Sunday, February 14

Welcome!

 Worship at Home for Transfiguration Sunday

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Welcome
Welcome to worship with Christ Church United Methodist in Tucson.  I am pastor Beth and we are so glad you have joined us today for worship!  The season of lent, the 40 days of preparation for Jesus’ death and resurrection, begins on Wednesday Feb. 17th and we will be celebrating our Ash Wednesday service live on zoom at 6:30pm Arizona time.  To join us simply go to our website at www.ccumtucson.org and click the link for the service.  I hope to see you then!  And now let us worship together.
 
Prelude
“Love Was When” Wrytzen/Bock                
Kathryn Snodgrass, piano; Janet Tolman, organ
 
Call to worship
You call us,
Wanderer of seashores and sidewalks,
inviting us to sail out of our safe harbors
into the uncharted waters of faith
to wander off our predictable paths and follow You.
So here we are called, ready, waiting for your words, “Follow me.”  Amen.
 
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.
 
Words and music in the public domain
 
Prayers of the People

Hymn of Preparation
UMH #263 When Jesus the Healer Passed Through Galilee (vs. 1 & 2) 
1. When Jesus the healer passed through Galilee,
Heal us, heal us today!
The deaf came to hear and the blind came to see.
Heal us, Lord Jesus!
 
2. A paralyzed man was let down through a roof.
Heal us, heal us today!
His sins were forgiven, his walking the proof.
Heal us, Lord Jesus!
 
Words and Music by Peter D Smith, 1979
© 1979 Stainer & Bell, Ltd., All rights reserved.
Reprinted with permission under CCLI, License #12393. All rights reserved.

Scripture Mark 2:1-17; Hebrews 11:1-3, 8
 
Message Calling and Courage: “Come with me”
 
 
Pastor Beth

Invitation to Offering
Generous God, grow our faith that we might follow without looking back, that we might seek you through our living and giving.  Help us to leave our nets on the shore, so that we might travel the road you have put before us. In the name of Christ who goes before us and beside us, we pray. Amen.

Offertory
“Fairest Lord Jesus” arr. Ken Holland               
John Neve, handbells
 
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 TFWS #2130 The Summons (vs. 1, 3, 4)
1. Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?
Will you go where you don’t know and never be the same?
Will you let me love be shown, will you let my name be known,
Will you let me life be grown in you and you in me?

2. Will you let the blinded see if I but call your name?
Will you set the prisoners free and never be the same?
Will you kiss the leper clean, and do such as this unseen,
And admit to what I mean in you and you in me?

3. Will you love the “you” you hide if I but call your name?
Will you quell the fear inside and never be the same?
Will you use the faith you’ve found to reshape the world around,
Through my sight and touch and sound in you and you in me?
 
Words by John Bell; Music: Traditional Scottish
© 1987 WGRG The Iona Community (Scotland), All rights reserved
Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE, License # A-738133. All rights reserved

Benediction
No matter where God meets us, God is for us, no matter where God leads us, God is with us, no matter what God asks of us God will see us through, so let us be courageous in everything we do.

Postlude 
“May Jesus Christ Be Praised” arr. Harold DeCou
Kathyrn Snodgrass, piano; Janet Tolman, organ
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Sunday, February 7

Welcome!

Worship at Home for Sunday, February 7, 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! A few announcements, the season of lent is upon us! No, not the stuff from your dryer, and no not the time when you return all the things lent to you by others, but the 40 days of preparation for Jesus’ death and resurrection. On Wednesday Feb. 17th we will be celebrating our Ash Wednesday service live on zoom at 6:30pm Arizona time. To join us simply go to our website at www.ccumtucson.org and click the link for the service and take some time to look at our Lenten resources available there.
 
Finally, we are celebrating communion today in this worship service (as well as our live service at 11am on the 7th on zoom) so please take a moment to find something to eat and drink in memory of all God has done for us in Christ, and remember in our church all are welcome at God’s table, and all means all. And now let us worship together.

Prelude
“O Master, Let Me Walk With Thee/All the Way My Savior Leads Me”
setting by Michael Hassell
Rudy Rostash, clarinet

Call to worship:
O Holy One,
on mountaintops and valley floors
you reveal to us the light of your love.
Our hearts desire is to bask in the amazing glory
of the divine presence.
With each encounter we are changed and transformed.
Draw us nearer
that we might receive a double portion of your Holy Spirit.
Help us, O Holy One, to live our lives as a reflection of divine glory.
May we walk among our brothers and sister as a blessing,
bearing light into dark places,
hope to displace despair,
and love that casts out hate.
Our world is hurting
and we need the followers of Jesus to follow more closely.
Maybe then we will hear your voice speaking to us and saying,
… “listen to my Child, the Beloved!” Amen.

