Archive for the ‘Outer Space’ Tag

Earth and All Stars   2 comments

Elliptical Galaxies 13.5 Billion Light Years Distant

Image Source = NASA

(http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/spitzer/news/spitzer20110412.html)

Words by the Reverend Herbert F. Brokering (1926-2009), a Lutheran (American Lutheran Church then Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) pastor and seminary professor

Hymn Source = The Hymnal 1982, of The Episcopal Church

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1.  Earth and all stars, loud rushing planets,

sing to the Lord a new song!

O victory, loud shouting arm,

sing to the Lord a new song!

Refrain:

He has done marvelous things,

I, too, will praise him with a new song!

2.  Hail, wind, and rain, loud blowing snowstorms,

sing to the Lord a new song!

Flowers and trees, loud rushing dry leaves,

sing to the Lord a new song!

Refrain

3.  Trumpet and pipes, loud clashing cymbals,

sing to the Lord a new song!

Harp, lute, and lyre, loud humming cellos,

sing to the Lord a new song!

Refrain

4.  Engines and steel, loud pounding hammers,

sing to the Lord a new song!

Limestone and beams, loud building workers,

sing to the Lord a new song!

Refrain

5.  Classrooms and labs, loud boiling testtubes,

sing to the Lord a new song!

Athlete and band, loud cheering people,

sing to the Lord a new song!

Refrain

6.  Knowledge and truth, loud sounding wisdom,

sing to the Lord a new song!

Daughter and son, loud praying members,

sing to the Lord a new song!

Refrain

O Love of God   1 comment

Episcopal Center at The University of Georgia, March 31, 2010

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

(https://picasaweb.google.com/atldiophotos/BishopWhitmoreEpiscopalCenterAtUGA#5455223748842048402)

Words by Horatius Bonar (1808-1889), a Scottish Presbyterian minister

Hymn Source = The Hymnal 1982, of The Episcopal Church

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1.  O Love of God, how strong and true,

eternal and yet ever new;

uncomprehended and unbought,

beyond all knowledge and all thought.

2.  O wide embracing, wondrous Love,

we read thee in the sky above;

we read thee in the earth below,

in seas that swell and streams that flow.

3.  We read thee best in him who came

to bear for us the cross of shame,

sent by the Father from on high,

our life to live, our death to die.

4.  We read thy power to bless and save

e’en in the darkness of the grave;

still more in resurrection light

we read the fullness of thy might.

Thy Mercy, Lord   Leave a comment

Galaxy NGC 2841

Image Source = NASA

(http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_1867.html)

Hymn Source = The Hymn Book of the Anglican Church of Canada and the United Church of Canada (1971)

Words from the Scottish Psalter (1650), of The Church of Scotland; based on Psalm 36

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1.  Thy mercy, Lord, is in the heavens;

thy truth doth reach the clouds;

thy justice is like mountains great,

thy judgements deep as floods.

2.  Lord, thou preservest man and beast:

how precious is thy grace!

Therefore in shadow of thy wings

men’s sons their trust shall place.

3.  Their hunger thou shalt satisfy

with good things from thy store:

from rivers of thy pleasures they

shall drink and thirst no more.

4.  With thee the fountain is of life

and from thy presence flows;

and brightens from thy dwelling place

out to all people goes.

God of the Earth, the Sky, the Sea!   Leave a comment

Sunrise Over Asia (September 14, 2008)

Image Source = NASA

Hymn Source = The Church School Hymnal for Youth (1928), of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.

Words by the Reverend Samuel Longellow (1819-1892), U.S. Unitarian minister and poet, 1864

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1.  God of the earth, the sky, the sea!

Maker of all above, below!

Creation lives and moves in Thee,

Thy present life through all doth flow.

We give Thee thanks, Thy Name we sing,

Almighty Father, heavenly King.

2.  Thy love is in the sunshine’s glow,

Thy life is in the quickening air;

When lightnings flash and storm winds blow,

There is Thy power; Thy law is there.

We give Thee thanks, Thy Name we sing,

Almighty Father, heavenly King.

3.  We feel Thy calm at evening’s hour,

Thy grandeur in the march of night;

And, when Thy morning breaks in power,

We hear Thy word, “Let there be light.”

We give Thee thanks, Thy Name we sing,

Almighty Father, heavenly King.

There is a Book Who Runs May Read   3 comments

Sandstone Arch, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Image Source = Vic Brincat

Hymn Source = Christian Youth Hymnal (1948), of the United Lutheran Church in America

Words by John Keble (1792-1866), Anglican priest and poet of the Oxford Movement

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1.  There is a book who runs may read,

Which heavenly truth imparts;

And all the lore its scholars need,

Pure eyes and Christian hearts.

2.  The works of God, above, below,

Within us and around,

Are pages in that book, to show

How God Himself is found.

3.  The glorious sky, embracing all,

Is like the Maker’s love,

Wherewith encompassed, great and small

In peace and order move.

