01 November 2020 – Ellinwood Worship Guide

11th Sunday in Kingdomtide
Communion Sunday

“What God’s Servants Should Avoid”
Joshua 3:7-17
Matthew 23:1-12

The Scribes and the Pharisees in the New Testament were people in the temple who considered themselves to be superior to their fellow Jews. As keepers of the law, they had elevated themselves to a place of authority that was not rightfully theirs. And they abused that authority and judged the Word of God rather than being judged by it.

In today’s passage, we are going to see how these scribes and Pharisees focused on externals that they thought would demonstrate their superiority over their fellow Jews. As we dig into this passage this morning, we all need to be very careful about judging these Jewish religious leaders for their actions while at the same time failing to recognize how we do the very same thing, even if in different ways. So I want to encourage all of us to personalize this passage and think about the ways that we are tempted to show other Christians that we are superior to them with our outward


01 NOVEMBER 2020 – Ellinwood Online Worship Schedule


28 October 2020 – Midweek Prayer Meeting Guide

Matthew 5:14-16

There is so much darkness in the world now. Let us not lose heart. Let us keep our lights steady and bright. Our little lights can illumine the dark corners in the world. Our little lights can show the pathway towards Jesus, the source of light.

The world needs Jesus. To give hope to the hopeless. To calm the hearts of the fearful. To ease the anxiety of the anxious. To lift the spirit of the afflicted. I am happy that the social media is lighting some candles in the dark. A TV station flashed ROMANS 12:12 during their station breaks. It gladdened my heart to read in the screen the message: be joyful in hope; patient in affliction; faithful in prayer.


25 October 2020 – Ellinwood Worship Guide

10th Sunday in Kingdomtide
Church Worker’s Appreciation Sunday
Reformation Sunday

“The Irrefutable Servant Of God”
Deuteronomy 34:1-12
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8

In citing Paul’s experiences in following Christ and in living his faith, we can draw a lot of truths on what it takes to be a true servant of God. But first, let me ask this question: how often do we hear the word “servant?” When and where do we usually hear the said word? I know that you will agree with me that most often the word is used during the election campaign period, right? Many politicians use the said word to make people believe how prepared and serious they are to serve. But sadly, after winning the election, the word becomes easily forgotten, for many of them are ready not to serve but to be served. What about in the church? Do we value the word servant in terms of the responsibility it entails as servant leader of God? Ang sarap pakinggan — “servant leader,” but have we thought of the accountability that goes with it? Or, do we really take it as a God given task to fullfill faithfully? Sadly, some take it as a word or title that just adds prestige or honor for themselves. If the said mentality pervades in the church, undoubtedly, the mission and the ministry will suffer.


25 OCTOBER 2020 – Ellinwood Online Worship Schedule


21 October 2020 – Midweek Prayer Meeting Guide

Remembering Our Heritage Of Faith
Psalms 71:1; Hebrews 1:1-2

Historically, from the Israelites story in the Old Testament, they started as an obedient flock but in the end – asserting their whims and turning away from God. The same happened to the early church, which from the 1st century to the 3rd century AD, was never the same as she veered away through the misleading, domineering and abusive bishops of Rome, who eventually were called popes, leading the church to its dark era or apostasy.

Reflectively, it is likely to happen in the UCCP or is it happening already?

This should speak to us today…


18 October 2020 – Ellinwood Worship Guide

“Bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to the Poor in These Changing Times”

“The Church as Gospel Bringer to the Poor”
Exodus 33:12-23
1 Thessalonians 1:1-10; Luke 4:18-19

Join us in celebrating our Church’s 113th Founding Anniversary this Sunday, October 18, 2020 at 9:30 AM. The Part 3 of the Centennial Video will be viewed 30 minutes before the worship service. The worship will be streamed publicly through Facebook Live at:


14 October 2020 – Midweek Prayer Meeting Guide

Daniel 3:8-18

If I will ask, “how are you?” What will be your response? How have we been during this pandemic? Are we able to cope with the quarantine guidelines? Are we following the restrictions? Have we started to do something new, like an online business, or a new skill like baking, cooking or gardening? For the senior citizens present tonight, and those below 21 or those required to stay in their residences, how are you feeling? Perhaps you feel so confined already and you are ready to bolt out of your homes and just explore. Some of us may be lonely. Some may be afraid of all the uncertainties. Others feel trapped and burdened. Or, we may all just be trying to stay alive.

Every Wednesday night, we come together to pray. We sing and share our concerns and causes of thanksgiving with each other, and pray together. There are moments when we share news of great joy to our brothers and sisters in Christ — miraculous healing, an unexpected gift, deliverance from debt, safety from a calamity. But there are also times when life seems to deal us a tremendous blow, not just once, twice, but many times. How then do we respond?


