"Don't ALL Lives Matter?" --What I Believe about Black Lives Matter

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The Prelude:  We Prepare Ourselves to Worship God

 

 We Gather Together
  • If you have family worshipping with you, give everyone a hug. 
  • If you are alone, take a moment and imagine the arms of the Loving Lord wrapped around you.  Send thoughts of love to those most important to you. 
  • Then, find a spot at your chosen place of worship.  Light your candle(s). 
  • Be silent for a moment, asking God to open your hearts to every good gift that God has for you today.

 

We Open with Prayer

(If possible, please pray out loud):

 O God, we share the image of you and your Child, who in flesh and blood came among us.  As we come together in worship, in space or in spirit, we discover in your Family who we really are, and how everyone is welcome.  Amen

We Sing a Song of Praise: "Forever" 
(Written by Chris Tomlin; led by the CCF Main Worship Team)

(Please sing along or just listen to this beautiful song.)

Verse:
Give thanks to the Lord our God and King
His love endures forever
For He is good, He is above all things
His love endures forever

With a mighty hand and outstretched arm
His love endures forever
For the life that's been reborn
His love endures forever

Pre-Chorus:
Sing praise, sing praise

Chorus:
Forever God is faithful
Forever God is strong
Forever God is with us
Forever

Verse:
From the rising to the setting sun
His love endures forever
And by the grace of God we will carry on
His love endures forever

Bridge:
His love endures forever

We Call Each Other to Worship (adapted from a song by Miten)

(If possible, read out loud.  If you are not alone, take turns reading the lines)

Broken hearts, broken wings
Bring it all, everything
Bring the song you fear to sing

All are welcome here!

See the father and the son
Reunited, here they come
Mother, daughter, on the run

They know they're welcome here!

Take a breath and take a leap
Time to wake: no time to sleep
Tears of gratitude you'll weep

For I am welcome here!

And even if you broke your vow
A thousand times:  Come anyhow
The love of God is here right now

All are welcome here!

We Pass the Peace of God to Others

If you are with others in your home, give each other a hug, and pray for those who will not have any human touch today.

If you are alone, ask the Holy Spirit to bring to your mind at least one person who needs a call or email or card.  Commit to following through on this as soon as this worship service ends.  (If you have others in your household, they can do this, too).

 We Read the Bible: Galatians 2:11-14 (NIV); 3:28 (The Message)

(If possible, read all scriptures out loud)

2:11   When Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. 12 For before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group. 13 The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so that by their hypocrisy even Barnabas was led astray.

14 When I saw that they were not acting in line with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas in front of them all, “You are a Jew, yet you live like a Gentile and not like a Jew. How is it, then, that you force Gentiles to follow Jewish customs?

3:28  In Christ’s family there can be no division into Jew and non-Jew, slave and free, male and female. Among us you are all equal. That is, we are all in a common relationship with Jesus Christ.

++This is the word of God for the children of God:  Thanks be to God!

 

We  Sing a Song of Devotion: "O God Our Help in Ages Past" 
(Led by the Westminster Abbey Choir, England)

 

We Testify to God's Grace:    "A Kum Ba Yah Moment"
(From an interview with Vincent Harding, OnBeing.org, Nov. 2, 2016)

Whenever somebody jokes about “Kum Bah Ya,” my mind goes back to the Mississippi summer experience where the movement folks in Mississippi were inviting co-workers to come from all over the country, especially student types, to come and help in the process of voter registration, and Freedom School teaching, and taking great risks on behalf of the transformation of that state and of this nation. There were two weeks of orientation. The first week was the week in which Schwerner and Goodman and their beloved brother Jimmy were there. And it was during the time that they had left the campus that they were first arrested, then released, and then murdered. The word came back to us at the orientation that the three of them had not been heard from.

Bob Moses, the magnificent leader of so much of the work in Mississippi, got up and told these hundreds of predominantly white young people that, if any of them felt that at this point they needed to return home or to their schools, we would not think less of them at all, but would be grateful to them for how far they had come. But he said let’s take a couple of hours just for people to spend time talking on the phone with parents or whoever to try to make this decision and make it now. What I found as I moved around among the small groups that began to gather together to help each other was that, in group after group, people were singing “Kum Bah Ya.” “Come by here, my Lord, somebody’s missing, Lord, come by here. We all need you, Lord, come by here.” I could never laugh at “Kum Bah Ya” moments after that because I saw then that almost no one went home from there.

 

We Sing a Song of Devotion: "Kum Ba Yah " 
(UMH #494; arrangement and sung by Wintley Phipps)

Please play the music video and use the verses to sing along or just listen and reflect.

1 Kum ba yah, my Lord, kum ba yah.
Kum ba yah, my Lord, kum ba yah.
Kum ba yah, my Lord, kum ba yah.
Oh, Lord, kum ba yah!

