"Who Was That Masked Superhero??"

 For the Week beginning June 14th, 2020

FAMILY ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • We are disappointed about not being able to gather for church on Sunday, June 14th, because of the spike in COVID-19 cases.  Keep praying for each other!
  • An EXCITING video service just for children (and kids at heart) is found at the end of this service. Just scroll down!  (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):

O Lord, from the comfort of our homes we gather to worship.  Some of us through the printed word, and some of us through the gift of technology.  Some of us with family, and some of us alone.  But none of us are truly alone, O God.  All of us together are one people, one community, in you.  We come this morning to find connection to each other and to you.  We worship you, O God.  On this Day of Resurrection, show us the Risen Christ.

~ based on a Call to Worship by Ann Harbridge

 

We Sing a Song of Praise:  "O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing"   UMH #57 (First UMC, Houston)

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

1. O for a thousand tongues to sing
my great Redeemer's praise,
the glories of my God and King,
the triumphs of his grace!

2. My gracious Master and my God,
assist me to proclaim,
to spread through all the earth abroad
the honors of thy name.

3. Jesus! the name that charms our fears,
that bids our sorrows cease;
'tis music in the sinner's ears,
'tis life, and health, and peace.

4. He breaks the power of canceled sin,
he sets the prisoner free;
his blood can make the foulest clean;
his blood availed for me.

 

We Call Each Other to Worship

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

(Based on Psalm 145):

Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise:

The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made. 

The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love:

The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made. 

All the Lord's works praise him; they tell of the glory of his kingdom and speak of his might:

The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made. 

The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does:

The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made. 

My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord; let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever:

For the LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made. 

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:  Matthew 8:1-4
The Message (MSG) Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson

(If possible, read all scriptures out loud)

Matthew 8:1-4

1-2 Jesus came down the mountain with the cheers of the crowd still ringing in his ears. Then a leper appeared and went to his knees before Jesus, praying, “Master, if you want to, you can heal my body.”

3-4 Jesus reached out and touched him, saying, “I want to. Be clean.” Then and there, all signs of the leprosy were gone. Jesus said, “Don’t talk about this all over town. Just quietly present your healed body to the priest, along with the appropriate expressions of thanks to God. Your cleansed and grateful life, not your words, will bear witness to what I have done.”

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

 

We  Sing a Song of Devotion:  "Compassion Hymn" -- Keith & Kristyn Getty (c) UMG (on behalf of Getty Music)
Just experience this song or sing along by clicking the image below.
There is an everlasting kindness
You lavished on us
When the Radiance of heaven Came to rescue the lost;
You called the sheep without a shepherd
To leave their distress
For your streams of forgiveness
And the shade of Your rest.
++++
And with compassion for the hurting,
You reached out Your hand
As the lame ran to meet You
And the dead breathed again;
You saw behind the eyes of sorrow
And shared in our tears,
Heard the sigh of the weary,
Let the children draw near.
++++
What boundless love,
What fathomless grace
You have shown us, O God of compassion!
Each day we live
An offering of praise
As we show to the world Your compassion.
++++
We stood beneath the cross of Calvary
And gazed on Your face
At the thorns of oppression
And the wounds of disgrace,
For surely You have borne our suffering
And carried our grief
As You pardoned the scoffer
And showed grace to the thief.
++++
How beautiful the feet that carry
This gospel of peace
To the fields of injustice
And the valleys of need—
To be a voice of hope and healing,
To answer the cries
Of the hungry and helpless
With the mercy of Christ.
We Testify to God's Grace

"Do You Have Spiritual Myopia?" 

(1 Samuel 16:7; from The Upper Room, from Nov. 6, 2019 -- Narda Luz Vargas Guerrero, from the Dominican Republic

I was diagnosed with myopia and astigmatism a few years ago. Fellow sufferers know how difficult it is to depend on wearing glasses; but without glasses, everything is blurred and difficult to distinguish. I can see someone in the distance and not recognize who it is, which can be frustrating and sad.

