Sunday, September 27

Welcome!

Worship at Home for Sunday, September 27

Welcome
Welcome to worship with Christ Church United Methodist in Tucson, Arizona.  I am pastor Beth and I want to let you know, whether you are a long-time member of Christ Church, a regular watching worshiper with us, or you just stumbled across us for the first time we welcome you. If you are looking for a way to go deeper in your faith journey, whether you need a prayer and listening partner such as a Stephen minister, or a way to engage your faith in world changing service, Christ Church is here to help, find us online at CCUMTUCSON.org or check us out on Facebook! Now let us worship together.
 
Prelude
Partita on BUNESSAN setting by John A. Behnke
 
Call to Worship
Falling: forward, down, up, over, back, falling is a universal human experience. We might trip, stumble, loose our balance, faint, or topple. Falling can be physical, metaphorical, allegorical, or spiritual. However it happens, falling changes us, we learn something, we see things differently, perhaps we even do things differently. God, sometimes we say we are a fallen people, but maybe falling is one of the profound ways we meet you face to face. You catch us where we land, help us rise, teach us the next steps, so let us be a people falling toward you. Amen.
 
Opening Hymn UMH 157 Jesus Shall Reign (vs. 1 & 5)

1. Jesus shall reign where’er the sun
does its successive journeys run;
his kingdom spread from shore to shore,
till moons shall wax and wane no more.
 
5. Let every creature rise and bring
honors peculiar to our King;
angels descend with songs again,
and earth repeat the loud amen!
 
Prayers of the People:
God of grace and God of glory, our stories are filled with falls. From those physical moments of finding ourselves no longer on our feet to the times when all we know feels like it has been pulled out from under us, we are a people who know what it means to fall. Today we lift up to you those fractured, scrapped, and broken places in our own lives where we need your healing, your grace.
 
God of Grace, hear our prayer.
 
Jesus of the lowest places, you walked among the fallen and boldly declared them blessed. Those the world threw aside, or left in the dirt, you lifted to the head of the table and called them friends. Those who stumbled lost in your teachings and calling, you held on to and continued to accompany. Hear us today as we remember those we have forgotten, left behind, discounted or discarded so that we might be your hands reaching out.
 
God of Grace, hear our prayer
 
Rising Spirit nothing can hold you back, you take what is low and raise it up, what is high and bring it down, you remind us that when the Church stumbles, that is when God catches us, when our faith falters, that is when we find ourselves in your embrace. Teach us today to see falling with new eyes so that we might be lifted in the wings of your love.
 
God of Grace, hear our prayer
 
We pray these things as a people seeking always the triune God, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Amen.
 
Hymn of Response to Prayer UMH 177 He Is Lord (2x)

He is Lord, he is Lord!
He is risen from the dead and he is Lord!
Every knee shall bow, every tongue confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord.
 
Scripture Genesis 3:1-13
Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God say, ‘You shall not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden; but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, nor shall you touch it, or you shall die.’“ But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not die; for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
 
So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves. They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.
 
But the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” He said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.”
 
He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate.” Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent tricked me, and I ate.”
 
Scripture Philippians 2:1-11
If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
 
Hymn of Preparation UMH 168 At the Name of Jesus (vs. 1 & 4)

1 At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow,
every tongue confess him King of glory now;
’tis the Father’s pleasure we should call him Lord,
who from the beginning was the mighty Word.
 
4 In your hearts enthrone him; there let him subdue
all that is not holy, all that is not true.
Crown him as your captain in temptation’s hour;
let his will enfold you in its light and power.
 
Message Falling
 
 
Pastor Beth
 
Invitation to offering
The body of Christ is alive and well and Christ Church is engaging in mission and outreach even in this time of physical distancing. In the coming month we are going to be sharing with you different ways your giving of time, imagination, ministry, presence, prayers, and your financial generosity has had an impact on our church, community, and the global Body of Christ. We give because God has given all we have to us, so that we might share our gifts. Amen.
 
Offertory
Great Is Thy Faithfulness arr. Lloyd Larson
Kyle Hood, handbells
 
Lord’s Prayer
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. 
 
Closing Hymn UMH 536, Precious Name (vs. 1 & 3)

1. Take the name of Jesus with you,
child of sorrow and of woe;
it will joy and comfort give you;
take it then, where’er you go.
 
Refrain: Precious name, O how sweet!
Hope of earth and joy of heaven.
Precious name, O how sweet!
Hope of earth and joy of heaven.
 
