Sunday August 9

 
Welcome!
 

Worship at Home for Sunday, August 9

Announcements
Welcome to worship with Christ Church United Methodist in Tucson, Arizona. I am pastor Beth and if you are joining us for the first time, I hope you will take a moment to let us know who you are and where you are joining us from. If you are watching us with YouTube take a moment to visit our website at ccumtucson.org and click the welcome button on the home screen and say hello! If you are watching us on our website, take a moment to click the welcome button below this video.
 
Prelude
 
Greeting
As we begin this time together take a moment to prepare space to encounter God both within and around you. And now, let us worship together by joining together sing or enjoy listening to our opening hymn Ye Servants of God!
 
Hymn of Praise UMH 181 Ye Servants of God (vs. 1, 2, and 4)
 
1. Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim,
and publish abroad his wonderful name;
the name all victorious of Jesus extol,
his kingdom is glorious and rules over all.
 
2. God ruleth on high, almighty to save,
And still he is nigh, his presence we have,
The great congregation his triumph shall sing,
Ascribing salvation to Jesus our King.
 
4. Then let us adore and give him his right,
All glory and power, all wisdom and might;
All honor and blessing with angels above,
And thanks never ceasing and infinite love.
 
Collect
God of prophecy and promise, your Presence has assured your people from our first days exiled beyond your garden, to these recent days of COVID-19. Remind us that you are with us and that in this world of temporary support and momentary promises your assurance is eternal, your support is everlasting. Amen

Call to Prayer Hymn UHM 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.
 
Prayers of the People
Maker of all, there is too much in this world that is taken for granted, too much hoarded for too few, too little given to care for all. Make us aware of your gifts that we might be a people of praise, a people of sharing, a people of care.

Take a time to offer God your praises and joys.

God of Grace, hear our prayers.
 
Jesus our healer, you walked the paths of life declaring freedom, sight, movement, community, and restoration. Form us as your people, who walk in your footsteps declaring God’s Good News.

Take a time to offer God concerns and prayer requests for any in need and suffering.

God of Grace, hear our prayers.
 
Holy Advocate, you come and go as the wind sweeping the unjust away, toppling towers of oppression, bringing fresh insight, and cooling peace. Breeze through our lives so that we might be refreshed for the work God has called us to.

Take a time to offer God prayers for our communities, cities, nations, neighbors, and world, then take time to listen to what God offers back to you.

God of Grace, hear our prayers.
 
Divine Mystery, we know you as love, justice, peace, and compassion. Let us be known as your people following your Way into a world redeemed by hope. Amen.
 
Scripture Isaiah 2:1-4, 32
The word that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; all the nations shall stream to it. Many peoples shall come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
 
See, a king will reign in righteousness, and princes will rule with justice. Each will be like a hiding place from the wind, a covert from the tempest, like streams of water in a dry place, like the shade of a great rock in a weary land. Then the eyes of those who have sight will not be closed, and the ears of those who have hearing will listen. The minds of the rash will have good judgment, and the tongues of stammerers will speak readily and distinctly. A fool will no longer be called noble, nor a villain said to be honorable. For fools speak folly, and their minds plot iniquity: to practice ungodliness, to utter error concerning the Lord, to leave the craving of the hungry unsatisfied, and to deprive the thirsty of drink. The villainies of villains are evil; they devise wicked devices to ruin the poor with lying words, even when the plea of the needy is right. But those who are noble plan noble things, and by noble things they stand.

Rise up, you women who are at ease, hear my voice; you complacent daughters, listen to my speech. In little more than a year you will shudder, you complacent ones; for the vintage will fail, the fruit harvest will not come. Tremble, you women who are at ease, shudder, you complacent ones; strip, and make yourselves bare, and put sackcloth on your loins. Beat your breasts for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine, for the soil of my people growing up in thorns and briers; yes, for all the joyous houses in the jubilant city. For the palace will be forsaken, the populous city deserted; the hill and the watchtower will become dens forever, the joy of wild asses, a pasture for flocks; until a spirit from on high is poured out on us, and the wilderness becomes a fruitful field, and the fruitful field is deemed a forest. Then justice will dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness abide in the fruitful field. The effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever. My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places. The forest will disappear completely, and the city will be utterly laid low. Happy will you be who sow beside every stream, who let the ox and the donkey range freely.
 
Hymn of Preparation UMH 435 O God of Every Nation vs. 1, 2, and 4

O God of every nation, of every race and land,
redeem your whole creation with your almighty hand;
where hate and fear divide us, and bitter threats are hurled,
in love and mercy guide us, and heal our strife torn world.
 
From search for wealth and power and scorn of truth and right,
From trust in bombs that shower destruction through the night,
From pride of race and station and blindness to your way,
Deliver every nation, eternal God, we pray.
 
Keep bright in us the vision of days when war shall cease,
When hatred and division give way to love and peace,
Till dawns the morning glorious when truth and justice reign,
And Christ shall rule victorious o’er all the worlds domain.
 
