September 25, 2022

Season of Creation, Cosmos Sunday   




Prelude:   “Prelude in F”           Gordon Young                                                                                           


Call to Worship:    Sabra Scott Lodge

 Risen Christ,

   Your presence fills the universe.

Cosmic Christ,

   Your presence pulses

   through all galactic space

   across light years of time.

Living Christ,

   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                      

Pastoral Prayer

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