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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Sunday, October 11

 
Welcome!
 

Worship at Home for Sunday, October 11

Welcome
Welcome to worship with Christ Church United Methodist in Tucson, Arizona.  I am pastor Beth and I want to let you know, whether you are a long-time member of Christ Church, a regular watching worshiper with us, or you just stumbled across us for the first time we welcome you. If you are looking for a way to go deeper in your faith journey, whether you need a prayer and listening partner such as a Stephen minister, or a way to engage your faith in world changing service, Christ Church is here to help, find us online at CCUMTUCSON.org or check us out on Facebook! Now let us worship together.
 
Prelude
In This Very Room Harris/Bock
Kathy Ferguson, piano; Janet Tolman, organ
 
Call to Worship – Written by Rev. Daniel B. Randall
We are met in the presence of God
And we do not meet alone.
With the angels in the highest heaven
We gather to worship the Lord.
With Abraham and Sarah
We gather to worship the Lord.
With the saints of every age
We gather to worship the Lord.
We embark on our own journey of faith
God’s Holy name be praised.
God makes of us a great people
God’s Holy name be praised.
In the desert and in the city, in neighborhood and church
God’s Holy name be praised.
We journey in the presence of God.
And we do not journey alone.

Opening Hymn UMH 116 The God of Abraham Praise (vs. 1 & 3)
1. The God of Abraham praise, who reigns enthroned above;
Ancient of Everlasting Days, and God of love;
Jehovah, great I AM! by earth and heaven confessed;
I bow and bless the sacred name forever blest.
 
3. The heavenly land I see, with peace and plenty blest;
a land of sacred liberty, and endless rest.
There milk and honey flow, and oil and wine abound,
and trees of life forever grow with mercy crowned.
 
Prayers of the People
Generous God,
you gave us our voices, no two the same.
As you did with Abraham and Sarah,
you take and touch our lives and they can become extraordinary.
And in your Church you have gathered us,
in your community of common folk and complainers,
prophets and puzzled people,
you have called us and made a place for us.
So let what we say and do here,
what we ponder and decide here,
be real for us and honest to you,
as you prepare us for the life of the world in which you are praised. Amen.
 
~ from Journey of Steadfast Love: Service Prayers for the Second Sunday of Lent, written by the Rev. Daniel B. Randal
 
Hymn of Response to Prayer 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 ye shall find
Knock and it shall be opened unto you
Allelu Alleluia
 
Scripture Genesis 12:1-9
Now the Lord said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’
So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. Abram took his wife Sarai and his brother’s son Lot, and all the possessions that they had gathered, and the persons whom they had acquired in Haran; and they set forth to go to the land of Canaan. When they had come to the land of Canaan, Abram passed through the land to the place at Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. Then the Lord appeared to Abram, and said, ‘To your offspring I will give this land.’ So he built there an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him. From there he moved on to the hill country on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; and there he built an altar to the Lord and invoked the name of the Lord. And Abram journeyed on by stages towards the Negeb.
 
Scripture Galatians 3:6-9
Just as Abraham ‘believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness’, so, you see, those who believe are the descendants of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, declared the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, ‘All the Gentiles shall be blessed in you.’ For this reason, those who believe are blessed with Abraham who believed.
 
Scripture Mark 11:15-19
 
Then they came to Jerusalem. And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling and those who were buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves; and he would not allow anyone to carry anything through the temple. He was teaching and saying, “Is it not written,
‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’?
But you have made it a den of robbers.”
And when the chief priests and the scribes heard it, they kept looking for a way to kill him; for they were afraid of him, because the whole crowd was spellbound by his teaching. And when evening came, Jesus and his disciples went out of the city.
 
Hymn of Preparation UMH 508 Faith, While Trees Are Still in Blossom (vs. 1 ,3, 5)

1. Faith, while trees are still in blossom, plans the picking of the fruit
Faith can feel the thrill of harvest when the buds begin to sprout
 
3. Long before the rains were coming, Noah went and built an ark.
Abraham, the lonely migrant, saw the light beyond the dark
 
5. Faith believes that God is faithful: God will be what God will be!
Faith accepts the call, responding, “I am willing, Lord, send me.”
 
