Sunday, Sept 6. Worship Service. Parking lot, Sanctuary & Online_FINISHED

Our worship series on earth, wind, fire and water
culminates with our renewed commitment to caring for God’s creation.

Our 8AM service will be in the parking lot (weather permitting), and the 10AM service in the sanctuary.
Our services will continue to be livestreamed at http://www.facebook.com/LodiUMC.

The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated in worship this Sunday.
Please observe Sunday as the day of worship wherever you are.

Order of Worship
September 6, 2020

CALL TO WORSHIP
Pastor: Come, let us dwell in God’s good creation. Let us dwell in God’s masterpiece.
Come, because the earth is the Lord’s, and God’s earth is our home.
All: We live in God’s world; we are not alone. We share this life
with the heavens and the earth, with trees and grasses, with fish, birds, and animals,
with minerals and creatures of every form, and with all our brothers and sisters.
Pastor: God is good and everything God creates is good. God is love and everything God creates is love’s fruit. Let the heavens ring! God reigns; let the earth be glad! Let us worship our loving Creator!

SONG OF PRAISE    This Is My Father’s World (United Methodist Hymnal #144)
1. This is my Father’s world, and to my listening ears
all nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres.
This is my Father’s world: I rest me in the thought
of rocks and trees, of skies and seas; his hand the wonders wrought.

2. This is my Father’s world, the birds their carols raise,
the morning light, the lily white, declare their maker’s praise.
This is my Father’s world: he shines in all that’s fair;
in the rustling grass I hear him pass; he speaks to me everywhere.

PRAYER    Please share your prayer requests and joys. Type them in the comment section.

DEDICATION OF OUR LIVES  Thank you for sharing your gifts with God’s world through your church.
Holy God, Creator of all, we thank you for all the gifts that you have given us. With thankful hearts we offer our gifts for the care of your creation and the healing of your world. Use our gifts and bless all that they may touch. We ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.

CHILDREN’S TIME  A Bottle Cap Art That WE ALL Made Together

LITANY FOR THE FOUR ELEMENTS

Life: I am life. I offer earth to share between the daughters and sons of God – soil for bearing plants to sustain the planet’s life and yield bread for all people.
Death: I am death. I take earth away from the many and give it to the few. I exploit and over-use it. I waste its bread while many starve.
ALL: O God, who wore our clay in Christ, we confess we have not shared the land; we have broken our bond with the earth and one another.
Forgive us: we have chosen death. We long for healing: we choose your life.

Life: I offer air to breathe: for the endless energy of the wind, for birds to fly and seeds to blow. Air has no frontiers; we share the breath of life.
Death: I fill the air with poisonous fumes which all must breathe, and which claw away the threads of the universe.
ALL: O God, who breathed life into the world, we confess we have polluted the air; we cannot sense the harmony of your creation.
Forgive us: we have chosen death. We long for healing: we choose your life.

Life: I offer fire for light and warmth, for purification and power. Fire draws us together in fellowship, around a meal cooked and shared.
Death: I use fire for my own violent ends. I burn the forests and choke the air. I give the rich the earth’s energy to waste: I deny the poor their fuel to cook with.
ALL: O God, pillar of fire and Pentecostal flame, we confess our lack of inner fire for your justice to be done, your peace shared on earth.
Forgive us: we have chosen death. We long for healing: we choose your life.

Life: I offer water to drink and cleanse: to be the veins and arteries of the land; I offer strong waves for energy and still lakes for calm of spirit.
Death: I pollute water with the waste from mines and factories, that it may kill the fish, be bitter to drink, and carry disease. I withdraw water from the land and make a desert; I extend the waters of the sea and drown cities.
ALL: O God, fountain of living waters, we confess that we are cracked cisterns, lacking stillness to listen to your word, and energy to act on it.
Forgive us; we have chosen death. We long for healing: we choose your life.

Both leaders: God of earth, air, fire and water, we surrender to you our old humanity:
ALL: Christ, we would rise with you: we would be born anew.

CHORAL RESPONSE O Spirit of the living God (United Methodist Hymnal #539, stanza 1)
1 O Spirit of the living God, thou light and fire divine,
descend upon thy church once more, and make it truly thine.
Fill it with love and joy and power, with righteousness and peace;
till Christ shall dwell in human hearts, and sin and sorrow cease.

SCRIPTURE READING   Genesis 2:4a-15
On the day the Lord God made earth and sky— before any wild plants appeared on the earth, and before any field crops grew, because the Lord God hadn’t yet sent rain on the earth and there was still no human being to farm the fertile land, though a stream rose from the earth and watered all of the fertile land— the Lord God formed the human from the topsoil of the fertile land and blew life’s breath into his nostrils. The human came to life. The Lord God planted a garden in Eden in the east and put there the human he had formed. In the fertile land, the Lord God grew every beautiful tree with edible fruit, and also he grew the tree of life in the middle of the garden and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
A river flows from Eden to water the garden, and from there it divides into four headwaters. The name of the first river is the Pishon. It flows around the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold. That land’s gold is pure, and the land also has sweet-smelling resins and gemstones. The name of the second river is the Gihon. It flows around the entire land of Cush. The name of the third river is the Tigris, flowing east of Assyria; and the name of the fourth river is the Euphrates.

CHORAL RESPONSE  O Spirit of the living God (United Methodist Hymnal #539, st 3)
3 Teach us to utter living words of truth which all may hear,
the language all may understand when love speaks loud and clear;
till every age and race and clime shall blend their creeds in one,
and earth shall form one family by whom thy will is done.

SCRIPTURE READING Romans 8:18-24a
I believe that the present suffering is nothing compared to the coming glory that is going to be revealed to us. The whole creation waits breathless with anticipation for the revelation of God’s sons and daughters. Creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice—it was the choice of the one who subjected it—but in the hope that the creation itself will be set free from slavery to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of God’s children. We know that the whole creation is groaning together and suffering labor pains up until now. And it’s not only the creation. We ourselves who have the Spirit as the first crop of the harvest also groan inside as we wait to be adopted and for our bodies to be set free. We were saved in hope.

MESSAGE Care for God’s Creation

SACRAMENT Of HOLY COMMUNION

Prayer After Communion
Let the whole creation be filled with the life of God. As it was created to be, may it be so.
Let the whole creation be flooded with the Spirit of God. As it was created to be, may it be so.
Let the whole creation be renewed according to the promise of God.
It will be so as it reflects the glory of God from eternity to eternity.

SONG OF SENDING FORTH  O Spirit of the living God (United Methodist Hymnal #539, st 4)
4 So shall we know the power of Christ who came this world to save;
so shall we rise with him to life which soars beyond the grave;
and earth shall win true holiness, which makes thy children whole;
till, perfected by thee, we reach creation’s glorious goal!

DISMISSAL WITH BLESSING  Stay well and see you next Sunday in the church or online.


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PyungAhn “Peace” Kim,  Pastor
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608-592-3480 (church)
130 Locust Street, Lodi, WI 53555