Worship Service – September 27, 2020 – “Strike the Rock”

The theme for our worship experience this week is “Strike the Rock,” which is a call for deeper living. “Strike the rock” means lean on God, trust in Jesus. Strike the rock means find the joy even in difficult moments, even in the wilderness. Striking the rock is trusting that there is a way forward even when it seems like there is no way. Striking the rock is a declaration of trust, even when it seems like giving up makes more sense.

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 “The First Song of Isaiah” from The Faith We Sing #2030.

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Surely, it is God who saves me; I will trust in him and not be afraid
For the Lord is my stronghold and my sure defense, and he will be my Savior.

 

Therefore you shall draw water with rejoicing from the springs of salvation.
And on that day you shall say, give thanks to the Lord and call upon his Name;
Surely, it is God who saves me; I will trust in him and not be afraid
For the Lord is my stronghold and my sure defense, and he will be my Savior.

 

Make his deeds known among the peoples; see that they remember that his Name is exalted.
Sing the praises of the Lord, for he has done great things, and this is known in all the world.
Surely, it is God who saves me; I will trust in him and not be afraid
For the Lord is my stronghold and my sure defense, and he will be my Savior.

 

Cry aloud, inhabitants of Zion, ring out your joy,
for the great one in the midst of you is the Holy One of Israel.
Surely, it is God who saves me; I will trust in him and not be afraid
For the Lord is my stronghold and my sure defense, and he will be my Savior.

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 78, calls us to listen to God’s teachings.

I will open my mouth, says the Lord, and speak in parables and utter things
hidden from of old—things you have heard and known from your ancestors.
Do not hide them from your children, but tell them to generations to come.

Tell the glorious deeds of the Lord and of the power and wonders the Lord has done
in the land of Egypt, how the Sea was divided, and the water stood firm like walls,
and the Israelites passed through the waters of the Sea, safely to the other side.
Tell how the Lord was with the Israelites in the wilderness guiding them
with a cloud by day and by a pillar of fire by night.
Tell them of Moses striking the rock in the wilderness and
how the Lord poured forth water from a rock and made water flow down like a river.
These are the wondrous deeds of the Lord to be told to our children.  Thanks Be To God.  Amen.

Holy Mystery, the stories of our ancestors touch us as sayings of old. Help us hear the truth in their stories anew and with fresh understanding. Open our eyes to see your presence in our midst, especially in the midst of our hopes and fears. Open our hearts to the courage it take to assume leadership in our communities while remaining as your faithful followers. Open our minds to perceive hope in the midst of so much despair. Yes we believe, Great Spirit of God, help us in those places of our unbelief; this we pray, as we follow in the way of the Risen Christ. Amen.

Our Gospel hymn is “More Like You,” from The Faith We Sing #2167, played by our pianist Denise Melroy.

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More like you, Jesus, more like you.
Fill my heart with your desire to make me more like you.
More like you, Jesus, more like you.
Touch my lips with holy fire and make me more like you.

 

Lord, you are my mercy. Lord, you are my grace.
All my deepest sins have forever been erased.
Draw me in your presence. Lead me in your ways.
I long to bring you glory in righteousness and praise.

 

More like you, Jesus, more like you.
Fill my heart with your desire to make me more like you.
More like you, Jesus, more like you.
Touch my lips with holy fire and make me more like you.

Coloring Page: Moses strikes a rock, gets water
Coloring Page: Moses strikes a rock, gets water

Our Gospel reading is from Matthew 21:23-32  (The Message). Here we hear the parable of the two sons, where Jesus is teaching how our actions, not words, are the
ultimate signs of our trust and faith in God.

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 some dry grocery goods on your front porch for pick up by our Church to Go Bag teams at your home each Saturday.  We are happy to pick them up and deliver them to our local food bank, Reach Out.

UMCOR COVID-19 Response Fund
UMCOR COVID-19 Response Fund

Also, through the UMCOR COVID-19 Response fund, our Conference is providing grants to help vulnerable populations around the world impacted by COVID-19, including racial/ethnic and indigenous communities in the United States. When you say “yes” to supporting the UMCOR COVID-19 Response, we will help bring God’s love to life for those who need it most.  If you wish to give to this fund, simply mark your check or let us know in your contribution that this gift is for Covid-19.

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: “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” by John Newton (1779), Chris Tomlin and Louie Giglio (2006), played by Steve Cole.  See the story behind this song at UMC Discipleship Ministries.

Steve Cole
Steve Cole

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

Lord of wonder and mystery, we come to worship and praise
and to learn more about the wonders of You.
How great and wonderful you are in your compassion.

 

Come Holy Spirit and tell the stories of God’s  wonderful work
and the great things God has done for us.
And we will tell the children of the marvelous works of God.
About the God who rescued us from slavery; who made a way through troubled waters;
and  led us by day and night.
Who gave water when we were thirsty, food when we were hungry,
and shepherded us through when there was no way through.

 

Shape us and transform us by your grace, that we may grow in wisdom and in confidence,
never faltering until we have done all that you desire
to bring your realm of shalom to fulfillment.

This 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.”

Pastor Patrick Davis
Pastor Patrick Davis

The message today from Pastor Patrick is “Strike the Rock.”  We include a reading by one of our young people, Jackson Clayton, of the Old Testament reading, Exodus 17:1-7.  In today’s message, we talk about how we want someone or something to lift us out of the crisis and help us return to “the way things used to be,” in the way the Israelites wanted water when they were wandering in the desert.
See it in the video recording above, at 26:45.

Benediction:
Go to share the encouragement and grace of Christ
Go to spread the gifts of the Spirit.
Go and make the love of God complete.

Closing Hymn:  “And Are We Yet Alive”  from The United Methodist Hymnal #553, played by Denise Melroy.

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And are we yet alive, and see each other’s face?
Glory and thanks to Jesus give for his almighty grace!


Credits and copyrights

  • “The First Song of Isaiah” words from The Book of Common Prayer, music by Jack Noble White. © CCLI License #2718708.
  • “More Like You” by Scott Wesley Brown. © CCLI License #2718708.
  • “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are gone)” by John Newton, Chris Tomlin and Louie Giglio. (c) CCLI License #2718708
  • “And Are We Yet Alive”  words by Charles Wesley, music by Johann G. Nageli, arr. by Lowell Mason. © Public domain.
  • All other text on this page © The United Methodist Church of Morgan Hill.

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