Sunday, December 4th

 

Welcome and Announcements

 

Trinity Chimes

 

Prelude             Comfort, Comfort Ye My People      Paul Manz

 

Call to Worship: 

One: Into the wild places of our lives God’s word proclaims

All: Repent, for the Kingdom draws near!

One: What does it mean to return to God this season, what shall we do to prepare the way?

All: Turn towards this sacred arrival and join the proclamation rejoicing for salvation is here.

 

Hymn of Praise 203 Hail To The Lord’s Anointed

ELLACOMBE

1. Hail to the Lord’s Anointed,
great David’s greater Son!
Hail in the time appointed,
his reign on earth begun!
He comes to break oppression,
to set the captive free;
to take away transgression,
and rule in equity.
2. He comes with succor speedy
to those who suffer wrong;
to help the poor and needy,
and bid the weak be strong;
to give them songs for sighing,
their darkness turn to light,
whose souls, condemned and dying,
are precious in his sight.
 
3. He shall come down like showers
upon the fruitful earth;
love, joy, and hope, like flowers,
spring in his path to birth.
Before him on the mountains,
shall peace, the herald, go,
and righteousness, in fountains,
from hill to valley flow.
4. To him shall prayer unceasing
and daily vows ascend;
his kingdom still increasing,
a kingdom without end.
The tide of time shall never
his covenant remove;
his name shall stand forever;
that name to us is love.

 

Advent Candle Lighting (Kara and Paul Ford):

Reader 1: John cries out in the wilderness “you brood of vipers!  Who warned you to flee the wrath to come?” 

Reader 2: And Jesus responds, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.”

Reader 1: John shouts, “I baptize you with water for repentance, but the one who is coming will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”

Reader 2: Jesus says, “the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I have said to you.”

Reader 1: We turn to you, O God, seeking your salvation in the midst of turbulent times,

Reader 2: Speak to us once more through wandering prophets using wild words to spark hope for change.

All: Speak to us once more of your peace that surpasses understanding and teach us to share that peace with all the world.  Amen.

 

Advent Hymn  O Come, O Come, Emmanuel   VENI EMMANUEL

O Come O come Emmanuel

and save your people Israel

We wait for you to give us a sign

Your Living Word, your Son divine

Rejoice, Rejoice,

Emmanuel shall come to us O Israel.

 

Scripture Reading         Matthew 3:1-12

 

Children’s Moment                                          

 

Music of Preparation       Come, Emmanuel       Mary McDonald

                                           The Chancel Choir

       

Sermon                              In the Wild

 

Music of Response 216 Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming 

                                                                    ES IST EIN ROS

from tender stem hath sprung!

Of Jesse’s lineage coming,

as those of old have sung.

It came, a floweret bright,

amid the cold of winter,

when half spent was the night.

  1. Isaiah ’twas foretold it,

the Rose I have in mind;

with Mary we behold it,

the Virgin Mother kind.

To show God’s love aright,

she bore to us a Savior,

when half spent was the night.

 

Holy Communion

Pastor: The Lord is with us!

All: Emmanuel has come to dwell.

Pastor: He has raised up a mighty savior for us

All: To give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,

to guide our feet in the way of peace.

 

Pastor: Eternal God, from your spark, your Divine Imagination, a Universe of Wonder, galaxies, stars, worlds, beings, all come into existence. You have placed each in this world to offer hope and share joy so that we might turn toward each other with compassion and generosity. When our love fails, your grace holds us tenaciously. Today we praise You for the wonders of your love and come to your table to feast with all creation on your sustaining Grace, and so we declare.

 

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.

 

Pastor: Holy are you, and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ, whom you sent in the fullness of time to be a light to the nations, to give knowledge of salvation to all people and teach us forgiveness and grace. He was, and is Emmanuel, your presence with us.  

 

On the night in which he gave himself up for us, he took bread,

gave thanks to you, broke the bread, gave it to his disciples, and said: “Take, eat; this is my body 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; this is my blood of the new covenant, poured out for you and for many 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 us gathered here, and on this gift of food and drink. Let this be for us the grace and love of Christ, that we may be for the world the body of Christ, redeemed. By your Spirit make us one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world, until Christ comes in final victory, and we feast at his heavenly banquet.

 

Through your Son Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit in your holy Church, all honor and glory are yours, almighty God, now and forever.

 

Amen.

       

Communion Hymn      Thank You, Jesus (3x)     TINO TENDA

 

Thank you, Jesus, amen! Thank you, Jesus, amen!

Thank you, Jesus, amen! Alleluia Amen!

 

The 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

 

               

*Sending Hymn 209 Blessed Be the God of Israel 

                                                                            MERLE’S TUNE

 

  1. Blessed be the God of Israel, who comes to set us free, who visits and redeems us, and grants us liberty.  The prophets spoke of mercy, of freedom and release; God shall fulfill the promise to bring our people peace.
  2. Now from the house of David a child of grace is given; a Savior comes among us to raise us up to heaven. Before him goes the herald, forerunner in the way, the prophet of salvation, the harbinger of day.
  3. On prisoners of darkness the sun begins to rise, the dawning of forgiveness up on the sinner’s eyes, to guide the feet of pilgrims along the paths of peace; O bless our God and Savior with songs that never cease!

 

 

Benediction

 

May worry give way to wonder and busyness to blessedness.

May promise become fulfillment as time reveals God’s eternal Love. May we seek out sightings of the Sacred and participate with God in the coming of Emmanuel.  Amen.

 

             

Postlude           Savior of the Nations Come               J. S. Bach

 

Thank you to all of the volunteers and staff who made this service possible!

