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Worship Resources 2014

...to correspond with the 2014 Summer Conference theme: ONE CREATION

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A Litany For the Sea and All its Creatures 

A Litany For the Sea and All its Creatures

We give you thanks, oh LORD, for you are good. 
  

Because your love endures forever!

We give you thanks, God of gods. 
    

For your love endures forever!

You alone made all great wonders, 
    

For your love endures forever!

With your understanding you made the heavens, 
    

For your love endures forever!

It was you who spread the earth out upon the waters, 
   

For your love endures forever!

It was you who made the great lights 
    

For your love endures forever!

And who gives food to every creature. 
   

 Because your love endures forever!

Lord of lords, today life seems to demonstrate that our actions hurt that which you created by love.  Lord, in your mercy,

 Continue loving us, forever!

Today we ask you for the protection of our brother, the Sea, and furthermore for the millions of hermit crabs abandoning their shells and getting out of the water. Protect them! Give them shelter. Lord, in your mercy,

 Love them forever!

Today we pray for the birds, their offspring, for the fish of the sea, the turtles, the whales, the dolphins, all those who breathe your breath, who eat and live in the sea that you created.  Hold in them your Spirit, chase them away from danger, Lord in your mercy,

 Love them, forever!

Lord, today we pray for all of those who live of the sea, the fishermen and women, those who live of tourism, vacationers, and those of us who do not know how to live without the sea,

 Keep loving us, forever!

Give wisdom to those who have the solution in their hands to correct the oil spill.  Move their hearts, so that not one marsh, not one coral is left untouched as they heal your beautiful creation.

   Keep loving them, forever!

All of these things we ask, in the name of the one who told us to share your Good News with all of creation.  Loving God, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer. Amen
 
Leader:
To bring new life to the land
To restore the waters
To refresh the air
Response: We join with the earth and with each other.

Leader:
To renew the forests
To care for the plants
To protect the creatures

Response: We join with the earth and with each other.

Leader:
To celebrate the seas
To rejoice in the sunlight
To sing the song of the stars

Response: We join with the earth and with each other.

Leader:
To recall our destiny
To renew our spirits
To reinvigorate our bodies

Response: We join with the earth and with each other.

Leader:
To recreate the human community
To promote justice and peace
To remember our children
Response: We join with the earth and with each other.
 

A Litany of Hope 

A Litany of Hope

We have gathered this day, O God, as your people, as members of your Church.

We join together to worship and praise you, our Creator, 
and we join in lifting our prayers for the Earth.

With the prophets and the psalmists, 
we have the courage to speak to you of our despair and our fear.

Behold, O Lord, for I am in distress,
my soul is in tumult, my heart is wrung within me.
 (Lamentations 1:20)

We raise to you, O God, our awareness of the trauma of our world:
the suffering and death inflicted by toxins and pollution, 
the destruction of places where we once found beauty and serenity, 
and the ongoing devastation of ecosystems.

Give ear to my words, O Lord; give heed to my groaning. (Psalms 5:1)

We lift our anguish at the demise of species and the loss of diversity,
the pollution of air and water and soil,
the transformation even of oceans and atmosphere.
We grieve and fear at the Earth’s distress.

Give ear to my words, O Lord; give heed to my groaning. (Psalms 5:1)

Because we trust in you, O God, we are not defeated!
We live in faith, and with vision that goes beyond the distress of this day.

I trust in thee, O Lord.
My times are in thy hand;
Be strong, and let your heart take courage,
all you who wait for the Lord! 
(Psalms 31:14-15, 25)

God of the exodus, God who makes all things new,
we lift our hope for transformation and change.
We hope for new ways of living that flow gently within your creation;
we hope for healing of the tattered web of life.

I will hope continually, and will praise thee yet more and more. (Psalms 71:14)

We hope for vision and courage from our political leaders;
we hope for restless insistence for change from our people;
we
hope for cooperation for healing among the nations of the earth.

I will hope continually, and will praise thee yet more and more. (Psalms 71:14)

We hope for change within our own lives and our society,
that we might free ourselves from a mindless and destructive questing after things,
that we might find joy and fulfillment in simple pleasures.

I will hope continually, and will praise thee yet more and more. (Psalms 71:14)

We hope for new technologies that will lessen our impact on the world;
we hope for change in economic systems 
so that the rape of nature is not profitable,
so that the exploitation of people is not rewarded.

I will hope continually, and will praise thee yet more and more. (Psalms 71:14)

We hope for growing leadership from your church,
calling us to faithful stewardship of creation,
calling us to seek justice for all people around this globe,
and proclaiming values that preserve and enhance all life.

