Worship Service – March 14, 2021 – “Look Up and Live”

What does a snake on a pole have to do with Jesus?  And how are grumbling Israelites of Moses’s time related to the people of Jesus’s day – and to us?  In Good Morning Morgan Hill, and in our sermon, we’ll hear an inquisitive fellow named Nicodemus try to sort it all out.

Follow the entire service in the video here, or go at your own pace with portions of the service provided below. Note that when available, 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. Robin Wells greets us from Lafayette UMC; Margie Shunk shares about how God makes us one; Rev. Quentisha Davis Wiles and her daughter lead us in prayer; Mort finds a solution and then, finds another answer–if you watch to the very end, you will see!


The Opening Hymn sets the mood for the service. Sing along as Denise Melroy (piano) and Janet Tuttle (flute) play “Come Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy,” from The United Methodist Hymnal #340.

(intro)

Come, ye sinners, poor and needy, week and wounded, sick and sore;
Jesus ready stands to save you, full of pity, love, and power.
I will arise and go to Jesus; he will embrace me with his arms;
in the arms of my dear Savior, O there are ten thousand charms.

 

Come, ye thirsty, come, and welcome, God’s free bounty glorify;
true belief and true repentance, every grace that brings you nigh.
I will arise and go to Jesus; he will embrace me with his arms;
in the arms of my dear Savior, O there are ten thousand charms.

Welcome from Trish Catalano:
We’re so glad you have chosen to worship with us today on this fourth Sunday in the season of Lent, 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, Christ welcomes all, and 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.
And here God does not discriminate.

Call to Worship with Pastor Patrick Davis, inspired by Numbers 21:4-9 and John 3:14-21.

Too often, too easily, our eyes are drawn down, God, to the suffering of victims and the pain of perpetrators, to the wounds we inflict on others and the wounds we inflict on ourselves.

We need to see these things and pray, but, we also need our eyes to be lifted, God, to the signs of your life among us, to the touch of your healing on our souls, to the cross that casts its liberating shadow across all human affairs.

We need our eyes to be lifted, God, so our hearts may be filled with faith and hope and love.

Please pray with me:

Gracious God, so often we have missed your presence because we are looking for you clothed in a particular way. Let this time of worship be an encounter with you that will enable us to behold you in all the people we meet and all the situations we greet. You are from everlasting to everlasting, so we are confident that you are here; help us to be aware of your holy presence. O Lord, enrich this act of worship with the power of the Holy Spirit, we pray in Jesus’s name. Amen.

Our Gospel hymn is “You Are My All in All” from Worship & Song #3040.  Please sing along with the accompaniment played by Denise Melroy on piano and Steve Cole on guitar.

You are my strength when I am weak. You are the treasure that I seek.
You are my all in all.
Seeking you as a precious jewel, Lord, to give up I’d be a fool.
You are my all in all.

 

Taking my sin, my cross, my shame, rising again I bless your name,
you are my all in all.
When I fall down you pick me up. When I am dry you fill my cup.
You are my all in all.

 

Jesus, Lamb of God, worthy is your name.
Jesus, Lamb of God, worthy is your name.
Jesus, Lamb of God, worthy is your name.
Jesus, Lamb of God, worthy is your name.

Coloring Page: John 3:21
Coloring Page: John 3:21

Our New Testament reading is from John 3:14-21 (The Message). This passage is more than the familiar verse 16 – it links three related subjects that together describe our relationship with the Divine:

  1. The lifting up of the Son of Man, which makes eternal life possible.
  2. God’s love for the world, which prompted God’s gift of the Son so that those who believe in him should have eternal life.
  3. The judgment or condemnation of those who do not believe in the Son.

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Special Music: “Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley” performed by  Steve Cole.

Steve Cole
Steve Cole

Good Morning Morgan Hill! In today’s episode of our favorite Lenten news program, Katie Cupcake interviews the scholar Nicodemus.  Nicodemus witnessed the incident when Jesus chased the market vendors out of the Temple. This episode is brought to you by our sponsor, Pastor Patrick, who discovered a missing chapter from Genesis.

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

Allow us, God, to not become complacent in our daily journey.  You have given us the spirit of discernment, but please give us the wisdom to see beyond the transitory things of life and find you and your sustaining presence, that we may be a blessing to others.

Touch families, friends, and most importantly our neighbors because when you are blessing our neighbors, we know you are in the neighborhood and you are headed to our house.  We will continue to give you glory, honor, and praise, believing that your grace is sufficient enough for us, and your love endures forever.

Speak to us anew as we offer this prayer and our worship as we pray with one voice as Jesus taught us, 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 “Look Up and Live.” See it in the video recording above, at 29:28. 

 

Weekly Announcements:
See this week’s announcements here.

 

Benediction:

As you go into your week, Go, Go, Go
People made by God: Go.
Go thanking, and telling others of God’s goodness, and look up!

Closing Hymn:  “Shalom to You”  from The United Methodist Hymnal #666.  Sing along with Denise Melroy (piano) and Steve Cole (guitar).

Shalom to you now, shalom, my friends.
May God’s full mercies bless you, my friends.
In all our living and through your loving,
Christ be your shalom, Christ be your shalom


Credits and copyrights

  • “Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy” words by Joseph Hart, music from “The Southern Harmony, harm. by Charles H. Webb. © public domain.
  • “You Are My All In All” by Dennis Jernigan, arr. by William S. Moon. © CCLI License #2718708
  • “Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley” American folk hymn. © public domain.
  • “Shalom to You” words by Elise S. Eslinger, music harm. by Carlton R. Young. © CCLI License #2718708
  • All other text on this page © The United Methodist Church of Morgan Hill.

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