In today’s service, we mark two recently-designated holidays Father’s Day and Juneteenth. In recognition of Father’s Day we celebrate the role men have as a father figure – whether biological father, step-father, or guide to children and within families. Fathers are often in a difficult situation, being expected to be tough yet sensitive, strong and protective yet understanding; the reality of being human makes it hard to live up to that ideal. We give thanks for those men whose fatherly roles have blessed our lives in their humanity.
Juneteenth commemorates the anniversary of the announcement on June 19, 1865, proclaiming freedom for enslaved people in Texas. It was first recognized as a federal holiday in June 2021, when President Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law. Get more information about this federal holiday here. Also see this from The United Methodist Church & Society.
Father’s Day honors fatherhood and paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. In the U.S., it was founded by Sonora Smart Dodd in honor of her father who as a single parent, raised a family of 6 children, and was celebrated June 19, 1910, in Spokane, WA. It was established as a federal holiday by President Nixon in 1972. (Father’s Day is celebrated on various dates around the world and with varying traditions.) Get more info here.
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.
Our Scripture Reading is 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12. Paul is writing to the early church in Thessalonica, a port city in Macedonia (the area now known as Greece). He and his companions Timothy and Silas had been badly mistreated in Philippi, and were now in Corinth recovering. Using the analogy of a father with his children, Paul encourages those in Thessalonica to have a good work ethic, following his example, and to live a life worthy of God.
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.
The message today from Rev. Dr. Linda Holbrook is “Being Real.”
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
- “Gather Us In” words and music by Marty Haugen. © 1982 GIA Publications, Inc.
- “O Master, Let Me Walk With Thee” words by Washington Gladden; music by H. Percy Smith. Public domain. CCLI song #158243, 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.
- “Pass It On” words and music by Kurt Kaiser. © Copyright 1969 Bud John Songs, Inc. (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing). CCLI song #14284, CCLI License #2718708.
- “As The Deer” words and music by Martin Nystrom. © 1984 Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Publishing (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.). CCLI song #1431, 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 Us Now Depart In Thy Peace” words and music New Mexican folk song, adapt. by Lee Hastings Bristol, Jr. . Adapt. © 1961 Concordia Publishing House.
- All other text on this page © The United Methodist Church of Morgan Hill.