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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Sunday, September 27

Welcome!

Worship at Home for Sunday, September 27

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
Partita on BUNESSAN setting by John A. Behnke
 
Call to Worship
Falling: forward, down, up, over, back, falling is a universal human experience. We might trip, stumble, loose our balance, faint, or topple. Falling can be physical, metaphorical, allegorical, or spiritual. However it happens, falling changes us, we learn something, we see things differently, perhaps we even do things differently. God, sometimes we say we are a fallen people, but maybe falling is one of the profound ways we meet you face to face. You catch us where we land, help us rise, teach us the next steps, so let us be a people falling toward you. Amen.
 
Opening Hymn UMH 157 Jesus Shall Reign (vs. 1 & 5)

1. Jesus shall reign where’er the sun
does its successive journeys run;
his kingdom spread from shore to shore,
till moons shall wax and wane no more.
 
5. Let every creature rise and bring
honors peculiar to our King;
angels descend with songs again,
and earth repeat the loud amen!
 
Prayers of the People:
God of grace and God of glory, our stories are filled with falls. From those physical moments of finding ourselves no longer on our feet to the times when all we know feels like it has been pulled out from under us, we are a people who know what it means to fall. Today we lift up to you those fractured, scrapped, and broken places in our own lives where we need your healing, your grace.
 
God of Grace, hear our prayer.
 
Jesus of the lowest places, you walked among the fallen and boldly declared them blessed. Those the world threw aside, or left in the dirt, you lifted to the head of the table and called them friends. Those who stumbled lost in your teachings and calling, you held on to and continued to accompany. Hear us today as we remember those we have forgotten, left behind, discounted or discarded so that we might be your hands reaching out.
 
God of Grace, hear our prayer
 
Rising Spirit nothing can hold you back, you take what is low and raise it up, what is high and bring it down, you remind us that when the Church stumbles, that is when God catches us, when our faith falters, that is when we find ourselves in your embrace. Teach us today to see falling with new eyes so that we might be lifted in the wings of your love.
 
God of Grace, hear our prayer
 
We pray these things as a people seeking always the triune God, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Amen.
 
Hymn of Response to Prayer UMH 177 He Is Lord (2x)

He is Lord, he is Lord!
He is risen from the dead and he is Lord!
Every knee shall bow, every tongue confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord.
 
Scripture Genesis 3:1-13
Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God say, ‘You shall not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden; but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, nor shall you touch it, or you shall die.’“ But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not die; for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
 
So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves. They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.
 
But the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” He said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.”
 
He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate.” Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent tricked me, and I ate.”
 
Scripture Philippians 2:1-11
If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
 
Hymn of Preparation UMH 168 At the Name of Jesus (vs. 1 & 4)

1 At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow,
every tongue confess him King of glory now;
’tis the Father’s pleasure we should call him Lord,
who from the beginning was the mighty Word.
 
4 In your hearts enthrone him; there let him subdue
all that is not holy, all that is not true.
Crown him as your captain in temptation’s hour;
let his will enfold you in its light and power.
 
Message Falling
 
 
Pastor Beth
 
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. In the coming month we are going to be sharing with you different ways your giving of time, imagination, ministry, presence, prayers, and your financial generosity has had an impact on our church, community, and the global Body of Christ. We give because God has given all we have to us, so that we might share our gifts. Amen.
 
Offertory
Great Is Thy Faithfulness arr. Lloyd Larson
Kyle Hood, handbells
 
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 536, Precious Name (vs. 1 & 3)

1. Take the name of Jesus with you,
child of sorrow and of woe;
it will joy and comfort give you;
take it then, where’er you go.
 
Refrain: Precious name, O how sweet!
Hope of earth and joy of heaven.
Precious name, O how sweet!
Hope of earth and joy of heaven.
 
3. O the precious name of Jesus!
How it thrills our souls with joy,
when his loving arms receive us,
and his songs our tongues employ!

(Refrain)
 
Benediction
God behind us, God before us, God below us, God above us God around us, God within us, when we fall, you are with us, catching us, holding us, lifting us up so that in rising we might be a blessing to all. Amen.
 
Postlude
Jig on BUNESSAN setting by John A. Behnke
 
 
 
 
 
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