Sunday, August 16, 2020

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Reto Stockli/Alan Nelson/Fritz Hasler/NASA

God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees,
and in the flowers, and clouds and stars.”
Attributed to Martin Luther

The Preparation

The beginning of the prelude is a call to silence to  enter into the spirit of prayer and community.

PRELUDE Benedictus” from Karol’s Carols – S. Conrady

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God,
And the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
And also with you. Amen

OPENING HYMN Bunessan Tune

This popular Gaelic traditional melody has the lyrics “Morning Has Broken” by Eleanor Farjeon, which were written in 1931 and are not in the public domain. If you know the words, you may sing them aloud or in your head!

MORNING PRAYER (*updated 8:40pm on 8/14)
We gather this morning: Celebrating the God who’s Spirit   pervades and whose glory is reflected in all Creation, including the earth and its ecosystems, the sacred and secular, the Christian and non-Christian, the human and non-human. Amen.

O God, we have ignored your Creation. We have interpreted Scripture in a way that fails to account for the sacredness of the earth or the integrity of its ecosystems.
Forgive us we pray and remind us that we are equal participants with all of your Creation. Amen.

A moment of silence for personal reflection

God wants nothing less for us than to forgive us.
Thanks be to God.

The Message

SPECIAL MUSIC “All Things Bright and Beautiful” – J. Rutter

Genesis 1:27-2:4
Job 12:7-10

MORNING REFLECTION   God’s Gift, Our Responsibility (*updated 10pm on 8/14)

Reflective Music      “What a Wonderful World” George Douglas/George David Weiss

The Thanksgiving

CHORAL CALL TO PRAYER “Hear our prayer” – D. Whelpton

Hear our prayer, O Lord, incline thine ear to us and grant us Thy peace

A moment of personal 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 Thy daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation and deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

CHORAL RESPONSE TO PRAYER “Thou will keep Him” – Scottish Psalter, 1615

Thou will keep Him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on Thee.”

Sharing of Our Gifts

Your gifts to the church matter now more than ever! We encourage people to continue to make an offering by mailing to the church. Your generosity in this time makes a big difference.


“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“.

The Departure

CLOSING HYMN “All Things Bright and Beautiful ” No. 478

Gracious God, you are not a removed Creator but one who is and around every detail of creation. Help us go forth and honor your presence and faithfulness by being graceful and grateful partners in caring for your Creation. Amen.

POSTLUDE Benedictus” from Karol’s Carols – S. Conrady