Can we be truly welcoming in words but not practice? Can we open our doors without opening our hearts? (Short answer: no!) We are given a big challenge this week: Love ALL the People. 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 “El Shaddai” from The United Methodist Hymnal, #123.
El Shaddai, El Shaddai, El Elyon na Adonai;
age to age you’re still the same by the power of the name.
El Shaddai, El Shaddai, Erkahmka na Adonai;
We will praise and lift you high, El Shaddai.
Translation of Hebrew:
El Shaddai: God Almighty
El Elyon: The Most High God
na Adonai: O Lord
Erkahmka: We will love you.
Welcome from from Trish Catalano:
Today is the fourth Sunday after Pentecost or the fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time. In our topic series, so far we have been asked to “see all the people,” then the next week we asked God to “open our eyes” that we may see, and last week we asked God to “open our ears” that we may hear. Today is all about “Loving All The People,” and certainly there is nothing “ordinary” about that.
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 Pastor Patrick is based on Psalm 13, trusting in God’s salvation despite life’s trials.
Long enough, God— you’ve ignored me long enough.
I’ve looked at the back of your head long enough. Long enough
I’ve carried this ton of trouble, lived with a stomach full of pain.
Long enough my arrogant enemies have looked down their noses at me.
Take a good look at me, God, my God; I want to look life in the eye,
So no enemy can get the best of me or laugh when I fall on my face.
I’ve thrown myself headlong into your arms— I’m celebrating your rescue.
I’m singing at the top of my lungs, I’m so full of answered prayers.
Gracious and loving God, we ask you to enter our hearts and heal our brokenness. Your love is overflowing in our moments of grief and desolation. When the world seems to go astray, and our human abilities fail, we rely on your compassion to offer amazing grace, the grace that surpasses our human understanding. We ask that you give us grace, enough grace to see you in our all siblings and our human experiences. As we continue gathering together, Lord, renew your gentle spirit within us and enable us to follow your humble path on earth we pray, Amen.
Our hymn is “Make Me a Servant,” from The Faith We Sing #2176, played by Denise Melroy.
Make me a servant, humble and meek,
Lord, let me lift up those who are weak.
And may the prayer of my heart always be:
Make me a servant, make me a servant, make me a servant today.
Our Gospel reading from Matthew 10:40-42 (The Message) focus on the rewards that come to those who undertake and who respond to the mission of disciples.
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: “Get Together,” by Chet Powers, played by Steve Cole.
The Prayer of the People and the Lord’s Prayer include these words of comfort:
As our world continues to wrestle with the political, medical, economic, and cultural implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, fill us with the Spirit of Pentecost, so that we might speak to one another in ways that are respectful of the needs of those around us. Remove from us our inward focus, so that we can see the ways we impact other people by the choices we make or refuse to make. Surround us with people who are filled with the Spirit of Pentecost, so that they might speak words of wisdom to us as we navigate an everchanging world.
Help us to translate your love into every corner of your beloved world, O God and 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 Trish Catalano is “Love All the People.” We have been focusing this month on how we “Open Our Eyes.” Today we are being called by God to “Love All the People,” as an essential prerequisite to going out into the world around us. See it in the video recording above, at 19:22.
Loving God, you invite us to “see all the people,” “hear all the people,” and “love all the people” that we are in relationship with. Guide our hands in mercy, our eyes for compassion, our feet toward welcoming, and our mouths for offering peace to those far and near. Amen.
Closing Hymn: “Blest Be the Tie That Binds,” The United Methodist Hymnal #557, played by Denise Melroy.
Blest be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love;
the fellowship of kindred minds is like to that above.
Credits and copyrights
- “El Shaddai” by Michael Card and John Thompson. © CCLI License #2718708.
- “Make Me a Servant” by Kelly Willard. © CCLI License #2718708.
- “Blest Be the Tie That Binds” by John Fawcett and Johann G. Nageli, arr. Lowell Mason. Public domain.
- All other text on this page © The United Methodist Church of Morgan Hill.