How's Your Spiritual Temperature?

For the Week beginning May 3, 2020

  • If you want a paper copy of the service bulletin that follows on-screen here, then . . .
  • An exciting video service just for children (and kids at heart) is found at the end of this service (and if you're a fan of "Whose Line Is It, Anyway?" then you should watch this one.  Thanks, LifeChurch!)

 

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):  God of grace and mercy, be present with us as we gather for worship.  We face an unknown future.  We walk paths untrodden.  In this ever-changing world, help us to remember that you are in control.  You are all-knowing.  You are all-powerful and always with us.  We know you are a good God who holds us when we are anxious and who has a plan for our future.  Calm our hearts and minds and give us hope in you, our only certain hope.  We pray in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

We Sing a Song of Praise:  "Be Thou My Vision”   UMH #451

Your printed bulletin will have the musical scoring and lyrics.  You can sing along with a music video 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)

(From Nehemiah 8 and Psalm 19):

Come before your God with praise and thanksgiving.
The joy of God is our health and strength.
Join with the heavens and the earth
and tell of the goodness of our God.
The joy of God is indeed our health and strength.
Let us worship the God who revives our souls.

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:  Luke 5:12-16 (NIV)

(If possible, read these verses put loud)

12 While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy.[b] When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”

13 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him.

14 Then Jesus ordered him, “Don’t tell anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.”

15 Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. 

16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.

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

 

We  Sing a Song of Devotion:  “There's A Cry in My Heart" by Starfield

            Experience this or sing along by clicking the image below:

 

We Testify to God's Grace

“Never Too Late”

(from The Upper Room, from Saturday, May 2nd, 2020 -- Scott Martin, New Jersey)

Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.  — Luke 5:16 (NIV)

As part of my pastoral responsibilities at a local hospital, I was called to the bedside of an elderly woman. I found her shouting out in anguish to Jesus and then to me. She had been diagnosed with a brain hemorrhage and was afraid she would die and not go to heaven. When I asked the reason for her fear, she explained that her sins were just too great.

I reminded her of the parable of the prodigal son and how our Father in heaven will welcome us back with open arms. She told me she was afraid it was too late. I assured her that if Jesus could forgive the thief on the cross next to him, the same is true of all of us. We then prayed together, and a great peace seemed to come over her. When I saw her again the next morning, she took my hand and said that she knew she was forgiven and welcomed back by God.

No matter what sins we may have committed, whether we are coming to Christ for the first time or returning to God like the prodigal son, we don’t have to be afraid that our sins are too great. Instead, we can reach out to our Father and remember that God forgives and welcomes us with open arms.

 

We Hear the Sermon from Pastor Thomas:  "How's Your Spiritual Temperature?"
We Reflect in Silence

 

 (Take one minute to consider today's scripture, reflection and sermon.  Have you thought of Jesus as a shepherd, and yourself as a sheep?  What does this image mean to you?  What parts of life do you tend to carry on your shoulders, rather than letting the Good Shepherd carry you on his shoulders?)

 

We Pray to the Lord

(with J Burklo's paraphrase of the Lord's Prayer, adapted)

(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 the continued recovery of Sylvie McCammon's surgery, and the health of Gordon Godfrey.
    • 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:  “Lord, we place before You this terrible disease that is present in our world.  Bring wisdom to doctors.  Give understanding to scientists. Endow caregivers with compassion and generosity.  Bring healing to those who are ill.  Protect those who are most at risk.  Give comfort to those who have lost a loved one.  Welcome those who have died into Your Eternal Home.  Stabilize our communities.  Unite us in our compassion.  Remove all fear from our hearts.  Fill us with confidence in Your care. Amen.”
    • 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 medical missions around the world, 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:

Dearest One,
closer to us than our own hearts,
farther than the most distant star,
you are beyond naming.

May your power and presence become obvious to us.
We know this will happen "someday," but we also need to see it right here, right now, in the midst of our earthly lives.

So thank you for giving us what we need, day by day,
to keep body and soul together, because
clever as you have made us,
we still owe our existence to you.

Thank you for teaching us that to be reconciled with you,
we must also be reconciled with others and even ourselves,
putting all hate and bitterness behind us.  Give us the courage and the help to do this.

We confess that we are torn between our faith in your goodness
and our awareness of the evil all around us.
So deliver us from the temptation to despair, and help us to trust in you, your timing, and your ways.

Because, when all is said and done, yours alone is the universe and all its majesty and beauty.
And in this, we rejoice!  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

(Adapted from an Affirmation by Lisa Frenz)

(If possible, read this out loud):

We believe that when all was silent, the Creator spoke,

and the world came into being.

We believe that God the Word brought forth light from darkness,

matter from nothing,

flesh from dust,

life from lifelessness.

We believe that centuries ago in a small town in Palestine

the Word of God came to us.

Jesus the Christ, one with the Creator, took on human form and was born.

We believe he lived and walked among us,

speaking the words of life.

That he was crucified, died, and was buried.

That he rose from the dead and speaks to us today.

That he is the one who saves us from ourselves and all evil.

We believe that the Spirit of God,

who is one with the Creator and the Christ,

whispers the Word into our souls and into this world,

calling us back to the Creator,

calling us back to Jesus,

and calling us forward into the healing and wholeness of everlasting life, which one day will have the final Word in all things.

This we believe, in the name and unity of the Creator, Christ and Spirit.

 

We Sing about Our Commitment to be Followers of Jesus:  "It Is Well With My Soul"   UMH #377

Experience this or sing along by clicking the image below:

 

We Pray a Prayer of Blessing

(Read aloud if possible:)  Lord Jesus, allow your servants to go in peace.  We have experienced the love that you offer to everyone.  Heal and strengthen us as we seek to serve others in your name.  Amen.

(Now, please take a moment to write and mail a note, send an email, or make a phone call to someone that needs a touch of human connection today. 

Remember:  Jesus has no hands or feet but yours.)

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