Sunday, December 27

This worship service has been provided to us by the Desert Southwest Conference (DSC). Please click here to view the service bulletin on the DSC’s website.
Welcome!

Worship at Home for Sunday, December 27, 2020

Gathering Song
“The First Noel” Moscow UMC Bell Choir

Welcome Rev. Khalif Smith, First Mesa UMC

Special Music
“Not So Silent Night” by Point of Grace
sung by Rebecca Rennick, North Scottsdale UMC

Scripture Reading Isaiah 9.2,6-7 Nicholle Hansen, First Mesa UMC
 
Christmas Love Letters from God

“Isaiah’s Good News”
Rev. Misty Howick, Spirit Song UMC
 
(From “Christmas Love Letters from God” by Glenys Nellist)
John 8.12 says, “I am the light of the world.”
 
Dear Church,
I think you know who that special baby was. It was, Jesus! Jesus is the one who would grow up to be a King. Jesus is the one who would bring light into the darkness. As you celebrate his birth this Christmas, I want you to remember something very important. When you see all those twinkling lights around you, remember the best light of all is from Jesus. He is the light of the whole world. Now that really is good news!
With Love, God

Lighting the Christ Candle
Light.
Light that comes in the darkness.
Light of the world in our midst.
 
Light.
within and without,
ll around us
shining bright
leading us forward.
 
Light.
of the world.
The Christ Child
born to be light
born to spread love
born to bring peace.
 
Light.
May we be the light
of the world.
(Written by Rev. Melissa Rynders)
 
Carol “O Come, All Ye Faithful” UMH #234 v.1-3,6

Scripture Reading Luke 1.46-55 Zoe Smith, First Mesa UMC
 
Christmas Love Letters from God
 
“Mary’s Song”
Rev. Eve Williams, Advent UMC
 
(From “Christmas Love Letters from God” by Glenys Nellist)
Isaiah 58.8 says, “The light of my blessing will shine on you.”
Dear Church,
How do you feel when you hear people singing Christmas carols? Does it make you feel happy and warm inside? When I heard Mary
singing her song that was how I felt. It made me so happy inside. I knew she had listened to me, and she was ready to do what I asked.
When you listen to me, and you are ready to do what I ask, my wonderful blessings will shine on you too.
With Love, God
 
Call to Offering Rev. Khalif Smith
 
Prayer of Thanksgiving Rev. Khalif Smith
 
Scripture Reading Matthew 1.18-24 Rev. Stephen Govett, Trinity UMC Phoenix
 
Christmas Love Letters from God
 
“Joseph’s Dream”
Rev. Efrain Zavala, Prescott UMC
 
(From “Christmas Love Letters from God” by Glenys Nellist)
Isaiah 41.10 says, “I will make you strong and help you.”
Dear Church,
I am so glad Joseph said yes to me. I knew he would be a wonderful husband to Mary and a good role model for Jesus. What a special job he had! Never be afraid to say yes to me. When you hear those quiet whispers in your heart- whatever I say, whatever I might ask you to do- remember that just like I helped Joseph, I will help you too.
Love, God
 
Carol “Joy to the World” UMH #246
 
Scripture Reading Luke 2.1-5 Rev. Ann Lyter, Scottsdale UMC
 
Christmas Love Letters from God
 
“Bethlehem’s Road”
Rev. Mary Dotson, Green Valley Henderson
 
(From “Christmas Love Letters from God” by Glenys Nellist)
Isaiah 45.2 says, “I will march out ahead of you.”
Dear Church,
Who do you think was leading the way on that long read to Bethlehem? Do you think it was Joseph? Or maybe the donkey? Well, guess what- I was in the lead! I went in front of Mary and Joseph to guide them all on the way to Bethlehem. I will lead you in your life too. Wherever you travel, I will go before you.
With Love, God
 
Special Music
“He Has Come For Us”
arranged by Jason Ingram, Meredith Andrews
sung by Erin & John Daddona, Sanctuary UMC

Scripture Reading Luke 2.6-7 Nicholle Hansen
 
Christmas Love Letters from God
 
“Jesus Joy!”
Rev. Dave Wasson, Dove of the Desert
 
(From “Christmas Love Letters from God” by Glenys Nellist)
Luke 2.11 says, “A Savior has been born to you.”
Dear Church,
Doesn’t it make you feel good when you give someone a very special gift? When I gave Jesus, to Mary, it made me feel wonderful!
And do you know why? It’s because the gift of Jesus wasn’t just for her. Jesus was my gift to the whole world, and that includes you.
Jesus is your Savior. And he is the very best gift you could ever receive.
With Love, God
 
