Sunday, November 22

Welcome!

Worship at Home for Sunday, November 22, 2020

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 prepare for a week of giving thanks and celebrating all God’s blessings. If you are new to Christ Church, please take a moment to explore our website where you can find information about all of our ministries and updates about our community! And now, let us worship together.
 
Prelude
Come, Ye Thankful People, Come arr. Smith & Hustad
Kathy Ferguson, piano; Janet Tolman, organ
 
Call to Worship
Shout for joy to God, all the earth! We have come to worship God with gladness; coming before God with joyful songs and prayers. We come to celebrate, for God made us and we belong to God. Then let us enter this time with thanksgiving, echoing praise everywhere. For God is good and God’s love endures forever; and we shall be God’s blessing through all generations.
 
Opening Hymn UMH 102 Now Thank We All Our God (st. 1 & 3)

1. Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices,
who wondrous things has done, in whom this world rejoices;
who from our mothers’ arms has blessed us on our way
with countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.
 
3. All praise and thanks to God the Father now be given;
the Son, and him who reigns with them in highest heaven;
the one eternal God, whom earth and heaven adore;
for thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore.
 
Prayers of the People
 
Hymn of Preparation UMH 381 Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us (st. 1 & 3)

1. Savior, like a shepherd lead us, much we need thy tender care;
in thy pleasant pastures feed us, for our use thy folds prepare.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Thou hast bought us, thine we are.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Thou hast bought us, thine we are.
 
3. 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.
 
Scripture 2 Kings 2:1-15 and Acts 1:1-11

Message: Renewal – God Blesses our Future
 
 
Pastor Beth
 
Invitation to Offering
God of all blessings, source of all life, giver of all grace: we thank you for the wonderous gift of this vast creation. You have made us caretakers of all the resources of our world and caretakers of each other, blessing us with a universe that draws us beyond ourselves. Teach our hearts to fearlessly embrace love so that we might fully commit our lives to the work of stewardship for all you have blessed us with. So that our giving might be an act of thanksgiving. We give because You give to us all we have. Amen.
 
Offertory
All Good Gifts Stephen Schwartz
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 UMH 163 Ask Ye What Great Thing I Know (st. 1 & 4)
 
1. Ask ye what great thing I know, that delights and stirs me so?
What the high reward I win? Whose the name I glory in?
Jesus Christ, the crucified.
 
4. This is that great thing I know; this delights and stirs me so:
faith in him who died to save, him who triumphed o’er the grave:
Jesus Christ, the crucified.
 
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
Nun Danket (“Now Thank We All Our God”) Bach/Fox
 
 
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Sunday, November 15

 
Welcome!

Worship from Home for Sunday, November 15, 2020

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. If you are a member or regular attender of Christ Church, I want to remind you to send in your annual pledge card, we will be celebrating the close of our stewardship campaign next week on Sunday the 22nd. If you are new to Christ Church take a moment to explore our website where you can find information about all of our ministries and updates about our community! And now, let us worship together.
 
Prelude
For the Beauty of the Earth arr. Karen Loucks
Christine Harper, flute
 
Call to Worship
Renewing God, we experience the miracle of life made new by you in the dawning of each day, in the changing of seasons, in the redemption of our past. You teach us to turn toward those we might consider enemies, to welcome those we do not know, to feed all your people in ways that give new life. Open our hearts, minds, and the doors of our lives to the possibilities you offer us through Christ Jesus, Amen.
 
Opening Hymn UMH 57 O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing (vs. 1, 3, 5)

1. O for a thousand tongues to sing
my great Redeemer’s praise,
the glories of my God and King,
the triumphs of his grace!
 
3. Jesus! the name that charms our fears,
that bids our sorrows cease;
’tis music in the sinner’s ears,
’tis life, and health, and peace.
 
5. He speaks, and listening to his voice,
new life the dead receive;
the mournful, broken hearts rejoice,
the humble poor believe.
Prayers of the People

Hymn of Preparation TFWS 2216 When We Are Called to Sing Your Praise (vs. 1 & 3)

1. When we are called to sing your praise with hearts so filled with pain
That we would rather sit and weep or stand up to complain,
Remind us, God, you understand the burdens that we bear;
You, too, have walked the shadowed way and known our deep despair.
 