 
Message Blessings on the Way
 
 
Pastor Beth
 
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!
 
Music is a central part of our identity as Christ Church, think of the soaring notes of our organ, the stirring anthems of our choir, the solos and songs we share each Sunday, and the sounding of our handbells! Even during this time of physical distancing music is a critical part of our weekly worship and you make this music possible. Your gifts and offerings fund our three music staff positions, our licenses to play this music every Sunday, and the cost of posting this music online, 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
How Majestic Is Your Name Smit/DeCou
Paula Jameson, solo
 
Lord’s Prayer
Creator God
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 TFWS 2008 Let All Things Now Living (vs. 1 & 2)

1. Let all things now living a song of thanksgiving
To God the creator triumphantly raise.
Who fashioned and made us, protected and stayed us,
Who still guides us on to the end of our days.
God’s banners are o’er us, God’s light goes before us,
A pillar of fire shining forth in the night.
Till shadows have vanished and darkness is banished
As forward we travel from light into light.
 
2. The law God enforces, the stars in their courses
And sun in its orbit obediently shine;
The hills and the mountains, the rivers and fountains,
The deeps of the ocean proclaim the Divine.
We too should be voicing our love and rejoicing;
With glad adoration a song let us raise
Till all things now living unite in thanksgiving:
“To God in the highest, Hosanna and praise!”
 
Benediction
May the God of promise fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
 
Postlude
Lead On, O King Eternal Smart/Bock
Kathy Ferguson, piano; Janet Tolman, organ
 
 
 
 
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Sunday, October 4

Welcome!

Worship at Home for Sunday, October 4

Welcome
Welcome to worship with Christ Church United Methodist in Tucson, Arizona.  I am pastor Beth and I want to let you know, whether you are a long-time member of Christ Church, a regular watching worshiper with us, or you just stumbled across us for the first time we welcome you. If you are looking for a way to go deeper in your faith journey, whether you need a prayer and listening partner such as a Stephen minister, or a way to engage your faith in world changing service, Christ Church is here to help, find us online at CCUMTUCSON.org or check us out on Facebook! Now let us worship together.
 
Prelude
Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy setting by Dale Wood
 
Call to Worship
In the prayers and the praise,
in the words and the wonder:
we are given enough joy to live each day.
In the justice for the oppressed,
in the unexpected generosity for the lost:
we are given enough compassion
to use in service each day.
In the promises made to all,
in the mercy offered to each:
we are given enough grace to share each day.
 
Opening Hymn UMH 64 Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty (vs. 1 & 3)
 
1. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee.
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty,
God in three persons, blessed Trinity!
 
3. Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee,
though the eye of sinful man thy glory may not see,
only thou art holy; there is none beside thee,
perfect in power, in love and purity.
 
Prayers of the People
Most Holy God, We are a people who need you in your fullness — as Creative Father, Redeeming Son, and Sustaining Spirit. Our lives have complications and pain, our world has war and despair.
But we were made in your image, and your Spirit was breathed into us that we might experience hope in your goodness. We your people are working to hear the words of your Spirit. Our desire is to learn what and who you are calling us to be in your world. We call out to you that we might have the courage to give to you whatever burdens we entered with today so that our hearts and minds can be open to you, to your Word, and to your Spirit, the same life-giving breath from the first of creation. Amen.
 
