Sunday, September 13

 
Welcome!
 

Worship at Home for Sunday, September 13

Welcome
Welcome to worship with Christ Church United Methodist in Tucson, Arizona.  I am pastor Beth and I want to invite you to participate with us online at our website, www.ccumtucson.org and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CCUM.Tucson Hope to see you there, now let us worship together!
 
Prelude
Old-Fashioned Medley arr. Owen Griffen
Janet Tolman, Organ and Kathy Ferguson, Piano
 
Call to worship
What if…what if it all begins with seeing you? Not just in the wonder of creation, or the blessings of each day, but seeing you in the face looking out at us from the mirror, the eyes we pass on the street, the people we see on the news, the bully, the hero, the worker, the nameless? What if in seeing one another, we really saw you? We really saw your work. What might happen if we see you looking out at us in all we meet? Transform our vision oh God, so that we might meet you in the space between.

Opening Hymn UMH 75 All People That on Earth Do Dwell (vs. 1, 2, 3)
 
1. All people that on earth do dwell,
sing to the Lord with cheerful voice.
Him serve with mirth, his praise forth tell;
come ye before him and rejoice.
 
2. Know that the Lord is God indeed;
without our aid he did us make;
we are his folk, he doth us feed,
and for his sheep he doth us take.
 
3. O enter then his gates with praise;
approach with joy his courts unto;
praise, laud, and bless his name always,
for it is seemly so to do.
 
Prayers of the People: Psalm 8
O LORD, our Sovereign,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.
Out of the mouths of babes and infants
you have founded a bulwark because of your foes,
to silence the enemy and the avenger.
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars that you have established;
what are human beings that you are mindful of them,
mortals that you care for them?
Yet you have made them a little lower than God,
and crowned them with glory and honor.
You have given them dominion over the works of your hands;
you have put all things under their feet,
all sheep and oxen,
and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths of the seas.
O LORD, our Sovereign,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Prayer Response UMH 395 Take Time to Be Holy (vs. 1)
 
1. Take time to be holy,
speak oft with thy Lord;
abide in him always,
and feed on his word.
Make friends of God’s children,
help those who are weak,
forgetting in nothing
his blessing to seek.
 
Scripture: Mark 3:1-6
Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand. They watched him to see whether he would cure him on the sabbath, so that they might accuse him. And he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Come forward.” Then he said to them, “Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. He looked around at them with anger; he was grieved at their hardness of heart and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out and immediately conspired with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.
 
Scripture: Genesis 2:4-25
These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created. In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, when no plant of the field was yet in the earth and no herb of the field had yet sprung up—for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was no one to till the ground; but a stream would rise from the earth, and water the whole face of the ground— then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being.
 
And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east; and there he put the man whom he had formed. Out of the ground the Lord God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. A river flows out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it divides and becomes four branches. The name of the first is Pishon; it is the one that flows around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold; and the gold of that land is good; bdellium and onyx stone are there. The name of the second river is Gihon; it is the one that flows around the whole land of Cush. The name of the third river is Tigris, which flows east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates. The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it.
 
And the Lord God commanded the man, “You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.”
 
Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.” So out of the ground the Lord God formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all cattle, and to the birds of the air, and to every animal of the field; but for the man there was not found a helper as his partner.
 
So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then he took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; this one shall be called Woman, for out of Man this one was taken.” Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked, and were not ashamed.
 
Hymn of preparation UMH 451 Be Thou My Vision (vs. 1 & 2)
 
1 Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
naught be all else to me, save that thou art–
thou my best thought by day or by night,
waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.
 
2 Be thou my wisdom, and thou my true word;
I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord;
thou my great Father, I thy true son;
thou in me dwelling, and I with thee one.
 
Message: The Space Between
 
 
Rev. Beth Rambikur
 
Invitation to Offering
The body of Christ is alive and well and Christ Church is engaging in mission and outreach even in this time of physical distancing. There are so many ways we give; through our prayers for each other, our calls to one another, the ministries we engage, and the gifts we offer God and the church. God, we give you thanks for the ways you call us to give, and in this time of offering bless our gifts, our intentions, and all the ministries we offer to you today! Amen.
 
Offertory
My Tribute by Andre Crouch
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 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. 
 
Closing Hymn UMH 666 Shalom to You
 
Shalom to you now, shalom, my friends.
May God’s full mercies bless you, my friends.
In all your living and through your loving,
Christ be your shalom, Christ be your shalom.
 
Benediction
God your breath of life fills our lungs, we are formed in your image, and we are given care of your garden. As we make our way this week down the paths of life, remind us that we are your hands, your feet, your heart, your hope and in the space between us lives the universe of your love, let us live in that space. Amen.

Postlude
Toccata on LEONI by Gordon Young