To find out about our covid protocols you can click here: https://www.tahlequahumc.org/tumccovid
9 a.m. Sunday. School for All Ages Adult Zoom Option Available
10 a.m. Worship online on our Facebook Page and Youtube Channel
To Connect Online
For those with Facebook accounts:
Some of you are having difficulties in finding our videos of worship on Sunday mornings on Facebook. Here are a couple of tips. When you see a “get reminder” button on the video announcement. Click on that. Then whenever we go live, the reminder will pop up in your notifications and you can simply click on the notification to go straight to the video. OR….
The live video will be at the top.
REMEMBER: Our worship is also live on YouTube at the time and can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmYNURhSqdwwZgpfzTWVJew
If you have questions please direct them to Pastor Matt at firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to Worship for 4.10.22
The Liturgical Sunday is Palm Sunday
Our Liturgical Color: White
We Center Ourselves in Worship
Welcome to Tahlequah United Methodist Church
· Welcome to Tahlequah United Methodist Church we strive to be a Church of Open Hearts, Open Minds, and Open Doors as we make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of ourselves and the world.
· If you are joining us in person, we ask that you register your attendance in the binders at the ends of the pews. If you are new, you can tear out the New to TUMC tab in this bulletin and leave it at the welcome desk in the entry way so that we can get to know you.
· For our online worshipers let us know in the comments section that you have joined us in worship.
· For prayer request you can fill out the yellow card in the pews and bring it up to the front to the prayer basket during the first hymn.
· To submit a prayer request online you can go to our website www.tahlequahumc.org
· (+) means stand when able
· Thank you for joining us in worship today!
+Opening Hymn: Hosanna, Loud Hosanna, The Little Children Sing UMH 278
We invite all to go into the entryway and grab a palm branch to wave and bring to the stage to lay down on the kneeling rail.
Call To Worship Liturgist
Liturgist: The story of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, tells us that after his celebrated arrival. He went into the Temple and looked around at everything.
As we gather here for worship today may it be with a sense that Jesus has walked in too and is looking around.
May our eyes be open to see Him, may our hearts be ready to be seen by Him, may our worship be worthy of His presence, and may we be transformed so that we see the world through His eyes. Amen.
The Reading of the Psalm 118:19-29 Liturgist
+Hymn Mantos Y Palmas UMH 279
We Center Ourselves in Prayer
Lavon Baylor, in Flames of the Spirit, edited by Ruth C. Duck (Pilgrim Press, 1984), 35.
Call to Confession Liturgist
Liturgist: The choice is ever before us: discipleship or rejection, authentic response or play-acting, commitment that will go all the way to a cross or hypocrisy which is a living denial and death. Like the fickle crowds of the first Palm Sunday, we need to examine ourselves and question the genuineness of our commitment.
Confession of Sin Liturgist
All: God of all times and places, we confess that we would rather join the crowds than stand alone. We prefer the popular point of view to a solitary witness for justice and truth. We like safety and security while shrinking from the risk of involvement. We’ll sing “hosanna” when everyone else is doing so – but not when the hostile “Good Friday” forces may hear us. We do not like to admit our lukewarm response to you, but neither do we want to be considered fanatics.
We believe Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. We know that means us, not just other folks involved in obvious evils everyone knows about. We ask you to be patient with us, to help us understand our own guilt. Then pour out your forgiveness in such a way that we are forever transformed. In Jesus’s name. Amen.
Assurance of Forgiveness Liturgist
Liturgist: God sweeps into our human scene, redeeming all who turn from evil and do good. There is grace, mercy, and renewed strength for all who earnestly seek the new life Christ brings. Let us rejoice together, for even the stones cry out with good news. God forgives. We are freed from the burden of our sin. Praise God!
Today we pray for…. Rev. Shana Dry
After each prayer request read: Pastor: Lord in your mercy, All: Hear our Prayer
We Lift up: The United Methodist Church, Our Bishop Jimmy Nunn, and Our District Superintendent: Rev. Terry Koehn, Our Pastors Matt Franks and Shana Dry, The NSU Wesley Foundation, Our Little Sprouts Preschool, All of our Local Schools, All of our Health Care Workers, Our Teachers, Support Staffs, and School Administration, All our Assisted Living Church Members. All of our Government leaders, local, state and national. All struggling with Pandemic.
