A Simplified Order of Worship September 6, 2020

Season of Creation, Forest Sunday


Call to Worship                                                                          Kathy and Mike Lindsay                                                                                                                          

  We invite the forests to worship with us:

    mountain ash and vibrant maples, quivering ferns and glistening moss!

  We invite tall trees to celebrate life:

    jackpines and oaks, tall trees where lizards and lichen find their home!

  We invite the forest to sing in the night:

    green tree frogs and timid moths, owls and swirling bats!

  We join with the fauna of the forest in praising God:

    redwinged blackbirds and hummingbirds, creeping things and butterflies.

  We celebrate the song of the forest!

    Sing, forest, sing!


Opening Prayer                                                                                                                             

     Creator God, we gather today to worship in this sanctuary called Earth, a planet filled with your presence, quivering in the forests, vibrating in the land, pulsating in the wilderness, shimmering in the rivers. Reveal yourself to us in this place and show us your face in all creation. Amen.


Music                                   “So Will I” by Joel Houston                    Kasey P. Lindsay                                                                


Children’s Time                                                                                 Matthew Fochtman


Prayer Before the Word                                                                                     Kay Bolin

First Lesson                                 Genesis 2:4b-19


Second Lesson:                         Revelation 22:1-5


Message                                   “Kin to All Creation”                          Pastor Rich Bolin


Music                           “Mother Earth, Our Mother Birthing”

                                    by Norman Habel and Jean Strathdee


Pastoral Prayer


Prayer Interlude


The Lord’s Prayer                                                                                            Beth Crizer                                                                                                                        

  Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 

  your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.

  Give us today our daily bread. 

  Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.

  Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.

  For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever.



Offering      [Click here to go to online giving]


Offertory              “Winds through the Pine Trees” by Joseph Clokey

                                                            Barbara Hoff                                                                  


The Great Thanksgiving and the Sacrament of Holy Communion


Hymn                               “One Bread, One Body” (verses 1 & 3)                         #620



                                     Join us on Zoom at 11:00 a.m. for fellowship.


Song of Blessing:                             “Shalom to You”                                 Jora Landis


Passing the Peace of Christ with phone calls, texts, emails, cards and prayers


Children's Time

This week Matthew's here to talk to us about one of the most important parts of God's Creation, the forest!