Bulletin 8/29/21



LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE                    Colleen Coughenour, liturgist

Thank you, dear Oceans. Thank you, dear Mountains.

Thank you, dear Earth. Thank you, dear Animals.

Thank you, dear Plants. Thank you, dear Minerals.

Thank you, dear Water. Thank you, dear Air.

Thank you, dear Sun. Thank you, dear Planet Earth.

May Peace Prevail on Earth.

The Fuji Sanctuary, Japan

PRELUDE                 I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say               Tallis

CALL TO WORSHIP                                       Based on Job 12

Turn to the animals,

and let them teach you.

The birds of the air

will tell you the truth.

Listen to the plants of the earth,

and learn from them.

Let the fish of the sea

become your teachers.

In God’s hand is the soul of every living thing.

In God’s hand is the breath of all humankind.

In God are wisdom and strength,

In God are counsel and understanding.

MUSICAL REFLECTION    That Lucky Old Sun           Smith


Let us prepare ourselves for the word of God as it comes to us in the reading of Holy Scripture.

Our hearts and minds are open.

Matthew 6:24-34

For the word of God in scripture, for the word of God among us, for the word of God within us.

Thanks be to God.

CONTEMPORARY READING- 1991 VIII                  Wendell Berry

SERMON                         Back to Nature              Rev. Kim P. Wells

RESPONSIVE READING                                           Ute Prayer

Earth teach me stillness

As the grasses are stilled with light.

Earth teach me suffering

As old stones suffer with memory.

Earth teach me humility

As blossoms are humble with beginning.

Earth teach me caring

As the mother who secures her young.

Earth teach me courage

As the tree which stands alone.

Earth teach me limitation

As the ant which crawls on the ground.

Earth teach me freedom

As the eagle which soars in the sky.

Earth teach me resignation

As the leaves which die in the autumn.

Earth teach me regeneration

As the seed which rises in the spring.

Earth teach me to forget myself

As melted snow forgets its life.

Earth teach me to remember kindness

As dry fields weep in the rain.

MUSICAL INTERLUDE       Le cygne (The Swan)      Camille Saint-Saëns


The mission of Lakewood United Church of Christ, as part of the Church Universal is to:

  • Celebrate the presence and power of God in our lives & in our world.
  • Offer the hospitality and inclusive love of Christ to all people.
  • Work for God’s peace and justice throughout creation.


Morning offerings may be brought forward and placed in the plates on the altar.

Offertory                      Baby Elephant Walk                       Mancini

Prayer of Dedication                        Mary Oliver, The Summer Day

Who made the world?

Who made the swan, and the black bear?

Who made the grasshopper?

This grasshopper, I mean–

the one who has flung herself out of the grass,

the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,

who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down–

who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.

Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.

Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.

I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.

I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down

into the grass, how to kneel in the grass,

how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,

which is what I have been doing all day.

Tell me, what else should I have done?

Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?

Tell me, what is it you plan to do

With your one wild and precious life?                    



You are invited to write your prayer requests on the sheets provided in the bulletin and bring them forward and place them in the basket on the altar.  Please observe physical distancing.


Fathering and Mothering God, lover of us all, most holy one.

Help us to respond to you

To create what you want for us here on earth.

Give us today enough for our needs.

Forgive our weak and deliberate offenses,

Just as we must forgive others when they hurt us.

Help us to resist evil and to do what is good.

For we are yours, endowed with your power to make the world whole. Amen.

* BENEDICTION                                                        Native American proverb

May your life be like a


growing freely in the


and joy of each day.

*POSTLUDE                       The Lion Sleeps Tonight                 Weiss, Creatore, & Peretti


Facebook Live The 9:30 a.m. service is being streamed on Facebook Live.

Service time change ahead The first Sunday of September, the service will be at a NEW TIME. Services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Masks and distancing will remain in place. The church will continue to offer the Facebook Live option on Sunday mornings with the bulletin posted on the website so that virtual participants can follow along.

Please do what feels safest and most comfortable for you. If the church can be of assistance, please contact the church office.

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