Year B: The Word Series (2012)
The Word is a deep impulse summoning forth creation, evoking praise from creation and stirring life in creation. The Word series correlates with the Mark series of the church year.
These liturgies are offered for your use in whole or in part. We invite you to adapt them to your context!
This Sunday we invite all the domains of Earth to worship with us. In the readings, we discover the story of Earth being born, how the Word continues to be the impulse that creates in Earth, and the amazing truth that the Word is born of flesh and blood on Earth. To capture the sense of Earth as our planet home, a model of the Earth or the solar system could be constructed in the sanctuary. Read more in the liturgies listed below!
"...the Earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord." ~Psalm 33:5
This Sunday we worship with all humanity and all creation. The readings highlight that we have, in the past, chosen the mandate to dominate (in Gen 1:26-28) over the commission to serve (in Gen 2:15). The message of Mark 10:42-45 offers a Gospel answer. The risen Christ is the source of our hope. Artists are invited to create a sanctuary scene that celebrates the diversity of all human beings and their kinship with creation.
"So God created humankind in God's image, in the image of God he created them, male and female God created them." ~Genesis 1:27
We worship this week with the skies above us. In the readings, we become aware that the skies not only announce the presence of God in Earth, but also that the skies mourn/grow dark in empathy when Earth below is wounded. In your sanctuary it is appropriate to create a sense of sky with various symbols of domains around Earth—stars, galaxies, clouds. Also, images of sunrise, moonlight, and storms can be projected on screens.
"The sky proclaims the glory of God, and the firmament announces the work of God's hands." ~Psalm 19:1
This Sunday we worship with creation in the mountains. A special focus for this service is a ‘mountain top experience.’ We enter into God’s presence in a holy mountain. Like Zion or Sinai, it is the mountain of God. n the readings, we become aware of God’s presence revealed on a mountain—on Horeb, Zion and Calvary. We also discover that our mission is not only to preach the Gospel to all peoples, but also to all creation! We celebrate the Lord’s Supper with Christ on a mountain top.
"And (Jesus) said to them, 'Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation.'" ~Mark 16:15
Calendar for Season of Creation 2012