Apr 20, 2015

Prayer for Earth Day

Here’s a prayer of thanksgiving and commitment for Earth Day.  It is part of a larger worship service for Earth Day which I compiled for the Canadian Foodgrains BankClick here to access the entire worship order.

Prayer for Earth Day

Gracious God,
your amazing love extends through all time and space,
to all parts of your creation,
which you created and called good.

You made a covenant with Noah and his family,
putting a rainbow in the sky
to symbolize your promise of love and blessing
to every living creature,
and to all successive generations.

You made a covenant with Abraham and Sarah,
blessing them and their descendants
throughout the generations.
You made a covenant with Moses and the Israelite people
to all generations,
giving them the ten commandments
and challenging them to choose life.

In Jesus,
you invite us to enter into a new covenant,
in communion with all who seek to be faithful to you.

As people of faith,
we are called into covenant.
Your covenant of faithfulness and love
extends to the whole creation.

We pray for the healing of the earth,
that present and future generations
may enjoy the fruits of creation,
and continue to glorify and praise you. Amen.

~ from the Web of Creation website. http://www.webofcreation.org/

Call to Worship: The God of Many Names

Here’s a call to worship for the season of Easter. It was written by Roddy Hamilton.

Call to Worship

When God tripped over the stars this week
and send great lightning sparks across the night
God’s name was Power

When God stood in the morning dew a few weeks back
and whispered Mary’s name fresh from the tomb
God’s name was Life

When God held out hands to Thomas
and hold him to hold on and follow
God’s name was Shepherd

When God pours water this morning
and asks us to find heaven in every drop
God’s name is Grace

When God shook us awake today
and hollowed out an unused moment in front of us to step into
God’s name is Creator

When God found us waiting here
in the space between heaven and earth, now and not yet
God’s name is Love

Friends, let us worship
the God of many names

~ written by Roddy Hamilton, and posted on Mucky Paws. http://www.nkchurch.org.uk/index.php/mucky-paws

Call to Worship: Easter 4

Here’s a call to worship for the fourth Sunday of Easter.  It was written by Rev. MaryAnn Rennie, and posted on the Church of Scotland’s Starters for Sunday website.

Call to Worship
(inspired by John 10 and Psalm 23)

Awaken from Your slumber,
and bring Your fears and anxieties
into the presence of the Lord our God.
Hear the call of our Shepherd,
and allow His voice
to lead from selfish ambition
to the feast of grace.
May the light of Christ
shine into the hidden darkness of our lives
and restore us
for the service of the Lord.

Come let us worship God.

~ written by Rev MaryAnn Rennie, and posted on the Church of Scotland’s Starters for Sunday website. http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/

Offering: The Shepherd's Care

Here’s an invitation and prayer for the offering inspired by Psalm 23 and 1 John 3.  It was written by Mary Petrina Boyd, and posted on Ministry Matters.

Invitation to the Offering
(inspired by Psalm 23, 1 John 3)

The Shepherd cares for us,
providing all that we need in abundance.

The Shepherd calls us to love one another
in truth and action.

May our gifts reflect our trust in the Shepherd’s care.
May our offerings show our willingness to love one another.

Offering Prayer
(inspired by Psalm 23, 1 John 3)

God of love,
you abide with us;
you provide for all our needs
and guide us in your ways.
Out of gratitude for your care,
we bring our gifts before you.
Use them for your work of caring,
that all may feast at the table of abundance,
walk without fear,
and drink deeply
from the cup of compassion. Amen.

~ written by Mary Petrina Boyd, and posted on Ministry Matters. http://www.ministrymatters.com/

Opening Prayer: Psalm 23

Here’s an opening prayer for Good Shepherd Sunday, or any other occasion on which God is being portrayed as a Shepherd.

Opening Prayer
(inspired by Psalm 23, John 10)

Loving Shepherd,
you know our names;
you care for us.
When we face darkness and death,
walk beside us.
When we hunger for your love,
fill us with your presence.
When we are fearful,
feed us at your table.
May we dwell in the house of goodness and mercy
all the days of our lives. Amen.

~ written by Mary Petrina Boyd, and posted on Ministry Matters. http://www.ministrymatters.com/