Sunday, August 2

 
Welcome!
 

Worship at Home for Sunday, August 2

Prelude
Little Suite on CWM Rhondda (“Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah” ) by Janet P. Tolman
 
Greeting
Welcome to worship with Christ Church United Methodist in Tucson, Arizona. I am Pastor Beth, and, if you are joining us for the first time, I hope you will take a moment to let us know who you are and where you are joining us from. If you are watching us with YouTube take a moment to visit our website at ccumtucson.org and click the welcome button on the home screen and say hello! If you are watching us on our website take a moment to click the welcome button below this video. As we begin this time together take a moment to prepare space to encounter God both within and around you. And now, let us worship together, join in singing or enjoy listening to our opening hymn Praise my Soul our King in Heaven!
 
Opening Hymn UMH 66 Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven (vs. 1 and 3)
 
Praise, my soul, the king of heaven, to the throne thy tribute bring; ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven, ever more God’s praises sing. Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise the everlasting King.
 
Father like, God tends and spares us; well our feeble frame God knows; motherlike, God gently bears us, rescues us from all our foes. Alleluia! Alleluia! Widely yet God’s mercy flows.
 
Call to Worship
Welcoming God, you throw open your divine heart to meet us wherever we are, whoever we are, how-ever we are. No matter how lost we feel, we are never far from you. You are the shepherd who seeks us tirelessly, the person who treasures us beyond price, the father who welcomes us unconditionally, you are the One who is with us. Guide us in our own lives that we might come to ourselves and know the way forward as children welcomed, blessed, loved, and found by you. Amen.
 
Call to Prayer Hymn TFWS 2158 Just a Closer Walk with Thee (vs. 1 and 2)
 
I am weak, but thou art strong Jesus, keep me from all wrong; I’ll be satisfied as long as I walk, let me walk close to thee. Just a closer walk with thee, grant it, Jesus, is my plea, daily walking close to thee: Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.
Through this world of toil and snares, if I falter, Lord, who cares? Who with me my burden shares? None but thee, dear Lord, none but thee. Just a closer walk with thee, grant it, Jesus, is my plea, daily walking close to thee: Let it be, dear Lord, let it be. 

Prayers of the People
Prayer is a journey of being lost and being found with God, it is a journey of faith that takes through the familiar and unfamiliar places of our lives. Welcome to the Journey – let us pray
We have heard it said that You are the great Shepherd, and we are your flock, tend us God so that we might be able to tend one another, hear in this time our own joys and concerns.
 
Take a time to offer God your joys and concerns.
 
God of Grace, hear our prayers.
 
We have heard it said that there is nowhere one can go apart from your presence, that nothing can divide us from your love, and yet we are a people painfully divided. In our loss, in our pain, in our anger, in our jealousy, in our despair, in our prejudice, in our ignorance, in our fear we are divided from that peace that surpasses all understanding, but you make a way where there is no way, so clear a path for us and those we lift up to you so that we might find that peace and abide with you.

Take a time to offer God anything that is dividing you, those you know, and those you love from God’s peace.

God of Grace, hear our prayers.
 
We have heard it said that the kingdom is like a banquet where all are welcomed and all feast together in joy and harmony, yet we occupy a world filled with barriers and walls where famine ravages our hearts and bodies, and pestilence destroys hoped for possibilities. Hear the cry of your people, comfort this world, work your wholeness into all life.

Take a time to offer God prayers for our communities, our cities, our nations, our neighbors, our world, then take time to listen to what God offers back to you.
 
God of Grace, hear our prayers.
 
You say unto us “Blessed are you, my child with whom I am well please…be not afraid…my peace I give to you…love as I have loved you” give us hearts to hear your voice, know your word, and live into your life with and for us. Amen.
 
Scripture Luke 15:1-24
Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.” So he told them this parable: “Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. “Or what woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
 
Then Jesus said, “There was a man who had two sons. The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the property that will belong to me.’ So he divided his property between them. A few days later the younger son gathered all he had and traveled to a distant country, and there he squandered his property in dissolute living. When he had spent everything, a severe famine took place throughout that country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed the pigs. He would gladly have filled himself with the pods that the pigs were eating; and no one gave him anything. But when he came to himself he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired hands have bread enough and to spare, but here I am dying of hunger! I will get up and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired hands.”’ So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him. Then the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly, bring out a robe—the best one—and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!’ And they began to celebrate.
 
Hymn of Preparation UMH 400 Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Come, thou Fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing thy grace;
streams of mercy, never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet, sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it, mount of thy redeeming love.
 
Here I raise mine Ebenezer; hither by thy help I’m come;
and I hope, by thy good pleasure, safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger, wandering from the fold of God;
he, to rescue me from danger, interposed his precious blood.
 
O to grace how great a debtor daily I’m constrained to be!
Let thy goodness, like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love;
here’s my heart, O take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above.
 
 
Message “Epically Lost”
 
 
Pastor Beth Ramibkur
 
Offering Invitation
God who leaps for joy for what was lost, you have found, teach us that same extravagant joy, that same persistent searching, your same hopeful being so that we might welcome the lost parts of ourselves, those lost parts of our community, the lost parts of our world, unconditionally with open arms and feasting. Teach us to know that what was lost has been found. Amen.
 
Offertory
Great Is the Lord by Michael W. & Deborah D. Smith
Paula Jameson, solo

Lord’s Prayer
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 sins as we forgive those who sin 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.
 
Sending Hymn UMH 381 Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us (vs 1 and 3)
Savior, like a shepherd lead us, much we need thy tender care; in thy pleasant pastures feed us, for our use thy fold prepare. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Thou hast bought us, thine we are. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Thou hast bought us, thine we are.

Thou hast promised to receive us, poor and sinful though we be, thou hast mercy to relieve us, grace to cleanse and power to free. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! We will early turn to thee. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! We will early turn to thee.
 
Benediction
May the Lord bless you and keep you, may the Lord make is his face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you, may the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. Amen.
 
Postlude
God of Grace by Paul Manz
 
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