Sunday, February 28

Welcome!

Worship at Home for Sunday, February 28, 2021

Second Sunday in Lent

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! This is the Second Sunday of Lent and we are continuing our journey to recover our wholeness as we walk with Jesus toward the cross and tomb, death and resurrection. If you are new to Christ Church, I hope you will take a moment to visit our website at ccumtucson.org to learn about everything we are doing. And now let us worship together.

Prelude
“Come, Thou Fount” arr. Amy Tate Williams
Grant Lange, trumpet

Call to Worship
Commanding God, just as you brough order out of chaos, you give us commands meant for ordering our lives. Let us hear your words afresh, let our hearts be open to the deeper teaching of perfection through love that your Son Jesus Christ calls all disciples to follow. Amen.

Opening Hymn UMH #187 Rise, Shine, You People (vs. 1 & 2)
 
1. Rise, shine, you people! Christ the Lord has entered
Our human story; God in him is centered.
Christ comes to us, by 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.
 
Words by Ronald A Klug ©1974 Augsburg Fortress Publishers
Music by Dale Wood ©1974 Augsburg Fortress Publishers
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Prayers of the People
 
Hymn of Preparation UMH #390 Forgive Our Sins as We Forgive (vs. 1, 2, 4)
 
1. “Forgive our sins as we forgive,” you taught us, Lord to pray
But you alone can grant us grace to live the words we say.

2. How can your pardon reach and bless the unforgiving heart
That broods on wrongs and will note let old bitterness depart?
 
4. Lord cleans the depths within our souls, and bid resentment cease;
Then, bound to all in bonds of love, our lives will spread your peace.
 
Hymn tune AZMON in the public domain
Words by Rosamond E. Herklots © 1969, 1983 Rosamond Herklots, by permission of Oxford University Press
Reprinted with permission under CCLI License #12393. All rights reserved.

Scripture Matthew 5:17-48 (NRSV)
 
Message Perfect Imperfection
 
 
Pastor Beth
 
Invitation to Offering
God of fulfillment and promise, you have given us the Law, the Prophets, your Story and our Savior and called us to listen and learn. We put that listening, our learning, into action through the living of our lives. We are imperfect, yet in you our rough edges and sharp pieces are smoothed into a new creation that reveals your beauty, your grace. Use our gifts and offerings to bring all creation into your perfection in Christ Jesus. Amen
 
Offertory
“Shepherd Me, O God” Haugen/Hayes
Chancel Choir (3/8/19)
 
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 #560 Help Us Accept Each Other (vs. 1 & 2)
 
1 Help us accept each other as Christ accepted us;
teach us as sister, brother, each person to embrace.
Be present, Lord, among us, and bring us to believe
we are ourselves accepted and meant to love and live.

2 Teach us, O Lord, your lessons, as in our daily life
we struggle to be human and search for hope and faith.
Teach us to care for people, for all, not just for some,
to love them as we find them, or as they may become.
 
Words by Fred Kaan © 1975 Hope Publishing Co.
Music by John Ness BEck © 1977 Hope Publishing Co.
Reprinted with permission under CCLI License #12393. All rights reserved.

Benediction
God you are the bell that chimes and rings through imperfect lives, our offering, revealing the cracks in everything where your light gets in! Bless our broken pieces as we are part of your hidden wholeness, recovering all things through redemption and life. Amen. (Parts adapted from the lyrics of Anthem by Leonard Cohen)
 
Postlude
“Festive Trumpet Tune” David German
Grant Lange, trumpet
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Sunday, February 21

Welcome!

 Worship at Home for Sunday, February 21, 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!  This is the first Sunday of Lent and we are beginning our journey to recover our wholeness as we walk with Jesus toward the cross and tomb, death and resurrection.  If you are new to Christ Church, I hope you will take a moment to visit our website at ccumtucson.org to learn about everything we are doing.  This Sunday we are celebrating our campus ministries, if you want to know more about the amazing work your giving supports at these ministries please visit dscumc.org campus ministry.  And now let us worship together.
 
