The coming of the Holy Spirit gave the disciples and followers of Jesus in the upper room, confidence of their faith that Jesus was the savior who died and rose again. The coming of the Holy Spirit gave them the assurance that Jesus cared for them forever. The coming of the Holy Spirit reinforced their faith in God. Church family, the first work of the Holy Spirit for us is to help us to have faith in God. Jesus said to his disciples, “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth” Many people in the world hear and know the Gospel but not all people believe the Gospel and have faith in God. Although you don’t have an experience of speaking in tongues or seeing the fire of the Spirit, the Holy Spirit is with you if you can believe that God created you and that Jesus died for you and rose again from death. The Holy Spirit, the caregiver that God sent to us is with us so we can believe in God, the Gospel, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Don’t doubt the presence of the Holy Spirit in you. The Holy Spirit is with you and in you. The Holy Spirit cares for you to have faith in God and keep the faith. Open your heart and ask God to receive the Holy Spirit if you don’t have faith in God or if you cannot believe God’s care for you. God will give you the Holy Spirit.

 

Don’t doubt the presence of the Holy Spirit in you because you cannot see the gift of the Holy Spirit such as speaking in tongues. The work of the Holy Spirit is diverse in each person’s life. Speaking in tongues is one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. As God gives us different gifts and talents, the Holy Spirit works in us in different ways. Apostle Paul says about the varieties of gifts of the Holy Spirit, in 1 Corinthians 12, “To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another the working of powerful deeds, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.” These are examples of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Even these nine gifts are not all, but parts of them. What gifts and talents do you have? Whatever gifts and talents you have, whether it is big or small, whether you have many gifts or one, you have the gift of the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit works in you.

 

Church family, As Jesus promised, the Holy Spirit, our caregiver, is with us and the Holy Spirit cares for us to go on God’s ways. The Holy Spirit helps us to have faith in God, reinforce our faith, and grow our faith in God. Because of the presence of the Holy Spirit, our lives are in the care of God and guided by God’s word and that makes our lives fruitful and rich in Christ Jesus. The Holy Spirit is God’s blessing for us and proves Jesus’ love and care for us. If you think you don’t receive this blessing, ask God for the blessing of the Holy Spirit and open your heart to receive the Holy Spirit through prayers. Our generous God will give you the Holy Spirit as God’s gift for you. Let us not doubt about the presence of the Holy Spirit and the work of the Holy Spirit in us because the Holy Spirit has come to us and is with us. 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: Heavenly Father, as we gather on this Pentecost Sunday, we are reminded of the transformative power of your Spirit, breathing life into dry bones and igniting the hearts of your people. Just as you enlivened the early church with the wind and fire of your presence, empower us to prophesy life into the brokenness of our world. May our offerings today be a testament to our faith in your promise of renewal and restoration. Amen.

 

Called to the World

 

†Closing Hymn                Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart                 UMH 500

 

1. Spirit of God, descend upon my heart;

wean it from earth; through all its pulses move;

stoop to my weakness, mighty as thou art,

and make me love thee as I ought to love.

 

2. I ask no dream, no prophet ecstasies,

no sudden rending of the veil of clay,

no angel visitant, no opening skies;

but take the dimness of my soul away.

 

3. Has thou not bid me love thee, God and King?

All, all thine own, soul, heart and strength and mind.

I see thy cross; there teach my heart to cling.

O let me seek thee, and O let me find.

 

4. Teach me to feel that thou art always nigh;

teach me the struggles of the soul to bear.

To check the rising doubt, the rebel sigh,

teach me the patience of unanswered prayer.

 

5. Teach me to love thee as thine angels love,

one holy passion filling all my frame;

the kindling of the heaven-descended Dove,

my heart an altar, and thy love the flame.

 

†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.  Amen

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