Sunday, November 8

Welcome!

Worship at Home for Sunday, November 8, 2020

Welcome
Welcome to worship with Christ Church United Methodist in Tucson, Arizona.  Starting next week, November 15th, we will be offering a new way to worship in addition to our weekly recorded services. Join us at our campus at 655 N. Craycroft Rd in Tucson at 10:00am for our first drive in service, on November 15th. Find out all of our exciting news and ways to connect at ccumtucson.org. Now, let us worship together.
 
Prelude
Be Still My Soul Sibelius/McKechnie
Kathryn Snodgrass, piano; Janet Tolman, organ
 
Call to Worship
Hear o hear, people of God, the Lord has brought us out of slavery and delivered us to freedom! Listen to God’s commands, learn the ways of God. Turn away from all that distracts and strive to love with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our strength, so that all may know the freedom of God’s Kingdom.
 
Opening Hymn UMH 187 Rise, Shine, You People (vs. 1, 2, 3)

1. Rise, shine, you people! Christ the Lord has entered
our human story; God in him is centered.
Christ comes to us, buy death and sin surrounded, with grace unbounded
 
2. See how he sends the powers of evil reeling,
And brings us freedom, light and life and healing.
All men and women, who by guilt are driven, now are forgiven
 
3. Come, celebrate, your banners high unfurling,
Your songs and prayers against the darkness hurling.
To all the world go out and tell the story of Jesus’ glory.
 
Prayers of the People by Rev. Shannon Kelly adapted by Beth Rambikur
God of Genesis and Exodus: Help us create communities that will build your kingdom here on earth – communities that will protect the poor, stand up for the vulnerable, advocate for those who are not seen and heard, and listen to everyone’s voice. God, our creator,
All: Guide us in truth and love.

God of Isaac and Ishmael, of Jacob and Esau: We pray for this nation that is deeply divided. May we come together for the common good and do as you have called us to do – to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with you through creation. God, our creator,
All: Guide us in truth and love.

God who meets us in Christ the teacher: Help us act out of love, mercy and justice rather than out of arrogance or fear. God, our creator,
All: Guide us in truth and love.

Lord of life and light: continue to guide us as we work for the welfare of this world. We pray for places that are torn by violence, that they may know peace. God, our creator,
All: Guide us in truth and love.

Spirit of Acts always calling beyond where we are: We pray for communities struggling with inequality, unrest, and fear. May we all work toward reconciliation with one another and with God. Help us to listen in love, work together in peace, and collaborate with one another as we seek the betterment of our community and world. God, our creator,
All: Guide us in truth and love. Amen
 
Hymn of Response to Prayer TFWS 2168 Love the Lord Your God

Love the Lord, you God, with all your heart.
Love the Lord, you God, with all your soul.
Love the Lord, your God, with all your mind.
Love the Lord, your God, with all you are.
 
Scripture Exodus 20:1-21
Then God spoke all these words: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me, but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments. You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name. Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work. But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work—you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it.
 
Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
 
When all the people witnessed the thunder and lightning, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking, they were afraid and trembled and stood at a distance, and said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, or we will die.” Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid; for God has come only to test you and to put the fear of him upon you so that you do not sin.” Then the people stood at a distance, while Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was.
 
Scripture Matthew 22:34-40
When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
 
Hymn of Preparation TFWS 2120 Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness (vs. 1 & 2)
 
Refrain: Spirit, Spirit of gentleness, blow through the wilderness calling and free;
Spirit, Spirit of restlessness, stir me from placidness,
Wind, Wind on the sea.
 
1. You moved on the waters, you called to the deep,
Then you coaxed up the mountains from the valleys of sleep;
And over the eons you called to each thing:
Wake from your slumbers and rise on your wings. (Refrain)
 
2. You swept through the desert, you stung with the sane,
And you goaded your people with a law and a land;
And when they were blinded with their idols and lies,
Then you spoke through your prophets to open their eyes. (Refrain)
 
Message “Reconnecting to God and to one another”
 
 
 
Pastor Beth
 
Invitation to offering
November 22nd will mark the end of our annual stewardship campaign and we want to share with you the life changing ministries your gifts, service, and prayers make possible at Christ Church, your giving has made these ministries possible, Thank you! We give because God has given all we have to us, so that we might share our gifts, praise be to God. Amen.
 
Offertory
Here I Am, Lord arr. Jack Schroeder
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 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 408 The Gift of Love (vs. 1 & 3)

1 Though I may speak with bravest fire,
and have the gift to all inspire,
and have not love, my words are vain,
as sounding brass, and hopeless gain.

3 Come, Spirit, come, our hearts control,
our spirits long to be made whole.
Let inward love guide every deed;
by this we worship, and are freed.
 
Benediction
May God call us, Christ connect us, and the Spirit renew and change our lives. Amen
 
Postlude
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty arr. John Innes
Kathryn Snodgrass, piano; Janet Tolman, organ
CVLI #03793174
CCLI #1239
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