Sunday 30 August 2020 – Creation
To be used in conjunction with this week’s Read Mark, Learn, which can be found here – Bartimaeus RML
Prayer: ‘Be Still’ from “Watching for the Kingfisher” by Ann Lewin
You do not have to look for anything, Just look. You do not have to listen for Specific sounds, Just listen. You do not have to accomplish anything, Just be. And in the looking And in the listening And in the being Find Me.
Lord, as we focus on the wonderful world you created for us, give us a new and deeper appreciation of the awesomeness of what you have created. Give us time to be still and to appreciate all that is around us. Amen
Jesus is Lord! Creation’s voice proclaims it For by His power each tree and flower Was planned and made Jesus is Lord! The universe declares it Sun, moon and stars in heaven Cry, ‘Jesus is Lord!’ Jesus is Lord! Jesus is Lord! Praise Him with hallelujahs For Jesus is Lord! Jesus is Lord! Yet from His throne eternal In flesh He came to die in pain On Calvary’s tree Jesus is Lord! From Him all life proceeding Yet gave His life a ransom Thus setting us free Jesus is Lord!… Jesus is Lord! O’er sin the mighty conqueror From death He rose, and all His foes Shall own His name Jesus is Lord! God sent His Holy Spirit To show by works of power That Jesus is Lord Jesus is Lord!…
Poem / Prayer: from ‘Sonnets with God’ by Caroline Attrill
Here you are Lord, In the now, Not tomorrow, the day after or before, But now And in our now, Lord, We take our today And offer it, Lord To You. Bless us now, Lord Jesus, That we come to you, In the moment, To offer our lives To you this day, In the light of the present sun. Amen
Be still for the presence of the Lord, the Holy one is here Come bow before him now with reverence and fear In Him no sin is found, we stand on Holy ground Be still, for the presence of the Lord, The Holy one is here. Be still for the glory of the Lord Is shining all around. He burns with Holy fire, with splendour He is crowned. How awesome is the sight, our radiant King of light. Be still for the glory of the Lord is shining all around. Be still for the power of the Lord is moving in this place He comes to cleanse and heal , to minister His grace. No work too hard for Him. In faith receive from Him. Be still for the power of the Lord is moving in this place
During these last few months, I have been drawn to God’s creation story in Genesis and constantly marvelled at His works. Have you noticed anything you had not before? Being still helps to focus our mind and enables our eyes to notice things that go by when we are rushing around. I have found myself wanting to photograph some of these special moments in nature and to sit and ponder the natural world in a fresh new way, thanking God for all he has created. God has given us such an abundance to be thankful for. Below is the Creation story from Genesis set out with pictures.
I hope you will find that still small space to meditate on the pictures and text. Ponder over what a miracle our world is A response you may like to use after each section/verse is “Thank you, Lord, for” …….
Genesis 1 (Good News Translation)
In the beginning, when God created the universe, the earth was formless and desolate. The raging ocean that covered everything was engulfed in total darkness, and the Spirit of God was moving over the water.
Then God commanded, “Let there be light”—and light appeared.
God was pleased with what he saw. Then he separated the light from the darkness, and he named the light “Day” and the darkness “Night.”
Evening passed and morning came—that was the first day.
Then God commanded, “Let there be a dome to divide the water and to keep it in two separate places”—and it was done. So, God made a dome, and it separated the water under it from the water above it.
He named the dome “Sky.”
Evening passed and morning came—that was the second day.
Then God commanded, “Let the water below the sky come together in one place, so that the land will appear”—and it was done. He named the land “Earth,” and the water which had come together he named “Sea.”
And God was pleased with what he saw.
Then he commanded,
“Let the earth produce all kinds of plants, those that bear grain and those that bear fruit”—and it was done. So the earth produced all kinds of plants, and God was pleased with what he saw.
Evening passed and morning came—that was the third day.
Then God commanded, “Let lights appear in the sky to separate day from night and to show the time when days, years, and religious festivals begin; they will shine in the sky to give light to the earth”—and it was done.
So God made the two larger lights, the sun to rule over the day and the moon to rule over the night; he also made the stars. He placed the lights in the sky to shine on the earth, to rule over the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God was pleased with what he saw.
Evening passed and morning came— that was the fourth day.
