We are at the end of a 4-part sermon series on “Can We Forgive?”. In Christianity, we are called to forgive – yet it can be so difficult, and it can take years to accomplish. This series will look at the reasons we forgive, the steps of forgiveness, the myths surrounding forgiveness, and the benefits of forgiveness. In Part 4, we see that in following God’s example of forgiveness, we can resolve issues with love and humility.
Our services are being held with in-person attendance at 10 a.m. Sunday morning. Today’s service is provided below in its entirety in video format.
Call to Worship
Leader: Forgive us, O God, for thinking we have you all figured out.
People: We pretend we know who is in and who is out of your family, as if your care were not for all of us.
Leader: We want people to be like us before we help them, and we welcome into our company only those who will benefit us.
People: Forgive us. Reconcile us to those we have treated as worthless or unwanted; mold us into a community where all your children are accepted, included and loved.
Our Scripture Reading is from Colossians 3:12-14. Paul is speaking to the church at Colossae, a city in ancient Asia Minor, in what is now Turkey, and trying to help them resolve interpersonal issues.
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.
I invite you to give generously, as we worship God through sharing our gifts, tithes, and offerings.
God of mystery, you come to us through the love of Christ.
God of grace, you come to us in the presence of the Holy Spirit.
You come to us with abundance beyond words.
Let us respond by meeting you at this time and in this place with gifts of gratitude for the love of God, the life of Jesus and the movement of the Holy Spirit among us. Amen.
The message today from Rev. Dr. Linda Holbrook is “Can We Forgive?” Part 4.
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Credits and copyrights
- “O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing” words by Charles Wesley, music by Carl G. Glaser, arr. by Lowell Mason. Public domain. CCLI song #1369, CCLI License #2718708.
- “Seek Ye First” words and music by Karen Lafferty. © 1972 CCCM Music (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.); Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Publishing (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.). CCLI song #1352, CCLI License #2718708.
- “Give Thanks” words and music by Henry Smith. © 1978 Integrity’s Hosanna Music (Admin. by Integrity Music. CCLI song #20285, CCLI License #2718708.
- “I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me” words, music African American spiritual. Public domain.
- “Shalom to You” words by Elise S. Eslinger; music anonymous, harmony by Carlton R. Young. © 1983 The United Methodist Publishing House (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.). CCLI song #114122, CCLI License #2718708.
- All other text on this page © The United Methodist Church of Morgan Hill.