Worship Bulletin • May 22, 2022


For Sunday, May 22, 2022
In-Person • 1:00 pm
Mount Soledad Presbyterian Church • Worship Center
The Sixth Sunday of Easter

Series — Image of colorful doors in an apartment complex with text overlaid, "Who is my neighbor"

Presider: Peter Yoon
Guest Preacher: Yang Liu



Call to Worship

From the Presbyterian Church in Canada

In life, in death,
and in life beyond death,
The Risen Christ is Lord.
In success and discouragement,
in fear and in hope,
The Risen Christ is Lord.
Of the poor and broken,
of the sinner and the sinned against,
The Risen Christ is Lord.

In Church and community,
in our hearts and our homes,
The Risen Christ is Lord,
and so we gather to worship
in Jesus’ name.



Worship Song

Relentless

Salvation sounds a new beginning
As distant hearts begin believing
Redemption’s bid is unrelenting…
Your love goes on
Your love goes on

You carry us, carry us
when the world gives way
You cover us, cover us
with Your endless grace

Your love is relentless
Your love is relentless
Your love is relentless

Your love is relentless

The time is up for chasing shadows
You gave the world a light to follow
A hope that shines beyond tomorrow
Your love goes on
Your love goes on

Tearing through the veil of darkness
Breaking every chain You set us free
Fighting for the furthest heart
You gave Your life for all to see



Prayer of Confession

Adapted from re:worship

God of justice,
we confess that in the pursuit
of our own dreams and desires,
we have not always been civil,
not always humane,
not always right,
sometimes in thought,
sometimes in actions.

Guided by Your Spirit,
what we would like to do is change the world –
make it a little simpler for people
to feed, clothe, and shelter themselves
as You intended them to do.
Help us to be Your witnesses,
to join You in Your good work
so that we can, with Your help, change the world.

— Moment of silent prayer & confession —

God of love,
enlarge our hearts
to love each other,
to love our neighbor,
and to love our enemy as our friend.
Amen.



Assurance of Forgiveness

Led by Presider

For nothing is impossible with God.
There is no place we can go,
no end of the earth we can run,
where God cannot find us.
There is nothing on earth or beyond death
that can separate us from the love of God
in Christ Jesus our Lord.

We are forgiven.
We are loved.
We are reconciled to God.
Let us go and live with the love of God.
Thanks be to God. Amen.



Prayers of the People

Adapted from Acts of Faith

Holy Lord, Maker of us all,
You call us to love our neighbors as ourselves
and teach us that faith without works is dead.
Open us to the opportunities
for ministry that exist before us,
where faith and words
and the need of our neighbor
come together in name of Jesus Christ, our Savior.

— Moment of silent prayer & intercession —

God with us,
help us to see You
in the faces of all we encounter;
to show them love through the empowering
of Your Holy Spirit.
Amen.



Passing of the Peace

Together

Greet one another and/or send a text message to someone either from our Anchor City Community or someone who needs God’s peace this day!



Family Praise

Led by Arya & Esme Kim



Blessing of the Children

Led by Presider

Children hold out their hands to receive the blessing

Go in peace and go in joy
Filled with wonder for this day
Go in faith and go in love
God will guide you on your way!



Scripture Reading

Led by Presider

Presider: This is the Word of the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God!



Worship Song

You Don’t Have to Lose Heart

Hey now, you don’t have to lose heart
Hey now, we’re only at the start
of what God’s doing here

Hey now, you don’t have to lose heart
Hey now, we’re only at the start
of what God’s doing here… God is here…

Let us put our trust
in the One who carries us
So we can let go
of every disappointment

Let us cling to love,
to the hope ahead of us
So we can hold on
to every single promise

Brother, when your troubles weigh you down
Sister, fix your eyes on higher ground
On the peace that’s yet to come… to come…

Let us rest here in the hands
of the One who made all things
Let us rest here in the plans
of the One who knows all things



Sermon

Guest Speaker: Yang Liu

Series — Image of colorful doors in an apartment complex with text overlaid, "Who is my neighbor"


Announcements

Reset Sunday

Next Sunday will be a Reset Sunday. Instead of gathering together at the Mount Soledad Presbyterian campus, we will provide a worship guide for you and encourage you to experience connection with God and others outside of the walls of the church building!


