September 5, 2021                                                            Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

                                            Season of Creation - Planet Earth Sunday


Prelude:                                         Sarabande from Suite No. 4                                            J. S. Bach

Call to Worship*                                                                                                         Bob and Beth Mott
  In the name of God, who creates planets, the name of Jesus Christ, born on planet Earth,

    and the name of the Spirit who envelopes our planet. Amen.
      Holy! Holy! Holy!  Earth is filled with God’s presence.

  Christ, we come to into your presence, today, to worship in this sanctuary called Earth,
    Holy! Holy! Holy!  Earth is filled with God’s presence.

Opening Prayer*
  God, our Creator, as we reflect on the mystery of our fragile planet, we celebrate the

  wonders of Earth as our home.  Help us to discern how we have polluted our planet and to

  empathize with the groaning of creation beneath us.  Teach us to sense the presence of God

  pulsing through Earth as a living green blue sanctuary.   Teach us to love Earth as our home. 

  In the name of Christ, the Word of God, who is the creative impulse in all creation.  Amen.

Opening Hymn:                                    “Morning Has Broken”                                                       #145

Prayer before the Word                                                                                                        Cheryl Dove

First Lesson:                                                  Genesis 1:1-25

Psalm:                                                              Psalm 33:1-8

Children’s Time   

Gospel Lesson:                                                  John 1:1-14
                                L: The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ   P: Praise to you, Lord Christ

Sermon:                                                         “The Only One"                              Pastor Gilbert Stones

Hymn:                                                            ”Song of Earth*”
                               (Sung to the tune of “Christ the Lord Has Risen Today, #302)

Pastoral Prayer

Offering    [Click here to go to online giving]

Offertory                             “God, Who Made the Earth and Heaven”                  Michael Burkhardt

Prayer of Dedication

The Sacrament of Holy Communion and The Lord’s Prayer
The Lord’s Prayer                                                                                                                         Alta Hall
    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.

Receiving the Elements

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


Song of Blessing:                                         “Shalom to You”

*”The copyright for the season of Creation materials produced in Australia is held jointly by Norman Habel and the Justice and International Mission unit within the Commission for Mission of the Uniting Church in Australia, Synod of Victoria and Tasmania. This unit was the initial sponsoring body for these materials.
These season of Creation materials are available for duplication and distribution in congregational worship and workshops free of charge without payment of any royalty. They are regarded as part of the mission work of the church.”


Children's Time

Today is Planet Earth Sunday.

Have you ever seen a photo of our earth from space?

Not just a drawing of Earth, but an actual photograph?

You might be surprised what you can (and can't) see when you look!