Coronavirus - Services at home - Sunday 26th September 2021

St Michael’s Church Blundellsands

Morning Service for Sunday 26th September 2021

God’s Goodness in Creation

All God’s creatures

Read through the service and click on the links for the hymns and talk.

Hymn : O Praise ye the Lord

We are having a series of 5 services thinking about our environment.

Opening Sentence

And of every living thing, of all flesh, you shall bring two of every kind into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female. Of the birds according to their kinds, and of the animals according to their kinds, of every creeping thing of the ground according to its kind, two of every kind shall come in to you, to keep them alive.
Genesis 6:19-20 

Opening Prayer

Blessed are you, Lord God,
creator of heaven and earth.

Your Word calls all things into being,
and the light of dawn awakens us to life.

May your wisdom guide us this day
that we may cherish and care for your good creation,

and offer to you the sacrifice of our lips,
praising you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.



The following confession is based on a compilation of scripture verses.

The land mourns: and all who dwell on it languish.

The beasts of the field, the birds of the air: and even the fish of the sea are perishing. 

For the earth is scorched with fire: the air polluted, and the waters choked with waste. The ice melts and the seas rage: the waters surge and floods devastate the land.

The water springs are silent, and the steams run dry: the green places are a dry land where there is no water. The fertile ground is exhausted: the land has become a parched and windswept wasteland.

The holy cities have become a wilderness: Zion has become a desolation. So turn us again, O Lord: and come to our help. Drop down, O heavens, from above: and let righteousness rain down upon the poor. 

Let the earth open: and let wholeness and healing spring forth. Then the wilderness and the dry land shall be glad: the desert shall rejoice and blossom. 

The mountains and hills shall break forth into singing: and the trees of the forest shall clap their hands. 

Lord have mercy, we have failed to be good stewards of the earth you entrusted to us.


Almighty God — creator, shaper and sustainer of all life, And loving Father. Thank you for the forgiveness won for us by your Son – the redeemer of all creation. We receive your grace to us, and your love for us as we are.
Change us now into what you would have us be,
Move us to love and care for your world
And make us ready to work for the good of all creation
Through the love and power of your son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen


Reading: Job 12 7-12

 But ask the animals, and they will teach you,

    or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you;
or speak to the earth, and it will teach you,
    or let the fish in the sea inform you.
Which of all these does not know
    that the hand of the Lord has done this?
10 In his hand is the life of every creature
    and the breath of all mankind.
11 Does not the ear test words
    as the tongue tastes food?
12 Is not wisdom found among the aged?
    Does not long life bring understanding?


Hymn: Father, Lord of all creation

Talk: Helen


God our creator, create in us a new heart,
a new understanding, a new way of living.
God our Redeemer, rescue us from the brink of disaster,
open our eyes to see the dangers that lie ahead.
God our Sustainer, equip and energize us,
to hold fast to the changes that we need to make.

God of life,

we praise you for the beauty of creation,
its richness and variety;
yet, through greed and ignorance,
we scar your world with plastic waste
and throw so much away.
Make us more like Jesus,
treading gently on our common home,
and breathe your Spirit on us,
that we may care more deeply for your Earth.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.


We say together the Lord’s Prayer:

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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation: but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the Kingdom, the power and the glory,

For ever and ever.  Amen


The Peace

To crown all things there must be love,

to bind all together and complete the whole.

Let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts.

The peace of the Lord be always with you.
And also with you.

Hymn: Praise and thanksgiving


Holy Communion

The Lord is here.
His Spirit is with us.

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give thanks and praise.

It is right to praise you, Father, Lord of all creation;
in your love you made us for yourself.
When we turned away you did not reject us, but came to meet us in your Son.
You embraced us as your children
and welcomed us to sit and eat with you.

In Christ you shared our life
that we might live in him and he in us.
He opened his arms of love upon the cross and made for all the perfect sacrifice for sin.

On the night he was betrayed,
at supper with his friends
he took bread, and gave you thanks;
he broke it and gave it to them, saying:
Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me.
Father, we do this in remembrance of him: his body is the bread of life.

At the end of supper, taking the cup of wine, he gave you thanks, and said:
Drink this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins; do this in remembrance of me.
Father, we do this in remembrance of him:
his blood is shed for all.

As we proclaim his death and celebrate his rising in glory, send your Holy Spirit that this bread and this wine may be to us the body and blood of your dear Son.
As we eat and drink these holy gifts make us one in Christ, our risen Lord.

With your whole Church throughout the world we offer you this sacrifice of praise and lift our voice to join the eternal song of heaven:
Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might,

Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.

We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.
Though we are many, we are one body, because we all share in one bread.

Prayer after communion

God our creator, by your gift
the tree of life was set at the heart of the earthly paradise,
and the bread of life at the heart of your Church:
may we who have been nourished at your table on earth
be transformed by the glory of the Saviour’s cross
and enjoy the delights of eternity;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Let us stand to affirm our commitment to care actively for God’s creation.

Lord of life and giver of hope,
we pledge ourselves to care for creation,
to reduce our waste,
to live sustainably,
and to value the rich diversity of life.
May your wisdom guide us,
that life in all its forms may flourish,
and may be faithful in voicing creation’s praise.

Hymn: Great is thy faithfulness



May God the Father,
who clothes the lilies of the field
and feeds the birds of the air,
provide you with all we need for life in its fullness; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon you and remain with you always.


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