Sunday, October 18

 
Welcome!
 

Worship at Home for Sunday, October 18

Welcome
Welcome to worship with Christ Church United Methodist in Tucson, Arizona.  I am pastor Beth, and there is so much more to Christ Church than our weekly worship services. If you are looking for a way to go deeper in your faith journey, whether you need a prayer this week, or a way to go deeper in faith we are here for you, find us online at CCUMTUCSON.org or check us out on Facebook! Now let us worship together.
 
Prelude
Offertoire Theordore Dubois
 
Call to Worship
God who finds us dwelling in our habits, in our past, in things done or not done living on as regrets or wishes, open our hearts to your startling whispers of newness and beginnings. Christ who calls us at our workplaces, at our homes, where we learn, where we gather, where we wait, where we do, open our ears to hear the unknown truths you are speaking. Spirit in whom we live and move and have our being whether we know it or not, awaken our lives so that we might know we live in you.
 
Opening Hymn UMH 100 God, Whose Love Is Reigning o’er Us (vs. 1 & 3)

1. God, whose love is reigning o’er us, source of all the ending true;
Hear the universal chorus raised in joyful praise to you:
Alleluia, Alleluia, worship ancient, worship new.
 
3. Holy God of ancient glory, choosing man and woman too;
Abram’s faith and Sarah’s story formed a people bound to you.
Alleluia, Alleluia, risen Christ, our Savior he!
 
Prayers of the People
Today’s prayers of the people will be different than in weeks past. Today we will use one minute of silence to allow you to have quiet conversation with God. Lift up the thoughts on your heart and mind, listen to what God has to say. Our time in prayer together will be opened and closed by the ringing of a bell.
 
Hymn of Response to Prayer UMH 328 Surely the Presence of the Lord

Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place;
I can feel his mighty power and his grace.
I can hear the brush of angels’ wings,
I see glory on each face;
Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place.

Scripture Genesis 18:9-16
They said to him, “Where is your wife Sarah?” And he said, “There, in the tent.” Then one said, “I will surely return to you in due season, and your wife Sarah shall have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent entrance behind him. Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in age; it had ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I have grown old, and my husband is old, shall I have pleasure?” The Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, and say, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?’ Is anything too wonderful for the Lord? At the set time I will return to you, in due season, and Sarah shall have a son.” But Sarah denied, saying, “I did not laugh”; for she was afraid. He said, “Oh yes, you did laugh.” Then the men set out from there, and they looked toward Sodom; and Abraham went with them to set them on their way.
 
Scripture Acts 17:19-34
So they took him and brought him to the Areopagus and asked him, “May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting? It sounds rather strange to us, so we would like to know what it means.” Now all the Athenians and the foreigners living there would spend their time in nothing but telling or hearing something new.
 
Then Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said, “Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way. For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, ‘To an unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things. From one ancestor he made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live, so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find him—though indeed he is not far from each one of us. For ‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we too are his offspring.’ Since we are God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of mortals. While God has overlooked the times of human ignorance, now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will have the world judged in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”
 
When they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some scoffed; but others said, “We will hear you again about this.” At that point Paul left them. But some of them joined him and became believers, including Dionysius the Areopagite and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.
 
Hymn of Preparation UMH 87 What Gift Can We Bring (vs. 1 & 2)

1 What gift can we bring, what present, what token?
What words can convey it, the joy of this day?
When grateful we come, remembering, rejoicing,
what song can we offer in honor and praise?
 
2 Give thanks for the past, for those who had vision,
who planted and watered so dreams could come true.
Give thanks for the now, for study, for worship,
for mission that bids us turn prayer into deed.

Message “To an unknown…”
 
 
Rev. Beth Rambikur
 
Invitation to Offering
Throughout the month of October, 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
Give It All to Jesus Bob Benson & Phil Johnson
Tom Messmore, 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 368 My Hope Is Built (vs. 1 & 2)

1. My hope is built on nothing less
than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
 
Refrain: On Christ the solid rock I stand,
all other ground is sinking sand;
all other ground is sinking sand.
 
2. When darkness veils his lovely face,
I rest on his unchanging grace.
In every high and stormy gale,
my anchor holds within the veil. (Refrain)
 
Benediction
God whispers the impossible and we laugh, God lives in the unknown and we scoff, God calls us, promises us, loves us, forgives us, and needs us anyway. Let us be open to the unknown possibilities of God as we live our lives this week. Amen.
 
Postlude
Toccata in Seven John Rutter
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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