Sunday 13th June

Whitewater Benefice

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Introduction

climate SundayWelcome to our online worship, part of our Benefice celebration of Climate Sunday 2021. This worship is part of our whole life discipleship as we follow the Lord Jesus in caring for one another and for our planet. We have only just begun to appreciate the impact of our individual lives and our church family life, and we are sharing in this journey with Christians all over the world.

In particular we are meeting this week as world leaders gather in Cornwall, for the G7 summit on the climate emergency. It is timely and important for us to pray, and to seek God’s will.

There will be a live worship service using zoom at 10am, which will be open 15 mins beforehand for technical sound checks & notices.  For any children we have weekly activities which follow the same theme and are used for junior church and for children joining the Zoom Meeting - click here for activity sheets for this week.

10am Worship via Zoom
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Junior Church

11:00am to 11:30am for 3 to 8yrs and 11:30am to 12:00 for 9-14yrs.
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If you are unable to join the Zoom Meeting using the link, you can phone in on 0203 051 2874  and use the appropriate meeting ID & passcode

 

Welcome

CandleFor those who would like to read through a service in their own time, we are providing a shortened service for you to follow: with the readings, prayers and a recording of the talk.

You may like to light a candle as you focus your worship on Christ, the one who gave his life that each one of us might draw close and know that through him we have eternal life.

Introductory Music

Heavens voice brings the dawn
Link to Heavens voice brings the dawn (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

 

Welcome to worship

Welcome to our worship. Let us rejoice in all that God has made, and be thankful for his gift of the world in which we live.

If you can go outside now, take off your shoes and feel the soil, or the grass beneath your feet, do please take this opportunity!

feet on grass from unsplash

Opening prayer

Blessed are you, Lord God,
Creator of heaven and earth.
Your Word calls all things into being,
and the light of dawn awakens us to life.
May your wisdom guide us this day
that we may cherish and care for your good creation,

and offer to you the sacrifice of our lips,
praising you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Words of celebration

This is the day that the Lord has made.
Let us rejoice and be glad in it!

The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world and all who live in it.
Let us rejoice and be glad in it!

Deforestation by Free-photos from PixabayPrayer of Penitence

Creator God, maker of heaven and earth,
we acknowledge our failure to live responsibly as part of your creation.
We have taken what we want, without considering the consequences;
we have wasted and discarded, without thought for the future.
Open our hearts and minds to the signs of our times,
to the groaning of creation,
so that we may turn from our greed and lack of vision
and see a world being made anew in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

Forgiveness

May the Father of all mercies, cleanse us from our sins,
and restore us in his image
to the praise and glory of his name,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

deltaworks from pixabayCollect

Glorious God,
the whole of creation proclaims your marvellous work:
increase in us a capacity to wonder and delight in it,
that heaven’s praise may echo in our hearts,
and our lives be spent as good stewards of the earth.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

 

Readings

Psalm 8

milk way - free-photos from pixabay1Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory
    in the heavens.
2Through the praise of children and infants
    you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
    to silence the foe and the avenger.
3When I consider your heavens,
    the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
    which you have set in place,
4what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
    human beings that you care for them?

5You have made them a little lower than the angels
    and crowned them with glory and honour.
6You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
    you put everything under their feet:
all flocks and herds,
    and the animals of the wild,
8the birds in the sky,
    and the fish in the sea,
    all that swim the paths of the seas.

9Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Gospel - Mark 4:26-34

The parable of the growing seed

black mustard - Walther Otto Müller  (1833–1887)  - public domain26He also said, ‘This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. 27Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how.28All by itself the soil produces corn – first the stalk, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.29As soon as the corn is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.’

The parable of the mustard seed

30Again he said, ‘What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? 31It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth.32Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.’

33With many similar parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand. 34He did not say anything to them without using a parable. But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything.

 

Environment Day (5th June 2021)

We held an environment day event last week, imagining our futute history.  Planting something, creating something for the future that our grandchildren or great grandchildren can look back on. Photos, taken by Vicky and Marion.  Talk to Kim and team for more details.

Env day 1 Env day 2 env day 3
Display board for community garden. Planting around the church grounds. Suggested planting for community garden.
env day 4 env day 5 env day 6
Suggested planting for community garden. Sunflower seedlings to take home. Guess the nest?

Talk

Marion

This week Marion's talk is for Climate Sunday - Psalm 24 Verse 1 'The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;' - sharing thoughs about climate change and taking care of the world and reflecting on how we can care for the planet

 

Climate Sunday 2021

Hymn

Gee Seven, by Sir Tim Rice & Peter Hobbs with Truro Cathedral Choristers
Link to Gee Seven (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

Prayers

Let us pray to God,
that he will bring to fruition all that he desires for his creation.
Father, Lord of creation,
In your mercy, hear us.

