In the middle of the summer, many people with veggie gardens are overwhelmed with produce – zucchini, anyone? And grocery stores are finally stocked again with baking staples, cleaning supplies, toilet paper – things that were scarce only a few months ago. Our attitudes change when we go from a sense of scarcity to abundance. Today, we focus on the abundance of God’s grace, and how it enables a ministry of serving.
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 “Spirit Song” from The United Methodist Hymnal, #347.
O let the Son of God enfold you with his Spirit and his love.
Let him fill your heart and satisfy your soul.
O let him have the things that hold you,
and his Spirit like a dove will descend upon your life and make you whole.
Jesus, O Jesus, come and fill your lambs.
Jesus, O Jesus, come and fill your lambs.
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 prepares our hearts to receive God’s blessings.
God of Grace and God of Love, pour out your power and strength on us. Grant us the nourishment we need to receive your word.
May your presence fill our lives and carry us forth, preparing us to be your people and equipping us to do your work in the world, we pray, in the Spirit of the Risen Christ, Amen.
Our hymn is “Fill My Cup, Lord,” from The United Methodist Hymnal #641, played by Denise Melroy.
Fill my cup, Lord, I lift it up, Lord.
Come and quench this thirsting of my soul.
Bread of heaven, feed me till I want no more;
fill my cup, fill it up and make me whole.
Our Old Testament reading is from Genesis 32:22-31 (The Message). The patriarch Jacob, the father of the twelve tribes of Israel, wrestles with a stranger, assumed to be God, and after a wrestling match that continued throughout the night, Jacob is blessed by this Divine Presence and Jacob is given a new name (Israel) and a mission.
Our Gospel reading, from Matthew 14:13-21 (The Message), tells the story of the feeding of the five thousand. This abundance is characteristic of the Kingdom of God. The emphasis of the event is not so much on the miracle, as it is on the implied revelation of who Jesus is.
Our offering is given to the mission and ministry of MHUMC.
Today we celebrate the serving ministries of the church. How are we “seeing” all the people in our community? Do we “look” at people, at each other, the way Jesus is “looking” at us? How are we meeting the needs of folks within and outside of the church?
As we give and make our offering today, remember it isn’t about amounts—for God can take a little and make a huge difference in the lives of those around us. For it is through our practice of intentional generosity, that we are also practicing and celebrating the abundance of God’s grace.
Also, I hope you have had the opportunity to order your online course, “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: “This Is My Father’s World” played by our flutist Janet Tuttle.
The Prayer of the People and the Lord’s Prayer includes these words of comfort:
Help us, O God, to admit and accept our contradictory feelings of sadness, contentment, rage, confidence, powerlessness, wonder. Keep alive our sense of wonder that in the midst of the mystery of life, your Spirit continually moves among us…seeking us out…renewing our faith in the essential goodness of life…empowering us to work for the best we can imagine despite the worst that we experience.
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 “You Give Them Something.”
Pastor Patrick’s sermon focuses on how Jesus is looking at us. Not so much so we can emulate Jesus, but so that we can find our inspiration, purpose and understanding for why we do what we do. God’s “HOW” is our “WHY”. See it in the video recording above, at 21:25.
Communion meditation is “Let Us Break Bread Together,” from The United Methodist Hymnal #618, played by Denise Melroy.
The Service of Holy Communion, led by Pastor Patrick, is included in the video following the Pastor’s message. To participate in your home, please have your own bread and juice or wine at hand.
Go now into the world, strengthened by the gifts with which Christ has given you.
Be generous to others, for Christ has given extravagantly.
Live by God’s word, and Walk in God’s paths.
And may God’s wonderful love be with you everywhere;
May Christ Jesus feed you with the bread of life;
And may the Holy Spirit confirm the truth in you and fill you with God’s presence always.
Closing Hymn: “God Be With You Till We Meet Again” from The United Methodist Hymnal #672, played by Denise Melroy.
God be with you till we meet again; by his counsels guide, uphold you,
with his sheep securely fold you; God be with you till we meet again.
Till we meet, till we meet, till we meet at Jesus’s feet;
Till we meet, till we meet, God be with you till we meet again.
Credits and copyrights
- “Spirit Song” Words and music by John Wimber. © CCLI License #2718708.
- “Fill My Cup, Lord” Words and music by Richard Blanchard, arr. by Eugene Clark. © CCLI License #2718708.
- “This is My Father’s World” Traditional English melody adapted by Franklin L. Sheppard. (c) Music Notes, used by permission.
- “Let Us Break Bread Together” Afro-American spiritual, music adapted and arranged by William Farley Smith. Public domain.
- “God Be With You Till We Meet Again” Words by Jeremiah E. Rankin, music by William G. Tomer. Public domain.
- All other text on this page © The United Methodist Church of Morgan Hill.