First Sunday of Creation Season

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Opening Hymn: Morning has Broken



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Opening Response

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 fill all that has been formed;
O Divine Life, You are the pulse of all that is.                     (John van de Laar)

And so, in amazement and awe, in wonder and celebration
we marvel at 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 wonder.

Glorify the Lord, all you works of the Lord, *
praise and highly exalt God for ever.
In the firmament of his power, glorify the Lord, *
praise and highly exalt God for ever.
Let the earth glorify the Lord. *
Glorify the Lord, O mountains and hills,
and all that grows upon the earth, *
praise and highly exalt God for ever.
Glorify the Lord, O springs of water, seas, and streams, *
O whales and all that move in the waters.
All birds of the air, glorify the Lord, *
praise and highly exalt God for ever.
Glorify the Lord, O beasts of the wild, *
and all you flocks and herds.
O men and women everywhere, glorify the Lord, *
praise and highly exalt God for ever.
(The Song of the Three)


God of all creation,
Your eternal power is known through the whole flow of existence
and in its intricacies and beauty
your voice speaks to us of your wisdom and purpose.
Rooted in your love and grace may we with all creation
speak your glory from everlasting to everlasting,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


First Reading:   Proverbs 8:22-31  (read by Sheila Hulford)

The Lord created me at the beginning of his work,
the first of his acts of long ago.
Ages ago I was set up, at the first,
before the beginning of the earth.
When there were no depths I was brought forth,
when there were no springs abounding with water.
Before the mountains had been shaped, before the hills,
I was brought forth,
when he had not yet made earth and fields,
or the world’s first bits of soil.
When he established the heavens, I was there,
when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,
when he made firm the skies above,
when he established the fountains of the deep,
when he assigned to the sea its limit,
so that the waters might not transgress his command,
when he marked out the foundations of the earth,
then I was beside him, like a master worker;
and I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always,
rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the human race.


Hymn:  Circle of God



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Psalm 148  (led by Lynn and Elmer Uzans)

Hallelujah! Praise the Lord from the heavens; *
praise God in the heights.
Praise the Lord all you angels; *
sing praises, all you heavenly host.
Praise the Lord, sun and moon; *
sing praises, all you shining stars.
Praise the Lord, heaven of heavens, *
sing praises, you waters above the heavens.
Let them praise the name of the Lord; *
who gave the command and they were created,
who made them stand fast for ever and ever, *
who gave them a law which shall not pass away.
Praise the Lord from the earth, *
you sea-monsters and all deeps;
fire and hail, snow and fog, *
tempestuous wind, doing God’s will;
mountains and all hills, *
fruit trees and all cedars;
wild beasts and all cattle, *
creeping things and wingèd birds;

sovereigns of the earth and all peoples, *
princes and all rulers of the world;
young men and young women, *
old and young together.
Let them praise the name of the Lord, *
whose name only is exalted,
whose splendour is over earth and heaven.


Epistle: Colossians 1:15-20  (read by Elmer Uzans)

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation;
for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created,
things visible and invisible,
whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—
all things have been created through him and for him.
He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
He is the head of the body, the church;
he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead,
so that he might come to have first place in everything.
For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,
and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven,
by making peace through the blood of his cross.


Gospel: John 1:1-5,14

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.



Hymn:  This Ancient Love



Long before the night was born from darkness
Long before the dawn rolled unsteady from fire
Long before She wrapped her scarlet arm around the hills
there was a love, this ancient love was born.

Long before the grass spotted green the bare hillside
Long before a wing unfolded to wind
Long before She wrapped her long blue arm around the sea
there was a love, this ancient love was born,

Long before a chain was forged from the hillside
Long before a voice uttered freedom’s cry
Long before She wrapped her bleeding arms around a child
there was a love, this ancient love was born.

Long before the name of a God was spoken
Long before a cross was nailed from a tree
Long before She laid her arm of colours ‘cross the sky
there was a love, this ancient love was born.

Wakeful our night, slumbers our morning
Stubborn the grass sowing green wounded hills
As we wrap our healing arms to hold what her arms held
this ancient love, this aching love rolls on.


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Sermon (the Rev. Paul Jennings)


Creed: A Statement of Trust and Commitment

O God, the source of our being and the goal of all our longing,
we believe and trust in you.
The whole earth is alive with your glory,
and all that has life is sustained by you.
We commit ourselves to cherish your world,
and to seek your face.

O God, embodied in a human life, we believe and trust in you.
Jesus our brother, born of the woman Mary,
you confronted the proud and the powerful,
and welcomed as your friends those of no account.
You laboured with us upon the cross,
and have brought us forth to the hope of resurrection.
We commit ourselves to struggle against evil,
and to choose life.

O God, life-giving Spirit,
Spirit of healing and comfort, of integrity and truth,
we believe and trust in you.
Warm-winged Spirit, brooding over creation,
rushing wind and Pentecostal fire,
we commit ourselves to work with you and renew our world.


Hymn:  Many and Great, O God, Are Your Works



Many and great, O God, are your works,
Maker of earth and sky.
Your hands have set the heavens with stars;
your fingers spread the mountains and plains.
And at your word the seas were formed;
deep seas obey your voice.

Earth was a formless wilderness,
darkness was everywhere,
Over the earth your Spirit moved.
Light burst forth where night had been,
daylight and sky came from your voice;
you saw that it was good.

Into wide basins waters you placed,
dry land and earth appeared.
Out of the ground you brought forth life,
all trees and plants which bear sweet fruit,
sun, moon and stars to help them grow;
you saw that it was good.

Give to us all communion with you,
who with the stars abide.
Come to us and dwell with us:
with you are found the gifts of life.
Bless us with life that has no end,
eternal life with you.


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Prayers of the People (led by Sheila Hulford)


Prayer for our Bishop-Elect

Gracious Shepherd,
we thank you that you have raised up your servant Sandra to be a bishop in your Church,
to provide leadership, wisdom, and encouragement to all in this diocese.
We thank you for the many gifts you have given her to challenge and inspire us.
We pray that we may be willing to receive those gifts,
to be changed and called to further growth in our faith by her example,
and to pray for her and her ministry at all times. Amen



Our Father


Closing Hymn:  Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee



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May the dew on the grass bless you with freshness.
May the flash of a chipmunk bless you with joy.
May the call of a loon bless you with longing.
May the sweep of the Milky Way bless you with awe.
May the turning of the leaves bless you with thanksgiving.
May the mists of evening bless you with peace.

May God bless you this day, again and again.
And may you be a blessing for others. Amen.