How many things have you seen recently that are excellent and worthy of praise? In quiet times, do you recall them, or the ugly and irritating things you’ve seen? Today we are encouraged to turn away from the distractions and disappointments of life, and always focus on the true, honorable, gracious things, to live in harmony with God.
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 and Find the Quiet Center” from The Faith We Sing #2128.
Come and find the quiet center in the crowded life we lead,
find the room for hope to enter, find the frame where we are freed;
Clear the chaos and the clutter, clear out eyes that we can see
all the things that really matter, be at peace, and simply be.
Silence is a friend who claims us, cools the heat and slows the pace,
God it is who speaks and names us, know our being, touches bace,
making space within our thinking, lifting shades to show the sun,
raising courage when we’re shrinking, finding scope for faith begun.
Welcome from from Trish Catalano:
We’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 Pastor Patrick, based on Philippians chapter 4.
Rejoice in the Lord always, again I will say, Rejoice!
Today we choose to rejoice. Today we choose to worship and give thanks.
Seek the peace of God that will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Today we choose God’s peace; today we place our trust in God.
Turn your hearts away from the distractions and disappointments of life that will always flow in and flow out like the tide. Set your affections on things above and worship the Lord who loves you and cares for you. We come to worship God who alone is excellent and worthy of praise!
Please Pray With Me:
Gracious God, when the world’s political noise is turned up high, we come not to escape, but to seek wisdom, and to focus on things that are worthy.
Dial down the distractions in our minds. Tune our senses to your word and our hearts to your praise. In your holy name we pray. Amen.
Our Gospel hymn is “Sanctuary,” from The Faith We Sing #2164, played by our pianists Denise Melroy and Wanda Garrett.
Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true.
With thanksgiving, I’ll be a living sanctuary for you.
Our New Testament reading is from Philippians 4:1-9 (The Message). Paul encourages the church at Philippi to think on things that are true, honorable, just, pure, pleasing, commendable, things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
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.
Remember our gifts come from us, as the people of God, For the work of God, to the Glory of God in the world.
|Special Music: “Children’s Medley” arr. By Mark Hayes, played by Wanda Garrett.|
The Prayer of the People and the Lord’s Prayer includes these words of comfort:
Gracious God, we confess our proclivity to worry. Help us to be more aware when we begin to worry, so that we can turn those moments of anxiety into opportunities of prayer. We pray for introspection to bless the citizens of this world that they might stop to think about the possibilities of this life and see and understand the limitation and problems of others. Pray that visions, personal and social, be broadened, that compassion and practicality are joined. Pray that selfishness and aloofness disappear. Guide our thoughts that we might focus on your truth, your beauty, and your justice.
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.”
The message today from Trish Catalano is “Think on These Things.” This is the second of a four-part series entitled “Pressing On.” See it in the video recording above, at 19:50.
May we go from this sacred place and this sacred time, our minds filled with the Word and the fellowship of the community of faith, to live out our call in the world as a people of joy and of hope. Go with God. Amen.
Closing Hymn: “And Are We Yet Alive” from The United Methodist Hymnal #553, played by Denise Melroy.
And are we yet alive, and see each other’s face?
Glory and thanks to Jesus give for his almighty grace!
Credits and copyrights
- “Come and Find the Quiet Center” words by Shirley Erena Murray, music attr. to B.F. White. © CCLI License #2718708
- “Sanctuary” by John Thompson and Randy Scruggs. © CCLI License #2718708.
- “Children’s Medley” arr. By Mark Hayes © Van Ness Press
- “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.