Worship service – October 16, 2022 – “Celebrate the Gift”

Why do you give to the church? Everyone’s reasons are as different as their personal experiences. Today, in the second week of our stewardship campaign, lay speaker Trish Catalano provides her perspective, and we hear from two church members, Wanda and Marilyn, about why they give.

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 Matthew 6:19-21 NRSV.  Today’s passage comes from the Gospel of Matthew, in the text we know as the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus has already described those who are blessed, given instructions as to how to treat the Jewish law, and how to behave within their society. After his prayer template (we call it The Lord’s Prayer), he gives general advice about life as a people of God. In this passage, he warns people who are preoccupied with things of this world that they will need to give up their interest in those treasures to enter the kingdom 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.

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I invite you to give generously, as we worship God through sharing our gifts, tithes, and offerings.

Trish Catalano

The message today from Lay Servant Minister Trish Catalano is “Celebrate the Gift.”
During the message, guest speakers Marilyn Pifer and Wanda Garrett share their reasons for giving (and pledging) to the church.  All are invited to share of their gifts – time, abilities, and money – and to pledge the plan to give so that the leadership team knows the resources it can count on for next year’s ministries.

Next Sunday is Consecration Sunday, when we bring our pledges to the service.

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Credits and copyrights

  • “To Know You More” words and music by Joe Horness. © 1996 Ever Devoted Music (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.), Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Publishing (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.). CCLI song #1767420, CCLI License #2718708.
  • “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” words by Joachim Neander and Paul Schilling, music from Erneuerten Gesangbuch, harm. by William Sterndale Bennett.  © Public domain.  CCLI song #43073, CCLI License #2718708.
  • “This Little Light” words and music Afro-American spiritual.  Words public domain, music © 1989 The United Methodist Publishing House (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.).   CCLI song #5305434, CCLI License #2718708.
  • “More Precious Than Silver” words and music by Lynn DeShazo. © 1982 Integrity’s Hosanna! Music (Admin. by Integrity Music). CCLI song #11335, CCLI License #2718708.
  • “Take Me Home, Country Roads” words and music by Bill Danoff, Taffy Nivert and John Denver.  
  • “Praise God,  From Whom All Blessings Flow” words by Thomas Ken, music from Geistliche Kirchengesänge.  Public domain). CCLI song #1364029, CCLI License #2718708.
  • “Let Us Now Depart in Thy Peace” 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.

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