Our Church Family: Barbara Chambers, Maddie Cochran, Ellen Mathews, Monika Mann, John & Debbie Jensen, Cleo Hixon, Steve & Cindy Ullom, Pat and Vera Freeman, George Foster, Mary Geasland, Mildred Carol, Jo Ellen Rogers, Lela Stowers, The Junes,
Our Military: Robert Isaacson
Pastoral Prayer Rev. Shana Dry
The Lord’s Prayer Liturgist
ALL: 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, forever. Amen.
Sunday’s Choir Anthem: Crown Him King of Kings. J.S. Bach
We Make Our Offering Together
Thank you for your new or continued generosity towards God’s mission at Tahlequah UMC. When you give to Tahlequah UMC you are investing in making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. TUMC has a global reach by helping various ministries locally and globally.
Giving Options at TUMC
• In-person offerings may be dropped in the offering box in the Sanctuary at the entry/exit on Sundays.
• Offerings can also be mailed or dropped off at the church office 300 W. Delaware, Tahlequah Ok 74464
• Online Giving at www.tahlequahumc.org/give
• Through your Bank or Credit Union via Auto Check
Offertory Prayer Liturgist
All: Triumphant God, we echo the shouts of “Hosanna!” as we relive the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem and all that waits in the week to come. Like that first parade so long ago, we may have different ideas of what kind of a messiah we long to welcome. Many of us seek one who thinks like we think, who will wield power to meet our longings. As we give our gifts this morning, may we be of the heart and mind of submission. You know better than us the messiah that is needed for your kingdom to come on earth, as it is in heaven. In Christ, we pray. Amen.
Praise God, From Whom All Blessings Flow UMH 95
We Hear The Word Proclaimed
Prayer of Illumination Liturgist
All: Holy Spirit, open our hearts and minds by the power of your Holy Spirit, that as the Scriptures are read and your Word is proclaimed, we may hear with joy what you say to us today. Amen.
Scripture Reading: Luke 19:28-40 Liturgist
Scripture Reading Response Liturgist
Liturgist: The Scriptures of Faith for the people of faith.
All Thanks be to God, Amen.
Sermon Series Title
HOLY Week Begins
Sermon Title: On our Marks, Get Set Go!
Given by Rev. Matt Franks Lead Pastor Tahlequah UMC
We Respond To The Word
+Hymn Sunday’s Palms Are Wednesday’s Ashes TFWS 2138
During this hymn if you want to come forward and spend some time at the kneeling rails to pray you are more than welcome to do so. If you need the Pastors to pray with you, please let them know. If you want to join our Church family today, please come forward and let us know so we can receive you into membership.
We Are Sent Out To Serve
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Dismissal with Blessing
Closing Chorus: Hosanna! Hosanna! TFWS 2109
God Be With You Until We Meet Again
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Church Calendar for the Week
Office Hours 9- 12 p.m. & 1-3:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 10th
8:30 a.m. TUMC Worship Walkthrough
9 a.m. Sunday School for All Ages
9 a.m. Photo Directory Booth
10 a.m. Celebration Worship in Sanctuary
11 a.m. Lenten Study
4 p.m. Youth Group (AB Youth room)
Monday, April 11th
6 p.m. Holy Week Service & Meal @ First Christian Church
6:30 p.m. Monday Night Adult Bible Study on Zoom
Tuesday, April 12th
6:30 a.m. Men’s bible study at McDonalds
10 a.m. Grief Class in Parlor
12 p.m. Noon Day Zoom Prayer Time
1 p.m. Care Team (Room 305)
4 p.m. SEW Blessed Quilters (Room 309)
6 p.m. Overeaters Anonymous (Room 303)
6 p.m. Grief Class in Parlor
Wednesday, April 13th
4:30 Bell Choir (Parlor)
5 p.m. Little Chapel
6:30 p.m. Online storytelling on YouTube & Facebook
7 p.m. Adult Choir (Sanctuary)
Thursday, April 14th
9:30 a.m. Little Sprouts Chapel (Sanctuary)
10 a.m. FMS Setup (AB Gym)
5 p.m. Feed My Sheep Meal (AB Gym)
5:30 Girl Scout Troop 1226 (Parlor)
Friday, April 15th
6:30 p.m. Good Friday Service
Saturday, April 16th
10 a.m. Walk A Mile In Her Shoes
Sunday, April 17th
6:15 a.m. Sunrise Service at NSU Wesley
9:30 a.m. Celebration Worship (Sanctuary)
11 a.m. Easter Worship at Camp Egans
2022 Church Camp Dates
You can find the 2022 Camp Egan Summer Camp Dates here: https://okcamps.org/2021-camp-dates/ if you are interested in helping or attending a camp please contact Abigail.
