singing bowl Caiti Kufahl
Welcome Dave Frey
gathering music Spencer Jones
song NCH 31 All Things Bright and Beautiful
creation moment Jack Fry
song NCH 32 God of the Sparrow, God of the Whale
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.
LORD, you have done so many things!
You made them all so wisely!
The earth is full of your creations!
You visit the earth and make it abundant,
enriching it greatly by God’s stream, full of water.
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…
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.
“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
offering reminder and announcements
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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- God the earthquake God of the storm God of the trumpet blast How does the creature cry Woe How does the creature cry Save
- 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
- God of the hungry God of the sick God of the prodigal How does the creature say Care How does the creature say Life
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!