Worship service – August 7, 2022 – “What We May Become”

During our August 7 worship service, we are very happy to have with us again Tiffany Hoover, who shares her portrayals of two women of faith: Ruth (from the Old Testament story) and St. Teresa of Avila: A Catalyst of Christ.  As she embodies these women in her monologues, we can get a deeper look into their response to God’s call in their lives.

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. Note that closed captioning is available when “CC” appears in white at the bottom of the video panel. Click the CC to see the text; as it is done with an automated service, there may be errors in transcription.

Our Scripture Reading is Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 (NRSV). The Letter to the Hebrews is attributed to Paul, although scholars haven’t confirmed exactly who the author is. It appears to have been written by someone outside of Italy to a group in Rome, maybe 2nd or 3rd generation Christians. The community seems to be conservative and legalistic, interpreting the gospel from the background of Judaism. The author is trying to help them understand the gospel as a dynamic, creative force set in motion by Jesus Christ. In chapter 11, the author appeals for steadfast and loyal faith, characterized in stories from the Old Testament.

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The message today from guest Tiffany Hoover is in the form of two monologues. She brings us the story of Ruth, who at a time when her world was falling apart, felt called to be a companion to her mother-in-law and become part of her family.  The second portrayal is of St. Teresa of Avila, an Italian woman from the mid-1500s who found she had an unusual personal relationship with God, and as a Carmelite nun, led a movement of reform of her order.

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Credits and copyrights

  • “In His  Time” words and music by Diane Ball. ©1978 CCCM Music (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.); Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Publishing (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.).  CCLI song #25981, CCLI License #2718708.
  • “This Little Light” words and music Afro-American spiritual; music adapt. by William Farley Smith.  Words: Public Domain; Music: © 1989 The United Methodist Publishing House (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.).  CCLI song #5305434, CCLI License #2718708.
  • “Sanctuary” words and music by John Thompson and Randy Scruggs.  © 1982 Full Armor Publishing Company (Admin. by Peermusic III, Ltd.); Whole Armor Publishing Company (Admin. by Peermusic III, Ltd.).   CCLI song #24140, CCLI License #2718708.
  • “Make Me a Servant” words and music by Kelly Willard.  © 1982 CCCM Music (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.); Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Publishing (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.); Willing Heart Music (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.). CCLI song #33131, CCLI License #2718708.
  • “Somebody’s Knockin’ at Your Door” words traditional; music traditional, harm. by J. Jefferson Cleveland and Verolga Nix.  © 1981 Abingdon Press (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.). CCLI song #7080958, CCLI License #2718708.
  • “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow” words by Thomas Ken, adapt. by Gilbert H. Vieira; music from Geistliche Kirchengesänge, harm. by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Public domain. CCLI song #1364029, CCLI License #2718708.
  • “Trees of the Field” words by Steffi Geiser Ruben, music by Stuart Dauermann.  © 1975 Lillenas Publishing Company (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.). CCLI song #20546, CCLI License #2718708.
  • All other text on this page © The United Methodist Church of Morgan Hill.

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