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.


Support New Day Urban Ministries

Here is a regular list of needs from New Day Urban Ministries, below there is a TOP 5 needs list (always a priority to get Men’s pants and backpacks). They are low on sheets — donations with size labeled would be appreciated!

New Day Urban Ministries needs:


TOP 5 items:

  1. Men’s pants all waist sizes (especially 30, 32, 34 and 36)
  2. Men’s boxers/underwear waist sizes (especially 30, 32, 34 and 36) correlate with above pants.
  3. Luggage with wheels (families can “wheel” diapers and clothing out of here!)
  4. Backpacks (duffle bags) for clothings and shoes
  5. Tennis shoes

CLOTHING:

  • Top item (always): Men’s Boxers waist sizes (especially 30, 32, 34 and 36) correlate with above Pants.
  • Men’s clothing and T-shirts
  • Women’s clothing and T-shirts
  • Kids clothing and Baby Clothing
  • Tennis shoes (men’s, women’s and children’s). Men’s we always need larger sizes (but we will take any shoes and size them).
  • Baseball Caps (hot out there!)/Hats

CAMPING GEAR:

  • Tents
  • Tarps
  • Can openers
  • Towels & washcloths

BEDDING:

  • Sleeping bags
  • Blankets
  • Bed sheets — (all sizes Twin, Full, Queen, King). Please mark the sheets at HOME, it is easier for you to tell us what size sheets you are donating, here at New Day we have to try to size them and they are quite a large item. Please send with their sizes marked (if possible).

BAGS:

  • Backpacks (duffle bags)
  • Grocery store bags (with handles) to hand out clothing
  • Luggage with wheels
  • Purses

KITCHEN:

  • Tupperware
  • Reusable water bottles (for water and drinks)
  • Pots and pans
  • Ramen
  • Plastic spoons (for ramen and fruit cups)

TOILETRIES:

  • Large-size shampoo
  • Razors (preferably blue for men)
  • Tissues
  • Small hand sanitzer
  • Masks (for both volunteers and clients)
  • Clorox wipes (Costco-sized)

Hope the above lists are helpful, please do not hesitate to email or text me with any questions, email me if you need my cell phone number. I personally need a new radio/CD player/boom box to play CD’s while the Clothing room Volunteers hang clothes. It is a nicer ambiance when we have Music playing in the background. If you have a CD player/radio that you would like to donate, please text me at 858-405-4646. Thank you!


Advent 2021

The Season of Advent 

Advent begins the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day. The word “advent” means “arrival.” During the season of Advent, we celebrate Christ’s coming into the world and watch with expectant hope for his coming again. We celebrate the incarnation of Jesus, “God With Us” and, at the same time, eagerly await the day he arrives again — to redeem, restore, and renew all things.

This is what the Book of Common Worship says about Advent:

In Advent we expectantly wait for the One who has already come. We anticipate the promised justice of God’s new world, yet we praise God who raised the “righteous branch” to rule with justice and righteousness. We hope for the restoration of the afflicted, the tormented, and the grieving, yet we delight that healing has come in Christ. We long for the beating of swords into plowshares, yet we rejoice that the Prince of Peace has appeared. We yearn for the barren deserts of our inner cities to flourish, yet we laud the desert Rose that has bloomed. We dream of the land where lions and lambs live in harmony, yet we acclaim the child born to lead us into the promised land.

The PC(USA) Directory for worship says, “As God created and appointed days, God created a rhythm of time and appointed seasons for worship.” Advent is a gift — a time for us to slow down, breathe, worship, and hope again.

Here are a couple of helpful resources for you:


Advent Conspiracy 

Anchor City is proud to continue to be a part of the Advent Conspiracy movement. Here’s what Advent Conspiracy is all about (from their website):

Advent Conspiracy was founded on the radical idea that we can celebrate Christmas humbly, beautifully, and generously. Advent is the story of a wondrous moment when God entered our world to make things right. It is the greatest story ever told and it changes everything—including the way we celebrate Christmas.

You can watch the video below to catch a glimpse of what it means to be a part of a different story this Christmas, one that celebrates our King and brings hope to the watching world.


Advent Conspiracy Offering 

On the fourth Sunday of Advent, December 19th, we will have our Advent Conspiracy offering. You can give through our

This year, through our offering, we are thankful to support:

Justice Ventures International (global)

Cal-SAFE Escondido Teen Parents Program (local)



40 Days of Prayer • Continued!

Dear Friends,

As we noted, today is the end of our 40 Days of Prayer journey, but the just the beginning of our next chapter of listening to and speaking with God in close conversation!. We pray that it has been a time of growth in our awareness of God’s presence and love both in our lives and in the world. 

As we mentioned on our Instagram post, here are some resources you might find helpful as you continue to grow in the spiritual discipline of prayer.


Apps

Daily Prayer [click here for Google app] • Prayers and Scriptures for morning, midday, evening, and late evening. You can choose to pray 4 times a day or just at one given time. 

Inner Room • Like Pinterest for prayer, you can make a list of prayer topics/people to pray for and organize them as they’ve suggested or as you would like. Set an alarm to pray in a regular rhythm or pray when you can. 

Centering Prayer  • A daily guide for centering and meditating on Christ through prayer and silence. You can set how long you would like for it to be silent and different prayers to begin and end your time.

Lectio 365 • Takes you through Scripture passages by inviting you to pause. reflect. ask. yield. Offers both written prayers and times to pray with your own words as well.

Glorify: Meditation and prayer • Guided meditations, prayer, Bible studies and song

Instagram Accounts

@glorifyappofficial • The instagram account of the app, with daily inspiration, prayers and reflection prompts

@n2prayer • Daily prayers

@our_daily_breath • Daily breath prayers; with words to lead us as we inhale and exhale God’s grace, presence and guidance in our lives

Books

A Diary of Private Prayer, by John Baille • A Christian classic with updated language that has prayers for morning and evening

A Rhythm of Prayer, ed by Sarah Besse • A collection of prayers 

Invitation to Solitude and Silence, by Ruth Haley Barton • A book that invites us to go deeper into our listening to God

Spiritual Disciplines Handbook, by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun • A book of different spiritual disciplines including several ways to pray

Learning to Pray, by James Martin, SJ • A primer on how to pray, to make prayer accessible to everyone.

“Go forth in peace, for you have followed the good road. Go forth without fear, for he who created you has made you holy, has always protected you, and loves you as a mother. Blessed be you, my God, for having created me.”

— St. Clare of Assisi —