Worship service – February 26, 2023 – “Why Do We Pray?”

When was the last time you sent a text to a friend, or called a relative?  When was the last time you talked to God? In today’s service, Pastor Linda begins a sermon series on Prayer by addressing fundamental questions – why do we pray, why do we NOT pray, and how do we learn to pray?  Rather than there being a specific “correct” way to pray, she suggests that any way that works for us is acceptable to God.

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 Psalm 28:6-9 and Psalm 69:13-15 and 20. Today’s readings come from the book of Psalms. The Psalms, as we find them in our Old Testament, were an ancient collection of Hebrew hymns. Many are linked to the name of David, but it is now believed that most of the psalms were written by various authors between the 9th and 5th centuries BC. The psalms address topics such as laments, praise, thanksgiving, pilgrimage, and more. Most were written as poetry that was intended to be sung in traditional styles. The two Psalms we read today are examples of prayers.

Good Morning Morgan Hill‘s Lenten season kicked off with an interview by “Katie Cupcake” of Trish about why she prays, and how she learned to pray.

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

The message today from Pastor Linda is “Why Do We Pray?”

Pastor Linda encouraged us to consider these 3 questions:

  1. How did we learn to pray?
  2. What is your prayer life like?
  3. How would you like your prayer life to change?

She also recommended the Examen Prayer, developed by St. Ignatius of Loyola, which includes these bits:  What are you most grateful for? What are you least grateful for?

“Of all the things the world now desperately needs, none is more needed than an upsurge of vital, God-centered intelligently grounded prayer.”  – Georgia Harkness

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Credits and copyrights

  • “Kyrie” words traditional, music by Antonin Dvorak, arr. Ruth Elaine Schram. Words: Public Domain; music: © 1998, 2014 Alfred Publishing Co., Inc. (Admin. by Jubilate Music Group, LLC).  CCLI song #2691048, CCLI License #2718708.
  • “Every Time I Feel the Spirit” Afro-American spiritual, music adapt. and arr. by William Farley Smith.  Public domain.  CCLI song #286902, 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.
  • “Come and Find the Quiet Center” words by Shirley Erena Murray, music attrib. to  B. F. White. Words: © 1992 Murray, Shirley Erena (Admin. by Hope Publishing Company), Music: Public Domain. CCLI song #5263693, 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.
  • “They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love” words and music by Peter Scholtes.  © Music: 1966 F.E.L. Publications. Assigned 1991 The Lorenz Corporation (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.).   CCLI song #26997, 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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