Sunday, February 7

Welcome!

Worship at Home for Sunday, February 7, 2021

Welcome
Welcome to worship with Christ Church United Methodist in Tucson. I am pastor Beth and I am so glad you have joined us today for worship! A few announcements, the season of lent is upon us! No, not the stuff from your dryer, and no not the time when you return all the things lent to you by others, but the 40 days of preparation for Jesus’ death and resurrection. On Wednesday Feb. 17th we will be celebrating our Ash Wednesday service live on zoom at 6:30pm Arizona time. To join us simply go to our website at www.ccumtucson.org and click the link for the service and take some time to look at our Lenten resources available there.
 
Finally, we are celebrating communion today in this worship service (as well as our live service at 11am on the 7th on zoom) so please take a moment to find something to eat and drink in memory of all God has done for us in Christ, and remember in our church all are welcome at God’s table, and all means all. And now let us worship together.

Prelude
“O Master, Let Me Walk With Thee/All the Way My Savior Leads Me”
setting by Michael Hassell
Rudy Rostash, clarinet

Call to worship:
O Holy One,
on mountaintops and valley floors
you reveal to us the light of your love.
Our hearts desire is to bask in the amazing glory
of the divine presence.
With each encounter we are changed and transformed.
Draw us nearer
that we might receive a double portion of your Holy Spirit.
Help us, O Holy One, to live our lives as a reflection of divine glory.
May we walk among our brothers and sister as a blessing,
bearing light into dark places,
hope to displace despair,
and love that casts out hate.
Our world is hurting
and we need the followers of Jesus to follow more closely.
Maybe then we will hear your voice speaking to us and saying,
… “listen to my Child, the Beloved!” Amen.

Opening Hymn UMH #173 Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies (vs. 1 & 3)
 
1. Christ, whose glory fills the skies, Christ, the true, the only light,
Sun of Righteousness, arise, triumph o’er the shades of night;
Dayspring from on high, be near; Daystar, in my heart appear.
 
3. Visit then this soul of mine; pierce the gloom of sin and grief;
fill me, Radiancy divine, scatter all my unbelief;
more and more thyself display, shining to the perfect day.
(words and music in the public domain)
 
Scripture Matthew 16:13-17:9 (NRSV)
 
Hymn of Preparation TFWS #2103 We Have Come at Christ’s Own Bidding
CCLI SONG #2151533
 
1 We have come at Christ’s own bidding to this high and holy place,
where we wait with hope and longing for some token of God’s grace.
Here we pray for new assurance that our faith is not in vain,
searching like those first disciples for a sign both clear and plain.
 
2 Light breaks through our clouds and shadows, splendor bathes the flesh-joined Word,
Moses and Elijah marvel as the heavenly voice is heard.
Eyes and hearts behold with wonder how the Law and Prophets meet:
Christ with garments drenched in brightness, stands transfigured and complete.
 
3 Strengthened by this glimpse of glory, fearful lest our faith decline,
we, like Peter, find it tempting to remain and build a shrine.
But true worship gives us courage to proclaim what we profess,
that our daily lives may prove us people of the God we bless.
 
Message Calling and Identity: “Who do you say I am?”
 
 
Pastor Beth
 
Invitation to Offering:
God of Transformation, we come together as those who have met you on the mountaintop. We have each had our holy encounters with you; and in those moments, we have wanted to stay on the mountain and retreat from the world. We know that is our longing, not yours. So, as we offer our gifts this morning in response to your blessings in our life, remind us that our mission is the world beyond the mountain, our daily living and being, transfigure our lives through the memories of those mountaintop encounters so that we might declare everywhere that Jesus Christ is here! We pray boldly in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Offertory
Joyful, Joyful arr. C. Dobrinski
The Christ Church Ringers (1/15/2017)
 
Communion
 
Pastor: The Lord be with you!
All: And also with you!
Pastor: Rejoice for God is here in our midst
All: We celebrate and rejoice in the presence of God!
 
Pastor: It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, God, creator of heaven and earth. Before the mountains were brought forth, or earth formed, from everlasting to everlasting, you alone are God. You created light out of darkness and brought forth life on the earth. You formed us in your image and breathed into us the breath of life. When we tried to build monuments to false ideas, or got stuck in our ways, your grace remained steadfast. You delivered us from captivity, made covenant to be our sovereign God, and spoke to us through your prophets.

And so with your people on earth and all the vast company of creation we praise your name and join their hymn saying together:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
 
Holy are you and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ, in whom you have revealed yourself, our light and our salvation, the one who calls us back to our right minds and walks with us on the hardest roads. Transfigured before our very eyes, you named him beloved child, your own pleasure, a reminder that this love is the inheritance of any who seek your grace.
 
We remember that on the night before Jesus himself died he gathered his friends around a table to share a meal and took bread, gave thanks to you, broke the bread, and gave it to each saying, “Take and eat, this is God’s grace, my own self, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
When the supper was over, he took the cup, gave thanks to you, gave it to his disciples and said: “Drink from this, all of you; for this is the sign of the new covenant poured out for you and for all for the forgiveness of sins. Do this as often as you drink it in remembrance of me.”
 
And so in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us, as we proclaim the mystery of faith:
 
Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.
 
Pour out your Holy Spirit on all of us gathered in this unique way to share this blessed meal, we ask that you make this food and drink that same grace and love that was given by Christ so that we may be redeemed, our lives transfigured by that same grace and love. By this same spirit make us one with Christ, one with each other no matter where we are, and one in ministry to all the world until Christ comes in final victory and we all feast together.
Through your Son Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit as part of your holy Church, all honor and glory is yours almighty Father, now and forever. Amen.
 
Because there is one God, we who are many, eating in different places are one body for we are all part of the same living God, the drink over which we give thanks is a sharing in covenant for all, as we eat and drink we do so receiving your gifts of grace and love, Amen. Where ever we are, let us feast on this love and grace together now.

Hymn of Communion UMH #640 Take Our Bread (vs. 1) ONE LICENSE #01043
 
Refrain: Take our bread, we ask you; take our hearts, we love you.
Take our lives, O Father, we are yours, we are yours.
 
1. Yours as we stand at the table you set;
Yours as we eat the bread our hearts can’t forget.
We are the sign of your life with us yet,
We are yours, we are yours.
 
And now having been fed by God’s love and grace spiritually and physically we come before you in thanksgiving and prayer praying as Jesus taught us:
 
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 O Living God CCLI SONG # 3308921

1. O living God, I long to see you
lifted up in all you glory
To see you there in holy beauty.
O Lord, almighty God, living Christ, I love you.
 
2. O living God, I long to praise you
Heart and voice, with all creation;
To worship you for tender mercy.
O Lord, almighty God, living Christ, I love you.
 
Benediction
No matter where God meets us, God is for us, no matter where God leads us, God is with us, no matter what God asks of us God will see us through, so let us be courageous in everything we do.
 
Postlude
“Vivace” (from “Concerto for Two Clarinets”) G.P. Telemann
Carole and Rudy Rostash, clarinets
CCLI #12393
ONE LICENSE A-738133
CVLI #03793174
PerformMusic #662