 

Liturgist: Iris Washburn 

Stephen Minister: Georgia Carmichael

Guest Organist: David Gay 

 

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“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”

Words: Beth Rambikur 2020

 “Hail to the Lord’s Anointed

Words: James Montgomery, 1821

“Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming

Words: Theodore Baker, 1894

“Thank You, Jesus”

Words: Patrick Matsikenyiri (Ps. 118:21; Rev. 11:17; 19:4)

“Blessed Be the God of Israel”

Words: Michael Perry, 1973

 

If you have any questions, please call the office: 520.327.1116 or send us an e-mail: office@ccumtucson.org. 

 


Sunday, November 27th

 

Welcome and Announcements

 

Trinity Chimes

 

Prelude             Partita on PICARDY                       Albert Zabel

 

*Call to Worship:

One: Once more we gather to tell the story,

All: Of an ancient hope fulfilled in ancient times.

One: But what of our hopes in this time?

All: What does it mean to pray “O Come Emmanuel” this day?

One: God, teach us once more what it means to participate in this sacred story,

All: As we sight the sacred and await your coming glory!

 

*Hymn of Praise 196 Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus

HYFRYDOL

1. Come, thou long expected Jesus,

born to set thy people free;

from our fears and sins release us,

let us find our rest in thee.

Israel’s strength and consolation,

hope of all the earth thou art;

dear desire of every nation,

joy of every longing heart.
 

2. Born thy people to deliver,

born a child and yet a King,

born to reign in us forever,

now thy gracious kingdom bring.

By thine own eternal spirit

rule in all our hearts alone;

by thine all sufficient merit,

raise us to thy glorious throne.

 

Advent Candle Lighting:

One: In the beginning, God spoke into darkness and creation came into being.

All: Today God speaks into the darkness of this world and hope springs to life anew.

One: Let us sing remembering that words created the world,

All: Let us sing as the Living Word speaks hope into our lives once more.

 

Advent Hymn:  2089 Wild and Lone the Prophet’s Voice

echoes through the desert still,

calling us to make a choice,

bidding us to do God’s will:

“Turn from sin and be baptized;

cleanse your heart and mind and soul.

Quitting all the sin you prized,

yield your life to God’s control.

 

lives of justice, truth, and love.

Trust no other claim than those;

set your heart on things above.

Soon the Lord will come in power,

burning clean the threshing floor:

then will flames the chaff devour;

wheat alone shall fill God’s store.”

 

John proclaimed salvation near,

and his timeless warnings hold

words of hope to all who hear.

So we dare to journey on,

led by faith through ways untrod,

till we come at last like John –

to behold the Lamb of God.

 

Scripture Reading             Matthew 24:36-44

 

Music of Preparation       Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

arr. Joel Raney

Hymn of Grateful Praise

Lichi Acosta, cello   arr. Mark Hayes

The Chancel Choir and Ringers

 

Sermon                             Anytime Now

 

*Hymn of Response    202 People Look East             BESANCON

 

1. People look east. The time is near of the crowning of the year.

Make your house fair as you are able, trim the hearth and set the table. 

People, look east: Love the Guest is on the way.

People, look east and sing today:
 

2. Furrows, be glad. Though earth is bare, one more seed is planted there.

Give up your strength the seed to nourish, that in course the flower may flourish.

People, look east and sing today:

Love, the Rose, is on the way.
 
 
4. Angels announce with shouts of mirth him who brings new life to earth.

Set every peak and valley humming with the word, the Lord is coming.

People, look east and sing today:

Love, the Lord, is on the way.

 

Prayers of the People

 

Confession and Pardon:

Giver of all, we live and move and have our being in Your Presence.  The wonder of your creation sings out all around us in stars and sunsets.  We confess that we live as a people wrapped in worry, failing to be present, and neglecting opportunities to participate in grace and reconciliation.  Bring us back to You through our loving, our efforts at forgiveness, and our longing for restoration.  Shape us O God, as Advent people who take time to know You in our neighbors, who participate in your kingdom through love and compassion, who are always ready for Your arrival.  Amen.

 

Leader: Hear the good news: God walked upon this earth sharing our human life in Jesus Christ, God has conquered sin and death forgiving us all through Love and Grace, in the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.

 

People: In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.

 

All: Glory to God, amen!

 

The 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 206 I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light

HOUSTON

1 I want to walk as a child of the light.

I want to follow Jesus.

God set the stars to give light to the world.

The star of my life is Jesus.

Refrain:

In him there is no darkness at all.

The night and the day are both alike.

The Lamb is the light of the city of God.

Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus.

 

2 I want to see the brightness of God.

I want to look at Jesus.

Clear sun of righteousness, shine on my path,

and show me the way to the Father. [Refrain]

 

3 I’m looking for the coming of Christ.

I want to be with Jesus.

When we have run with patience the race,

we shall know the joy of Jesus. [Refrain]

 

Benediction

May worry give way to wonder and busyness to blessedness.

May promise become fulfillment as time reveals God’s eternal Love.

May we seek out sightings of the Sacred

and participate with God in the coming of Emmanuel.  Amen.

 

 

Postlude           Toccata on PICARDY                          Albert Zabel

 

Thank you to all of the volunteers and staff who made this service possible!

 

Liturgist: Susan Schreiner

Stephen Minister: Shawne Sidles

 

 

 

 

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“People, Look East”

Words: Eleanor Farjeon, 1928

“I Want ot Walk as a Child of Light”

Words: Kathleen Thomerson, 1966

“Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus”

Words:Charles Weley, 1744

“Wild and Lone the Prophet’s Voice”

Words:Carl P Daw Jr. (Matt;3 Mark1:1-11;Luke 3:1-22’John 1:19-37

 

If you have any questions, please call the office: 520.327.1116 or

send us an e-mail: office@ccumtucson.org.