Maundy Thursday, April 1

Maundy Thursday Live Zoom Service
April 1, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.
 
Prelude/Gathering
 
Greeting: Pastor Beth
 
Call to Worship
Leader: The Lord be with you
All: And also with you
Leader: This sacred night brings us together to remember
All: to participate with Jesus and the disciples.
Leader: Together we will gather, pray, serve, feast, and stand watch,
All: Together, we too will leave Jesus alone, in the hands of the authorities who will demand his execution.
Leader: Together we will wait through the dark work of human hands, the dark day and night of loss, the dark hours before the dawn of the first morning.
All: Together we too will gather to bear witness to God’s might acts in Jesus, we will share our faults, our grief, our love, and hope, with each other and our teacher, friend, brother, and redeemer, Jesus. So let us worship together.
 
Opening Hymn UMH #297 Beneath the Cross of Jesus (vs. 1 & 3)
 
1. Beneath the cross of Jesus I fain would take my stand,
the shadow of a mighty rock within a weary land;
a home within the wilderness, a rest upon the way,
from the burning of the noontide heat, and the burden of the day.
 
3. I take, O cross, thy shadow for my abiding place;
I ask no other sunshine than the sunshine of his face;
content to let the world go by, to know no gain nor loss,
my sinful self my only shame, my glory all the cross.
 
Words and music in the public domain
 
Movement 1, Fellowship

Scripture Matthew 26:19-25, 31-35 (NRSV)
 
Reflection on Fellowship
 
Prayers of the People
 
Hymn UMH 286 O Sacred Head, Now Wounded (vs. 1 & 3)
 
1. O sacred Head, now wounded, with grief and shame weighed down,
now scornfully surrounded with thorns, thine only crown:
how pale thou art with anguish, with sore abuse and scorn!
How does that visage languish which once was bright as morn!
 
3. What language shall I borrow to thank thee, dearest friend,
for this thy dying sorrow, thy pity without end?
O make me thine forever; and should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never outlive my love to thee.
 
Words and music in the public domain
 
Movement 2, Service

Scripture John 13:2-17 and 33-35 (NRSV)
 
Reflection on Service
 
Water and Spirit
 
Hymn UMH #432 Jesu, Jesu (vs. 1 & 4)
 
Refrain: Jesu, Jesu, fill us with your love,
show us how to serve the neighbors we have from you.
 
1 Kneels at the feet of his friends, silently washes their feet,
Master who acts as a slave to them. (Refrain)
 
4 Loving puts us on our knees, serving as though we are slaves,
this is the way we should live with you. (Refrain)
 
Words by Tom Colvin; Music Ghana folk song, adapt. Tom Colvin, harm. Charles H. Webb
© 1969, 1989 Hope Publishing Co.
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Movement 3, Communion

Scripture Matthew 26:26-30 (NRSV)
 
Reflection on Communion
 
Sharing Communion
 
Hymn UMH #616 Come, Sinners, to the Gospel Feast (vs.1, 3, 5)
 
1. Come, sinners, to the gospel feast, let every soul be Jesus’ guest.
Ye need not one be left behind, for God hath bid all humankind.
 
3. Come and partake the gospel feast, be saved from sin, in Jesus rest;
O taste the goodness of our God, and eat his flesh and drink his blood.
 
5. Ye who believe his record true shall sup with him and he with you;
come to the feast, be saved from sin, for Jesus waits to take you in.
 
Words and music in the public domain
 
Movement 4, Together alone

Scripture Matthew 26:36-56 (NRSV)
 
Silent Reflection – how shall we keep watch?
 
Stripping the Altar
 
Closing Hymn UMH 298 When I Survey the Wondrous Cross (vs. 1 & 4)
 
1. When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of Glory died,
my richest gain I count but loss, and pour contempt on all my pride.
 
4. Were the whole realm of nature mine, that were an offering far too small;
love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.
 
Words and music in the public domain

Dismissal with blessing
 
The Great Silence
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Palm Sunday: Sunday, March 28

Welcome!

