Worship service – May 24, 2020 – “What goes up, must come down”

Welcome from from Pastor Patrick :  If you are participating in this worship experience on this seventh Sunday of Easter, know you are welcomed and loved by a God who loves you more than you will ever know, or even understand.

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 the Ghanian folk song “Christ the Lord is Risen” from The Faith We Sing, #2116.

Christ the Lord is risen, Christ the Lord is risen, Yesu!
Christ the Lord is risen, Christ the Lord is risen, Yesu!

 

Come and worship him, come and worship him, Yesu!
Come and worship him, come and worship him, Yesu!

The Call to Worship from Trish Catalano is from Psalm 47.

Come now, and clap your hands, all you people, and shout to God with joy.
For the Most High sits upon a holy throne and is exalted and glorious over all creation.

Opening Prayer

Holy God, we celebrate your holy presence this day. For the gift of resurrection, we give you thanks and praise. For the gift of your ongoing presence in our lives, we rejoice and sing.
Overwhelm us with your presence here, that we might be overwhelmed with joy. In joyous gratitude we pray, Amen.

Our Gospel reading is from Luke 24:44-53 (The Message). Today’s reading describes what we call the “Ascension,” when 40 days after Easter, He ascended to heaven to the right hand of God, taking His place as “Lord of Lords.”

Our Gospel hymn is “In Christ Alone,” from the Worship & Song hymnal #3105 (verses 1 and 4), played by Denise Melroy.

In Christ alone my hope is found, he is my light, my strength, my song.
This Cornerstone, this solid ground, firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace, when fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My Comforter, my all in all, here in the love of Christ I stand.

 

No guilt in life, no fear in death, this is the power of Christ in me.
From life’s first cry to final breath, Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme or plan can ever pluck me from his hand.
‘Til he returns or calls me home, here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.

Mariposa Lily
Mariposa Lily at Coyote Lake County Park

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

Jesus told us to: “Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow:  they neither toil nor spin; and yet even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of them.”

Jesus wanted to pull our attention away from our worries about scarcity, and turn our attention toward the beautiful gifts of God’s creation, signs of abundance and grace surrounding us always.

Trust may be difficult for us, in this pandemic crisis, as it was for those early disciples, dealing with their own crisis of life and death in the first century, yet we bring our gifts this morning with the assurance of God’s care for us every day

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: “What a Wonderful World,” sung by Steve Cole.  This reminds us that despite our current pandemic and shelter-in-place restrictions, we can remain faithful and carry on in this “wonderful world.”

 

Steve Cole

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

Holy and Loving God, as we come before you today, we are so grateful for the very real presence of your Risen Christ even as we celebrate the triumph of Christ ascension. You have not left us comfortless. You have clothed us with “power from on high.” You have given us strength. You have exalted us and lifted us above our earthly trials even as you have lifted up the Risen Christ to reign with you. We are the grateful recipients of a commission…of a promise…and of a blessing.

Enable us to be witnesses to life eternal even as we live and serve you in our lives today.

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.”

Pastor Patrick Davis

The message today from Pastor Patrick is “What goes up, must come down.”  Joy flows through our Gospel reading today as the Easter Season comes to a close — a vivid reminder that this season of Easter has been a season of joy and celebration. Christ is Risen! Christ is Risen Indeed!! And now the Risen Christ ascends to God.

And yet, the Risen Christ abides in us, for we are the body of Christ, anointed, ordained, and empowered by the descent of the Holy Spirit. We are in the becoming, the formation of the Church, the making of a resurrection community, called to rejoice together in loving community. We are a sign of God’s glory for all to see.  Surely, this is cause for joy to flow through our lives, just as joy flows through today’s Gospel reading.
See it in the video recording above, at 17:10.

Benediction: 

Go and be Christ Witnesses,
Go and be the Body of Christ in the world,
Go and reveal the love of God, the grace of Christ, and the friendship and peace of the Holy Spirit, knowing you may be the only face of the Risen Christ that others will see, 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!

The Postlude wraps up the service with a final praise: “Crown Him With Many Crowns,” played by Denise Melroy.


Credits and copyrights

  • “Christ the Lord is Risen” words by Tom Colvin, music is Ghanian folk song. © Used by Permission. CCLI License #2718708.
  • “In Christ Alone” by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend. © Used by Permission. CCLI License #2718708.
  • “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong. © MusicNotes.com.  Used by Permission.
  • “Halle, Halle, Halleluja” Traditional Caribbean.  Public domain.
  • “Crown Him With Many Crowns” by Matthew Bridges, Godfrey Thring, and George J. Elvey. Public domain.
  • Photos of Mariposa Lily and Coyote Lake by Wanda Garrett.
  • All other text on this page © The United Methodist Church of Morgan Hill.

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