**Today’s worship is provided by Lutherans Restoring Creation – Part of the greater ELCA**
WELCOME – Phoebe Morad
CALL TO WORSHIP – Rev. Kwame Pitts
L: Come, worship the God of all Creation.
C: We gather to praise the Creator, the continuous source of all living things.
L: Come, worship our God who breathes life into being.
C: We praise the Creator who fashions the forests, whose trees clean the air of this world.
L: Come, worship our God who forms life out of soil.
C: We praise the Creator whose land brings nourishment.
L: Come, worship our God who receives our lament in the wilderness.
C: We praise the Creator whose Son brings healing to all Creation.
L: Come, worship our God who sends waters flowing with life.
C: We praise the Creator whose baptism unites us to be one in the Body of Christ with all Creation.
OPENING SONG – MARTY HAUGEN
“Sing Out Earth and Skies”
Come, O God of all the earth; come to us, O Righteous One.
Come and bring our love to birth; in the glory of your Son.
Sing out, earth and skies! Sing of the God who loves you.
Raise your joyful cries, Dance to the life around you.
Come, O God of wind and flame; fill the earth with righteousness.
Teach us all to sing your name; may our lives your love confess.
Come, O God of flashing light; twinkling star and burning sun.
God of day and God of night; in your light we all are one.
Come, O God of snow and rain; shower down upon the earth.
Come, O God of joy and pain; God of sorrow, God of mirth.
Come, O Justice, come, O Peace; come and shape our hearts anew.
Come and make oppression cease; bring us all to life in you.
CONFESSION & FORGIVENESS-Rev. Lamont Anthony Wells
L: Reconciling God,
C: we expect nature to serve our needs, and we have damaged it in the process. We trample every wild place and pollute your waters. We abuse your good Earth until it cries out in pain. Forgive us, loving God. Remind us of the covenant you made with the whole Earth. Nourish us so we can restore your awe-inspiring Creation. Amen.
CANTICLE OF PRAISE – Rev. Dr. Leah Schade
PRAYER OF THE DAY – Rev. Dr. Carmelo Santos
FIRST READING – Rebekah Bruesehoff
When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind
about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.
But this was very displeasing to Jonah, and he became angry. He prayed to the Lord and
said, “O Lord! Is not this what I said while I was still in my own country? That is why I fled to
Tarshish at the beginning; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger,
and abounding in steadfast love, and ready to relent from punishing. And now, O Lord, please
take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.” And the Lord said, “Is it right for
you to be angry?” Then Jonah went out of the city and sat down east of the city, and made a
booth for himself there. He sat under it in the shade, waiting to see what would become of the city.
The Lord God appointed a bush, and made it come up over Jonah, to give shade over his
head, to save him from his discomfort; so Jonah was very happy about the bush. But when
dawn came up the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the bush, so that it
withered. When the sun rose, God prepared a sultry east wind, and the sun beat down on the
head of Jonah so that he was faint and asked that he might die. He said, “It is better for me to
die than to live.”
But God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the bush?” And he said, “Yes,
angry enough to die.” Then the Lord said, “You are concerned about the bush, for which you
did not labor and which you did not grow; it came into being in a night and perished in a
night. And should I not be concerned about Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more
than a hundred and twenty thousand persons who do not know their right hand from their left,
and also many animals?”
PSALM – Psalm 145:1-8
I will extol you, my God and King,
and bless your name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless you,
and praise your name forever and ever.
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
his greatness is unsearchable.
One generation shall laud your works to another,
and shall declare your mighty acts.
On the glorious splendor of your majesty,
and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
The might of your awesome deeds shall be proclaimed,
and I will declare your greatness.
They shall celebrate the fame of your abundant goodness,
and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.
The Lord is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
SECOND READING – Rev. Lenny Duncan
For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor
for me; and I do not know which I prefer. I am hard pressed between the two: my desire is to
depart and be with Christ, for that is far better; but to remain in the flesh is more necessary for
you. Since I am convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for
your progress and joy in faith, so that I may share abundantly in your boasting in Christ Jesus
when I come to you again.
