Sunday, December 6

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Worship at Home for Sunday, December 6, 2020

Second Sunday of Advent

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Good morning! Welcome to worship with Christ Church United Methodist in Tucson. I am pastor Beth and today we have a special advent service of communion, we will be celebrating communion together in this worship service and I invite you to take a moment to pause here, collect juice and bread – or something you can eat and drink along with us today as we celebrate our common union in Christ and the abundant grace of God. In the United Methodist Tradition, because this is a feast of grace, remembrance, and a celebration of the work of God we believe that this meal is open to all, this meal belongs to God and is freely shared with you as a blessing and reminder of God’s love, so even if you have never been to a church before, are not a member anywhere, I invite you to participate in this act of love and grace. And now, let us worship together.
 
Prelude
Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates and Come, Redeemer of the Earth
arr. McMichael/Rostash
Carole & Rudy Rostash, clarinets
 
Call to Worship
Rejoice, o people of God, for the time of darkness gives way to dawn! Light shines upon us and the visions of old are spoken again, “A child will be born who shall be called, Prince of Peace”. We draw near to hear once more the words of promise that proclaim the time has come for Emmanuel. Our future is pregnant with possibility, the coming Christ will change all. Let us prepare, amen.
 
Opening Hymn O Come, O Come Emmanuel (st. 3 & 4)

3. O come new dawn and break upon us here,
disperse the dark of night, the clouds of fear.
Our God will send His Son to earth,
a reign of peace and love in this new birth.
Rejoice, recjoice, Emmaunel shall come to us O Israel!
 
4. O come long promised heir to David’s throne
your kingdom waits for you to find your home
among the hearts of people who seek
the ways of God within our lives to keep.
Rejoice, recjoice, Emmaunel shall come to us O Israel!

(English translation by Beth Rambikur; music in the public domain)
 
Blessing of our Light:
Hope is the first candle of Advent, reminding us that we do not wait in vain, hope is followed by the second candle of Advent, peace. Peace which surpasses all understanding, peace which sparks from the fire of hope. As we light this second candle of Advent may God’s light stream through the darkness blazing peace throughout our lives. Amen.
 
Hymn of Preparation
UMH 206 I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light (st. 1 & 2) CCLI Song #89848
 
1. I want to walk as a child of the light. I want to follow Jesus.
God set the stars to give light to the world. The star of my life is Jesus.
Refrain: In him there is no darkness at all. The night and the day are both alike.
The Lamb is the light of the city of God. Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus.
 
2. I want to see the brightness of God. I want to look at Jesus.
Clear Sun of Righteousness, shine on my path, and show me the way to the Father.
Refrain
 
Scripture Isaiah 7:14, 9:2-7; Luke 1:39-55
 
Message Vision Speaking, God’s Word Changes Everything
 
 
Pastor Beth
 
Invitation to Offering
Faithful God, your Church joyfully awaits the coming of our Savior, your gift to all the world! As you pour forth your blessings on all creation we too offer up our gifts, that we might participate in your living Word, your vision of new creation. Amen.
 
Offertory
Advent Douglas E. Wagner
John Neve, solo
 
Communion
One: O come, o come Emmanuel,
All: And in our heart teach peace to dwell!
One: We are your people waiting and hoping in this Advent time
All: We lift our hearts up to you in love and thanksgiving
One: We give our thanks to you Emmanuel, God with us, for you entered into time so that you might know our birth, our lives, our heartbreaks, our joys, and even our death. You have come among us as a reminder of your steadfast love that delivers us each moment to the new possibilities of life in your Spirit.
 
And so we praise your name and join the unending hymn saying:
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Prince of Peace, from everlasting to everlasting the stars and earth declare your glory, blessed are we for you have looked upon us with favor and called us to be your people.
 
You came among us through your Son Jesus Christ, so that the hungry are fed, the lost are found, and the world might know your love. By his birth you remind us to seek you in unexpected places, by his life you remind us that you meet us in the stranger, by his death you remind us that you are with us always, and by his resurrection we remember that there is no death in you.
 
On that night when Jesus ate his final meal among his friends, gathered together and waiting as we wait now, he took bread, gave thanks to you, broke the bread, gave it to his disciples and said: “take eat, this is my self given for you”
Each time we eat it is in remembrance of you, dear Teacher
 
When the supper was over Jesus took the cup, gave thanks to his disciples, and said: “Drink from this, all of you, this is my love, the cup of the new covenant poured out for all for the forgiveness of sins”
Each time we drink it is in remembrance of you, dear Redeemer
 
We feast together in remembrance of God’s mighty acts and we offer our own lives in praise and thanksgiving that we might be the peacemakers and hope bringers of the gospel’s ancient mystery of faith
Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.
 
Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here and on these gifts of bread and cup, make them be for us the essence and love of Christ that we might embody for the world the compassion of Christ to all.
 
By your Spirit make us one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world so that one day we may all feast together in the Kingdom of God.
In the name of the Eternal Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer, Amen.
 
Receiving the Elements at this time you are welcome to eat and drink knowing that we share this meal together in spirit.
Let us eat and drink together now, knowing that though we are many, we are united in the sharing of this meal. Amen.
 
Communion Hymn UMH 624 Bread of the World (st. 1 & 2)

1. Bread of the world in mercy broken,
wine of the soul in mercy shed,
by whom the words of life were spoken,
and in whose death our sins are dead:
 
2. Look on the heart by sorrow broken,
look on the tears by sinners shed;
and be thy feast to us the token
that by thy grace our souls are fed.

(words and music in the public domain)
 
Prayer after Receiving
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. 
 
Closing Hymn UMH 209 Blessed Be the God of Israel (st. 1 & 2) CCLI Song #860627
 
1 Blessed be the God of Israel, who comes to set us free,
who visits and redeems us, and grants us liberty.
The prophets spoke of mercy, of freedom and release;
God shall fulfill the promise to bring our people peace.
 
2 Now from the house of David a child of grace is given;
a Savior comes among us to raise us up to heaven.
Before him goes the herald, forerunner in the way,
the prophet of salvation, the harbinger of day.
 
Benediction
May the One who guides us in the way of peace give light into the dark, so that all may know your glory, Source of all Being, Eternal Word and Holy Spirit.
 
Postlude
Toccata on PICARDY Albert Zabel
CVLI #03793174
CCLI #1239
3PerforMmusic #662