Apr 19, 2018

Worship Resources for Earth Day (April 22)

If your congregation is planning on observing Earth Day (April 22) this year, the Canadian Foodgrains Bank offers a variety of helpful worship resources on that theme.

There are four full-length worship services for Earth Day on that website. I’ve listed them here, along with their key scripture passages.

To access these services, just click on the links below.

Psalm 148
   “Let all creation praise God’s name!”
Isaiah 40:12-31
   “To whom will you compare me?”
Colossians 1:15-23
   “In him, all things were created”
Revelation 4:9-11
   “You are worthy, Lord our God”

Psalm 104       
    “When you send forth your spirit, they are created,
    and you renew the face of the ground.”
Isaiah 65:17-25
    “For I am about to create a new heavens and a new earth….”
John 1:1-14     
    “All things came into being through him….”
Colossians 1:13-20
    “Through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things,
    whether on earth or in heaven,
    by making peace through the blood of his cross.”
Revelation 21:1-8
    “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth….”

Genesis 9:8-17
    God’s covenant with Noah
Isaiah 42:5-8
    I have given you as a covenant to the people
Jeremiah 31:31-34
    A new covenant, written on hearts instead of stone
2 Corinthians 3
    Ministers of a new covenant, acting with boldness
Psalm 8
    Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth
Matthew 13:1-9
    Parable of the farmer

Genesis 1:1-2:4
    In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth….
Psalm 8
    O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth….
John 1:1-5
    In the beginning was the Word….
Colossians 1:15-23
    For in Him, all things in heaven and on earth were created….

You can also find a wide variety of individual prayers and worship elements related to creation care on that website. Just visit the Worship Resources pages, and use the search function.

Apr 15, 2018

Call to Worship: Psalm 23

Here’s a call to worship litany inspired by Psalm 23. It was written by Joanna Harader, and posted on Spacious Faith.

Call to Worship
(inspired by Psalm 23)

In the darkest valley,
at the banquet table;
in the hard work of life,
at the moments of ease;
in our day-to-day reality,
at times set aside–
like this time, now–
for worship, for listening, for paying attention;
with every step we take:
goodness and mercy follow us;
our cups overflow.

~ written by Joanna Harader and posted on Spacious Faith. https://spaciousfaith.com/

Prayer for Vulnerable People

Here’s a prayer of intercession and commitment which focuses on the vulnerable people around the globe and in our communities. It comes from the Presbyterian Church in Canada website.

Prayer for Others

Compassionate God,
we pray for vulnerable people all over this world,
people without power
who live in places of terror and violence, fear and oppression.

Protect them, God;
we feel so powerless ourselves to help them. 
Encourage and empower us to work
for peace and freedom from fear in our own contexts.

God of grace,
we pray for those whose lives have been turned upside down
by various disasters: floods, fire and drought-driven famine. 
Bring courage and hope to them;
through their pain, may they remain connected to you in prayer. 

We pray for those say there is no God;
may we through the living of our own lives
demonstrate the joy and peace of a Spirit-centred existence. 

God of community,
we pray for our own congregation;
may we be a source of hope for our neighbourhood. 

Help us to discern needs and work to fulfill them. 
Strengthen and unify our congregation
and show us how we can be the disciples you envision us to be. 
Return the sick to health and well-being
and relieve the suffering of those who have lost loved ones,
are unable to find meaningful employment
and fear the challenges of old age. 

Guide us, Great Shepherd,
into your paths of right relationships. 
In Jesus’ name we pray; Amen.

~ posted on the Presbyterian Church in Canada website. http://presbyterian.ca/worship/

Pastoral Prayer: Shepherding God

Here’s a prayer of praise and intercession from Rachel Hackenberg. It was posted on RevGalBlogPals.

Pastoral Prayer

How blessed are we, holy and unending God,
by your faithfulness in love.

How blessed are we, good and gracious God,
by your comfort amidst life's storms.

How blessed are we, mighty and just God,
for the salvation that you are working out
in us and for all creation.

We sing our praises and thanksgivings
every day and all through the night
in joy and all through our tears
in the day and all through the shadows of night.

We sing our praises and thanksgivings
for those persons who, like you O God,
walk with us, guide us and shape us,
and we name them aloud in gratitude:

We sing our praises and thanksgivings
in chorus with the cries and laments
that rise to your ears, joining our voices
to invoke your presence:

We pray especially for women and girls around the world,
from Nigeria to Syria, from South Sudan to indigenous communities,
agonized that our world does not value female and feminine lives.

Tell us again that you are like a shepherd,
not losing sight of any one person
despite the world's violence and neglect.

Tell us again that you suffer with us,
but that suffering is not your vision for life.

Whisper to us in the voice we long to hear.
Call us to seek life for all people, all creation
within your faithful care.

We appeal to your grace in the name of Jesus.

~ written by Rachel Hackenberg and posted on RevGalBlogPals.  http://revgalblogpals.org/

Prayer of Blessing: St. Columba

Here’s a short prayer from St. Columba (c. 521-597).


My dearest Lord.
Be Thou a bright flame before me.
Be Thou a guiding star above me.
Be Thou a smooth path beneath me.
Be Thou a kindly shepherd behind me.
Today and evermore.

~ excerpted from a longer prayer by St. Columba.