Worship Service – July 12, 2020 – “Set Your Mind”

Distractions. Things we want to do, think we should do, feel pressured to do, don’t want to do. Amidst all of this, it’s easy to get separated from what’s important – a relationship with God. Today, in the first of a 3-part series on “nothing shall separate us,” we’ll talk about “setting our mind” on God.

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 “Cry of My Heart” from The Faith We Sing, #2165.

It is the cry of my heart to follow you.
It is the cry of my heart to be close to you.
It is the cry of my heart to follow all of the days of my life.

 

Teach me your holy ways, O Lord, so I can walk in your truth.
Teach me your holy ways, O Lord, and make me wholly devoted to you.

 

It is the cry of my heart to follow you.
It is the cry of my heart to be close to you.
It is the cry of my heart to follow all of the days of my life.

Welcome from from Pastor Patrick:
Today Trish and I will begin a new 3 part mini sermon series based on the Apostle Paul’s affirmation of faith that “nothing shall separate us from the love of God.”  We welcome you to our online worship experience today—

Here Christ welcomes all, and all are welcome.  May the love of God, the grace of Christ, the friendship and peace of the Holy Spirit, 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 119 (verses 105 and 112), a call to uphold right living, in tandem with keeping God’s law as an act of love for God.

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
[Therefore] I set my heart to keeping your statutes forever, to the end. Amen

Our hymn is “Hymn of Promise,” from The United Methodist Hymnal #707, played by Denise Melroy.

In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed, an apple tree;
in cocoons, a hidden promise: butterflies will soon be free!
In the cold and snow of winter there’s a spring that waits to be,
unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

 

In our end is our beginning; in our time, infinity;
in our doubt there is believing; in our life, eternity.
In our death, a resurrection; at the last, a victory,
unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

Coloring page: The Sower
Coloring page: The Sower

Our Gospel reading is from Matthew 13:1-9 and 18-23 (The Message). In the reading God is the sower; and we are the seed.  Mirroring the reality of our world, the word of God simply does not take root in some people; or if it does, it quickly burns out. And despite God’s life-giving teachings, the struggle and troubles of this world choke God’s word, causing some people to lose hope.  Even so, God’s word offers a lamp to our feet and a light for our life’s journey.

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

Generosity is a matter of action, intentions, and heart. One way to describe it is the grateful outpouring of gifts to others, out of our love for God. Outpouring is a terrific description, since the priceless treasure of the gospel (and all the gifts of covenant, relationship, and life that go with it) comes from God and is meant to be poured out, through our living, upon others.

General Commission on Religion & Race
General Commission on Religion & Race offers “Implicit Bias” course

Your offering last week empowered ministry within our congregation and responded to the needs of our community.  It also supported the work done to empower and equip those in our church to be actively anti-racist.

One example is the work of our General Commission on Religion & Race (GCORR). This agency is facilitating conversations on topics of racial justice and developing an online course titled “Implicit Bias: What We Don’t Think We Think.”

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

Special Music: “Precious Lord,” played by Steve Cole.

 

 

Steve Cole
Steve Cole

The Prayer of the People and the Lord’s Prayer include these words of comfort: In our journey, may we discover the joy of obedience that frees us to rejoice in hope. In our journey, we discover that your Spirit whispers through life’s tensions and contradictions, moving us from broken people to a fullness and wholeness of life in Christ. May all our struggles and pain be transformed through the cross into a joyful response to the many ways you reveal yourself in our lives. We give you thanks, O God, for your patient and persistent 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.”

Pastor Patrick Davis
Pastor Patrick

The message today from Pastor Patrick is “Set Your Mind.”  Here we are in the midst of summer, wondering how we will prioritize worship time when summer fun calls. Of course, COVID-19 might have something to say about what and where and when we can gather, such are these uncertain and fearful times.  But know this: no matter what others say; no matter what others do; no matter what others claim; set your mind on what God has said is true.   See it in the video recording above, at 18:00.

Benediction:
May God’s word be a lamp to your feet; May Christ be a light to your path.
And may the Holy Spirit sustain and nourish your journey.  Amen and 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

  • “Cry of My Heart” by Terry Butler. © CCLI License #2718708.
  • “Hymn of Promise” by Natalie Sleeth. © CCLI License #2718708.
  • “Precious Lord” by Thomas A. Dorsey. © 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.

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