Worship Service – August 30, 2020 – “Work of Love”

Many in our church family and community were evacuated from their homes this week due to wildfires.  In this time of crisis, we saw people assisting with animals who had to be evacuated, and offering food, storage space, and places to stay  How hard is it to live in a way that suits the term “People of God”? Apparently it’s not always intuitive. 2000 years ago, Paul provided a checklist of how we should aspire to behave. Today, we’ll explore what it means to do “work of love.”

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 “Come Away With Me” from The Faith We Sing #2202.

(intro)
Come away with me to a quiet place, apart from the world with its frantic pace,
to pray, reflect, and seek God’s grace, Come away with me. Come away.

 

Come and pray with me on a gentle sea, on top of a hill in the Galilee,
in gardens like Gethsemane, Come away with me. Come away.

MHUMC Wesley Cottage
Wesley Cottage

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 prepares our hearts to receive God’s blessings.

Hallelujah!
Thank God! Pray to God by God’s name!
Tell everyone you meet what God has done!
Sing songs, belt out hymns, translate God’s wonders into music!
Honor God’s holy name with hallelujahs, you who seek God. Live a happy life!
Keep your eyes open for God, watch for God’s works; be alert for signs of the presence of the Lord.
Remember the world of wonders God has made, miracles, and the verdicts God renders—
(Based on Psalm 105)

May we worship you not with our lips at this hour, but in word and deed all the days of our lives; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

Our Gospel hymn is “The Summons,” from The Faith We Sing #2130, played by our pianist Denise Melroy.

(intro)
Will you come and follow me if I but call you name?
Will you go where you don’t know and never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown, will you let my name e known,
will you let my life be grown in you and you in me?

 

Will you leave yourself behind if I but call you name?
Will you care for cruel and kind and never be the same?
Will you risk the hostile stare should your life attract or scare?
Will you let me answer prayer in you and you in me?

 

Lord, your summons echoes true when you but call my name.
Let me turn and follow you and never be the same.
In your company I’ll go where your love and footsteps show.
Thus I’ll move and live and grow in you and you in me.

Coloring page: Romans 12:12
Coloring page: Romans 12:12

Our New Testament reading, from Romans 12:9-21 (The Message), Paul first paints with a broad brush, showing us generally what Christian discipleship requires. He then steps closer to the canvas, working with a finer brush to color in detail regarding specific attitudes and actions that must grow out of the principles established.

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.

Another way that we can follow Scripture by helping those affected is by giving to either UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) or our own conference’s Disaster Fund. Cash is the most flexible and manageable way to donate to response and recovery. Consider donating cash through California Nevada Annual Conference Disaster Fund and UMCOR Advance # 901670. You may also send a check along with your normal offering to the church office; just write either UMCOR or Disaster Fund and I will forward it on to those organizations.

Remember our gifts come from us, as the people of God, For the work of God, to the Glory of God in the world.

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Special Music: “Thanks God” by David Tuttle.  Performed by David Tuttle on guitar. This is presented in honor of Trish’s new granddaughter Isabella, Denise’s new grandson Dean, and Kai’s new daughter Amora.

The Prayer of the People and the Lord’s Prayer includes these words of comfort:

In the midst of darkness, you call forth light.
In the radiance of your light, you invite us to walk into the mystery of your darkness.
You are our light in this darkness, O God.
Be our guide, that we may not be afraid to walk where no light shines.
You fill your creation with hope for peace, but you also remind us of nature’s destructive power.
Shelter us in the midst of storms, that we may offer shelter to those around us.
May we show forth the light of your glory by offering ourselves in love to all who are hurting, and all who are helping those who hurt.
When all we have is taken away, still you hold us as your very own.
Blessed are you, Lord God of the universe, now and forever.

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.”

Trish Catalano
Trish Catalano

The message today from Trish Catalano is “Work of Love.”
Today we are celebrating the working of love in the midst of the people of god.  See it in the video recording above, at 22:48.

Benediction:

Now let us go into this week to find the Works of Love and to do the Work of Love following John Wesley’s rule, “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”

Closing Hymn:  “Bind Us Together”  from The Faith We Sing #2226, played by Denise Melroy.

(intro)
Bind us together, Lord, bind us together with cords that cannot be broken.
Bind us together, Lord, bind us together, Lord,
Bind us together in love.

 


Credits and copyrights

  • “Come Away With Me” by Harry D. Clarke. © CCLI License #2718708.
  • “The Summons” Words by John Bell, music traditional Scottish. © CCLI License #2718708.
  • “Thanks God” by David Tuttle.  Used with permission.
  • “Bind Us Together” by Bob Gillman. © CCLI License #2718708.
  • All other text on this page © The United Methodist Church of Morgan Hill.

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