Creation as Blessing – Happy Father’s Day

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           Order of Worship

            Let us be as open vessels that God’s spirit may enter.

The Community Gathers:  Experience God’s presence in the

assembly. Please greet one another with joy and welcome new

friends into our community of love.

              You are welcome here…come and worship!

Focus:   “The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all, our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope.”   

                                                                           Wendell Berry

Gathering Music    We Are Here (by Alicia Keys)          -Michelle Currie

Welcome:                                                                 Rev. Paula Norbert

Responsive Call to Worship: 

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

In the empty void and crushing darkness, God spoke light into being.

Creator God, bring light into our darkness.

In the beginning, God took eternity and formed time and space,

seasons, days and years.

Creator God, fill and shape the time you have given us.

In the beginning, God took land and sea and filled them with life of every kind.

Creator God, help us find our place within your diverse creation.

In the beginning, God called out, and the returning echo formed humanity.

Creator God, open our eyes to see you reflected in every human face.

In the beginning, God created, and it was good.

Opening Hymn:  For the Beauty of the Earth     #14       VS.  1-4


Creating God,

You who spun the galaxies and breathed into us the breath of life,

Open us to an awareness of the life coursing through us

that is connected to all creation

so that we might become more tuned in to your life force,

feeling more vitality in our lives,  and more loving towards all.

We praise you as the One in whom we have life and being.

And all God’s people say, Amen.

Lords Prayer:                          

Readings:   Genesis 1:2-4, A reading from Hildegard of Bingen                                                                        Rev. Lamar Robinson                                                                            

(After the readings you may choose to respond, “Thanks be to God”)

Sermon:  Drawing Near To the Earth                  Rev. Paula Norbert

Sermon Response:  Meditative Instrumental ~ What A Wonderful World (by Louis Armstrong)                           -Michelle Currie

Musical call to Prayer:  Hush now in quiet peace, be still your mind at

ease. The Spirit brings release, so wait upon the Lord. (two times)

                               Prayers of the People:

Silent Prayers                                                     Pastoral Prayer

Closing Hymn:  You Shall Go Out With Joy   #80       2X  Verse/Chorus                           *Repeat Chorus 2nd time thru

Blessing                                        Rev. Paula Norbert

May God’s creative Spirit be with us in our hearts

and minds as we leave this place to return home.

May God’s creative Spirit help us to see with new wonder

the splendor of your creation all around us

and inspire us to preserve and protect it.

Response:  Thanks be to God

Closing:  Go In Peace…

Go in peace and the peace of God

be with you this day.

Go in peace and the peace of God

be with you always.

Celebrate and share the joy!

Celebrate new life!

Go in peace and the peace of God

be with you always.

Thank you for wearing a mask throughout our Service.

With thanks to Michelle Currie, our Music Director.  Thank you to the many who have helped coordinate the plans to enable us to return to this sacred space. 

Pastor’s Contact Info:  207-205-4951


Call To Worship by Mark Earey