Worship service – April 23, 2023 – “Seeing Isn’t Believing”

“I’d have to see it with my own eyes to believe it!”  How is that a valid test for reality? We can’t see the wind, but we feel its presence and see its effects. Long ago, the disciple Thomas claimed he couldn’t believe Jesus rose from the dead because he hadn’t seen and touched his wounds.  Pastor Linda notes that we share Thomas’s situation – we cannot physically touch Jesus’s wounds – but we can see and share the impact of the risen Christ in the lives of others as well as ourselves.

Today’s service includes Holy Communion.

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 John 20:19-31. The scene takes place in a room with the disciples of Jesus. Thomas, one of the disciples had not been in the room the first time Jesus appeared, but he is here now. Thomas wants proof that this man is indeed Jesus. And Jesus’ words to Thomas remind us that believing is so much more than only seeing with our eyes.

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

The message today from Pastor Linda is “Seeing Isn’t Believing.”

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.

Before the offering was received in this service, Susan (on behalf of the Mission & Outreach team) provided information about Bread for the World, and a letter-writing campaign we will be doing in a couple of weeks to encourage Congress to approve the updated Farm Bill, for healthy, equitable, sustainable food systems. See more here.

Rev. Eugene Cho of Bread for the World
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Credits and copyrights

  • “Open Our Eyes” words and music by Bob Cull. © 1976 CCCM Music (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.); Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Publishing (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.).  CCLI song #1572, CCLI License #2718708.
  • “We Walk by Faith” words by Henry Alford, music attr. to Hugh Wilson.  Public domain.  CCLI song #3613764, 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.
  • “Walk with Me” words and music by John S. Ricet.  © 1988 The Estate of John S. Rice.
  • “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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