Worship Bulletin and Scripture Readings

March 21, 2020

 

Dear Little Falls Church Family,

 

Join us in Our Online Worship! We will have Online Worship Service at 10 am on Sunday because we cannot get together at the sanctuary.  Worship is an essential part of our faith and our faith journey. Let’s Worship God in every place! Please plan to Worship God at home!

 

1. I attached the Worship bulletin for March 22, 2020. Please make a hard copy or get another device to see it during the worship.

 

2. These are the links for online worship. Click one of the links to join in Online Worship. Please join in 10 minutes before 10 am! 

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

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

 

3. Please email me (jkim@littlefallsumc.org), if you would like to share your concerns and joys with the congregation. I will lift up the name in the order of prayer in our worship.

 

4. 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!

 

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

 

See you at Online Worship on Sunday at 10 am!! 

 

Pastor Jin 

Little Falls United Methodist Church 

Worship Bulletin 

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

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

 

March 22, 2020, Sunday Worship: 10am

 “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)

 

1.    Worship is an essential part of our faith and our faith journey. Let’s Worship God in every place!

2.    Plan to Worship God at home! (If you are with your family, each member takes a part of the worship order)

3.    LFUMC Youtube Channel for an online streaming Worship: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOzxLc7UQjeMNprjm9u8gtQ/ If it does not work for you or the streaming does not work because of any technical issues, please use the handout only. 

4.    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!

5.    You are in my prayer and the church family’s prayers. Please email (jkim@littlefallsumc.org), text, or call me or the church office (info@littlefallsumc.org) to share your concerns and joys. I will share your concerns and prayers with the church family, and we will support and help you with prayers!

Called to Praise

 

/Prepare your heart and body for Worship

 

 

Welcome & Greeting

 

/Call to Worship`

Leader: When the world is dark and full of hate and fear, when we cannot see God

All: we will turn on the light.

Leader: When we cannot find our way back to love and peace

All: we will turn on the light.

Leader: When our vision dims due to the darkness within

All: we will turn on the light.

Leader: Christ opens our eyes with the gift of sight.

All: The light of the world is Jesus Christ.

Leader: Come and worship the one who brings sight to the blind.

All: Hallelujah! Praise God, the light of the world!

 

/Praise Song        Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty   UMH 64

 

1 Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!

Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee.

Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty!

God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

 

2 Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore thee,

casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;

cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee,

who wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

 

3 Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee,

though the eye of sinful man thy glory may not see,

only thou art holy; there is none beside thee

perfect in pow'r, in love, and purity.

 

4 Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!

All thy works shall praise thy name in earth and sky and sea.

Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty!

God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

 

Children’s Message

 

Need to Know: God Is My Lord

Bible Story: Creation (Genesis 1-2)

 

In the beginning of time, everything was dark. On day one, God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light! God called the light “day,” and He called the darkness “night.”

On day two, God made the sky, and He made the water. 

On day three, God made plants and trees because He knew we would need them.

On day four, God made two great lights in the sky. What is the name of the bright light we see in the daytime? (The sun) And what are the lights we see in the sky at nighttime? (Moon and stars) Yes! God created the sun, moon, and stars on day four.

On day five, God made animals that fly in the sky and swim in the sea.

On day six, God made all the animals, like the ones we see in a rainforest or on a farm. Day six was a special day. This was the day that God made people! God made the first man, Adam, and He made the first woman, Eve. God loves people more than anything else He created. God loves you.

On day seven, God rested.

God has always been and will always be in charge of the world and the people He made. That’s why we call Him “Lord.” Please remember that “God is your Lord.”

 

Announcements

1.    All ‘in-person’ meeting, events, and services are canceled due the virus for the next two weeks. We will suspend Sunday Worship more then two weeks if it is necessary. We will update you!

2.    Plan to Worship God at home! A handout for your Sunday Worship will be provided by email or mail (only for those who cannot access to their email). And an online streaming worship will be provided on Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOzxLc7UQjeMNprjm9u8gtQ/

3.    Please present your offerings and tithes by sending a check to the church office (139 Main St. Little Falls NJ 07424) Thank you for your financial support and generosity!