Message “From No Where to Know Here”
 
 
Rev. Beth Rambikur
 
Offering Invitation
God you restore the wilderness and give hope to the city, you take the no wheres of our experience into the know heres of your wisdom. You turn hearts from lost to found, from despair to hope, so that indeed the swords of our causes might become the plowshares of your kingdom. Use our gifts to build up and heal, reorient our lives, so that we be a people who “know you here” always. Amen.
 
Offertory
 
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 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.

Sending Hymn UMH 334 Sweet, Sweet Spirit

There’s a sweet, sweet Spirit in this place, and I know that it’s the Spirit of the Lord;
There are sweet expressions on each face, and I know they feel the presence of the Lord.
Sweet Holy Spirit, sweet heavenly Dove, stay right here with us, filling us with your love;
And for these blessings we lift our heart in praise;
without a doubt we’ll know
that we have been revived
when we shall leave this place.

Benediction
May the Lord bless you and keep you, may the Lord make is his face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you, may the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. Amen.
 
Postlude
 
CVLI #03793174
CCLI #1239
3PerforMusic #662


Sunday, August 2

 
Welcome!
 

Worship at Home for Sunday, August 2

Prelude
Little Suite on CWM Rhondda (“Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah” ) by Janet P. Tolman
 
Greeting
Welcome to worship with Christ Church United Methodist in Tucson, Arizona. I am Pastor Beth, and, if you are joining us for the first time, I hope you will take a moment to let us know who you are and where you are joining us from. If you are watching us with YouTube take a moment to visit our website at ccumtucson.org and click the welcome button on the home screen and say hello! If you are watching us on our website take a moment to click the welcome button below this video. As we begin this time together take a moment to prepare space to encounter God both within and around you. And now, let us worship together, join in singing or enjoy listening to our opening hymn Praise my Soul our King in Heaven!
 
Opening Hymn UMH 66 Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven (vs. 1 and 3)
 
Praise, my soul, the king of heaven, to the throne thy tribute bring; ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven, ever more God’s praises sing. Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise the everlasting King.
 
Father like, God tends and spares us; well our feeble frame God knows; motherlike, God gently bears us, rescues us from all our foes. Alleluia! Alleluia! Widely yet God’s mercy flows.
 
Call to Worship
Welcoming God, you throw open your divine heart to meet us wherever we are, whoever we are, how-ever we are. No matter how lost we feel, we are never far from you. You are the shepherd who seeks us tirelessly, the person who treasures us beyond price, the father who welcomes us unconditionally, you are the One who is with us. Guide us in our own lives that we might come to ourselves and know the way forward as children welcomed, blessed, loved, and found by you. Amen.
 
Call to Prayer Hymn TFWS 2158 Just a Closer Walk with Thee (vs. 1 and 2)
 
I am weak, but thou art strong Jesus, keep me from all wrong; I’ll be satisfied as long as I walk, let me walk close to thee. Just a closer walk with thee, grant it, Jesus, is my plea, daily walking close to thee: Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.
Through this world of toil and snares, if I falter, Lord, who cares? Who with me my burden shares? None but thee, dear Lord, none but thee. Just a closer walk with thee, grant it, Jesus, is my plea, daily walking close to thee: Let it be, dear Lord, let it be. 

Prayers of the People
Prayer is a journey of being lost and being found with God, it is a journey of faith that takes through the familiar and unfamiliar places of our lives. Welcome to the Journey – let us pray
We have heard it said that You are the great Shepherd, and we are your flock, tend us God so that we might be able to tend one another, hear in this time our own joys and concerns.
 
Take a time to offer God your joys and concerns.
 
God of Grace, hear our prayers.
 
We have heard it said that there is nowhere one can go apart from your presence, that nothing can divide us from your love, and yet we are a people painfully divided. In our loss, in our pain, in our anger, in our jealousy, in our despair, in our prejudice, in our ignorance, in our fear we are divided from that peace that surpasses all understanding, but you make a way where there is no way, so clear a path for us and those we lift up to you so that we might find that peace and abide with you.

Take a time to offer God anything that is dividing you, those you know, and those you love from God’s peace.

God of Grace, hear our prayers.
 
We have heard it said that the kingdom is like a banquet where all are welcomed and all feast together in joy and harmony, yet we occupy a world filled with barriers and walls where famine ravages our hearts and bodies, and pestilence destroys hoped for possibilities. Hear the cry of your people, comfort this world, work your wholeness into all life.

Take a time to offer God prayers for our communities, our cities, our nations, our neighbors, our world, then take time to listen to what God offers back to you.
 
God of Grace, hear our prayers.
 
You say unto us “Blessed are you, my child with whom I am well please…be not afraid…my peace I give to you…love as I have loved you” give us hearts to hear your voice, know your word, and live into your life with and for us. Amen.
 
Scripture Luke 15:1-24
Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.” So he told them this parable: “Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. “Or what woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
 
Then Jesus said, “There was a man who had two sons. The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the property that will belong to me.’ So he divided his property between them. A few days later the younger son gathered all he had and traveled to a distant country, and there he squandered his property in dissolute living. When he had spent everything, a severe famine took place throughout that country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed the pigs. He would gladly have filled himself with the pods that the pigs were eating; and no one gave him anything. But when he came to himself he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired hands have bread enough and to spare, but here I am dying of hunger! I will get up and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired hands.”’ So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him. Then the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly, bring out a robe—the best one—and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!’ And they began to celebrate.
 