I will hope continually, and will praise thee yet more and more. (Psalms 71:14)

We are your people, O Christ, a resurrection people!
In the sure and certain hope of your saving love and grace, 
we turn away from the exploitation of your creation,
and we align ourselves your purposes.

We are your people, O Christ, a resurrection people!
In your name, we seek reconciliation and healing.

We are your people, O Christ, a resurrection people!
In your name we seek shalom: peace, justice and harmony for all of creation.

We are your people, O Christ, a resurrection people!
We find hope in the midst of despair, 
courage in the midst of struggle.

God of history, you call us to face the realities of the world,
to acknowledge the powers and principalities aligned against us,
to face honestly the struggles that lie before us.

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; 
perplexed, but n
ot driven to despair; 

persecuted, but not forsaken; 
struck down, but not destroyed. 
So we do not lose heart.
 (2 Corinthians 4:8, 16)

We are people of faith, and in we are strengthened 
by being part of the community of faith.

May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing, 
so that by the power of the Holy Spirit we may abound in hope.
 (Romans 15:13, alt.)

Amen and amen!


Prayers
 
 
Deacon: Lord of all,
we thank you for our universe with its infinite fascination,
for our world with all its wonder.
For our countryside with all its beauty
for life itself in all its incredible variety.
Loving Lord
All: hear our prayer.
 
Deacon: There is so much that gives us pleasure,
that offers us fulfilment,
that captures our imagination,
that challenges and inspires,
that gives us cause to look forward with anticipation,
that speaks to us of your great love.
Loving Lord
All: hear our prayer.
 
Deacon: Forgive us for so often abusing all you have given –
for despoiling our world,
for failing to appreciate it as we should,
for losing our childlike sense of wonder and inquiry,
for treating it as ours by right rather than entrusted 
   as your gift,
for being blind to your loving hand moving behind it all.
Loving Lord,
All: hear our prayer.
 
Deacon: Open our eyes to the countless blessings
and inexhaustible riches you have so freely given,
and help us to show our appreciation
by being faithful stewards of your creation.
 
President: Loving Lord,
All hear our prayer.
President In the name of Christ.
All: Amen.
 

Prayers of Intercession 

Prayers of Intercession

Reader 1: Genesis 2:8-9: “Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground - trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food.”

Reader 2: We thank you Lord for trees, for tall trees that tower over us, for trees we can climb, and for tiny seeds that grow into huge forests. We thank you for the colours of leaves in autumn, for fruits and nuts that we love to eat, for shade and shelter, for fuel and firewood.

Readers 1 & 2: Thank you Lord for making trees.

All: Thank you Lord for making trees.

Reader 3: Psalm 104:16-17: “The trees of the Lord are well watered, the cedars of Lebanon that he planted. There the birds make their nests; the stork has its home in the junipers.”

Reader 4: We praise you Lord that you water and care for the trees you have planted. Thank you that trees give homes and food to so many birds, animals and other creatures. Thank you for forests full of wonderful and mysterious living things.

Readers 3 & 4: Thank you Lord for making trees.

All: Thank you Lord for making trees.

Reader 5: Deuteronomy 20:19: “When you lay siege to a city for a long time, fighting against it to capture it, do not destroy its trees by putting an axe to them, because you can eat their fruit. Do not cut them down. Are the trees people, that you should besiege them?”

Reader 6: Lord we are sorry for the ways we destroy so many trees, in the name of war or progress or just because we are greedy. We are sorry for the damage this does to wildlife and to the poorest of our neighbours around the world. Help us to stop the deforestation that is driving so many species to extinction, and help us to plant new trees wherever we have to chop some down.

Readers 5 & 6: Help us Lord to care for trees.

All: Help us Lord to care for trees.

Reader 7: Isaiah 44:14-15 “He [the carpenter] cut down cedars, or perhaps took a cypress or oak ... It is used as fuel for burning; some of it he takes and warms himself, he kindles a fire and bakes bread. But he also fashions a god and worships it; he makes an idol and bows down to it.”

Reader 8: Lord, we too use trees for good and evil; for the necessities of life but also to make idols that reflect our materialism and self-worship. Forgive us Lord. Teach us to worship only you as Creator, and to treat your creation with respect and wonder. May we use it carefully and seek the flourishing of all that you have made.

Readers 7 & 8: Help us Lord to care for trees.

All: Help us Lord to care for trees.

