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Church Worship Resources for Creation Care
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Church Worship Resources for Creation Care
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  • 1. Page 1 Additional resources for Creation Time 2010 for use in worship services, liturgies and other gatherings Here is a collection of prayers and other material for inclusion in worship services, liturgies or during any event focusing on creation. Much of this material was put together in 2008, drawing on numerous earlier sources, with more added in 2009 and a further update and additions for 2010. It provides plenty of ideas, but is in no way definitive. Some items are reproduced in the document, while for others we provide the web links to where the full resource can be found. Material within this document can be reproduced as long as the original source is accredited. However, where we provide a web link, please seek permission of the copyright holder. For ease of use, the resources are divided into 15 sections: • 1 Call to worship • 2 Praise and thanksgiving • 3 Confession • 4 Collects • 5 Statements of faith and commitment • 6 Intercession • 7 Offering • 8 Eucharistic prayers • 9 Blessing and sending • 10 Meditations and poems • 11 Drama • 12 Music, Hymns, songs and canticles • 13 Children and all age resources • 14 Complete Service Outlines • 15 Further resources and links to liturgical and study material • Contributors Items in Irish can be found on pages 17-18 and 51. Items in Scots Gaelic can be found on pages 30-31, 60 and 90. A Welsh language resource is referenced on page 99. Gaelic items in English can be found on pages 64 and 91.www.ctbi.org.uk/creationtime
  • 2. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 21 Call to worshipOpening prayer from the US Web of Creation site:http://www.webofcreation.org/Worship/liturgy/prayers.htm#earthdayThe whole world is a living icon of the face of God.St John DamasceneIn the beginning was the Word – the dawn of life.In the end will be the Word – the living hope.In between is the evolving Kingdom of God.Come to us Lord,Mingle your purpose in our lives,Your promise with our hope.From Eco-congregation Module 2 Celebrating Creation (www.ecocongregation.org):Choose LifeChoose a planet.Choose a table.Choose a meal with friends and a time to share it.Choose an environment.Choose a way of living.Choose a word to speak until you can live it fully, for others.Choose a world.Choose a God.Choose a means of understanding what’s going on and believe in it.Choose a colour.Choose green. Choose blue. Choose rainbows.Choose a shade that reflects the hope found in giving to others.Choose a loaf.Choose a wine.Choose a sacrament. Don’t speak about it. Just do it.Choose a community.Choose a faith.Choose a place to be completely, fully, totally in love.Choose life.Choose God.Choose Jesus.Choose today.Choose here.Choose now.Choose to choose.
  • 3. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 3© Roddy Hamilton 2007Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2008Creating God,You are the source of light and life,so we praise you.You became flesh to bring light and life,so we praise you.You sustain the world with your light and life,so we praise you.From Eco-congregation Module 2 Celebrating Creation (www.ecocongregation.org):L In the beginning God said, "Let there be light".All And there was light and it was good.L Then God said, "Let there be land in the middle of the seas".All And there was land and it was good.L God said, "Let there be animals - all sorts of animals".All And they were good.L Then God said, "Let there be people".All And we too, are part of Gods creation.From EYCE Songbook - Ecumenical Youth Council in Europe)Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2001L Praise to you, creator of heaven and earthAll You give us the food of the earth and the water of the well.L Praise to you, Jesus Christ who walked our ways.All You have revealed the will of God and the holiness of the earth.L Praise to you, Holy Spirit Giver of Life and Helper.All You awaken our song of praise in faith and struggle.Per Harling. Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2001 L We light a light to God, the Creator, who lit the light in the cosmos and breathed life into the creation. A light is lit.
  • 4. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 4 L We light a light to Jesus Christ, and light of the world, our hope and rescue. A light is lit. L We light a light to the Holy Spirit, who sets our faith on fire and gives us courage to follow the truth. A light is lit.Per Harling. Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2001L Giver of Life, in the midst of a plundered earth we groan with creation:All Have mercy on us.L Giver of Life, in the midst of poisoned water we groan with creation:All Have mercy on us.L Giver of Life, in the midst of polluted air we groan with creation:All Have mercy on us.L Giver of Life, in the midst of mountains of waste we groan with creation:All Have mercy on us.L Giver of Life, in the midst of a world of war we groan with creation:All Have mercy on us.L Giver of Life, we who are made in the image of God have gone astray, and creation groans with us:All Have mercy on us.Source: Worshipping Ecumenically, WCC PublicationsReproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2001 Reader: The Earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and all that dwells therein. All: We live in God’s world, we are not alone. We share this life with the heavens and the earth, with the waters and the land, with trees and grasses, with fish, birds, and animals, with creatures of every form, and with all our brothers and sisters.
  • 5. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 5 Reader: God saw all that was made, and behold, it was very good.Source: A Service of Worship - The Earth Is the Lord’s, United Church of CanadaReproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2003 May ground below air above sea around be hallowed filled with the Three-in-One God of Life Christ of Love Spirit of Peace May all cry “GLORY!” before the Three-in-One God of Life Christ of Love Spirit of PeaceSource: Worship Resources, God’s Earth Our Home, National Council of Churches of Christ in theUSA. Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2003Praise be to the Holy Trinity!God is sound and life,Creator of the Universe,Source of all life, whom the angels sing;wondrous Light of all mysteries unknown to humankind,and life that lives in all.(Hildegard of Bingen, 13th Century;source: Liturgy of the European Ecumenical Encounter, Strasbourg 2001)Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2003 and 2006 L We are the people of God, the Almighty. All Created in the image of God, stewards of the creation. L We are the people of God, the Redeemer. All Released in Jesus Christ, carriers of reconciliation. L We are the people of God, the Giver of Life. All Open to the inspiration of the Spirit in faith, hope and love.Per Harling. Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2004 L Praise to you, Creator of heaven and earth.
