Don't Get Lost in Lake Shore Heights, Old Prue, Oklahoma

    For the Week beginning May 17, 2020

 

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):  Holy Lord, thank You for Christ's example of One Who worked the works of God and Who used every precious moment to carry out Your will through His life. We pray that we may follow His example and live our lives in complete submission to Your indwelling Holy Spirit. Give us the opportunity to share Christ’s gospel of good news with others. I pray that you will finish the good work that You have begun in all of us.  AMEN.

 

We Sing a Song of Praise:  "God Can Do Anything"   VaShawn Mitchell (c) 2019

You can sing along with a music video (or just listen) by clicking on the image below.

 

We Call Each Other to Worship

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

(Adapted from the Women of the ELCA):

Come; gather in Christ’s presence, Christ, our savior and healer.
In our worship together, we yearn for hope and comfort.
Are any among us weary, heartsick with heavy burdens?

In our worship together, we find a place of rest.
Are any among us feeling brittle and broken, thirsty for the gospel?

In our worship, we find Jesus, the Living Water.
Are any among us feeling hollow and empty, hungry for truth?

In our worship, we find Jesus, the Living Bread.
Together we are welcomed, loved, and cherished.

Together we encounter our Lord, who makes us whole.
Together we find the heart of Jesus.

Together we are the people of God.
Let us rejoice, giving thanks and praise to God, who delivers us!

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:  John 9:1-7
(The Message, Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson)

 

(If possible, read these verses put loud)

1-2 Walking down the street, Jesus saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked, “Rabbi, who sinned: this man or his parents, causing him to be born blind?”

3-5 Jesus said, “You’re asking the wrong question. You’re looking for someone to blame. There is no such cause-effect here. Look instead for what God can do. We need to be energetically at work for the One who sent me here, working while the sun shines. When night falls, the workday is over. For as long as I am in the world, there is plenty of light. I am the world’s Light.”

6-7 He said this and then spit in the dust, made a clay paste with the saliva, rubbed the paste on the blind man’s eyes, and said, “Go, wash at the Pool of Siloam” (Siloam means “Sent”). The man went and washed—and saw.

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

 

We  Sing a Song of Devotion:  “I Once Was Blind" (John 9:2-7) -- Tommy Walker and Friends (c) 2018
Just experience this song or sing along by clicking the image below.

 

We Testify to God's Grace

“A Way Through

(from The Upper Room, from December 13, 2019 -- Rick Stockwell, Connecticut)

Ryan Hall, the American record holder in the half-marathon, stated that we shouldn’t think about the next hill ahead of us but instead focus on the next step ahead of us. This sentiment dovetails nicely with our scripture reading for today. We may worry about monthly bills, a wayward child, a bully, retirement, our health, or what we will eat, drink, or wear. Philippians 4:6-7 reminds us, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

Each of us can prepare for the future. However, worrying about the future can cause us to lose focus on the important tasks that we have before us today. Whatever problems we may face, we can take those problems to God in prayer. The Bible gives us many examples of when God has answered prayers — Hannah’s prayer for a child (1 Sam. 1:1-20), Hezekiah’s prayer to spare his life (2 Kings 20:1-6), Jonah’s prayer for a second chance (Jon. 2:1-10), and a leper’s prayer to be made clean (Matt. 8:1-3). God is capable of doing the same for us. Even when things seem desperate, with no way out — God has an answer waiting for us.

We Hear the Sermon from Pastor Thomas
"Don't Get Lost in Lake Shire Heights, Old Prue, Oklahoma"
We Reflect in Silence

(take one minute to consider today’s scripture.  Here are some questions to help:  Are you a thinker or a doer?  How much time have you spent listening to the news or Facebook or the Internet? Who do you know might need a phone call today, or some other kind of help?  If you are feeling lonely or sick or isolated, sometimes reaching out to another person to help them will be healing for us. How much time are you spending in prayer for others?)

