Sunday, December 13

Welcome!

Worship from Home for Sunday, December 13, 2020

Third Sunday of Advent

Welcome
Good morning!  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
Giver of visions, you always call us beyond where we are, what we know.  Like Joseph you have entrusted us with the dream of your heart, like the wisemen you have set before us stars and signs.  Yet these are not easy journeys, they take us away from the familiar leading us into the unexpected. And always your spirit offers joy that gives us courage, that allows us to endure.  Let us follow all the way, as visionaries of your joy.
 
Opening Hymn UMH 220 Angels From the Realms of Glory (vs. 1 & 4)
 
1. Angels from the realms of glory, 
wing your flight o’er all the earth;
ye who sang creation’s story 
now proclaim Messiah’s birth:

Refrain: Come and worship, 
come and worship,
worship Christ, 
the newborn king.

4. Saints, before the altar bending, 
watching long in hope and fear;
suddenly the Lord, descending, 
in his temple shall appear: [Refrain]

(words and music in public domain)

Blessing of our Light:
Today we first light the candle of hope for it is the spark that gives light to all things, we light the second candle of peace knowing that in the hardest of times this is God’s gift to us that we might be peacemakers.  Today we light the candle of Joy, that gift of the spirit that comes in the hardest of times, so that we might endure and follow God wherever the Spirit guides.  Amen.
 
Hymns of Preparation
UMH 228 He Is Born The Divine Christ Child (vs. 1 & 3) CCLI Song #7075605

Refrain: He is born, the holy Child, 
play the oboe and bagpipes merrily!
He is born, the holy Child, 
sing we all of the Savior mild.

1. Thru long ages of the past,
 prophets have foretold his coming;
thru long ages of the past, 
now the time has come at last! (Refrain)

3. Jesus, Lord of all the world, 
coming as a child among us,
Jesus, Lord of all the world, 
grant to us thy heavenly peace. (Refrain)

UMH 240 Hark! the Herald Angels Sing (vs. 1 & 3)

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!”

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 public domain)
 
Scripture Matthew 1:18-2:15
 
Message Visionary Following God All the Way
 
 
Pastor Beth

Prayers of the People
 
Invitation to Offering
God of vision and dream, your Joy sustains your people on the hardest of journeys, inspiring us to go further than we can imagine, to walk with one another no matter the challenge of the road ahead.  Joy is one of your greatest gifts to us, and in response we also give as Joseph and the wisemen gave so that we might continue to be the church, accompanying one another along this way, bringing about your dream.  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 246 Joy to the World (vs. 1 & 4)

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.

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 public domain)

Benediction
May the One who gives us joy inspire our visions so that we may follow wherever God leads, so that all may know your glory, Source of all Being, Eternal Word and Holy Spirit.
 
Postlude
CVLI #03793174
CCLI #1239
3PerforMmusic #662


Sunday, December 6

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Worship at Home for Sunday, December 6, 2020

Second Sunday of Advent

Welcome
Good morning! Welcome to worship with Christ Church United Methodist in Tucson. I am pastor Beth and today we have a special advent service of communion, we will be celebrating communion together in this worship service and I invite you to take a moment to pause here, collect juice and bread – or something you can eat and drink along with us today as we celebrate our common union in Christ and the abundant grace of God. In the United Methodist Tradition, because this is a feast of grace, remembrance, and a celebration of the work of God we believe that this meal is open to all, this meal belongs to God and is freely shared with you as a blessing and reminder of God’s love, so even if you have never been to a church before, are not a member anywhere, I invite you to participate in this act of love and grace. And now, let us worship together.
 
Prelude
Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates and Come, Redeemer of the Earth
arr. McMichael/Rostash
Carole & Rudy Rostash, clarinets
 
Call to Worship
Rejoice, o people of God, for the time of darkness gives way to dawn! Light shines upon us and the visions of old are spoken again, “A child will be born who shall be called, Prince of Peace”. We draw near to hear once more the words of promise that proclaim the time has come for Emmanuel. Our future is pregnant with possibility, the coming Christ will change all. Let us prepare, amen.
 
Opening Hymn O Come, O Come Emmanuel (st. 3 & 4)

3. O come new dawn and break upon us here,
disperse the dark of night, the clouds of fear.
Our God will send His Son to earth,
a reign of peace and love in this new birth.
Rejoice, recjoice, Emmaunel shall come to us O Israel!
 
4. O come long promised heir to David’s throne
your kingdom waits for you to find your home
among the hearts of people who seek
the ways of God within our lives to keep.
Rejoice, recjoice, Emmaunel shall come to us O Israel!

(English translation by Beth Rambikur; music in the public domain)
 
Blessing of our Light:
Hope is the first candle of Advent, reminding us that we do not wait in vain, hope is followed by the second candle of Advent, peace. Peace which surpasses all understanding, peace which sparks from the fire of hope. As we light this second candle of Advent may God’s light stream through the darkness blazing peace throughout our lives. Amen.
 
Hymn of Preparation
UMH 206 I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light (st. 1 & 2) CCLI Song #89848
 
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
 
Scripture Isaiah 7:14, 9:2-7; Luke 1:39-55
 
Message Vision Speaking, God’s Word Changes Everything
 
 
Pastor Beth
 
Invitation to Offering
Faithful God, your Church joyfully awaits the coming of our Savior, your gift to all the world! As you pour forth your blessings on all creation we too offer up our gifts, that we might participate in your living Word, your vision of new creation. Amen.
 
