Worship Service – January 17, 2021 – “Can Anything Good?”

In today’s reading, the prophet Nathaniel asks sarcastically, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Surely after what our world witness when a lawless mob of rioters on Jan. 6 participated in an insurrection against our government, resulting in the death of 5 people, we can appreciate the sentiment behind Nathaniel’s question. “Can anything good come out of Nazareth – Washington, DC – this?”

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.

Children's Worship
Children’s Worship: Rev. Mahsea Evans from Roseville UMC and his daughter welcome everyone; Rev. Dawn Blundell from Epworth UMC in Fallon, Nevada talks about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; and Snappy the Crab (Lodi First UMC) has a guest; First UMC Sac teachers share a special message; and Mort learns how to speak “up”– so watch until the very end to see where Mort winds “up”!

The Opening Hymn sets the mood for the service. Sing along as Denise Melroy (piano) and Janet Tuttle (flute) play “Be Thou My Vision,” from The United Methodist Hymnal #451.

Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart; naught be all else to me, save that thou art.
Thou my best thought, by day or by night, waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.


Be thou my wisdom, and thou my true word; I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord;
thou and thou only, first in my heart, great God of heaven, my treasure thou art.

MHUMC Window
MHUMC Window: Magi follow the star to find Jesus

Welcome from Pastor Patrick:
Today we celebrate the second Sunday in Epiphany.  Epiphany is the season in the church year when we observe God’s light and love for all people, symbolized in the journey of the Magi, the Wise Men, who followed the Star of Bethlehem to find the Christ child, the light that has come into a dark and contentious world.

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.

Today is also Human Relations Sunday, observed by United Methodists the Sunday before the national observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.  Human Relations Sunday recognizes the right of all God’s children to fulfill their potential as human beings in relationship with one another.

Call to Worship with Trish Catalano.
I invite you to enter into a time of Holy Space and Holy Time.
I invite you to come into worship, and see what God has in store for us today! Come into God’s presence, and see the difference love makes!

Even though and in spite of the shocking and horrific events of the past week, I invite you to come and experience that the light of God and the glory of God continues to shine into the darkness, and the darkness cannot overcome it!

Even though our eyes have seen horrific violence and suffering, our hearts betrayed, and in spite of the many lies we’ve been told—yet, still, I invite you to come and see, and experience the light, and the truth and the Vision of Christ for us and our world.

Come again and see! Come and remember who Christ is, come and remember who you are, remember your Baptism and your call to follow and serve the Risen Christ. Come and see!

Please pray with me: 
Creator God, how deeply you know us. In the mystery of your love, you see who we are and who we might become. Our bodies are your creation; and you tell us how wonderfully we are made. Our minds reflect your handiwork. Our spirits are a gift from you. You call us by name and invite us to follow. Lead us now into the depths of your light, and help us to see you more clearly, love you more deeply, and follow you more nearly, we pray, Amen.

Our Gospel hymn is “Cry of My Heart” from The Faith We Sing, #2165.  Please sing along with the accompaniment, played by our pianist Denise Melroy and guitarist Steve Cole.

It is the cry of my heart to follow you.
It is the cry of my heart to be close to you.
It is the cry of my heart to follow all of the days of my life.


Teach me your holy ways, O Lord, so I can walk in your truth.
Teach me your holy ways, O Lord, and make me wholly devoted to you.


It is the cry of my heart to follow you.
It is the cry of my heart to be close to you.
It is the cry of my heart to follow all of the days of my life.

Coloring Page: Nazareth, Jesus's birthplace
Coloring Page: Nazareth, Jesus’s birthplace
Robert Airoldi
Robert Airoldi

Our New Testament reading by lector Robert Airoldi is from John 1:43-51 (The Message). John recalls Jesus calling two of the Apostles of Jesus, Philip and Nathanael, to follow him. Nathanael is skeptical and sarcastic about Jesus when Philip tells him they have found the Messiah, and Nathanael asks, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?”  Nathanael may be expressing his own ethnic or racial bias toward the town of Nazareth.

Treasurer Wendy Ringo
Treasurer Wendy Ringo

Estimated giving campaign: MHUMC Treasurer Wendy Ringo gives thanks for your financial support of our church through 2020, despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Through this support, and responsible use of the funds, were able to continue our ministry including having a full-time Pastor, part-time church administrator, weekly online worship services, youth ministry, and distribution of nonperishable foods to the Reach Out food pantry.

Over the next few weeks, we will be asking members of our church community to pledge support in 2021. You will receive information about how to pledge, and additional details of the goals.

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

On Human Relations Sunday, we take a special love offering to benefit neighborhood ministries and community advocacy.

Here at Morgan Hill United Methodist Church many of you support the Bay Area Alliance for Youth and Family Services that provides residential care and supervision to at risk teenage girls in need of a home, food, medical and dental care, advocacy and protection from human trafficking.  And as the founder and President of the Bay Area Alliance I would like to thank you for your financial support and prayers for the children we serve and the staff who provide their care. And we are grateful for the clothing and food items donated during the Christmas season.

And we are grateful for the clothing and food items donated during the Christmas season to our Community Food Bank, Out Reach, and to Cecelia’s Closet, here in our community. As we begin a new budget year, I would also like to thank all of you for your generous and faithful commitment to the financial needs of this church last year.  Your faithfulness and continued support in 2021 is very important to the mission and ministry of our church.

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.

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: “Let There Be Peace On Earth,” sung by our choir and recorded on the CD “Songs of This Raggedy Band.”

The Prayer of the People and the Lord’s Prayer includes these words of comfort:
Fill us with your vision of love. Guide us to live by your vision of compassion and justice, and empower us to work to build the beloved community where everyone is welcomed, all are valued, power is shared, privilege is no more, and all your children know wholeness and well-being.

In accordance with the commands of Jesus Christ, shake us from our sleep with your imperative to do justice; move us to action with the compassion of your grace; and give us courage to pay the price, however painful or costly, that the justice you intend, may be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Hear us now as we pray this prayer with one voice 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 Davis is “Can Anything Good?” See it in the video recording above, at 22:40. 

Weekly Announcements:
See this week’s announcements here.

Jesus said “follow me” and “come and see” how we can change the world. Let us follow Jesus and see what happens next. Amen

Closing Hymn: “Go, Tell It On The Mountain” Sing along as Denise, Steve, and Janet Tuttle (on flute) play the refrain 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

  • “Be Thou My Vision” Ancient Irish words translated by Mary E. Byrne, traditional Irish melody with harmony by Carlton R. Young. Public domain.
  • “Cry of My Heart” by Terry Butler. © CCLI License #2718708.
  • “Let There Be Peace On Earth” by Sy Miller and Jill Jackson. © 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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