Worship service – May 17, 2020 – “Abide With Us”

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

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

Here Christ welcomes all, and all are welcome.

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 plays “Love the Lord Your God” from The Faith We Sing, #2168.

Love the Lord, your God, with all your heart.
Love the Lord, your God, with all your soul.
Love the Lord, your God, with all your mind.
Love the Lord, your God, with all that you are.

The Call to Worship from Trish Catalano is from Psalm 66.

Bless our God, O peoples; for God has kept us among the living.
God has tested us and tried us as silver and laid a heavy burden on our backs.
Yet when we went through the fire and through water; God brought us forth to a spacious place.
Come and hear what the Holy One has done for us.
Truly God has listened and has heard the voice of our prayer.
Blessed be God, who has not rejected our prayer or withheld steadfast love from us. Amen.

Opening Prayer

Hear our prayers, O God, as we come to sing your praises.  Bless us with your steadfast love in times of peace and in times of trial.  Make your presence known to us this day, for we seek to know you better.  Enliven us with your Spirit of truth, and increase our faith, even as we place our hope and trust in you.  Amen.

Our Gospel reading is from John 14:15-21 (The Message). In today’s reading Jesus repeats his assurance that his death will not leave his disciples “orphaned.” Jesus promises an indwelling presence, in three forms, to those who keep his commandments.

Our Gospel hymn is “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee,” from the United Methodist Hymnal #89, played by Denise Melroy.

Joyful, joyful, we adore thee, God of glory, Lord of love;
hearts unfold like flowers before thee, opening to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; drive the dark of doubt away.
Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day!

 

All thy works with joy surround thee, earth and heaven reflect thy rays,
stars and angels sing around thee, center of unbroken praise.
Field and forest, vale and mountain, flowery meadow, flashing sea,
chanting bird and flowing fountain, call us to rejoice in thee.

United Methodist Discipleship Ministries
One of 13 international agencies of the United Methodist Church, Discipleship Ministries helps local church, district, and conference leaders fulfill the shared dream of making world-changing disciples.

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

In The United Methodist Church, we believe that the home is the center for faith formation.  During this time of “Shelter in Place” the home has become the center for schooling our children as well as the sacred place for us to worship together.

Each week our dedicated teams delivers to your door step a “Church to Go” bag. In it you will find adult and children activities to help you learn and continue to grow in your faith experience.

Learning in the home is our tradition, a tradition we have practiced from the very beginnings of Methodism.  This emphasis is no surprise when we look into John Wesley’s formative years. Not only was his father a priest in the Church of England, but his mother also put a strong emphasis on educating her children.

The work of our United Methodist Discipleship Ministries assists the church in supporting the Christian Education of children, youth and adults.  Christian education and the resources we use are made possible by our generous giving to the World Service Fund which we, here at Morgan Hill United Methodist Church, donate to through your offerings.

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: “Hello Again,” sung by Bill Tindall.

Coloring page: Holy Spirit
Coloring page: The Holy Spirit as both dove and flame

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

Loving God, sometimes we look at the world around us and wonder.  We weep with those who suffer in this great loss of life to this coronovirus.

You have promised to send your Spirit. Your Spirit comforts us when we are depressed. Your Spirit strengthens us when we are afraid. Your Spirit calms us when we are embattled.

And so we pray this morning, Loving God, that you would take our sorrows and transform them into hope. With the promise of the Counselor comes an assurance that we will not be left alone.  We look to your Spirit for an empowering love stronger than any force that should seek to defeat us.

And now, with the confidence of the children of God, let us 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”

The message today from Pastor Patrick is “Abide With Us.”  The desire to be near our Creator through faith and prayer is witnessed in the Gospel of John reading today.  This is the one “in whom we live and breathe and have our being” (Acts 17:22-31).  God is present even when we are unaware.  God is present in the hearing of our prayers.  God is present when we suffer for doing good.  God is present in the Advocate, the Spirit of Truth, even when the world believes human lies.  No matter where we are in our faith journey, the Holy is present.   See it in the video recording above, at 21:51.

Benediction: 

Go now in the name of the Creator God,
Go now in the name of Christ, the one who abides in love and abides in you,
Go now in the name of the Holy Spirit, the one who advocates for you and guides you into all truth, Amen.

Closing Hymn:  “Halle, Halle, Halleluja,”  The Faith We Sing #2026, played by Denise Melroy.  This is a traditional Caribbean song.

Halle, Halle, Halleluja!
Halle, Halle, Halleluja!
Halle, Halle, Halleluja!
Halleluja! Halleluja!


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