  • 6. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 6 All You give us the food of the earth and the water of the well. L Praise to you, Jesus Christ, who walked our ways. All You have revealed the will of God and the holiness of the earth. L Praise to you, Holy Spirit, Giver of Life and Helper. All You awaken our song of praise in faith and struggle.Per Harling. Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2004 I arise today through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity, through a belief in three-ness, through confession of the oneness of the Creator of Creation. I arise today through the strength of heaven, light of sun, radiance of moon, splendour of fire, speed of lightning, swiftness of wind, depth of sea, stability of earth, firmness of rock. I arise today through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity, through a belief in the three-ness, through confession of the oneness of the Creator of Creation.St. Patrick. Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2004Opening prayers from Earth Ministry (US site) L Loving Creator, you care for the land by sending rain; you make it fertile and fruitful. What a rich harvest you provide! A All your creation sings for joy. L When we take care of the land, sowing the seed and reaping the harvest, A All your creation sings for joy. L When we keep streams and rivers clean,
  • 7. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 7 when we respect the purity of lakes and seas, A All your creation sings for joy. L When we recognise that we are one family, brothers and sisters together, with responsibility for the land and the waters, A All your creation sings for joy for you bless us abundantly all our days.Per Harling, from Gloria Deo, Prayers & Hymns for the 12th Assembly of CEC, 2003Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2005 Blessed are you, O Lord our God, life and light of the universe, the one in whom the whole of creation is nurtured and held. Because of your tender mercy the rising dawn comes to us each new day, to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death. May you guide our feet into the paths of peace, and lead us deeper into your life and praise.From Encircling Prayer, Students and Staff of the Luther King House, Partnership for TheologicalEducation, Manchester, 2000. Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2005From Psalm 104 L Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord, my God, you are very great. You are clothed with honour and majesty, wrapped in light as with a garment. A (sing) Halleluja L You stretch out the heavens like a tent, you set the beams of your chambers on the waters, you set the earth on its foundations, so that it shall never be shaken. A (sing) Halleluja L You make springs gush forth in the valleys; they flow between the hills, giving drink to every wild animal. A (sing) Halleluja L You cause the grass to grow for the cattle, and plants for people to use, to bring forth food from the earth, and wine to gladden the human heart. A (sing) Halleluja L May the glory of the Lord endure forever, May the Lord rejoice in his works.From Words and Songs of Reconciliation, 2nd European Ecumenical Assembly, Graz 1997Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2005
  • 8. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 8 Today we know of all the energy that moves all things: the openness of existence, the diversity and uniqueness of every moment of creation, every shape and form, the attraction, the allurement, the fascination that all things have for one another. Humbled by our knowledge, chastened by surprising revelations, with awe and reverence we come before the mystery of life.Unknown. Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2005In the beginning was the Word – the dawn of life. In the end will be the Word – the living hope.In between is the evolving Kingdom of God.Come to us Lord,Mingle your purpose in our lives,Your promise with our hope.From Eco-congregation Module 2 Celebrating Creation (www.ecocongregation.org):Sound the trumpetThe Psalmist proclaimed: And the hymn writer echoed:Praise the Lord, my soul! Praise my soul, the King of heaven;O Lord, my God, how great you are! to his feet thy tribute bring;You are clothed with majesty and glory; ransomed, healed, restored forgiven,you cover yourself with light. who like me his praise should sing?You spread out the heavens like a tentand built your home on the waters above. Praise him! praise him!Psalm 104:1-3a Good News Bible (GNB) Praise him! praise him! Praise the everlasting King! H.F. LyteApproaching GodSound the trumpet! Scripture sentencesSound the trumpet! My help comes only from the Lord,Strum the bassLet us worship God, maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121 Revised English Bible (REB)The Lord of creation.To the Lord belongs the earth and everything in it, the world and all its inhabitants. Psalm 24 (REB)From Eco-congregation Module 2 Celebrating Creation (www.ecocongregation.org)
  • 9. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 92 Praise and thanksgivingPrayers from the US Web of Creation sitehttp://www.webofcreation.org/Worship/liturgy/prayers.htmPraise be to the Holy Trinity! God is sound and life, Creator of the Universe, Source of all life,whom the angels sing; wondrous Light of all mysteries known or unknown to humankind, and lifethat lives in all.Hildegard of Bingen, 13th Century; source: Liturgy of the European Ecumenical Encounter,Strasbourg 2001. From the ECEN website.DOXOLOGYGlory be to you, Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer,in whom the heavens rejoice and the earth is glad,with them we lift our song to you,one God, now and for ever. Amen© ELEANOR TODD 2007Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2008 Good Lord, most high almighty, to you all praise is due, all glory, honour, blessing, belong alone to you; there is no man whose lips are fit to frame your name. Be praised then, my Lord God, in and through all your creatures especially among them, through noble Brother Sun, by whom you light the day; in his radiant splendid beauty he reminds us, Lord, of you. Be praised, my Lord. Through Sister Moon and all the stars; and have made the sky shine in their lovely light. In Brother Wind be praised, my Lord, and in the air, in clouds, in calm, in all the weather moods that cherish life. Be praised, my Lord, through Sister Water; she is most useful, humble, precious, pure. And Brother Fire, by whom you lighten night; how fine is he, how happy, powerful, strong. Through our dear Mother Earth be praised, my Lord,
  • 10. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 10 she feeds us, guides us, gives us plants, bright flowers and all her fruits. Be praised, my Lord, through us, when out of love for you we pardon one another. When we endure in sickness and in sorrow. Blessed are they who preserve in peace; from you, Most High, they will receive their prize. Be praised, my Lord, praised for our Sister Death, from whom no man alive can hope to hide; wretched are they who die deep in their sin. And blessed those, Death finds doing your will. For them there is no further death to fear. 0 people! Praise God and bless him, give him thanks and serve him most humbly.The Canticle of the Creatures - St. Francis of Assisi; translation by Molly ReidyReproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2001 Voice: We are thankful for the passion of the children and youth among us who push us to recognize the urgency of the environmental crisis. All: Thank you, Creator and giver of passion. Voice: We are thankful for the insights of the native brothers and sisters among us who draw on their tradition and teach us about the sacredness of all creation and how to live in kinship with it. All: Thank you, Creator and giver of insight. Voice: We are thankful for the inspiration of those among us who have already begun to live their lives in ways that show a caring for the earth, water, and the skies. All: Thank you, Creator and giver of inspiration. Participants may offer other thanksgivings in word or deed All: We thank you, God, for all signs of hope that keep us from despairing and point us toward new ways of living.Source: A Service of Worship - The Earth is the Lords, United Church of Canada.Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2003 May none of God’s wonderful works keep silence,
  • 11. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 11 night or morning. Bright stars, high mountains, the depths of the seas, sources of rushing rivers: may all these break into song as we sing to Father, Son and Holy Spirit. May all the angels in the heavens reply: Amen! Amen! Amen! Power, praise, honour, eternal glory to God, the only Giver of grace. Amen! Amen! Amen!Third-century hymn. Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2004. O you who covers the high places with waters, who sets the sand as a bound to the sea and upholds all things: the sun sings your praises, the moon gives you glory, every creature offers a hymn to you, his Author and Creator forever.Eastern Orthodox Prayer. Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2004. Creating God, your name is written in every leaf, every bird, every river, every stone, every living being. Thank you for calling us by name. Thank you for your continued creating power in moisture, rivers, forests and oceans. Make us attentive to the wounds of the earth and willing to work for the healing of the whole creation. Let our children enjoy an abundant nature and live a long life on earth.2003 LWF Assembly in Winnipeg. Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2004.From Psalm 36 L With you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light. A With you is the fountain of life. L Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens; your faithfulness to the clouds. A With you is the fountain of life. L Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your judgements are like the great deep; you save humans and animals alike, O Lord. A With you is the fountain of life. L How precious is your steadfast love, O God! All people take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
  • 12. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 12 A With you is the fountain of life. L They feast on the abundance of your house; and you give them to drink from the river of your delights. A With you is the fountain of life.From Gloria Deo, Prayer & Hymns for the 12th Assembly of CEC, 2003.Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2005 L God of power, God of people, A you are the life of all living things, L the energy that fills the earth, A the vitality that brings to birth, L the impetus toward making whole whatever is bruised or broken. A In you we grow to know the truth that sets all creation free. L You are the song that the whole earth sings, A the promise liberation brings, now and forever.From Words and Songs of Reconciliation and Praise, Graz, 1997Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2005 Great are you, O Lord, and wondrous are your works, and no word will suffice to sing your wonders. For you by your will have out of nothingness brought all things into being and by your power sustain all creation, and by your providence direct the world. You from the four elements have formed creation and have crowned the cycle of the year with the four seasons. All the spiritual powers tremble before you; the sun praises you; the moon glorifies you; the stars in their courses meet with you; the light hearkens unto you; the depths shudder at your presence; the springs of water serve you. You have stretched out the heavens as a curtain; you have founded the earth upon the waters; you have bounded the sea with sand; you have poured forth the air for breathing; the angelic powers minister unto you…Excerpt from the Orthodox Great Blessing of WaterReproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2005 Trees and flowers and mountain springs praise the grace of you, Creator, in whose breathing birds can sing, in whose love creation grows.