Pastors’ Sabbatical

Thanks to everyone who is helping out each Sunday while the pastors are on sabbatical!



Worship Song

Oh You Bring

Oh You bring hope to the hopeless
And light to those in darkness
And death to life… now I’m alive

Oh You give peace to the restless
And joy to homes that are broken
I see You now… in You I’m found

And You opened the door for me
And You laid down Your life to set me free
All that I am will serve You, Lord

Oh You fill those who are empty
And rescue those in the valley
And through it all… You calm my soul

Oh You find me in my weakness
And heal the wounds of my heartache
I worship You… in spirit and truth

And You opened my eyes to see
All the wonder and awe of Christ in me
Jesus, You’re everything I need

All honor… all glory… all praise to You



Benediction

Led by Yang Liu

Being sent with God’s blessing into the world
to join Jesus’ mission of redemption



Fellowship and Conversation

Together

We will hang out if you’re available!


Worship Bulletin • May 15, 2022


For Sunday, May 15, 2022
In-Person • 1:00 pm
Mount Soledad Presbyterian Church • Worship Center
The Fifth Sunday of Easter

Series — Image of colorful doors in an apartment complex with text overlaid, "Who is my neighbor"

Presider: Chris Kwok
Guest Preacher: Pastor Jennifer Guerra Aldana



Call to Worship

From the Presbyterian Church in Canada

In life, in death,
and in life beyond death,
The Risen Christ is Lord.
In success and discouragement,
in fear and in hope,
The Risen Christ is Lord.
Of the poor and broken,
of the sinner and the sinned against,
The Risen Christ is Lord.

In Church and community,
in our hearts and our homes,
The Risen Christ is Lord,
and so we gather to worship
in Jesus’ name.



Worship Song

Everything New

I can feel Your power, Love
Even in the hours of
The beckoning day or the darkening night

Cause You are making all things new
You are making everything new
You are making all things new
You are making everything, everything

Like sounds of a baby crying
Light breaks over Your horizon
I’m caught in the fall and the rise of Your tide

Like mountains born in fire
Born again by Your desire
I’m caught in the heart of the world You conspire

I’m caught in Your heart…
Your country of love
I’m caught in Your heart…
let Your country come



Prayer of Confession

Adapted from re:worship

Holy God,
we struggle to manifest the fruits of the Spirit,
but often find ourselves bound by the things of this world.
We know the whole law is summed up
in the single commandment
to love our neighbor as ourselves.

Yet we create fences around ourselves
to keep neighbors outside
and tell ourselves we have no responsibility.
Even in our own backyard
we “bite and devour” one another.
We wish it were different.

— Moment of silent prayer & confession —

When Jesus calls us to follow Him,
we find every excuse instead
to go home or to the workplace
to finish something more important first.
Yet we yearn to be more centered on You.
Help us to come and give our whole selves to You,
To be led into a life of love by You,
Jesus, our most loving Neighbor.
In whose name we pray, Amen.



Assurance of Forgiveness

Led by Presider

Despite our resistance,
we can be assured
that God’s loving arm redeems the people.
God calls us back to God’s realm,
and encourages us with a love we can never lose
no matter how hard we push back,
no matter how often we forget,
no matter how far we stray.
We need but ask and we are forgiven.
Thanks be to God. Amen.



Prayers of the People

Adapted from re:worship

God of grace,
in these continued days
of knowing and not knowing,
we, like the buds on the trees, 
are eager to burst forth into the world.
Hold us gently in place
as we continue to find ways to love our neighbor
and to be sent by You to do so.

And we seek blessing upon those
who have answered a call to care for us
Thank You for sending them to love us as neighbor.
These, we hold in our care as neighbors.