Only, live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that, whether I come and see
you or am absent and hear about you, I will know that you are standing firm in one spirit,
striving side by side with one mind for the faith of the gospel, and are in no way intimidated by
your opponents. For them this is evidence of their destruction, but of your salvation. And this
is God’s doing. For he has graciously granted you the privilege not only of believing in Christ,
but of suffering for him as well— since you are having the same struggle that you saw I had
and now hear that I still have.
CHILDREN’S SERMON – Rev. John Stevens
GOSPEL – Bishop Elizabeth Eaton
“For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire
laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage, he sent
them into his vineyard. When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in
the marketplace; and he said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you
whatever is right.’ So they went. When he went out again about noon and about three o’clock,
he did the same. And about five o’clock he went out and found others standing around; and
he said to them, ‘Why are you standing here idle all day?’ They said to him, ‘Because no one
has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard.’ When evening came, the owner
of the vineyard said to his manager, ‘Call the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with
the last and then going to the first.’ When those hired about five o’clock came, each of them
received the usual daily wage. Now when the first came, they thought they would receive
more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage. And when they received it, they
grumbled against the landowner, saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have
made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’ But he
replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the
usual daily wage? Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I
give to you. Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you
envious because I am generous?’ So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”
SERMON – Rev. Dr. Barbara Rossing
PEACE – Lutherans Restoring Creation Board
Offerings to LRC can be given at www.LutheransRestoringCreation.org
or check mailed to LRC c/o Phoebe Morad, 22 Waldron Road, Braintree, MA 02184
OFFERING PRAYER Rev. Sarah Locke
L: Loving Creator,
C: All Creation comes from you – forests, lands and prairies, wild places, rivers and streams. As we bring our offerings to you, we ask that you bless them so that your kingdom comes on Earth as it is in heaven; in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
AFFIRMATION OF FAITH – Rev. Emmy Kegler
We believe in the debonaire God who clothes the wild flowers dressing them so
superbly that they outdo Solomon in all his glory; who is the true Friend of all creatures great and small, who feeds magpies and laughing kookaburras, and even doleful ravens and drongos.
We believe in the God of Christ Jesus the Source of abundance, full of grace and truth.
We believe in the extravagant God who turns the other cheek, goes the second mile, turns water into the best wine, brings healing with his every touch, and who welcomes a woman’s of love as she fills the house with unforgettable fragrance.
We believe in the faith-full God of Jesus Christ, who sweated blood in an Olive Grove, and kept the faith to the very end.
We believe in the redeeming God who spared no cost, forgave even his brutal crucifiers, had time for a dying thief at his side, and who on the third day did a thing so prodigious that even his friends were dismayed with joy.
We believe in the God of Jesus Christ, the Source of abundance wherever we turn and no matter what we do. Amen.
INTERCESSORY PRAYERS – Savanna Sullivan, Rev. Nicolette Peñaranda, Elle Dowd & Rev. Jesse Canniff-Kuhn
L: Creator God C: Hear Our Prayer.
BENEDICTION – Rev. Dr. Guy Erwin
CLOSING SONG – Rev. John Tirro
“Even The Sparrows” (Psalm 84)
Even the sparrows, even the sparrows find a home at your altar, even the sparrows find a home.
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“Sing Out Earth and Skies” Marty Haugen Copyright © 1985 by GIA Publications, Inc. 7494 S. Mason Ave.,
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Prayer of the Day is adapted from “Jubilee for the Earth” Season of Creation 2020 Celebration Guide,” Lutheran World Federation, https://www.lutheranworld.org/content/resource-jubilee-earth-season-creation-2020- celebration-guide
“Earth and All Kin” Lyrics: Copyright 2013 – Leah D. Schade
Original Lyricist: Herbert F. Brokering, Sung to the tune of “Earth and All Stars” Composer: David N. Johnson (1968), Copyright: ©1968 Augsburg Publishing House.
Affirmation of Faith: written by Bruce Prewer (www.bruceprewer.com), used with permission
Intercessory Prayers: adapted from the Rev. Ken Carter and Catholic Earthcare Launch, Brisbane, Australia, (catholicearthcareoz.net), used with permission.
“Even the Sparrows” by John Tirro, copyright 2015, Mondo Zen Music, contact email@example.com
Psalm: Rev. Christyn Koschmann, Martin Luther Lutheran Church, Lee’s Summit, MO
Postlude Music: Sarah Goetz, organist, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Compton, IL