11 October 2020 – Ellinwood Worship Guide

8th Sunday in Kingdomtide
Peace Sunday

“The Invitation Of God”
Exodus 32: 1-14
Matthew 22:1-14

For the past seven months now, we are left alone in the very comforts of our homes to choose what we really wanted to do. Even if you are obliged to work from home, the choice is still yours if you wanted to stay long in front of your computer or take a leave while your computer is still on. The choice is even yours if you want to dress up like you are in the office or stay comfortable in your own house dress. Or if you are a student, the choice is still yours.

Our priorities in life dictate our choices and our choices determine the outcome of our lives. Whether we arrive at the right destination or not depends on our choices that are often between alternatives that appear equally attractive but lead to entirely different results. Remember Adam and Eve. They made the choice to eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil rather than the fruit of the tree of life. They made a choice that separated them and their descendants from God. But because God is love He did something about the situation and made it possible for man to find the way home.

And from then on, the Lord God continues to offer His invitation to all. And I believe we all know that God loves us so much. God is love and went to great lengths to make this possible. Our Lord Jesus Christ’ death on the cross paid the penalty for our sin, reconciled us to God and granted us access to His presence.


11 OCTOBER 2020 – Ellinwood Online Worship Schedule


07 October 2020 – Midweek Prayer Meeting Guide

Church Anniversaries: A Time of Thanksgiving and Strengthening
Psalm 92

Anniversaries are moments of reflection but sometimes with too much activities packed in a day-long program, the act of reflection is hurried and therefore becomes shallow. Anniversaries are meant to bring us into a mode of thanksgiving and praise to the One who brought us to where we are now. The act of thanking and praising God need not be loud and active which is the most utilized of all manners but even in quietness and prayer.

Our 113th Founding Anniversary this year as EMC Family will be a different one because for the first time in several decades, we are confined in each of our own homes due to the global pandemic. Who would have thought that we would be in this silent mode away from the actual church site, no physical gathering in the beautiful 60-some year-old sanctuary? No crowd of people queuing for lunch packs and later on gather in anticipation of presentations during the afternoon program, but actually it’s the major raffle prize being longed for. Sadly, our church anniversary celebration for some have been associated with raffle and door prizes. Some say, it’s to add to the fun and keep people from going home early and not finish the fellowship.


4 October 2020 – Ellinwood Worship Guide

7th Sunday in Kingdomtide
World Communion Sunday

“The Traits Of A Steward”
Exodus 20:1–4, 7–9, 12–20
Matthew 21:33–46

The Ten Commandments were given to an already elected, redeemed, believing, and worshiping community. They only have to do is to shape their daily life on the part of those already in relationship with God. The commandments give shape to Israel’s vocation. At the same time, the Ten Commandments specify no judicial consequences for disobedience. Their being obligatory is not conditional on their being enforceable. Their appeal is to a deeper grounding and motivation: these are the commands of the Lord your God, who has created you and redeemed you.

“You shall have no other gods before me” introduces the commandments and gives shape to all the others. Idolatry is the focus. But how will we define idolatry? It commonly has reference to material images; the story of the golden calf comes to mind. In such cases, “other gods” is shaped by the commandment against graven images in Exodus 20:4. “Other gods” could include any person, place, thing or even our very own selves that we hold to be more important or as important as God.

These “other gods” could also lift up the long-standing gods who have long been worshiped among us, such as money, property, fame, power … the list is long which yields to selfishness and greed. The command is to be absolutely loyal to God. This commandment is the grounding for all other commandments, which draw out what loyalty to God entails in various aspects of the relationship. True faith plus faithful Obedience yields to Fruitful Communion.

Meanwhile in the Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Matthew, the vineyard owner and the vineyard renters are engaged in violent conflict, and that is bad for grapes. No grapes plus no wine equals empty cups and eventually no World Communion.


04 OCTOBER 2020 – Ellinwood Online Worship Schedule


27 September 2020 – Ellinwood Worship Guide

6th Sunday in Kingdomtide
Christian Education and Nurture Sunday
Fellowship of the Least Coin

The Challenges We Face On Account Of Following Jesus
Exodus 17:1-7
Matthew 21:23-32

Our lectionary theme for the past few Sundays have walked us through the Old Testament account of the Israelites’ journey from the land of slavery to the land of promise. What is exciting is how the Almighty God revealed His love, patience and faithful provisions to His chosen people; despite their stubbornness, ingratitude, complaining and arguing attitude. God has saved the Israelites many times already.

Now, they accuse Moses of bringing them out of Egypt to kill them. Maybe, there was doubt in the leadership of Moses, who was just being used by God. God has always shown His power and saving miracle, but when trying moments come, and the people are hurting, they lose faith that God would rescue them again.

Today, we are called upon to reflect on these Biblical accounts… For we as Christians, will always be at the forefront of events and circumstances where we will be challenged, tested, quarrelled just like what Moses and Jesus Himself experienced. For Moses, the very people whom God chose to save, forgive, love over and over, yet gave Him the heartache and trouble when they questioned God’s power and wisdom, drew closer to God in prayer and sought God’s wisdom and direction.


27 SEPTEMBER 2020- Ellinwood Online Worship Schedule