Caring for God’s creation

November 16, 2014


*Those that are able are invited to stand


Welcome and Announcements


- Gathering into worship -          


Visual Scripture                                                                                                         Psalm 148


*Call to Worship

One:  We gather to worship God, the Lord and Giver of Life

All:  God, give us the waters of new life

One:  In the deserts of our lives, in the wilderness within,

All:  God, give us the waters of new life

One:  To give us hope when our lives run dry, to give us strength when our world seems barren

All: God, gives us waters of new life

One:  To let peace flow like a river and love spring forth like a fountain,

All:  God, give us the waters of new life

One:  To make justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a living stream,

All:  God, give us the waters of new life.

One:  To give us- and our world- a second chance and a new beginning,

All:  God, give us the waters of new life

One:  Come, people of God, open your lives to receive God’s new life. Open your hearts to sing God’s praise.


*Opening Hymn             “All Creatures of Our God and King”                                   #62


*Opening Prayer


*Chorus                                    “Into My Heart” (verse 1)                                           #2160

in The Faith We Sing

Into my heart, into my heart, come into my heart, Lord Jesus;

come in today, come in to stay; come into my heart, Lord Jesus.


Visual Illustration                                                                               Environment


Anthem                         “God’s Glory Echoes Through the Skies”                                 Choir

  - Offering our prayers -

(You are invited to share your prayer concerns with the congregation by writing them on the

Prayer Request cards in the pews and placing them in the offering plate.)


Prayer of Confession

O God, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen:

You place us in your creation, and you command us to care for it.

Your works declare glory and splendor, and you call us to praise and reverence.

Where we have degraded or destroyed earth's bounty, forgive us.

Where we have taken beauty and majesty for granted, have mercy upon us.

Where we have become estranged from the creatures with whom we share this planet,

 grant us your peace.

Renew us in the waters of baptism, refresh us with the winds of your spirit, and sustain

 us with the bread of life.

In the name of Jesus Christ, and for the sake of the new creation, we pray. Amen.


*Prayer Hymn                               Kum Ba Yah”                                            #494


Silent Prayer / Pastoral Prayer / 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. 


- Becoming the church through the word –


Children’s Sermon


Scripture                                                                                            Genesis 2:7-8; John 1:1-10                                                     


Sermon                                          “Out of Earth”                                     Rev. Pat Watkins

                                                                       Missionary for the Care of God's Creation


- Sharing our blessings -


Offering Our Gifts and Tithes

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*Doxology                  “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow”                                 #95

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.


*Offering Prayer

O merciful Creator, who satisfies the needs of every living creature:

Make us ever thankful for your loving providence; and grant that we, remembering

 the account that we must one day give, may be faithful stewards of your bounty;

through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns,

one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


- Taking the Word to the World -


*Closing Hymn                    “This Is My Father’s World”                                           #144




*Chorus                                    “Into My Heart” (verse 2)                                          #2160

in The Faith We Sing

Out of my heart, out of my heart, shine out of my heart, Lord Jesus;

shine out today, shine out always; shine out of my heart,, Lord Jesus.