Coronavirus - Services at home - Sunday 19th September 2021 - No. 60

St Michael’s Church Blundellsands

Morning Service for Sunday 19th September 2021

 

Love Your World Part 3

Water and Climate Change

 

 

HYMN: And can it be 

 

WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION

In the name of the Father; and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

 

The Lord be with you

And also with you.

 

The Spirit of God hovered over the water

And brought life to all creation.

Come, Holy Spirit

And renew the face of the earth.

 

CONFESSION

We confess our sin, and the sins of our society in the misuse of God’s creation

We confess to you

Our lack of care for the world you have given us.

Lord have mercy

Lord have mercy.

 

We confess to you

our selfishness in not sharing the earth’s bounty fairly.

Christ have mercy

Christ have mercy.

 

We confess to you

Our failure to protect resources for others

Lord have mercy

Lord have mercy.

 

ABSOLUTION

May the God of all healing and forgiveness draw us to himself,

and cleanse us from all our sins

that we may behold the glory of his Son,

The Word made flesh,

Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

 

 

READING: 2 Peter 3 Verse 5  – 9

Long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water.

By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed.

By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.

 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

 

This is the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God.

 

HYMN:  : God is love, His the care.

https://youtu.be/sZF1mK0cxP0

 

TALK by Lucy

 

Hymn: All things Bright and Beautiful 

https://youtu.be/IPMA5I3-0Jw

 

PRAYERS

Spirit of the Living God

At the beginning you moved over the face of the waters.

You brought life into being, the teeming life

That finds its way through the earth and sea and air,

That makes its home around us, everywhere.

You know how living things flourish and grow

How they co-exist; how they feed and breed and change:

Help us to understand those delicate relationships,

value them, and keep them from destruction.

Amen.

 

God, of the living earth

You have called people to care for your world –

You asked Noah to save creatures from destruction.

May we now understand how to sustain your world –Not over-fishing, not destroying trees, precious rainforest, not farming soil into useless compacted dust.

Help us to find ways to use resources wisely

To find a path to good, sustainable living

in peace and harmony with creatures around us, and all over the globe.

Amen.

 

Jesus, who raised the dead to life

Help us to find ways to cease changing our climate in such a harmful way.

Where there are droughts, we pray for rain; where there are storms, we pray for protection.


We pray for leaders in governments and businesses around the world to take bold steps towards tackling this climate crisis. Guide us in living differently to minimise the effects we have already caused, and to become more responsible stewards for you and your creation.

Amen.

 

Prayers for our church community.

Compassionate God,

We lift up those who cannot be with us today due to illness.

Please comfort them and ease their suffering.

Please bless the following with your loving care….

……………………………………………………………………………

And others known personally among us.

Please sustain them during this challenging time in their journey with you.

In Jesus’s name.

Amen.

 

THE PEACE

God calls us to peace:
In God’s justice is our peace.

Christ calls us to be God’s people:
In Christ is our peace.

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

 

HYMN: Lord for the years

 

Words of Affirmation

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.
Amen

 

BLESSING

May the God of our pilgrimage,

Who led us to the living water:

 refresh you and sustain you as you go forward on your journey,

In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.