 

We Pray to the Lord

(with a 9th-century version of the Lord's Prayer)

(If possible, please pray out loud)

 God, today I (we) pray . . .

    • for the people of Hope United Methodist Church, and especially ...
      • See Barbara’s email prayer list for congregational requests.  To receive the email list, please reach out to healing@hopefortulsa.com
      • We especially 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, and especially ...
    • for the battle we are facing with COVID-19, we pray:                       

            For all who have contracted coronavirus,
                        We pray for care and healing.

            For those who are particularly vulnerable,
                        We pray for safety and protection.

            For all who experience fear or anxiety,
                        We pray for peace of mind and spirit.

            For affected families who are facing difficult decisions between food on the table or public safety,
                        We pray for policies that recognize their plight.

            For those who do not have adequate health insurance,
                        We pray that no family will face financial burdens alone.

            For those who are afraid to access care due to immigration status,
                        We pray for recognition of the God-given dignity of all.

            For our brothers and sisters around the world,
                        We pray for shared solidarity.

            For public officials and decisionmakers,
                        We pray for wisdom and guidance.

            Father, during this unusual time may your Church be a sign of hope, comfort and love to all.
                        Grant peace.
                        Grant comfort.
                        Grant healing.
                        Be with us, Lord.

            Amen.  (from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops)

    • for the Church universal—its leaders, its members, and its mission. We especially pray for Bishop Nunn, for our District Superintendent Cindy Havlik, and for our new Superintendent coming this summer, Connie Gibson.  We also pray for those serving in missions around the world, and those missionaries who have had to return home before their work was finished.  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 me (us) remember, Lord, that you are merciful and good, and quick to act in times of need.  I (We) thank you for all of your many blessings that you graciously give to us and to the world you love.

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

Father, in your tranquil world above,
may your kingdom come,
reveal your nourishing light.
Let your clear will be done
on earth and in heaven.
What is needed for life today,
the substance of holy bread,
provide to us soon.
Forgive countless debts of our wicked errors,
no different than we pardon our debtors.
Oh, keep temptation of the devil far away,
and likewise raise us up from evil
to light at your right hand. 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!

 

We Say What We Believe:  The World Methodist Social Afformation

(If possible, read this out loud):

We believe in God,

       creator of the world and of all people;

 and in Jesus Christ, incarnate among us,

         who died and rose again;

 and in the Holy Spirit,

         present with us to guide, strengthen, and comfort.

We believe; God, help our unbelief.

 

We rejoice in every sign of God's Kingdom;

     in the upholding of human dignity and community;

     in every expression of love, justice and reconciliation;

     in each act of self-giving on behalf of others;

     in the abundance of God's gifts entrusted to us that all may have enough;

     in all responsible use of the earth's resources.

Glory be to God on high; and on earth, be peace.

 

We confess our sin, individual and collective, by silence or action:

     through the violation of human dignity

     based on race, class, age, sex, nation, or faith;

     through the exploitation of people

     because of greed and indifference

     through the misuse of power

     in personal, communal, national, and international life;

     through the search for security

     by those military and economic forces that threaten human existence;

     through the abuse of technology

              which endangers the earth and all life upon it.

Lord, have mercy; Christ, have mercy; Lord, have mercy.

 

We commit ourselves individually and as a community

     to the way of Christ:

     to take up the cross;

     to seek abundant life for all humanity;

     to struggle for peace with justice and freedom;

     to risk ourselves in faith, hope, and love,

     praying that God's kingdom may come.

The kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.

Amen .

 

Closing Hymn and Benedictions:  "We Are the Hands of Christ"  (Salvation Army Hymnal; TUNE:  "This Is My Father's World")
Major Ted Morris leads in the singing of "We are the Hands of Christ"/spoken benediction/and the vocal benediction "He Touched Me" to bring to a close The Salvation Army Clearwater Citadel Corps 1/13/19 Holiness Meeting.  These songs and words encompass the theme and spirit of our service this morning.  Go in peace!

 

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