Worship service – June 6, 2021 – “Being Renewed”

What does your ideal “renewal” place look like? Does it feature silence? Uplifting music? Being energized by others? Sometimes the place we think will renew us does the opposite and becomes draining – a family trip that becomes filled with tension, a community of faith marred by divisions. Given all that – How do we find renewal as a part of God’s family?  In addition to exploring those questions, today’s service includes Communion.

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: This week Rev. Mary Maaga greets children and shares a special message about courage; Pastor Rod helps Mort build courage and Mort, in a way, helps back! (Watch to the very end!)


The Opening Hymn sets the mood for the service. Sing along with as Denise Melroy (piano) and Janet Tuttle (flute) play “This is My Father’s World” from The United Methodist Hymnal #144.

This is my Father’s world, and to my listening ears
all nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres.
This is my Father’s world: I rest me in the thought
of rocks and trees, of skies and seas;
his hand the wonders wrought.

 

This is my Father’s world, the birds their carols raise,
the morning light, the lily white, declare their maker’s praise.
This is my Father’s world: he shines in all that’s fair;
in the rustling grass I hear him pass;
he speaks to me everywhere.

 

This is my Father’s world. O let me ne’er forget
that though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.
This is my Father’s world: why should my heart be sad?
The Lord is King; let the heavens ring!
God reigns; let the earth be glad!

MHUMC Wesley Cottage bear
MHUMC Wesley Cottage bear

Welcome from Pastor Patrick Davis:
Greetings and welcome, on this second Sunday after the Pentecost, when we celebrate the birth, life, and ministry of the church.

We are pleased and blessed that you have chosen to 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.

I invite you to be still and know that God is God—take a deep cleansing breath and breathe your self into this moment of sacred time and space, allow the presence of the Holy Spirit to embrace you and bear you up on eagles’ wings and hold you in the palm of God’s hand.

Use this moment to be aware of who is your mother, and who are your brothers and sisters? Look around you and you will see them. They are not always the people you grew up with.

  • They are the people who have joined the journey to learn more about God and the ways of God’s people.
  • They are the people who pray through the night for the safety of someone else’s child or for the healing of someone else’s loved one.
  • They are the ones who offer a cold cup of water to people considered outcast. They do so in the name of Christ.

Who are your brothers; who are your sisters; where is your family?
Jesus said, “Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother (Mark 3:35, NRSV).”

Welcome to worship, family!  As we gather to worship the God who has made us all kin-dom folk!

Please pray with me:

All-knowing God, you embrace all that we are and all that we will be.
Help us to truly see one another, so that we can see your light in one another as well as our diverse needs.
Help us to listen deeply to one another, so that we can eagerly respond to your call to advocate for justice, inclusion, and peace.

 

May Christ be with us, before us, behind us,
Christ in, beneath and above us,
Christ on our right, Christ on our left,
Christ when we lie and sit down,
Christ in the heart of every one we speak to,
And in the mouth of every one who speaks to us,
Christ in the eyes that sees us,
Christ in every ear that hears us.

 

This we pray, Amen.

Our Gospel hymn is “Who is My Mother, Who Is My Brother” from The Faith We Sing #2225.  Please sing along with Denise Melroy (piano) and Janet Tuttle (flute).

Who is my mother, who is my brother? all those who gather round Jesus Christ:
Spirit-blown people, born from the Gospel sit at the table, round Jesus Christ.

 

Differently abled, differently labeled widen the circle round Jesus Christ:
Crutches and stigmas, cultures’ enigmas all come together round Jesus Christ.

 

Love will relate us – color or status can’t segregate us, round Jesus Christ:
Family failings, human derailings – all are accepted, round Jesus Christ

 

Bound by one vision, met for one mission we claim each other, round Jesus Christ:
Here is my mother, here is my brother, kindred in  Spirit, through Jesus Christ.

