Worship service – June 20, 2021 – “Accentuate the Positive”

When we are hit with life’s storms and times of chaos, we have options as to how to react. We can feel that things are caving in around us, and that we may perish, or we can trust in One greater than us and focus on survival. Attitude is a big part of our response. Today, guest speaker Nancy Sager will share about “accentuating the positive.”

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: Pastor Pedro Cervantes of Emanuel UMC in Sacramento greets and blesses the children; Miss Quincy, the Cat makes a guest appearance from Susan’s Holy Zoo; lots of kids send Father’s Day greetings as well as Mort, who dances to TWO different songs! Make sure to not miss out on all the fun–so watch to the beginning, middle and very end!


The Opening Hymn sets the mood for the service. Sing along with as Denise Melroy (piano) and Steve Cole (guitar) play “His Eye is on the Sparrow” from The Faith We Sing #2146.

Why should I feel discouraged? Why should the shadows come?
Why should my heart be lonely and long for heaven and home,
When Jesus is my portion? My constant friend is he:
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me;
his eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me.
I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free,
for his eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me.

 

“Let not your heart be troubled,” his tender word I hear,
and resting on his goodness, I lose my doubts and fears;
though by the path he leadeth but one step I may see:
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me;
his eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me.
I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free,
for his eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me.

MHUMC garden rose
MHUMC garden rose

Welcome from Pastor Patrick Davis:
Greetings and welcome, on this fourth Sunday after the Pentecost, as we continue 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 hear these words from Psalm 121:

I lift up my eyes to the hills— from where will my strength come?
My strength comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
The Lord will not let your foot be moved;
The Lord who keeps you will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all evil;
The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore.

Let us come to worship a God who redefines our vision of strength.

Please pray with me:

Loving God, when we are inclined to worry or panic, speak with authority to us.
Speak directly through Jesus so that fears may be confronted and our faith reinstated.
Through him and in him let us spend our days and nights with the courage and peace of those who know they are redeemed and sustained by an imperturbable grace.
And to you be the glory and praise;
Amen.

Our Gospel hymn is “Stand By Me” from The United Methodist Hymnal #512, played by Denise Melroy (piano).

When the storms of life are raging, stand by me; (stand by me)
When the storms of life are raging, stand by me. (stand by me)
When the world is tossing me, like a ship upon the sea,
thou who rulest wind and water, stand by me. (stand by me)

 

In the midst of tribulation, stand by me; (stand by me)
In the midst of tribulation, stand by me. (stand by me)
When the host of hell assail, and my strength begins to fail,
thou who never lost a battle, stand by me. (stand by me)

 

In the midst of faults and failures, stand by me; (stand by me)
In the midst of faults and failures, stand by me. (stand by me)
When  I’ve done the best I can, and my friends misunderstand,
thou who knowest all about me, stand by me. (stand by me)

Coloring page: Jesus calms the storm
Coloring page: Jesus calms the storm
Kathryn and Robert Airoldi
Kathryn and Robert Airoldi

Our Gospel Reading is from Mark 4:35-41 (The New Revised Standard Version of the Bible), read by Robert and Kathryn Airoldi. Mark tells the story of Jesus calming the sea storm to explain that when people of faith are threatened by forces inimical to God’s purposes of love, justice, peace, and abundance, that God is with us to strengthen us and to help us challenge those forces. God sustains us in difficult times and times of chaos when our faithful witness is challenged.

Nancy Sager
Nancy Sager

The message today from our guest speaker Nancy Sager is “Accentuate the Positive.” See it in the video recording above, at 9:56

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.

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: “This Is My Father’s World” played by our flautist Janet Tuttle.

 

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

Lord God of all Creation we come to you from our storm-tossed lives to seek your peace; we come to you with our questions and uncertainties, our worries and anxieties, we come to you from our joy and our happiness – each emotion a kaleidoscope of our feeling in life’s changing patterns.

Eternal God as we ask that you accept our prayers through Jesus Christ our Lord, we pray that from the grace we have received, what we say and what we do will enable those around us to glimpse the life of the your Son — who calmed the storm with words which still echo down the centuries, ‘Peace be still’

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.

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Benediction
Remember to accentuate the positive and put no obstacles in no one’s way, but rejoice in purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, holiness of spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the power of God.
Go in peace.

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

  • “His Eye is on the Sparrow” by Civilla Martin and Charles H. Gabriel. © CCLI License #2718708.
  • “Stand By Me” Words and music by Charles Albert Tindley. Public domain.
  • “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.

1 Comment

  1. Wonderful service. I loved Janet duetting with herself!!!

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