Opening Hymn UMH #173 Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies (vs. 1 & 3)
 
1. Christ, whose glory fills the skies, Christ, the true, the only light,
Sun of Righteousness, arise, triumph o’er the shades of night;
Dayspring from on high, be near; Daystar, in my heart appear.
 
3. Visit then this soul of mine; pierce the gloom of sin and grief;
fill me, Radiancy divine, scatter all my unbelief;
more and more thyself display, shining to the perfect day.
(words and music in the public domain)
 
Scripture Matthew 16:13-17:9 (NRSV)
 
Hymn of Preparation TFWS #2103 We Have Come at Christ’s Own Bidding
CCLI SONG #2151533
 
1 We have come at Christ’s own bidding to this high and holy place,
where we wait with hope and longing for some token of God’s grace.
Here we pray for new assurance that our faith is not in vain,
searching like those first disciples for a sign both clear and plain.
 
2 Light breaks through our clouds and shadows, splendor bathes the flesh-joined Word,
Moses and Elijah marvel as the heavenly voice is heard.
Eyes and hearts behold with wonder how the Law and Prophets meet:
Christ with garments drenched in brightness, stands transfigured and complete.
 
3 Strengthened by this glimpse of glory, fearful lest our faith decline,
we, like Peter, find it tempting to remain and build a shrine.
But true worship gives us courage to proclaim what we profess,
that our daily lives may prove us people of the God we bless.
 
Message Calling and Identity: “Who do you say I am?”
 
 
Pastor Beth
 
Invitation to Offering:
God of Transformation, we come together as those who have met you on the mountaintop. We have each had our holy encounters with you; and in those moments, we have wanted to stay on the mountain and retreat from the world. We know that is our longing, not yours. So, as we offer our gifts this morning in response to your blessings in our life, remind us that our mission is the world beyond the mountain, our daily living and being, transfigure our lives through the memories of those mountaintop encounters so that we might declare everywhere that Jesus Christ is here! We pray boldly in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Offertory
Joyful, Joyful arr. C. Dobrinski
The Christ Church Ringers (1/15/2017)
 
Communion
 
Pastor: The Lord be with you!
All: And also with you!
Pastor: Rejoice for God is here in our midst
All: We celebrate and rejoice in the presence of God!
 
Pastor: It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, God, creator of heaven and earth. Before the mountains were brought forth, or earth formed, from everlasting to everlasting, you alone are God. You created light out of darkness and brought forth life on the earth. You formed us in your image and breathed into us the breath of life. When we tried to build monuments to false ideas, or got stuck in our ways, your grace remained steadfast. You delivered us from captivity, made covenant to be our sovereign God, and spoke to us through your prophets.

And so with your people on earth and all the vast company of creation we praise your name and join their hymn saying together:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
 
Holy are you and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ, in whom you have revealed yourself, our light and our salvation, the one who calls us back to our right minds and walks with us on the hardest roads. Transfigured before our very eyes, you named him beloved child, your own pleasure, a reminder that this love is the inheritance of any who seek your grace.
 
We remember that on the night before Jesus himself died he gathered his friends around a table to share a meal and took bread, gave thanks to you, broke the bread, and gave it to each saying, “Take and eat, this is God’s grace, my own self, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
When the supper was over, he took the cup, gave thanks to you, gave it to his disciples and said: “Drink from this, all of you; for this is the sign of the new covenant poured out for you and for all for the forgiveness of sins. Do this as often as you drink it in remembrance of me.”
 
And so in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us, as we proclaim the mystery of faith:
 
Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.
 
Pour out your Holy Spirit on all of us gathered in this unique way to share this blessed meal, we ask that you make this food and drink that same grace and love that was given by Christ so that we may be redeemed, our lives transfigured by that same grace and love. By this same spirit make us one with Christ, one with each other no matter where we are, and one in ministry to all the world until Christ comes in final victory and we all feast together.
Through your Son Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit as part of your holy Church, all honor and glory is yours almighty Father, now and forever. Amen.
 
Because there is one God, we who are many, eating in different places are one body for we are all part of the same living God, the drink over which we give thanks is a sharing in covenant for all, as we eat and drink we do so receiving your gifts of grace and love, Amen. Where ever we are, let us feast on this love and grace together now.

