So far, 2020 has been a tough year for humanity. Between disease, pestilence, and in-fighting, we are experiencing the difficulties of being connected with each other and with Creation. But the fact that we are connected is also a blessing. Today, in the second of a 3-part series on “nothing shall separate us,” we’ll talk about how “creation waits” for us to be in relationship with 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 “Creation Sings” from Worship & Song, #3018.
Creation sings! And we are in the music, the movement of God’s energy and art,
a liturgy that links our life to angels, a litany that rises from the heart.
The Spirit sings! Through love and lamentation, from Pentecost to joy of Easter Day
the universe is resonant with music, the smallest creature dances to its play.
Welcome from from Trish Catalano:
Welcome 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)
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 139, acknowledging that God knows more about us than we know about ourselves.
God, investigate my life; get all the facts firsthand.
I’m an open book to you; even from a distance, you know what I’m thinking.
You know when I leave and when I get back; I’m never out of your sight.
You know everything I’m going to say before I start the first sentence.
I look behind me and you’re there, then up ahead and you’re there, too—
your reassuring presence, coming and going.
This is too much, too wonderful— I can’t take it all in!
Investigate my life, O God, find out everything about me;
Cross-examine and test me, get a clear picture of what I’m about;
See for yourself whether I’ve done anything wrong— then guide me on the road to eternal life.
Our hymn is “The Spirit Sends Us Forth,” from The United Methodist Hymnal #707 (verses 1 and 3), 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.
We go to be the hands of Christ, to scatter joy like seed
and, all our days, to cherish life, to do the loving deed.
Our New Testament reading is from Romans 8:12-25 (The Message). In this passage Paul is encouraging us to live our lives fully within God’s Spirit. There is freedom that comes with this life, this life where we go through exactly what Christ goes through. That also means we will go through the hard times but we are not alone, Christ is with us and nothing can separate us from the love of Jesus.
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.
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: “Meditation on ‘Gott Sei Dank'” by Lani Smith, played by guest organist Andoni Bundros.
The Prayer of the People and the Lord’s Prayer include these words of comfort:
Let us recognize the divine spark you have placed within each of your children and honor it daily. Give us love, so that it crashes over us, wave upon wave upon our dry and withered souls. We thirst for more of you. Give us the courage to speak out against injustice daily. Let us stand for iniquity no more.
Glorious God, we thank and praise you for all you have done and all that you will do. With every fiber of our being, let us belong to you and love you more fully.
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 “Creation Waits.”
Last week Pastor Patrick started this “Nothing Shall Separate Us” worship series with “Setting Our Minds” to be Spirit-directed in all that we do and say. Today we look at what it means to be “in debt” to God, our community of faith, and all of Creation. See it in the video recording above, at 18:00.
God be in your head, and in your understanding.
God be in your eyes, and in your looking.
God be in your mouth, and in your speaking.
God be in your heart, and in your thinking.
God be at your end, and at your departing.
(adapted from Sarum Liturgy, 13th century England, attributed to St. Patrick)
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
- “Creation Sings” by Shirley Erna Murray, traditional Irish melody arr. by Dean McIntyre. © CCLI License #2718708.
- “The Spirit Sends Us Forth to Serve” words by Delores Dufner, OSB; USA folk melody. © OCP, used by permission.
- “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.