3. When we are called to sing your praise and life ahead looks grim,
Still give us faith and hope enough to break forth in a hymn,
A thankful hymn, great God of Love, that you are everywhere’
You walk the shadowed way with us and keep us in your care.
 
Scripture Deuteronomy 7:1-6 (NRSV)
When the Lord your God brings you into the land that you are about to enter and occupy, and he clears away many nations before you—the Hittites, the Girgashites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations mightier and more numerous than you— and when the Lord your God gives them over to you and you defeat them, then you must utterly destroy them. Make no covenant with them and show them no mercy. Do not intermarry with them, giving your daughters to their sons or taking their daughters for your sons, for that would turn away your children from following me, to serve other gods. Then the anger of the Lord would be kindled against you, and he would destroy you quickly. But this is how you must deal with them: break down their altars, smash their pillars, hew down their sacred poles, and burn their idols with fire. For you are a people holy to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on earth to be his people, his treasured possession.
 
Scripture Matthew 15:21-39 (NRSV)
Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.” But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, “Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” He answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered her, “Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed instantly.
 
After Jesus had left that place, he passed along the Sea of Galilee, and he went up the mountain, where he sat down. Great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the maimed, the blind, the mute, and many others. They put them at his feet, and he cured them, so that the crowd was amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the maimed whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel. Then Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat; and I do not want to send them away hungry, for they might faint on the way.” The disciples said to him, “Where are we to get enough bread in the desert to feed so great a crowd?” Jesus asked them, “How many loaves have you?” They said, “Seven, and a few small fish.” Then ordering the crowd to sit down on the ground, he took the seven loaves and the fish; and after giving thanks he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And all of them ate and were filled; and they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full. Those who had eaten were four thousand men, besides women and children. After sending away the crowds, he got into the boat and went to the region of Magadan.


Message “Renewal – God Redeems Our Past”
 
 
Pastor Beth
 
Invitation to Offering:
Over the last few months we have heard how our gifts and offerings are converted into the missions and ministry of Christ Church. This week let us pause together as a church and give thanks for the many volunteers who make it possible for us to worship, learn, and serve together:
 
We give thanks for Michael Edwards, our church Lay Leader, Diane Wilkinson, our Covenant Council Chair, Peter Daniels, our Trustees Chair, Jane Furr, our Finance Chair, Gary Jay, our Church Treasurer, Carol Swango, our Staff Parish Relations Chair, Rosemary Tweet, our Missions Chair, Paula Jameson, our Chair for Congregational Care, Tom Haslag our Chair of Worship, Gretchen Lofgren our Stephen Ministry Leader, Debbie Hoster our UMW president, and a special thank you to all we have not named, our prayer groups, our bible study leaders, our phone callers, our media team, our women at the well, all of our committee members, and every volunteer who gives time and energy to tend this church and our ministries, thank you, we give thanks to God for you and for the blessings you are to us.
 
We give because God first gave to us, as we offer up our gifts and offerings let us consider how God might be calling us to continue in service to one another. Amen.
 
Offertory
Now Thank We All Our God arr. R Mallory
The Christ Church Ringers (recorded Nov. 10, 2019)
 
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 121 There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy (vs. 1, 3, 4)

1 There’s a wideness in God’s mercy
like the wideness of the sea;
there’s a kindness in God’s justice,
which is more than liberty.
 
3 For the love of God is broader
than the measure of our mind;
and the heart of the Eternal
is most wonderfully kind.
 
4 If our love were but more simple,
we should rest upon God’s word;
and our lives would be illumined
by the presence of our Lord.
 
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
Presto (Les Plaisirs) Georg Philipp Telemann
Christine Harper, flute
 
 
 
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Sunday, November 8

Welcome!

Worship at Home for Sunday, November 8, 2020

Welcome
Welcome to worship with Christ Church United Methodist in Tucson, Arizona.  Starting next week, November 15th, we will be offering a new way to worship in addition to our weekly recorded services. Join us at our campus at 655 N. Craycroft Rd in Tucson at 10:00am for our first drive in service, on November 15th. Find out all of our exciting news and ways to connect at ccumtucson.org. Now, let us worship together.
 
