Order of Service
|Prelude||Chris Johansen, piano|
Confession & Forgiveness
|Hymn||As the Dark Awaits the Dawn|
Chris Johansen, piano
|Prayer of the Day||Pastor Linda|
|Psalm 104: 1-15||Harry Johansen|
Chris Johansen, piano
|Prayers of Intercession||Pastor Linda|
|Hymn||As the Deer Runs to the River|
Chris Johansen, piano
Note: audio of the scripture and sermon will posted below later today.
Confession & Forgiveness
P: In the name of the Father, and of the +Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
P: We confess our entanglements with justice, hurts, and greed – and God’s difficult, blessed vision of a very different way. We seek the face of God, confessing our sin.
Silence for reflection and self-examination.
we have sinned against you and each other. We pray for your forgiveness and healing. The good we want to do, we often fail to do. The harmful actions and thoughts we do not want, we turn to again and again. Deliver us, Gracious God. Save us, save our neighbors, save all your creatures from our lack of imagination and courage. Gird us for the challenges of change needed, called for, overdue. Guide our way in your way.
P: We who were once far off have been brought near to God through the cross of Christ. May we forgive one another as God in Christ has first forgiven us.
Hymn – As the Dark Awaits the Dawn
As the dark awaits the dawn, so we await your light.
O Star of promise, scatter night, loving bright, loving bright,
till shades of fear are gone.
As the blue expectant hour before the silv’ring skies,
we long to see your day arise, whole and wise, whole and wise,
O lucent Morning Star.
As the moon reflects the sun until the night’s decrease,
may we your healing light release, living peace, living peace,
unto your holy dawn.
Shine your future on this place, enlighten ev’ry guest,
that through us stream your holiness, bright and blest, bright and blest;
come dawn, O Sun of grace.
Prayer of the Day
Giver of Life,
We thank you for water. Lakes and rivers. Oceans and streams and springs and creeks. Ponds and bogs and puddles. And rain, falling on the just and unjust alike. We squander that gift with contaminants and privilege and fail to see reflected in it your love for all. Forgive our sight so shortened we see only our own reflection. May holy rain cleanse the air, and cure our vision, and make everything fresh and new.
Psalm 104: 1-15
70 to 75% of the earth’s surface is covered with water. Roughly 70% of an adult’s body is made up of water, and about 85% of the adult brain is made up of water. Water is mentioned 722 times in the Bible, more often than faith, hope, prayer, or worship. Water carries the story of God from beginning to end. Water is life.
In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, 2the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while the spirit of God brooded over the face of the waters. 3Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light. 6 And God said, ‘Let there be a dome in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.’ 8God called the dome Sky. 9 And God said, ‘Let the waters under the sky be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.’ And it was so. 10God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. 11Then God said, ‘Let the earth put forth vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees of every kind on earth that bear fruit with the seed in it.’ And it was so.
2:4 In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, 5when no plant of the field was yet in the earth and no herb of the field had yet sprung up—for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was no one to till the ground; 6but a stream would rise from the earth, and water the whole face of the ground— 7then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being. 8And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east… 10 A river flows out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it divides and becomes four branches. 11The name of the first is Pishon…13The name of the second river is Gihon; it is the one that flows around the whole land of Cush. 14The name of the third river is Tigris, which flows east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it.
6:5 The Lord saw that the wickedness of humankind was great in the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of their hearts was only evil continually. 6And the Lord was sorry that he had made humankind on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. 7So the Lord said, ‘I will blot out from the earth the human beings I have created—people together with animals and creeping things and birds of the air, for I am sorry thaThen the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.t I have made them.’ 8But Noah found favour in the sight of the Lord.
7:1 Then the Lord said to Noah, ‘Go into the ark, you and all your household …2Take with you seven pairs of all clean animals, the male and its mate; and a pair of the animals that are not clean; 3and seven pairs of the birds of the air also to keep their kind alive on the face of all the earth. 4For in seven days I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights… on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened.
17 The flood continued for forty days on the earth; and the waters increased, and bore up the ark, and it rose high above the earth. 18The waters swelled and increased greatly on the earth; and the ark floated on the face of the waters. 19The waters swelled so mightily on the earth that all the high mountains under the whole heaven were covered; 20the waters swelled above the mountains, covering them fifteen cubits deep.24And the waters swelled on the earth for one hundred and fifty days.
13 In the six hundred and first year, in the first month, on the first day of the month, Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and saw that the face of the ground was drying. 14In the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dry. 15Then God said to Noah, 16‘Go out of the ark…17Bring out with you every living thing that is with you so that they may abound on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.’ …19And every animal, every creeping thing, and every bird, everything that moves on the earth, went out of the ark by families. The Lord said in his heart, ‘I will never again curse the ground because of humankind, for the inclination of the human heart is evil from youth; nor will I ever again destroy every living creature as I have done. 22 As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.’
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. 18 Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. 19 I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour my Spirit upon your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.
Then shall the lame man leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute sing for joy. For waters break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert;
“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters;
The Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.
A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, ‘Give me a drink’… 9The Samaritan woman said to him, ‘How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?’ (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.) 10Jesus answered her, ‘If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, “Give me a drink”, you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.’ 11The woman said to him, ‘Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? 12Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?’ 13Jesus said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.’ 15The woman said to him, ‘Sir, give me this water…’
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; 4 he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.’ 5 And the one who was seated on the throne said, ‘See, I am making all things new.’ …To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life.
22:1 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.
Epilogue:16 ‘It is I, Jesus, who sent my angel to you with this testimony for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.’ 17 The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come.’And let everyone who hears say, ‘Come.’And let everyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who wishes, take the water of life as a gift.
We turn on the tap and there it is, expected, clean, flowing water.
For a few in this world.
Water is life.
Water is power.
Water is scarce and overwhelming.
Water is diverted, contaminated, taken for granted.
Water is a resource of privilege.
Water is granted legal standing – personhood – in New Zealand, with “all the rights, powers, duties, and liabilities of a legal person.” In Bolivia, the government passed the “Law of the Rights of Mother Earth,” motivated by the belief that nature has legal rights. The Ecuadorian constitution recognizes the rights of “Nature with respect for its existence.”
Water is life.
And will be our topic for the coming weeks – and a proper sermon for this week will bob up soon.
Prayers of Intercession
Blessing & Benediction
Go with the strength you have.
Go in search of Love.
And know the Spirit of God goes with you.
Hymn – As the Deer Runs to the River
As the deer runs to the river, parched and weary from the chase,
we have come from hurt and hurry, thirsting for your healing grace.
Jesus, source of living water, may we drink of you and live!
When your Israel crossed the desert where no stream or spring was seen,
Moses struck the rock, and water flowed for them, refreshing, clean.
“Come and drink,” Isaiah summoned, “all who for God’s mercy plead!
God’s forgiveness, like a fountain, flows to satisfy your need”
Christ, we come from desert places, deepest thirst unsatisfied.
Lead us to the waters flowing from the cross on which you died.