Offertory
Advent Douglas E. Wagner
John Neve, solo
 
Communion
One: O come, o come Emmanuel,
All: And in our heart teach peace to dwell!
One: We are your people waiting and hoping in this Advent time
All: We lift our hearts up to you in love and thanksgiving
One: We give our thanks to you Emmanuel, God with us, for you entered into time so that you might know our birth, our lives, our heartbreaks, our joys, and even our death. You have come among us as a reminder of your steadfast love that delivers us each moment to the new possibilities of life in your Spirit.
 
And so we praise your name and join the unending hymn saying:
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Prince of Peace, from everlasting to everlasting the stars and earth declare your glory, blessed are we for you have looked upon us with favor and called us to be your people.
 
You came among us through your Son Jesus Christ, so that the hungry are fed, the lost are found, and the world might know your love. By his birth you remind us to seek you in unexpected places, by his life you remind us that you meet us in the stranger, by his death you remind us that you are with us always, and by his resurrection we remember that there is no death in you.
 
On that night when Jesus ate his final meal among his friends, gathered together and waiting as we wait now, he took bread, gave thanks to you, broke the bread, gave it to his disciples and said: “take eat, this is my self given for you”
Each time we eat it is in remembrance of you, dear Teacher
 
When the supper was over Jesus took the cup, gave thanks to his disciples, and said: “Drink from this, all of you, this is my love, the cup of the new covenant poured out for all for the forgiveness of sins”
Each time we drink it is in remembrance of you, dear Redeemer
 
We feast together in remembrance of God’s mighty acts and we offer our own lives in praise and thanksgiving that we might be the peacemakers and hope bringers of the gospel’s ancient mystery of faith
Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.
 
Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here and on these gifts of bread and cup, make them be for us the essence and love of Christ that we might embody for the world the compassion of Christ to all.
 
By your Spirit make us one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world so that one day we may all feast together in the Kingdom of God.
In the name of the Eternal Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer, Amen.
 
Receiving the Elements at this time you are welcome to eat and drink knowing that we share this meal together in spirit.
Let us eat and drink together now, knowing that though we are many, we are united in the sharing of this meal. Amen.
 
Communion Hymn UMH 624 Bread of the World (st. 1 & 2)

1. Bread of the world in mercy broken,
wine of the soul in mercy shed,
by whom the words of life were spoken,
and in whose death our sins are dead:
 
2. Look on the heart by sorrow broken,
look on the tears by sinners shed;
and be thy feast to us the token
that by thy grace our souls are fed.

(words and music in the public domain)
 
Prayer after Receiving
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 209 Blessed Be the God of Israel (st. 1 & 2) CCLI Song #860627
 
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.
 
Benediction
May the One who guides us in the way of peace give light into the dark, so that all may know your glory, Source of all Being, Eternal Word and Holy Spirit.
 
Postlude
Toccata on PICARDY Albert Zabel
CVLI #03793174
CCLI #1239
3PerforMmusic #662


Sunday, November 29

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Worship from Home for Sunday, November 29, 2020

First Sunday of Advent

Welcome
Welcome to worship with Christ Church United Methodist of Tucson Arizona, we are so excited you have decided to join us for worship today as we begin our Advent Adventure in hope and expectation of Christ’s birth in our lives once again. If you are looking for a way to deepen your advent journey, I invite you to join us for our Wednesday evening zoom book study starting on December 2nd at 6:30pm, we are using We Make the Road By Walking by Brian McLaren. For more information about joining us there, and all the ways we will be celebrating the Good News this season visit our homepage at ccumtucson.org. And now, let us worship together.
 
Prelude
My Jesus, I Love Thee (with Sleepers, Wake) arr. Linda McKechnie
Kathy Ferguson, piano; Janet Tolman, organ
 
Call to Worship
Hear O hear good people of God, the time is upon us when the dawn from on high shall break into our daily lives, giving light to all who sit in darkness, to each who knows the shadow of death. God has given visions to the prophets and parents, to all people who long for the advent of God among us and wait in hope from generation to generation. We gather to declare our hope in the coming Christ, to share once more in the waiting for Emmanuel, God with us.
 
Opening Hymn UMH 203 Hail to the Lord’s Anointed (st. 1 & 3)

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.
 
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.

(words and music in public domain)
 
Blessing of Our Light
Today we light the first candle of Advent and name this light Hope. From generation to generation the words of the prophets have proclaimed the steadfast presence of God, light in the darkness, hope in the midst of despair. As we light this candle today let each of us consider the hope that we have for God’s Advent in our lives. Hear the ancient words: God’s Hope among us will come to dwell, O Come, O Come Emmanuel.

Hymn of Preparation O Come, O Come 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.
 
From ancient days to modern time
into the dark your light does shine
you find the lost and save the stray
and give us hope both night and day.
Rejoice, Rejoice, Emmanuel shall come to us O Israel.

(music in public domain; English translation by Pastor Beth Rambikur)
 
Scripture Isaiah 40:9-11, Luke 1:67-79
 
Message “Vision Keeping: God’s Promised Deliverance Then and Now”
 
 
Pastor Beth
 
Invitation to Offering:
Great God giver of visions of hope: we enter this season of preparation for your Son’s coming, looking not for just a memory of past events, but anticipating a return. We strive to get our lives in order and pray that our giving of ourselves to these preparations might reflect the earth-shaking importance of Christ’s coming. Help us to give ourselves generously, for we do not know the day or the hour. We pray in the name of the one who will come. Amen.
 
Offertory
Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord
The Sanctuary Choir (12/3/17)
 
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 196 Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus (st. 1 & 2)

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.

(words and music in public domain)
 
Benediction
Go forth in peace. The Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.
 
Postlude
Postlude on SLEEPERS, WAKE Miles I’A. Martin
 
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CCLI #12393
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