Prelude
Be Still My Soul Sibelius/McKechnie
Kathryn Snodgrass, piano; Janet Tolman, organ
 
Call to Worship
Hear o hear, people of God, the Lord has brought us out of slavery and delivered us to freedom! Listen to God’s commands, learn the ways of God. Turn away from all that distracts and strive to love with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our strength, so that all may know the freedom of God’s Kingdom.
 
Opening Hymn UMH 187 Rise, Shine, You People (vs. 1, 2, 3)

1. Rise, shine, you people! Christ the Lord has entered
our human story; God in him is centered.
Christ comes to us, buy death and sin surrounded, with grace unbounded
 
2. See how he sends the powers of evil reeling,
And brings us freedom, light and life and healing.
All men and women, who by guilt are driven, now are forgiven
 
3. Come, celebrate, your banners high unfurling,
Your songs and prayers against the darkness hurling.
To all the world go out and tell the story of Jesus’ glory.
 
Prayers of the People by Rev. Shannon Kelly adapted by Beth Rambikur
God of Genesis and Exodus: Help us create communities that will build your kingdom here on earth – communities that will protect the poor, stand up for the vulnerable, advocate for those who are not seen and heard, and listen to everyone’s voice. God, our creator,
All: Guide us in truth and love.

God of Isaac and Ishmael, of Jacob and Esau: We pray for this nation that is deeply divided. May we come together for the common good and do as you have called us to do – to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with you through creation. God, our creator,
All: Guide us in truth and love.

God who meets us in Christ the teacher: Help us act out of love, mercy and justice rather than out of arrogance or fear. God, our creator,
All: Guide us in truth and love.

Lord of life and light: continue to guide us as we work for the welfare of this world. We pray for places that are torn by violence, that they may know peace. God, our creator,
All: Guide us in truth and love.

Spirit of Acts always calling beyond where we are: We pray for communities struggling with inequality, unrest, and fear. May we all work toward reconciliation with one another and with God. Help us to listen in love, work together in peace, and collaborate with one another as we seek the betterment of our community and world. God, our creator,
All: Guide us in truth and love. Amen
 
Hymn of Response to Prayer TFWS 2168 Love the Lord Your God

Love the Lord, you God, with all your heart.
Love the Lord, you God, with all your soul.
Love the Lord, your God, with all your mind.
Love the Lord, your God, with all you are.
 
Scripture Exodus 20:1-21
Then God spoke all these words: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me, but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments. You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name. Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work. But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work—you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it.
 
Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
 
When all the people witnessed the thunder and lightning, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking, they were afraid and trembled and stood at a distance, and said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, or we will die.” Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid; for God has come only to test you and to put the fear of him upon you so that you do not sin.” Then the people stood at a distance, while Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was.
 
Scripture Matthew 22:34-40
When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
 
Hymn of Preparation TFWS 2120 Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness (vs. 1 & 2)
 
Refrain: Spirit, Spirit of gentleness, blow through the wilderness calling and free;
Spirit, Spirit of restlessness, stir me from placidness,
Wind, Wind on the sea.
 
1. You moved on the waters, you called to the deep,
Then you coaxed up the mountains from the valleys of sleep;
And over the eons you called to each thing:
Wake from your slumbers and rise on your wings. (Refrain)
 
2. You swept through the desert, you stung with the sane,
And you goaded your people with a law and a land;
And when they were blinded with their idols and lies,
Then you spoke through your prophets to open their eyes. (Refrain)
 
Message “Reconnecting to God and to one another”
 
 
 
Pastor Beth
 
Invitation to offering
November 22nd will mark the end of our annual stewardship campaign and we want to share with you the life changing ministries your gifts, service, and prayers make possible at Christ Church, your giving has made these ministries possible, Thank you! We give because God has given all we have to us, so that we might share our gifts, praise be to God. Amen.
 
Offertory
Here I Am, Lord arr. Jack Schroeder
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 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 408 The Gift of Love (vs. 1 & 3)

1 Though I may speak with bravest fire,
and have the gift to all inspire,
and have not love, my words are vain,
as sounding brass, and hopeless gain.

3 Come, Spirit, come, our hearts control,
our spirits long to be made whole.
Let inward love guide every deed;
by this we worship, and are freed.
 
Benediction
May God call us, Christ connect us, and the Spirit renew and change our lives. Amen
 
Postlude
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty arr. John Innes
Kathryn Snodgrass, piano; Janet Tolman, organ
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