Worship service – May 3, 2020 – “The Gateway Home”

Welcome from Pastor Patrick: If you are participating in this worship experience on the fourth Sunday of Easter, we welcome you and invite you to experience the Presence of the Risen Christ.

Here Christ welcomes all, and all are welcome.

May the love of God,
The grace of Christ,
The friendship and peace of the Holy Spirit, be with you.

At Morgan Hill United Methodist Church, our vision, as a faith community, is to create an inclusive, reconciling and progressive spiritual community that welcomes all people based on the teaching of Jesus “to love one another.” (John 13:34-35)

Here, human diversity matters;
Here, open minds matter;
Here, prayerful hearts guided by Spirit and rooted in scripture, tradition, reason and human experience matter.
And here God does not discriminate.

Follow the entire service in the video here, or go at your own pace with portions of the service provided below.

The Prelude sets the mood for the service.  Listen as Denise previews our Gospel Hymn, “Make Us One.”

The Call to Worship is Psalm 23, led by Trish Catalano.

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
The Lord makes me lie down in green pastures,
leads me beside still waters, restores my life,
leads me in right paths for the sake of the Lord’s name.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil;
for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil, my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life;
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord as long as I live.

Opening Prayer

Loving Shepherd,
We feel the wolves close at hand,
Gather us to yourself, that we might dwell secure in your ways.
Deliver us from evil, that we may build a community where all may dwell secure. Mark our fellowship with study, prayer, communion, and the sharing of our possessions with those in need, this we pray, Amen.

Opening Hymn:  “Precious Lord, Take My Hand,” The United Methodist Hymnal #474, played by Denise Melroy.

Precious Lord, take my hand, lead me on, let me stand,
I am tired, I am weak, I am worn;
through the storm, through the night, lead me on to the light:
Take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home.


When the darkness appears and the night draws near,
and the day is past and gone,
at the river I stand, guide my feet, hold my hand:
Take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home.

In the Gospel reading, John 10:1-10 (The Message), John figuratively attacks the leaders of Israel as not caring for the outcast, while Jesus’s ministry is portrayed as a shepherd who is responsible for protecting and caring for the sheep.  Jesus provides freedom, refuge and true sustenance, and even life itself.

Our Gospel hymn is “Make Us One,” from “The Faith We Sing” #2224, played by Denise Melroy.

Make us one, Lord, make us one; Holy Spirit, make us one.
Let your love flow so the world will know we are one in you.

Our offering is given to the mission and ministry of MHUMC.  Find out more, and see ways to give, on our Giving page.

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As United Methodists we are part of a worldwide network of healing, hope and Resurrection faith. It is vital that we continue our giving and practice faithful generosity  as part of our discipleship and spirituality.

The work we share depends on it. In fact, our lives depend upon it. Because, in this time of COVID infection, our United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has first response workers, and many who are volunteers on the front line helping and assisting emergency and health professionals in responding to the needs of people during this pandemic health crisis.

Remember our gifts come from us, as the people of God, for the work of God, to the Glory of God in the world. Amen.

Special Music: “Abide With Me,” played by Denise Melroy.

Coloring page: Jesus the Good Shepherd
Coloring page: Jesus the Good Shepherd

The Prayer of the People and the Lord’s Prayer include these words of comfort:

We pray today, Loving God, that you would take our sorrows and transform them into hope.

With the promise of your Holy Spirit, to counsel and assure us that we will not be left alone. You continue to lead us as we pursue the paths of discipleship and as we seek to keep your commandments.

We look to your Spirit to fill us with counsel and guidance. We look to your Spirit for strength for our journey. We look to your Spirit for an empowering love stronger than any force that should seek to defeat us.

For You, O God, are our source of hope. In your presence we can wake each morning filled with a sense of wonder and we can live each day in the light of the joy that is promised.

We give thanks that this church is a community of hope, living the love of Jesus for all creation and we give thanks that it is continually renewed by the fresh winds of your Spirit.

This we pray in the way that Jesus taught us to pray saying: “Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is heaven, give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespasses against us and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory forever, Amen”

Pastor Patrick
Pastor Patrick

Pastor Patrick’s message, “The Gateway Home,” describes how the shepherd that is revealed by Psalm 23 is celebrated by John’s Gospel as both the Good Shepherd and the Gate Keeper (protector) of the sheep (the people of God).  We rejoice that Jesus (as our shepherd) calls us each by name.   He comes to provide us with an abundant life experience.  When we have gone astray and missed the marked of what God desires for us, then it is the Good Shepherd who finds us, heals our wounds, restores our souls, and welcomes us home.    See it in the video recording above, at 16:50.

The Service of Holy Communion, led by Pastor Patrick, is included in the video during the Pastor’s message.  To participate in your home, please have your own bread and juice or wine at hand.


The Lord is our Shepherd,
In pastures green, we rest secure,
By still waters, we rest secure,
Go now into this week with the blessings of our Good Shepherd, Amen.

Closing Hymn:  “Song of Hope,”  The Faith We Sing #2186, played by Denise Melroy

May the God of hope go with us every day, filling all our lives with love and joy and peace.
May the God of justice speed us on our way, bringing light and hope to every land and race.
Praying, let us work for peace; singing, share our joy with all;
working for a world that’s new, faithful when we hear Christ’s call.

“Make Us One” by Carol Cymbala. (c) CCLI License #2718708

“Precious Lord, Take My Hand” by Thomas A. Dorsey. (c) CCLI License #2718708

“Abide With Me” by Henry F. Lyte and W.H. Monk. © MusicNotes.com.  Used by Permission.

“Song of Hope” by Alvin Schutmaat and Hal H. Hopson © 2008.  Used by permission, CCLI License #2718708

All other text on this page © The United Methodist Church of Morgan Hill.

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