Carol “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” UMH #211 v. 1,2,6

Scripture Reading Luke 2.8-14 Keira Pierce, Sanctuary UMC
 
Christmas Love Letters from God
 
“Shepherds Surprise”
Rev. Melissa Rynders, Sanctuary UMC
 
(From “Christmas Love Letters from God” by Glenys Nellist)
Jeremiah 33.3 says, “I will tell you great things.”
Dear Church,
Can you imagine how special those shepherds felt when the angel came to them? They were the first ones to hear about the birth of Jesus. What wonderful news they heard that night! I love to tell people great things. And guess what? You are just as special to me as those shepherds- and I will tell you great things too. Just keep your heart open and listen and share that great news with others.
Love, God

Special Music
“In the Highest Glory”
Sacramento Country Day School
3rd Grade Singers
Jim & Jean Strathdee

Scripture Reading Matthew 2.1-11 Rev. Jonathan Arnpriester, Chandler UMC
 
Christmas Love Letters from God

“Wise Men’s Wonder”
Rev. Khalif Smith
 
(From “Christmas Love Letters from God” by Glenys Nellist)
Jeremiah 29.13 says, ”You will find me.”
Dear Church,
The wise men had to travel so far to find Jesus. But you don’t have to travel anywhere to find him, because Jesus is right there with you. And did you know you can bring gifts to him too? (You just don’t have to ride a camel to bring yours!) In fact, every time you pray to him, every time you sing a song to him, every time you help someone else- you are giving a gift to Jesus.
And now, here’s one more gift you can give. Open up your heart and share your hope, peace, joy and love with Jesus. He will love it! It will be the best Christmas gift I have ever received. I am so grateful for each of you, the angels among us.
I Love You!
God
 
Carol “We Three Kings” UMH #254 v. 1,2,5

A Christmas Reflection Rev. Melissa Rynders
 
Special Music
“Glory” (Let There be Peace)
by Matt Maher
sung by Virtual Praise Choir, First UMC Phoenix
 
Blessing
Rev. Khalif Smith, Rev. Mary Dotson, Rev. Dave Wasson, Rev. Melissa Rynders

Sending Forth “Joy to the World”
arranged by Michael Bedford, Karen Taylor, organist, First UMC Mesa
 
 

Lessons & Carols
A service created by Rev. Melissa Rynders adapted from http://www.worshipingwithchildren.blogspot.com/2012/06/family-friendly-christmas-eve-service.html and “Christmas Love Letters from God” by Glenys Nellist) Gathering Song
Special Thank you to Gavin Rittenhouse and Karen Taylor for leading us in the hymns.
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Christmas Eve 2020

Welcome!

Christmas Eve Worship Together at Home

Thursday, December 24, 2020

6:00 p.m.

Extended Prelude
Music of the Season
 
Words of Welcome
Hello, and welcome to our Christmas Eve service with Christ Church United Methodist of Tucson. It seems fitting that this year, like the very first Christmas, where we might find ourselves separated from family as Mary and Joseph found themselves isolated from their families, God speaks to us in our homes just as God spoke to Mary and Joseph in theirs. We are celebrating this story the same way it began in the world, a promise made to a woman, a man, a single family, a promise that changed the world. This is a story about how God grounds us even when we are uprooted, how we are not alone even when it seems all the doors are closed against us, how light shines out no matter how dark it gets. If you have an advent wreath you have been using at home, I invite you to get it, light your candles along with us. If you have a nativity, maybe bring the characters to follow along. Finally, take a moment to find a candle, smart phone, table lamp or even a flashlight so that when it comes time for Christ’s light to shine out you can join in, no matter where you are. Because tonight we enter this story, the same way, in the midst of our ordinary, everyday lives, God is born anew. Let us worship together.
 
Call to Worship Friends will you join with me reading the “all” parts of the Call to Worship.
One: Listen! Do you hear what I hear? The cry of prophets long ago, reminding us all of the sacred hope, ever heart longs to know.
All: We hear this cry and join the call, we gather to witness one and all!
One: Listen! Do you hear what I hear? That singing ringing out across the sky, sharing God’s vision and dream?
All: We hear the song, we sing along, all of us worship with the heavenly throng!
One: Listen! Do you hear what I hear? Shepherds and wisemen racing to see the wonder and glory, this king to be.
All: We hear of the journey and run to find this Jesus who captures our heart and mind.
One: Listen! Do you hear what I hear? Mary and Joseph in silent awe, Treasuring in their hearts, each thing they saw.
All: We too come and silently gaze, for this night, all people, God will Amaze!
 