Reader 9: 1 Chronicles 16:33: “Let the trees of the forest sing; let them sing for joy before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth.”

 Reader 10: All your works worship you, O Lord – mountains and rivers, trees and flowers, animals and people. Help us to see your world with your eyes – to know its beauty and importance. Help us to hear the worship of creation, in the whisper of the wind, the singing of the birds, and the groaning of the trees. We dedicate ourselves anew, O Lord, to caring for trees and forests as part of our worship of Jesus, by whom and for whom all things were made.

Readers 9 & 10: Help us Lord to care for trees.

All: Help us Lord to care for trees.

Leader: Lord we bring all our prayers to you. Accept them in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who, as Lord of creation, designed all the trees of field and forest and who, as carpenter of Nazareth, worked with wood to recreate items of beauty and usefulness. Renew your image in us, that we might celebrate the goodness of your handiwork, and use it to your glory. Lord in your mercy.

Hear our prayer.

 

Gaelic Prayer 

Gaelic Prayer

May the blessing of light be on you, light without and light within. May the blessed Sunlight shine on you and warm your heart until it glows, so that a stranger may come and be warmed by it, and also a friend. May the light shine out of the two eyes of you like a candle set in two windows of a house, bidding the wanderer to come in out of the storm.

May the blessing of the Rain be on you-soft, sweet rain. May it fall upon your spirit so that flowers may spring up. And may the Great Rains be on you. May they beat upon your spirit and wash it fair and clean, and leave there many a shining pool where the blue of heaven shines reflected, and sometimes a star.
May the blessing of the Earth be on you-the great and round earth. May you have a kindly greeting for folks you pass as you’re going along the roads. May the earth be soft under you when you lie upon it, tired at the close of the day

 

Prayer by St. Patrick 

Prayer by St. Patrick

At Tara today in this fateful hour 
I place all heaven with its power, 
And the sun with its brightness, 
And the snow with its whiteness, 
And fire with all the strength it hath, 
And lightning with its rapid wrath, 
And the winds with their swiftness along their path, 
And the sea with its deepness, 
And the rocks with their steepness
And the Earth with its starkness; 
All these I place 
By God's almighty help and grace, 
Between myself and the powers of Darkness. 

 

Excerpt from If Darwin Prayed by Bruce Sanguin

If Darwin Prayed

Presider: We open to the possibility of peace,
starting with ourselves
We commit to being vulnerable
with one other person this day.
All: Yes, we open to the possibility of peace.

Presider: We commit to being open to the suffering of one other being this week.
All: Yes, we open to the possibility of peace.

Presider: We consent to having our heart broken open by injustice this month.
All: Yes, we open to the possibility of peace.

Presider: We commit, this year, to the resting in the heart of Christ so that violence in our hearts may be transformed.
All: Yes, we open to the possibility of peace.

Presider: We commit to being the voice of our beleaguered planet.
All: Yes, we open to the possibility of peace, starting with ourselves. Amen.


Music

Music Prayer

Thank you for the music all around us.
Each morning we hear it from the moment we open our ears;
the low notes of wind around the eaves
the whoosh of water as it comes from the tap
the glug glug as it drains
the throaty whistle of the boiling kettle
the metallic tap of the spoon against the cup
the jazz percussion of our feet on the steps.
The sounds of our day,
so familiar we hardly pay attention.
Thank you for the ability to hear.

Thank you for the sounds of life
the chatter of the squirrel
the deep purr of  a cat
the sharp calls of a blue jay
the sound of someone we love laughing.
Give us wisdom to enter this day with good sounds,
tones and pitches and words that affirm, encourage, cherish,
our sounds affecting the world in a positive way.

We pray for all who sing a sad song today;
the grieving, the lonely, the lost.
We pray especially for those who have lost their voice
and feel silenced or oppressed.
There are many singing freedom songs around our world,
and so today we pray for the safety of these singers.
Give their song the strength to convince and convert,
the power to ward off war.
There are too many war songs,
we don’t want to hear another one.

Thank you for your songs, love songs, which we are invited to sing.
Thank you for all the parts you’ve made for the song;
soprano, alto, tenor, bass.
Thank you for the children’s part and the senior’s part,
thank you for the youth part and the part for middle agers,
thank you for the crazy baby descant
that we all love to hear.

You are the Great Composer .
We long to be composed each day in your image,
singing your elegant score truly, clearly,
following your rhythm by heart,
finding our voice in your beautiful world.
Hearing you in the music of life.
This is our prayer.  Amen.

 



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