Climate Sunday

Sunday 5th Sep 2021: Climate Sunday

Image Credit: Cactus always helps the environment by Tim Parker licensed under CC BY 2.0.

 

Prayer of preparation

Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Christ our Lord.

What are we thinking about today? Information about climate and the challenges we face

Song: Jesus shall take the highest honour

Jesus shall take the highest honour
Jesus shall take the highest praise
Let all earth join heaven in exalting
The Name which is above all other names
Let’s bow the knee in humble adoration
For at His Name every knee must bow
Let every tongue confess He is Christ God’s only Son
Sovereign Lord we give You glory now
For all honour and blessing and power
Belongs to You belongs to You
All honour and blessing and power
Belongs to You belongs to You
Lord Jesus Christ Son of the living God

Collect for creation

Glorious God, The whole of creation proclaims your marvellous work: Increase in us a capacity to wonder and delight in it, That heaven’s praise may echo in our hearts And our lives be spent as good stewards of the earth, Through Jesus Christ our Lord

All: Amen

Confession

Creator God, maker of heaven and earth, We acknowledge our failure to live responsibly as part of your creation. We have taken what we want, without considering the consequences; we have wasted and discarded, without thought for the future. Open our hearts and minds to the signs of our times, to the groaning of creation, so that we may turn from our greed and lack of vision and see a world being made anew in Jesus Christ our Lord

All: Amen

Song: Creator God

1. You put the stars in outer space
You popped the freckles on my face
And all the fish that swim and all the birds that fly
Were made from your incredible imagination…

CHORUS
Creator God, we’re singing to the
Creator God of all the world
Creator God, we celebrate You
We celebrate You!

2. You spread the ripples through the sea
You painted stripes on every bee
And all the grass that grows and all the
leaves that fall
Are part of Your amazing plans for this creation….

3. You placed the heat into the sun
You placed a heart in everyone
And all the music played and all the
dancing done
Reminds us that we’re made to be creative like…

Hymn: For the beauty of the earth

For the beauty of the earth,
for the beauty of the skies,
for the love which from our birth
over and around us lies,

Refrain:
Christ our God, to thee we raise
this our sacrifice of praise.

 

For the beauty of each hour
of the day and of the night,
hill and vale, and tree and flower,
sun and moon, and stars of light,

Refrain:
Christ our God, to thee we raise
this our sacrifice of praise.

 

For the joy of human love,
brother, sister, parent, child,
friends on earth, and friends above,
for all gentle thoughts and mild,

Refrain:
Christ our God, to thee we raise
this our sacrifice of praise.

 

For each perfect gift of thine
to our race so freely given,
graces human and divine,
flowers of earth and buds of heaven,

Refrain:
Christ our God, to thee we raise
this our sacrifice of praise.

 

Blessing

The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.

Amen.

We go into the world

To share God’s love and grow as God’s people

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord

In the name of Christ, 

Amen

Readings

Romans 8:18-25

18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed to us-ward.

19 For the earnest expectation of the creation waiteth for the revealing of the sons of God.

20 For the creation was subjected to vanity, not of its own will, but by reason of him who subjected it, in hope

21 that the creation itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the liberty of the glory of the children of God.

22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

23 And not only so, but ourselves also, who have the first-fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for our adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

24 For in hope were we saved: but hope that is seen is not hope: for who hopeth for that which he seeth?

25 But if we hope for that which we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.