  • 13. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 13 Scents of forests, dancing winds, rain and sunshine, crystal snowflakes bring their soundless joy to you, God of life and truth. You were born as a child of peace and you walked the way of the passion. Through us love may yet increase as we walk the way of Christ. Every little newborn child, men and women, every heartbeat bring their joy of life to you, God of life and truth. Hear the sound of the blowing wind, whispering our longing prayers. Holy Spirit, come and bring life and peace for times to come. Listen: People sing new songs, love is breathing, truth is winning, and we lay our hope in you, God of life and truth.Per Harling. Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2005 Praise the Lord, all works of the Lord. Praise the Lord, you heavens, you angels of the Lord. Praise the Lord, all waters above heaven. Praise the Lord, all powers, Praise the Lord, sun and moon, stars of heaven. Praise the Lord, all rain and dew, all winds. Praise the Lord, sing and exalt him throughout all the ages. Praise the Lord, fire and heat, cold and summer heat, dews and snows. Praise the Lord, nights and days, light and darkness. Praise the Lord, ice and cold, frosts and snows. Praise the Lord, lightning and clouds. Praise the Lord, sing and exalt him throughout all the ages. Let the earth bless the Lord. Praise the Lord, mountains and hills, all things that grow on the earth. Praise the Lord, you springs, seas and rivers. Praise the Lord, you whales and all creatures that move in the waters. Praise the Lord, all birds of the air, all beasts and cattle. Praise the Lord, sing and exalt him throughout all the ages. Praise the Lord, you sons and daughters of men. Praise the Lord, O Israel. Praise the Lord, you priests of the Lord. Praise the Lord, you servants of the Lord.
  • 14. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 14 Praise the Lord, spirits and souls of the righteous. Praise the Lord, you who are holy and humble in heart. Praise the Lord, Ananiah, Azariah and Mishael. Praise the Lord, apostles, prophets and martyrs of the Lord. We praise the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen. We praise, bless and worship the Lord, singing and exalting him throughout the ages.Orthodox Vesper hymn, Holy Saturday, from the Hymn of the Three Youth in the Book of Danielaccording to the Septuagint. Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2005(This prayer should be accompanied by a picture of a turtle or, even better, by a live turtle in themiddle of the liturgical space.)Jesus liked to use examples from nature for some of his parables. He invited his disciples not toworry about what to eat, because “the birds of the air neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns,and yet your heavenly Father feeds them” (Mt 6,26). He also invited them not to worry aboutclothing, considering “the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you,even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these” (Mt 6,28-29). To paraphrase thesesayings for our society dominated by speed and haste, Jesus could tell us today not to worry abouthurrying too much. Consider the turtle, he would probably say: it’s slow, of course, but strong andenduring – no need for gas, just a few leaves of salad, and it can reach a minimum 100 years ofage. In its patience, through its slowness, the turtle can see and have experiences which wehumans often miss. Let us praise the Lord who created the turtle. God our Maker, we praise you for the beauty of your creation: for the green earth, for the blue skies and the fresh waters. We praise you for the different forms of life you created, from big animals to small and humble beings, for the rapid leopard as well as for the slow turtle. In this age of growing speed and unrest we want to especially praise you because in your wisdom you created the turtle, giving it a slow pace but a long life. Let us consider the turtle and learn the lesson you want to teach us through it. Let us value slowness; let us learn patience. Give us a slow pace in order to better respect your creation and to be able to contemplate its beauty. Teach us to live our life respecting the rhythms of your creation. Amen.Luca M. Negro. Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2005Creating God,You are the source of light and life,so we praise you.You became flesh to bring light and life,so we praise you.You sustain the world with your light and life,so we praise you.From Eco-congregation Module 2 Celebrating Creation (www.ecocongregation.org):
  • 15. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 15PDF files of Common Worship from the Church of England: Times and SeasonsSeasons and Festivals of the Agricultural Yearhttp://www.cofe.anglican.org/worship/downloads/pdf/tsagyear.pdf(see http://www.cofe.anglican.org/worship/liturgy/commonworship/resources/downloads/pdftexts.html forcopyright permission) Psalm 19 reading and prayer The Reading using two readers, who can be back to back, side on to congregation. A The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims Gods handiwork. B Look to the mountains and see everlastingness… A Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge. B Search both day and night and watch for the glory of it… A There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard; B Listen to the silence and hear wonder speak… A yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. B Look to the horizon to hear a word about eternity… A In the heavens God has set a tent for the sun, which comes out like a beloved from a wedding canopy, and like a strong athlete runs its course with joy. B Look to the sunrise and enjoy God forever-promise… A Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them; and nothing is hid from its heat. B Look to the seasons and live God’s rhythm… A The law of God is perfect, reviving the soul; the decrees of God are sure, making wise the simple; B Look to creation’s order and accept it’s wisdom… A the precepts of God are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of God is clear, enlightening the eyes; B Look to justice and truth and feel their light… A the fear of God is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of God are true and righteous altogether. B Look to the word and recognise its call…
  • 16. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 16 A More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey, and drippings of the honeycomb. B Look to God’s commandments and taste their sweetness… A Moreover by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward. B Look to creation’s order and know justice… A But who can detect their errors? Clear me from hidden faults. B Look to grace and know it’s forgiveness… A Keep back your servant also from the insolent; do not let them have dominion over me. B Look to what brings life and live it’s example… A Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression. B Look to God’s covenant and know it’s love… A Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O God, my rock and my redeemer. B The heaven’s are telling the glory of God Psalm 19 Prayer God may we recognise in our souls the long slow dance of creation that moves through the universe beyond our words may the stirring of light cause a scattering of alleluias and the shift of atoms the deep silence of wonder Even as mountains have no words and cells no syllables may we hear them clear their throats and cry glory and may we witness the order in common things the place set apart for each molecule by your hand that sculpted and knowingly placed each within their own nook and cranny May such order be your ordinance for us too the balance in our lifestyles between us and all the universe setting us in our breadth among the stars and sand grains among covenant and promise
