|2017 New year's day Worship Service|
|DATE||Jan. 04, 2017|
2017 New year's day Worship Service
Jan. 1, 2017
On the new year's day, Somang church began the new year with a worship service.
It was Sunday and the staff members of the Senior deaconess committee ushered
in the first worship service of the new year. The church members met the new senior deaconesses
wearing beautiful hanbok, Korean traditional dress.
From the 1st service to 5th, Elders shook hands with church members celebrating.
Pastors also began the new year with a bright smile.
Worship department checked if there were something needed
and church members arrived one after another to offer God their first hours of the first day of the new year.
"Happy New Year!"
Exchange greetings with ushers and friends and receiving the newly designed bulletin
made it realized that the new year began.
In each worship service, the Communion ceremony took place.
For that, working elders and resigned elders sit in the front row.
Singing hymn #64 'Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee'
the congregation came before God who invited them to the place of worship.
Instead of the prayer of repentance as usual,
they read along the prayer for the new year with one voice.
Thanking God, Lord of time, church and the world,
they prayed that the church might be the community of the Word of God,
worship service, learning and serving, healing and mission.
And they prayed that they might be children of God
who seek first his kingdom and his righteousness,
proclaim peace walking with the Holy Spirit
and fulfill His will on the earth by grace with joy.
In each worship service, the congregation prayed
to offer the whole year of 2017 to the Lord
and be born again as the new creation in the Lord.
From Choir Bethany to Choir Gloria,
each choir exalted the Lord and blessed the earth with God's grace.
Through the book of Revelation 21:1-5, Senior pastor said that 2017 is the year of
Somang church's 40th anniversary and of the 500 Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.
The sermon title was 'Newly again, Holy again'
He said that trusting God who has created everything new and seeking the salvation from the sin of the past,
we can be the new creation. And he emphasized when we think of His love that
given His Son to save us, we can be joyful. So we should restore the first love toward God.
On the blessed day, the congregation was invited to the Communion ceremony to remember the Lord.
Thinking about the night that the Lord broke the bread in pieces,
they prayed quietly.
Holding the flesh of the Lord,
the church members were reminded of the love of the Lord.
"This is the flesh of the Lord. Let us share the Bread."
After breaking the bread, they shared the blood of the Lord.
The church members remembered the blood and the suffering of the Lord who bled for us
and deeply engraved the love of the Lord in their mind.
They resolved that they would never waste the precious time and decided not to live selfishly.
They prayed to live wearing the clothes called "Christian" from the Lord.
With the verse from Song of Songs, they greeted each other in Somang way
to strengthen the identity as a Christian.
"Who is this that appears like the dawn, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, majestic as the stars in procession?"
"That's I" "That's you" "That's us"
Thinking of the country in the crisis, the church members sang the national anthem together.
Senior pastor gave a benediction prayer for the church members
who took a step toward the world holding on to the Word of God.
Church members greeted the senior pastor, who has raised them with the Word of God.
After the worship service, the senior pastor met the church members in front of the main chapel.
There was a long line of the church members waiting to greet the senior pastor saying
'Happy New Year'
Celebrating the new year, the senior pastor presented all of the church members
a January number of 'Somang Sharing The Word' , Book of meditations.
Members of University and Young adult department volunteered right after each worship service.
They've been always served but in the New Year's Day, senior deaconesses spent busier day than ever.
The senior pastor thanked them after each worship service.
And he encouraged and prayed for the choir members, the partners of the worship service.
After 5 worship services, elders, senior deaconesses and the pastors might be tired for serving the Communion ceremony and so on. However, when they took a picture together, their faces looked even brighter.
Newly again, holy again, may all of Somang church members have
the year of 2017 pleasing and glorifying God!