Bible Passage: Galatians 3:28
Theme for the Week beginning October 11th, 2020: “The Christian’s Understanding of the Bible, Part 2”
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The Prelude: We Prepare Ourselves to Worship God
- Before you start your home worship service, please download and read “How to Prepare for Worshipping at Home.”
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):
Lord Jesus Christ, we welcome you,
our Lord and our Savior, our Servant and Friend.
We welcome you to this place, where your people have gathered.
We welcome you to our worship, we welcome you to our lives.
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
We Sing a Song of Praise: “Amazing Grace”
(UMH #378; arr. by Chris Tomlin; performed by BYU Noteworthy)
(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)
Leader: We bid you welcome, you who come with weary spirit seeking rest:
People: Who come with troubles that are too much with you, who come hurt and afraid.
Leader: We bid you welcome, you who come with hope in your heart:
People: Who come with anticipation in your step, who come proud and joyous.
Leader: We bid you welcome, you who are seekers of new faith:
People: Who come to probe and explore, who come to learn.
Leader: We bid you welcome, you who enter this place as a homecoming:
People: Who have found here room for your spirit, who find in this people a home.
Leader: Whoever you are, whatever you are, wherever you are on your journey,
we bid you welcome.
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: Galatians 3:28 (NIrV)
(If possible, read all scriptures out loud)
We Testify to God’s Grace: “A Joyous Welcome“
Lynda Samuel (Scotland, United Kingdom); The Upper Room, August 20, 2020
While I was in India staying with a woman named Nalini, a man named Kumar called round to help us organize a music workshop. Nalini invited him to stay for lunch. He declined graciously but did not leave. She set a place for him, and he joined us at the table for a meal prepared by Nalini’s daughter-in-law.
Kumar said, “Since my wife left me years ago, I’ve been eating out in restaurants. Each has its own ‘taste,’ but nothing as good as this. Whenever I’m asked to eat in someone’s home, I always say no. But inwardly I’m longing for home-cooked meals.” Nalini’s daughter-in-law replied, “You must come often, Uncle.” I marveled at her sincere, loving invitation to this man she had just met.
Jesus reminds us of the importance of warm invitations. He told the parable of a man who invited many guests to his feast in Luke 14. And in Matthew 11:28, Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” A joyous welcome awaits whoever comes to Jesus. Why hesitate? Jesus loves all people to the utmost and longs for us to enter into a life-transforming relationship with him.
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We Sing a Song of Devotion: “The Lord of the Dance”
(UMH #261, Word and Music by Sydney Carter, 1963; First Plymouth Church, Lincoln, Nebraska, July 6, 2014)
Please play the music video and sing along or just reflect.
We Hear the Sermon from Pastor Thomas
“Love is the Orientation”
Series: Confessions of a Church Pastor: What I Believe About the Bible, Part 2
(NOTE: An article that discusses the six most frequently-cited passages in scripture that possibly reference same-sex actions is included under the “Bulletin” link above)
We Pray to the Lord
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(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 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 the people of Hope United Methodist Church, and especially …
- 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/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: “There’s A Wideness In God’s Mercy” (UMH #291, performed by The Joslin Grove Choral Society)
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.