  • 17. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 17 called back to live more humbly between giving and taking enough to honour this living universe with justice and morality and find then, we honour you too May we let creation dance and find the steps that have us joining in moving with the dance of grace and finding our home in it’s order May the whole universe cry out with your glory and all that is made proclaim your handiwork So be it Amen © Roddy Hamilton, 2009 God in the Universe - In Irish and English Dia na Cruinne Look long and steady. Amharc go buan, is go seasta. Beauty is everywhere. Ailleacht i ngach uile aird. I find God in the woods - Aimsím Dia sna coillte - The touching of a mystery, Tadhall an mhistéir, An oasis of silence. Tamhnach, tostach. In each leaf blazes forth the art of God. Gach duilleog, ealaín Dé, ina scata lasrach. The heart of a rainbow Croílár bogha beatha Is a whisper of His tears. Mar siosarnach A dheora. Carved on each tree Tá ainm rúnda Dé Is the hidden name of God. Snoite ar gach crann. He sings in the song of each bird, Cloistear A ghuth I gcantain na n-éan, An Amen to His existence. Amen, Dó bheith ann. He throbs in the earth beneath my feet. Sé broidearnach sa chré fúm. Each fern unfolds an energetic God, Tá Dia spleodrach á nochtadh Ever active, ever new. I ngach raithneach. Travelling in the mist above my head, Nua de shíor In the essence of all things Bithghníomhach, bithnua. He lives. Ag taisteal sa cheobhrán os mo chionn, In eisint gach uile ní, Maireann Sé. From “My Elusive God” by Ann Crowley R.S.M. Published 2009 Columba Press. Reproduced with Aistrithe go Gaeilge ag Sr. Eibhlín Ní Challanáin permission.Mugrons Litany in praise of the Blessed Trinity Ó Liodán Mugrón ag Moladh an Tríonóid Naofa - In Irish and EnglishHave mercy upon us, o God the Father Almighty, Déan trócaire orainn, a Dhia Athair uilechumachtaighO God of the tempestuous sea and serene air, A Dhia na farraige anfal agus aer reithineachO God of the many languages round the circuit of A Ohia na n-iltheangacha atá mórthimpeall an domhainthe earth A Dhia na dtonn ó threathán dotheorantaO God of the waves from the bottomless house of A Ohia a chruthaigh an domhan agus a oirnigh lá agusthe ocean oicheO God who fashioned the mass and inaugurated A Dhia órgaday and night, A Athair flaitheasach, atá ar Neamh
  • 18. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 18O golden God,O heavenly Father, who are in heaven. A Mhic a ghineadh faoi dhó A fhioreolaiO Son twice-born A fhiorsholas an ghrá a ghealann gach dorchadasO true knowledge, Eagna an tsaoil ftiáthrúndaO true light of love that lightens every darkness Eadráin an uiie dhuineO intelligence of the mystical world, Foinse an chreidimhO Mediator of all men, Fuaiscailteoir na hAdhamhchlainne.O fountain of the faith,O Redeemer of the human race. Déan trócaire orainn, A Dhia Uilechumhachta gh, A Spiorad Naoimt;Have mercy on us, O God Almighty, O Holy Spirit; A mhéar DéO finger of God, A bhronntóir na fioreagnaO imparter of true wisdom, Údar na Scrioptúr NaofaO author of Holy Scriptures, A Spiorad seachtchruthO septiform Spirit, A Spiorad Naofa a thiamaionn do gach uile rud, sofheictheO Holy Spirit that rulest all things visible and agus dofheicthe.invisible. Aistrithe ag Caitltn Ní Mhaoldomhnaigh.Towards a History of Irish SpiritualityPeter O Dwyer O CarmThe Columba Press 1995. Reproduced with permission. The Eternal Father An tAthair Síoraí - In Irish and English Maker of the skies and heavens Moladh agus buíochas leat, a Athair Naofá maker of the surging seas do cheap na spéartha agus Neamh ar dtús of fish in crowded companies is do cheap ina dhiaidh sin an mhuir mhór bhraonach praise and thanks for all youve given. is na carnáin éisc inti ag snámh go dlúth The Eternal Father An t-Athair Síorai King of the world you make the sun that shines A Rí na cruinne bheir loinnir sa ghréin go moch the rain that falls, the harvest gathered in dílte troma agus toradh na dhéidh go grod and I a sinner dare to look at you, scriobhaim chugat mo ctiulpa agus féachaim ort dont let me lord fall further into sin. agus ná lig titim níos faide dom féin san olc. Prayers of two Peoples - Traditional Irish and Scottish Prayers. Trans Stephen Redmond SJ Published by Veritas. Reproduced with permission.
  • 19. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 193 ConfessionHope for CreationWe look around in sorrow, seeing:- power stations spewing, temperatures rising,- climate changing, storms brewing,- waters flooding, people fleeing,tears beyond hope.We look back in faith, remembering:- Sarah once barren, cradling a child,- Daniel from the lions den, greeting a new dawn,- Mary distraught in the garden, running with good news,rays of hope.We look forward in Christ, hoping:- we who dont care or deny, will change our ways,- the church from indifference, will lead Gods people,- the world from the precipice, will unite for the planet,Hope for Creation.AmenDavid Pickering 2008___________________________________________________________________Creating God, you give light and life,and express delight in your creation.You gave the command to till and care for your garden,but we have abused the beauty of creation and the keeping of your word. We confess the plundering of finite resources. We confess to stealing our descendants’ birthright to life. We confess the flagrant pollution of land, sea and air. We confess the churches’ lack of concern for the well-being of creation. We confess the excesses within our own lifestyle.Creating God, we have desecrated your creation and darkened your light.In a moment of quiet we confess our profligate lifestyle and human greed.From Eco-congregation Module 2 Celebrating Creation (www.ecocongregation.org)Rainbow prayer for Operation NoahCreator God, how deep are your designs!You made a living earth, cloud, rain and wind,and charged us with their care.We confess that the way we live todayis changing the climate,the seas and the balance of life,dispossessing the poor and future generations.Build our lives into an Ark for all creation,and, as you promised Noah never to repeat the Flood,so makes us heralds of a new rainbow covenant:choosing life for all that is at risk -
  • 20. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 20for creation,for neighbours near and far,our children and ourselves.From Operation Noah Launch, Coventry Cathedral, 2004______________________________________________________________________________Reconciling all thingsGlory be to you O Christ, Saviour of the world.To you all creatures bow in awe and praise and thanksgiving.You reconcile all things on earth and heaven.Your loving presence fills the whole universe.Grant us power to grasp how wide and longand high and deep is the love of Christ.AlleluiaGlory be to you O Christ - Saviour of the world.Teach us to use our civilisation’s collective learning in your service.You taught your disciples to live simply, yet joyfully together.You formed their thinking through your stories and example.Grant us power to use our intellects with wisdomto cut our use of energy and live more simply,and to share our technology and resourcesin humility and love with all God’s children.Alleluia, alleluia!Glory be to you O Christ - Saviour of the world.As God’s Word you were there at the beginning of space and time,when energy pulsated through matterwhen the sun’s rays lightened the darknesswhen the seas and rivers first flowedand the winds rushed over the face of the oceans.Grant us power to share and use this energy wisely.Alleluia, alleluia!From Operation Noah Launch, Coventry Cathedral, 2004Father forgive us, for we knew not what we did.We, the children of God, cry aloud to you, Lord our God.Free us from sin and guilt to be truly your people.Free us to praise you and live in your way forever.Father forgive us, for we knew not what we did.Forests grew and died, and grew again, while under the Earth a treasure of fuel was laid.Your people grew in skill and curiosityand unearthed the secret carbon heritage of the forests.We tamed fire in our engines to increase our comfort and mobility.We have been tempted to take these benefits to ourselves,to live a life where you could no longer find us.Father forgive us, for we knew not what we did.Creator of all, the hymn of creation has become the cry of the world.
