Worship service – October 23, 2022 – “Jesus’ Investment Advisors”

On this third and final Sunday of our Stewardship Campaign, we are honoring the gifts we have been entrusted, and those that we pledge to share with the church in 2023. As we all have different gifts and abilities, it’s only when we use them together to the glory of God that the church can thrive. In the end, how will you be assessed on your use of the talents you have been given?

Our services are being held with in-person attendance at 10 a.m. Sunday morning.  Most services are recorded in video, but unfortunately a recording of today’s service is not available.  Please see elements of the service below.

Call to Worship

Leader: Not many of us sow fields any more.
People: The closest we may come is the seeding of our own lawns.
Leader: If we want to reap a lush green lawn, we must be generous with seeding.
People: If we sparingly sow the seed, the lawn will be thin,
Leader: We gather in church, to sow the spirit of God,
People: To reap the same we sow and more,
Leader: For God’s spirit multiplies with the planting,
People: And grows more rich, and full, and beautiful,
All: When we open our hearts, letting the love seeds go.

Our Scripture Reading is Matthew 25:14-30 NRSV. Jesus uses the story in today’s reading to describe the faithful stewardship of responsibilities and gifts that have been given to his followers until the end times – and that time cannot be predicted. The point is that all are given different gifts, but the expected stewardship is the same.

Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30)

Hymn:  “Make Me a Servant” from The Faith We Sing #2176, played by Denise Melroy and Wanda Garrett

Make me a servant, humble and meek,
Lord, let me lift up those who are weak.
And may the prayer of my heart always be:
Make me a servant, make me a servant, make me a servant today.

The message today from Rev. Dr. Linda Holbrook is “We are Jesus’ Investment Advisors.”
Following the message, we presented our pledges, then consecrated them to the service of the church.
If you have yet to turn in your pledge, please do so as soon as is practical.  A blank form is available on our Giving page.

Rev. Dr. Linda Holbrook
Rev. Dr. Linda Holbrook

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.

Make a donation

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

Thanksgiving Prayer

O merciful Creator, whose hand is open wide to satisfy the needs of every living creature:
Make us, we pray, ever thankful for your loving providence;
and grant that we, remembering the account that we must one day give,
may be faithful stewards of your bounty; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Weekly Announcements:
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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.
  • “What Gift Can We Bring” words by Jane Manton Marshall.  © 1982 Hope Publishing Company  CCLI song #216549, 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.
  • “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.
  • “Down to the River to Pray” words and music southern USA folk song. Public domain. CCLI song #6107332, CCLI License #2718708.
  • “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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