Worship at Home for Palm Sunday

Sunday, March 28

OL= Online service only, DI=Drive in service only
 
Welcome (OL)
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 on this Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week, this is the week that we remember and commemorate the Jesus’ last supper, his death, and resurrection! We have a service remembering his last gathering with all his disciples on April 1st at 6:30pm live on zoom, simply visit our website ccumtucson.org to participate, a musical service of reflection for Good Friday available beginning at 9:00am April 2nd on our website, and finally Resurrection Sunday or Easter Sunday on April 4th with services online and drive in at 10am in our parking lot. If you decide to visit us in person on April 4th please bring something to eat and drink with you as we will be celebrating communion along with the resurrection of Jesus. But first, let us enter Jerusalem with Jesus and the 12 disciples singing hosanna blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Let us worship together.

Prelude
“The Palms” Faure/Bock
Kathy Ferguson, piano; Janet Tolman, organ
 
Greeting and Announcements (DI)

Call to Worship:
One: I love a crowd!
     Many: But a crowd can be disbursed.
One: I love a crowd!
     Many: But a crowd can be misled.
One: I love a crowd!
      Many: But crowds don’t last forever.
One: I love a crowd!
     Many: But a crowd can trample and overlook.
One: I love a crowd!
     Many: But crowds don’t change the world.
One: Jesus you are here to change the world:
     Many: You will call us to be more than a crowd, you call us to be disciples.
All: Hosanna!! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
 
B. Kevin Smalls, The Africana Worship Book for Year B, Discipleship Resources, 2007, p. 88,
adapted by Beth Rambikur
 
Opening Hymn UMH #160 Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart (vs. 1, 2, 5)

1. Rejoice, ye pure in heart; rejoice, give thanks, and sing;
your glorious banner wave on high, the cross of Christ your King.
 
Refrain: Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice, give thanks and sing.
 
2. Your clear hosannas raise, and alleluias loud;
whilst answering echoes upward float, like wreaths of incense cloud. [Refrain]
 
5. Praise God who reigns on high, the Lord whom we adore,
the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, one God forevermore. [Refrain]
 
Words and music in the public domain
 
Prayer of Confession (OL)
Sustainer of the weary,
we know how we sang for joy when Christ came into our lives,
and how we have not followed him when he leads us on this journey.
We have hidden our faces from the pain and suffering of our world.
We have turned a deaf ear to the cries of the poor, the hungry, the oppressed.
We trust in the slick promotions of the world,
and not in your words that can transform our lives.
Forgive us, Steadfast God, and shine your face upon us.
Help us to have the same mind as Christ,
so we would know your promises;
help us to have the same heart as Christ,
so we might serve your children;
help us to have the same Spirit as Christ,
so we might go wherever you lead us.
 
Written by Thom Shuman and posted on his Lectionary Liturgies blog, http://lectionaryliturgies.blogspot.com/.
Reposted: https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2012/02/palm-sunday-confession.html
 
Scripture Luke 19:29-46 NRSV
 
Hymn of Preparation UMH 278 Hosanna, Loud Hosanna (vs. 1 & 3)
 
1. Hosanna, loud hosanna, the little children sang;
through pillared court and temple the lovely anthem rang.
To Jesus, who had blessed them close folded to his breast,
the children sang their praises, the simplest and the best.
 
3. “Hosanna in the highest!” that ancient song we sing,
for Christ is our Redeemer, the Lord of heaven our King.
O may we ever praise him with heart and life and voice,
and in his blissful presence eternally rejoice!
 
Words and music in the public domain


Message Holy Vessels: Our World Recovered
 
 
 
 
Pastor Beth
 
Prayer of Confession (DI) (see above prayer)
 
Invitation to Offering (OL)
Almighty and everlasting God, as we bring our gifts and lay them at your altar, we remember the crowds in Jerusalem who laid their cloaks on the road, shouting “Hosanna” as Jesus passed. They were looking to you then, as we look to you now to change the world, recover us all! Yet the Messiah, Immanuel, is not the military man come to win political power, no he is Christ your anointed beloved Son, who changes everything by changing our hearts. Use our gifts as you use our hearts, to change the world. Amen.
 
Offertory (OL)
“The Holy City” Michael Maybrick
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 Who Is He (vs. 1 & 2)

1. Who is he who comes in triumph? Who is he who comes to die,
Comes in peace and comes in power, hidden One no lifted high?
Jesus, Jesus, Lord, Messiah, mighty Master of the grave!
See him ride, the King of glory! God himself has come to save!
 