Sometimes we walk around with spiritual myopia — blinders that keep us from seeing beyond our self-righteousness, prejudices, and stereotypes. We may label people or call them out for past mistakes. Jesus, however, saw the human condition of people from all walks of life and treated them with love and mercy. Because of the way Jesus treated others, he gained their genuine love and trust.

As followers of Christ, we are called to witness to all people and to reach out to them regardless of their condition. After all, Christ fixed his eyes on us when we were not at our best and redeemed us with love and grace.

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

 

We Hear the Sermon from Pastor Thomas
"Who Was That Masked Superhero??"
We Reflect in Silence

Take several minutes to consider today’s scripture and message.  Here are some questions to help: 

  • Are you more likely to be a person who empathizes (walks in someone else's shoes) or who acts (fixes the problem?)
  • What would it take to bring together both empathy and action together in your life?
  • What is your emotional and spiritual diet like these days?  What is feeding your soul?
  • Would you be willing to ask God how you can be of help the next time someone's problems pulls at your heartstrings?  How can your church help you in your compassionate actions toward others?  What resources do you need to help?

 

We Pray to the Lord

(The Lord's Prayer is from Matthew's Gospel, the Contemporary English Bible)

(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:

Compassionate God,
You have compassion enough for all.
Lord in your mercy,
Have compassion for us.

Jesus, out of your compassion for us,
you invite us to come away with you
to a place of rest and quiet.
Help us to say yes and then
to be able to come away with you.
Lord in your mercy,
Have compassion for us.

Lord, out of your compassion you care for
Those who are harassed, helpless, and
Lost. Sometimes we feel that way ourselves
Lord in your mercy,
Have compassion for us.

Lord in your compassion teach us to follow you,
to trust you, to love you and to love as you love.
Lord in your compassion feed us who are hungry;
Physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
Lord in your compassion heal us in the places we need healed.
Lord in your mercy,
Have compassion for us.

And Lord in your having compassion for us
Teach us to have compassion for others as you do.
Help us to show compassion in action the way you did.
And remind us when it is time to come away with you
for quiet and rest.
Lord in your mercy,
Have compassion for us.

— written by Rev. Abi 

    • 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, 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, for our District Superintendent Cindy Havlik, and for our new Superintendent coming this summer, 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 them from harm and disease, and give them 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 in heaven, help us to honor your name.

Come and set up your kingdom, so that everyone on earth will obey you, as you are obeyed in heaven.

Give us our food for today.

Forgive us for doing wrong, as we forgive others.

Keep us from being tempted and protect us from evil.

[You are Power, Honor, and Glory forever.  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 Affirmation

(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  "Love Divine, All Loves Excelling"  UMH #384  (Riverside Church, NYC)

1. Love divine, all loves excelling,
Joy of heaven to earth come down,
Fix in us thy humble dwelling,
All thy faithful mercies crown;
Jesus, thou art all compassion,
Pure unbounded love thou art,
Visit us with thy salvation,
Enter every trembling heart.

2. Breathe, O breathe thy loving Spirit
Into every troubled breast,
Let us all in thee inherit,
Let us find that promised rest:
Take away our love of sinning,
Alpha and Omega be,
End of faith as its beginning,
Set our hearts at liberty.

3. Finish then thy new creation,
Pure and spotless let us be,
Let us see thy great salvation,
Perfectly restor'd in thee;
Chang'd from glory into glory,
Till in heaven we take our place,
Till we cast our crowns before thee,
Lost in wonder, love, and praise!

Benediction (from Psalm 37)

Jesus, as you sent the disciples out into the communities,

so you send us to proclaim that the Kingdom of Heaven has drawn near.

We are eager to share your love, without expecting a reward.

We realize will not always be made welcome.

When that happens,

let us move on

because there are many more places that need to receive your compassion.

May we be your hands and feet to a hurting world, we pray. Amen.

 

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