Love of Creation Sunday


Call to Worship (based on Living Faith 2.4)

One: Though life is a gift from God, human life depends upon the created world.
All: Our care for the world must reflect God’s care. We are not owners, but stewards of God’s good earth.
One: Concerned with the well-being of all of life
All: we welcome the truths and insights of all human skill and science about the world and the universe.
One: Our stewardship calls us to explore ways of love and justice
All: in respecting God’s creation and in seeking its responsible use for the common good.
One: Come, worship our Creator!

Hymn: Each blade of grass
Words: Keri K. Wehlander, Music: anonymous, arr. Linnea Good
© 2005 Keri I. Wehlander. Used by permission. OneLicense #125749

Welcome & Gathering Prayer
concluding with the Lord’s Prayer

Assurance of God’s Grace

Peace Invocation:  The peace of the earth
Words: Guatemalan traditional, translated by Christine Carson, Music: Guatemalan folk melody
© 1998 Iona Community, GIA Publications
OneLicense #57518

The peace of the earth be with you,

the peace of the heavens too;
the peace of the rivers be with you,

the peace of the oceans too.

Deep peace falling over you;
God’s peace growing in you. (Repeat)

Litany of Creation (based on Genesis 1)
read by Kathleen & Elspeth Forde

Fun with the Young at Heart

Psalm of Celebration (based on Psalm 148)
lead by Carolyn Culp

Hymn: O Beautiful Gaia
Words & Music: Carolyn McDade, arr. Lydia Pedersen
© 2006 Carolyn McDade Music. Used by permission.
OneLicense #125416 

Scripture:  Romans 8: 18-25
read by Bovas Abraham

Reflection…exploring climate justice
Rev. Courtney Crawford 

Musical Reflection:  Touch the earth lightly
words & music Shirley Erena Murray
© 1992 Hope Publishing Company. CCLI #1211141

Life and Ministry of Knox Waterloo 

Presentation of our offering

Invitation to Offering

Offertory:  In the garden
Words & Music C. Austin Miles, arr. Christina Yun
© 2021 Christina Yun

Doxology: O Bless the Gifts
Words & music Samuel Longfellow & Twila Paris
© 1985 Straightway Music and Mountain Spring Music.
CCLI #1891966

O bless the gifts our hands have brought;
And bless the work our hearts have planned.
Ours is the faith, the will, the thought;
The rest, O God, is in your hand.

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Hope

Hymn #802:  We cannot own the sunlit sky
Words: Ruth Duck, Music: Marty Haugen
© 1992 GIA Publications. OneLicense #00873


Easter Sending Song:  God speed you on your way (v.1)
Words & music Shona Murray & Shirley Erena Murray
Words © 1999, 2000 Murray, Shirley Erena; Music © 1999, 2000 Murray, Shona
CCLI #2580326

God speed you on your way
Safe keep you every day
Give you wing, cause to sing
All this we wish and pray


Worship Leaders: The Rev. Hugh Donnelly, The Rev. Courtney Crawford, Mary-Catherine Pazzano

Tech Team: Kathleen Forde, Mark Culp, Grant Birks

Copyright: CCLI License # 2580326. Onelicense A-713805  Images and videos used with permission.