Worship service – December 27, 2020 – “Enjoying the Company”

Today is only two days past Christmas. Some of us are still glowing from the wonderful Christmas Eve service, or from special time had with family in the last few days (even if only virtually). Some are back at work now, or back to our normal lives. But we can acknowledge the guest – the Christ – who is among us. Let us together enjoy the company we’ve welcomed.

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 “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” from The United Methodist Hymnal #240.

Hark! the herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King;
peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!”
Joyful, all ye nations rise, join the triumph of the skies;
with th’angelic host proclaim, “Christ is born in Bethlehem!”
Hark! the herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King!”


Christ, by highest heaven adored; Christ the everlasting Lord;
late in time behold him come, offspring of a virgin’s womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see; hail th’incarnate Deity,
pleased with us in flesh to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel.
Hark! the herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King!”


Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace! Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings, risen with healing in his wings.
Mild he lays his glory by, born that we no more may die,
born to raise us from the earth, born to give us second birth.
Hark! the herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King!”

Welcome to MHUMC
Welcome to MHUMC!

Welcome from Trish Catalano:
As we celebrate this first Sunday after Christmas, we’re so glad you have chosen to worship with us today and we’re blessed to have you take part in worship with us!

May the love of God, the grace of Christ, the friendship and peace of the Holy Spirit, be with you.

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, in this place, all are welcome;
Here, human diversity matters;
Here, open minds matter.

Here, prayerful hearts guided by spirit and rooted in scripture, tradition, reason and human experience matter.

Call to Worship, with Pastor Patrick

We believe.
We believe joyfully in the God of love, with all our being we celebrate our God.
As soil after drought produces green shoots and as garden seeds spring into new life,
so our God produces justice and praise to spring up among all nations.
We believe in God who dresses us in the garments of salvation;
who by the grace of Christ covers us with the robe of righteousness,
adopts us into the holy family and promises to make us a crown of beauty,
a royal diadem in the hand of God.
This we believe through Christ Jesus.
May the Holy Spirit strengthen our belief.

Our Gospel hymn is “Away in a Manger” from The United Methodist Hymnal #217, played by our pianist Denise Melroy and guitarist Steve Cole, and sung by our choir.

Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
the little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head.
The stars in the sky looked down where he lay,
the little Lord Jesus, asleep on the hay.


The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes,
but little Lord Jesus, no crying he makes;
I love thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky
and stay by my cradle till morning is high.

Coloring page: Presentation of Jesus in the temple
Coloring page: Presentation of Jesus in the temple

Our New Testament reading by Pastor Patrick  is from Luke 2:22-40 (The Message), when Jesus is presented in the temple in Jerusalem.  Luke makes it clear that Jesus, from the very beginning, is obedient to the Law of Moses. He also confirms the devotion of Joseph and Mary to the law. The law of Moses was God’s plan in the Old Testament for the salvation of the Jewish people. Jesus is God’s plan in the New Testament for the salvation of all people. It is fitting that Jesus, from the beginning of his life, has his roots firmly planted in God’s law.

 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. It is through this way of connectional giving that the people of The United Methodist Church make a huge difference.

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: “Friendly Beasts,” a 12th century French carol sung and played by Steve Cole on guitar.

 Steve Cole
Steve Cole

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

O God, you search us out and know us,
and all that we are is open to you.
We confess that we have sinned.
In your mercy, Lord,
forgive us and heal us.
When we make no room for Christ,
and fail to welcome him into our lives,
In your mercy, Lord,
forgive us and heal us.
When we follow shooting stars
and squander our gifts in Herod’s court,
In your mercy, Lord,
forgive us and heal us.
When we seek to cut down those
who might rise above us,
In your mercy, Lord,
forgive us and heal us.
When we sanitize your birthplace
and erase from memory the poor and displaced,
In your mercy, Lord,
forgive us and heal us.
When we sing sweet sentiments over Christ’s birth,
and fail to rejoice over his everyday presence,
In your mercy, Lord,
forgive us and heal us.
We turn to you, O Christ,
perfect union of Spirit and flesh;
We renounce evil;
We claim your love;
We choose to be made whole.

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.”

Trish Catalano
Trish Catalano

The message today from Trish Catalano is “Enjoying the Company.” See it in the video recording above, at 20:38.  In Trish’s message, she mentions the “nunc dimittis,” which is the Song of Simeon. Learn more about it here.

Weekly Announcements:
See this week’s announcements here.

May the love of God be the passion in your heart.
May the joy of God be your strength when times are hard.
May the presence of God be a peace that overflows.
May the Word of God be the seed that you might sow.  Amen

Closing Hymn: “Go, Tell It on the Mountain” Sing along as Denise plays this Afro-American spiritual from The United Methodist Hymnal #251.

Go, tell it on the mountain, over the hills and everywhere;
go, tell it on the mountain, that Jesus Christ is born.

Credits and copyrights

  • “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing” words by Charles Wesley, music by Felix Mendelssohn, arr. by William H. Cummings. © Public domain.
  • “Away in a Manger” words anonymous, music by James R. Murray.  © Public domain.
  • “Friendly Beasts” 12th cent. French carol, harmony by Carlton R. Young. © CCLI License #2718708
  • “Go, Tell It on the Mountain” Afro-American spiritual, words adapted by John W. Work, Jr, and music adapted and arranged by William Farley Smith. © Public domain.
  • All other text on this page © The United Methodist Church of Morgan Hill.


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