Sunday, September 20

Welcome!

Worship at Home for Sunday, September 20

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 and on Facebook. Hope to see you there, now let us worship together!
 
Prelude
Kum Ba Yah arr. Joel Raney
Kathy Ferguson, piano; Janet Tolman, organ
 
Call to Worship
In the beginning was God, creating. Void and chaos, wind and depth, light, night, earth, sea, work, rest. Across time God is, creating. Relationships, covenants, promises, people, movement, identity. And now we are called to be co-creators in what God shall create. Redemption, restoration, salvation, let our worship participate in God’s creation. Amen.
 
Opening Hymn UMH 152 I Sing the Almighty Power of God (vs. 1 & 2)
 
1. I sing the almighty power of God,
that made the mountains rise,
that spread the flowing seas abroad,
and built the lofty skies.
I sing the wisdom that ordained
the sun to rule the day;
the moon shines full at God’s command,
and all the stars obey.
 
2. I sing the goodness of the Lord,
who filled the earth with food,
who formed the creatures thru the Word,
and then pronounced them good.
Lord, how thy wonders are displayed,
where’er I turn my eye,
if I survey the ground I tread,
or gaze upon the sky.

Prayers of the People: Based on Proverbs 8
God of wisdom, you are the beginning and the ending. Who are we with your creation, with our temporary lives, our momentary understanding, in the face of your eternal being? And yet you call to all who live to learn your prudence, acquire intelligence, discern your truths. Teach us to pay attention with our minds, our hearts, and our lives to what is right before us. God, you teach us knowledge and discretion. You teach us to separate good and evil. Let our lives reflect that learning. Let us be Just in our decisions, noble in our pursuits. Let our lives have integrity, so that in our very living, we might honor you, our creator and author. Let us be a people who rejoice in your world, who delight in your creation. And above all, oh God, teach us to listen for you, listen to you; for we know whoever finds your wisdom, your word, finds life in you. Amen.
 
Prayer Response UMH 393 Spirit of the Living God
 
Spirit of the Living God
Fall fresh on me
Spirit of the Living God
Fall fresh on me
Melt me mold me
Fill me use me
Spirit of the Living God
Fall fresh on me
 
Scripture John 1:1-17
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.

(John testified to him and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’”) From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
 
Hymn of Preparation TFWS 2158 Just a Closer Walk with Thee (vs. 1 & 2)
 
1. I am weak, but thou art strong;
Jesus, keep me from all wrong;
I’ll be satisfied as long
as I walk, let me walk close to thee.
 
Refrain: Just a closer walk with thee,
grant it, Jesus, is my plea,
daily walking close to thee:
Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.
 
2. Through this world of toil and snares,
if I falter, Lord, who cares?
Who with me my burden shares?
None but Thee, dear Lord, none but thee.
 
Refrain
 
Message “Another Way of Seeing”
 
 
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
Just As I Am
Kathy Ferguson, piano
 
Lord’s Prayer
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 670 Go Forth for God (vs. 1 & 4)
 
1. Go forth for God; go to the world in peace;
Be of good courage, armed with heavenly grace,
In God’s good Spirit daily to increase,
Till in the kingdom we see face to face.
 
4. Go forth for God; go to the world in joy,
To serve God’s people every day and hour,
And serving Christ, our every gift employ,
Rejoicing in the Holy Spirit’s power.
 
Benediction
And now friends, receive this benediction:
Holy wisdom, there ae many ways of seeing and knowing you. Let us revel with our lives in the diversity of your world. Let us know that in these different ways of seeing things, we are truly blessed, and sent to be a blessing to all. Amen.

Postlude
Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow arr. Nielson & Young
Kathy Ferguson, piano; Janet Tolman, organ
 
 
 
 
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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
 


Sunday, September 6

Welcome!

Worship at Home for Sunday, September 6

Announcements
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.

Prelude
Madrigal by Philippe Gaubert
Christine Harper, flute
 
Call to Worship
In the beginning was God, creating. Void and chaos, wind and depth, light, night, earth, sea, work, rest. Across time God is, creating. Relationships, covenants, promises, people, movement, identity. And now we are called to be co-creators in what God shall create. Redemption, restoration, salvation, let our worship participate in God’s creation. Amen.
 
Hymn of Praise UMH 92 For the Beauty of the Earth (vs. 1 & 5)
 
1. For the beauty of the earth,
for the glory of the skies,
for the love which from our birth
over and around us lies;
 
Refrain: Lord of all, to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.
 
5. For thy church, that evermore
lifteth holy hands above,
offering up on every shore
her pure sacrifice of love; (Refrain)
 
Prayers of the People (Adapted from Psalm 19)
The heavens are singing the glory of God in all creation we see God’s handiwork. Creation is the wordless Word testifying ‘God is, God forever shall be’. And we are the ones who walk and work the earth sharing in the Word, sharing words, words to revive the soul. Wisdom that opens the heart. Invitation that welcomes all. A rule that is more precious than gold and sweeter than honey for it heals and forgives and encompasses so that all are part of that starting and resounding call from the babes in arms to those whose years are great, glory to God! And it is here God, in searching, in the striving, in the seeking, that your glory whispers back to us the challenge of faith “may the words of your mouth, and the meditations of your heart, be acceptable to Me, the Lord, your rock and your redeemer.” Amen.
 
Prayer Response UMH 405 Seek Ye First (vs. 1 & 2)
 
1. Seek ye first the kingdom of God
And His righteousness,
And all these things shall be added unto you.
Allelu, Alleluia!
 
2. Ask, and it shall be given unto you;
Seek, and you shall find.
Knock, and the door shall be opened unto you.
Allelu, Alleluia!
 
Scripture Matthew 6:25-34
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. “So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
 
Hymn of Preparation UMH 129 Give to the Winds Thy Fears (vs. 1 & 2)
 
1. Give to the winds thy fears;
hope and be undismayed.
God hears thy sighs and counts thy tears,
God shall lift up thy head.
 
2. Through waves and clouds and storms,
God gently clears thy way;
wait thou God’s time; so shall this night
soon end in joyous day.

Message “Celebrating What Was, And Is, And Shall Be” 
 
 
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 
Safe Within Your Arms by Mark Hayes
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 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. 
 
Sending Hymn UMH 130 God Will Take Care of You (vs. 1 & 3)
 
1. Be not dismayed whate’er betide,
God will take care of you;
beneath his wings of love abide,
God will take care of you.
 
Refrain: God will take care of you,
through every day, o’er all the way;
he will take care of you,
God will take care of you.
 
3. All you may need he will provide,
God will take care of you;
nothing you ask will be denied,
God will take care of you. (Refrain)
 
Benediction 
God of all creation, we stand at the meeting place of past and future, knowing that the gift of now – is the present, let us participate in this unfolding promise as we walk the road of faith together, amen.

Postlude
Vivace (from Sonata No. 1 in F Major) by G.P. Telemann
Christine Harper, flute
 
 
 
 
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