Prelude
“Priere” (“Prayer”) Joseph Jongen
 
Call to Worship
Blessed be the broken things, the fractures, and the pieces for they reveal the hidden wholeness of God.  Jesus lives among us, revealing our cracks and edges, gently holding that which needs mending.  Blessed be our pieces for they are what make us salt and light adding flavor to blandness, holding flashlights in the darkness, remaking us into a mosaic of beauty as God recovers, mends, holds, reveals, and lives through us.  Blessed be that which is broken, for in God it is whole.  Amen. 
 
Opening Hymn UMH #547 O Church of God United (vs. 1 & 4)

1 O church of God, united to serve one common Lord,
proclaim to all one message, with hearts in glad accord.
Christ ever goes before us; we follow day by day
with strong and eager footsteps along the upward way.

4 May thy great prayer be answered that we may all be one,
close bound, by love united in thee, God’s blessed Son:
to bring a single witness, to make the pathway bright,
that souls which grope in darkness may find the one true light.
 
Music in the public domain
Words © 1954, renewed 1982 The Hymn Society of America, admin. Hope Publishing Company
Reprinted with permission under CCLI License #12393. All rights reserved.

Prayers of the People

Hymn of Preparation TFWS #2155 Blest Are They (vs. 1, 2, 5)

1. Blest are they, the poor in spirit; theirs is the kingdom of God.
Blest are they, full of sorrow; they shall be consoled.

Refrain: Rejoice and be glad! Blessed are you, holy are you.
Rejoice and be glad! Yours is the kingdom of God!

2. Blest are they, to lowly ones; they shall inherit the earth.
Blest are they who hunger and thirst; they shall have their fill.

Refrain

5. Blest are you who suffer hate, all because of me.
Rejoice and be glad, yours is the kingdom. Shine for all to see.

Refrain
 
Words and Music by David Haas ©1985 GIA Publications, Inc.
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Scripture Matthew 5:1-16
 
Message: Blessed in our Brokenness
 
 
Pastor Beth

Invitation to Offering
One blessing of the connectional church is our celebration of the ministries our prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness go to support.  As part of the Desert Southwest Conference of the United Methodist Church Christ Church supports the four vibrant and active campus ministries here in Tucson, Phoenix, Flagstaff, and Las Vegas.  Today these ministries offer us this video as both a thank you for all we do to support these ministries, and a promise that these ministries will be there for them.  If you feel moved to give, please go to https://dscumc.org/secure/payments/ and in the line that says purpose please say campus ministries.
 
God who connects us through our giving and our living, bless all we do, may it reflect you.  Amen.

Offertory
Broken and Spilled Out”  (Bill George)
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 #581 Lord, Whose Love Through Humble Service (vs. 1 & 2)
 
1. Lord, whose love through humble service bore the weight of human need,
Who upon the cross, forsaken, offered mercy’s perfect deed:
We your servants, bring the worship not of voice alone but heart,
Consecrating to your purpose every gift that you impart.

2. Still your children wander homeless; still the hungry cry for bread;
Still the captives long for freedom; still in grief we mourn our dead. 
As, O Lord, your deep compassion healed the sick and freed the soul,
Use the love your Spirit kindles still to save and make us whole.
 
Melody in the public domain
Words by Albert F Bayly ©1988 Oxford University Press
Harmonization by Ronald A. Nelson ©1978, 1985 Augsburg Fortress Publishers

Benediction
God you are the bell that chimes and rings through imperfect lives, our offering, revealing the cracks in everything where your light gets in!  Bless our broken pieces as we are part of your hidden wholeness, recovering all things through redemption and life.  Amen
(Parts adapted from the lyrics of Anthem by Leonard Cohen)

Postlude
“Toccata No. 5 (“To God Be the Glory”) arr. Joel Raney
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Ash Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Live Ash Wednesday Zoom Service

6:30 p.m. on February 17, 2021

Welcome and Introduction
 
Prelude
“Meditation on Three Lenten Hymns” C. Callahan
 
Entrance to Worship:

May the peace of Christ be with you,
All: And also with you.
Tonight we are called to remember
As we were formed by God, let us be re-formed by God’s commands.
Hear these commands O Children of God!
Almighty God has made a covenant with us and commanded that we keep this law:
1) I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of slavery, you shall have no other God’s before me.
2) You shall not make for yourselves an idol, you shall worship God alone
3) You shall not use God’s name in vain for the Lord God is Holy
4) You shall observe the Sabbath and keep it holy
5) You shall honor your father and mother
6) You shall not murder
7) You shall not commit adultery
8) You shall not steal
9) You shall not bear false witness
10) You shall not desire things which are not yours
We shall love the Lord God with all our heart, strength, mind, and soul,
and we shall love our neighbor as ourselves.
 
Opening Hymn UMH #269 Lord, Who Throughout These Forty Days (vs. 1, 4, 5)
arr. A.M. Buchannan/harm. C.H. Webb
 
1 Lord, who throughout these forty days for us didst fast and pray,
teach us with thee to mourn our sins and close by thee to stay.
 
4 And through these days of penitence, and through thy passiontide,
yea, evermore in life and death, Jesus, with us abide.
 
5 Abide with us, that so, this life of suffering over past,
an Easter of unending joy we may attain at last.
 
Words in the public domain
© 1938, renewed 1966, J. Fischer and Bro. Co.., Harm. © 1989 The United Methodist Publishing House, All rights reserved
Reprinted with permission under CCLI, License #12393. All rights reserved.
 
Opening Prayer
 
All: O God, from dust you formed us, to dust we shall we return. Tonight we consider your works, the stars, the universe, the ground beneath our feet, the mountains, our own being, all fearfully and wonderfully made by you, dust given life, form, and purpose. Bound together, order out of chaos, light from dark, life from death. Tonight we remember that just as you formed us into beings in your image, and we too form our lives to reflect you in all we do. Amen.

First Scripture Lesson Ezekiel 37:1-14
 
Reflection 1 and Question 1

Hymn of Reflection TFWS #2128 Come and Find the Quiet Center (vs. 1 & 2)
 
1 Come and find the quiet center In the crowded life we lead,
Find the room for hope to enter, Find the frame where we are freed:
Clear the chaos and the clutter, Clear our eyes, that we can see
All the things that really matter, Be at peace, and simply be.
 
2 Silence is a friend who claims us, Cools the heat and slows the pace,
God it is who speaks and names us, Knows our being, touches base,
Making space within our thinking, Lifting shades to show the sun,
Raising courage when we’re shrinking, Finding scope for faith begun.
 
Words: © 1992 Murray, Shirley Erena (Admin. by Hope Publishing Company). All rights reserved.
Music: © 1978, 1993 Abingdon Press (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.). All rights reserved
Reprinted with permission under CCLI, License #12393. All rights reserved.
 
Gospel Lesson Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

Reflection 2 and Question 2

Hymn of Reflection UMH #472 Near to the Heart of God (vs. 1 & 3)
 
1. There is a place of quiet rest,
near to the heart of God;
a place where sin cannot molest,
near to the heart of God.
 
Refrain: O Jesus, blest Redeemer,
sent from the heart of God,
hold us who wait before thee
near to the heart of God.
 
3. There is a place a place of full release,
near to the heart of God;
a place where all is joy and peace,
near to the heart of God. (Refrain)
 
Words and music by C.B. McAfee: public domain
 
Invitation to Lenten Discipline
 
Thanksgiving Over the Ashes
 
All: Almighty God, you have created us out of the dust of the earth. Grant that these ashes may be to us a sign of our mortality and penitence, so that we may remember that only by your gracious gift we are given everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our mentor and savior. Amen.

Reflection on our Ashes and Dust

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 Song
“Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley”
Tom Messmore, solo

Benediction
Entrances to holiness are everywhere. The possibility of ascent is all the time, even at unlikely times and through unlikely places. There is no place on earth without Presence, go ready to encounter God.
 
Postlude
“Lord Jesus, Think on Me” setting by D. Cherwien
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