Worship – Trinity Sunday

Dear CCCV Friends in Christ,

Grace and peace to you on this day. This Sunday is known as Trinity Sunday when the Church celebrates the oneness of God and God’s invitation to be in community with God.  Also tomorrow, we  will be blessed with special music by Ester Banayo. It is also Communion Sunday and so I ask that you please have communion elements ready for tomorrow’s worship service;  (bread and juice of any kind.)

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Order of Worship for June 7, 2020

On-line Worship Service

Community Congregational Church

United Church of Christ

P.O. Box 5574 Chula Vista, CA 91912

www.chulavistachurch.com

 Welcome

Call to Worship- Psalm 66

Opening Prayer of Invocation: (In Unison)

Holy Trinity, three in One. We bless you and sanctify your name. On this Trinity Sunday when we celebrate the wholeness of your being, of your love, and of your presence, we give you thanks. Thank you for allowing us to worship you, even from a distance and yet together. Thank you for giving us a new day to sing your praises in song, word, and deed. Thank you for calling us to this time and place of quiet reflection, of surrender to You of all that impedes us from fully loving, fully trusting, and fully following you. Be with us, speak to us, and fill us. This we pray in the name of God the Creator, Jesus our Savior and the Holy Spirit, our sustainer. Amen.

Hymn of Praise  “Holy, Holy, Holy” (NCH #277); verses 1, 2, and 4

Pastoral Prayer

Scripture Reading             Matthew 28: 16-20

Special Music by Ester Banayo:   “I Walk Today Where Jesus Walked”

Communion Meditation             “The Trinity: We Are Invited”

Holy Communion

As grain that was scattered on the hillside
was gathered together and made into one loaf,
so too, we, scattered at tables in our own homes,
are bound together around Christ’s table
and become one.

As grapes grown in the field
are gathered together and pressed into wine,
so too are we drawn together
and pressed by our times
to share a common lot
and are transformed into Christ’s self-giving love for all.

God be with you.

People: And with your spirit.

Pastor: Lift up your hearts

People: We lift them up to God.

Pastor: Give thanks to God, Blessed Trinity

People:  It is right to give God thanks and praise.

Pastor: Praise to you Divine Creator. Thank you for the gift of life,
the beauty of nature,
and your steadfast loving kindness.

Praise to you Divine Redeemer.
Thank you for sharing our human existence,
from birth through death to everlasting life
you have shown us a way worth emulating,
bringing healing and hope to those most in need.

Praise to you Divine Sustainer.
Thank you for the vision to see beyond the immediate,
a calm in the midst of storm,
the strength to build an ever – expanding community
and the courage to bring about any change necessary within our lives.

Prayer of Confession

Assurance of Pardon

The Words of Institution/Remembrance

Prayer of Consecration (In Unison)

Holy God, descend your Spirit upon these gifts of grain and grape
that they might be for us the presence of the living Christ
and pour out your Spirit upon us
so that we might taken, blessed, broken and distributed
so that others might know the blessings
of living in communion with you and one another. 
Through Christ, with Christ and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all glory and honor are yours Almighty God, now and forever.  Amen.

The Prayer of Our Savior (Our Father who art in heaven…)

The Distribution

Prayer of Thanksgiving (In Unison)

For the beauty of creation,
the gift of life and your presence with each of us,
even though we are physically distanced,
we give you thanks. 
Work through us
so that we might be channels of your mission in the world,
to build your community on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.

Closing Hymn  “At The Cross”  (Red, #95); verses 1, 2, and 4 

Alas and did my Savior bleed? And did my Sovereign die?

Would He devote that sacred head for someone such as I?

 Chorus:

At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light, And the burden of my heart rolled away. It was there by faith I received my sight, And now I am happy all the day!

 Was it for crimes that I have done, He suffered on the tree?

Amazing pity grace unknown and love beyond degree!

 But drops of grief can ne’er repay the dept of love I owe:

Here, Lord, I give myself away, tis all that I can do!

Announcements

Benediction: The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit will go with you and before you, today and ever more. Amen

 

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Note:  Much of today’s liturgy is taken/ adapted from UCC Worship Ways. On-line worship material. Copyright 2020 Justice and Local Church Ministries, Faith INFO Ministry Team, United Church of Christ, 700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH  44115-1100.  Permission granted to reproduce or adapt this material for use in services of worship or church education.  All publishing rights reserved. Some of today’s worship service was written by Pastor Liz Aguilar.

