Worship Guide May 22, 2022
Lighting of the Christ Candle
Call to Worship
The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it,
the world and those who live in it.
God has founded it on the seas,
and established it on the rivers.
Let us join our hearts in praise
of the author of all life!
Let us worship God together.
HYMN #301 Let Us Build a House
Sharing of Joys and Concerns
For the Young at Heart
Prayer of Confession Feasting on the Word Worship Companion
God, our Deliverer,
we confess that we are too reluctant to speak
and to live according to your truth.
We grow comfortable with the way things are,
passively condoning injustice.
We see ourselves as “insiders,”
excluding those we consider “outsiders.”
We find it easier to pluck up and pull down,
to destroy and overthrow,
than to build and to plant.
Forgive us, O God, for being timid disciples.
Empty us of fear and shame,
and fill us with love that is humble
and patient and kind.
We pray this in the name of
the One who humbled himself,
Jesus the Christ.
Affirmation of Faith
God built the heavens, the earth,
and everything in them.
God calls us to be builders as well.
God heals us to build our lives:
to restore broken places and continue to grow.
God strengthens us to build our faith:
to study the Word and ponder its interpretation.
God works through us to build our community:
to build bridges of understanding and systems of justice.
God transforms us to build history by fulfilling
the promises of Scripture:
to preach the good news of God’s love
and liberation for all.
Passing of the Peace
Scripture: Genesis 1:1-27 Common English Bible
When God began to create the heavens and the earth— the earth was without shape or form, it was dark over the deep sea, and God’s wind swept over the waters— God said, “Let there be light.” And so light appeared. God saw how good the light was. God separated the light from the darkness. God named the light Day and the darkness Night.
There was evening and there was morning: the first day.
God said, “Let there be a dome in the middle of the waters to separate the waters from each other.” God made the dome and separated the waters under the dome from the waters above the dome. And it happened in that way. God named the dome Sky.
There was evening and there was morning: the second day.
God said, “Let the waters under the sky come together into one place so that the dry land can appear.” And that’s what happened. God named the dry land Earth, and he named the gathered waters Seas. God saw how good it was. God said, “Let the earth grow plant life: plants yielding seeds and fruit trees bearing fruit with seeds inside it, each according to its kind throughout the earth.” And that’s what happened. The earth produced plant life: plants yielding seeds, each according to its kind, and trees bearing fruit with seeds inside it, each according to its kind. God saw how good it was.
There was evening and there was morning: the third day.
God said, “Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to separate the day from the night. They will mark events, sacred seasons, days, and years. They will be lights in the dome of the sky to shine on the earth.” And that’s what happened. God made the stars and two great lights: the larger light to rule over the day and the smaller light to rule over the night. God put them in the dome of the sky to shine on the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. God saw how good it was.
There was evening and there was morning: the fourth day.
God said, “Let the waters swarm with living things, and let birds fly above the earth up in the dome of the sky.” God created the great sea animals and all the tiny living things that swarm in the waters, each according to its kind, and all the winged birds, each according to its kind. God saw how good it was. Then God blessed them: “Be fertile and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let the birds multiply on the earth.”
There was evening and there was morning: the fifth day.
God said, “Let the earth produce every kind of living thing: livestock, crawling things, and wildlife.” And that’s what happened. God made every kind of wildlife, every kind of livestock, and every kind of creature that crawls on the ground. God saw how good it was. Then God said, “Let us make humanity in our image to resemble us so that they may take charge of the fish of the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the earth, and all the crawling things on earth.”
God created humanity in God’s own image,
in the divine image God created them,
male and female God created them.
God blessed them and said to them, “Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and master it. Take charge of the fish of the sea, the birds in the sky, and everything crawling on the ground.” Then God said, “I now give to you all the plants on the earth that yield seeds and all the trees whose fruit produces its seeds within it. These will be your food. To all wildlife, to all the birds in the sky, and to everything crawling on the ground—to everything that breathes—I give all the green grasses for food.” And that’s what happened.
God saw everything he had made: it was supremely good.
There was evening and there was morning: the sixth day.
This is the Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
Sermon Rev. Cathi King
Offerings of Thanksgiving
Offertory It is Well with My Soul
St. Andrew’s Choir
Joi McClellan, guest accompanist
HYMN #606 Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow
Charge and Blessing:
Compassion, creativity, and joy
are ours through Jesus Christ.
May the Holy Spirit move us
to preserve and enhance life on earth,
giving clear witness
to the life-giving purpose of our creator.
Extinguish Christ Candle