Opening Hymn UMH #250 Once In Royal David’s City
 
1. Once in royal David’s city stood a lowly cattle shed,
where a mother laid her baby in a manger for his bed;
Mary, loving mother mild, Jesus Christ, her little child.
 
2. He came down to earth from heaven who is God and Lord of all,
and his shelter was a stable, and his cradle was a stall.
With the poor, the scorned, the lowly lived on earth our Savior holy.
 
3. Jesus is our childhood’s pattern; day by day, like us he grew;
he was little, weak, and helpless, tears and smiles like us he knew;
and he feeleth for our sadness, and he shareth in our gladness.
 
4. And our eyes at last shall see him, through his own redeeming love;
for that child so dear and gentle is our Lord in heaven above;
and he leads his children on to the place where he is gone.
(words and music in the public domain)
 
Scripture Isaiah 40: 1, 3-5, 9,11-15, 28-31 (NRSV)
 
Lighting of the First Candle If you have your own advent wreath light along with us as we read this reflection.
 
Reflection
 
Music UMH #218 It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
 
1. It came upon the midnight clear, that glorious song of old,
from angels bending near the earth to touch their harps of gold:
“Peace on the earth, good will to men, from heaven’s all-gracious King.”
The world in solemn stillness lay, to hear the angels sing.
 
2. Still through the cloven skies they come with peaceful wings unfurled,
and still their heavenly music floats o’er all the weary world;
above its sad and lowly plains, they bend on hovering wing,
and ever o’er its Babel sounds the blessed angels sing.
 
3. And ye, beneath life’s crushing load, whose forms are bending low,
who toil along the climbing way with painful steps and slow,
look now! for glad and golden hours come swiftly on the wing.
O rest beside the weary road, and hear the angels sing!
 
4. For lo! the days are hastening on, by prophet seen of old,
when with the ever-circling years shall come the time foretold
when peace shall over all the earth its ancient splendors fling,
and the whole world send back the song which now the angels sing.
(words and music in the public domain)
Scripture Luke 1: 26-38
 
Scripture Matthew 1:18-25
 
Lighting of the Second Candle If you have your own advent wreath light along with us as we read this reflection.
 
Reflection
 
Music UMH #230 O Little Town of Bethlehem
 
1. O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie;
above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by.
Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting light;
the hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.
 
2. For Christ is born of Mary, and gathered all above,
while mortals sleep, the angels keep their watch of wondering love.
O morning stars together, proclaim the holy birth,
and praises sing to God the King, and peace to all on earth!
 
3. How silently, how silently, the wondrous gift is given;
so God imparts to human hearts the blessings of his heaven.
No ear may hear his coming, but in this world of sin,
where meek souls will receive him, still the dear Christ enters in.
 
4. O holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray;
cast out our sin, and enter in, be born in us today.
We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell;
O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel!
(words and music in the public domain)
 
Scripture Luke 2:1-20
 
Lighting of the Third Candle If you have your own advent wreath light along with us as we read this reflection.
 
Reflection
 
Music UMH #250 Hark The Herald Angels Sing

1. Hark! the herald angels sing, “Glory to the new-born King;
peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!”
Joyful, all ye nations, rise, join the triumph of the skies;
with th’angelic host proclaim, “Christ is born in Bethlehem!”
Hark! the herald angels sing, “Glory to the new born King!”
 
2. Christ, by highest heaven adored; Christ, the everlasting Lord;
late in time behold him come, offspring of a virgin’s womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see; hail th’ incarnate Deity,
pleased with us in flesh to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel.
Hark! the herald angels sing, “Glory to the new-born King!”
 
3. Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace! Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings, risen with healing in his wings.
Mild he lays his glory by, born that we no more may die,
born to raise us from the earth, born to give us second birth.
Hark! the herald angels sing, “Glory to the new born King!”
(words and music in the public domain)
 
Scripture Matthew 2:1-12
 
Lighting of the Fourth Candle If you have your own advent wreath light along with us as we read this reflection.
 
Reflection
 
Music UMH #239 Silent Night
 
1. Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright
round yon virgin mother and child. Holy infant, so tender and mild,
sleep in heavenly peace, sleep in heavenly peace.
 
2. Silent night, holy night, shepherds quake at the sight;
glories stream from heaven afar, heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ the Savior is born, Christ the Savior is born!
 
