Benefice Zoom Service, Celebrating God's Good Creation

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Ermin West Benefice
Order of Service for Sunday 13th  September 2020 

Celebrating God’s Good Creation

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Introduction and Opening Prayer

We gather in the image of the Creator
who is a community of love.

 We gather in the name of Christ our Redeemer
 who reconciles the whole of Creation.

            We gather in the presence of the Life-Giving Spirit
            who inspires new life and renews it.

We gather in the name of the Living God, 
Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer 
of the Earth and all its creatures!

Song of Praise

Morning has broken like the first morning,
Blackbird has spoken like the first bird.
Praise for the singing! Praise for the morning!
Praise for them springing, fresh from the Word!

Sweet the rain’s new fall, sunlit from heaven,
Like the first dew fall on the first grass.
Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden,
Sprung in completeness where his feet pass.

Mine is the sunlight! Mine is the morning
Born of the one light Eden saw play! 
Praise with elation, praise ev’ry morning,
God’s re-creation of the new day!   (Eleanor Farjeon, 1881-1965)

1st Reading, from the Old Testament

Genesis 1.27-2.3 - God’s Work of Creation

God created humankind in his image,
   in the image of God he created them;
   male and female he created them.

God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.’ God said, ‘See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.’ And it was so. God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude. And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation.

Psalm 104

Bless the Lord, O my soul.           

All creatures look to You to give them their food at the proper time.
When You open Your hand, they are satisfied with good things

You have made the moon to mark the seasons; 
the sun knows its time for setting. 
You make darkness, and it is night, 
when all the animals of the forest come creeping out.

            All creatures look to You to give them their food at the proper time.
            When You open Your hand, they are satisfied with good things.

The lions roar for their prey and seek their food from God; 
the sun rises, and they steal away; 
they return and lie down in their dens. 
Then people go out to work, to their labour until evening.

            All creatures look to You to give them their food at the proper time.
            When You open Your hand, they are satisfied with good things.

From your lofty abode You water the mountains; 
You make springs gush forth in the valleys; 
they flow between the hills, giving drink to every wild animal.

             All creatures look to You to give them their food at the proper time.
             When You open Your hand, they are satisfied with good things.

You cause the grass to grow for the cattle, 
and plants for people to use, 
to bring forth food from the Earth, 
wine to gladden the human heart, 
oil to make the face shine, 
and bread to strengthen the human heart.

            All creatures look to You to give them their food at the proper time.
            When You open Your hand, they are satisfied with good things.

            The Earth is satisfied with the fruit of Your work.

All creatures look to You to give them their food at the proper time.
When You open Your hand, they are satisfied with good things.

            May the glory of the Lord endure for ever!

2nd Reading, from the Old Testament

 Isaiah 65.17-25 - The Glorious New Creation

For I am about to create new heavens
   and a new earth;
the former things shall not be remembered
   or come to mind.
But be glad and rejoice for ever
   in what I am creating;
for I am about to create Jerusalem as a joy,
   and its people as a delight.
I will rejoice in Jerusalem,
   and delight in my people;
no more shall the sound of weeping be heard in it,
   or the cry of distress.
No more shall there be in it
   an infant that lives but a few days,
   or an old person who does not live out a lifetime;
for one who dies at a hundred years will be considered a youth,
   and one who falls short of a hundred will be considered accursed.
They shall build houses and inhabit them;
   they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
They shall not build and another inhabit;
   they shall not plant and another eat;
for like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be,
   and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands.
They shall not labour in vain,
   or bear children for calamity;
for they shall be offspring blessed by the Lord—
   and their descendants as well.
Before they call I will answer,
   while they are yet speaking I will hear.
The wolf and the lamb shall feed together,
   the lion shall eat straw like the ox;
   but the serpent—its food shall be dust!
They shall not hurt or destroy
   on all my holy mountain, says the Lord.


Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession

Prayers led by Carole, Stephanie and Philip.

The Lord’s Prayer

Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us.

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.  

                                             Prayer of Spiritual Communion 

Thanks be to you, Lord Jesus Christ,
for all the benefits you have given me, 
for all the pains and insults you have borne for me. 
Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, 
I ask you to come spiritually into my heart.  
O most merciful redeemer,  
friend and brother, 
may I know you more clearly, 
love you more dearly, 
and follow you more nearly, day by day. 


Dismissal Gospel

Matthew 6.26-33 – Do not worry

Jesus said, ‘Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, “What will we eat?” or “What will we drink?” or “What will we wear?” For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.’


May God our Creator,
who clothes the lilies and feeds the birds of the air,
bestow on you mercy and care;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
be with you and remain with you,
now and for ever.

Tend the earth, care for God’s good creation
and bring forth good fruit in your own lives.
Go in the peace of Christ.
Thanks be to God.




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