Worship service – Easter, April 9, 2023 – “Sofas in the Streets”

We’ve been so excited for Easter, and it’s finally here! It’s tempting to rush from one highlight to another, from the Easter service to the children’s egg hunt to various family activities – and miss the importance of the day.  And then as we move on the week, forget the significance in our lives.  Pastor Linda asks, how will you live into Easter?

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 28:1-10. Today’s reading from Matthew tells the story of the first Easter. As two women, disciples of Jesus, came on Sunday morning to tend to Jesus’s body, they discovered he was no longer in the tomb. Twice they were told “don’t be afraid” – once by an angel, and once by Jesus himself in human form, and twice they were encouraged to hurry to Galilee to tell other followers what had happened.

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

The Palm Sunday message today from Pastor Linda is “Sofas in the Streets.”

Today, pause and be sure you are living into the life God has planned for you.  Tomorrow, let Jesus live in and through you, that you might share the love and compassion of Jesus.

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.
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Update from the CA/NV Conference of The United Methodist Church:  Your Conference is hard at work assisting the survivors of the flooding in Pajaro and elsewhere in northern California. In Pajaro, near Watsonville, the Disaster Response Ministry has deployed volunteers to assist with cleanup. They are providing survivors with cleaning buckets, and have issued a grant of $10,000 to Watsonville First UMC to help survivors with pressing needs.

They are also assisting the flood impacted farmworkers in Tulare County. Most have been unable to work for several months due to flooded fields. The Conference has provided a grant to Vida Nueva UMC in Porterville to offer immediate aid.

Your help with these ongoing efforts is appreciated. Go to Disaster Response Ministry at cnumc.org for more information and to donate directly to Disaster Response Ministry.

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Credits and copyrights

  • “Lord, I Lift Your Name on High” words and music by Rick Founds.  1989 Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Publishing (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.).  CCLI song #117947, CCLI License #2718708.
  • “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today” words by Charles Wesley, music from Lyra Davidica. Public domain.
  • “Alleluia, Alleluia” words and music by Donald Fishel.  ©1973 International Liturgy Publications.   CCLI song #32376, CCLI License #2718708.
  • “Christ is Risen” words by Brian Wren, music Polish carol, arr. by Edith M.G. Reed, harm. by Austin C. Lovelace. © 1986 Hope Publishing Company. CCLI SONG #2678700, CCLI License #2718708.
  • “Hallelujah! Now be Joyful!” words and music by Natalie Sleeth.  © 1987 by Hinshaw Music Inc.
  • “Glorify Thy Name” words and music by Donna Adkins.  © 1976, 1981 CCCM Music (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.), Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Publishing (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.). CCLI song #1383, CCLI License #2718708.
  • Song of Hope” words by Alvin Schutmaat, music Argentine folk melody. © 2008, 2016 Hope Publishing Company. CCLI song #5193990, CCLI License #2718708.
  • All other text on this page © The United Methodist Church of Morgan Hill.

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