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Easter 3C
Earth Day Sunday

(Second Sunday after Easter)

We invite you to maintain a spirit of silence as the prelude begins our service

OUR APPROACH TO GOD
Prelude 
Introit "All Things Bright and Beautiful” 

Welcome

Call to Worship:  Pygmy prayer, Zaire
O God, you have formed heaven and earth;
YOU HAVE GIVEN US ALL THE GOODS THAT THE EARTH BEARS!
Here is your part, my God.
TAKE IT!

*Hymn 64 "All Creatures of Our God"

Let us be before our God in silence.

Unison Prayer: Psalm 80
YOU BROUGHT A VINE FROM EGYPT,
CLEARED OUT NATIONS TO PLANT;
YOU PREPARED THE GROUND
AND MADE IT TAKE ROOT TO FILL THE LAND.
TURN OUR WAY, GOD OF MIGHT,
LOOK DOWN FROM HEAVEN;
TEND THIS VINE YOU PLANTED,
CHERISH IT ONCE MORE.
REST YOUR HAND UPON YOUR CHOSEN ONE
WHO DRAWS STRENGTH FROM YOU.

Kyrie (sung)
LORD, HAVE MERCY ON US.
CHRIST, HAVE MERCY ON US.
LORD, HAVE MERCY ON US.


A Word of Assurance: Isaiah 11:6-9

The Summary of God's Law (Mark 12:29b-31)
This is the first commandment:
HEAR O ISRAEL, 
THE LORD OUR GOD, 
THE LORD IS ONE!  
THEREFORE YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD 
WITH ALL YOUR HEART, 
WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, 
WITH ALL YOUR MIND, 
AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH.

This is the second commandment:
YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.
There is no greater commandment than these.

Anthem "In the Garden" C. Miles


THE WORD OF GOD
*Responsive Reading: A Chinook Blessing

Chinook Blessing Litany

We call upon the earth, our planet home.
WITH ITS BEAUTIFUL DEPTHS AND SOARING HEIGHTS, ITS VITALITY AND ABUNDANCE OF LIFE,

We call upon the mountains, the Cascades & the Olympics, the high green valleys,
MEADOWS FILLED WITH WILD FLOWERS, THE SNOWS THAT NEVER MELT, THE SUMMITS OF INTENSE SILENCE,

We call upon the waters that rim the ear, horizon to horizon,
THAT FLOW IN OUR RIVERS & STREAMS, THAT FALL UPON GARDENS & FIELDS.

We call upon the forests, the great trees reaching strongly to the sky with the earth in their roots
AND THE HEAVENS IN THEIR BRANCHES, THE FIR AND THE PINE AND THE CEDAR.

We call upon the creatures of the fields & forests & the seas, our brothers & sisters the wolves & deer,
THE EAGLE & DOVE, THE GREAT WHALES & THE DOLPHIN, THE BEAUTIFUL ORCA WHO SHARE OUR NORTHWEST HOME.

We call upon the moon & the stars & the sun, who govern the rhythms & seasons of our lives and
REMIND US THAT WE ARE A PART OF A GREAT WONDROUS UNIVERSE.

We call upon all those who have lived on this earth, our ancestors & our friends, who dreamed
THE BEST FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS AND UPON WHOSE LIVES OUR LIVES ARE BUILT: WE GIVE THEM THANKS.

We call upon all that we hold most sacred, the presence and power of the Great Spirit of love
AND TRUTH WHICH FLOWS THROUGH ALL THE UNIVERSE TO BE WITH US, TO TEACH US, AND SHOW US THE WAY!

*Gloria Patri (Hymn No. 623)
GLORY BE TO THE FATHER 
AND TO THE SON 
AND TO THE HOLY GHOST.  
AS IT WAS IN THE BEGINNING, 
IS NOW AND EVER SHALL BE, 
WORLD WITHOUT END, 
AMEN, AMEN!


Announcements and Children's Moment
*Hymn 578 "All Things Bright & Beautiful"

Scripture Lessons:
First Reading: Acts of the Apostles 9:1-6
Epistle: Revelation 5:11-14
Alleluia! ALLELUIA!
Gospel: John 21:1-19
Sermon

OUR RESPONSE TO GOD
*Hymn 58 "This is My Father's World"

The Offering 

We stand as the offering comes forward, singing:
PRAISE GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW; 
PRAISE GOD ALL CREATURES HERE BELOW; 
PRAISE GOD ABOVE YE HEAVENLY HOSTS; 
PRAISE FATHER (CREATOR), SON (CHRIST) AND HOLY GHOST. AMEN.
Dedication Prayer over the Gifts

A Time of Giving Thanks & Praise
The Prayer of the People & the Lord’s Prayer
*Hymn 560 "For the Beauty of the Earth"
*Benediction
*Choral Response
Postlude 

*Please stand if you are able.

News - 25th April 2004

 

 

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