 

Worship – Pentecost Sunday

Greetings to all,

Please find attached the order of worship for this coming Sunday, when we celebrate Pentecost Sunday. We will be worshiping “live” from the parsonage again at 9:30 a.m. this Sunday.

Please find attached the worship liturgy for Sunday’s worship service, which you can print so that you can follow and participate in worship.

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Pentecost Sunday

May 31, 2020

Community Congregational Church,

United Church of Christ

P.O. Box 5574 Chula Vista, CA 91912

www.chulavistachurch.com

 

Call to Worship:

            Pastor: We have come to celebrate the birthday of the church.

            People: We have come to celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Pastor: We have come to celebrate Pentecost and to open ourselves to God’s Spirit that it might fill us.

Together: O God, help us to put our selfish desires aside and direct our thoughts to you, that your power might fill this church and our lives fully, just as it has filled churches and people through the ages. Teach us to be your church and your people wherever we go and whatever we do. Amen.

 Prayer of Invocation: (In unison)

Dear Creator of heaven and earth, be with us as we worship and praise your name. Be with us as we gather as a community of God, asking that the Holy Spirit descend on us as it did in that upper room of our ancestors so many years ago. We welcome the Holy Spirit which sustains us each and every day in the Name of Jesus. Amen.

Opening Hymn of Praise: “Every Time I Feel The Spirit”  (New Century Hymnal 282, verses 1 and 2)

(Refrain)

Every time I feel the Spirit in my Heart I will pray.  Yes, every time I feel the Spirit moving in my heart I will pray.

Verse 1

Upon the mountain my God spoke, out of God’s mouth came fire and smoke.  Looked all around me, looked so fine.  I asked my God if all were mine.

(Refrain)

Every time I feel the Spirit in my Heart I will pray.  Yes, every time I feel the Spirit moving in my heart I will pray.

Verse 2:

Oh, Jordan river, chilly and cold, it chills the body, not the soul.  There’s only one train this track it runs to heaven, then right back.

(Refrain)

Every time I feel the Spirit in my Heart I will pray.  Yes, every time I feel the Spirit moving in my heart I will pray.

Prayers of the People and Lord’s Prayer:

Come Holy Spirit, come!

Enter our lives. Free us from all fear.

Give us strength to carry on.

Give us hope ad joy sufficient for each day.

Come, Holy Spirit, come:

Give us power to be the Church.

Impart your many gifts to our members,

That we may be the body of Christ’s presence in the world.

Free us from all fear, and renew our life together.

Come, Holy Spirit, come.

Bind us close together.

May we rejoice with one another’s joys and weep with one another’s sorrows.

Bind us together, not only with the sheep of this fold,

But all of Christ’s people around this city and world.

Forgive the price, prejudice, and self-righteousness which separate us from one another.

Come, Holy Spirit, come:

That all may be one in Christ, source of all true unity,

Who is with us today and always, even to the end of time. Amen.

 Special Music  “People Need The Lord” sung by Abner Limbo

 Scripture Reading Acts 2: 1-21  (Read in Spanish and English)

The Coming of the Holy Spirit

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 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. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? 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.”

Peter Addresses the Crowd

14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea 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.

Sermon:  “Come Holy Spirit, Come!”

Closing Hymn “Revive Us Again”  (Red Hymnal, #574)

Verse 1

We praise Thee, O God, for the Son of Thy love for Jesus who died and is now gone above.

(Refrain)

Hallelujah, Thine the glory! Hallelujah, amen!  Hallelujah, Thine the glory! Revive us again.

Verse 2

We praise Thee, O God, for Thy Spirit of light.  Who has shown us our Savior and banished our night. 

(Refrain)

Hallelujah, Thine the glory! Hallelujah, amen!  Hallelujah, Thine the glory! Revive us again.

Verse 3

Revive us again fill each heart with Thy love.  May each soul be rekindled with fire from above.

(Refrain)

Hallelujah, Thine the glory! Hallelujah, amen!  Hallelujah, Thine the glory! Revive us again.

