Hymn. The Day of Resurrection #164
Prayer: In you we live and move. In you we have our being. We are in your love; Enfolded by your peace; Surrounded but your might.
Open our eyes, Lord. Enlarge our vision. Open our hearts, Lord. Increase our faith. Open our minds, Lord. Deepen our knowing.
We are in your love. Enfolded in your peace. Surrounded by your might. In you we live and move. In you we have our being. (from The Open Gate, Celtic Prayers for Growing Spirituality by David Adam.)
Scripture Lessons: Revelation 1:4-8
Psalm 150 p.874VU
Prayer: On this Earth Sunday, let us pray for planet earth and for all living things. We pray that there will be careful use of the earth’s resources, that forests, waters, soil, and air may be kept clean and that life in all its abundance will flourish. May blessing and peace abound. This is our prayer.
Let us pray for those countries where people continue in conflict with each other— fighting for freedom of speech, religious or cultural expression. We pray for Yemen, for Ukraine, for Somalia and so many other places…. May blessing and peace abound. This is our prayer.
Let us pray for those communities suffering as a result of natural catastrophe— flood, drought, earthquake, fire— where lives, homes, and livelihoods have been destroyed, including South Africa, and Arizona. May blessing and peace abound. This is our prayer.
Let us pray for emergency workers— for fire fighters, search and rescue personnel, aid workers, peacekeepers and peacemakers— and all those who respond to crisis situations. Especially we pray for those committed to the rebuilding and restoration of broken community. May blessing and peace abound. This is our prayer. Amen. (a prayer by Lynne Frith, of Aotearoa/New Zealand, and printed in Marin Tirabassi and Kathy Wonson Eddy’s Gifts in Open Hands).
Hymn. Alleluia, Sing to Jesus