10 January 2021
Topic: Love

"What's Love Got To Do With It?"

Preacher: Bruce Leonhart

Bible Passage: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

Theme for the Week beginning January 10th, 2021:  “Love”

 

  • An EXCITING video song and worship 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):

Holy God, before time you named us.
Through time you redeem us.
You call us, precious in your sight.
May we love as you love.

Holy One, through the turbulent waters
Make us steady, your hands
Holding strong the fragile and weak.
May we love as you love.

Gracious God, may the fruits of our lives
be food for the hungry, bread,
clothing, shelter, fire, water, Word.
May we love as you love.

God of justice, remove the chaff
Of our lives that keep us from
Hearing, following, Your call.
May we love as you love.

Loving God, take this day: our fears our
Worries, distractions, and all.
Turn them into food for the heart.
May we love as you love. Amen

We Sing a Song of Praise: “All Creatures of Our God and King”

(First Baptist, Dallas, January 25, 2019)

(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: Jesus Christ, the Great Physician, invites us into the healing presence of God, our refuge.

People: God knew us before we were born, and summoned us to service in our youth.

Leader: God, our Rock and Fortress, rescues us from injustice, cruelty, and wickedness.

People: God touches our lips and puts words in our mouths. God commands us to speak and removes our fears.

Leader: God, our hope and trust, meets us where we are and leads us to times of witness and praise.

People: God’s revelation comes in unexpected places to meet our needs and empower our service.

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
I Corinthians 13:1-13 (NIV)

(If possible, read all scriptures out loud)

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

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

People:  Thanks be to God!

 

We Testify to God’s Grace:    “Our Gifts & Our Service”

Robert E. Boertien (Oregon, USA), The Upper Room, November 30, 2020

I volunteer with an organization that provides meals to people in need. One day when I delivered a meal to Tom, I noticed a repairman approaching the home next door.

I learned that Tom had secretly paid to have his neighbor’s broken hot water heater replaced, knowing they were unemployed, had young children, and had no funds to cover such a cost. I asked Tom why he didn’t tell the family about his generous act, and he replied, “Because I want the credit to go to the Lord, not me.”

Tom has a variety of health issues and lives with few amenities. He has a strong and abiding faith in Jesus Christ. For me, Tom’s kind act and humility are perfect examples of what it means to be a Christian. If we wish to claim that title, we must consider how we will tend to Christ’s lambs and feed God’s sheep. By following in Christ’s footsteps, we can extend God’s blessings to others and show by example, with kind words and actions, the love of God for all people.

 

We  Sing a Hymn of Devotion: “Thrive”

(Performed by Casting Crowns, July 24, 2020)

NOTE:  Please click on the “Watch on YouTube” link when it appears.

 

We Hear the Sermon from Bruce Leonhart, Lay Servant

“What’s Love Got To Do With It?”

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 Cyndi McNutt in her recovery from cataract surgeries.
      • 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 President Donald Trump, Vice-President Mike Pence, President-elect Joe Biden, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, and their families.  We pray for a smooth and peaceful transition of government.  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: “Come Christians Join to Sing”

(Greenville Christian Church, Central, IL; Aug 6, 2018)

Benediction 

Let us rejoice: God so loves the world!

May God your Maker

Send you back into the world with creative energies

Refreshed.

May Christ the Light

Illuminate your darkest moments.

And may the Holy Spirit of steadfast love

Guide you until we worship together again.

This day and forevermore.

Amen.

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KIDS KORNER!

Here’s a children’s song that Bruce has chosen for this week’s service.

 

Enjoy this LOOP Show Worship-at-Home-for-Kids Video from LifeChurch!

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