Worship service – June 13, 2021 – “Growing Into the New Creation”

This week, we are talking about growing into the new creation that we are called to be in Christ.  This is an ideal time to talk about growing. Many home gardens have tomatoes, potatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and  more almost visibly growing.  Families with children are telling stories of their latest adventures and creative inventions they’ve built in the longer playtime available in the summer.  At the same time – how are we growing in our faith? What glimpses of Christ’s “kin-dom” have we seen in daily life? As we tell our stories of growth in the new creation, we may be also growing God’s family.

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: Margie Shunk from St. Mark’s United Methodist Church greets the children and gives a special message about a seed; Ryland Fernandez from Sacramento Japanese UMC introduces a new memory verse; Tracee Siminoni-Clarke reads a story and the scripture for the day; and Mort listens to how tiny can get BIG and can’t stop thinking about how BIG things can get! So, watch to the very, very end past the end–you know!


The Opening Hymn sets the mood for the service. Sing along with as Denise Melroy (piano) and Janet Tuttle (flute) play “This is a Day of New Beginnings” from The United Methodist Hymnal #383.

This is a day of new beginnings, time to remember and move on,
time to believe what love is bringing, laying to rest the pain that’s gone.

 

For by the life and death of Jesus, God’s mighty Spirit, now as then,
can make for us a world of difference, as faith and hope are born again.

MHUMC garden rose
MHUMC garden rose

Welcome from Pastor Patrick Davis:
Greetings and welcome, on this third 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.

What mysteries there are in God’s world!
We, who are so sophisticated, stand in awe at the wonders of the natural world.
We look at the tiniest of seeds and wonder what will happen from that small seed will grow a large shrub.
Although we consider our gifts to be small and insignificant, God will use our gifts in miraculous ways.
Come and let us praise the God of small seeds and mighty deeds. Amen.

Please pray with me:

Holy One:
you anoint us with living water, so we may go to serve the world in these troubled days.
You open our eyes so we will see everyone as our sisters and brothers.

Seed Planter:
you place faith deep within us, so we can bear witness to your just and loving kingdom.
Your love regulates our hearts, so we can welcome all in your name.

Gentle Spirit:
when we cannot see the way, you take us by the hand so we can step forward, in faith, into the kingdom.
You fill us with hope, so we can sing God’s joy all of our days.

God in Community, Holy in One, receive our worship we pray, Amen.

Our Gospel hymn is “Hymn of Promise” from The United Methodist Hymnal #707.  Please sing along with Denise Melroy (piano) and Steve Cole (guitar).

In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed, an apple tree;
in cocoons, a hidden promise: butterflies will soon be free!
In the cold and snow of winter there’s a spring that waits to be,
unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

 

In our end is our beginning; in our time, infinity;
in our doubt there is believing; in our life, eternity.
In our death, a resurrection; at the last, a victory,
unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

Coloring page: Mustard seed
Coloring page: Parable of the mustard seed
Adrianna Saffell
Adrianna Saffell

Our Gospel Reading is from Mark 4:26-34 (The Common English Bible), read by Adrianna. In today’s reading Jesus tells a story about a farmer who scattered some tiny mustard seeds on the ground. When the seeds started to grow they grew into a very large shrub. In a similar way, when Jesus began teaching and preaching in the small villages and towns in Galilee his ministry seemed insignificant, but from it grew the Kingdom of God.

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. Last Sunday, we shared the story of how your offerings 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. (See more on their Facebook page.)

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: “Children’s Medley” arr. By Mark Hayes, played by Wanda Garrett.

 

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

Gracious Lord, we remember with gratitude those people who generously sowed the seeds of faith in our lives.

Above all. we recognize how you have blessed our lives with the gift of the Holy Spirit so that our faith has miraculously and mysteriously grown.

We confess –

  • the times we fail to involve ourselves in planting any seeds of faith in the lives of others;
  • the times when our personal agendas become more important than yours;
  • the times when we have denied others the opportunity to expand their faith
    through our lack of interest or involvement;
  • the times when our lives become so entangled with the values of the world
    that we forget what you have said and done and promised.

Gracious Lord, we know that when we become disconnected from you, our lives become parched and unfruitful and our faith becomes stunted and dry.

Bless and renew our lives, we pray, so that we remain connected to you at all times and in all places, strengthening our faith to expand and, growing strongly and vigorously, to bear the fruit of your mercy, your love, your undying life.

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 “Growing into the New Creation.” See it in the video recording above, at 17:12

We celebrate the new creation that we have become in Christ and we encourage continued growth on the path of discipleship. Wesley and others called this sanctification, where we are made by the activity of the Spirit within and among us into something that more resembles the Christ we follow. It is a long and often difficult process, full of as many setbacks as advances. Yet we forge on in joy, knowing that we are the body of the Christ we serve.

 

Link to weekly announcementsWeekly Announcements:
See this week’s announcements here.

Catch the special announcement at the very end from Denise, our Staff-Parish Relations Chair, about our upcoming pastoral change.

 

Benediction
Let us go out into the world understanding that we are fearfully and wonderfully made.
Let our walk declare God’s glory.
Let our talk sing God’s praise.
Because we are indeed walking billboards declaring God’s glory!

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 a Day of New Beginnings” words by Brian Wren, music by Carlton R. Young. © CCLI License #2718708.
  • “Hymn of Promise” by Natalie Sleeth. © 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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