St James United Methodist Church
Close to Home-Epiphany Sunday "Home by Another Way"
As our own journeys continue, we remember we must sometimes make bold choices to choose a different way.
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  • St James United Methodist Church
    3255 N Campbell Ave, Tucson, AZ 85719, USA
    Sunday 10:00 AM
  • https://www.facebook.com/sjumchurch
    Sunday 10:00 AM
Welcome! Whether you are in the sanctuary or watching online, we are glad YOU are with us!

Here is what we are doing today:

WELCOME
OPENING QUESTION
PRELUDE: "We Three Kings of Orient Are with Für Elise"
John H. Hopkins/Ludwig van Beethoven Arr. Tom Fettke
CALL TO WORSHIP
HYMN: "We Three Kings" #254 verses 1-5
CHILDREN'S TALK
PRAYER OF CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE OF PARDON
POEM: "Muscle Memory"
SCRIPTURE READING: Matthew 2.1-12
MESSAGE: "Home by Another Way"
SONG: "The Summons"
CREED: A Modern Affirmation #885
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
THE LORD'S PRAYER
COMMUNION
SONG: “Forever"
DOXOLOGY
CHURCH NEWS
BENEDICTION
POSTLUDE: "As with Gladness Men of Old" Conrad Kocher Arr. Carol Tornquist

*Please stand if possible

*Please stand if possible
OPENING QUESTION/DISCUSSION:
What would you attempt if...
...you knew you would not fail?
...you were not concerned about what other people would say?
*CALL TO WORSHIP
We come to this place—
each of us on our own path.
The path is winding,
and the path is not always clear,
and the path changes,
but we are here.
God is walking us home.
What a gift it is to not walk alone.
Let us worship God together!
*HYMN: "We Three Kings" #254 verses 1-5

We three kings of Orient are;
bearing gifts we traverse afar,
field and fountain, moor and mountain,
following yonder star.

O star of wonder, star of light,
star with royal beauty bright,
westward leading, still proceeding,
guide us to thy perfect light.

Born a King on Bethlehem's plain,
gold I bring to crown him again,
King forever, ceasing never,
over us all to reign.

O star of wonder, star of light,
star with royal beauty bright,
westward leading, still proceeding,
guide us to thy perfect light.

Frankincense to offer have I;
incense owns a Deity nigh;
prayer and praising, voices raising,
worshiping God on high.

O star of wonder, star of light,
star with royal beauty bright,
westward leading, still proceeding,
guide us to thy perfect light.

Myrrh is mine; its bitter perfume
breathes a life of gathering gloom;
sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying,
sealed in the stone-cold tomb.

O star of wonder, star of light,
star with royal beauty bright,
westward leading, still proceeding,
guide us to thy perfect light.

Glorious now behold him arise;
King and God and sacrifice:
Alleluia, Alleluia,
sounds through the earth and skies.

O star of wonder, star of light,
star with royal beauty bright,
westward leading, still proceeding,
guide us to thy perfect light.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION (all together)
ALL: God of changed plans, The Magi heard in a dream that they were to take a new way home—a different path, an untraveled road. And to our amazement, they did just that. The Magi packed their bags and went home by another way.
We wish that change could be easy for us, but more often than not, when whispers of change come, we tend to clench our fists and hold on tighter.
Forgive us for resisting change that might be holy. Forgive us for ignoring that there is more than one road home. Forgive us for failing to hear your invitation. Guide our steps to unfamiliar places. Gratefully we pray, Amen.

WORDS OF FORGIVENESS
No matter which roads we take in this one wild and precious life, God walks with us. God never leaves our side. When the road changes and we find ourselves on a new path home, God is always there.
So hear and believe this good news:
No matter where we go, no matter what we do, we are claimed, loved, and held by God. Thanks be to God for a love like that!
This is the Word of God for the people of God!
Thanks be to God!
MESSAGE: "Home by Another Way"
We worship a risk-taking God.
Faith is a risk-taking endeavor.
Following God's call involves risk-taking.

Worship Guide

You can go to this link and download the worship guide for December 12. The guide contains lots of notes on the text and message!

https://stjamestucson.com/online-worship/
*SONG: “The Summons"

Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?
Will you go where you don't know and never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown? Will you let my name be known,
will you let my life be grown in you and you in me?

Will you leave yourself behind if I but call your name?
Will you care for cruel and kind and never be the same?
Will you risk the hostile stare should your life attract or scare?
Will you let me answer prayer in you and you in me?

Lord your summons echoes true when you but call my name.
Let me turn and follow you and never be the same.
In Your company I'll go where Your love and footsteps show.
Thus I'll move and live and grow in you and you in me.
*CREED: A Modern Affirmation

Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is the one true Church, apostolic and universal, whose holy faith let us now declare:

We believe in God the Father, infinite in wisdom, power and love, whose mercy is over all his works, and whose will is ever directed to his children's good.

We believe in Jesus Christ, Son of God and Son of man, the gift of the Father's unfailing grace, the ground of our hope, and the promise of our deliverance from sin and death.

We believe in the Holy Spirit as the divine presence in our lives, whereby we are kept in perpetual remembrance of the truth of Christ, and find strength and help in time of need.

We believe that this faith should manifest itself in the service of love as set forth in the example of our blessed Lord, to the end that the kingdom of God may come upon the earth.
Amen.
PRAYER
If you have prayer concerns, you can enter them in the comments in online worship, you can direct message the church through Facebook, you can email them (stjamestucson@gmail.com) or you can text them to (520) 222-8690.

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.
HOLY COMMUNION

We are going to experience our liturgy in song today. The Great Thanksgiving is the traditional communion liturgy and it rehearses God's goodness and salvation through the ages. We'll do that today in song!

The Lord be with you./And also with you.
Lift up your hearts./We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give our thanks and praise to God!
SONG: "Forever"

Give thanks to the Lord, our God and King
His love endures forever
For He is good, He is above all things
His love endures forever
Sing praise, sing praise

With a mighty hand and outstretched arm
His love endures forever
For the life that's been reborn
His love endures forever

Sing praise, sing praise
Sing praise, sing praise

Forever, God is faithful
Forever, God is strong
Forever, God is with us
Forever

From the rising to the setting sun
His love endures forever
And by the grace of God, we will carry on
His love endures forever

Sing praise, sing praise
Sing praise, sing praise

Forever, God is faithful
Forever, God is strong
Forever, God is with us
Forever, forever

Forever, God is faithful
Forever, God is strong
Forever, God is with us
Forever
Sing praise, sing praise
Sing praise, sing praise
Oh, sing praise, sing praise
Sing praise, sing praise
Forever, God is faithful
Forever, God is strong
Forever, God is with us
Forever, Forever
Forever, You are faithful
Forever, You are strong
Forever, You are with us
Forever, forever
The bread we break is the Bread of Life. The cup we share is the Cup of Promise. These are the gifts of God for the people of God!
Thanks be to God!
DOXOLOGY

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
Praise God all creatures here below!
Praise God above ye heavenly host!
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!
Amen.

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