Hymn of Communion UMH #640 Take Our Bread (vs. 1) ONE LICENSE #01043
 
Refrain: Take our bread, we ask you; take our hearts, we love you.
Take our lives, O Father, we are yours, we are yours.
 
1. Yours as we stand at the table you set;
Yours as we eat the bread our hearts can’t forget.
We are the sign of your life with us yet,
We are yours, we are yours.
 
And now having been fed by God’s love and grace spiritually and physically we come before you in thanksgiving and prayer praying as Jesus taught us:
 
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 O Living God CCLI SONG # 3308921

1. O living God, I long to see you
lifted up in all you glory
To see you there in holy beauty.
O Lord, almighty God, living Christ, I love you.
 
2. O living God, I long to praise you
Heart and voice, with all creation;
To worship you for tender mercy.
O Lord, almighty God, living Christ, I love you.
 
Benediction
No matter where God meets us, God is for us, no matter where God leads us, God is with us, no matter what God asks of us God will see us through, so let us be courageous in everything we do.
 
Postlude
“Vivace” (from “Concerto for Two Clarinets”) G.P. Telemann
Carole and Rudy Rostash, clarinets
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Sunday, January 31

Welcome!

Worship at Home for Sunday, January 31, 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! A few announcements, next week we will be celebrating communion both in our pre-recorded worship service and live by zoom at 11:00am Sunday the 7th. Just click the Live Communion link on our homepage at ccumtucson.org to share community around Christ’s table. And now, take a moment to center your heart and mind as we enter into this sacred time of worship together.

Prelude
“I Have Decided to Follow Jesus” arr. Fred Bock
Kathy Ferguson, piano; Janet Tolman, organ

Call to Worship
Repent, Forgive, Change, Go, Love one another! God’s prophets call God’s people, yet we do not hear. God calls again and again yet we resist. Distraction, Self-absorption, Temptation, Regret, Retribution, what gets in our way? And now, how shall we respond to God’s call today?

Opening Hymn UMH #73 O Worship the King (vs. 1 & 5)

1. O worship the King, all glorious above,
O gratefully sing God’s power and God’s love;
our Shield and Defender, the Ancient of Days,
pavilioned in splendor, and girded with praise.
 
5. Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail,
in thee do we trust, nor find thee to fail;
thy mercies how tender, how firm to the end,
our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend.
(words and music in the public domain)
 
Prayers of the People
 
Hymn of Preparation UMH #356 When We are Living (vs. 1 & 2) CCLI Song # 5223138
 
1. When we are living, it is in Christ Jesus,
And when we’re dying, it is in the Lord.
Both in our living and in our dying
We belong to God, we belong to God
 
2. Through all our living, we our fruits must give.
Good works of service are for offering.
When we are giving, or when receiving,
We belong to God, we belong to God.

Scripture Luke 16:19-31; Jonah 4:1-11
 
Message: Calling and Resistance: “Really God?!?”
 
 
Pastor Beth
 
Invitation to Offering
Merciful God we can be a stubborn and shortsighted people. Yet you are steadfast and abounding in compassion. We dig in our heels, we run in the opposite direction and still there you are, calling, inviting, giving, healing, and loving. We hear you God, we know your hand is at work redeeming our all our efforts. Take the gifts of our hearts, the gifts of our lives, and turn them into the blessings of your kingdom to the world, so that all may know you really God. Amen.

Offertory
“My Jesus, I Love Thee” arr. P. Sjolund
The Chancel Choir (2/3/19)

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 How Shall I Come Before the Lord (vs. 1, 2, 3)
 
1. How shall I come before the Lord
and bow myself with heart outpoured?
And shall I come with offering?
What shall I give? What shall I bring?
 
2. Will finest gifts bring God’s delight?
Will wealth bring favor in God’s sight?
What must we be? What must we do?
What does the Lord require of you?
 
3. Let justice shine in all your ways.
Let loving kindness rule your days,
That, as this earthly path you trod,
You shall walk humbly with your God.
 
Benediction:
No matter where God meets us, God is for us, no matter where God leads us, God is with us, no matter what God asks of us God will see us through, so let us be courageous in everything we do.
 
Postlude
“Psalm 19” Marcello/Smith
Kathy Ferguson, piano; Janet Tolman, organ
CCLI #12393
CVLI #03793174
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