Worship service – June 27, 2021 – “This I Believe”

Today’s service has been created and is being led by our youth, in recognition of their Confirmation Sunday.  They have made individual decisions to be baptized and confirmed as full members in their church, and to practice their discipleship in the Morgan Hill United Methodist Church.  We are very happy to witness their growth in the faith!

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: Kelly Vaughn, Los Rios District Lay Leader, welcomes and blesses the children; JB Brayfindley from First UMC Sacramento teaches a new song about the church; Lamb-see-do reads the Bible and Mort helps everyone understand what is behind everything that is good… watch to the very end!


The Opening Hymn sets the mood for the service.  Please sing along with the accompaniment, as our pianists Denise Melroy and Wanda Garrett play “Open Our Eyes, Lord” from The Faith We Sing, #2086.

Open our eyes, Lord, we want to see Jesus,
to reach out and touch him, and say that we love him.
Open our ears, Lord, and help us to listen.
Open our eyes, Lord, we want to see Jesus.

banner over front door of MHUMC says "all are welcome"
At MHUMC all are welcome

Welcome from Pastor Patrick Davis:
Greetings and welcome, in this fifth Sunday in the season of 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.

Today we celebrate the confirmation of three of our young people: Adrianna, Jackson, and Oliver. (Oliver’s confirmation will be completed in his home Lutheran church in San Diego, CA, but he has chosen to be part of the MHUMC class of 2021 for the preparation and today’s worship service.)
All three of these young people will be leading us today in our worship experience.

Today is also Pride Sunday when we remember and commemorate on the morning of Saturday, June 28, 1969, when LGBTQ+ people protested and stood up for their rights following a police raid on the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Lower Manhattan, in New York City.  That event has become a pivotal moment in modern LGBTQ+ social movements to this very day.

Call to Worship with confirmand Jackson:

With friends and strangers, with family and neighbors, we come together in the presence of a healing God, whose love never ends.

With faith reaching out to touch, and with hearts seeking to trust, we hope in God, who is our friend and whose compassion makes us whole, whose words sounds like music in our ears.

Come Holy Presence in this time of worship and be among us, and lift us to our feet to follow you.

Please pray with me:

From fears that frighten us; Heal us, O Lord.
From illness that chokes us and we cannot breathe; Heal us, O Lord.
From those things that make us sad; Heal us, O Lord.
From those things that blind us from seeing Your vision for us; Heal us, O Lord.
We pray, Amen.

Our Opening Hymn selected by Jackson is “They Will Know We Are Christians By Our Love.” Please sing along as Steve Cole leads this hymn from The Faith We Sing #2223.

We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord,
we are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord,
and we pray that all unity may one day be restored:
And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love;
yes, they’ll know we are Christians by our love.

 

We will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand,
we will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand,
and together we’ll spread the news that God is in our land:
And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love;
yes, they’ll know we are Christians by our love.

 

We will work with each other, we will work side by side,
we will work with each other, we will work side by side,
and we’ll guard human dignity and save human pride:
And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love;
yes, they’ll know we are Christians by our love.

Jackson
Jackson

Jackson’s Faith Statement is related to Deuteronomy 31:6:

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

See it in the video at 7:32.

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.

woman holds sign saying "repent and resist racism"
A woman holds a sign during an April 4, 2018, peace and unity rally. File photo courtesy of the Commission on Religion and Race.

When Jesus called his disciples he led them to places where marginalization had rendered people sick, hungry and burdened. There Jesus challenged systems, offered healing touch, and brought life to the dying and the dead. He disrupted the status quo in order to be and bring good news to those outside of systems of power.

Coloring Page: Love One Another
Coloring Page: Love One Another

Today Jesus continues to issue that call to discipleship. He calls us to disrupt the status quo—to fight systems that exclude and harm God’s children.

While United Methodists focus on addressing dramatic instances of racism “out there” in the world, we must always ask ourselves in what ways are we participating in less dramatic but equally destructive policies, words and actions that amount to placing a knee on the necks of people of color and other marginalized groups such as our LGBTQ+ sisters and brothers within the church and in our community.

There is no “out there.” Explicit and implicit racism assaults the mental, spiritual and physical health of marginalized people in the church we are called to serve.

But we aren’t alone in answering this call.

The General Commission on Religion and Race, supported by the World Service Fund, to which we give our financial resources, challenges, leads and equips the people of The United Methodist Church to become interculturally competent, ensures institutional equity and facilitates vital conversations about religion, race and culture sensitivity. Together, we can build a more loving world.

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.

