Worship service – July 4, 2021 – “The Republic for Which it Stands”

“The Republic for which it stands.” These words from the pledge of allegiance remind us of the country we live in. We will take a look at the values of our republic and how those values compare to Christian values that we adhere to as followers of Jesus.

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: Lamb-see-do greets and blesses the children; Momoko Tamaoki-Newsome from Sacramento Japanese UMC gives her last message as part of Children’s Worship; and Mort sings a prayer …

The Opening Hymn sets the mood for the service. Sing along with as our pianist Denise Melroy and flautist Janet Tuttle play “King of Kings” from The Faith We Sing #2075.

King of kings and Lord of lords, glory, hallelujah!
King of kings and Lord of lords, glory, hallelujah!


Jesus, Prince of Peace, glory, hallelujah!
Jesus, Prince of Peace, glory, hallelujah!

MHUMC and American flag

Welcome from Trish Catalano:
Greetings and welcome, on this sixth Sunday in this 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.

Call to Worship with Trish Catalano.

Take off your shoes!

  • We are standing on holy ground.

Shake off the dust!

  • We are ready to start afresh.

Let us worship God and receive Christ’s teachings, that we may be renewed and strengthened to share God’s love with the world.

Please pray with me:

Gracious God,
you have made all of the peoples of the earth for your glory.
You invite us to serve you in freedom and in peace.
Give to the people of our nation a zeal for justice and the strength for forbearance,
that we may use our liberty in accordance with your gracious will.
We ask this on a day of celebration, a day of hope for a nation made free.
We ask this in the name of the one who welcomes all to be free indeed.
Inspire us to live and worship in your freedom and for the sake of your kingdom. Amen.

Introduction of our new pastor, Rev. Dr. Linda Holbrook.

Our Gospel hymn is “Love the Lord Your God” from The Faith We Sing #2168, played by Denise Melroy (piano), Steve Cole (guitar), and Janet Tuttle (flute).

Love the Lord, your God, with all your heart.
Love the Lord, your God, with all your soul.
Love the Lord, your God, with all your mind.
Love the Lord, your God, with all that you are.

Coloring page: Love the Lord your God...
Coloring page: Love the Lord your God…
Debbie Ullman
Debbie Ullman

Our Gospel Reading is from Deuteronomy 10:17-11:1 (The New Revised Standard Version of the Bible), read by Debbie Ullman. Deuteronomy is the last of the first 5 books of the Old Testament, the group called the Pentateuch.  This scripture provides the essence of the Jewish law, which is how we are to treat others.  Jesus referenced this passage in several sermons and parables.

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.

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.

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

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.

Special Music: “If I Had a Hammer” by Pete Seeger and Lee Hays, sung by Steve Cole and Catherine.


Steve Cole and Catherine
Steve Cole and Catherine

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

God, who was bold enough to speak something into nothing, who sent fire from heaven as a guide just because you could, who gave and still gives these outspoken prophets words that you know will sometimes rub us the wrong way, we need you.

We need boldness that does not fade, so that you can use us like you used your earliest disciples. They healed the sick, raised the dead, and cast out demons. Strangely, we need boldness just to love one another beyond petty generational arguments and to be reconciled back to one another – as you reconciled the world back to yourself through your Son, Jesus. Lord, make us bold, so that you can use us.

Lord, heal us, so that you can use us. Help us to receive healing from you, with thanksgiving, even when we feel we don’t deserve healing. Show us how to walk in happiness and joy, without feeling guilty for either of them. Teach us how to love the unlovable enough to want to contend with the forces of evil for their shalom and for their souls.

We need the kind of boldness that comes from your Holy Spirit. Let it fall fresh upon us every day. Let it meet us in the morning like new mercies. Let it live in us like an all-consuming fire that won’t burn out.

In the name of the Father who was/is bold, the Son who came in boldness, and the Spirit who equips us with boldness, 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 Linda Holbrook
Pastor Linda Holbrook

The message today from Pastor Linda Holbrook is “The Republic for Which It Stands.” See it in the video recording above, at 19:04

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On this Independence Day, be thankful, and share that thanks that we live in a republic, with people that you meet.
Pray for those who aren’t as lucky as we are, who live in a different kind of government.
And most of all, remember that our loyalty is to Christ, and all His commandments, including to love your neighbor as yourself.
Be safe, and have a great Independence Day!

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!

Note: This will be our last pre-recorded worship service.  As of July 11, 2021, worship services will be held in person in the MHUMC sanctuary.  They will be recorded, and the recorded version of the service will be made available later in the week, continuing this website blog series.

Credits and copyrights

  • “King of Kings” words by Sophie Conty and Naomi Batya, music anon. © CCLI License #2718708
  • “Love the Lord Your God” by Jean and Jim Strathdee. © CCLI License #2718708
  • “This Little Light” Afro-American Spiritual. Public domain.
  • All other text on this page © The United Methodist Church of Morgan Hill.

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