  • 21. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 21Like Adam and Eve in the garden, we hide ourselves in shame.Yet, just as you came to them and asked them lovingly, ‘Where are you?’so you come to us today and lovingly ask us, ‘Where are you?’We are here Lord, seeing ourselves as the centre of your world,and blind to the fact that you are the centre of all your creation.Father forgive us, for we knew not what we did.We are here, Lord, destroying in a few years the mighty works of aeons,so that we may be comfortable as we prepare catastrophe.We are here Lord, exposing the poor to a fragile future,threatening the livelihoods of our children,and driving animals and plant life to extinction.Father forgive us, for we knew not what we did.Now we know.Hear our cry for help to change our ways.Creator of the mighty trees, the broad oceans,the atmosphere, the earth, and all that lives,forgive us and reconcile us to you.Let us remake this world in the love and compassion ofthe One who makes all things new,who is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.We, the children of God,cry aloud to you, Lord our God.Restore, reconcile and re-equip usto live in harmony with all creation,and to be signs to each other and to the worldof your kingdom come on Earth.Written for the Operation Noah launch service, Coventry Cathedral 2004,based on ‘Creation Festival Liturgy at Coventry Cathedral in 1988. Water Confession In a world where there is too much water or not enough you’ve taken this means of doing justice and made it a symbol of faith Forgive us God when we pour it over heads and bless people lavishly as we ought but without a thought for the thirsty May we live out the life this water provokes in us May we live your calling for a fair and just world where the water of life is the water for life the sharing of that which blesses us is also the means of living justly
  • 22. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 22 Forgive us God when we take the blessing for ourselves and not for the world our own means to heaven rather than a means to an equitable world Call us into the blessing of justice redeem us through the sharing of grace cleanse us with the waters of life and anoint us with the promise of renewal May we take water find in it the promise of heaven and the means of sharing life and share this blessing with the world So be it Amen© Roddy Hamilton, 2009Preaching what you practiseThis can be used as an act of confession from the worship leader but is more about each one ofus. Candles could be brought forward and placed on a table as it is read. If I preached what I practiced the church would be full, with eager listeners to the latest means of getting away with as easy a lifestyle as possible and still call it Christian If I preached what I practiced the faith would have followers clambering at its door, eager to sign up to wishy-washy justice and part-time belief if I preached what I practiced. They would be keen for sermons about a penny for the poor, and a pound for the pension keen to listen to homilies that spoke of living in the reflected glory of someone else working for peace They would happily believe in a faith that changes a light bulb for the sake of creation rather than sacrifice to shape a whole new way of living If I preached what I practiced If I preached what I practiced church would be popular again with a doctrine of excuses and a creed of compromise a half-way house on almost anything and a God who is washed out watered down and used to support anything you want
  • 23. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 23 we would never need to sign up to a faith where we find ourselves feeding the poor by feeding ourselves less we would just have to proclaim it without doing anything about it if I preached what I practiced. we would never have to make a sacrifice for justice for we would always find an excuse that would allow us to buy things for of taste paying lip-service to buying things for justice or we would never have to go green we could get away with lime for we could live according to our personal means and desires speaking passionately for the planet living passionately for ourselves without a thought for the legacy and footprint it leaves if I preached what I practiced So hear my confession that my living is not as full of God as the words that I utter May it be that the words take form and leave footprints of someone who finally practices what they preach© Roddy Hamilton, 2008Sorry Prayer - for the Gulf, 2010We’re sorry for the Gulf of Mexicolicences sold, companies boldpelicans oiled and beaches are soiledWe’re sorry for the gulf in our livesadverts attracting, fuelling our greed,stuff for our wants with our hearts left wantingMay salty waterswash sands and cleanse birdsMay salty tearschange our hearts and move our mindsto conserve more than consumeDavid Pickering, 2010Giver of Life,in the midst of a plundered earthWe groan with creationHave mercy on usGiver of Life,In the midst of poisoned water
  • 24. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 24We groan with creationHave mercy on usGiver of Life,in the midst of polluted airwe groan with creationHave mercy on usGiver of Life,in the midst of mountains of wastewe groan with creationHave mercy on usGiver of Life,in the midst of a world of warwe groan with creationHave mercy on usGiver of Life,we who are made in the image of God have gone astrayand creation groans with usHave mercy on usFrom Worshipping Ecumenically, WCC Publications. From the ECEN websiteAll: How can a mortal be righteous before God? you laid the earths foundation you fixed limits for the sea you give orders to the morning you tip over the water jars of the heavens you hunt the prey for the lioness you know where the mountain goat gives birth the eagle takes flight by your wisdom. You can do all things: no plan of yours can be thwarted. We have spoken of things we do not understand: therefore we repent in dust and ashes.Leader: Fear not, says the Lord, for I have redeemed you: I have summoned you by name: you are mine.© Eleanor Todd 2006. Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2008A: Your love made it possible for the first particles of matter to dance with energy, linking each other in space and time.B: Carbon creatures came into being and learnt to walk tall, placing their feet firmly on theground of your garden, breathing the mystery of your breath, enjoying your inspiration andreaching up to the skies.A: As you look at us now, your carbon creatures, what can you see through our carbonemissions? Do they scratch your eyes and marr your looking?B: Out of your energy of love, came heat and light for our warmth and growthAll: Out of our energy production and use, comes both progress and harm.A: Out of your energy, came sacrifice and self giving loveAll: Out of our energy use, comes greed and self interest.B: Out of your energy, came creativity freedom and inspiration
  • 25. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 25All: Out of your energy we compromise these gifts with complacency violence and stupidity. Lord, eyes we have, but see not. Lord ears we, have but hear not Lord minds we have, but will not Lord hearts we have, but care not Lord, life we have, but live not. Lord teach us to look with your seeing To hear with your hearing To commit with your willing To feel with your feeling To care with your heart To live in your love. AMEN, AMEN, AMEN.© Robin Morrison 2006. Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2008Merciful God, who loves humankind, look with an eye of compassion upon the works of your handsand set free the expanse of the atmosphere from dread destruction and death-dealing emissionsand every poisonous pollution, through which death and danger threaten. Take pity then on whatyou have fashioned and give to all prudence not to act senselessly, the result of which iscorruption, granting to all pardon and salvation and divine mercy.Verse: With my voice I cried to the Lord, and he heard me from his holy mountain.Accept, 0 Saviour, the entreaties of your Mother, which she offers for all creation, and thesupplications of all your Saints. Grant to all your mercies, and keep unharmed the firmamentwhich you spread out from the beginning with wisdom, Lord, and brought into being for the benefitof mortals. Keep undamaged, 0 Lord, the whole environment which girds the earth from harmfulinfluences, granting to all pardon and salvation and great mercy.Verse: When I called you hearkened to me, 0 God of my justice, in all affliction you set me at large.With humility of our soul we entreat you, Lord, and we fall down before you: At your commanddeliver the earth on which we dwell from every harm and from harsh ruin, and speedily avert from itand abolish by your will destructive emanations and pour out the fresh dew of life-sustaining air.Fence about the whole enclosure of the environment Master and Saviour, with your mighty power,granting to all pardon and salvation and divine mercy.From: Orthodoxy and Ecology Resource Book, SYNDESMOS 1996)Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2001 Creating God, you give light and life, and express delight in your creation. You gave the command to till and care for your garden, but we have abused the beauty of creation and keeping of your work. We confess the plundering of finite resources. We confess to stealing our descendants birthright to life. We confess the flagrant pollution of land, sea and air. We confess the churches lack of concern for the well-being of creation. We confess the excesses within our own lifestyle. Creating God, we have desecrated your creation and darkened your light.