​Our Offertory Prayer is by confirmand Oliver:
God of boundless generosity, as we offer our gifts and our lives to you, help us to hear the Apostle Paul who taught us that to grow as disciples, is to grow in generosity. The abundance we’ve been given has a purpose in your plan, that we might know the joy of sharing with those in need. In the name of Christ, our teacher and redeemer, we pray. Amen.

Special Music: “Thanks God” by David Tuttle.  Performed by David Tuttle on guitar.

 

Oliver
Oliver

Oliver’s Faith Statement is related to Psalm 104.  This Psalm includes these verses:

“You make springs gush forth in the valleys; they flow between the hills, giving drink to every wild animal; the wild donkeys quench their thirst.
By the streams the birds of the air have their habitation; they sing among the branches.
From your lofty abode you water the mountains; the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work.”

See it in the video at 14:13.

The Hymn selected by Oliver is “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms.” Please sing along as Steve Cole leads this hymn from The United Methodist Hymnal #133.

What a fellowship, what a joy divine, leaning on the everlasting arms;
what a blessedness, what a peace is mine, leaning on the everlasting arms.
Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms;
leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms.

 

O how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way, leaning on the everlasting arms;
O how bright the path grows from day to day, leaning on the everlasting arms.
Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms;
leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms.

 

What have I to dread, what have I to fear, leaning on the everlasting arms?
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near, leaning on the everlasting arms.
Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms;
leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms.

The Prayer of the People and the Lord’s Prayer, led by Lay Servant Minister Trish Catalano and confirmand Adrianna, includes these words of comfort:

O Lord, you are indeed the healer of all our ills. We bring to you, Lord, our bodies, minds and spirits hurting and broken by the violence, ills, trauma and cares of a world separated from you. Come to us now with your healing powers.

O God, we ask that you heal us. Give us the strength, health, wisdom and knowledge found only through you. Send your life-giving Spirit so that we may live our lives with courage in the peace of your love. Come to us now with your healing powers.

Breathe on us, O God, and make us whole.

O God, we ask that you sustain those who seek to heal the pain and suffering of this world. Give strength, courage, wisdom and knowledge to all doctors and orderlies, nurses and clerks, psychiatrists, researchers, and all other medical care givers, volunteers and professionals. Send your life-giving Spirit so that their ministries may bring healing and promote health. Come to us now with your healing powers.

Breathe on us, O God, and make us whole.

Be also with those who work to heal the wounds of societies and nations. Guide, protect and strengthen our lawyers and police, chaplains and pastors, healthcare and social workers, politicians, military, diplomats and all others who work for economic and social reform. Send your life-giving Spirit that they may promote your love and grace, bringing healing to those in conflict and stability to those who are vulnerable. Come to us now with your healing powers.

Breathe on us, O God, and make us whole.

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.

Adrianna
Adrianna

Adrianna’s Faith Statement is related to Isaiah 59:1:

“See, the Lord’s hand is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear.”

See it in the video at 24:27.

The Song selected by Adrianna is the chorus of “May the Circle Be Unbroken.” Please sing along as Steve Cole leads this traditional song.

Will the circle be unbroken
By and by, Lord, by and by
There’s a better home a-waiting
In the sky, Lord, in the sky.

The Service of Baptism and Confirmation (in the video at 28:06) recognizes the decision, study, and faith development of our confirmands, Adrianna and Jackson. Pastor Patrick is assisted by Youth Minister Grace Brawn, Lay Servant Minister Trish Catalano, and Church Member and Youth Coach Darcy Foster, and witnesses are the youth’s families.   Oliver will be confirmed in his home church in San Diego, CA.

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

 

Benediction
Our service has ended.
Go out this week into the world, among the outcast and the grieving, and speak the word of life and hope.
Do not fear, but trust in God’s word.
Watch for the Lord with eager expectation, and be generous with all God has given you.

Closing Hymn:  “This Little Light,” from The United Methodist Hymnal #585.  Sing along with Steve Cole on guitar.

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine!
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine!
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine!
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!


Credits and copyrights

  • “Open Our Eyes, Lord” by Bob Cull. © CCLI License #2718708.
  • “They’ll Know We Are Christians” by Peter Scholtes.  © CCLI License #2718708.
  • “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” words by Elisha  A. Hoffman, music by Anthony J. Showalter. Public domain.
  • “Thanks God” by David Tuttle.  Used with permission.
  • “May the Circle Be Unbroken” words by Ada R. Habershon with music by Charles H. Gabriel. Public domain.
  • “This Little Light” Afro-American Spiritual. Public domain.
  • All other text on this page © The United Methodist Church of Morgan Hill.

1 Comment

  1. Congratulations to our youth! Way to go! Best wishes to Pastor Patrick. Enjoy your retirement!!!

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