Call to Worship
One: We come together to read the old stories.
Many: We are looking for God’s word to all people, long ago and today.
One: Some of the stories we remember from Sunday School.
Many: The Lord said to Noah, There’s gonna be a floody floody!
One: Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation; Noah walked with God. And Noah had three sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth.
Many: Get those children out of the muddy muddy!
One: Children of the Lord, let us worship God together.
Prayer of Confession
Holy One, you made the Earth and all that is in it. We give thanks for the sky and the seas, the mountains and the valleys, the trees and the flowers, the birds that fly and the fish that swim and all the animals that walk or crawl or creep on the land. You called on human beings to care for Creation, to serve you and praise you by loving all you have made.
We don’t always do it well.
We remember the story of Noah, and a time when people forgot to take care of the Earth and each other. We ask forgiveness for the ways we fail to love your world with our whole hearts. Help us to do better, one step at a time, just the way Noah built the ark one cubit at a time.
Assurance of Pardon
The Lord said to Noah, “But I will establish my covenant with you; and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you.” God made a covenant with Noah, and God keeps a covenant with us. No one will ever be left behind again. Come into the ark of forgiveness, beloved Children of God!
Passing the Peace
In the Ark of this church, we are one family of faith. Sometimes it feels like close quarters! That’s all the more reason to greet one other with a sign of God’s peace. The peace of Christ be with you.
Children’s Time – Have someone lead “Rise and Shine”
First Reading Genesis 6:18-22 (including Litany of Animals)
Reader 1: Hear the words God spoke to Noah.
Reader 2: Make a roof for the ark, and finish it to a cubit above; and put the door of the ark in its side; make it with lower, second, and third decks.
Reader 3: For my part, I am going to bring a flood of waters on the earth, to destroy from under heaven all flesh in which is the breath of life; everything that is on the earth shall die.
Reader 4: But I will establish my covenant with you; and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you.
Reader 5: And of every living thing, of all flesh, you shall bring two of every kind into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female.
Reader 6: Of the birds according to their kinds –
Chorus of Kids: Robins! Sparrows! Flamingos! Ducks! Geese! Chickens! Eagles!
Reader 6: …and of the animals according to their kinds –
Chorus of Kids: Dogs! Cats! Cows! Bunny rabbits! Groundhogs! Deer! Giraffes! Tigers! Lions!
Reader 6: of every creeping thing of the ground according to its kind –
Chorus of Kids: Snakes and Mosquitoes and Bears and Honeybees! Elephants and Kangaroosies-roosies!
Reader 6: …two of every kind shall come in to you, to keep them alive. Also take with you every kind of food that is eaten, and store it up; and it shall serve as food for you and for them.
Reader 1: Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him. This is the word of the Lord.
Congregation: Thanks be to God.
Second Reading Genesis 9:8-15 (consider doing some kind of display of a rainbow to accompany v. 12)
Earlier this summer, I thought I might be writing weekly Narrative Lectionary liturgy, but as other projects and an Interim Ministry job arose, I had to let that idea go. I did create this all-age liturgy for Kathrynzj’s congregation (their version has a joke about the Eagles and the Giants, a football rivalry that plays out in their lives together), and when I write other special things for their use, I will gladly share them. I’ll be in the Revised Common Lectionary, though, and I can’t keep up with both on a weekly basis.