Coloring page: Brothers and Sisters in Christ
Printable coloring page
Debbie Ullman
Debbie Ullman

Our Gospel Reading is from Mark 3:20-35 (The New Revised Standard Version), read by Debbie Ullman. After preaching to large crowds, Jesus went home to Capernaum for dinner. The crowds followed him, and their demands were such that he and his apostles could not eat.  Instead, he got into a heated discussion with some Temple scribes. His family came to rescue him. Jesus used the opportunity to point out how communities need to unite around their shared values. He uses the family image of mother, brother, and sister to explain their relational style and how living together in love, peace, respect and justice, according to God’s purposes, keeps the community together.

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.

Africa University Dream Farm
Africa University Dream Farm

Your offerings last week not only empowered ministry within our congregation so that we may respond to the needs of our community. But it also supported Africa University, a United Methodist university in Zimbabwe, which includes their School of Agriculture, that operates a farm called the Dream Farm where students learn farming first-hand.

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world, Africa University students working the Dream Farm began growing and gathering fresh vegetables, and delivering them door-to-door to ensure families had access to fresh and nutritious food and to keep supermarkets in Zimbabwe well stocked with farm-fresh produce.

Farming activities continue full throttle today, despite extended national lockdown restrictions.

Ministries like these happen, thanks to the way the people of The United Methodist Church live and give connectionally.

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.

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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:  “A Place at the Table” by Shirley Erena Murray and Lori True, played by guitarist Steve Cole.

 

Steve Cole
Steve Cole

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

Creator God, Mother/Father of us all,  you call us like a good parent to guide and protect us, to nourish and lead us.
Brother Jesus, you call us like a caring older brother to serve us and help us, to cheer us and invite us.
Healing Spirit, you call us and move us ever closer into fellowship with you and each other.

Yet like unruly children we strain at your guidance, we try to break away and do it ourselves. We feel our strength and imagine to be all powerful. We rejoice in our life and imagine ourselves to be immortal.

We know our talents and want to be independent rather than depend on you. Before we know it we are in the grip of other powers, leading us away from your loving ways into the slavery of selfish greed, adoring false gods of youth-fulness, materialism and power.

Lord, forgive us and free us. Open our eyes to how your wisdom knows true leadership to be service. Open our hearts that we may learn that neither race or tribe, culture or religion are barriers to separate us but that we are all one family in your love.

So open our hearts and minds to learn again to live your love as we celebrate and worship you here together.

We seek all this 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.”

Pastor Patrick Davis
Pastor Patrick Davis

The message today from Pastor Patrick Davis is “Being Renewed.” See it in the video recording above, at 24:23.

In his message, Pastor Patrick references this inspiring, uplifting music video from Sister Sledge, “We Are Family.”

The Service of Holy Communion, led by Pastor Patrick, is included in the video following the message at 41:40. To participate in your home, please have your own bread and juice or wine at hand.

 

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See this week’s announcements here.

 

Benediction
Sisters and brothers of Christ, go into all the world!
Go forth with forgiveness and grace.
Go forth with compassion and love.
And let us go as la familia de dios — the Family of God for all the world to see.

Closing Hymn:  “Blest Be the Tie That Binds,” The United Methodist Hymnal #557, played by Denise Melroy (piano) and Steve Cole (guitar.

Blest be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love;
the fellowship of kindred minds is like to that above.


Credits and copyrights

  • “This is My Father’s World” words by Maltbie D. Babcock, music trad. English melody, adpated by Franklin L. Sheppard. Public domain.
  • “Who Is My Mother, Who Is My Brother” words by Shirley Erena Murray, music by Jack Schrader.  © CCLI License #2718708.
  • “A Place at the Table” by Shirley Erena Murray. © CCLI License #2718708.
  • “Blest Be the Tie That Binds” by John Fawcett and Johann G. Nageli, arr. Lowell Mason.  Public domain.
  • All other text on this page © The United Methodist Church of Morgan Hill.

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