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Worship info for 8.29.21

To find out about our covid protocols you can click here:

9 a.m. Sunday. School for All Ages

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:

If you have questions please direct them to Pastor Matt at

Welcome to Worship for 8.29.2021 The Liturgical Sunday is 14th Sunday After Pentecost Our Liturgical Color: Red Thank You for Joining Us in Worship 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)

We Center Ourselves in Worship Prelude Ramona Frazier Welcome to Tahlequah United Methodist Church Rev. Matt Franks · Thank you for joining us in worship today! · For our online viewers: Let us know in the comments line that you have joined us in worship. · For those joining us in person we ask that you fill out the binder info so that we can connect better with you. · For prayer requests 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. · For our online people please go to before 9:30 a.m. on Sunday. · Now is the time to worship! Call To Worship Liturgist

Leader: Jesus Christ is our light, our vision and our sight. Our Lord is the way we are called to see life. People: Until God’s kingdom comes, there will be darkness and with it blindness; but Christ’s victory is light for all his people. Leader: We have come to worship to receive that light for ourselves, that we might be filled with the light of Christ. People: Let us worship the true light, Jesus Christ our Lord. The Epistle Reading James 1 Liturgist +Hymn: Give Me Jesus W&S 3140 1. In the morning when I rise, in the morning when I rise, in the morning when I rise, give me Jesus. [Refrain] 2. I heard my mother say, I heard my mother say, I heard my mother say, give me Jesus. [Refrain] 3. Dark midnight was my cry, dark midnight was my cry, dark midnight was my cry, give me Jesus. [Refrain] 4. Oh, when I come to die, oh, when I come to die, oh, when I come to die, give me Jesus. [Refrain] Refrain: Give me Jesus, give me Jesus, you may have all this world, give me Jesus.

We Offer Our Prayers Together

Congregational Prayer Liturgist

All: Lord, when was the last time we stood on tiptoes, stretching to see over the horizon, stretching to see tomorrow, stretching to see the cutting edge of life? Many times we are complacent and view life from the easy chair. We are sometimes content to let life come to us, taking whatever comes. Lord, shock us out of the easy chair. Holy Spirit, get us up on our tiptoes again; put us on frontiers of your revelation. As seekers, help us affirm our faith. As witnesses, help us speak to others about Jesus Christ. As disciples, help us to follow faithfully. As servants, help us to serve. As your children, let us share eternity. God, we thank you for tiptoe experiences. Amen. Today we pray for…. Rev. Shana Dry After each prayer request red: Pastor: God of Love, All: Hear our Prayer The Pastor will lift any prayers that have been made known to the office. You can submit a prayer request by going to 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 our Assisted Living Church Members. All of our Government leaders, local, state and national. Our Church Family: Pat & Don Brock, Barbara Chambers, Maddie Cochran, Ellen Mathews, Paula & Lee Rippetoe, Monika Mann, John & Debbie Jensen, Cleo Hixon, Steve & Cindy Ullom, Pat and Vera Freeman, Kyle Rozell, George Foster, Lela and Gerald Stowers Our Military: Robert Isaacson, Seminary Student: Cody Robinson Pastoral Prayer Rev. Shana Dry The Lord’s Prayer Rev. Shana Dry 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. Hymn: I Surrender All UMH# 354

1. All to Jesus I surrender; all to him I freely give; I will ever love and trust him, in his presence daily live. I surrender all, (I surrender all), I surrender all, (I surrender all), all to thee, my blessed Savior, I surrender all. 5. All to Jesus I surrender; now I feel the sacred flame. O the joy of full salvation! Glory, glory to his name! I surrender all, (I surrender all), I surrender all, (I surrender all), all to thee, my blessed Savior, I surrender all. We Make Our Offering Together

Mission Moment

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: · 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 · Through your Bank or Credit Union via Auto Check Offertory Prayer Liturgist All: Holy God, we are grateful for your constant presence in our lives. We acknowledge that every perfect gift in our lives is a gift from you. We have listened to your guidance, directing us to offer you our first fruits. So, we now join in this generous act of giving. We pray that these resources may care for your children everywhere who are experiencing distress. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen. Special Music TBA

We Hear The Word Proclaim

Sermon Series: James: A Love Letter Sermon Title: The Beginning of Wisdom is Love Scripture Base: James 1:17-27 given by Rev. Matt Franks Lead Pastor TUMC We Respond To The Word

Hymn: Be Kind To One Another Tune: Samuel Sebastian Wesley, 1864

Text: by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette 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.

