9 a.m. Sunday. School for All Ages
10 a.m. Worship online on our Facebook Page and Youtube Channel
If you are attending in-person we will require participants to take these basic measures:
We ask you not to attend in-person if you have felt ill or have a fever. We will still be living streaming on Youtube and Facebook.
Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth while moving through the building and while in worship.
Small Groups and Sunday School classes may unmask if all are vaccinated and in a classroom. While moving through the building and sitting in worship mask will still be required for all people.
Please use hand sanitizers and wash your hands.
Seating in the sanctuary will still be staggered with space offered on the balcony and in the Atrium if needed. If you have questions about where to sit please ask the Ushers.
Congregational singing during worship with the mask on.
Pew Bibles and the Music Books will be available to use.
The Worship Structure will still be on a modified schedule.
You will be exited out of the sanctuary by the ushers at the end of the service.
Communion will be directed by the pastors and ushers.
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
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Worship for 5.23.21
Liturgical Sunday: Pentecost
Liturgical Color: Red
Thank You for Joining Us Today
CCLI #1551569 Streaming License #20483914 One License# 734087-A
UMH= United Methodist Hymnal 1987 (The Red Book)
TFWS= The Faith We Sing (The Black Hymn Book)
W&S = Worship and Song (The Green Book)
Prelude Ramona Frazier
Welcome to Tahlequah United Methodist Church Rev. Matt Franks Thank you for joining us in worship today! Let us know in the comments line that you have joined us in worship. To prepare for worship today, we invite you to light a candle, grab your Bible and some paper to take notes, and invite the Holy Spirit into your space. Now is the time to worship!
Invitation to Be Peacemakers Rev. Matt Franks
Pastor: In this season we are called to be peacemakers who are called to pursue the goal of peace along with everyone—and holiness as well because no one will see the Lord without it.
Reflection On The Tulsa Race Massacre Rev. Matt Franks
“The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre was the worst civil disturbance on American soil since the Civil War. While the past cannot be changed, we can allow events of the past to change us—our perspective, our attitudes and our hearts. On this day 100 years ago, May 30, 1921, 19- year-old Dick Rowland was falsely accused of attacking 17- year-old Sarah Page on a downtown elevator, in the Tulsa Tribune. This false narrative struck the match that lit the fires of racial discord in this city and erupted into 16 to 18 hours of carnage, destruction and mayhem. One of the most prosperous black communities at that time in the United States was destroyed. What took many Tulsa residents a lifetime to build took other people only hours to destroy. One library, two dozen grocery stores, four drugstores, eight doctors’ offices, a dozen churches, over 30 restaurants and an entire neighborhood were reduced to ruins. Countless lives were forever changed by the racist actions and attitudes of Tulsa citizens. The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre reveals how wrong attitudes can result in great destruction. But that Spirit of Greenwood would not die. With the indomitable human spirit of resilience, this community literally rebuilt itself bigger and better, economically than before.”
– the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission
We Offer Our Prayers Together
Prayers of the People in Remembrance and Reflection of the Tulsa Race Massacre Rev. Shana Dry
As the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre approaches, let us pray for all who suffered during and after the event, for increased recognition and understanding of the racism and injustice that continue to hurt human beings, and for the Church to clearly exemplify God’s love and impartiality.
We pray for the estimated 300 women, men and children whose lives ended tragically in terror and violence, that their souls may continue to enjoy eternal peace and love in the presence of God and the communion of saints.
We pray for the Greenwood residents who survived the massacre and others who were directly affected; recognizing their immense pain from losing loved ones, the uncertainty they faced after losing their homes and livelihoods, and for the words, actions and effects of racism and segregation they continued to endure long after the massacre.
We pray for 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Commission members and for all who seek truth and justice in this and other events of racial violence around our nation and world, that we may learn the facts of what happened and draw lessons that will make our communities stronger and more respectful.
All: Lord, hear our prayer.
We pray for every person, family and community of color that continues to face and suffer from the effects of systemic, institutional, and cultural racism that are historically and often subconsciously entwined in many aspects of our society.
All: Lord, hear our prayer.
We pray, Lord, that we as individuals search inwardly and resolve to remove any biases that we may have against any race or ethnicity that keeps us from loving every person as ourselves as Jesus instructed his followers.
All: Lord, hear our prayer.
We pray and ask for your guidance, Lord, to help us live by our baptismal vows to renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness, reject the evil powers of this world, and repent of our sin. Help us to accept the freedom and power you give us to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves.
All: Lord, hear our prayer.
And we at Tahlequah United Methodist Church, as part of the Methodist branch of the Jesus Movement, pray Lord that you
guide our church now and going forward, that we may shine the light of Christ in Becoming a Beloved Community throughout our community, state, and world, so that all may know and feel the impartial love and grace that you have for all humankind.
All: Lord, hear our prayer.
Written by the Rev. James Tyree, member of the Becoming Beloved Community Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma
For The Healing of The Nations UMH 428
1. For the healing of the nations, Lord, we pray with one accord; for a just and equal sharing of the things that earth affords; to a life of love in action help us rise and pledge our word, (pledge our word) help us rise and pledge our word.
