Live stream Sunday Service with Pastor Sue
Accompanied by a worship assistant
Accompanist Andrea Llafet
Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7
Down By The Riverside
All Things Bright and Beautiful
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Order Of Worship
Worship Assistant: Happy are those whose delight is in the law of the Sovereign God.
People: Happy are those who meditate day and night.
Worship Assistant: They are like trees planted by streams of water,
People: which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither.
Opening Prayer (Worship Assistant)
Almighty God, you spoke a word and the earth was formed; you spoke and green plants covered the face of the earth; you spoke and lovingly created us in your image; you spoke and tasked us to care for your creation. You spoke and planted in your garden the tree of life and the tree of knowledge.
We confess our tendency to become distracted by the delights of the garden and the seductions of those who share it with us. We lose sight of the purpose for which you made us and hide from you.
Forgive us and turn us to our purpose and remind us of who we are as your children. Teach us again the delights of living in your grace. Amen.
Songs of Praise The Joy of the Lord & Down by the Riverside
The Lord’s Prayer
Presentation of Our Offerings
Reading from the Old Testament
Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7
The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it.
And the Lord God commanded the man, “You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.”
Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God say, ‘You shall not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden; but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, nor shall you touch it, or you shall die.’“ But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not die; for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.
The Message Lessons from the Trees: In the Beginning
Sink our roots deep into you love, O God, that like trees planted by the water, we shall not be moved from you and distracted from who you made us to be. Amen.
Closing Song All Things Bright and Beautiful UMH #147
Go in peace to serve God and God’s creation in all that you do. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen