Worship Service – June 21, 2020 – “Hear All The People”

Rhetorical question of the day: How much are you worth? Not in money or “things,” but to God. Our ultimate worth to God informs how we live and relate to others, including those we don’t much like.  Learn more 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 “Glorify Thy Name” from The Faith We Sing, #2016.

Father (Jesus, Spirit), we love you, we worship and adore you, glorify thy name in all the earth.
Glorify thy name, glorify thy name, glorify thy name in all the earth.

Welcome from from Pastor Patrick

Today is the third Sunday after Pentecost.   It is also the Summer Solstice, or the first day of summer.  And, as it is Father’s Day, the flowers on the altar today are placed in both honor and memory of all our Fathers.

Today we remember and pray for the fathers we honor and the fathers who struggle and who we’ve struggled with; those we’ve loved and who have passed on and left wonderful and beautiful memories; and we pray with forgiveness for the fathers who have left us with only rejection and pain.

So we pray for the fathers in name and the fathers in action, for mentors and guides and models by which we find our way into adulthood and those who continue to lead us and whose voice of wisdom is still worthy to listen to and hear through our journey of life.  Amen.

As our Leadership Team prepares to re-open our church facilities for in-person worship and continue online worship experiences, giving you a choice, always know that whether you participate online or in person, you are welcomed and I invite you to experience, receive and allow the presence of the Spirit of God to 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)

The Call to Worship with Trish Catalano is based on Psalm 86, a prayer in time of distress.

When we have been cast aside in the deserts of our lives,
Come Holy Presence and open our ears to hear the
flow of life giving water that sustains us in our need.
When our future seems lost you restore our hope.
Who is like you, O Lord our God.
Listen to our prayers in this time of deepest need, for you alone can redeem us.

Coloring page: Sparrow
Coloring page: Sparrow

Opening Prayer
Eternal God, turn and be gracious to us, for the road is long and weary.
We feel beaten down by the trials of life and need your strength to sustain us.
Show us your grace and offer us your mercy, that we may abide faithfully in your blessing. Comfort and revive our spirits, and grant us the endurance to take up our cross and follow you no matter how difficult the way may be, we pray, Amen.

Our hymn is “His Eye is on the Sparrow,” from The Faith We Sing #2146, played by Denise Melroy.

Why should I feel discouraged? Why should the shadows come?
Why should my heart be lonely and long for heaven and home,
When Jesus is my portion? My constant friend is he:
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me;
his eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me.
I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free,
for his eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me.

 

“Let not your heart be troubled,” his tender word I hear,
and resting on his goodness, I lose my doubts and fears;
though by the path he leadeth but one step I may see:
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me;
his eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me.
I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free,
for his eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me.

Our Gospel reading from Matthew 10:24-39 (The Message) helps us to recognize that God’s strength will always help us as we witness to our faith.

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

Your offering last week empowered ministry within our congregation and responded to the needs of our community.  It also supported the work done beyond our parish, such as 32 grants from our Global Ministries agency that have supported training programs across Africa on prevention and control in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ministries like these happen, thanks to the way the people of The United Methodist Church live and give connectionally.

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: “It is Well With My Soul,” by Phillip P. Bliss, played by guest pianist Andoni Bundros.

 

 

The Prayer of the People and the Lord’s Prayer include these words of comfort:
Your abounding grace, unlimited love, and infinite mercy sustain us through all our days. When we turn away in anger or fear, you are there to persistently call us from within. When we seek you in distress, you find us and provide for all our needs. We give you thanks for your steadfast love for us.

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.”

The message today from Pastor Patrick is “Hear All the People.”  As Jesus prepares his disciples to proclaim the Good News to the world, he reminds them to always remember that each human being is precious in God’s sight. That truth of our ultimate worth to God informs how we live today, how we do ministry and how we encounter every person we meet, including people we don’t much like.  See it in the video recording above, at 24:24.

We can talk about many practices that help us grow in love.
But one practice we are recommending in this sermon series is that we open our ears and hear all the people. So be it, Amen!
Please pay attention to the words in this historic hymn of thanksgiving for faithfulness and freedom.

“Lift Every Voice and Sing,” from The United Methodist Hymnal #519, played by Denise Melroy.

Lift every voice and sing, till earth and heaven ring, ring with the harmonics of liberty;
let our rejoicing rise high as the listening skies, let it resound loud as the rolling sea.
Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us;
sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us;
facing the rising sun of our new day begun, let us march on till victory is won.

 

God of our weary years, God of our silent tears, thou who hast brought us thus far on the way;
thou who has by thy might led us into the light, keep us forever in the path, we pray.
Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met thee;
lest our hearts drunk with the wine of the world, we forget thee;
shadowed beneath thy hand, may we forever stand, true to our God, true to our native land.

Benediction: 

As we go into this week,
Let us remember how hard it is to hear and listen to the cries of others,
and may the cries of the injustice be heard by the people of God,
just as Hagar cried out to God to hear and listen to her cry for mercy and for her son Ishmael,
and may we, stand and protect and defend the ones God loves and Christ died for,
and may discern the will of God, that we might know what is right and pursue the paths that lead to life,  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

  • “Glorify Thy Name” by Donna Adkins. © CCLI License #2718708.
  • “His Eye is on the Sparrow” by Civilla Martin and Charles H. Gabriel. © CCLI License #2718708.
  • “Lift Every Voice and Sing” by James Weldon Johnson and J. Rosamond Johnson.  Public domain.
  • “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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