Liturgical gardening


Last Saturday we spent a couple of hours as a household out in the garden. It wasn’t the best day for it – though many would say it was pretty typical of Seattle – not too cold, rainy and definitely soggy. The good thing was that the rain had loosened up all the weeds and made them easy to pull. When we had finished we sat around drinking tea and coffee and eating apple cake (made from the fruit of our bumper apple crop this year. Then we read the liturgy below.
Gardening is an important part of the rhythm of my life but this was the first time I had ever connected it in such a hands on way to the scriptures and the wonderful sense of God’s participation in creation and in our work in the garden. The sense of God’s presence with us as we read the liturgy was astounding for me. It made me realize how disconnected my spiritual practices usually are from my everyday life and how much more intimate my relationship with God can become when I connect my prayers to my daily activities. Something I know I will need to experiment with more in the future.

A liturgy for the Celebration of Creation


God of wind and storm,
God of trees and flowers,
God of birds and beasts,
God of men and women
God of all creation
Come down, come in, come amongst us
God all of life reflects your creative presence and sustaining love
God we see you in the wind and calm
We see you in the sun and the moon
God all of life reflects your creative presence and sustaining love
God we hear you in the song birds and bees,
We hear you in the crash of waves and waterfalls,
God all of life reflects your creative presence and sustaining love
God we feel you in warmth of sun and cold of ice
We feel you in the richness of soil and softness of fur
God all of life reflects your creative presence and sustaining love
God we smell you in the perfume of rose and jasmine
We smell you in a fresh cut apple and peach
God all of life reflects your creative presence and sustaining love
God we see you in the rich abundance of the harvest
God we hear you in the voices of those who enjoy its bounty
God we feel you in the care of those with whom we share its
generosity
God all of life reflects your creative presence and sustaining love

Adapted from Ps 65:5-12
God you call forth songs of joy from all the earth
You answer us with awesome deeds of righteousness,
God our Saviour you are the hope of all the ends of the earth
You are the hope of the farthest seas,
When morning dawns and evening fades
You call forth songs of joy
God you call forth songs of joy from all the earth
You care for the land and water it;
You enrich it abundantly.
The streams of God are filled with water
To provide the people with grain,
For so you have ordained it.
God you call forth songs of joy from all the earth
You drench its furrows and level its ridges;
You soften it with showers and bless its crops.
You crown the year with your bounty,
And your carts overflow with abundance.
God you call forth songs of joy from all the earth
The grasslands of the deserts overflow;
The hills are clothed with gladness.
The meadows are covered with flocks
And the valleys are mantled with grain;
They shout for joy and sing
God you call forth songs of joy from all the earth

Upon all who seek to care for God’s good creation,
Lord, have mercy.
Upon all who seek to conserve and preserve the earth’s bounty
Lord, have mercy

Upon all who seek to preserve or restore this world’s
beauty,
Lord, have mercy
Upon all those who suffer through pollution and destruction
of creation,
Christ, have mercy
Upon all whose land has been spoiled by drought or flood or war
Christ, have mercy
Upon all farmers, market gardeners, foresters and all who
work the land,
Lord, have mercy
Upon ranchers, shepherds, zoo keepers and all who work with
animals
Lord, have mercy
Upon conservationists, landscape gardeners and all who care
for the environment
Lord, have mercy

Almighty God, Creator of all life,
The work of your hands reflects your great love and compassion,
May we share with justice the rich resources of your world,
And ensure that none of your creation will be spoiled or misused.
Unite us through your covenant of peace
So that we may share your generous bounty
And work to ensure that no one will hunger or face oppression,The blessings of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the
Holy Spirit, be among us and remain with us always Amen

 

 

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