Worship service – April 11, 2021 – “Unless I See”

In last week’s Easter story, things did not go as the disciples expected.  So in this week’s story, they hid and locked their doors – and found Jesus in their midst.  If in self-preservation, we hide from the overwhelming grace of God, and lock the doors of our mind, how is it that Jesus still comes in?

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: Margie Shunk from St. Mark’s UMC greets the children with a jelly bean poem; pastor Lindsey Bell-Kerr of Christ UMC in Santa Rosa shares a message about Jesus’ love for each of us; youth from Sacramento Japanese and First Taulang-Ū UMC pair up to sign and say the Lord’s Prayer; Mort finds out he likes the self he sees… you’ll see when you watch to the very end!


The Opening Hymn sets the mood for the service. Sing along with as Denise Melroy (piano), Steve Cole (guitar), and Janet Tuttle (flute) play “Just a Closer Walk with Thee,” from The Faith We Sing #2158.

I am weak, but thou art strong; Jesus, keep me from all wrong;
I’ll be satisfied as long as I walk, let me walk close to thee.
Just a closer walk with thee, grant it, Jesus, is my plea,
daily walking close to thee: Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.

 

Through this world of toil and snares, if I falter, Lord, who cares?
Who with me my burden shares? None but thee, dear Lord, none but thee.
Just a closer walk with thee, grant it, Jesus, is my plea,
daily walking close to thee: Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.

 

When my feeble life is o’er, time for me will be no more;
guide me gently, safely o’er to thy shore, dear Lord, to thy shore.
Just a closer walk with thee, grant it, Jesus, is my plea,
daily walking close to thee: Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.

Welcome from Pastor Patrick Davis:
Pink and purple flowers beside MHUMC front doorGreetings and welcome, on this second Sunday of Easter.

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.

Last Sunday was Easter, a day on which the only fitting call to worship was an announcement of the Event – the resurrection, the greatest act of life-saving imaginable. Through it God let us laugh at our death sentence by punctuating it with a living exclamation mark. On this day and in days to come may we remember that there are times when God restates the joyful resurrection proclamation.

  • Abilities faded and forgotten are channeled toward new creativity – that’s resurrection.
  • Friendships once killed by frosty misunderstanding bloom again in warm reconciliation – that’s resurrection.
  • Hopes glimmering and gone are rekindled by expressions of caring – that’s resurrection.
  • Faith, dulled by lack of exercise, dances again to God’s everyday rhythms – that’s resurrection.

Our Gospel hymn is “We Walk by Faith” from The Faith We Sing #2196.  Please sing along with Denise Melroy on piano and Steve Cole on guitar.

 

We walk by faith, and not by sight:
No gracious words we hear of him who spoke as none e’er spoke,
but we believe him near.

 

We may not touch his hands and side, nor follow where he trod;
yet in his promise we rejoice, and cry, “My Lord and God!”

 

Help then, O Lord, our unbelief, and may our faith abound;
to call on you when you are near, and seek where you are found.

Coloring page: “Doubting Thomas” with Jesus
Coloring page: “Doubting Thomas” with Jesus

Our Gospel Reading is from John 20:19-31 (NRSV). This Gospel shows us that there are different kinds of faith, and that faith comes in different ways and with differing intensities to different people.

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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: “Thine Be The Glory,” sung by hundreds of United Methodists from across the globe as the United Methodist Choir. (You can see it here.)

 

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

You call us to be people of faith, yet we are often people with doubts.

  • We doubt that love can grow again in relationships where anger and bitterness reign supreme.  You know the strength of love and the power of prayer:  help us to be faithful lovers.
  • We doubt that peace can come in the Middle East, in Syria, in Palestine;  where hatred and racism reign supreme.  You know that peace is growing there:  help us to be faithful peacemakers.
  • We doubt that the hungry can be fed in Africa, where despair and hopelessness reign supreme.  You know that there is enough food in the world; help us to be generous and faithful.

You specialize in impossibilities;
you walked on water,
you heal the nations
you forgive sins
you set the captive free,
you set us free from our captivities.

Give us faith, small as a mustard seed, so that we can be your faithful people, believing in your power to save, believing in your power to reign supreme, believing that we can share this good news with everyone we meet.

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.”

Trish Catalano
Trish Catalano

The message today from Trish Catalano is “Unless I See.” See it in the video recording above, at 26:40

 

 

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Benediction

Jesus said: “Peace be with you. As the Father sent me, so I am now sending you.”

He believes in you. The busy world awaits your compassion.
God believes in you.
Sometimes you will give your best yet fail.
God believes in you
At other times you will succeed in spite of your stumbling.
God believes in you.
Go gladly, daring to succeed or fail to the glory of God,
and then at the very end, nothing shall dismay you.
God believes in you.  With Christ’s own breath within us, we shall travel well.

The help of the saving Christ,
the wisdom of the Living God,
and the support of the loving Spirit,
will be with you every step of the way, now and always.
Amen!

Closing Hymn:  “Amen”  from The Faith We Sing #2072.  Sing along with our choir, accompanied by Denise Melroy (piano) and Steve Cole (guitar).

Amen! Amen! Amen, Amen!


Credits and copyrights

  • “Just a Closer Walk with Thee” words and music anonymous. © public domain.
  • “We Walk by Faith” by Words by Henry Alford, music attr. to Hugh Wilson. (c) CCLI License #2718708
  • “Thine Be The Glory” words by Edmond L. Budry, trans. by R. Birch Hoyle. Music from Harmonia Sacra, arr. from G.F. Handel. © CCLI License #2718708.
  • “Amen” words and music African American spiritual, music arr. by Nelsie T. Johnson. © CCLI License #2718708.  Thank you to our musicians Denise Melroy (piano), Steve Cole (guitar), Janet Tuttle (flute) and our vocalists Steve Cole, Wanda Garrett, Janet Ohene-Nyako, Koiwa Ohene-Nyako Mattia, Marilyn Pifer, and Sophia and Annabelle.
  • All other text on this page © The United Methodist Church of Morgan Hill.

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