WELCOME and GREETING
CALL TO WORSHIP – adapted from Freeman Dyson (1923-2020)
One: We are the chief inlets of God on this planet at the present stage… We may later grow with God as God grows, or we may be left behind.
All: If we are left behind, it is an end. If we keep on growing, it is a beginning.
HYMN #265 Creating God, Your Fingers Trace
Creating God, your fingers trace
the bold designs of farthest space;
let sun and moon and stars and light
and what lies hidden praise your might.
Sustaining God, your hands uphold
earth’s mysteries known or yet untold;
let waters fragile blend with air,
enabling life, proclaim your care.
Redeeming God, your arms embrace
all now despised for creed or race;
let peace, descending like a dove,
make known on earth your healing love.
Indwelling God, your gospel claims
one family with a billion names;
let every life be touched by grace
until we praise you face to face. +
READINGS OF THE DAY
First Reading –from St. Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Second Reading – Isaiah 44:6-8 (New Revised Standard Version)
MESSAGE Lawn chair and snow shovel
The Reverend J. Gary Brinn
HYMN #260 God Who Gives to Life Its Goodness
God who gives to life its goodness,
God creator of all joy,
God who gives to us our freedom,
God who blesses tool and toy:
teach us now to laugh and praise you,
deep within your praises sing,
till the who creation dances
for the goodness of its King.
God who fills the earth with beauty,
God who binds each friend to friend,
God who names us co-creators
God who wills that chaos end:
grant us now creative spirits,
minds responsive to your mind,
hearts and wills your rule extending
all our acts by Love refined.+
JOYS AND CONCERNS/PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts
as we forgive our debtors;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
CONGREGATIONAL AND PASTORAL BENEDICTION
Please join us for conversation and sharing during our Zoom Coffee Hour.