Help us to hear that caring for one another
is Your command on our lives.
Let us think on how we will
make the world a better place.
Let us think on what kindness, however small,
we might offer someone.
Let us remember that our life is not our own,
but belongs to You.

— Moment of silent prayer & intercession —

Holy Spirit,
help us dream how we might enter our communities
to be a beacon of hope for those living in disorder
to come alongside them while they find order;
alongside them while they reorder their lives.
Help us always, Lord,
to remember our promise to You
that we will care for our neighbor as ourselves.
Amen.



Passing of the Peace

Together

Greet one another and/or send a text message to someone either from our Anchor City Community or someone who needs God’s peace this day!



Family Praise

Led by Arya & Esme Kim



Blessing of the Children

Led by Presider

Children hold out their hands to receive the blessing

Go in peace and go in joy
Filled with wonder for this day
Go in faith and go in love
God will guide you on your way!



Scripture Reading

Led by Presider

Presider: This is the Word of the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God!



Worship Song

Expectation

You redeem our past…
You take what’s old and broken
You’re breathing in new life

Rhythms of Your grace…
moving us to freedom
From darkness in……to light

You will make all things new
You’ll bring Your Kingdom here
We wait in expectation

We lift our eyes to You
Salvation’s drawing near
We wait in expectation

You have overcome…
the troubles we are facing
You’re standing here… with us

Oppression cannot win…
and anxious thoughts are broken
By the pow’r of Je…sus’ name

Oh… Oh… (x3)
Oh… Salvation’s drawing near



Sermon

Guest Speaker: Pastor Jennifer Guerra Aldana

Series — Image of colorful doors in an apartment complex with text overlaid, "Who is my neighbor"


Announcements

Reset Sunday

The month of May has 5 Sundays — the final Sunday of the month (May 29th) will be a Reset Sunday. Instead of gathering together at the Mount Soledad Presbyterian campus, we will provide a worship guide for you and encourage you to experience connection with God and others outside of the walls of the church building!


Pastors’ Sabbatical

PJ & PD will be gone on sabbatical for the entire month of May. Please keep Pastors Jeya & Dan in your prayers. Thanks to everyone who is helping out each Sunday while the pastors are on sabbatical!



Worship Song

Act Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly

It all comes down to this
What You require of me
Love my neighbor as myself
and You above all things

Act justly, love mercy
Walk humbly, with You God
In all things, in all ways
Walk humbly, with You God

It all comes down to this
To be Your hands and feet
Good News to all the world
The truth will set us free

It’s beauty for ashes
It’s mourning to dancing
It’s closer and closer
The Kingdom of heaven

Years from now we’ll see
the fruit our hands have sown
Faith just like a seed
The only way it grows



Benediction

Led by Pastor Jennifer Guerra Aldana

Being sent with God’s blessing into the world
to join Jesus’ mission of redemption



Fellowship and Conversation

Together

We will hang out if you’re available!


Worship Bulletin • May 8, 2022


For Sunday, May 8, 2022
In-Person • 1:00 pm
Mount Soledad Presbyterian Church • Worship Center
The Fourth Sunday of Easter

Series — Image of colorful doors in an apartment complex with text overlaid, "Who is my neighbor"

Presider: Cherry Park
Guest Preacher: Jason Evans



Call to Worship

Adapted from Carol Penner

And Jesus said, “Come!”
To all mothers and all children:
He said, “Come!”
To the motherless and the childless:
He said, “Come!”
To all who long to be mothered:
He said, “Come!”

“Come unto me all you who labor
and are heavy-laden,
and I will give you rest.”
Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord.
Let us shout joyfully
to the rock of our salvation!
Amen.



