April 24, 2016 ~ 10:30am
Earth Day Celebration
The People of Peace Church
Food, Energy and Environment Team
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Rev. Kathryn Nelson
Prelude “Sweet, Sweet Earth” by Nathan Holst (#30 P&W Songbook)
Greeting One Another
Ringing of the Peace Bells
God is Revealed as We Gather
*Responsive Call to Worship (Ute Prayer)
Earth teach me stillness as the grasses are stilled with light.
Earth teach me suffering as old stones suffer with memory.
Earth teach me humility as blossoms are humble with beginning.
Earth teach me caring as the mother who secures her young.
Earth teach me courage as the tree which stands all alone.
Earth teach me freedom as the eagle which soars in the sky.
Earth teach me resignation as the leaves which die in the fall.
Earth teach me regeneration as the seed which rises in the spring.
Earth teach me to forget myself as melted snow forgets its life.
Earth teach me to remember kindness as dry fields weep with rain.
*Opening Hymn “All Things Bright and Beautiful” (#31)
Unison Prayer of Confession
O God, maker of heaven and earth: You place us in your creation, and you ask us to care for it. Where we have degraded or destroyed earth’s gifts, forgive us. Where we have taken beauty and majesty for granted, open our eyes and hearts. Where we have become estranged from the creatures with whom we share this planet, help us to make peace for the sake of the planet. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
Children’s Time “Blessing of the Animals” Lisa Fitzpatrick
Song “All God’s Critters” (#20 P&W Songbook)
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Scriptures: Revelation 21:1–6
Anthem “God Shall Wipe Away All Tears”
Homily “What is Our Vision?”
Video “Generation Waking Up”
Questions to Consider Together:
- What are the issues that concern you?
- What do you feel called to do?
- What is your piece of the puzzle?
- What will our legacy be?
Poem “A Vision” by Wendell Berry
Hymn “We Cannot Own the Sunlit Sky” (#563)
We Respond to God’s Presence
Brief Introductions of Different Eco-Justice Work Group Members
Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer, the Lord’s Prayer and Choral Amen
Sharing our Offerings
Offertory “Pie Jesu” by Faure Gudrun Witrak & Nathan Holst
Pious Lord Jesus, Give them rest.
Pious Lord Jesus, Give them everlasting rest.
*The Thanksgiving “Take My Gifts” (#562)
*Prayer of Thanksgiving
*Closing Hymn “Touch the Earth Lightly” (#569)