2. See him there in humble splendor. Hear then shouting all around.
Joy explodes in wild procession. Praise is now the victor’s crown.
“Glory, glory in the highest!” Like the angels hear them sing,
Dancing ‘round the Long-a-waited – once their hope, and now their King.
 
Music in the public domain
Words by Ken Bible, © 2004 LNWhymns.com, admin by The Copyright Company, all rights reserved.
Reprinted with permission under CCLI License #12393. All rights reserved.

Benediction
Now we have seen him come in glory. Now we have followed him on the parade route. We have seen Jesus for ourselves. We know that he is real. Go forth and continue to see him in the world! Go where he goes, stay with him! And may the peace of God rule and abide with us all now and forever! Amen.
 
B. Kevin Smalls, The Africana Worship Book for Year B, Discipleship Resources, 2007, p. 215.
 
Postlude
“Hosanna” Paul Wachs
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Sunday, March 21

Welcome!

 Worship at Home for Sunday, March 21, 2021

Fifth Sunday in Lent

OL= Online service only, DI=Drive in service only

Welcome (OL) 
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 Sixth Sunday of Lent as we continue our journey to recovery and wholeness.  If you are looking for a totally different way of worshiping with Christ Church, please join us for our drive-in worship services in the CCUM parking lot at 10:00am. These are contactless services which are open to any, simply drive in and tune your car radio or your portable radio device to 105.5FM, hope to see you there!  And now let us worship together.
 
Prelude
“Andante” J.S. Bach
Christine Harper, flute
 
Greeting and Announcements (DI)
 
Call to Worship
One: Welcome this day to a time of rest
All: we come seeking the fruit from the tree of life 
One: Be filled by the Grace of God
All: We seek refuge from false promises and quick fixes
One: Let our foundation be the solid Rock of Ages
All: Let us be present, for we are holy vessels, our lives recovered by God.
 
Opening Hymn UMH #731 Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken (vs. 1 & 2)
 
1. Glorious things of thee are spoken, Zion, city of our God;
God, whose word cannot be broken, formed thee for his own abode.
On the Rock of Ages founded, what can shake thy sure repose?
With salvation’s walls surrounded, thou mayst smile at all thy foes.

2. See, the streams of living waters, springing from eternal love,
well supply thy sons and daughters, and all fear of want remove.
Who can faint while such a river ever will their thirst assuage?
Grace which like the Lord, the giver, never fails from age to age.
 
Words and music in the public domain

Prayers of the People (OL)
   
Scripture Matthew 7:15-29 (NRSV)

Hymn of Preparation UMH #529 How Firm a Foundation (vs. 1 & 2)
 
1. How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
is laid for your faith in his excellent word!
What more can he say than to you he hath said,
to you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?

2. “Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed,
for I am thy God and will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen and help thee, and cause thee to stand
upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.
 
Words and music in the public domain

Message Holy Vessels: Life Recovered
 
 
Pastor Beth
 
Prayers of the People (DI)

Invitation to Offering (OL)
God of covenant, you write your word of promise in the works, in the experiences, in the happenings of our lives. Let us remember always that we are your Holy Work, vessels you have recovered, filled, blessed, and offered that this world might know the love and grace as we have known it in Christ. Use our gifts and offerings to recover all in Christ Jesus, amen.

Offertory (OL)
Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us arr. K. Holland  
Flute, Christine Harper; Handbells, John Neve; Piano, Janet Tolman

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, 3)
 
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)

3. His oath, his covenant, his blood supports me in the whelming flood.
When all around my soul gives way, he then is all my hope and stay. (Refrain)

Words and music in the public domain
 
Benediction
God our lives are an imperfect offering, revealing the cracks in everything where your light gets in!  Bless our broken places as we are part of your hidden wholeness, your work to recover all things through redemption and life in Christ. Amen.
(Parts adapted from the lyrics of Anthem by Leonard Cohen)

Postlude
“Fugue in G Minor, BWV 578” J.S. Bach
 
The images added to today’s prelude and postlude show the Church of St. Thomas (Thomaskirche) in Leipzig, Germany; where Johann Sebastian Bach composed and played from 1723 until 1750.  The pictures are provided by Christine Harper and John Neve who visited  the Church in 1995 and 2018.  The musical offerings honor Bach who was Born March 21, 1685. 
Thank you Christine, John, and Janet.
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