Online Ministry Groups
When the pandemic hit we shifted and created some ministries to happen via zoom and other platforms as we begin to return we will shift to more of a hybrid approach for ministry. Find our ministry groups here:
New Photo Directory
Starting March 20th -April 24th
We will have pictures taken in the Atrium for a New Photo Directory.
This will be an in-house project. The Cost will be $10.00 to help cover the cost of printing of the directory and other costs. You will be emailed a digital copy of your family picture for you to print at Walgreens or anywhere else you can print photos. Email Sara for more info at email@example.com
Easter 2022 Sunday, April 17th, 2022
We will offer an amazing Worship service at 9:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary and then at 11 a.m. out at Camp Egan. These will be different styles of service and if the weather is bad, we will have just one service. We will have an Easter Egg Hunt out at Egan following the 11 a.m. worship.
We will need set up teams for Egan if you are interested in this please let me know. Both services will be great we hope to see you at one or both.
Would You Like to Help
Camp Egan on April 9?
Sign Up by April 2.
We’re planning a church workday at Egan Camp and Retreat Center on Saturday, April 9th. We’ll leave the church at 8:00 am in convoy for those who don’t know how to get there. (We’ll take our cars so that folks can leave when they need to.) If anyone needs to arrive later, that’s not a problem.
If the weather’s nice, we’ll do some work on flowerbeds, rake walnuts and leaves, power wash the swimming pool, paint and number the disc golf “holes” or paint/stain the Founder’s House deck.
If the weather’s rainy or cold, we’ll paint inside the buildings, mount TV’s and sound system in the Tabernacle, and scrape and paint the A/C ducts in the dining hall.
These are a few of the tasks that need to be done. The tasks vary with whoever volunteers and whatever you/we feel comfortable doing and can be done with the time we have available. We won’t get it all done, but we’ll put a big dent in the list!
Lunch will be served at camp. A sign-up sheet is out in the Narthex. Let us know what you like doing, and we’ll try to match you with the right task.
FUMC Missions Coordinator and
Member of Egan Site Development Committee
We have been asked to share this with the Church leadership.
April 7, 2022 To the Pastors and Leaders in the Oklahoma Annual Conference, Greetings in the Name of Jesus Christ! For several years, the United Methodist Church has been in a heightened state of unrest. Many churches and pastors continue to work to fulfill the mission of the church and to care for one another and for their communities. With the announcement of the third postponement of the 2020 General Conference, the state of conflict and anxiety for some churches and pastors is at a new high. The Oklahoma Conference Leadership and Board of Trustees have been working to prepare for the coming transitions. Here are some highlights of the work of the conference.
Everything done by the Oklahoma Annual Conference is intended to be fair, contextual, cautious, transparent, and we seek to treat each other as Christians.
New initiatives that equip pastors and churches have been implemented including individual and cohort coaching, academies for innovative ministry, moving and transition workshops, grants for new and revitalized ministries and a new residential ministry program being offered this fall.
The financial system has been restructured to reflect best practices, clearly identify assets and liabilities, and offer timely reports. Many unsustainable programs have been discontinued.
A team has been called together to address existing unfunded liabilities. A report will be presented to a called special session of the Annual Conference in October.
