Lent begins THIS Wednesday. Besides Sunday morning worship, we are offering three creative ways for us to grow spiritually during this important season of the Christian liturgical year. Please take advantage of these opportunities to participate in your Lenten journey with our church friends!
Lenten Bible Study
There is still time to register for the Lenten Bible Study which is being offered to our church every Saturday, beginning THIS Saturday, via Zoom. It will be lead by Rev. Dr. Jamall Calloway, our Youth/Young Adult Minister (and resident scholar!) If you are interested please let Jamall know asap, so that we can order a book for you, by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is the Bible study description from Jamall:
“Lent is around the corner and it is time to prepare our souls and spirits. Therefore, for Lent, we will be preparing our hearts by reading the spiritually wise and always moving work of Howard Thurman (1899-1981). We will be reading one of his passionate books, Disciplines of the Spirit (1977). We will be reading a chapter of this book and discussing it every Saturday at 10:30am starting on Feb 20th. Please email me if you would like to sign up.” ( email@example.com)
Ash Wednesday Service will be shown on THIS Wednesday, February 17th, at 6 p.m., on our usual on-line formats: Facebook, here, on our web site, and on YouTube.
Rev. Victoria will be preaching! Please join us for that special service which will help us all to begin the Lenten Season together!
“Praying Through Lent”
“Praying Through Lent” – Every Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. (beginning February 24th) we will have an opportunity to be together in fellowship and prayer via Zoom. Pastor Liz will be leading us in a short time of prayer, scripture reading, and reflection. This will give us an opportunity to “see” each other, and be in community through Lent!
Sunday, December 20 at 9:30 a.m. Join liturgist Laurie Orange, Pastor Liz, Lionel Jasmin and David Hand and guest preacher, Rev. Heather Miner as they help us to celebrate the 4th Sunday of Advent! You can watch it either here, or on YouTube or on our Facebook page.
Christmas Eve Service of Lessons and Carols will be presented on-line, December 24th at 7 p.m. Join liturgists Eygiel Limbo, Mike Bishop, Lionel Jasmin and Pastor Liz as they lead us in a special service that will depict the Christmas Story through scripture and music! Holy Communion will be shared and a short reflection will be given by Pastor Liz.
Then on Sunday, December 27th please join us for the First Sunday after Christmas (and the last Sunday of 2020) at 9:30 a.m. for more Christmas carols and a homily based on the visit of the Magi!
Note from Pastor Liz: Please open this link below to watch the Interfaith Chula Vista Prayer Vigil in which Rev. Victoria and I participated. It took place on June 10th at Temple Beth Shalom. I invited the clergy of Chula Vista to organize the service as a witness to justice and peace, in light of the current racial unrest. May the prayers, scriptures, and words of Rev. Dr. Martin King Jr., and the reflections offered by our area clergy inspire you to keep working toward racial justice and understanding. May the music provided by Alejandro and Tania Tapia bring you peace.
Our friend and partner in ministry, Chaplain Mark Weber is collecting scrub caps for our local hospital’s medical team. These cotton caps provide a soft, natural barrier front synthetic hair nets, face shields, goggles, masks, etc. Plus, they provide our health care workers with a sense of the sewer’s creativity, compassion and love.
If you’d like to sew caps for the front line team fighting COVID-19 at Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista, please contact Chaplain Mark. You can reach him at 619-691-7396 or firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange delivery.
You are cordially invited to participate in our 2nd Sunday of Easter Worship Service on Sunday, April 19th at 9:30 a.m. or at a time of your choosing.
Worship Instructions: In order to give Pastor Liz a well needed vacation, this week’s service will be a little different. Please proceed through the service below at your own pace. When it is time for songs and the reflection, watch the included videos.
Our thanks to Rev Libby Tigner (Associate Conference Minister for Southern Association SCNC UCC) for sharing her message this week.
If you’d like to download the worship service, you may do so here.
Prayer of Invocation: Generous God, we thank you for your presence with us in all our lives. As we worship you this morning, even from our own homes, we are reminded of the many times we have doubted and feared. Today banish our fears with the memory of the resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ. Remind us again that through all our troubles, doubts, and fears, your power, mercy and love are with us. Amen.
Hymn of Adoration: “Crown Him With Many Crowns”
Crown Him with many crowns,
The Lamb upon His Throne
Hark! How the heavenly anthem drowns
All music but it’s own!
Awake, my soul and sing
Of Him who died for Thee;
And hail Him as they matchless King
Through all eternity.
Crown Him the Lord of life,
Who triumped o’er the grave.
Who rose victorious to the strife,
For those He came to save.
His glories now we sing,
Who died and rose on high:
Who died eternal life to bring,
And lives that death may die.
Prayer of the People and Lord’s Prayer
John 20:19-31 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
19 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” 22 When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
24 But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”
26 A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” 28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”
30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. 31 But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.
Message: Rev Libby Tigner
Closing Song “How Great Thou Art”
O Lord my God! When I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made,
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed;
Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee;
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sings my soul, my savior God to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
When Christ shall come with shouts of acclamation
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart!
Then I shall bow in humble adoration,
And there proclaim, my God, how great Thou art!
Benediction: Pastor Liz Aguilar
May the resurrected Christ fill you with His peace even as you doubt.
May His love move you to share his peace with others.
Announcements and Reminders
Please remember to continue sending in your pledges and offerings to the church: Community Congregational Church of Chula Vista, UCC, 276 F. St., Chula Vista, CA 91910.
Please continue to pray for one another and for all of God’s children around the world, that might be affected by the Corona Virus. Please pray that God helps scientist to develop a vaccine and that more tests would be made available. Please also pray for those who are struggling financially at this time. Lastly, please remember to reach out to one another through phone calls and cards. You are not alone!