Hymn of Preparation UMH 400 Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Come, thou Fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing thy grace;
streams of mercy, never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet, sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it, mount of thy redeeming love.
 
Here I raise mine Ebenezer; hither by thy help I’m come;
and I hope, by thy good pleasure, safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger, wandering from the fold of God;
he, to rescue me from danger, interposed his precious blood.
 
O to grace how great a debtor daily I’m constrained to be!
Let thy goodness, like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love;
here’s my heart, O take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above.
 
 
Message “Epically Lost”
 
 
Pastor Beth Ramibkur
 
Offering Invitation
God who leaps for joy for what was lost, you have found, teach us that same extravagant joy, that same persistent searching, your same hopeful being so that we might welcome the lost parts of ourselves, those lost parts of our community, the lost parts of our world, unconditionally with open arms and feasting. Teach us to know that what was lost has been found. Amen.
 
Offertory
Great Is the Lord by Michael W. & Deborah D. Smith
Paula Jameson, 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 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.
 
Sending Hymn UMH 381 Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us (vs 1 and 3)
Savior, like a shepherd lead us, much we need thy tender care; in thy pleasant pastures feed us, for our use thy fold prepare. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Thou hast bought us, thine we are. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Thou hast bought us, thine we are.

Thou hast promised to receive us, poor and sinful though we be, thou hast mercy to relieve us, grace to cleanse and power to free. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! We will early turn to thee. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! We will early turn to thee.
 
Benediction
May the Lord bless you and keep you, may the Lord make is his face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you, may the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. Amen.
 
Postlude
God of Grace by Paul Manz
 
CVLI #03793174
CCLI #1239
3PerforMusic #662


Sunday, July 26

Worship at Home for Sunday, July 26

Greeting
Welcome to worship, a time set aside to be with God in reflection, in praise and prayer, in thought and deed. Take a moment as we begin together to prepare space within you and around you. Prepare to encounter the unexpected, to discover the miraculous, to celebrate the everyday – for God meets us in surprising places all along our way.
 
Prelude Variations on O WALY, WALY arr. Janet Linker
 
Call to Worship
God who holds together the seen and the unseen universe, we see your handiwork in everything from the smallest particle to the swirling galaxies. Teach us to treasure the gifts you give, let us learn the wisdom you whisper, inspire us to find entrances to holiness everywhere. Open our hearts, our minds, and our lives to the work of your kingdom. Amen.
 
Hymn of Praise UMH 451 Be Thou My Vision (vs. 1)
 
Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
naught be all else to me, save that thou art.
Thou my best thought, by day or by night,
waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.
 
Prayers of the People
Gracious God, you have given us a beautiful garden and planted us in it so that we may grow and thrive in your grace and love. We have much to celebrate and at this time we lift the praises of our hearts to you!
Take a time to offer God your joys and praises.
God of Grace, hear our prayers.
 
Holy Comforter, you know the depth and breadth of all that tears at our souls and breaks our hearts, we need your tender comfort, your healing presence, more than ever.
Take a time to offer God your concerns and worries.
God of Grace, hear our prayers.
 
Compassionate Teacher, the world needs your wisdom, your justice, your peace. Open our ears to hear the call of your people, open our spirits to respond with your love, open our imaginations to the possibilities of your kingdom.
Take a time to offer God prayers for our communities, our cities, our nations, our neighbors, our world, then take time to listen to what God offers back to you.
God of Grace, hear our prayers.
 
One Known in Three, you are the treasure we find in the field, the seed that sprouts into that miraculous tree of life. Let us be courageous in our living, encouraging and encouraged with our lives, and continuously renewed in your life-giving love. Amen.
 
Hymn of Preparation UMH 451 Be Thou My Vision (vs 2)
 
Be thou my wisdom, and thou my true word;
I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord;
thou and thou only, first in my heart,
great God of heaven, my treasure thou art.
 
Scripture Matthew 13:31-33; 44-52
He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.” He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.”
 
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind; when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. “Have you understood all this?” They answered, “Yes.” And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”
 
Hymn of Acclamation UMH 451 Be Thou My Vision (vs 3)
 
Great God of heaven, my victory won,
May I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heaven’s Sun!
Heat of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my vision, O Ruler of all.
 
 
 
Message “The Smallest of Things”
 
Rev. Beth Rambikur
 
Offering Invitation
God of Abundance and Surprises, you are the treasure we find, you are the yeast of our lives, you are the one who fills our nets to bursting. Life is filled with the unexpected so train our vision to find you. Let our giving reflect your grace. Amen.
 
Offertory Precious Lord, Take My Hand arr. Fred Bock
 
Prayer of Dedication (UMH 10-11)
And now, with the confidence of children of God, let us pray:
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen.
 
Benediction
Creator, Sustainer, and Redeemer; Let the worshipful work of this week begin. Bless us Your church, all Your child, the world Your good creation. Amen.
 
Postlude Toccata Flor Peeters