“Now that’s just not fair. How can Jesus share his saving grace with THEM, when I thought WE are his people?” Righteous indignation may make us feel good, but it isn’t what Jesus asked for. He came for all people, not just a select few. Today we consider this difficult lesson Jesus taught his disciples – and us by extension.
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 Opening Hymn sets the mood for the service. Sing along as Denise plays “Something Beautiful” from The United Methodist Hymnal, #394.
Something beautiful, something good;
all my confusion he understood;
all I had to offer him was brokenness and strife,
but he made something beautiful of my life.
Welcome from from Trish Catalano:
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 Pastor Patrick, based on Psalm 133, prepares our hearts to receive God’s blessings.
How wonderful, how beautiful, when brothers and sisters get along!
It’s like the dew on Mount Hermon flowing down the slopes of Zion,
where God commands the blessing, and ordains eternal life.
Eternal God, you have told us what you want, for brothers and sisters to get along, so simple. So open our eyes and ears that we can be the example in our world. Thank you for always staying near us, guiding us, and loving us. May we never tire of running this race. Amen.
Our Gospel hymn is “We Walk By Faith,” from The Faith We Sing #2196, played by our pianist Denise Melroy.
We walk by faith, and not by sight:
No gracious words we hear of him who spoke as none e’er spoke,
but we believe him near.
We may not touch his hands and side, nor follow where he trod;
yet in his promise we rejoice, and cry, “My Lord and God!”
Help then, O Lord, our unbelief, and may our faith abound;
to call on you when you are near, and seek where you are found.
Our Gospel reading is from Matthew 15:21-28 (The Message). Jesus had withdrawn from conflict with Pharisees and Jewish elders, to try to regain control of his ministry – he didn’t want people to make him “king,” and he wanted to turn attention to Gentiles for a bit. In this time, he met a Gentile woman who was convinced he was the Messiah, and he could not discourage her efforts.
Our offering is given to the mission and ministry of MHUMC.
Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is the one true Church whose faith we support with our Prayers, our Presence, our Giving, our Witness and our Service. I invite you to give generously, as we worship God through sharing our gifts, tithes, and offerings.
Remember our gifts come from us, as the people of God, For the work of God, to the Glory of God in the world.
|Special Music: “I Love You, Lord” played by our music director Wanda Garrett.|
The Prayer of the People and the Lord’s Prayer includes these words of comfort:
Merciful God, your grace and mercy are so abundant that it is often hard to imagine or comprehend. Thankfully, we do not have to understand it but are called to live in light of your grace and mercy. Likewise, even when it goes against our inclinations and tendencies, empower us to extend the compassionate hand of mercy to those we meet.
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 “To the Lost Sheep.” We can’t always figure out what God is doing; we can’t always explain everything that Jesus said and did. We just need to love God with all our heart and soul and mind and strength, and love all our neighbors and when they ask why, we say “because God!”
See it in the video recording above, at 16:18.
Now go, to serve as God’s people, to work to remove all that divides us from others.
Now go, to share the grace of Jesus, to love others just as we are loved.
Now go, to be the Spirit’s community, to invite everyone to join us in this life of faith and service.
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
- “Something Beautiful” Words by Gloria Gaither, music by William J. Gaither. © CCLI License #2718708.
- “We Walk by Faith” by Words by Henry Alford, music attr. to Hugh Wilson. (c) CCLI License #2718708
- “I Love You, Lord” by Laurie Klein. (c) CCLI License #2718708
- “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.