Following the school shooting last week in Uvalde, TX, we are called on to respond as a people of God. John Wesley and the early Methodists placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action. We can hold up a vision that inspires us and those who come alongside us. We can invite the next generation to join us because we are heading somewhere, no longer content with things as they are, and ready to be a part of the solution. Our worship has a thread of holy discontent, wanting the kin-dom to come on earth as it is in heaven. What action, what holy discontent, what solution can we bring here on earth following senseless violence?
Our services are being held with in-person attendance at 10 a.m. Sunday morning. Today’s service is provided below in its entirety (except for the congregational dialogue) in video format.
Our Scripture Reading is Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. To everything there is a time…
Today’s service included a Litany in the Wake of a Mass Shooting. As recommended by our interim Bishop Sally Dyck, we listened to the entire, unfortunately long litany, in a prayerful attitude. May we never have another event to add to this list. The Litany, prefaced by Bishop Dyck’s remarks, is here.
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.
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The message today is a guided congregational dialogue with Trish Catalano on the topic of the shooting last week in Uvalde, TX at Robb Elementary School. The dialogue is not included in the video, but our “homework” is provided. If you have ideas of what we can do to work toward peace in this time of these too-frequent violent events, please send your thoughts to Trish in the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
During the closing of today’s service, Trish read a poem by Amanda Gorman, “Hymn for the Hurting.” You can read it again here.
See this week’s announcements and bulletin notes here. Information is included on donating to United Methodist Committee on Relief for providing relief in Ukraine and around the world in situations of disaster and humanitarian assistance.
Credits and copyrights
- “God Will Take Care of You” words by Civilla D. Martin, music by W. Stillman Martin. Public domain. CCLI song #93645, CCLI License #2718708.
- “Where the Spirit of the Lord Is” words and music by Stephen R. Adams. © 1973 Pilot Point Music (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.). CCLI song #27484, 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.
- “Stand By Me” words and music by Charles Albert Tindley, music arr. by William Farley Smith. Words: Public Domain; Music: © 1989 The United Methodist Publishing House (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.). CCLI song #1208398, CCLI License #2718708.
- “Soon and Very Soon” words and music by Andraé Crouch, music adapt. by William Farley Smith. © 1971 Bud John Songs, Inc. (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing); Crouch Music Corp. (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing). CCLI song #11249, CCLI License #2718708.
- “I Sing Praises to Your Name” words and music by Terry MacAlmons. © 1989 Integrity’s Hosanna! Music (Admin. by Integrity Music). CCLI song #17061, CCLI License #2718708.
- “Let There Be Peace On Earth” words and music by Jill Jackson and Sy Miller, harm. by Charles H. Webb. © 1955, renewed 1983 Jan – Lee Music. CCLI song #93690, CCLI License #2718708.
- All other text on this page © The United Methodist Church of Morgan Hill.