4.    If you have any questions or need pastoral care, please contact to the church office or Pastor Jin by call, email, or text.

 

Hymn of Prayer   Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying  TFWS 2193

 

Lord listen to Your children praying

Lord send Your Spirit in this place

Lord listen to Your children praying

Send us love send us power send us grace

 

Pausing for Silent Prayer and Confession

 

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

 

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                 Psalm 30:11-12

 

You have turned my mourning into dancing; you have taken off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, so that my soul may praise you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever.

 

Gospel Lesson           Mark 15:29-36

 

Those who passed by derided him, shaking their heads and saying, “Aha! You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself, and come down from the cross!” In the same way the chief priests, along with the scribes, were also mocking him among themselves and saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself. Let the Messiah, the King of Israel, come down from the cross now, so that we may see and believe.” Those who were crucified with him also taunted him. When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. At three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, “Listen, he is calling for Elijah.” And someone ran, filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.”

 

Message “My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?”  Rev. Jin Kook Kim

 

Good morning Little Falls Church Family! I am glad that we can worship at home using the handout for worship and online-streaming worship. Due to the virus, people’s lives are affected very much. Although we cannot see each other in person, we still can have worship together in the Spirit. We are in the Lenten Season, and we meditate on Jesus’ words on the cross. I pray that we are inspired and lead by the Spirit to grow in faith and in Christ when we meditate on Jesus’ seven words in this season. Until now, I shared with you the meanings of three words of Jesus, “Father, forgive them” “Today, you will be with me in Paradise” and “Behold your son… Behold your mother” for the last three Sundays. And today, we together mediate on another Jesus’ words on the cross. 

 

Jesus was humiliated in many ways before he was crucified on the cross. Jesus was betrayed by one of his disciples who lived with him for three years and by all other people who welcomed him, saying Hosanna when Jesus came into Jerusalem. Soldiers ridiculed him, whipped him, and put the crown of thorns on his head. Crowds spat him, hit him, and despised him during going up to the Calvary, taking up his cross. Even on the cross, people derided him saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself” as we read today’s scripture. Almost people there except some such as Mary and John were against him and welcomed his crucifixion.

 

Most people of the crowds were Jews. The Jews were not only those who lived in Jerusalem but also those who lived in other areas. They got together to celebrate the season of Passover. They celebrated God’s salvation for their ancestors from Egypt. It’s like the season of Easter for us. The story of salvation was huge and important for them to remember forever. Thus, in the season of Passover, they got together and celebrated it and taught their children God’s grace and salvation. Also, they prayed for another day for salvation from the slavery of the Roman Empire. They praised God’s salvation and protection on the night. However, they didn’t recognize Jesus as the Son of God. They accused Jesus and asked Pontius Pilate to crucify him. Jesus was despised and spat and hit him, and humiliated by his people, the people of God.

 

In the shameful, disgraceful moment that almost people humiliated him, Jesus said this, “Eloi, Eloi, Lema Sabachthani?” which means, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” What do you think? What comes in your mind, and how do you want to interpret Jesus’ word? Did Jesus fall into despair? Could he not bear pain and shame anymore? Did he regret his decision? Did he feel that God betrayed him although he devoted himself and his whole life to God? It would be “Yes.” He was in severe pain and suffering physically because he was on the cross, and his heart would be hurt because people betrayed him and humiliated him. 

 

However, he did not fall into despair or regret his decision to die on the cross to save us. Then, what does the word of Jesus mean? Would you open your bible and find Psalm 22 if you have a Bible? Let me read the first two lines of verse 1? “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” Isn’t it the same as the word of Jesus on the cross? The words “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” are the first stanza of Psalm 22. And scholars say Psalm 22 is a hymn that most of the Jews would have known in Jesus’ time. Do you know how Psalm 22 ends? Let me read Psalm 22 more.

 

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer; and by night, but find no rest.” (v 1-2)

 

“But I am a worm, and not human; scorned by others, and despised by the people. All who see me mock at me; they make mouths at me, they shake their heads;” (v. 6-7)

 

“For dogs are all around me; a company of evildoers encircles me. My hands and feet have shrivelled; I can count all my bones. They stare and gloat over me; they divide my clothes among themselves, and for my clothing they cast lots.” (v. 16-18)

 

Until verse 18, the author pours out his heart to God saying what difficulties and hardships he had and what feelings he had. However, the tone of the psalm changed from verse 19. Let me read the rest of Psalm 22.

