Worship Service – March 21, 2021 – “Written on the Heart”

How are you marked as a follower of Jesus? Maybe it’s a hidden tattoo, a cross in the pocket, or it’s “written on the heart” – a personal reminder of being called by God to be God’s people. Others see in our behavior that we are God’s people.  Philip, our guest on Good Morning Morgan Hill, has a lot of questions about how things that are hidden, like wheat in the dirt, grow and “bear much fruit.”

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. Lori Sawdon of Santa Rosa First UMC greets the children with Charlie Brown; Snappy and Nora from Lodi First UMC give the message; Mort reads the bible and learns an old song about our new heart; Rev. Motoe Yamada Foor blessings the children.

The Opening Hymn sets the mood for the service. Sing along as Denise Melroy (piano) and Janet Tuttle (flute) play “Jesus Calls Us,” from The United Methodist Hymnal #398.


Jesus calls o’er the tumult of our life’s wild, restless sea;
day by day his sweet voice soundeth, saying, “Christian, follow me!”


As of old the apostles heard it by the Galilean lake,
turned from home and toil and kindred, leaving all for Jesus’s sake.


Jesus calls us from the worship of the vain world’s golden store,
from the idol that would keep us, saying, “Christian, love me more!”

Welcome from Pastor Patrick Davis:
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 Trish Catalano, inspired by Jeremiah 31:31-34.

The Lord is making a new covenant with the people of God.
Here in this place, Christ writes the law of love on our hearts.
We are children of the living God.

Together, let us worship the Lord of Love!

Please pray with me:

O God of our Hearts:
You yearn to be so close to us that we can know you in every breath, in every hope, in every relationship.

Meet us here today and teach us to recognize the covenant of justice, peace and love you have written on our hearts.

So may our desires become your desires, our work become your work, and our community the place where you are sought and found.

This we pray as we follow in the way of Jesus, Amen.

Our Gospel hymn is “Glorify Thy Name” from The Faith We Sing #2016.  Please sing along with the accompaniment played by Denise Melroy (piano), Janet Tuttle (flute), and Steve Cole (guitar).

Father, we love you, we worship and adore you, glorify thy name in all the earth.
Glorify thy name, glorify thy name, glorify thy name in all the earth.

Kathryn and Robert Airoldi
Kathryn and Robert Airoldi

Our New Testament reading by Kathryn and Robert Airoldi is from John 12:20-33 (NRSV).  Some God-fearing Greeks have come to Jerusalem for the Passover festival.  They ask Philip, one of Jesus’s disciples, if they may “see Jesus.”  Philip tells another disciple, Andrew, about these Greeks, who have reverence for God, and together they inform Jesus about their request to see him.

Coloring Page: John 12:20-33
Coloring Page: Grains of wheat after “dying”

Jesus makes no direct response to their request. Instead, Jesus recognizes the request as a sign, that his hour of glorification has come near. By the “hour of his glorification” Jesus means both his being lifted up, on a cross, and his dying.

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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.

Special Music: Medley of “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” and “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded” by Lowell Mason and Hans Leo Hassler, arranged by Richard Kingsmore, played by Denise Melroy.


Denise Melroy
Denise Melroy

Good Morning Morgan HillGood Morning Morgan Hill! In today’s episode of our favorite Lenten news program, Katie Cupcake interviews the food-distribution disciple, Philip, who had an odd conversation with Jesus about wheat.  This episode is brought to you by our sponsor, Methodist Air, the no-frills airline.

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

God of Love, God of Peace: This fractured world cries out in pain.  Burn deep into our souls and challenge us to make a difference.

God of Love, God of Peace, God of this world: Scarred by grief and tears, ignorance and fear, soften our hearts of stone.

God of Love, God of Peace: Create within us a clean heart, O God, a desire for change, for new beginnings.

Loving God, we offer up our suffering. Gentle God, God of covenant, of love, glorify us through Your love. Draw us to you, and into you. Anoint us with your peace. Write your compassion in our hearts that we may love as you love.

This 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.”

Pastor Patrick Davis
Pastor Patrick Davis

The message today from Pastor Patrick Davis is “Written on the Heart.” See it in the video recording above, at 27:45


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God will write a new covenant on our hearts.
God will be our God and we will be God’s people
No longer shall we teach one another, or say to each other, “Know the Lord.”
For we shall all know God.
In the name of God the Source of Life, the Word of Truth, and the Spirit of Love.

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

  • “Jesus Calls Us” words by Cecil Frances Alexander, music by William H. Jude. © public domain.
  • “Glorify Thy Name” by Donna Adkins. © CCLI License #2718708.
  • “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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