Worship service – April 16, 2023 – “Fullness of Joy”

Have you noticed that most people don’t embrace change? Even our denomination is struggling with change.  Yet we are disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world – and that means change. How do we live in the hope of transformation? Trish discusses how we live in the “Kin-dom” of God with joy, laughter, and singing. Worship doesn’t end with the benediction, it continues into everyday life, and is revived when we gather again.

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 1 Peter 1:3-9 from The Message. Today’s reading is from the first letter of Peter. It’s attributed to the apostle Simon Peter, although there are several good reasons why some scholars believe someone else wrote it in his name or greatly contributed to it – for example, the writing is educated Greek, while Simon Peter was an uneducated Galilean fisherman. A primary purpose of the letter is to provide encouragement to the Christians in Asia Minor, at a time when persecution seemed imminent. In addition, there are instructions for how believers are to treat each other, in contrast to how the pagan neighbors behave. Overall, the letter highlights the grace of God as available for all.

Trish Catalano
Trish Catalano

The message today from Lay Servant Trish Catalano is “Fullness of Joy.”

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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Credits and copyrights

  • “Now the Green Blade Riseth” words by J.M.C. Crum, music traditional French carol, harm. by Martin Shaw.  © 1928 Oxford University Press.  CCLI song #472486, CCLI License #2718708.
  • “This is a Day of New Beginnings” words by Brian Wren, music by Carlton R. Young.  © Words: 1983, 1987 Hope Publishing Company, Music: 1987 Hope Publishing Company. CCLI song #231043, CCLI License #2718708.
  • “Alleluia, Alleluia” words and music by Donald Fishel.  ©1973 International Liturgy Publications.   CCLI song #32376, 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.
  • “Joy Comes with the Dawn” words and music by Gordon Light.  © 1985 The Common Cup Co.
  • “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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