Hymn of Response to Prayer UMH 488 Jesus, Remember Me (2x)
 
Jesus, remember me, when you come into your kingdom
Jesus, remember me, when you come into your kingdom
 
Scripture James 4:1-8
Those conflicts and disputes among you, where do they come from? Do they not come from your cravings that are at war within you? You want something and do not have it; so you commit murder. And you covet something and cannot obtain it; so you engage in disputes and conflicts. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, in order to spend what you get on your pleasures. Adulterers! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. Or do you suppose that it is for nothing that the scripture says, “God yearns jealously for the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? But he gives all the more grace; therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
 
Scripture Genesis 4:1-17
Now the man knew his wife Eve, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have produced a man with the help of the LORD.” Next she bore his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain a tiller of the ground. In the course of time Cain brought to the LORD an offering of the fruit of the ground, and Abel for his part brought of the firstlings of his flock, their fat portions. And the LORD had regard for Abel and his offering, but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.

The LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is lurking at the door; its desire is for you, but you must master it.” Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let us go out to the field.” And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel, and killed him. Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?” And the LORD said, “What have you done? Listen; your brother’s blood is crying out to me from the ground! And now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. When you till the ground, it will no longer yield to you its strength; you will be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth.”

Cain said to the LORD, “My punishment is greater than I can bear! Today you have driven me away from the soil, and I shall be hidden from your face; I shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth, and anyone who meets me may kill me.” Then the LORD said to him, “Not so! Whoever kills Cain will suffer a sevenfold vengeance.” And the LORD put a mark on Cain, so that no one who came upon him would kill him. Then Cain went away from the presence of the LORD, and settled in the land of Nod, east of Eden. Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch; and he built a city, and named it Enoch after his son Enoch.
 
Scripture Genesis 6:5-8, 7:1-5; 8:1, and 9:7-17
The LORD saw that the wickedness of humankind was great in the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of their hearts was only evil continually.
And the LORD was sorry that he had made humankind on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. So the LORD said, “I will blot out from the earth the human beings I have created—people together with animals and creeping things and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the sight of the LORD. […]
 
Then the LORD said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you alone are righteous before me in this generation. Take with you seven pairs of all clean animals, the male and its mate; and a pair of the animals that are not clean, the male and its mate; and seven pairs of the birds of the air also, male and female, to keep their kind alive on the face of all the earth. For in seven days I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights; and every living thing that I have made I will blot out from the face of the ground.” And Noah did all that the LORD had commanded him. […]
 
But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and all the domestic animals that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind blow over the earth, and the waters subsided. […]
 
And you, be fruitful and multiply, abound on the earth and multiply in it.”
 
Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, “As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you, and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark. I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.”

God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.”
 
Hymn of Preparation UMH 502 Thy Holy Wings, O Savior (vs. 1 & 2)
 

 

1. Thy holy wings, O Savior,
spread gently over me,
and let me rest securely
through good and ill in thee.
Oh, be my strength and portion,
my rock and hiding place,
and let my every moment
be lived within thy grace.

2. Oh, let me nestle near thee,
within thy downy breast
where I will find sweet comfort
and peace within thy nest.
Oh, close thy wings around me
and keep me safely there,
for I am but a newborn
and need thy tender care.

 
Message: Tapestry of Truths
 
 
Pastor Beth
 
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! Stephen Ministry is alive and well at CCUM with the ministers continuing to work with their Care Receivers in a confidential one on one basis. In addition, all Stephen Ministers are available to lend a listening ear and to pray with anyone in these most difficult times, if you are looking for someone to walk with you in this time, our Stephen Ministers are here for you, find more information on our website. We give because God has given all we have to us, so that we might share our gifts, praise be to God. Amen.
 
Offertory
AS THE DEER with FAIREST LORD JESUS arr. Mark Hayes
 
Lord’s Prayer
Creator God
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 TFWS 2170 God Made from One Blood (vs. 1 & 4)
 
1. God made from one blood all the families of Earth.
The circles of nurture that raised us from birth.
Companions who join us to walk through each stage,
of childhood and youth, adulthood and age.
 
4. So, give, Lord, each family in conflict and storm,
a sense of Your wisdom and grace that transform.
Sharp anger to insight which strengthens the heart
and makes clear the place where rebuilding can start.
 
Benediction
May the God of promise fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
 
Postlude
When Morning Gilds the Skies setting by Dale Wood
 
 
 
 
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