“Psst … who is that?” “Who?” “That person over there – I think he’s called Jesus – I’ve seen him talking to, and even just hanging out with, all sorts of people, and folks seem to find him captivating. But who is he?” How do we answer that question? And what would we say if Jesus asked us directly? Today, we’ll work through this.
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 “Jesus, Name Above All Names” from The Faith We Sing #2071.
Jesus, name above all names, beautiful Savior, glorious Lord.
Emmanuel, God is with us, blessed Redeemer, living Word.
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.
Our help comes from God,
The Maker of Heaven and Earth.
Come away, and take a break, from the news broadcast, turn away from the world,
And the patterns of power that too often hurt, trap, and overwhelm our spirit.
Come now and stand before the Maker of Heaven and Earth, who rescues and renews us.
Come now into this scared time and space and present yourself to the living God, who is compassionate and merciful, as a living and pleasing sacrifice.
(Based on Psalm 124)
Our Gospel hymn is “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” from The United Methodist Hymnal #400, played by our pianist Denise Melroy.
Come, thou Fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing thy grace;
streams of mercy, never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet, sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it, mount of thy redeeming love.
Here I raise mine Ebenezer; hither by thy help I’m come;
and I hope, by thy good pleasure, safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger, wandering from the fold of God;
he, to rescue me from danger, interposed his precious blood.
O to grace how great a debtor daily I’m constrained to be!
Let thy goodness, like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love;
here’s my heart, O take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above.
Our Gospel reading, from Matthew 16:13-20 (The Message), is a conversation between Jesus and his disciples. He asks them who people say he is; they answer, naming various prophets. Then he asks who they say he is. Simon Peter gets it right, answering that he’s the Son of God. Jesus blesses him – then orders the disciples not to tell anyone he’s the Messiah.
Our offering is given to the mission and ministry of MHUMC.
Thank you to those of you who have been leaving nonperishable grocery items on your front porch for pick up by our Church-To-Go Bag teams each Saturday. We will deliver them to the community’s Reach Out food bank.
Please remember to order your online course, “Implicit Bias: What We Don’t Think We Think” (the course is $20). This course is designed for you to take at your own pace to learn about, think through, and practice transforming actions regarding implicit bias in our culture. When you get your copy please let Trish know at the church office, and as soon as we have a small group of 3 to 5 willing to Zoom together as a small group, we will send you a Zoom invitation for a series of on-line dialogues on this topic.
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: “Amazing Grace” arranged by James Clemens, played by our pianist Denise Melroy.|
The Prayer of the People and the Lord’s Prayer includes these words of comfort from St. Alselm of Canterbury (1033-1109):
O Lord my God,
teach my heart where and how to seek you, where and how to find you.
Lord, if you are not here but absent, where shall I seek you?
But you are everywhere, so you must be here,
why then do I not seek you?…
Lord, I am not trying to make my way to your height,
for my understanding is in no way equal to that,
but I do desire to understand a little of your truth
which my heart already believes and loves.
I do not seek to understand so that I may believe,
but I believe so that I may understand;
and what is more, I believe that unless I do believe I shall not understand.
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 “Who Do You Say?.”
“Who do you say that I am?” is a question that needs to be answered regularly in the life of all of us who seek to follow in the way Jesus. This is not an objective question, with a right and wrong answer. This is a subjective question, or perhaps better expressed as a relational question. Who is Jesus for you? Who do you say I am? See it in the video recording above, at 22:20.
As a conclusion to the message, you may wish to watch this beautiful rendition of “Grace Alone.”
Living God, help us to remember that Your Christ is alive in us.
Whenever we serve another, we serve You. Whenever we seek justice for the oppressed, we are seeking justice for You.
Whenever we live into the ways of peace, we are living in Your ways.
Renew and restore us when we feel downtrodden, when we are struggling, when the challenges of the world seem insurmountable.
Remind us that You have walked this path and you are walking it now with us. We pray. Amen.
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
- “Jesus, Name Above All Names” by Naida Hearn. © CCLI License #2718708.
- “Come, Thou Found of Every Blessing” Words by Robert Robinson, music from Wyeth’s “Repository of Sacred Music, Part Second.” 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.