Call to Worship
O Divine Voice,
You sing and the universe comes into being;
O Divine Breath,
You breathe and all things spring to life;
O Divine Word,
You call and creation is sustained;
O Divine Flesh,
You are born among us, and the Creator is clothed in creation;
O Divine Spirit,
You contain all that has been formed;
O Divine Life,
You are the pulse of all that is;
And so, in faith and expectation, in wonder and celebration
we gather to remember this mystery:
In you all things live and move and have being
In all things, you live and move and express your Divine artistry;
And so we join with creation in the eternal song of worship and devotion.
- O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appears
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel
- Creation groans in agony
We hold the keys to liberty
But so worn down by cares of life
We e’en neglect our own in strife
- O God, we feel so far from Thee
Thy presence, Thy eternity
This fallen world is far from home
And You seem hid by cloud, unknown
- And on that day when God shall dwell
With man in our new ‘Israel’
Thy kingdom come, our fall undone
And all creation joined as one
Even as we receive again your vision of life,
we recognise that we have been blind to its universal heartbeat;
Even as we remember the connectedness of all things,
we acknowledge that we have divided and separated ourselves,
and forgotten our part in your creation;
Even as we are energised by your breath within us,
we confess our destructiveness,
and repent of the harm we have done to ourselves and our world.
To symbolise our involvement in the very idolatry, deceit, apathy and hypocrisy that we are fighting against, we may now, if we wish, paint a little whitewash on ourselves.
Even as we act against the idolatry, deceit, apathy and hypocrisy that is fueling climate change,
we confess that we are, ourselves, deeply involved in all these things.
For the sake of Jesus, the firstborn of all creation,
who, in death, disarmed all that is evil,
and, in resurrection, stripped death of power,
We ask you to recreate us, to reconnect us,
and to restore to us the vision of your life in creation,
and the power to live it.
The Lord’s Prayer
Statement of Faith
Let us proclaim together our conviction of, and commitment to, God’s purpose in creation:
We believe that God gave birth to the universe and all that is in it,
and we proclaim that God’s life is beyond and within it all.
We believe that, in Jesus, God was revealed in human flesh,
and we proclaim that all is recreated through Christ’s saving work.
We believe that God’s Spirit energises the created order,
and we proclaim that all things are one,
and everything lives in God.
Let us open ourselves to the grace of God,
to the brokenness of our world,
and to the call to be agents of healing and recreation.
Where human greed has stripped the world of beauty and life,
and robbed people of dignity and subsistence,
We pray, O God, for a new vision of abundance,
and a new commitment to nurture the world that feeds us
and share with those who do not have.
Where human hatred has severed relationships,
and broken the connection that unites creation,
We pray, O God, for love to be renewed,
and compassion to draw us back into union.
Where human loneliness, weakness, sickness and grief,
and the suffering of our planet and its inhabitants
hide the signs of your life,
We pray, O God, for healing, comfort and strength
and for the courage to keep hoping in the renewed creation to come.
Where human lust for power and money has prioritised economic growth above eco-system survival and abundant life for all,
We pray, O God, for common-sense and clear thinking
and a new awareness, in ourselves, our leaders, and the world, that keeping the earth viable for life and civilisation must take precedent over the economy.
We pray particularly for those in a position of power or leadership. We pray for a new awakening of what this climate emergency means and the moral courage to do what it takes for our country to lead the world away from climate chaos and towards the safe and beautiful future that is your desire.
We pray, O God, for your Spirit to fill our leaders with wisdom, compassion and courage.
A time of open prayer. Please speak out loud, or silently, your requests to God.
O God, restore our faith,
revive our hope,
rekindle our love,
and hear our prayer;
For we offer it in Christ’s name.
- Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.
- ‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.
- Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
‘Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.
- When we’ve been here ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’d first begun
So now we go from this place back into the world,
to proclaim the saving message of God,
in word and action, in challenge and compassion,
to all creation.
And we go in the confidence that comes from knowing that
Christ’s limitless grace,
God’s infinite love,
and the Holy Spirit’s relentless companionship,
always encompass us,
and are always within us.
From John van de Laar © Sacredise 2007