Worship service – September 6, 2020 – “Praises & Swords”

We all get angry, for valid reasons.  There are a lot of things happening today that are not going the way we want, there is ongoing injustice, abuse, and brokenness.  Today, we consider how we transform the anger into something that reflects the grace of God. Also, we join in the service of Communion.

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 “Lamb of God” from The Faith We Sing #2113.

(intro)

Your only Son, no sin to hide, but you have sent him from your side,
to walk upon this guilty sod, and to become the Lamb of God.
O Lamb of God, sweet Lamb of God, I love the holy Lamb of God!
O wash me in his precious blood my Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God.

 

Your gift of love, they crucified, they laughed and scorned him as he died,
the humble king they named a fraud and sacrificed the Lamb of God.
O Lamb of God, sweet Lamb of God, I love the holy Lamb of God!
O wash me in his precious blood my Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God.

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, based on Psalm 149, prepares our hearts to receive God’s blessings.

Praise God among the communion of saints.
Let the people of God rejoice in their creator.
Let them praise the LORD with dance, and celebrate with musical instruments, because the LORD delights in them, and adorns the despairing with welfare.
Let all the saints jump for joy; let them cry out with gladness where they rest.
Let high praises of God be in their throats: word and song that overcome injustice, binding rulers in chains and the powerful in iron shackles; bringing justice to them, and honor to all God’s faithful.
Praise the LORD!

God of love and judgment,
When Israel was enslaved in Egypt, your love set Israel free, when rulers oppress the poor and helpless, your judgment brings peace and justice to the land.

Today our government leaders oppress the poor and helpless, by creating lies, conspiracy theories, distractions, and distortions; send your judgment, and empower us to proclaim your peace and justice that we may fulfill your love and grace and learn to love our neighbors as we love ourselves, Amen.

Our Gospel hymn is “They’ll Know We are Christians,” from The Faith We Sing #2223, played by our pianist Denise Melroy.

We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord,
we are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord,
and we pray that all unity may one day be restored:
And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love;
yes, they’ll know we are Christians by our love.

 

We will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand,
we will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand,
and together we’ll spread the news that God is in our land:
And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love;
yes, they’ll know we are Christians by our love.

Coloring Page: Jesus as a lion
Coloring Page: Jesus as a lion

Our Gospel reading is from Matthew 18:15-20  (The Message). Jesus sets out  the protocol for dealing with sin in the church ensuring that future reconciliation will not be encumbered by gossip from others.

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.

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.

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: “Everybody” by John Prine, played by guitarist Steve Cole.

Steve Cole
Steve Cole

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

We do not desire to gloss over the pain and hurt which is a part of life. We know persons who are bowed down with heavy responsibilities; persons who are trying to gather the pieces of broken relationships; persons who wonder what it would be like to feel healthy again; persons who both accept and struggle against physical limitations. By your Spirit, Lord, when any of us are confused or in pain, we are able to live in strength and courage if, in faith, we remember to ask for help. Let it be so for all who need you. Let some sense of blessing touch each one who joins in this prayer. And in return, you shall hear in our hearts a song of praise and joy.

>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.”

Pastor Patrick Davis
Pastor Patrick Davis

The message today from Pastor Patrick is “Praises & Swords.”  How do we transform the anger into something that reflects the grace of God?
See it in the video recording above, at 22:00.

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.

Benediction:
Go into this week with a new song in your heart, a song of justice and peace in your soul, and to live a new song with every step you take. Amen

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

  • “Lamb of God” by Twila Paris. © CCLI License #2718708.
  • Call To Worship Psalm 149 copyright © Jeff Shrowder 2003.
  • “They’ll Know We Are Christians” by Peter Scholtes.  © CCLI License #2718708.
  • “Bind Us Together” by Bob Gillman.  © CCLI License #2718708.
  • All other text on this page © The United Methodist Church of Morgan Hill.

1 Comment

  1. You (each of you) give me a spiritual uplift each week as I get to visit MY church. Being far away in Reno, it is vital for me to be with you. I look forward to seeing Trish and Patrick. I wish I could see Denise. Matthew, it was good to see you at communion today. Steve your offeratory selection really felt good to me. So, thanks to all of you
    I miss Janet’s flute. Wanda you and Darcy are missed. Love you all, Nancy

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