Windsor Park United Church

Bulletin – April 28, 2019

Second Sunday of Easter / Earth Day

Earth Day Service
(Adapted from the United Church of Canada service
“Peace with the Earth” written by Miriam Spies)

Approach

Gathering Song – MV #39 “Mother Earth, Our Mother Birthing”

Welcome, lighting the candle and announcements

Call to Worship

One:    Come and worship the Creator
All:      who gently cares for the land.
One:    Come and worship Jesus
All:      who calms the waters.
One:    Come and worship the Spirit
All:      who blows through the trees.

*     Opening Hymn – MV #30 “It’s a Song of Praise to the Maker”

Prayer of Approach and Confession
            Let us give thanks to the Creator today for the warm sun and glowing moon, for the colourful trees and plants, for the flashing rivers and wavy seas. We join with the Earth and with each other for the healing of the Earth and the renewal of all life. Let us be grateful for the time to worship and be open to our beloved Creator. Loving God, how often do we forget the beauty of the Earth, we confess that we do not always care for our home, we confess that we rely on the conveniences of today’s society. Forgive us when we take creation for granted. Remind us of your path to dignity for all. Teach us to be caregivers in our world. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

Words of Assurance

Response to the Assurance (MV #92)
            Like a rock, like a rock, God is under our feet.
            Like the starry night sky God is over our head.
            Like the sun on the horizon God is every before.
            Like the river runs to ocean, our home is in God evermore. 

Passing the Peace

Time for all ages

*   Hymn  – MV #135 “Called by Earth and Sky”

The Word

Scripture Readings:   Genesis 2:4b-17        John 1:1-5

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.
Thanks be to God.

Meditation – “Enough for our Need?”
(a quiet time for your personal reflection and prayer)

Anthem – “As the Wind Blows”

Prayer for Grace

Creedal Response:     A New Creed (VU #918)

The Response

*   Offering / Response: “He is Lord”
            He is Lord. He is Lord.
            He is risen from the dead and He is Lord.
            Every knee shall bow, every tongue confess,
            That Jesus Christ is Lord.

Offering Dedication

Prayers of the People

*   Closing Hymn VU #297 – “All Praise to You”

*   Commissioning / Benediction

*   Blessing

*   Response (VU #958)
                        Halle, Halle, Hallelujah!
                        Halle, Halle, Hallelujah!
                        Halle, Halle, Hallelujah!
                        Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

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Patrick Woodbeck, Minister                          Laura Steidl, Music Director
Myrna Hagues, Organist                              Sylvia Warrington, Liturgist
Sue Turley, Office Administrator                           Gina Grant, Custodian

Welcome Ministry – Howard Ashdown, Alana Davis, Morris Deveson

Posted in Sunday Bulletin and Announcements on April 26, 2019.