  • 26. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 26 In a moment of quiet we confess our profligate lifestyle and human greed. Words of Renewal God of life and God of light, as we seek a new relationship with your created order, may we sense the grace and peace of a new relationship with you. Amen.From Eco-congregation Module 2 Celebrating Creation (www.ecocongregation.org) A wise Rabbi was walking along a road when he saw a man planting a tree. The Rabbi asked: “How many years will it take before this tree will bear fruit?” The man answered: “Seventy years”. Then the Rabbi asked: “You feel you are so strong and healthy that you expect to live so long to be able to eat its fruits?” The man answered: “I’ve found a world rich of fruits because my forefathers planted trees for me. I will do the same for my children”. From a Jewish midrash Forgive us, Lord, our obsession with ourselves. We are not able to recognise our own limits. We are so concentrated on our present needs and on our own work that we forget to be grateful for the gifts You have given us through the generations who have gone before us. Forgive us, Lord, for our closed horizon preventing us from looking toward tomorrow, preventing us from handing over to our children a fertile and clean earth. Forgive us, Lord, for our greedy selfishness, for our closed hands grasping to hoard all we can to squeeze our natural resources dry. Open our hands, Lord, to the joy of sharing. Teach them the sower’s generous gesture, so that we may sow seeds without caring who will benefit from the fruits of the harvest. Amen.Luca M. NegroReproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2003 and 2006An act of confession and commitment Leader: O Triune God, who yourself are justice for us and create justice, we thank you that you establish justice where injustice prevails. You have taken the side of the poor and oppressed who have no rights or whose rights are trampled underfoot. Forgive us our hesitations, our blindness, our deafness. Give us strength by your spirit to share so that all may be filled. Teach
  • 27. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 27 us your purpose for us till your kingdom of justice comes. People: Kyrie eleison (Lord, have mercy on us). Leader: O Triune God, who yourself are peace for us and create peace, let us be coworkers and peace-makers in the building of your peace and reconciliation. Tear down the walls of separation and division. Show us the promise of nonviolence. Transform hatred into love. Grant that we may see our enemies as neighbors and that we may learn your purpose for us till your kingdom of peace comes. People: Kyrie eleison (Lord, have mercy on us). Leader: O Triune God, who created the universe so that all was good, teach us to understand that we are part of the creation, that we are your stewards in it. Make us instruments of the renewal of your creation. Teach us not to take more than we need, that the source of life may not run dry and we may preserve a future fit for our children and our children’s children. Teach us your purpose for us till your new creation becomes a reality among us. People: Kyrie eleison (Lord, have mercy on us). Leader: Let us commit ourselves to God and to one another to work for justice, peace, and the integrity of creation. People: We who live by the love, grace, and forgiveness of God, whose lives are sustained by God’s faithfulness, bind ourselves to each other in solidarity. May God who witnesses our commitment to stand together give us the grace to fulfill it.Source: World Council of Churches Seventh Assembly, Canberra, Australia, 1991Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2003 Call to Confession (using different voices) God’s creation is being abused and violated. We as human beings often see ourselves as separate from creation, not woven into the web of life. The reference to having “domination over the earth” is used to exploit and destroy the earth. As individuals and as societies, we became dependant on a lifestyle of limitless growth. We are quick to blame and judge others rather than accept responsibility for the part that we play in destroying our environment. We use more than our share of earth’s resources. We are responsible for massive pollution of earth, water, and sky. We thoughtlessly drop garbage around our homes, schools, churches, places of work, and places of play. Much of the world struggles for survival – good food, clean water, adequate homes. We squander our resources on technologies of destruction. Bombs come before bread. All: We are killing the earth:
  • 28. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 28 Voices: as mountains of garbage pile up, as uranium and nuclear wastes threaten life for centuries to come, as we use trees faster than they can re-grow, as our precious agricultural land loses its fertility. All: We are killing the waters: Voices: as toxic chemicals and human wastes are dumped into lakes, rivers and oceans, as fish and plants die from acid rain, as groundwater is poisoned. All: We are killing the skies: Voices: as the global atmosphere heats up from chemical gases, as the ozone layer is destroyed, as clean air is poisoned by car and truck pollution.Prayer of Confession All: We confess these sins to you our God, Creator of the universe. You have set before us life and death. Too often we have chosen death. We have not loved the earth as you love it.Period of silent meditationAssurance of Pardon Reader: Know that our God is a God of love as well as of judgement. God promises to be with us as we struggle to be faithful. Thanks be to God.Prayer of Grace All: Holy and great Creator, we recognize as your people that these problems will not easily be solved. Give us the courage to truly repent and change our ways. May we genuinely ask for forgiveness from you, from the earth and from future generations. May we live this day faithfully loving your creation as you love it. May we walk together toward the future with hope.Source: A Service of Worship - The Earth is the Lords, United Church of CanadaReproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2003 L Almighty God, Creator and Lifegiver, we are part of your beautiful but fragile creation. We have the responsibility to protect, to nurture and to respect it. We have failed in our responsibility. Therefore we cry: ALL (sing) Kyrie eleison . . . L The earth is our mother,
  • 29. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 29 our origin, our nourishment. Every seed in the depth of the earth vibrates with your creating will. When the earth is spoiled and poisoned by greed and short-range interests, we deny our origin, we suppress your will. Therefore we cry: ALL (sing) Kyrie eleison . . . L The earth is a water planet. The seas are our amniotic fluid. All life carries your creative water; people, vegetation and animals. When the water is polluted it reacts against us and our future. Therefore we cry: ALL (sing) Kyrie eleison . . . L The air is the breath of life, the breathing-space of the earth. Every breath is a reminder of your creative power. When the air is polluted the lungs of the earth are damaged and your strength is suppressed. Therefore we cry: ALL (sing) Kyrie eleison . . . Silence Words of forgiveness L Jesus Christ, who joins the Creator with creation, has heard your groaning and cleanses you from all guilt. Arise and walk in faith and struggle for the integrity of creation. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. ALL Amen.Per Harling. Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2004 and 2006 O God, we use more than what is ours. Therefore your creation is suffering. We consume the resources of the earth at the expense of the poor and the oppressed. We are prisoners of consumption and we confess that we do not want to get out of our captivity. We seek security by possession. We steal from those coming after us. We know that the earth is fragile, but this knowledge paralyses us. We confess that the passivity suits us and that we do not want to get out of it.
