Greening the Lectionary

A Theological Response to the Ecological Crisis: Reflections, Liturgy, Reviews, Comment.

Creation Care Prayers - Praise

 

 

Creator God,

In bright light and dull darkness

In the energy of each day and the rest that comes with night

We remember the goodness of God.

In the heavens high above our heads

In waters that run deep around the world

We remember the goodness of God.

In solid land and flowing seas

In vivid flowers and fruit laden-trees

We remember the goodness of God

In the rising and setting of the sun and the cycles of the seasons

In the patterns of the shining stars

We remember the goodness of God.

In oceans teeming with fish In skies filled with birds

We remember the goodness of God

In a world filled with animal life

And in ourselves as human beings

We remember the goodness of God

And God looked and saw all that he had made, and indeed it was very, very good.

In rest and reflection,

in wonder and worship

We remember the goodness of God.

Amen

 

 

 

 

The world around us is full of beauty

 We praise your name O God.

For the gift of life on earth

We praise your name O God.

 Open our eyes to see your artistry

Your image in all that you have made.

Where our praise is short or silent

All creation sings out with joy.

 Here we join creation’s song

We praise your name O God

 

 

 

Canticle of the Creatures St. Francis of Assisi

All praise be yours, My Lord, through all that you have made.

And first my lord Brother Sun, who brings the day....

How beautiful is he, how radiant in all his splendour!

Of you, Most High, he bears the likeness.

All praise be yours, my Lord, through Sister Moon and Stars;

In the heavens you have made them, bright and precious and fair.

All praise be yours, my Lord, through Brothers Wind and Air....

All praise be yours, my Lord, through Sister Water, so useful, lowly, precious and pure.

All praise be yours, my Lord, through Brother Fire, through whom you brighten up the night....

All praise be yours, my Lord, through Sister Earth, our mother, who feeds us...and produces various fruits with coloured flowers and herbs....

Praise and bless my Lord, and give him thanks, And serve him with great humility.

 

 

Benedicite English (Common Worship):

Bless the Lord all you works of the Lord:

sing his praise and exalt him for ever.

Bless the Lord you heavens:

sing his praise and exalt him for ever.

Bless the Lord you angels of the Lord:

bless the Lord all you his hosts;

bless the Lord you waters above the heavens:

sing his praise and exalt him for ever.

Bless the Lord sun and moon:

bless the Lord you stars of heaven;

bless the Lord all rain and dew:

sing his praise and exalt him for ever.

Bless the Lord all winds that blow:

bless the Lord you fire and heat;

bless the Lord scorching wind and bitter cold:

sing his praise and exalt him for ever.

Bless the Lord dews and falling snows:

bless the Lord you nights and days;

bless the Lord light and darkness:

sing his praise and exalt him for ever.

Bless the Lord frost and cold:

bless the Lord you ice and snow;

bless the Lord lightnings and clouds:

sing his praise and exalt him for ever.

O let the earth bless the Lord:

bless the Lord you mountains and hills;

bless the Lord all that grows in the ground:

sing his praise and exalt him for ever.

Bless the Lord you springs:

bless the Lord you seas and rivers;

bless the Lord you whales and all that swim in the waters:

sing his praise and exalt him for ever.

Bless the Lord all birds of the air:

bless the Lord you beasts and cattle;

bless the Lord all people on earth:

sing his praise and exalt him for ever.

O people of God bless the Lord:

bless the Lord you priests of the Lord;

bless the Lord you servants of the Lord:

sing his praise and exalt him for ever.

Bless the Lord all you of upright spirit:

bless the Lord you that are holy and humble in heart.

 

 

 

Urban Benedicite (cf Dn 3:57-88)

O let our city bless God, 'To You be glory and praise forever,'

O bricks and mortar, bless God,

O concrete and glass, bless God.

O underground pipes and wires, bless God,

O tarmac and paving stones, bless God, '

To You be glory and praise forever.'

O dandelions and daisies, bless God,

O cherry trees and geraniums, bless God.

O pigeons and seagulls,

bless God, O cats and dogs, bless God,

'To You be glory and praise forever.'

O homes and gardens, bless God,

O shops and offices, bless God,

O hospitals and police stations, bless God,

O factories and depots, bless God,

'To You be glory and praise forever.'

O bikes and buses, bless God,

O cars and vans, bless God,

O lorries and trams, bless God,

O shopping trollies and pushchairs, bless God, '

To You be glory and praise forever.'

O work of our hands, bless God,

'To You be glory and praise forever.'

O work of our minds, bless God,

'To You be glory and praise forever.'

O families and loners, bless God,

O babies to oldies, bless God,

O street cleaners and traffic wardens, bless God,

O property developers and planners, bless God,

'To You be glory and praise forever.'

O Daniel, Aisha and Harriet, bless God,

O Uncle Kah Wan and all, bless God,

'To You be glory and praise forever.'

May you be blessed, O God, in Your city,

'To You be glory and praise forever.'

May You be blessed, O God, in Your city,

'To You be glory and praise forever.'

Olive Powell

Worship Resources for use with Adults and Children.

A creative resource, a little like EYESPY, showing the connections between nature and Jesus's teaching. 

://thesanctuarycentre.org/resources/creative_prayer_idea_wild_worship_field_guide.pdf