4.  The moon above, the Church below,

A wondrous race they run;

But all their radiance, all their glow,

Each borrows from its sun.

5.  The raging fire, the roaring wind,

Thy boundless power display;

But in the gentler breeze we find

Thy Spirit’s viewless way.

6.  Two worlds are ours; ’tis only sin

Forbids us to descry

The mystic heaven and earth within,

Plain as the sea and sky.

7.  Thou, who has given me eyes to see

And love this sight so fair,

Give me a heart to find out Thee,

And read Thee everywhere.

Prayer of Praise and Adoration for the Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost   6 comments

M16:  Pillars of Creation

Image Source = NASA

(http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap070218.html)

Prayer Source = James G. Kirk, When We Gather:  A Book of Prayers for Worship, Year C (Philadelphia, PA:  Geneva Press, 1985)

Corresponds to Proper 24

http://ordinarytimedevotions.wordpress.com/2013/05/08/proper-24-year-c/

http://ordinarytimedevotions.wordpress.com/2011/11/06/proper-24-year-b/

http://ordinarytimedevotions.wordpress.com/2011/05/07/proper-24-year-a/

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Righteous One of all generations, how glorious is your name.  You speak and worlds are created; you establish the boundaries of the seas and the land.  Your countenance illumines the heavens above us; your righteousness is known throughout all the earth.  We live by your mercy and depend on your blessings; we give you all praise.

Prayer of Praise and Adoration for the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost   4 comments

A Scene from New Zealand

Image Source = Wikipedia

Prayer Source = James G. Kirk, When We Gather:  A Book of Prayers for Worship, Year C (Philadelphia, PA:  Geneva Press, 1985)

Corresponds to Proper 19

http://ordinarytimedevotions.wordpress.com/2011/03/20/proper-19-year-a/

http://ordinarytimedevotions.wordpress.com/2011/10/20/proper-19-year-b/

http://ordinarytimedevotions.wordpress.com/2013/02/24/proper-19-year-c/

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Great and wonderful are your works, O God; majestic is your name.  Unto the ends of the earth you display your dominion; beyond the reaches of the heavens your glory shines.  Hear the praises we offer as we gather to worship; receive the confession we make through your mercy and grace.  As we open your Word, we discern your goodness.  Your way is holy, great God of all.

Prayer of Praise and Adoration for the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost   4 comments

Andromeda Galaxy

Image Source = NASA

(http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA08787)

Prayer Source = James G. Kirk, When We Gather:  A Book of Prayers for Worship, Year C (Philadelphia, PA:  Geneva Press, 1985)

Corresponds to Proper 14

http://ordinarytimedevotions.wordpress.com/2012/10/16/proper-14-year-c/

http://ordinarytimedevotions.wordpress.com/2011/10/03/proper-14-year-b/

http://ordinarytimedevotions.wordpress.com/2011/01/31/proper-14-year-a/

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O God in heaven, like a potter you framed the universe, and with your hands you made us.  You fashioned creation to fulfill your purpose.  Through Christ you restore that which is broken; by your Holy Spirit you enflame us with zeal to obey.  Look down from heaven to see if there are any who act wisely; you will see us and hear us praising your name.

Prayer of Praise and Adoration for the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost   4 comments

Sunset from the International Space Station

Image Source = NASA

(http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/multimedia/setting_sun.html)

Prayer Source = James G. Kirk, When We Gather:  A Book of Prayers for Worship, Year C (Philadelphia, PA:  Geneva Press, 1985)

Corresponds to Proper 10

http://ordinarytimedevotions.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/proper-10-year-c/

http://ordinarytimedevotions.wordpress.com/2011/09/07/proper-10-year-b/

http://ordinarytimedevotions.wordpress.com/2010/12/25/proper-10-year-a/

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Most Holy God, you know our every thought and deed; our lives are not hid from you.  You dwell in the heights, yet you stoop to hear us; you inhabit the depths, yet you rise to support our efforts to serve you.  You encompass the whole of creation, and are yet concerned for our needs.  All praise to you, eternal God; we honor and glorify your holy name.

Prayer of Dedication for the Third Sunday after Pentecost   4 comments

A Vineyard

Image Source = Wikipedia

Prayer Source = James G. Kirk, When We Gather:  A Book of Prayers for Worship, Year C (Philadelphia, PA:  Geneva Press, 1985)

Corresponds to Proper 5

http://ordinarytimedevotions.wordpress.com/2012/07/08/proper-5-year-c/

http://ordinarytimedevotions.wordpress.com/2011/08/03/proper-5-year-b/

http://ordinarytimedevotions.wordpress.com/2010/11/20/proper-5-year-a/

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Like a potter, you fashioned the clay into designs of everlasting beauty.  You set the heavens ablaze to your eternal glory.  You create the fields and bring forth the harvest; its yield is ours because of your grace.  Hear us, O God, as we give you heartfelt praise, and receive our offerings as signs of our love and gratitude.