  • 30. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 30 We acknowledge that we often know the truth, but we do not want to know it. As we do not want to commit ourselves our proclamations are not credible. As we do not want to be a part of a change others have to live in despair. As we do not want to pay for the costs for a new way of living, others have to pay with their lives. We hope for unity, but we do not act. We honour the ideals of compassion and love, but we do not follow them. God, we confess that we take pleasure in confessing without breaking up from our sins. "Out of the depth, I cry to you, O God, Lord, hear my cry".Prayer from the Church of Norway. Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2004A PENITENTIAL RITE FOR USE AT A CREATION THEMED MASS OR OTHER LITURGYIn English and Scots GaelicSisters and Brothers in Christ,we are taught by our Lord himself that, “God so loved the world that he gave his only-begottenSon...”.Indeed God so loves the world and every one and every thing in it.And he calls us to love as he has loved.In that we fail to loveand stand idly by as our brothers and sisters in this world struggle to even stay alivewhile being exploited by the rich and powerful...And in that we stand idly by as our mother, the Earth, is brutalised and humiliated,we stand in need of repentance and God’s mercy and forgiveness.Let us prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries of our redemptionand rededicate ourselves to God as good stewardsby calling to mind the horrors of this worldand the part we all play in them by our apathy and silenceand let us ask the Lord of Creation for pardon, peace and courage.SilenceThe Presider of a number of voices from throughout the assembly may continue with: For our self-indulgent appetites and ways, and our exploitation of creation and our fellow human beings Lord, have mercy.All: Lord, have mercy. For our intemperate love of worldly goods and comforts, and our dishonesty in daily life and workAll: Christ, have mercy. Trusting in your love and mercy we turn to you with confidence seeking forgiveness and strength to do better.All: Lord, have mercy.OR For the wrongs we have done: for our blindness to human need and suffering, and our indifference to injustice and cruelty,
  • 31. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 31All: Lord, have mercy. For our waste and pollution of your creation, and our lack of concern for those who come after us,All: Christ, have mercy. For not loving you with out whole heart, mind and strength; nor loving our neighbours as ourselves,All: Lord, have mercy.Absolution is then given according to the tradition of the gathered community and the celebrationcontinues with the Collect of the Day.GaelicGnath Peanasachaidh airson chleachdaidhair Aifreann air Teama Cruthaidheachd no Liotuirge eileA Pheathraichibh s a Bhrathraibh ann an Crlosda,Teagaisgear dhuinn leis ar Tighearna fhein gur"ann mar sin a ghradhaich Dia an saoghal,Gun tug E a aon-ghin Mhic fhein..."Gu dearbha, s ann mar sin a ghradhaicheas Dia an saoghal,Agus a h-uile duine is m a th ann.Agus dhiarradh E oirnn gun gradhaicheamaid mar a ghradhaich Esan.Leis mar a dhfhailigeas oirnn gradhachadh,Is mar a sheasas sinn gu diomhainn fhad s a tha ar brathairean is peathraichean a strl a chum abhith beo,Agus iad a tha beartach is cumhachdach a gabhail brath orra...Agus leis mar a sheasas sinn gu diomhainn fhad s a dheugnaichear ar mathair, an Talamh,Tha aithreachas, trocair agus maitheanas Dhe a dhith oirnn.Gun ullaich sinn sinn fhein a chum gairdeachas a dheanamh air diomhairean naomha ar n-aithreachais,Agus gun ath-dhearbh sinn sinn fhein do Dhia nar deagh stiubhartan,Le bhith a tarraing dar n-inntinnean uabhasan an t-saoghail seoAgus na pairt a th againn uile annta leis ar meagh-bhlaths s ar tostAgus gun iarramaid air Tighearna na Cruthaidheachd mathanas, slth agus misneachd.Tost.Faodaidh Ceannard uidhir de ghuthan am measg a choithionail leantainn orra le:Air sgath ar doighean agus ar n-acrais mhacnasaich,Is mar a ni sinn ml-chleachdadh den Chruthaidheachd,Is de ar brathairean is peathraicheanA Thighearna, dean trocair oirnn. Uile: A Thighearna, dean trocair oirnn.Air sgath ar graidh mhi-stuama air nithean is comhartachd shaoghalta,Ar n-eas-onair nar beatha is saothar laitheilA Chriosda, dean trocair oirnn. Uile: A Chriosda, dean trocair oirnn.Thig sinn thugad le earbsa nad ghradh is throcair,Ag iarraidh mathanais agus neart a chum a bhith a deanamh nas fhearr.A Thighearna, dean trdcair oirnn. Uile: A Thighearna, dean trocair oirnn.
  • 32. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 32NOAir sgath gach droch ghniomha a rinn sinn: air sgath ar doille ro fheumalachdan is fhulangachd achinne daoine, is ar meagh-bhlaths ro ana-cheartas is an-iochdmhorachd,A Thighearna, dean trocair oirnn. Uile: A Thighearna, dean trdcair oirnn.Air sgath a chaitheimh is an truaillidh a ni sinn air do Chruthaidheachd, is ar cion-dragh munfheadhainn a thig nardeidh,A Chriosda, dean trocair oirnn. Uile: A Chriosda, dean trocair oirnn.Air sgath mar nach do ghradhaich sinn Thu leis ar lan-chridhe, inntinn is neart; no ar nabaidheanmar sinn fhein,A Thighearna, dean trocair oirnn. Uile: A Thighearna, dean trocair oirnn.Bheirear mathanas a reir nois na coimhearsnachd a tha comhla,agus leanaidh an t-seirbheis le Urnaidh Ghoirid an La.PDF files of Common Worship from the Church of England: Times and SeasonsSeasons and Festivals of the Agricultural Yearhttp://www.cofe.anglican.org/worship/downloads/pdf/tsagyear.pdf(see http://www.cofe.anglican.org/worship/liturgy/commonworship/resources/downloads/pdftexts.html forcopyright permission)
  • 33. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 33 4 CollectsHope for CreationWe look around in sorrow, seeing:- power stations spewing, temperatures rising,- climate changing, storms brewing,- waters flooding, people fleeing, tears beyond hope. We look back in faith, remembering:- Sarah once barren, cradling a child,- Daniel from the lions den, greeting a new dawn,- Mary distraught in the garden, running with good news, rays of hope.We look forward in Christ, hoping:- we who dont care or deny, will change our ways,- the church from indifference, will lead Gods people,- the world from the precipice, will unite for the planet,Hope for Creation.David Pickering 2008Global Warning Creator God – maker and shaper of all that is, seen and unseen; You are in the expanse and depth of Creation, and in the processes that make life possible. Yet we are distracted by the gods we make ourselves and our lives become fractured and fragmented. In our brokenness we disturb the Earth’s capacity to hold us. Instead we find climate uncertainty and global injustice. Call us back from the brink. Help us to choose love not fear, to change ourselves and not the planet; to act justly for the sake of the vulnerable; and to make a difference today for life tomorrow. In your name – Father, Son and Spirit. Amen.Martyn Goss 2008May none of Gods wonderful works keep silencenight or morning.Bright stars, high mountains, the depths of the seas,
  • 34. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 34sources of rushing rivers:may all these break into song as we singin Father, Son and Holy Spirit.May all the angels in the heavens reply: Amen! Amen! Amen!Power, praise, honour, eternal glory to God, the only Giver of grace.Amen! Amen! Amen!Third-century hymn. Reproduced on the ECEN website Through heaven and earth and the sea, through wood and stone, through all creation visible and invisible, I offer generation to the Creator and Master and Maker directly and by itself, but it is through me that the heavens declare the glory of God, through me the moon worships God, through me the stars glorify him, through me the waters and the showers rain, the dews and all the creation, venerate God and give him glory.St. Leontios of Cyprus. Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2001This day is for Israel light and rejoicing – a Sabbath of rest.Thou badest us standing at Sinaithat all the years through we should keep thy behestto set out a table full-laden to honour. The Sabbath of rest!Treasure of heart for the broken peoplegift of new soul for the soul’s distresssoother of sighs for the imprisoned spirit: the Sabbath of rest!When the work of the worlds in their wonder was finishedThou madest this day to be holy and blestand those heavy-laden found safety and stillness. A Sabbath of rest!Traditional Sabbath table Hymn. Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2006O Lord our God, the author and giver of all good things,we thank you for all your mercies, and for your loving care over all your creatures.We bless you for the gift of life, for your protection round about us,for your guiding upon us, and the tokens of your love within us.We thank you for friendship and duty, for good hopes and precious memories,for the joys that cheer us and the trials that teach us to trust in you.Most of all we thank you for saving knowledge of your Son our saviour;for the living presence of your Spirit, the comforter...In all these things, o heavenly Father, make us wise unto a right use of your benefitsthat we may render an acceptable thanksgiving unto you all the days of our life.Through Jesus Christ our Lord.The Book of Common Order. Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2006O you eternal wisdom – whom we partly know and partly do not knowO you eternal justice – whom we partly acknowledge and never fully obeyO you eternal love – whom we love a little but fear to love too much:
  • 35. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 35open our minds that we may understandwork in our wills that we may obeykindle our hearts that we may love you.Come, Lord Jesus!T. R. Milford. Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2006
