The God Of Creation
Call to Worship
Sing a new song to the Lord.
Let the whole earth sing to the Lord!
Sing to the Lord, bless his name.
Proclaim his salvation from day to day!
Declare his glory among the nations,
his wondrous works among all peoples.
Say among the nations,
“The Lord reigns.
The world is firmly established; it cannot be shaken.
He judges the peoples fairly.”
Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice.
Let the sea and all that fills it resound.
Let the fields and everything in them celebrate.
Then all the trees of the forest will shout for joy
before the Lord, for he is coming!
for he is coming to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness
and the peoples with his faithfulness.
— Psalm 96:1-3, 10-13
Lord of all creation, we confess that our lives are too filled with clutter and distraction to see your miracles all around us.
Through the groaning caused by sin and futility, this world calls out the echoes of your blessing: “It is very good”
Though your glory is on display in the night sky,
We prefer the dimmer lights of screens
Christ have mercy
You provide for our needs through sun and rain,
But we are proud of our self-reliance
Lord have mercy on us
Your gifts of creation are full of endless pleasure,
Yet we are too easily satisfied with easy distraction
Christ have mercy
Forgive our lukewarm worship and awaken our hearts and minds to the glory of Christ revealed in the creation, for it is by him and for him all things were made that he may be first in all things.
Death Has Lost Its Sting
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He is the image of the invisible God,
the firstborn over all creation.
For everything was created by him,
in heaven and on earth,
the visible and the invisible,
whether thrones or dominions
or rulers or authorities—
all things have been created through him and for him.
He is before all things,
and by him all things hold together.
He is also the head of the body, the church.
He is the beginning,
the firstborn from the dead,
so that he might come to have
first place in everything.
For God was pleased to have
all his fullness dwell in him,
and through him to reconcile
everything to himself,
whether things on earth or things in heaven,
by making peace
through his blood, shed on the cross.
Once you were alienated and hostile in your minds as expressed in your evil actions. But now he has reconciled you by his physical body through his death, to present you holy, faultless, and blameless before him— if indeed you remain grounded and steadfast in the faith and are not shifted away from the hope of the gospel that you heard.
— Colossians 1:15-23
As we go, may all of your senses be awake to the glory of God revealed in His good creation, quickened by the Holy Spirit who hovered over the waters, all for the sake of Jesus Christ who is preeminent now and always. Go now and carry the light of creation into dark places, until we meet again.