Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
“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 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
CALL TO A JOYFUL WORSHIP
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
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.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
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
WORDS OF ASSURANCE
God wants nothing less for us than to forgive us.
Thanks be to God.
SPECIAL MUSIC “All Things Bright and Beautiful” – J. Rutter
MORNING REFLECTION God’s Gift, Our Responsibility (*updated 10pm on 8/14)
Reflective Music “What a Wonderful World” George Douglas/George David Weiss
CHORAL CALL TO PRAYER “Hear our prayer” – D. Whelpton
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
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.
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