Worship service – April 18, 2021 – “Touch and See”

Just before Jesus ascended to heaven, he shared some last words for his disciples. One thing he said was, “You are witnesses of these things.” That had special significance for his disciples, as it does for disciples today. Being a witness is not optional. We actually ARE witnesses – living witnesses. We have touched and seen the Risen Lord. HOW we bear witness to the resurrection is essential to our faith.

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. Karen Stoffers-Pugh of Fresno Wesley UMC welcomes and blesses the children; Jim and Jean Strathdee share a special song as lots of animals “Dance To The Spirit”; Lamb-see-do reads the Bible outside; kids get to peek inside Mort’s garden; Mort gets to let his light shine and shine …if you watch to the very end (parents, do not try (allow) this at home!).


The Opening Hymn sets the mood for the service. Sing along with as Denise Melroy (piano), Janet Tuttle (flute), and Steve Cole (guitar) play “Precious Lord, Take My Hand,” from The United Methodist Hymnal #474.

Precious Lord, take my hand, lead me on, let me stand,
I am tired, I am weak, I am worn;
through the storm, through the night, lead me on to the light:
Take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home.

 

When the darkness appears and the night draws near,
and the day is past and gone,
at the river I stand, guide my feet, hold my hand:
Take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home.

Welcome from Pastor Patrick Davis:
Pink Camellia flower by Fellowship Hall doorGreetings and welcome, on this third Sunday of Eastertide.

Today we observe Native American Ministries Sunday, one of six special Sundays we observe throughout the year in the United Methodist Church.  Native American Ministries Sunday is an opportunity to recognize our mission to Native Americans and to receive a special offering to provide scholarships for United Methodist Native American seminarians.

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.

Our Lord Jesus spoke to the storm, saying “Peace, be still.”
As we gather in worship, Jesus speaks to our hearts and spirits now, saying “Peace, be still.”
As we rest in Creator’s Presence, may all our storms grow quiet within us.
May we feel like a leaf after a storm, when the wind is still.
May we know both Creator’s presence and peace.

Please pray with me:
We have come to this holy place to worship the Creator; remind us, Holy Presence, that sanctuary is not always built by human hands. For every place we stand is a sanctuary, and Holy Ground, every moment a time to worship you Creator God!
When we live as if this planet and all creation, even ourselves, is a sanctuary — a holy place,
full of the Creator’s presence — we walk differently upon this earth.
Remind us we are always on sacred ground and to move with reverence through all creation. Let us enter this holy place now to worship Creator! Amen!

Our Gospel hymn is “Please Enter My Heart, Hosanna” from The Faith We Sing #2154.  Please sing along with Denise Melroy (piano), Steve Cole (guitar), and Janet Tuttle (flute).

Please enter my heart, hosanna. O please lead my life today.
Gentle Lamb of God, the Christ, the anointed one,
won’t you enter my heart today?
O please hear my prayer hosanna, these words that I need to say.
Gentle Lamb of God, the Christ, the anointed one,
won’t you enter my heart to stay?

 

O come, Jesus, come. Hosanna! Hosanna!
O come, Jesus, come today.

 

Please enter my heart, hosanna. O please lead my life today.
Gentle Lamb of God, the Christ, the anointed one,
won’t you enter my heart today?
O please hear my prayer hosanna, these words that I need to say.
Gentle Lamb of God, the Christ, the anointed one,
won’t you enter my heart to stay?

 

O come, Jesus, come. Hosanna! Hosanna!
O come, Jesus, come. Hosanna! Hosanna!
O come, Jesus, come today, come to stay.

Jesus meets friends on road to Emmaus
Coloring page: Jesus meets friends on road to Emmaus
Robert and Kathryn
Robert and Kathryn

Our Gospel Reading is from Luke 24:36-48 (NRSV), read by Kathryn and Robert Airoldi.  Luke writes that it is only by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit that our doubting minds and hearts are enabled to understand and trust the scriptures. Jesus opens the minds of his followers so that they can truly see and believe everything written about him in the Old Testament.

Our offering is given to the mission and ministry of MHUMC.  Remember our gifts come from us, as the people of God, for the work of God, to the Glory of God in the world.

Native American feather headdress

Today is Native American Ministries Sunday, and we honor and recognize the Tamyen people, a tribe of the Ohlone Native American Nation whose lands encompass the Santa Clara Valley and Northern California.

Last year United Methodist collectively gave through our connectional system approximately $274,000 to the Native American Ministries Sunday offering.  This offering helped develop and strengthen our Native American relationships in 129 Annual Conferences, including the California Nevada Conference.

This offering also provides scholarships for Native Americans attending United Methodist schools of theology.

If you wish to make a special offering today in addition to your regular offering, you may do that by making a separate check payable to MHUMC and designate on your check memo line Native American Sunday.

Make a donation

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:  “As The Deer,” played by David and Janet Tuttle.

 

Janet Tuttle
Janet Tuttle

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

When we are confused, Lord, give us peace.
When we are afraid, Lord, give us peace.
When we are lost in grief, Lord, give us peace.
Holy Presence, meet us in this room and grant us peace!

Lord, the light of your love shines on, illuminating the places where you are present. As the bewildered disciples pondered the stories of your appearance, you penetrated the darkness of their fear and doubt with your word of peace. You showed them the marks that pierced your hands, your side and feet. And to told them to “touch and see” and You opened their minds to understand and faith.

Help us each day to bear witness to your name and to do that which you would have us do.

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 “Touch and See.” See it in the video recording above, at 27:34

 

 

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Benediction

Go now as God’s chosen witnesses to testify that Christ has been raised and that we are raised with him.
Do not look for him among the dead, but be glad and rejoice – He is risen, He is risen indeed!

And may God raise you from all that would entomb you;
May Christ Jesus call you by name and go ahead of you;
And may the Holy Spirit empower you for all that is good.

Let us go in peace to love and serve the Lord, 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

  • “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” by Thomas A. Dorsey. © CCLI License #2718708
  • “Please  Enter My Heart, Hosanna” by Cathy Townley. © CCLI License #2718708
  • “As The Deer” by Martin J. Nystrom  © 1984 Maranatha Praise, Inc. Used by permission, 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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