Earth Day Sunday! April 18, 2021, 11:00 am (Printable PDF)
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PRELUDE: For the Beauty of the Earth (Conrad Kocher, 1838)— setting by Rudy Davenport
CALL TO RETURN TO OUR SOULS
Pastor: Planet Earth, spinning silently through space:
People: Celebrate your beauty and your grace,
Pastor: In our solar system, your special place!
People: Planet Earth, gleaming green and blue:
Pastor: Rejoice in your ocean currents as they dance and swirl with hope.
People: Planet Earth, pulsing with life:
Pastor: Join in praise with all your fauna & flora as they sing praise to God.
People: Planet Earth, enveloped in the breath of the Living Spirit God:
Pastor: Bless all your creatures this day with the life-giving breath of God.
People: Planet Earth, our precious, fragile home:
Pastor: Celebrate, with all your children, God’s presence in our planet home,
People: Spin, Planet Earth, spin!
Pastor: Sing, Planet Earth, sing!
People: We celebrate the song of our planet!
Pastor: Sing! Planet Earth! Sing!
HYMN: Touch the Earth Lightly #713
CALL TO CONFESSION AND COMMITMENT
Leader: We have forgotten who we are. We have alienated ourselves from the unfolding of the cosmos. We have become estranged from the movements of the earth. We have turned our backs on the cycles of life.
People: We have forgotten who we are. We have sought only our own security. We have exploited simply for our own ends. We have distorted our knowledge. We have abused our power.
Leader: We have forgotten who we are. Now the land is barren And the waters are poisoned And the air is polluted.
People: We have forgotten who we are. Now the forests are dying And the creatures are disappearing And humans are despairing.
Leader: We ask forgiveness
People: We ask for the gift of remembering
Leader: We ask for the strength to change.
All: We have forgotten who we are.
SONG: The Little Blue Top
SCRIPTURE: Job 37 (read as a prayer to God), Romans 8:19-23
SUNG RESPONSE TO SCRIPTURE: I Am Your Mother(Earth Prayer) #2059
SERMON: Let’s Develop Deeper Earth Consciousness
CHORAL ANTHEM: Jesus Christ, the Apple Tree- Kyle Johnson
MORNING PRAYER, LORD’S PRAYER
SUNG RESPONSE: Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying #469
OFFERTORY SOLO: Land and Sea (from Weather-Telling), Poem by Elizabeth Schultz; Music, Bonnie McLarty, Neal Long, tenor
PRAYER OF DEDICATION: Shawnee Traveling Song—spoken
Leader: I am walking upon the earth; the earth is my mother.
People: Wherever I walk, I am home.
Leader: I am walking with the people who love me; their love surrounds me.
People: Wherever I walk, I am loved.
Leader: I am walking on the circle of Creator; Creator above, Creator below.
People: Wherever I walk, I am with Creator.
Leader: I am walking upon the earth with people who love me on the circle of Creator.
People: I am always home. Leader: I am always loved.
People: I am with Creator.
HYMN: God of the Sparrow #22
SUNG BENEDICTION RESPONSE: You Shall Go Out with Joy(The Trees of the Field) #80
POSTLUDE: His Eye Is on the Sparrow—(Charles H. Gabriel, 1905)- setting by Mark Patterson
Pastor- Scott Myers
Piano- Emily Davidson
Choir- Neil Long, Jennifer Weiman, Em WitbolsFeugen
Camera/Facebook/Prayer requests: Deanna Capps
Webpage- Martine Roesel