2. Lead us forward into freedom; from despair your world release, that, redeemed from war and hatred, all may come and go in peace. Show us how through care and goodness fear will die and hope increase, (hope increase) fear will die and hope increase.
3. All that kills abundant living, let it from the earth be banned; pride of status, race, or schooling, dogmas that obscure your plan. In our common quest for justice may we hallow life's brief span, (life's brief span) may we hallow life's brief span.
4. You, Creator God, have written your great name on humankind; for our growing in your likeness bring the life of Christ to mind, that by our response and service earth its destiny may find, (may find) earth its destiny may find.
Today we pray for. Rev. Shana Dry
The Pastor will lift any prayers that have been made known to the office. You can submit a prayer request by going to http://www.tahlequahumc.org/prayerrequest After each request the pastor will respond with Lord, Hear this prayer.
Please 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 of those on the Front lines helping in the midst of the pandemic. All our Assisted Living Church Members. All of our Government leaders, local, state and national.
Pat & Don Brock, Barbara Chambers, Maddie Cochran, The Kavanaghs, Ellen Mathews, Paula & Lee Rippetoe, Monika Mann, John & Debbie Jensen, The Prewitt Family, Cleo Hixon, Steve & Cindy Ullom, Pat Bushyhead, Pat and Vera Freeman, David Morrison, Kyle Rozell, George Foster, Sue Cramberg, Jeannette Wilson, Gary Gaston
Our Military: Robert Isaacson, Seminary Student: Cody Robinson
Pastoral Prayer Rev. Matt Franks
The Lord’s Prayer
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.
Anthem Glory to God! By George Frideric Handel Arranged by Patrick Liebergen
Trumpet: Robert Bailey
Singers: Peggy Williams, Ginny Wilson, Kathy Daniel, Gaye Bekkering, Robert Young, Robert Daniel, Ernst Bekkering
We Make Our Offering Together
Mission Moment Rev. Shana Dry
Offertory Prayer Rev. Shana Dry
All: O God, our possessions often bring us a sense of safety and reassurance. We are too quick to place our faith and hope in earthly things – homes and cars and bank accounts and investment savings and technology. You invite us to place our faith in eternal, heavenly things. Today, we give you one type of earthly possession – money. In giving, we accept your invitation of the true security that is offered through your son, Jesus Christ. We pray in the name of God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.
Joy In The Morning TFWS 2284
1. There'll be joy in the morning on the day, there'll be joy in the morning on that day,
for the daylight will dawn when the darkness is gone, there'll be joy in the morning on that day.
2. There'll be peace and contentment evermore, there'll be peace and contentment evermore, every heart,
every voice on that day will rejoice, there'll be peace and contentment evermore.
3. There'll be love and forgiveness everywhere, there'll be love and forgiveness everywhere,
and the way of the Lord will that day be restored, there'll be love and forgiveness everywhere.
We Hear The Word Proclaim
Sermon Series: Seek Peace: Seek the Peace of Jesus Scripture Base: John 3:1-17
given by Rev. Matt Franks Lead Pastor at Tahlequah UMC
God, What Can We Imagine?
Tune: Samuel Sebastian Wesley, 1864 Text: Copyright © 2015 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette
AURELIA 126.96.36.199 D ("The Church's One Foundation")
God, what can we imagine when all around we see A world that's lost and fallen, a bruised humanity? When violence seems a given, and sin is everywhere, God, what can be our vision — our hope, our answered prayer?
This world is used to tyrants and people who oppress, And yet you sent your servant in peace and gentleness. He did not come to conquer, to break or crush the soul; And so can we imagine a life that's new and whole?
Can we imagine justice that circles round the earth, Till those who sit in darkness find healing, light, and birth? Can we imagine prisoners, allowed to start anew? Can we who've been discouraged now trust again in you?
Could those who've faced oppression find love and welcome here? Could hungry, homeless children be free of want and fear? Could we your church find blessing in reaching to the poor? Can we your church imagine what we've been called here for?
O God of love and justice, may we imagine, too, How faith, put into practice, can change the world for you. May what your church imagines when we are at our best Restore your good creation till all your world is blessed.
We Are Sent Out To Serve
Announcements Keep up with events at Tahlequahumc.org Rev. Matt Franks
Benediction Rev. Shana Dry
Go Now In Peace UMH 665
Go now in peace, go now in peace, may the love of God surround you everywhere, everywhere you may go.
We are planning two service projects for Help in Crisis, our local women’s and children's domestic abuse shelter. The first event is Tuesday, June 1st at 10 am in the Atrium, where we will bring kitchen utensils and supplies such as silverware, pots, and pans, cooking spatulas and spoons, etc. Some of the items will stay with the shelter and some will go with the women when they leave.
On Tuesday, July 13th we will meet again to collect cleaning supplies such as buckets, detergent, bleach, mops, brooms, and cleaning rags. Everyone is welcome to participate in this project and is invited for lunch afterward at a local restaurant.