Eco church Worship in October

Worship now opens every Ecochurch afternoon gathering and in October this was beautifully prepared and led by Helen.

Entry: Collection of seeds on table. As people arrive they choose one and sit in choir.

Welcome: Ali: Welcome to our Eco Church worship which has a focus on seeds and environmental awareness

We take a moment to gather our thoughts and examine seeds.

Introduction: HB: We meet today with a sense of the wonder and beauty of creation and with an awareness that the natural environment is under threat. The seed may be a hopeful metaphor for the growing environmental movement as we observe the transformation from tiny ‘idea’ to a great movement with energy and purpose. At our Eco Church we are participating in this movement, channelling our energy into promoting environmental awareness and connecting with the natural world, in line with our belief in the God in all things. We seek to understand how to best to protect and manage the environment around our church and how to support each other in living our lives both more sustainably and spiritually.

Bible Reading: Andrew BGenesis 1:11–13 (REB):

Then God said, ‘Let the earth produce growing things; let there be on the

earth plants that bear seed, and trees bearing fruit each with its own kind of

seed.’ So it was: the earth produced growing things; plants bearing their own

kind of seed and trees bearing fruit, each with its own kind of seed; and God

saw that it was good.

HB: Sustainability begins with wonder – the wonder of beginnings, of all life and means of life in tiny seeds, each holding secrets necessary to bear ‘its own kind of fruit’.

Meditation on a Beech nut: Faith in a Nutshell (Fiona)

Inside this prickly shell

silky soft skin cups

the sharp-edged nut;

slowly

the petals of the pod open

and release the promise of new life.

In this sweet seed

hides a great tree,

the mystery of its pattern

dispersed into the rich earth

to disappear and grow

in secret;

to thrust bold shoots

through the earth’s crust,

until

the sturdy sapling stands

unshaken and unbent;

striving towards its proud

and ancient heritage;

a blueprint traced

in the beginning of time,

when God smiled.

Carol Dixon

HB: The continuance of life on earth may depend upon the rekindling of our sense of wonder at the natural world and our understanding of the fragile connections within it. There’s a song by Shirley Murray that talks about living gently and lightly, while searching for truth. We can sing it to the tune of The Ashgrove.

Hymn: Go Gently, Go Lightly

Go Gently, go lightly,

go safe in the Spirit

live simply, don’t carry

much more than you need

go trusting God’s goodness,

go spreading God’s kindness,

stay centred on Jesus

and where he will lead

Go singing, go bringing

the gifts of the Spirit,

go hopefully searching

for things that are true:

in living, in loving,

whatever befalls you,

God keep you, God bless you

in all that you do.

Shirley Murray Tune: The Ashgrove

HB: We know that mitigating the effects of climate change will require changes to our individual lifestyles but also structural changes led by governments and corporations. This prayer from the Iona Community reflects the need for both spiritual and political awareness and action.

Prayer: HB: May awe and wonder be sustained within us: so we are able to see the beauty of the earth as a finite whole, eternity in tiny seeds, an understanding of life and death in the fall of a sparrow.

All: God of love and truth, Help us to look with open eyes, To see with open hearts.

HB: May we be filled with vision and imagination: so we are able to see how waste and greed in one place diminishes life in another; help us to rediscover the significance and surprise in sharing.

All: God of love and truth, Help us to look with open eyes, To see with open hearts.

HB: May we be filled with fire and vigour, anger at short-sighted policies, cold-blooded economics and heartless trading: so we may protest greed and the misuse of the earth’s resources, and seek passionately the just use of our abundant knowledge, skills and resources to cherish all life.

All: God of love and truth, Help us to look with open eyes, To see with open hearts.

Amen

Blessing:

Ali: Love, tangible and expressive,

All: transform us.

Ali: Joy, holy and earthy,

All: uplift us.

Ali: Peace, of heart, home and community,

All: be within us, always.

Ali: May we be continually inspired by the miracle of the seed, and never lose sight

of the possibility of transformation. Amen

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