3. O the precious name of Jesus!
How it thrills our souls with joy,
when his loving arms receive us,
and his songs our tongues employ!

(Refrain)
 
Benediction
God behind us, God before us, God below us, God above us God around us, God within us, when we fall, you are with us, catching us, holding us, lifting us up so that in rising we might be a blessing to all. Amen.
 
Postlude
Jig on BUNESSAN setting by John A. Behnke
 
 
 
 
 
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Sunday, September 20

Welcome!

Worship at Home for Sunday, September 20

Welcome
Welcome to worship with Christ Church United Methodist in Tucson, Arizona.  I am pastor Beth and I want to invite you to participate with us online at our website and on Facebook. Hope to see you there, now let us worship together!
 
Prelude
Kum Ba Yah arr. Joel Raney
Kathy Ferguson, piano; Janet Tolman, organ
 
Call to Worship
In the beginning was God, creating. Void and chaos, wind and depth, light, night, earth, sea, work, rest. Across time God is, creating. Relationships, covenants, promises, people, movement, identity. And now we are called to be co-creators in what God shall create. Redemption, restoration, salvation, let our worship participate in God’s creation. Amen.
 
Opening Hymn UMH 152 I Sing the Almighty Power of God (vs. 1 & 2)
 
1. I sing the almighty power of God,
that made the mountains rise,
that spread the flowing seas abroad,
and built the lofty skies.
I sing the wisdom that ordained
the sun to rule the day;
the moon shines full at God’s command,
and all the stars obey.
 
2. I sing the goodness of the Lord,
who filled the earth with food,
who formed the creatures thru the Word,
and then pronounced them good.
Lord, how thy wonders are displayed,
where’er I turn my eye,
if I survey the ground I tread,
or gaze upon the sky.

Prayers of the People: Based on Proverbs 8
God of wisdom, you are the beginning and the ending. Who are we with your creation, with our temporary lives, our momentary understanding, in the face of your eternal being? And yet you call to all who live to learn your prudence, acquire intelligence, discern your truths. Teach us to pay attention with our minds, our hearts, and our lives to what is right before us. God, you teach us knowledge and discretion. You teach us to separate good and evil. Let our lives reflect that learning. Let us be Just in our decisions, noble in our pursuits. Let our lives have integrity, so that in our very living, we might honor you, our creator and author. Let us be a people who rejoice in your world, who delight in your creation. And above all, oh God, teach us to listen for you, listen to you; for we know whoever finds your wisdom, your word, finds life in you. Amen.
 
Prayer Response UMH 393 Spirit of the Living God
 
Spirit of the Living God
Fall fresh on me
Spirit of the Living God
Fall fresh on me
Melt me mold me
Fill me use me
Spirit of the Living God
Fall fresh on me
 
Scripture John 1:1-17
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.

(John testified to him and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’”) From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
 
Hymn of Preparation TFWS 2158 Just a Closer Walk with Thee (vs. 1 & 2)
 
1. 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.
 
Refrain: 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.
 
2. 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.
 
Refrain
 
Message “Another Way of Seeing”
 
 
Rev. Beth Rambikur
 
Invitation to Offering
The body of Christ is alive and well and Christ Church is engaging in mission and outreach even in this time of physical distancing. There are so many ways we give; through our prayers for each other, our calls to one another, the ministries we engage, and the gifts we offer God and the church. God, we give you thanks for the ways you call us to give, and in this time of offering bless our gifts, our intentions, and all the ministries we offer to you today! Amen.
 
Offertory
Just As I Am
Kathy Ferguson, piano
 
Lord’s Prayer
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. 
 
Closing Hymn UMH 670 Go Forth for God (vs. 1 & 4)
 
1. Go forth for God; go to the world in peace;
Be of good courage, armed with heavenly grace,
In God’s good Spirit daily to increase,
Till in the kingdom we see face to face.
 
4. Go forth for God; go to the world in joy,
To serve God’s people every day and hour,
And serving Christ, our every gift employ,
Rejoicing in the Holy Spirit’s power.
 
Benediction
And now friends, receive this benediction:
Holy wisdom, there ae many ways of seeing and knowing you. Let us revel with our lives in the diversity of your world. Let us know that in these different ways of seeing things, we are truly blessed, and sent to be a blessing to all. Amen.

Postlude
Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow arr. Nielson & Young
Kathy Ferguson, piano; Janet Tolman, organ
 
 
 
 
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Sunday, September 13

 
Welcome!
 