1. Be kind to one another, be tender-hearted too — forgiving one another, as Christ has pardoned you. Refrain from any gossip, for gossip is a sin. Be open to new friendships, and welcome people in.

2. Be kind in all your speaking and hear what others say. Be open to Christ's teaching, and in all matters, pray. Be gentle, loving, faithful and keep a humble mind. Remember what is truthful. In everything be kind. 3. Be kind within your circle, but look past what you see; Be kind to those in trouble — the poor, the refugee. The world is filled with violence; write letters, call out sin! Don't ever sit in silence and let the evil win. 4. O God of love, you've taught us. You've shown us what to do: Be just, commit to kindness, walk humbly here with you. Your Spirit gives us courage to truly live this way. May love become our message; may kindness win the day.

We are Sent Out To Love and Serve

Announcements Keep up with events at Rev. Shana Dry

Invitation to Share Love Rev. Shana Dry

Pastor: As we go, please join me in this invitation to love in 2021.

All: In 2021 we will live to have hope for the future, to live in peace, to love

unconditionally, and to know the joy of the Lord so that through God we will transform the world.

Pastor: This quarter we are challenged to love unconditionally. 1 Corinthians 16:14 reads, “Everything should be done in love.” May everything you do radiate the love of Christ. As we depart from worship may the God of hope, peace, love and joy journey with you throughout your week.

Closing Hymn: Lord, You Give The Great Commission UMH 584

1. Lord, you give the great commission: "Heal the sick and preach the word." Lest the church neglect its mission, and the gospel go unheard, help us witness to your purpose with renewed integrity.

With the Spirit's gifts empower us for the work of ministry.

Thank you for joining us today in worship.

This week’s Discipleship Opportunities

Office Hours 9- 12 p.m. & 1-3:00 p.m.


Sunday August 29th

8:30 a.m. TUMC Worship Walkthrough

9 a.m. Sunday School for All Ages

10 a.m. Celebration Worship in Sanctuary

Tuesday August 31st

1 p.m. Care Team

4 p.m. Sew Blessed Quilters

Thursday September 2nd

10 a.m. Open Minds Book Study

12 p.m. Noon Zoom Prayer you can register on the website at

5 p.m. Feed My Sheep Meal in Activities Building

Sunday September 5th

8:30 a.m. TUMC Worship Walkthrough

9 a.m. Sunday School for All Ages

10 a.m. Celebration Worship in Sanctuary

Monday September 6th

The Office will be closed.

Apportionment Balance as of 6.3.21

District Apportionments $3,686/$3,686

Conference Apportionments $10,409/$31,685

Mission and Ministries 0/$7,239

Building Debt as of 7.31.21 $176,690.85

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. You can find those groups here:

Monday Night Zoom Bible Study

Starting September 13th at 6:30

They will be studying the book

In Reading the Old Testament Through Jewish Eyes, Rabbi Moffic explores the Torah, the first five books of the Hebrew Bible, and highlights points of interest to Christians. He describes the role of the Torah in Jewish worship and practice and explores the key themes of each book guided by the wisdom of Jewish interpreters through the centuries. Join Rabbi Moffic in this study of the Torah and find rich new insights into the biblical story. Discover how the Torah can be a source of wisdom, truth, and transformation in your life. Register for the zoom study by going to

Next Steps???

September 13th at 7 p.m. Zoom

Are you looking for your Next Step in your spiritual journey? Join us on Zoom on September 13th at 7 p.m. as Pastor Matt talks about next steps here at TUMC. You can register at

If you are unable to attend online and want to attend in person, please let Pastor Matt know.

Our Thursday Noon Zoom Prayer is a time where we pray for each other, our community, and the world. You can register for it (here)

Karen Distefano and the District Missions Committee have set up a District-Wide Virtual Mission Trip with two Missionaries in Puebla, Mexico. Nan McCurdy and Miguel Mairena.

The dates are Thursday, September 2nd for the Team Meeting and Commissioning from 6pm - 7pm. And then, Wednesday, September 8th, Friday, September 10th, and Monday, September 13th from 6pm - 8pm.

Any question, please reach out to Karen Distefano at


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