3. Silent night, holy night, Son of God, love’s pure light;
radiant beams from thy holy face with the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth, Jesus, Lord, at thy birth.
 
4. Silent night, holy night, wondrous star, lend thy light;
with the angels let us sing, Alleluia to our King;
Christ the Savior is born, Christ the Savior is born!
(words and music in the public domain)
 
Invitation to Offering
The gifts we bring, the songs we sing,
the prayers we say, our gratitude each day,
It is in the living of our lives with hope, peace, joy, and love
That we show the world, not a God who rules beyond and above
But our God born in a cattle stall
who says “I have come to save all!”
So let Christ be known in the way we live,
And let God be praised in the way we give. Amen.
 
Offertory
Scripture John 1:1-5, 9, 12-14, 16
If you have a candle to light, or a flashlight, or lamp, join with me and light it or turn it on as I read this scripture passage from the Gospel of John.
 
Lighting of the Christ Candle
 
Reflection
 
Closing Hymn UMH #246 Joy to The World
 
1. Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
let every heart prepare him room,
and heaven and nature sing,
and heaven and nature sing,
and heaven, and heaven, and nature sing.
 
2. Joy to the world, the Savior reigns!
Let all their songs employ;
while fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains
repeat the sounding joy,
repeat the sounding joy,
repeat, repeat the sounding joy.
 
3. No more let sins and sorrows grow,
nor thorns infest the ground;
he comes to make his blessings flow
far as the curse is found,
far as the curse is found,
far as, far as the curse is found.
 
4. He rules the world with truth and grace,
and makes the nations prove
the glories of his righteousness,
and wonders of his love,
and wonders of his love,
and wonders, and wonders of his love.
(words and music in the public domain)
 
Benediction
Let heaven and nature ring with song for Christ is born anew in us this day, may God bless and keep us all, Amen.
 
Postlude

Merry Christmas!!!

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Sunday, December 20

Welcome!

Worship at Home for Sunday, December 20, 2020

Fourth Sunday of Advent

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!  Find all the different ways to connect to the ministries of the church online at CCUMtucson.org.  We hope you will join us for our drive in Christmas Eve service on December 24th at 6pm in the Christ Church parking lot.  And now, let us worship together.
 
Prelude
 
Call to Worship
Listen! The voice of God calls out across the ages.  We hear and respond. We rise up to worship God in all places from generation to generation.  God’s love is coming to dwell. We shall soon meet Emmanuel. Love will be born in our lives again, forever to change the world.  Amen.
 
Opening Hymn UMH 234 O Come, All Ye Faithful (vs. 1 & 3)

 1. O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye, to Bethlehem.
Come and behold him, born the King of angels;

Refrain: O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.

3. Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation;
O sing, all ye citizens of heaven above!
Glory to God, all glory in the highest; (Refrain)

(words and music in the public domain)

Blessing of our Light
Today we first light the candle of hope, the second candle of peace.  The third candle of Joy, and finally the fourth candle of love, God’s greatest gift to us.  God’s love changes all, and when we live lives of love Emmanuel comes to dwell.  May our own lives reflect this gift of light and love.  Amen.
 
Hymn of Preparation
UMH 242 Love Came Down at Christmas (vs. 1 & 3) CCLI SONG #276338

1. Love came down at Christmas, Love all lovely, Love divine;
Love was born at Christmas; star and angels gave the sign.

3. Love shall be our token; love be yours and love be mine;
love to God and all men, love for plea and gift and sign.

Scripture Matthew 1:1-17 and Luke 2:8-20

Message Revisions and History
 
 
Pastor Beth

Prayers of the People
 
Invitation to Offering
Holy God, we know this season is about preparing a way for Christ to come into the world and into our hearts. A gift that changes history that revises our own choices. May the giving we do now help us hear your gospel more clearly and see your love completely. In your love, we give; in your love, we are sent; and in your love, we pray. 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 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 238 Angels We Have Heard on High (vs. 1 & 3)

 1 Angels we have heard on high sweetly singing o’er the plains,
and the mountains in reply echoing their joyous strains.

Refrain: Gloria, in excelsis Deo! Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

3 Come to Bethlehem and see Christ whose birth the angels sing;
come, adore on bended knee, Christ the Lord, the newborn King. (Refrain)

(words and melody in public domain; harmony provided by Janet Tolman)
 
Benediction
May the One who loves us from generation to generation keep us each as we await the birth of Christ, bless us Source of all Being, Eternal Word and Holy Spirit.
 
Postlude
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