Worship Song

Promises

God of Abraham
God of covenant and faithful promises
Time and time again
You have pro…ven
You’ll do just what You said

Though the storms may come
and the winds may blow
I’ll remain steadfast

And let my heart learn
when You speak a word
It will come to pass

Great is Your faithfulness to me
Great is Your faithfulness to me
From the rising sun to the setting same
I will praise Your name
Great is Your faithfulness to me

God from age to age
Though the earth may pass away
Your Word remains the same
Your history can prove
There’s nothing You can’t do
You’re faithful and true

I put my faith in Jesus
My anchor to the ground
My hope and firm foundation
He’ll never let me down



Prayer of Confession

Adapted from re:worship

O Holy God,
we come in confession for our lack of love.
We have neither loved ourselves nor our neighbors.
We have passed by suffering and misfortune
because of fear or busyness or preoccupation.
We have help prejudices against people
as deep as those against the Samaritans.

— Moment of silent prayer & confession —

Heal our pains, amend our faults,
and guide us in ways of danger and compassion.
We pray in the name of Jesus,
our most beloved neighbor,
who cared for us even to the cross. Amen.



Assurance of Forgiveness

Led by Presider

Friends in Christ, know this:
the mercy of God is from everlasting to everlasting!
In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.
Thanks be to God. Amen.



Prayers of the People

Adapted from Carol Penner

Loving God,
we give thanks today for mothers!
Thank You for mothers who gave birth to us,
and women who have treated us
as their own children.
You have shown us how You love us as a mother,
“As a hen gathers her chicks under her wings,”
cherishing and protecting the children among us.
Help us to love as You do:
lovingly, fairly, wisely, and with great joy.

We need Your comfort here today, God,
because some are missing mothers,
some are missing children,
some are parted by distance or death.
Comfort those who have
given up their child for adoption,
Comfort those who longed
to be biological mothers, and could not.

We pray for those here
whose mothers have disappointed them;
we ask for grace in relationships
where there is pain and bitterness,
for healing in relationships
where there is abuse and violence.
Help our congregation be a space
where people can feel mothered,
their gifts and talents appreciated and nurtured.

Finally, we pray today for mothers around the world;
mothers who cannot feed their children,
mothers who are homeless or without a homeland;
mothers who must teach their children
about the dangers of bombs and bullets.
Help us create a world where mothers
can raise their children in peace and plenty.

God of mothers, who created mothers,
who came as a child and had a mother,
God who loves us like a mother,
loving us with a sweeter and deeper love
than we have ever known,
hear our prayer this day.
Amen.



Passing of the Peace

Together

Greet one another and/or send a text message to someone either from our Anchor City Community or someone who needs God’s peace this day!



Family Praise

Led by Arya & Esme Kim



Blessing of the Children

Led by Presider

Children hold out their hands to receive the blessing

Go in peace and go in joy
Filled with wonder for this day
Go in faith and go in love
God will guide you on your way!



Scripture Reading

Led by Presider

Presider: This is the Word of the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God!



Worship Song

You Are Good (Your Mercy Endures)

There’s so much beauty around us
More than the eyes can take in
We have awakened to see You…
in all things

In every hour and moment
Present with us, the I AM
You are the end and beginning…
of all things

Oh… You are good…
and Your mercy endures forever

In all the suffering around us
How can You be a good God?
What can I do with the questions…
in my soul?

I may not have all the answers,
but I can’t deny what I know
Jesus, You showed me the Father…
and He is good

Breaking down all of the walls
Healing us until we fall
more and more in love with You
and we finally see who You are

There has never been a day
You have ever turned away
Your love for us will never change
One day we will see who You are



Sermon

Guest Speaker: Canon Jason Evans

Series — Image of colorful doors in an apartment complex with text overlaid, "Who is my neighbor"


Announcements

Mother’s Day

Happy Mothers’ Day! Praying for the mothers and the mother figures in our church this day! Refreshments during fellowship today provided by the fathers and the father figures of Anchor City.


Youth Group

The Youth Group gathering for the month of May will be in-person! Please talk to Grace for details.


Reset Sunday

The month of May has 5 Sundays — the final Sunday of the month (May 29th) will be a Reset Sunday. Instead of gathering together at the Mount Soledad Presbyterian campus, we will provide a worship guide for you and encourage you to experience connection with God and others outside of the walls of the church building!


Pastors’ Sabbatical

PJ & PD will be gone on sabbatical for the entire month of May. Please keep Pastors Jeya & Dan in your prayers. Thanks to everyone who is helping out each Sunday while the pastors are on sabbatical!



