September 25, 2022
Season of Creation, Cosmos Sunday
Prelude: “Prelude in F” Gordon Young
Call to Worship: Sabra Scott Lodge
Your presence fills the universe.
Your presence pulses
through all galactic space
across light years of time.
In this moment we call ‘now’,
in this place we call ‘here’,
Make your presence felt among us.
Yes, make your presence known!
Opening Hymn: "Creating God, Your Fingers Trace" #109
Prayer Before the Word:
First Lesson: Colossians 1:15-20
L: The word of the Lord P: Thanks be to God
Psalm: Psalm 148 #861
Gospel Lesson: John 6:41-51
L: The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ P: Praise to you, Lord Christ
Sermon: "To Infinity and Beyond" Pastor Gilbert Stones
Hymn: "Lord, We Need Your Boundless Heavens" see text below
The Lord’s Prayer
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 our Gifts to God [Click here to go to online giving]
Offertory: “Réverie” Claude Debussy
Prayer of Dedication
Closing Hymn: "The Cosmic Christ" see text below
Song of Blessing: “Shalom to You”
Passing the Peace of Christ with phone calls, texts, emails, cards and prayers
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Lyrics for "Lord, We Need Your Boundless Heavens"
Gilbert Stones September 2022
Tune: Lauda Anima
Locked inside our light-bound bubbles
When we view the skies at night
Stars seem so few we could count them
Infinity veiled from our sight
Help us see beyond our limits
To your universal love
Standing on a dark clear hillside,
Or in a deserted place,
Suddenly the skies are open
To the full expanse of space.
May the vastness of the cosmos
Universal love inspire.
Lord we need your boundless heavens
To remind us not to place
Limits on our own compassion
Bound by prejudice or hate.
Help us cast aside our limits
On your universal love.
So it is the Cosmos leads us,
In its infinite design,
To inclusion for all people:
Let this be our sacred sign.
Thus we all by our acceptance
Find your universal love.
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Lyrics for "The Cosmic Christ"
Words: © Norman Habel 2004
Tune: Amazing Grace
Amazing is the Christ who died
To void all sin and curse,
Just as amazing is his life
That fills the universe.
The risen Christ is more than one
Who waits on some far shore;
In, with and under ev’ry thing
Christ is the living core.
The hidden Christ sustains for us
The blueprint of the skies,vv
The wisdom in each fragile form,
The soul that lights the eyes.
The cosmic Christ moves deep below
To heal the wounds within,
When all creation groans in pain
Because of human sin.
The cosmos hails the Christ, the One
Who reconciles all things,
‘Til all creation rises new
With healing in her wings.
As Christ unites the universe,
Restores this Earth once more,
A cosmic song reverberates,
A rich symphonic score.
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Thanks to everyone who made today’s service possible
Sarah Jane Scott - Piano, Organ and Vocals
Sabra Scott Lodge - Liturgy
Elizabeth Clover - Scripture
Cheryl Dove, Jora Landis, Gilbert Stones - Vocals
Rich Bolin, Kasey P. Lindsay, Mary Anne Meyer, Gilbert Stones - Primary Videography
Kasey P. Lindsay - Video Editor