Worship service – April 30, 2023 – “Abandonment: No Way!”

Fear of being abandoned is an anxiety disorder that is often triggered by loss of a parent or other caregiver figure. It can have a long-term disruption to an individual’s ability to be in relationship with others or even take care of one’s own basic needs. In the days following Jesus’s crucifixion, the disciples had to deal with the loss of their friend and leader, and then his miraculous reappearance. They were not ready to lose him again! In today’s service, Pastor Linda discusses the devastating situation the disciples found themselves in, and how they became reassured that they were not being abandoned.

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 Acts 1:6-14. The disciples are together when Jesus ascends, and suddenly he is with them no more. To some of the disciples it may feel like Jesus is abandoning them. They thought they had lost him when he was crucified, and they don’t want to lose him again. Angels explain to the disciples that Jesus will return some day, and that they are get on with the mission Jesus set them on.

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

The message today from Pastor Linda is “Abandonment: No Way!”

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  • “Cares Chorus” words and music by Kelly Willard. ©1978 Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Publishing (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.). CCLI song #25974, CCLI License #2718708.
  • “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.
  • “Alleluia, Alleluia” words and music by Donald Fishel.  ©1973 International Liturgy Publications.   CCLI song #32376, CCLI License #2718708.
  • “Stand By Me” words and music by Charles Albert Tindley, music arr. by William Farley Smith. Words: Public Domain; Music: © 1989 The United Methodist Publishing House (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.). CCLI song #1208398, CCLI License #2718708.
  • “A Wilderness Wandering People” words and music by Jim Strathdee.  © 1996 Strathdee Music (Admin. by Desert Flower Music).  CCLI song #7068566, CCLI License #2718708.
  • “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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