Worship Service – June 14, 2020 – “To See Others”

More puzzles today: Why is “ordinary time” not ordinary? And what happens we see others with our hearts? Find out in today’s service.

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 “Freely, Freely” from The United Methodist Hymnal, #389.

God forgave my sin in Jesus’ name, I’ve been born again in Jesus’ name,
and in Jesus’ name I come to you, to share his love as he told me to.
He said, “Freely, freely you have received, freely, freely give.
Go in my name, and because you believe, others will know that I live.”


All power is given in Jesus’ name, in earth and heaven in Jesus’ name,
and in Jesus’ name I come to you, to share his power as he told me to.
He said, “Freely, freely you have received, freely, freely give.
Go in my name, and because you believe, others will know that I live.”

Welcome from from Trish Catalano

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.

The Call to Worship with Pastor Patrick  is based on Psalm 116, a song of thanksgiving for blessings “poured out” by God.

I love God because he listened to me, listened as I begged for mercy.
He listened so intently as I laid out my case before him.
What can I give back to God for the blessings he’s poured out on me?
I’ll lift high the cup of salvation—a toast to God!
I’ll pray in the name of God;
I’ll complete what I promised God I’d do, and I’ll do it together with his people.
When they arrive at the gates of death, God welcomes those who love him.
Oh, God, here I am, your servant, your faithful servant: set me free for your service!
I’m ready to offer the thanksgiving sacrifice and pray in the name of God.
I’ll complete what I promised God I’d do, and I’ll do it in company with his people,
In the place of worship, in God’s house, in Jerusalem, God’s city.

Bountiful harvest
Coloring page: Bountiful harvest

Opening Prayer
God that sees all, give us eyes to see, ears to listen, hearts to love, and hands to do your work here on Earth and in our own communities we pray, Amen.

Our Gospel reading from Matthew 9:35-10:8 (The Message) tells how Jesus gives his twelve disciples his preaching and healing authority, but that the authority to teach will be given only after the resurrection. He uses the analogy of a plentiful harvest and the need to send more workers into the harvest field.

Our hymn is “The Summons,” from The Faith We Sing #2130, played by Denise Melroy.

Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?
Will you go where you don’t know and never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown, will you let my name be known,
will you let my life be grown in you and you in me?


Will you leave yourself behind if I but call your name?
Will you care for cruel and kind and never be the same?
Will you risk the hostile stare should your life attract or scare?
Will you let me answer prayer in you and you in me?


Lord, your summons echoes true when you but call my name.
Let me turn and follow you and never be the same.
In your company I’ll go where your love and footsteps show.
Thus I’ll move and live and grow in you and you in me.

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

Last week we recognized Peace With Justice Sunday, and continue to keep it in mind this week.  Together, we spread the gospel of peace and encourage cooperation locally, in the United States and globally. Your gifts to Peace With Justice Sunday enable this ministry of United Methodist Church. Learn more here. 

Your offering no matter the amount is a sign of thanksgiving and gratitude.  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: “If I Had a Hammer,” by Pete Seeger and Lee Hays, sung by Steve Cole and Catherine Colicchio.



Steve and Catherine

The Prayer of the People and the Lord’s Prayer include these words of comfort:
God of compassion, you have given yourself to us in Jesus Christ and you continue to be present to us through the Holy Spirit. Give us the eyes of faith to see those who are in need, those who are hungering, those who are grieving, those who are suffering from the weight of isolation, and those in need of your healing presence. Help us to serve, not with the intent to fix or solve, but as you have modeled for us, to be present.

Trish Catalano
Trish offers today’s message

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 Trish Catalano is “To See Others.”
See it in the video recording above, at 16:52.


O Lord, open my eyes that I may see the needs of others;
Open my ears that I may hear their cries;
Open my heart so that they need not be without succor;
Let me not be afraid to defend the weak because of the anger of the strong,
nor afraid to defend the poor because of the anger of the rich.
Show me where love and hope and faith are needed and use me to bring them to those places.
And so open my eyes and my ears
That I may this coming day be able to do some work of peace for thee. Amen

Closing Hymn:  “The Spirit Sends Us Forth to Serve,”  The Faith We Sing #2241, played by Denise Melroy.

The Spirit sends us forth to serve; we go in Jesus’ name
to bring glad tidings to the poor, God’s favor to proclaim.


Credits and copyrights

  • “Freely, Freely” by Carol Owens. © CCLI License #2718708.
  • “The Summons” by John Bell. © CCLI License #2718708.
  • “If I Had a Hammer,” by Pete Seeger and Lee Hays. © via MusicNotes.com, used by Permission.
  • “The Spirit Sends Us Forth to Serve” words by Delores Dufner, OSB; USA folk melody. © OCP, used by permission.
  • All other text on this page © The United Methodist Church of Morgan Hill.

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