Being a follower of Christ doesn’t automatically give one an easy life. We are called to overcome the negative things going on in our lives by allowing God to work through us. Today, in the third of a 3-part series on “nothing shall separate us,” we’ll talk about how “we are more than conquerors” and need to have space and time to experience the benefits of prayer.
Follow the entire service in the video here, or go at your own pace with portions of the service provided below. Note that the video has a “Closed Caption” transcript, accessible by clicking the CC button at the bottom of the video window.
The Prelude sets the mood for the service. Listen as Denise plays “Change My Heart, O God” from The Faith We Sing, #2152.
Change my heart, O God, make it ever true.
Change my heart, O God, may I be like you.
You are the Potter, I am the clay,
Mold me and make me, this is what I pray.
Change my heart, O God, make it ever true.
Change my heart, O God, make I be like you.
Welcome from from Pastor Patrick:
We’re so glad you have chosen to worship with us 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 Trish Catalano is based on Psalm 105, seeking the Lord’s strength and unending grace in our lives.
Praise the Lord in song
Praise the Lord with a grateful heart
Praise the Lord as we worship our Creator,
Redeemer and Sustainer.
Our hymn is “Seek Ye First,” from The United Methodist Hymnal #405, played by Denise Melroy.
Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness,
and all these things shall be added unto you.
Our New Testament reading from Matthew 13:44-52 (The Message) describes what the Kingdom of Heaven (Kingdom of God) is like, using parables (stories). Jesus tells his parables to the public using analogies of treasures and fish. He then gathers the disciples in private and explains the analogies. Treasures are the value of a relationship with God and the cost of discipleship. A fishnet full of “all kinds of fish” means Jesus’s message is to be brought to all people without judgment from the disciples.
Our offering is given to the mission and ministry of MHUMC.
United Methodist know that generosity is a matter of action, intention, and heart—
it is the grateful outpouring of gifts to others, in response to our love for God.
Your offering last week empowered ministry within our congregation and met needs of our community. It also supported the work done to empower and equip those in our church to actively stand against racism.
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.”
We will be starting a “Zoom” study group on this topic. If you purchase a copy of the course and wish to be in this study group, let Trish (in the church office) know. Pastor Patrick will send Zoom invitations for a series of dialogues regarding implicit bias in our culture.
|Special Music: “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” played by our pianist Denise Melroy.
The Prayer of the People and the Lord’s Prayer include time for meditation, and words of comfort.
Meditation: “Sweet Hour of Prayer,” United Methodist Hymnal #496.
We rededicate ourselves this morning to your purposes, Divine Spirit. Knowing in faith that you are working for the good in all circumstances, we lift our concerns and prayers to you.
We lift prayers for our world, our nation, and its leaders that justice, peace, equality, respect for all people and righteousness might prevail over those forces of hate, violence, and racism that would degrade or dehumanize your people. May they see your face in the compassionate stranger who reaches out with a helping hand.
Be with those who face illness, both physical and mental, that they might be restored, refreshed, and renewed by your grace. Bring comfort to those who grieve, hope to those who are without hope, and assurance to those who struggle with direction in life.
We thank you for the abundant love and grace you make available to us in spite of our weaknesses and shortcomings. We thank you for the gift of your Christ and for the assurance that nothing can separate us from your love. Your Spirit reaches out to us in our weakness with strength and power beyond our understanding.
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 “We Are More Than Conquerors.”
Pastor Patrick finishes the “Nothing Shall Separate Us” worship series with this third message. In all things, the good, the bad, and the ugly, God works to our good; for in all things nothing ever separates us from the love of God. See it in the video recording above, at 26:00.
Go forth proclaiming the praise of God in your heart.
Go forth in the assurance that Christ is always with you.
Go empowered by the Holy Spirit and bring forth the kin-dom of God wherever you are.
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
- “Change My Heart, O God” by Eddie Espinosa. © CCLI License #2718708.
- “Seek Ye First” by Karen Lafferty. © CCLI License #2718708.
- “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” arr. by James Clemens, and based on Nettleton from J Wyeth. (c) Music Notes, used by permission.
- “Sweet Hour of Prayer” by William Walford and William B. Bradbury. Public domain.
- “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.