"A Cry Out to Jesus"

Preacher: Bruce Leonhart

Bible Passage: Psalm 77:1

Theme for the Week beginning January 24th, 2021:  “A Cry Out to Jesus”

 

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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):

Here we are Lord, 

on our knees,
crying, Mercy!
Mercy for our souls,
Mercy for one another,
Mercy for our churches,
Mercy for our nation,
Mercy for our world.

Here we are again,
Standing in your presence,
in awe of you your holiness,
your otherness,
your mystery,
and your incarnation.

We stand bringing the needs of our friends, family, church,

community, nation and world to lay at your feet.
We cry out in pain for the struggles of the world.
We cry out for those who are in pain, sick, in the hospital, rehab,

homebound, nursing homes and those on their death-bed.
We cry out for the divisions and conflict that seems to be in our lives,

our families, our churches, our communities, our nation and our world.
We cry out for those who live in poverty, those who are starving,

those who are in prisons, and those who live under oppression.

And that’s why we gather together in spirit, O Lord, that’s why we gather in worship.  We need to cry out, and we need to know that you hear us.

Pour out your mercy on all creation
like healing, comforting rain.
Amen. 

We Sing a Song of Praise: “Lord, I Need You”

(Performed by Melanie Rea on her album, “One Desire”)

(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.)

[Reader #1]:  God, we gather together and call out to you.

[Reader #2]:  From the depths of our hearts we cry, “Lord, hear our prayer!”

We turn to you, asking you to be with us.

Then we will know that even in these difficult times, you love us deeply.

Surround us with your unfailing peace, with your joy and love,

And give us the courage and strength to face the days ahead. 

Remind us that you alone are God,

and that you hold us in the palm of your hand.

 

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:  Psalm 77:1 (ESV)

(If possible, read all scriptures out loud)

I cry aloud to God,
    aloud to God, and God will hear me.

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

People:  Thanks be to God!

 

We Testify to God’s Grace:    “A Cry for Help”

Demi Oyinloye (Ogun, Nigeria), The Upper Room, June 30, 2020

I cried unto the Lord with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. – Psalm 3:4 (KJV)

I had been driving to a town almost 200 miles away for an annual professional conference. I had set out expecting the drive to be a fun adventure, but then my vehicle broke down. With no emergency roadside help available, I called some colleagues who were attending the same conference. Somehow, they passed by me and had to turn back to find me. It was getting dark; the situation was looking bleak, and I was getting scared. I uttered a desperate prayer, “Help me, Lord!” My colleagues finally found me, and the story ended well.

So many times we find ourselves in bad situations, jumping into things without careful consideration or proper planning. We hope that everything will sort itself out. Often, by the time we realize our errors, we have already gotten to the point of no return.

Thankfully God does not care for us according to our faithfulness or intelligence but according to God’s unconditional love and tender mercies. No matter how bleak the situation, God is only a prayer away. The eloquence of our prayers does not matter; a desperate cry from a needy heart is enough to catch God’s attention.

We Hear the Sermon from Bruce Leonhart, Lay Servant
“A Cry Out to Jesus”
We Sing a Song of Reflection: “Cry Out to Jesus”

(Performed by Third Day Nov. 11, 2005)

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

We Pray to the Lord

(If possible, please pray out loud)

 God, today I (we) pray . . .

    • for the people of Hope United Methodist Church, and especially …
      • We pray for those continuing to recover from procedures.
      • We pray for this who have contracted COVID, asking for a quick and full 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.
      • We especially pray for our new President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and their families.  We pray for all those newly elected into public offices, locally and nationally.
    • for the battle we are facing with COVID-19, and especially for both those who are suffering and those who are front-line responders, and for … 
      • . . . the production and worldwide distribution of vaccines; 
      • . . . those who are separated because of the need for isolation;
      • . . . the financial well-being of those impacted by COVID; and,
      • . . . an end to this pandemic.            
    • for the Church universal—its leaders, its members, and its mission. We especially pray for Bishop Nunn and for our 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 Hoffmanns as they resettle in Oklahoma City.
      • . . . Bruce Leonhart as he brings us God’s word each Sunday in January.
      • . . . Elson Hargrove as he provides pastoral care during January.
      • . . . 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 . . .
      • . . . all those from the family of Hope that have passed away in 2020.
      • . . . all those who have died from COVID, or have died apart from family and friends.
    • 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: “Heal Our Land”

(Performed by Kari Jobe, Dec. 2, 2016))

Benediction 

Go out from here

and live lives worthy of the one calling you.

Go out from here

and live lives worthy of God.

Amen.

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