 

“But you, O Lord, do not be far away! O my help, come quickly to my aid! Deliver my soul from the sword, my life from the power of the dog! Save me from the mouth of the lion! From the horns of the wild oxen you have rescued me. I will tell of your name to my brothers and sisters; in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:  You who fear the Lord, praise him! All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him; stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel! For he did not despise or abhor the affliction of the afflicted; he did not hide his face from me, but heard when I cried to him. From you comes my praise in the great congregation; my vows I will pay before those who fear him. The poor shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the Lord. May your hearts live for ever! To him, indeed, shall all who sleep in the earth bow down; before him shall bow all who go down to the dust, and I shall live for him. Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord, and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn, saying that he has done it.” (v. 19-31)

 

As you see, the Hymn, Psalm 22, starts with a sigh, groan, and moan, and goes to ask God’s help and salvation, and then, it ends with praising God, glorifying God, and declaring God’s salvation finally. This means, when he said on the cross, “My God My God, why have your forsaken me?”, what Jesus really wanted to say was not about being abandoned by God, hopelessness, or grief of his hard situation, but about praising and glorifying God, and singing the salvation of God. It was the beginning of his prayer on the cross. It was the beginning of his praise on the cross. It was his faith in God. He was worshipping on the cross with singing and praising God with Psalm 22. For Jesus, Psalm 22 was the perfect hymn to express not only his pain and suffering but also his faith in God. He showed us how God’s people live in the world.

 

We face challenges, difficulties, and hard situations when we live in the world even when we carry out God’s will. And whenever we face those things, we would feel abandoned by God; we would feel hopeless in our life. However, on the cross, Jesus is talking to us, “I know your heart. I know your sufferings and pains. I know how much you are depressed and disappointed. I know what you feel. I can feel you totally because I was there. However, like me, you trust God! God loves you and suffers with you, and cares for you. God will turn your moaning into dancing with joy. God will turn your sorrow into delight! Thus, trust God as I did!”

 

Little Falls Church Family! Most of us have our personal issues that we cannot handle or solve with our strength or power. All people in the world are suffering from the virus and the situation which was caused by the virus. Although we cannot deal with it nor see any hope anywhere, let us trust in God, even in the worst situation in our life! Let us trust God as Jesus did. God never betrays us! God never disappoints us! As our creator, savior, and sustainer who loves us and cares for us always, God always tries to give us the best. Let us trust in God! I pray we trust in God with praise and thanksgiving, even in the hard situation. Then, we will see God’s work in us, God’s salvation in our lives, and God’s peace in our hearts. 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 light and love and peace, we praise your name for leading us in paths of righteousness, that we may come into your presence, forgiven and free. We give you thanks for guiding us to this place: where we may rest beside the still waters of your grace, where we are filled with the good gifts of your goodness and mercy. We worship you with all that we are, and we bless your name for all that we will be as we continue on our journey— a journey that leads us to your kingdom, where we will dwell with you forever. We offer you these gifts, that you might bless them and send them out into the valley of the shadow of death, and everywhere in need of your light. Amen.

 

Called to the World

 

/Closing Hymn  What a Friend We Have in Jesus   UMH 526

 

1 What a friend we have in Jesus,

all our sins and griefs to bear!

What a privilege to carry

everything to God in prayer!

O what peace we often forfeit,

O what needless pain we bear,

all because we do not carry

everything to God in prayer!

 

2 Have we trials and temptations?

Is there trouble anywhere?

We should never be discouraged;

take it to the Lord in prayer!

Can we find a friend so faithful

who will all our sorrows share?

Jesus knows our every weakness;

take it to the Lord in prayer!

 

3 Are we weak and heavy laden,

cumbered with a load of care?

Precious Savior, still our refuge

take it to the Lord in prayer!

Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?

Take it to the Lord in prayer!

In his arms he'll take and shield thee

thou wilt find a solace there.

 

/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.” God is with you and cares for you always! Go in Peace! Amen!

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