"Monk, Hunk, Chunk, or Drunk?" -- What I Believe About Social Influencers

Theme For the Week beginning August 23rd, 2020:  "The Christian and Social Influencers"

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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 (Based on Psalm 8, NIV)

(If possible, please pray out loud):

1 Lord, our Lord,

    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory
    in the heavens.
Through the praise of children and infants
    you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
    to silence the foe and the avenger.
When we consider your heavens,
    the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
    which you have set in place,
4 we ask, Who are we humans beings that you are mindful of us,
    that you care for us?

5 Unbelievably, you have made us only a little lower than the angels
    and crowned us with glory and honor.
You made us rulers over the works of your hands;
    you put everything under our feet:
all flocks and herds,
    and the animals of the wild,
the birds in the sky,
    and the fish in the sea,
    all that swim the paths of the seas.

9 And yet, you are still the Lord, and still our Lord, and your name rules supreme throughout heaven and earth.  Who are we humans beings that you are mindful of us,
    that you care for us?

Thanks be to God!  Amen.

We Sing a Song of Praise: "I Am Thine, O Lord"
(UMH #419; Technical University of Mombasa Seventh-Day Adventists Choir)

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

1. I am thine, O Lord, I have heard thy voice,
and it told thy love to me;
but I long to rise in the arms of faith
and be closer drawn to thee.

Refrain:
Draw me nearer, nearer, blessed Lord,
to the cross where thou hast died.
Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer, blessed Lord,
to thy precious, bleeding side.

2. Consecrate me now to thy service, Lord,
by the power of grace divine;
let my soul look up with a steadfast hope,
and my will be lost in thine.

(Refrain)

3. O the pure delight of a single hour
that before thy throne I spend,
when I kneel in prayer, and with thee, my God,
I commune as friend with friend!

(Refrain)

4. There are depths of love that I cannot know
till I cross the narrow sea;
there are heights of joy that I may not reach
till I rest in peace with thee.

(Refrain)

We Call Each Other to Worship

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

You who are gathered here:  do you know how important you are?
We do, but sometimes we forget!

Then remember this well:  you have been made in the image and likeness of God! (Genesis 1:27)
We are God's children because of our faith in Christ Jesus! (Galatians 3:26)

If you are children, then you are also joint-heirs with Jesus of all that the Father has. (Romans 8:17)
God tells us that we are precious in his sight! (Isaiah 43:4)

You may think of yourself as only God's servants, but Jesus calls you his friends! (John 15:15)
We are truly citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven!  We are God's special possession! (Philippians 3:20; 1 Peter 2:9)

ALL:  May we always remember who we really are in Christ Jesus!

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:  Matthew 5:13-16 (The Message)

(If possible, read all scriptures out loud)

Matthew 5:13-16

13 “Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.

14-16 “Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.

We Testify to God's Grace:    "Who Am I?"

The summer before my sophomore year of college, I was working at a camp 900 miles from home. Being away from my home church and the Christian community at my college left me longing for people who shared my faith. When the opportunity arose for me to walk to church one morning, I was thrilled. My second Sunday at the church, I was less than thrilled; I was uncomfortable. No one could understand my southern accent, and my walking to church led people to believe I wasn’t yet old enough to drive. My embarrassment only grew when the pastor announced from the pulpit that Kathleen from Texas had returned for the service again.

As I sat in my pew, planning my escape route to avoid talking to anyone after the service, I remembered something important. I am not just 19-year-old Katlyn from Tennessee; I am a child of God. I am loved beyond comprehension, forgiven without reason, given peace that surpasses all understanding. I can laugh without fear of the future. While I love my earthly identity, it comes in second to my so-much-more-valuable identity in Christ.

(Do you have a testimonial you'd like to share here during future services?  Send your story to thomas@hopefortulsa.com)

 

We  Sing a Song of Devotion: "You Say"

(Written by Lauren Daigle; covered by Nadia Khristean and the Rise Up Children's Choir, 2020)

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

I keep fighting voices in my mind that say I'm not enough
Every single lie that tells me I will never measure up
Am I more than just the sum of every high and every low?
Remind me once again just who I am because I need to know

Ooh oh

You say I am loved when I can't feel a thing
You say I am strong when I think I am weak
And You say I am held when I am falling short
And when I don't belong, oh You say I am Yours
And I believe, oh I believe
What You say of me
I believe

The only thing that matters now is everything You think of me
In You I find my worth, in You I find my identity

Ooh oh

You say I am loved when I can't feel a thing
You say I am strong when I think I am weak
And You say I am held when I am falling short
When I don't belong, oh You say I am Yours
And I believe, oh I believe
What You say of me
Oh, I believe

Taking all I have and now I'm laying it at your feet
You have every failure God, You have every victory

Ooh oh

You say I am loved when I can't feel a thing
You say I am strong when I think I am weak
You say I am held when I am falling short
When I don't belong, oh You say I am Yours
And I believe, oh I believe
What You say of me
I believe

Oh I believe, oh
Yes I believe, oh
What You say of me
Oh I believe

We Hear the Sermon from Pastor Thomas
"Monk, Hunk, Chunk or Drunk?"
"Confessions of a Church Pastor:  What I Believe about Social Influencers"

(NOTE:  Statements on the natural world from the Book of Discipline's Social Principles and the Book of Resolutions can be found attached to the copy of my sermon that you can download at the bottom of this webpage)

 

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 and Elinor Bartleson.
      • We pray for our members and friends who are in nursing homes and rehab centers.
      • See hopefortulsa.com/praying for more requests
    • 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, 
for ever 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/giving 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: "Take My Life and Let It Be"  (UMH #399; First UMC, Houston; Sanctuary Choir)

1. Take my life, and let it be
consecrated, Lord, to thee.
Take my moments and my days;
let them flow in ceaseless praise.
Take my hands, and let them move
at the impulse of thy love.
Take my feet, and let them be
swift and beautiful for thee.

2. Take my voice, and let me sing
always, only, for my King.
Take my lips, and let them be
filled with messages from thee.
Take my silver and my gold;
not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect, and use
every power as thou shalt choose.

3. Take my will, and make it thine;
it shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is thine own;
it shall be thy royal throne.
Take my love, my Lord, I pour
at thy feet its treasure-store.
Take myself, and I will be
ever, only, all for thee.

Benediction (adapted from a 1698 hymn)

(Please read together aloud):

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

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