Worship Song

Oh You Bring

Oh You bring hope to the hopeless
And light to those in darkness
And death to life… now I’m alive

Oh You give peace to the restless
And joy to homes that are broken
I see You now… in You I’m found

And You opened the door for me
And You laid down Your life to set me free
All that I am will serve You, Lord

Oh You fill those who are empty
And rescue those in the valley
And through it all… You calm my soul

Oh You find me in my weakness
And heal the wounds of my heartache
I worship You… in spirit and truth

And You opened my eyes to see
All the wonder and awe of Christ in me
Jesus, You’re everything I need

All honor… all glory… all praise to You



Benediction

Led by Jason Evans

Being sent with God’s blessing into the world
to join Jesus’ mission of redemption



Fellowship and Conversation

Together

We will hang out if you’re available!


Worship Bulletin • May 1, 2022


For Sunday, May 1, 2022
In-Person • 1:00 pm
Mount Soledad Presbyterian Church • Worship Center
The Third Sunday of Easter

Series — Image of colorful doors in an apartment complex with text overlaid, "Who is my neighbor"

Presider: Sejun Park
Guest Preacher: Kathy Pham



Call to Worship

From the Presbyterian Church in Canada

In life, in death,
and in life beyond death,
The Risen Christ is Lord.
In success and discouragement,
in fear and in hope,
The Risen Christ is Lord.
Of the poor and broken,
of the sinner and the sinned against,
The Risen Christ is Lord.

In Church and community,
in our hearts and our homes,
The Risen Christ is Lord,
and so we gather to worship
in Jesus’ name.



Worship Song

Expectation

You redeem our past…
You take what’s old and broken
You’re breathing in new life

Rhythms of Your grace…
moving us to freedom
From darkness in……to light

You will make all things new
You’ll bring Your Kingdom here
We wait in expectation

We lift our eyes to You
Salvation’s drawing near
We wait in expectation

You have overcome…
the troubles we are facing
You’re standing here… with us

Oppression cannot win…
and anxious thoughts are broken
By the pow’r of Jesus’ name



Prayer of Confession

Adapted from re:worship

We are hesitant to confess, Holy God,
how hard it is to love as You wish.
It is easy to love You with all that we are,
except when You ask us
to love our neighbor with all that we have.

We find it hard to love our neighbor,
when it is linked to the way we love ourselves.
And it is difficult to love anyone—even You—
more than we love ourselves.

— Moment of silent prayer & confession —

Forgive us, Love Eternal.
As You took a risk in creating us,
help us to take risks to love others compassionately,
to love ourselves genuinely,
and to love You as completely as You love us
in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
Amen.



Assurance of Forgiveness

Led by Presider

Friends, hear and believe the Good News of the Gospel.
In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven
and set free from sin and sorrow.
In Jesus Christ, God offers us the gift of peace.
May the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ
fill our hearts this day and always.
Thanks be to God. Amen.



Prayers of the People

Adapted from Acts of Faith

We thank You, God,
for coming to us as a neighbor,
a stranger, an immigrant, a refugee,
binding our wounds and carrying us to safety,

so that we might love You
with all our heart, soul, and mind,
and welcome the stranger,
loving our neighbor as ourselves.

We lift up in prayer to You our neighbors,
those You have shown us
to be our neighbors through Your Word.

— Moment of silent prayer & intercession —

God of grace and abundant love,
Help us so that we,
as individuals and together as a church,
May love our neighbor as ourselves
Empower us by Your Spirit
So that we might be able to love and serve boldly
In all the ways that You call us to.
Amen.



Passing of the Peace

Together

Greet one another and/or send a text message to someone either from our Anchor City Community or someone who needs God’s peace this day!



Family Praise

Led by Ian Kim



Blessing of the Children

Led by Presider

Children hold out their hands to receive the blessing

Go in peace and go in joy
Filled with wonder for this day
Go in faith and go in love
God will guide you on your way!