2 Someone's praying, Lord, kum ba yah.
Someone's praying, Lord, kum ba yah.
Someone's praying, Lord, kum ba yah.
Oh, Lord, kum ba yah!

Kum ba yah, My Lord!
Hear our prayer in heaven
Kum ba yah, My Lord!
all our sins forgiven
Kum ba yah, My Lord!
Let us know that you are here
Kum ba yah, come by here!

3 Someone's crying, Lord, kum ba yah.
Someone's crying, Lord, kum ba yah.
Someone's crying, Lord, kum ba yah.
Oh, Lord, kum ba yah!

4 Someone's singing, Lord, kum ba yah.
Someone's singing, Lord, kum ba yah.
Someone's singing, Lord, kum ba yah.
Oh, Lord, kum ba yah!

Kum ba yah, My Lord!
Hear our prayer in heaven
Kum ba yah, My Lord!
all our sins forgiven
Kum ba yah, My Lord!
Let us know that you are here
Kum ba yah, come by here!

Let us know that you are here
Kum ba yah, come by here!

We Hear the Sermon from Pastor Thomas
"Don't ALL Lives Matter?" What I Believe about Black Lives Matter
Series: "Confessions of a Church Pastor"

(NOTE:  the United Methodist Bishops' statement on racism can be found at the bottom of this page--click on "Bulletin" to download the PDF document.  There you'll also find a written copy of this message by clicking on "Sermon.")

We Pray to the Lord

To receive the prayer email, please reach out to healing@hopefortulsa.com

(If possible, please pray out loud)

God, today I (we) pray . . .

    • for the people of Hope United Methodist Church, and especially ...

We remember with thankfulness the life of Barbara Roderick and we pray for the Roderick Family.
We remember with thankfulness the life of Richard Bachelder and we pray for the Bachelder family.
We pray for Suzanne Pfeifer.
We give thanks for Gail Arnold's return from the hospital and ask for continued healing and recovery.
We pray for our members and friends who are in nursing homes and rehab centers.

    • for those who suffer and those in trouble, and especially...
    • for the concerns of this local community, and especially...
    • for the world, its peoples, and its civic leaders, and for the earth that you have given to our care.
    • for the battle we are facing with COVID-19, and especially those who are suffering and those who are responding, and for ...
    • for the Church universal—its leaders, its members, and its mission. We especially pray for Bishop Nunn and for our new Superintendent, Connie Gibson.  We also pray for those churches that are now opening up and ask that those who gather would be wise and caring for each other.  We ask that you would protect all your congregations from harm and disease, and give us a mighty dose of your Spirit.  We pray for these and for other Christian leaders, including...
    • in communion with the saints, remembering all those who have gone on before us, and now form part of the Great Hall of Faith which encourages those of us who remain on earth.  Today we especially remember . . .
    • For my (our) needs today, which include...

Help us remember, Lord, that you are merciful and good, and quick to act in times of need.  We thank you for all of your many blessings that you graciously give to us and to the world you love.

Therefore, as your children on earth, we pray the prayer that our Brother Jesus taught us to pray:

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
forever and ever. Amen.

We Give Gifts to the Lord

Even during COVID-19, the work of Hope United Methodist Church continues!  Please take a moment to remember all the many blessings God has given you, and then go to www.hopefortulsa.com/give to make an online donation.  It's simple to sign up--just have your checkbook, debit card, or credit card ready to provide the requested information.  You just have to do this one time.  You can continue to use this online portal in the weeks ahead to bless your church and your Lord. 

If you'd like to mail a check instead, please make it out to "Hope UMC" and send it to:  Hope UMC, 12424 E. 31st St., Tulsa, OK  74146.  All donations are tax-deductible.  And thank you in advance!

 

Closing Hymn: "Marching to Zion"  (UMH #733; First UMC, Houston; Sanctuary Choir)

 

1. Come, we that love the Lord,
and let our joys be known;
join in a song with sweet accord,
join in a song with sweet accord
and thus surround the throne,
and thus surround the throne.

Refrain:
We're marching to Zion,
beautiful, beautiful Zion;
we're marching upward to Zion,
the beautiful city of God.

2. Let those refuse to sing
who never knew our God;
but children of the heavenly King,
but children of the heavenly King
may speak their joys abroad,
may speak their joys abroad.
(Refrain)

3. Then let our songs abound,
and every tear be dry;
we're marching through Emmanuel's ground,
we're marching through Emmanuel's ground,
to fairer worlds on high,
to fairer worlds on high.
(Refrain)

 

Benediction (adapted from a 1698 hymn)

(Please read together aloud):

Friends,

Through all the changing scenes of life,
in trouble and in joy,
may the praises of your Lord and God
your heart and tongue employ.  Amen.

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