Worship Service – October 4, 2020 – “That I May Gain Christ”

“Pressing On” seems to be our normal mode these days. We are overwhelmed with changes, overrun with failures, overruled by objections. It seems as though every step is an uphill climb. Yet, we press on. There is a “kin-dom” to build. And what we do as individuals and as a church community matters.  Yes,  there is “doing” involved here; but the “doing” grows out of “being” the body of Christ. This Sermon Series during the month of October, invites us to be “Pressing On.”

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 “Every Time I Feel The Spirit” from The United Methodist Hymnal #404.

(intro)

Every time I feel the Spirit moving in my heart, I will pray.
Yes, every time I feel the Spirit moving in my heart, I will pray.

 

Upon the mountain, my Lord spoke, out his mouth came fire and smoke.
All around me looks so shine, ask my Lord if all was mine.
Every time I feel the Spirit moving in my heart, I will pray.
Yes, every time I feel the Spirit moving in my heart, I will pray.

 

Jordan river runs right cold, chills the body, not the soul.
Ain’t but one train on this track, runs to heaven and right back.
Every time I feel the Spirit moving in my heart, I will pray.
Yes, every time I feel the Spirit moving in my heart, I will pray.

 

Welcome from from Pastor Patrick:
Morgan Hill United Methodist ChurchWe’re so glad you have chosen to worship with us today on this World Communion Sunday!

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, puts us in the mind-frame of World Communion.

World Communion SundayOn this World Communion Sunday we say to the Lord:
Gather us in, Creator of the Universe,
Gather the lost and the lonely, the broken and breaking,
the tired and the aching who long for nourishment found at your feast

GATHER US IN, Redeeming Christ,
Gather the done and the doubting, the wishing and wondering,
the puzzled and pondering who long for the company found at your feast.

GATHER US IN, Unifying and Universal Holy Spirit, and gather
the proud and pretentious, the sure and superior,
the never inferior who long for the leveling found at your feast.

GATHER US IN, Holy Trinity, and gather
the bright and the bustling, the stirrers, the shakers,
the kind laughter makers who long for the deeper joys found at your feast.

GATHER US IN, All Saints and Angels,
from corner or limelight, from mansion or campsite, from fears and obsession,
from tears and depression, from untold excesses, from treasured successes,
to meet, to eat, to be given a seat, be joined to the vine,
be offered new wine, become like the least, be found at the feast.

COME ALL, COME NOW AND GATHER IN AS ONE FAMILY OF GOD!

Please Pray With Me:
As we gather at your table from all over the world, O God, we pray that all those who come to you in the name of Christ might be one in Spirit. Knead us together in one loaf. Free us from jealousy and selfish ambition; unite us in mission and service to those in need everywhere. May we sow righteousness and harvest peace, through the grace of Jesus Christ we pray, Amen.

Our Gospel hymn is “I Come With Joy,” from The United Methodist Hymnal #617, played by our pianist Denise Melroy.

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I come with joy to meet my Lord, forgiven, loved and free,
in awe and wonder to recall his life laid down for me,
his life laid down for me.

 

I come with Christians far and near to find, as all are fed,
the new community of love in Christ’s communion bread,
in Christ’s communion bread.

 

Together met, together bound, we’ll go our different ways,
and as his people in the world, we’ll live and speak his praise,
we’ll live and speak his praise.

Coloring Page: The Wicked Tenants
Coloring Page: The Wicked Tenants

Our Gospel reading is from Matthew 21:33-46  (The Message). The parable of the wicked tenants is rooted in the economic life of Galilee. Landowners were often absentee foreigners, and they were resented by the local peasantry who were the tenants that worked the land. Matthew strengthens the allegorical references in the parable by symbolizing the slaves he sends as the prophets of Israel, and the landowner in Matthew’s story represents 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.

In your Church to Go bags for today’s service you will find an envelope for you to make a donation to our World Communion offering.  World Communion Sunday was started in 1940 as a Presbyterian-led initiative of the Federal Council of Churches toward ecumenical celebration of Communion by some Protestants in the United States on the same Sunday at a time when most U.S. Protestant denominations celebrated Communion. Not all churches involved in the Federal Council at the time chose to participate, but there was fairly strong uptake by Presbyterians, Methodists, Congregationalists (now known as UCC), and some Baptist groups at the time. These, in turn, generally promoted the idea across their missionary networks outside the United States so there would be more of a feel of worldwide Communion on that day, even if the practice was (and remains) in fact largely limited to a few U.S. Protestant denominations.

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

Make a donation

Special Music: “How Firm a Foundation” by James Clemens, based on the early American tune “Bellevue,” played by Denise Melroy.

Denise Melroy
Denise Melroy

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

Gracious God, we come together as Christians from all over the world to share in the bounty of your table. We gather to share the cup of life and the bread that provides strength for our journey. We gather speaking many languages and worshiping you in ways unique to our culture and heritage. But in our diversity, there is unity. No where else, Loving God, are we made more aware of how interconnected we really are, than at your table. The bread and cup, symbols of Christ’s broken body, speak to us of the broken bodies in the world today which cry out for the healing power of your spirit. And so we humbly offer to you our lives and our spirits, just as we are, knowing that you can use our brokenness to bring about healing and wholeness in your name.

 

On this World Wide Communion Sunday, we lift our prayers to you, knowing that you already hear the yearnings of our hearts.

 

Pour out your Spirit upon all the nations of the earth and upon all whom you have named and claimed as your own in Christ’s name. For all the blessings in our lives and for your promise to always be with us, we lift our prayers of praise and thanksgiving.

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 “That I May Gain Christ.”  This is the first of a four-part series entitled “Pressing On.”
See it in the video recording above, at 22:40.

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 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.

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


Credits and copyrights

  • “Every Time I Feel the Spirit” Afro-American spiritual; music adapt. and arr. by William Farley Smith. © public domain.
  • “I Come With Joy” words by Brian Wren, music from The Southern Harmony, harm. by Charles H. Webb. © CCLI License #2718708.
  • “TBA” by TBD (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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