Earth Day Celebration 04/22/18 (Easter 4B)

Earth Day 2018: A Sense of Place

 

Gathering
Musical Call to Worship: “Morning Has Broken” (L. Larson, arr.; E. Farjeon, words)

Celebrating
Responsive Call to Worship
Responsive Prayer of Invocation
Hymn: Heaven and Earth, and Sea and Sky
Reflection: How shall we know God? (3 avenues of revelation)
Scripture: Job 12:7-10
Celebrating Creation: building an altar with objects from the natural world
Poem: “More Beautiful than the Honey Locust Tree Are the Words of the Lord” by Mary Oliver
Hymn: O, How Glorious, Full of Wonder

Lamenting
Scripture: Psalm 137:1-4
Prayer of Confession
A Time with Young Disciples: The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
Lament: Species Extinction, Climate Change, Environmental Degradation and Devastation, Sacrifice Zones
Lament: Endangered species of MA and New England (slideshow)

Dreaming
Anthem: “Wade in the Water” (African-American Spiritual)
A Sense of Place & Watershed
Psalm 104, adapted to our place
Dreaming: The rich diversity of living species of MA and New England (slideshow)
Song: “All God’s Critters” (B. Staines)
Offertory: “The Blue-Green Hills of Earth” (P. Winter)

Praying
Poem: “Praying” by Mary Oliver
Prayers of the People, Pastoral Prayer, Lord’s Prayer
An Affirmation of Faith for Creation
Hymn: Touch the Earth Lightly

Going Forth
Poem: “Messenger” by Mary Oliver
Closing Hymn: For the Beauty of the Earth
Benediction
Postlude

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