Worship begins

singing bowl          Caiti Kufahl

Welcome          Dave Frey

garden walk

gathering music          Spencer Jones

observations

song     NCH 31     All Things Bright and Beautiful

creation moment          Jack Fry

song     NCH 32     God of the Sparrow, God of the Whale

scripture readings

Psalm 24:1-2

The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it,

the world and its inhabitants too.

Because God is the one who established it on the seas;

God set it firmly on the waters.

Psalm 104:24

LORD, you have done so many things!

You made them all so wisely!

The earth is full of your creations!

Psalm 65:9a,b

You visit the earth and make it abundant,

enriching it greatly by God’s stream, full of water.

Psalm 96:11-12

Let heaven celebrate!  Let the earth rejoice!

Let the sea and everything in it roar!

Let the countryside and everything in it celebrate!

Then all the trees of the forest too will shout out joyfully…

Psalm 8:3-5

When I look up at your skies, at what your fingers made–

the moon and the stars

that you firmly set in place–

what are human beings that you think about them;

what are human beings that you pay attention to them?

You’ve made them only slightly less than divine,

crowning them with glory and grandeur.

John 17:24-26

“Father, I want those you gave me to be with me where I am.  Then they can see my glory, which you gave me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

“Righteous Father, even the world didn’t know you, but I’ve known you, and these believers know you sent me.  I’ve made your name known to them and will continue to make it known so that your love for me will be in them, and I myself will be in them.”

pandemic reflection          Shirl Alix

song     NCH 37     Our God, to Whom We Turn

introduction

video tribute

offering reminder and announcements

benediction

sending music

singing bowl

Hymn lyrics:

NCH #31: “All Things Bright and Beautiful”  Words: Cecil F. Alexander, 1848, altered; Tune: “Royal Oak,” Trad., English

Refrain: All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small, all things wise and wonderful, our dear God made them all.

  1. Each little flower that opens, each little bird that sings, God made their glowing colors, and made their tiny wings. All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small, all things wise and wonderful, our dear God made them all.
  2. The purple-headed mountain, the river running by, the sunset, and the morning that brightens up the sky. All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small, all things wise and wonderful, our dear God made them all
  3. The cold wind in the winter, the pleasant summer sun, the ripe fruits in the garden, God made them every one. All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small, all things wise and wonderful, our dear God made them all.

NCH #32: “God of the Sparrow God of the Whale”  Words: Jaroslav J. Vajda, 1983; Tune: “Roeder,” Carl. F. Schalk, 1983.

  1. God of the sparrow  God of the whale  God of the swirling stars  How does the creature say Awe  How does the creature say Praise
  2. God the earthquake  God of the storm  God of the trumpet blast  How does the creature cry Woe  How does the creature cry Save
  3. God of the rainbow  God of the cross  God of the empty grave  How does the creature say Grace  How does the creature say Thanks
  4. God of the hungry  God of the sick  God of the prodigal  How does the creature say Care  How does the creature say Life
  5. God of the neighbor  God of the foe  God of the pruning hook  How does the creature say Love  How does the creature say Peace
  6. God of the ages  God near at hand  God of the loving heart  How do your children say Joy  How do your children say Home

NCH #37: “Our God, to Whom We Turn”  Words: Edward Grubb, 1925, altered; Tune: “Steadfast,” German, 1646

  1. Our God, to whom we turn when weary with illusion, whose stars serenely burn above this earth’s confusion, Yours is the mighty plan, the steadfast order sure, in which the world began, endures, and shall endure.
  2. You are indeed the truth; though we, who deign to find you, have tried, with thought uncouth, in feeble words to bind you. It is because you are we’re driven to the quest; till truth from falsehood part, our souls can find no rest.
  3. All beauty your decree: the mountains and the rivers, the line of lifted sea, where spreading moonlight quivers. The deep-toned organ blast that rolls through arches dim, hints of the music vast of heaven’s eternal hymn.
  4. O hidden fount of truth, of love, and peace, and beauty, inspire us from our youth with joy and strength for duty. May your fresh light arise within each heart obscure, till barring all disguise, we know you true and sure!