Scripture Reading

Read by Cynthia Gonzalez

John 11:32-44

32 When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. 34 He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” 35 Jesus wept. 36 So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” 37 But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”

38 Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. 39 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days.” 40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” 41 So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upward and said, “Father, I thank you for having heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.” 43 When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”

Presider: This is the Word of the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God!



Worship Song

Gracefully Broken

Take all… I… have in these hands
And multiply… God… all that I am
And find my heart… on… the altar again
Set me on fire, set me on fire

Here I am, God
Arms wide open
Pouring out my life

Gracefully broken

My heart… stands… in awe of Your name
Your mighty love… stands… strong to the end
You will fulfill.. Your… purpose for me
You won’t forsake me, You will be with me

All to Jesus now, all to Jesus now
Holding nothing back, holding nothing back
I surrender… I surrender…



Sermon

Guest Speaker: Kathy Pham

Series — Image of colorful doors in an apartment complex with text overlaid, "Who is my neighbor"


Announcements

Youth Group

The Youth Group gathering for the month of May will be in-person! Please talk to Grace for details.


Mother’s Day Food Preparation

As a blessing to the mothers and mother-figures of our church community, our fathers and father-figures will prepare refreshments for next Sunday. Please talk to Sejun for more details!


Reset Sunday

The month of May has 5 Sundays — the final Sunday of the month (May 29th) will be a Reset Sunday. Instead of gathering together at the Mount Soledad Presbyterian campus, we will provide a worship guide for you and encourage you to experience connection with God and others outside of the walls of the church building!


Pastors’ Sabbatical

PJ & PD will be gone on sabbatical for the entire month of May. Please keep Pastors Jeya & Dan in your prayers. Thanks to everyone who is helping out each Sunday while the pastors are on sabbatical!



Prayers of Blessing

Let’s send out our sister Anna with prayers of God’s blessing and guidance as she deploys (and send lots of care packages too!).



Worship Song

Act Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly

It all comes down to this
What You require of me
Love my neighbor as myself
and You above all things

Act justly, love mercy
Walk humbly, with You God
In all things, in all ways
Walk humbly, with You God

It all comes down to this
To be Your hands and feet
Good News to all the world
The truth will set us free

It’s beauty for ashes
It’s mourning to dancing
It’s closer and closer
The Kingdom of heaven

Years from now we’ll see
the fruit our hands have sown
Faith just like a seed
The only way it grows



Benediction

Led by Kathy Pham

Being sent with God’s blessing into the world
to join Jesus’ mission of redemption



Fellowship and Conversation

Together

We will hang out if you’re available!



The Season of Lent

As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, my God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?
— Psalm 42:1-2

What is Lent?

Lent is the forty days leading up to Easter, not including Sundays (during which we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection!). For the Church, this season is a time of reflection, repentance, and renewal. Many followers of Jesus find it helpful to fast during Lent.

The season of Lent begins this week on Ash Wednesday (March 2nd).

What About Fasting?

Fasting has been misunderstood in many ways. Fasting is not:

  • Proving our spiritual worth by how much we can “suffer”
  • Giving up sins or bad habits (we should be giving up those things anyways)
  • Trying out a new diet (going on a low-carb diet is not the same thing as fasting).

When we fast, we take a step back from a good gift of God (for example, food!) in order to seek the Giver of those gifts. When our stomachs growl from hunger, or we feel fidgety from a media fast, we are reminded that our greatest hunger should be Jesus Himself. Dr. Bill Bright of Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) offers several other wise insights into why we should fast.


Fasting must forever center on God. More than any other Discipline, fasting reveals the things that control us.

Richard Foster

Simply put, we fast so that we can make room in our hearts for more of Jesus.

Resources for Lenten Reflection

Our friends from Renew San Diego will be posting daily reflections on their Instagram. Give them a follow here: https://www.instagram.com/renewsdchurch/

The Lectio 365 app has daily prayers and reflections, with special focus on Lent. They also have an app for families. The YouVersion Bible app also features several Lenten devotionals.