Benediction (in Unison)

Let us go now as Spirited people, powerful as the wide in doing God’s will, energetic as fire in extending the love of Christ. Be builders of understanding and makers of peace.

Announcements

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(The Call to Worship and the Pastoral Prayer are from Gifts of the Spirit, by Ruth C. Duck. The Pilgrim Press., New York, NY. 1985. The prayer of Invocation is from Worship Ways, online liturgy from. Justice and Local Church Ministries Team, The United Church of Christ, Cleveland, OH.2020)

6th Sunday of Easter Worship – Graduate Sunday

Dear Friends in Christ,

We celebrate our graduates. You’ll be hearing a special message to our graduates from our Rev. Dr. Jamall Calloway. Blessings to our graduates!

On Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. we’ll have a video worship service here and and a watch party on our Facebook page.

Please find attached the worship liturgy for Sunday’s worship service, which you can print so that you can follow and participate in worship.

Worship Service – Graduation Sunday!

We celebrate our graduates! Featuring guest singers Tanya & Alejandro Tapia, guest preacher Rev. Dr. Jamall Calloway, short videos from our two high school graduates, and music from Lionel Jasmin! Worship Service for May 17, 2020Sixth Sunday of Easter

Posted by Community Congregational Church of Chula Vista (United Church of Christ) on Sunday, May 17, 2020
Even if you don’t have a Facebook account, you can view our worship video here at 9:30 AM on Sunday. https://www.facebook.com/chulavistaUCC/

5th Sunday of Easter Worship – Mother’s Day

Dear Friends in Christ,

Please find attached the worship liturgy for Sunday’s worship service, which you can print so that you can follow and participate in worship. Please note that we are trying something new tomorrow, which is that we will start recording at 9:25 a.m. but I will not begin to start with welcoming words until 9:30 a.m.

Even if you don’t have a Facebook account, you can view our worship video here at 9:30 AM on Sunday. https://www.facebook.com/chulavistaUCC/

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Our own Reverend Victoria was a speaker on the second Chula Vista City Senior Roundtable. This program explores ways to avoid social isolation and how to keep from going crazy during the pandemic.

4th Sunday of Easter Worship

Dear Friends in Christ,

You are cordially invited to participate in our 4nd Sunday of Easter Worship Service on Sunday, May 3rd at 9:30 a.m..

If you’d like to download the worship service, you may do so here.

Even if you don’t have a Facebook account, you can view our worship video here at 9:30 AM on Sunday. https://www.facebook.com/chulavistaUCC/

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NEW ON-LINE BIBLE STUDY!  

Ever wonder what the Hebrew Prophets and Jesus thought and taught about Social Justice? Well here is your chance to find out! Our own Rev. Dr. Jamall Calloway, (Minister for Youth and Young Adults and professor of Religion at San Diego University) will be offering a Bible Study on-line for ANYONE of ANY age using ZoomThe closes will be held on the following 6 Saturdays: 5/16, 5/23, 6/6, 6/13, 6/20, and 6/27 from 10-11:30 a.m. Here is the class description which Jamall has prepared for us.

 In today’s society we hear a lot about “social justice.” From every political group and network there are vigorous debates about the concept of “rights”, the role of the government and the responsibility of the citizen. Some groups—even across positions—use the Holy Bible as the source and authority of their viewpoints. There is no shortage of Christians declaring what the Bible says from their vantage point. But let’s pause for a second and read the Bible together as a church. Let us read together to figure out what does the Bible say about how we should govern ourselves, how we should treat each other and what should we do for one another? Let us take the concept of social justice and see if we can find lessons from the Bible. Let us see, together, what advice we can glean from the scriptures. I want to know what the Bible teaches us in terms of learning how to live in right relations with each other in our mysterious modern world. 

If you are interested in joining this class please email Jamall directly to sign up. (Jacalloway@sandiego.edu) DO NOT WORRY IF YOU HAVE NEVER USED Zoom. It is very easy to use. IF you do not have a camera with a phone you can STILL join by calling into the class session. It is free! Once you sing up you will receive an email with an invitation to join the class. Jamall has prepared it based on his extensive knowledge of the Bible and his experience as a social justice leader.