Prayers of Adoration
Watch or 9:22
I am listening, Holy Lover of the earth,
listening for the song of creation,
seeking to have that song resound in my heart.
Creator of the Magpie’s music,
you sing creation into being,
a symphony of such melodic beauty and goodness.
Make your music in us
that together with all creatures
we may sing in harmony with you.
Jesus Christ who numbered the Sparrows with love,
you watch over even the tiniest Scrubwrens
for no thing is beyond your concern.
Give us eyes of compassionate grace
to see the earth as you see it
and to love it as you do.
Holy Spirit descending on wings of peace, dancing dove,
you flit and dart with the Willie Wagtail,
you flutter and feast with the Honeyeaters among the spring blossoms.
May our hearts take flight with you,
soaring into renewal.
Ian Ferguson, offered for worship by Beth Shelton, 05/09/2021, Season of Creation 1B
Creator of the cosmos,
You have filled this good Earth with complex wonders, abundant beauty,
resilient interdependencies, and you invite us to share this abode with all your guests:
with bandicoots and banksias, bacteria and blue whales, and the billions of beings like us.
But we have abused your divine hospitality. We’ve made a right mess of the place.
We have kicked out other residents and falsely claimed ownership for ourselves.
We grieve the coral bleached white, the forests burned black, the dwindling glaciers,
the silenced birdsong, the oceans emptying of fish and filling with plastic.
Forgive us our habitual greed, our stunted empathy, our careful ignorance.
Forgive our complicity in systems built on lies, that extract too much
and funnel wealth into the pockets of too few.
Fill our lungs with your fresh wind, your Holy Breath, your life-giving Spirit,
that we may sing songs of resistance, renewal, revolution, and that we may walk together
in the true and living way of Jesus so that in you, all may find a home.
Byron Smith – Common Grace Season of Creation Resources,
offered for worship by Beth Shelton, 05/09/2021, Season of Creation 1
Word of Grace
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. John 1:1-5, 14
Hear the Word of grace and truth, living among us, healing, renewing and empowering change.
Our sin is forgiven. Thanks be to God.
Ian Ferguson, offered for worship 05/09/2021, Season of Creation 1B