Then God commanded, “Let the water be filled with many kinds of living beings, and let the air be filled with birds.” So God created the great sea monsters, all kinds of creatures that live in the water, and all kinds of birds. And God was pleased with what he saw. He blessed them all and told the creatures that live in the water to reproduce and to fill the sea, and he told the birds to increase in number.
Evening passed and morning came—that was the fifth day.
Then God commanded, “Let the earth produce all kinds of animal life: domestic and wild, large and small”—and it was done. So, God made them all, and he was pleased with what he saw.
Then God said, “And now we will make human beings; they will be like us and resemble us. They will have power over the fish, the birds, and all animals, domestic and wild, large and small.”
So God created human beings, making them to be like himself. He created them male and female, blessed them, and said, “Have many children, so that your descendants will live all over the earth and bring it under their control. I am putting you in charge of the fish, the birds, and all the wild animals.
I have provided all kinds of grain and all kinds of fruit for you to eat; 30 but for all the wild animals and for all the birds I have provided grass and leafy plants for food”—and it was done.
God looked at everything he had made, and he was very pleased.
Evening passed and morning came—that was the sixth day.
And so the whole universe was completed. By the seventh day God finished what he had been doing and stopped working. He blessed the seventh day and set it apart as a special day, because by that day he had completed his creation and stopped working. And that is how the universe was created.
All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small, All things wise and wonderful: The Lord God made them all. Each little flower that opens, Each little bird that sings, He made their glowing colours, He made their tiny wings. The purple-headed mountains, The river running by, The sunset and the morning That brightens up the sky. The cold wind in the winter, The pleasant summer sun, The ripe fruits in the garden, He made them every one. The tall trees in the greenwood, The meadows where we play, The rushes by the water, To gather every day. He gave us eyes to see them, And lips that we might tell How great is God Almighty, Who has made all things well.
Green – the colour of creation. There is so much green, Lord and so much beauty in our world. Help us to stop, look and listen to your creation- the amazing world of plants and the canopy of trees, the peace of green fields, the grass, meadows and rolling hills.
For these we give you thanks.
Yellow – the colour of the sun, of warmth and light. The colour of smiles, love and friendship. Thank you, Father, for the delight we have in family, friends and our church family here at SBC and our community in Sandhurst.
Thank you for those who are special to us………
We pray for those who have few friends, whose loneliness is a daily challenge. Friendships are so important in life and life giving.
For these we give you thanks.
Red – the colour of blood, the blood of those people who gave themselves for the faith that we often take for granted. Give us the
courage to be different, to speak the truth and live a life that draws others to Jesus Christ.
We pray for our church and all the other churches in Sandhurst, may we be beacons of love to our community.
For these we give you thanks.
Blue– the colour of the sky, the sea a colour of hope, life and freshness. Also, a colour of coldness. We thank you Lord for the changing seasons and the changing temperature. We thank you that you send us both sun and rain to benefit your superb creation, earth.
For these we give you thanks.
Green for creation, yellow of warmth and sunshine, red for the blood shed by you for us as the ultimate love sacrifice. Blue for our oceans.
There is also orange for the sweet fruits of the earth, indigo the colour of shadows and violet a colour of mourning and sorrow.
Lord Jesus you surround us with so much colour, the colours of the rainbow and the white of your pure brightness and light of your dazzling presence.
Please take these prayers we have offered to you today. Amen
Who put the colours in the rainbow? Who put the salt into the sea? Who put the cold into the snowflake? Who made you and me? Who put the hump upon the camel? Who put the neck upon the giraffe? Who put the tail upon the monkey? Who made hyenas laugh? Who made whales and snails and quails? Who made hogs and dogs and frogs? Who made bats and rats and cats? Who made everything? Who put the gold into the sunshine? Who put the sparkle in the stars? Who put the silver in the moonlight? Who made Earth and Mars? Who put the scent into the roses? Who taught the honey bee to dance? Who put the tree inside the acorn? It surely can’t be chance! Who made seas and leaves and trees? Who made snow and winds that blow? Who made streams and rivers flow? God made all of these!
As we go on into this day and the coming week may we be aware of You with us through the colours you have given us in your creation. Thank you, Lord Jesus. Amen