"The Church of St. Barbara:" What I Believe About Becoming a Saint

Speaker: Pastor Thomas

Bible Passage: 1 Corinthians 1:2-10

Theme for the Week beginning Nov. 1, 2020:  “What I Believe about Being a Christian (Part 2)”

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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 46)

(If possible, please pray out loud):

Lord, quiet our hearts today. Remind us that when we come together to seek your face, we enter into a haven of holiness.  We come to find the Word of God which can set us free.  

Lord, quiet our hearts today, and teach us that you are our Hope, our Help, our Refuge, and our Redeemer. 

Amen.

We Sing a Song of Praise: “For All the Saints”

(UMH #711; Chet Valley Churches, Norfolk, VA)

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

 

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; adapted from Joan Stott)

Leader:  With joy and delight we gather to praise our Holy God!
With reverence and awe, we approach our Gracious God.

People:  We give thanks that God understands us, and does not
want us to be that which we were never created to become!

Leader:  Creating God, you call us to worship you as your children,
made in your image, with a divine spark within each of us.

People:  We give thanks that God understands us, and encourages
us to grow in our knowledge of God’s awesome holiness.

Leader:  Gracious God, you invite us to sink our roots deep into your love
and holiness, and to grow stronger each day in our faith in you.

ALL:  We give thanks that God understands us, and that we can become the persons God created us to be.  We gather to worship and praise our holy, gracious, and understanding God. Amen.

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:  I Corinthians 1:2-10 (NASB)

(If possible, read all scriptures out loud)

To the church of God which is in Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, saints by calling, with all who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus, that in everything you were enriched in Him, in all speech and all knowledge, just as the testimony concerning Christ was confirmed in you, so that you are not lacking in any gift, as you eagerly await the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will also confirm you to the end, blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Leader:  The word of God for the Children of God:

People:  Thanks be to God!

We Testify to God’s Grace:    “God’s Holiness Shines Through

Robert S. Boggs (South Carolina); The Upper Room, June 23, 20219

More than 30 years ago, I was working at a faith-based human-services agency. On a dangerously cold night, we kept our building open so that three men could come in off the streets to stay warm. We all spent a fairly restless night.

As I was leaving the next morning, the phone rang, and a scratchy voice asked for a delivery of water since her pipes had frozen during the night. Reluctantly, I took two gallons of water nearby to a large house in a state of dilapidation. Facing me at the door was a woman swathed in blankets and coats which made her seem twice as large as she actually was. Once inside, I found that she had received no visitors for over a year.

With her Bible open, she proceeded to regale me with passages about kindness and service. Over her shoulder, I saw a picture of Jesus. As I sat there, the two images — my hostess and the Sunday school Jesus — fused into one. Up until then, when I imagined God’s call, I thought of the Isaiah passage above. This was nothing like that. However, I realized that in this unlikely place, I had been given a vision of holiness unlike anything I had ever experienced before. I felt a call from God which I have never forgotten.

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

 

We  Hear a Song of Devotion: “Blessed Beyond Belief”

Please play the music video and reflect.

 

We Hear the Sermon from Pastor Thomas

“The Church of St. Barbara:” What I Believe About Becoming a Saint (Being a Christian, Part 2)

Series:  Confessions of a Church Pastor

(Note:  my PDF sermon manuscript can be downloaded from the link at the top of this page.  It is located right below the recorded sermon above and labeled “Notes.”)

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 …
      • For Judy Godfrey, who has recently been hospitalized.
      • We remember with thankfulness the life of Ron Maggard and we pray for her family and friends.
      • We remember with thankfulness the life of Elinor Bartleson and we pray for her family and friends.
      • We remember with thankfulness the life of Gail Arnold and we pray for her family and friends.
      • We remember with thankfulness the life of Brenda Stage and we pray for her family and friends.
      • We remember with thankfulness the life of Barbara Roderick and we pray for her family and friends.
      • We remember with thankfulness the life of Richard Bachelder and we pray for his family and friends.
      • We remember with thankfulness the life of Jerry Robison and we pray for his family and friends.
      • We pray for the continued recovery of Skip Hurt following surgery.
      • We pray for the continued recovery of Jan Colvin following a hospitalization.
      • 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.
      • We especially pray for this week’s elections, and ask God’s wisdom to guide our voting.
    • for the battle we are facing with COVID-19, and especially those who are suffering and those who are responding, and for … 
      • . . . God to stem the uprise in the number of COVID cases and hospitalizations.              
    • 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…
      • . . . the new pastor soon to be appointed to Hope UMC.
    • 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/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: “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”

In honor of All Saints’ and Reformation Day 2020

(UMH #110, words by Martin Luther, arranged and orchestrated by MacAdam and Vantine; performed by New Life Fine Arts on Oct. 31, 2020)

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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