Worship Service – September 13, 2020 – “Into The Sea”

This week’s service is being posted just two days following the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Last week we worked through moving from anger into grace. This week we consider forgiveness vs. justice.  This is hard stuff!  How and when do we celebrate “winning” when others are hurting?  In difficult times, as well as in comfortable ones, we ask God to go with us.

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 “Freely, Freely” from The United Methodist Hymnal #389.

(intro)

God forgave my sin in Jesus’ name, I’ve been born again in Jesus’ name,
and in Jesus’ name I come to you, to share his love as he told me to.
He said, “Freely, freely you have received, freely, freely give.
Go in my name, and because you believe, others will know that I live.”

 

All power is given in Jesus’ name, in earth and heaven in Jesus’ name,
and in Jesus’ name I come to you, to share his power as he told me to.
He said, “Freely, freely you have received, freely, freely give.
Go in my name, and because you believe, others will know that I live.”

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 103, prepares our hearts to receive God’s blessings.

O my soul, bless God. From head to toe, I’ll bless his holy name!
O my soul, bless God, don’t forget a single blessing!
He forgives your sins—every one.
He heals your diseases—every one.
He redeems you from hell—saves your life!
He crowns you with love and mercy—a paradise crown.
He wraps you in goodness—beauty eternal.
He renews your youth—you’re always young in his presence.
God makes everything come out right; he puts victims back on their feet

Eternal God, you have told us what you want, for brothers and sisters to get along, so simple, help 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 “Grace Alone,” from The Faith We Sing” #2162, played by our pianist Denise Melroy.

(intro)

Every promise we can make, every prayer and step of faith,
every difference we will make is only by his grace.
Every mountain we will climb, every ray of hope we shine,
every blessing left behind is only by his grace.
Grace alone which God supplies, strength unknown he will provide,
Chris in us our Cornerstone; we will go forth in grace alone.

 

Every soul we long to reach, every heart we hope to teach,
everywhere we share his peace is only by his grace.
Every loving word we day, every tear we wipe away,
every sorrow turned to praise is only by his grace.
Grace alone which God supplies, strength unknown he will provide,
Chris in us our Cornerstone; we will go forth in grace alone.

Coloring Page: The Unforgiving Servant
Coloring Page: The Unforgiving Servant

Our Gospel reading is from Matthew 18:21-35  (The Message).  Following on the difficult lessons of the previous weeks, we are asked to “throw away the calculator” when dealing with relationships.  We are asked to focus not on justice, but reconciliation.

Our offering is given to the mission and ministry of MHUMC.

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Special Music: “Kyrie” played by our pianist Denise Melroy.  This song puts the ancient Greek text to the “New World Symphony” melody by Antonin Dvorak.

Denise Melroy
Denise Melroy

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

Fresh as the water which turns a desert into a meadowland of flowers,
Spirit of uninterrupted grace, you come to us.
When we would grumble, you give us the gospel to live out;
when we would protest, you teach us songs of praise;
when we would utter laments, you fill us with God’s laughter.

God in Community, Holy in One, refresh us with your presence as we pray as Jesus taught, 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 “Into the Sea.”  The focus today is not a celebration over enemies, but a recognition that in the difficult times, and in the comfortable ones, God is with us.
See it in the video recording above, at 23:20.

Benediction:
God be in your head, and in your understanding.
God be in your eyes, and in your looking.
God be in your mouth, and in your speaking.
God be in your heart, and in your thinking.
God be at your end, and at your departing.
(Sarum liturgy, 13th Century England, Alt.)

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

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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

  • “Freely, Freely” by Carol Owens. © CCLI License #2718708.
  • “Grace Alone” by Scott Wesley Brown and Jeff Nelson. © CCLI License #2718708.
  • “Kyrie” by Antonin Dvorak, arr. by Ruth Elaine Schram. (c) 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.

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