Worship at Home for Sunday, September 13

Welcome
Welcome to worship with Christ Church United Methodist in Tucson, Arizona.  I am pastor Beth and I want to invite you to participate with us online at our website, www.ccumtucson.org and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CCUM.Tucson Hope to see you there, now let us worship together!
 
Prelude
Old-Fashioned Medley arr. Owen Griffen
Janet Tolman, Organ and Kathy Ferguson, Piano
 
Call to worship
What if…what if it all begins with seeing you? Not just in the wonder of creation, or the blessings of each day, but seeing you in the face looking out at us from the mirror, the eyes we pass on the street, the people we see on the news, the bully, the hero, the worker, the nameless? What if in seeing one another, we really saw you? We really saw your work. What might happen if we see you looking out at us in all we meet? Transform our vision oh God, so that we might meet you in the space between.

Opening Hymn UMH 75 All People That on Earth Do Dwell (vs. 1, 2, 3)
 
1. All people that on earth do dwell,
sing to the Lord with cheerful voice.
Him serve with mirth, his praise forth tell;
come ye before him and rejoice.
 
2. Know that the Lord is God indeed;
without our aid he did us make;
we are his folk, he doth us feed,
and for his sheep he doth us take.
 
3. O enter then his gates with praise;
approach with joy his courts unto;
praise, laud, and bless his name always,
for it is seemly so to do.
 
Prayers of the People: Psalm 8
O LORD, our Sovereign,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.
Out of the mouths of babes and infants
you have founded a bulwark because of your foes,
to silence the enemy and the avenger.
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars that you have established;
what are human beings that you are mindful of them,
mortals that you care for them?
Yet you have made them a little lower than God,
and crowned them with glory and honor.
You have given them dominion over the works of your hands;
you have put all things under their feet,
all sheep and oxen,
and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths of the seas.
O LORD, our Sovereign,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Prayer Response UMH 395 Take Time to Be Holy (vs. 1)
 
1. Take time to be holy,
speak oft with thy Lord;
abide in him always,
and feed on his word.
Make friends of God’s children,
help those who are weak,
forgetting in nothing
his blessing to seek.
 
Scripture: Mark 3:1-6
Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand. They watched him to see whether he would cure him on the sabbath, so that they might accuse him. And he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Come forward.” Then he said to them, “Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. He looked around at them with anger; he was grieved at their hardness of heart and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out and immediately conspired with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.
 
Scripture: Genesis 2:4-25
These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created. In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, when no plant of the field was yet in the earth and no herb of the field had yet sprung up—for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was no one to till the ground; but a stream would rise from the earth, and water the whole face of the ground— then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being.
 
And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east; and there he put the man whom he had formed. Out of the ground the Lord God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. A river flows out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it divides and becomes four branches. The name of the first is Pishon; it is the one that flows around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold; and the gold of that land is good; bdellium and onyx stone are there. The name of the second river is Gihon; it is the one that flows around the whole land of Cush. The name of the third river is Tigris, which flows east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates. The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it.
 
And the Lord God commanded the man, “You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.”
 
Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.” So out of the ground the Lord God formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all cattle, and to the birds of the air, and to every animal of the field; but for the man there was not found a helper as his partner.
 
So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then he took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; this one shall be called Woman, for out of Man this one was taken.” Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked, and were not ashamed.
 
Hymn of preparation UMH 451 Be Thou My Vision (vs. 1 & 2)
 
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.
 
2 Be thou my wisdom, and thou my true word;
I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord;
thou my great Father, I thy true son;
thou in me dwelling, and I with thee one.
 
Message: The Space Between
 
 
Rev. Beth Rambikur
 
Invitation to Offering
The body of Christ is alive and well and Christ Church is engaging in mission and outreach even in this time of physical distancing. There are so many ways we give; through our prayers for each other, our calls to one another, the ministries we engage, and the gifts we offer God and the church. God, we give you thanks for the ways you call us to give, and in this time of offering bless our gifts, our intentions, and all the ministries we offer to you today! Amen.
 
Offertory
My Tribute by Andre Crouch
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 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. 
 
Closing Hymn UMH 666 Shalom to You
 
Shalom to you now, shalom, my friends.
May God’s full mercies bless you, my friends.
In all your living and through your loving,
Christ be your shalom, Christ be your shalom.
 
Benediction
God your breath of life fills our lungs, we are formed in your image, and we are given care of your garden. As we make our way this week down the paths of life, remind us that we are your hands, your feet, your heart, your hope and in the space between us lives the universe of your love, let us live in that space. Amen.

Postlude
Toccata on LEONI by Gordon Young