You have created the universe by your eternal Word,
and have blessed humankind in making us stewards of the earth.
We pray for your world,
that we may share and conserve its resources,
and live in reverence for the creation
and in harmony with one another.
Father, Lord of creation,
In your mercy, hear us.

You have given the human race a rich land,
a land of streams and springs,
wheat and barley,
vines and oil and honey.
We have made by sin a world of suffering and sorrow.
We pray for those who suffer and bear the weight of our failures,
that they may come to share the life of wholeness and plenty.
Father, Lord of creation,
In your mercy, hear us.

In Christ you call us to a new way of life,
loving our neighbours before ourselves.
Help us to treat with care and respect the world as it is
as we live in hope and anticipation of the world as it will be
when your kingdom comes and your will is done.
Father, Lord of creation,
In your mercy, hear us.

We thank you for those, living and departed,
who have shown a true respect for your creation…
Help us to follow in their footsteps,
until, with them, we may see you face to face,
where all is made new in Christ our Lord.
Amen.

A Prayer for Climate Change from Christian Aid

Climate change - geralt from PixabayYou spoke into the silence
Light suffusing darkness.
You spoke into the silence
Blowing clean life giving air into the space
You spoke into the silence
Warmth and cold infusing the air
You spoke into the silence
Solid ground formed out of gushing water.
You spoke voice carrying over the sound
People, plants and animals came to life.
You spoke each creation balanced against the next
so life would be abundant and sustainable.
You saw everything you had made and declared it to be very good.
You spoke choosing to give us humans stewardship over all that You had made.
climate change - from pixabayWe speak and act
Darkness of pollution limits light levels and damages the air we breathe.
We speak and act
Ground poisoned, burnt, stripped bare.
We speak and act
Spoiling, limiting, destroying quality of life and life itself.
We speak and act
Without hearing Your call over the noise of the world to be good stewards.
You speak. You create.
You want us to be stewards of Your creation.
We come to You to re-learn how to care for the earth and people you have made.

An act of commitment for the care of creation

climate change - Geralt from PixabayAs the whole of creation looks with eager longing for the redemption of humankind, let us pledge ourselves anew to serve our Creator God, the Father who is the maker of all things, the Son through whom all things are made, and the Holy Spirit, the giver of life, who renews the face of the earth.

As we work together towards a community shared decision to affirm our commitment to care actively for God’s creation, we each take responsibility for our own choices, and make a personal declaration below:

Lord of life and giver of hope, I pledge myself to care for creation, to reduce my waste, to live sustainably, and to value the rich diversity of life. May your wisdom guide me, that life in all its forms may flourish, and may be faithful in voicing creation’s praise. May the commitment I have made this day be matched by my faithful living. Amen.

The Lord's Prayer

As our Saviour taught us, so we pray,

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen

The Peace

The risen Christ came and stood among his disciples and said, ‘Peace be with you.’
Then were they glad when they saw the Lord. Alleluia.


The peace of the Lord be always with you.
And also with you.

Offertory

Please let us consider our calling to be the ‘light on the hill’ during this season of ongoing challenge and isolation for so many. If you are able to donate online as one off, or regularly, your gifts will be gratefully received.

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Final Prayer & Blessing

Creator God, giver of life, You sustain the earth and direct the nations. In this time of climate crisis grant us clarity to hear the groaning of creation and the cries of the poor; challenge us to change our lifestyles; guide our leaders to take courageous action; enable your church to be a beacon of hope; and foster within us a renewed vision of your purposes for your world;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord, by and for whom all things were made.

Amen.

Freely we have received, let us freely give.
We go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.

Hymn

God the Maker of the Heavens
Link to God the Maker of the Heavens (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

 

Creation Sunday

Copyright details

Liturgy and prayers from Common Worship. Services and Prayers for the Church of England. Times and Seasons © 2006. The Archbishops’ Council. Church House Publishing.
Readings taken from Holy Bible, New International Version® Anglicized, NIV® Copyright © 1979, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
Liturgy and prayers from “A Time for Creation, Liturgical Resources for Creation and the Environment” © 2020. The Archbishops’ Council. Church House Publishing.
Also from Climate Sunday 2021 resources: https://ctbi.org.uk/climate-sunday/
from Katrina Rowland, April 2017, Christian Aid: UK charity fighting global poverty - Christian Aid
Images:
black mustard image - by Walther Otto Müller  (1833–1887) from  Köhler's Medizinal-Pflanzen 1887 - public domain,
Climate Sunday resources
Unsplash.com which is a free, Creative Commons image library. From A Church Near You, Church of England
Pixabay under the terms of their license agreement, which gives us the right to alter images for our own use, & photos from Vicky & Marion
Music:
Music used by permission of the performers under CCLI licence 1378112, OneLicense A-641368 and PRS LOML LE-0023927
Hymn(s): from YouTube under under appropriate licensing


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