The Conference Leadership and Board of Trustees have been working steadily to smooth the coming transition by developing a Disaffiliation Agreement that conforms to the Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church.
The Office of Transitional Ministries has been established to provide resources by which informed decisions can be made and transitions of churches and clergy may be administered.
Important Facts and Processes Several rumors and some misinformation have been circulating within both the conference and the general church. I wish to address a few of them in this section. The Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church will continue to exist after the next General Conference. While the composition of Annual Conferences across the country will likely change in the coming months and years, there will continue to be a United Methodist Church and an Oklahoma Annual Conference. I invite and encourage every church and pastor to continue to be part of the conference. If a local church votes to recommend that they disaffiliate from The United Methodist Church (UMC), the Annual Conference will assist the church in completion of all requirements for disaffiliation. The process for leaving the denomination is governed by ¶2553, 2548.2 or 2549. The Disaffiliation Agreement adopted by the Oklahoma Conference Leadership and Board of Trustees employs ¶2553. The details of the process are on the Conference website at www.okumc.org/transitionalministry. The Oklahoma Conference Leadership and Board of Trustees manages the disaffiliation process through the Office of Transitional Ministries. Following a vote of a local church to recommend that they leave the UMC, a vote of the Oklahoma Annual Conference to approve their disaffiliation is required. No process to leave the UMC is complete without a majority vote of the Annual Conference. The process for clergy who wish to exit the denomination is found in ¶360. Clergy in good standing who withdraw from the UMC to unite with another denomination retain their ordination, but surrender their conference membership (¶360.1). Clergy in good standing who withdraw from the ministerial office surrender both conference membership and ordination credentials (¶360.2). All surrendered credentials must be submitted to the District Superintendent or Conference Secretary. It has come to my attention that some United Methodist clergy and laity are calling meetings to encourage churches and pastors to leave the UMC. None of these meetings are official. Sadly, I have received numerous reports that some of these meetings are creating anxiety and conflict centered around departing the UMC to become part of the Global Methodist Church (GMC) which has announced a launch date of May 1, 2022. All official meetings endorsed by the Oklahoma Conference will be called through the Ministry Center, Office of Transitional Ministries, or the district office. No pastor or church has the authority to conduct a meeting that promotes leaving the UMC. Pastors should not place undue pressure on a local church to disaffiliate. The rights to voice and vote at a Church Conference shall be preserved. Disaffiliation votes require a majority of 2/3 of the professing members of the local church present and voting. Abstentions are counted in the total vote, so 2/3 of the total votes must be in favor of disaffiliation. There is no process that I will recognize that circumvents the right of a local church to its voice and vote. In other words, a small group in a local church or the conference will not “vote itself out of the denomination and everyone must follow” without due process. Those rights are protected at a properly called Church Conference, called by the District Superintendent. Because of the amount of misinformation, I have an obligation to inform you of the source of public information about the GMC, www.globalmethodist.org, that group’s official website. Information on the website gives details about how churches can become a part of that new denomination. Also listed on the website are steps for clergy who wish to join the GMC. Clergy must withdraw from the UMC then unite with the GMC. An application and process information are found on the GMC website. Of course, disaffiliating local churches can also choose to unite with a different denomination or choose a path of congregational independence. One may wonder why I share any information about the GMC and other options for local churches deciding to disaffiliate. I am sharing the information because it has been the consistent policy of the Oklahoma Conference Leadership and Board of Trustees to treat one another with respect, love, and to be clear about policies and processes. I have received reports that it is being stated that Oklahoma Conference personnel and even that I have been acting with hidden agendas. This accusation is not true. Important dates for Oklahoma United Methodists The Oklahoma Annual Conference will be held May 22-26. A special called session of the Annual Conference will be called for October 21-22, 2022. The Standing Rules of the Conference may not be changed to address issues at any called special session. The specifics of the called conference, to be announced after Easter, will guide the process. If you have questions or concerns, please call or email your District Superintendent, the Office of Transitional Ministries, or the Ministry Center. We are here to serve you, to provide clear information from primary sources, and to clarify and interpret policies and procedures of the Annual Conference. You may also email questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org. May God bless you,
Bishop James Nunn