  • 36. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 365 Statements of faith and commitment (With a period of silence between each section) L We have faith C in One God, one Source of all life. One Ground of the whole earth, with all her creatures. L And thus we have faith C in the fullness of earths life, in the innate worth of all her dependents, in human partnership in the life of nature. L And we have faith C that in Christ we have been shown the special role of the human race to bear Gods likeness in working and caring for the earth, in seeking to understand her mysteries and powers, in gently working with these powers for the well being of all children of the earth. L And we have faith C that God´s Spirit will lead us to sensitive closeness with earths life, so that meek, unselfish and compassionate life-style by which the earth is inherited in peace, by which her life is transformed for all creatures to share justly in her bounty. So be it. Amen.From India, in Sinfonia Oecomenica, Gütersloher Verlagshaus, Gütersloh und Basileia Verlag,Basel, 1998. Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2001 I have faith in God, the Almighty who created heaven and earth and who wishes to save the world against our foolishness and megalomania. I have faith in the spirit And the might of our community Which enables and protects life Which stands up against lethal threat And paralysing helplessness. And in Jesus Christ, our brother and Son of God Who grounds heaven And links heaven to earth Who suffered from our weakness Who was crucified by our missing faith Who died of our paralysing fear Who was buried under our indifference Down to the kingdom of the mighty Who rises among us with every new hope With every drop of good water With every breath of healthy air With every flower in full blossom And he will separate those Who practise death and those Who answer for life.From Austria. Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2001
  • 37. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 37With a period of silence between each section L: We have faith All: in one God, one Source of all life, one Ground of the whole earth, with all her creatures. L: And thus we have faith All: in the goodness of earth’s life, in the innate worth of all her dependents, in human partnership in the life of nature. L: And we have faith All: that in Christ we have been shown the special role of the human race to bear God’s likeness in working and caring for the earth, in seeking to understand her mysteries and powers, in working with these powers for the wellbeing of all children of the earth. L: And we have faith All: that God’s Spirit will lead us to sensitive closeness with earth’s life, to that meek, unselfish and compassionate life-style by which the earth is inherited in peace, by which her life is transformed for all creatures to share justly in her bounty. So be it. Amen.From India. Source: Sinfonia Oecumenica, Gütersloher Verlagshaus, Gütersloh 1998.Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2003 We join with the earth and with each other To bring new life to the land To restore the waters To refresh the air We join with the earth and with each other To renew the forests To care for the plants To protect the creatures We join with the earth and with each other To celebrate the seas To rejoice in the sunlight To sing the song of the stars We join with the earth and with each other To recreate the human community To promote justice and peace To remember our children We join with the earth and with each other We join together as many and diverse expressions of one loving mystery: for the healing of the earth and the renewal of life.Source: United Nations Environmental Sabbath Program.Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2003
  • 38. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 38The Christiana Creek Covenant We believe that God has created a world of riches and abundance. We recognize that we are wasting our planet’s physical, biological, human, and spiritual resources. We see that many of our brothers and sisters suffer as a result. We are consuming too much and contributing too little. We are interrupting natural cycles and destroying species and causing unnecessary suffering. We have been careless with our wastes and have polluted the air, water and soil. We have failed to moderate our consumption so that each person can have enough resources to live and take their desired place in the human community. We are squandering the birthright of future generations. We believe a fundamental joy and meaning of human life comes from the stewardship, appreciation, and enjoyment of God’s creation. Among the basic expressions of our oneness with God is our participation in the journey toward justice, so that all our brothers and sisters may have the opportunity to share in and contribute to an abundant common life. Justice necessarily includes the protection, restoration, and enhancement of the ecosystem in which we and other creatures live and from which every living thing draws its sustenance. As steps along this path, I will with God’s help: • Live abundantly and enjoy creation without hoarding what my sisters and brothers need, without wasting the resources entrusted to me, and without polluting the land, water, and air • Reduce, reuse and recycle • Work for justice, peace and harmony • Work to protect, restore and enhance the natural environment • Live a faithfulness that is earth-inclusive, both at home and at workInspired by the Wellspring Covenant, which was written in October 1988 as a part of a UnitedChurch of Christ consultation. (Source: Meeting Hunger, Hands on: Hunger Awareness Activitiesfor Groups, Church World Service, 1991) Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2001.  In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us. (3x) Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen. Most Holy Trinity, have mercy upon us. O Lord, cleanse us from our sins. O Master, pardon our iniquities. O Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities for thy Names sake. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen. Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from the evil one. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.
  • 39. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 39 O Christ, who brought all things into existence from nothing, and with ineffable wisdom gave to each one to accomplish unerringly the goal which you laid down in the beginning, O Saviour, Lover of humankind, as you are powerful, bless the whole creation which you fashioned. (Response: Lord, have mercy.) Give peace to all the nations, Lord, and understanding in all things, so that we may lead our life in tranquility and always keep the laws which you laid down for all creation for the unalterable maintenance and government of the universe. (Response: Lord, have mercy.) Lover of humankind, keep unharmed the environment that clothes the earth, through which, by your will, we who inhabit the earth live and move and have our being, that we, your unworthy suppliants, may be delivered from destruction and ruin. (Response: Lord, have mercy.) Fence round the whole creation, O Christ Saviour, with the mighty strength of your love for humankind, and deliver the earth we inhabit from the corruption which threatens it; for we, your servants, have set our hopes on you. (Response: Lord, have mercy.) Put an end, O Saviour, to the evil designs which are being devised against us by senseless intent, and turn aside from the earth every destructive action of the works of human hands which contrive corruption leading to perdition. (Response: Lord, have mercy.) O Lord, who wraps creation in clouds, as godly David sang, watch over the environment of the earth, which you created from the beginning for the preservation of mortals, and give us the breath of the winds and the flow of waters. (Response: Lord, have mercy.) Almighty God, who created all things with wisdom and who watches over and guides them by your all-powerful hand, grant well-being that all creation may prosper and remain unharmed by hostile elements; for you, Master, commanded that the works of your hands should remain unshaken until the ends of the age; for you spoke and they came into being and they receive from you mercy for the turning away of all harm, and for the salvation of the human race which glorifies your name which is praised above all. (Response: Lord, have mercy.) O Lord, who created the universe at the beginning and gave to each thing his own rank, do not despise the works of your hands, but with an eye of mercy look from heaven upon this vine and restore it according to your will, turning aside from it every purpose that brings corruption and every destroyer; for you are our Shepherd and Deliverer and Saviour and from you we receive help. (Response: Lord, have mercy.) O Lord and Master who fenced about the domain of the earth and made it sure with an enveloping band, deliver its whole structure from harm and disaster; for you are a treasury of strength and the source of life, and all things minister and are subject to your will as your servants, Lord. And so grant us your mercies and turn away from us every disaster, and save our souls as you love humankind. (Response: Lord, have mercy.) Threats and scourges and destruction hang over us, Lord, because of the multitude of our transgressions; for we have sinned and transgressed and gone far from you, and we are affected and afflicted by dire perils; but deliver us, Lord, from dangers that beset us, and keep the whole structure of the earth unharmed, granting equable breaths of wind and
  • 40. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 40 ever-flowing springs of water for our safe-keeping and salvation, O Lover of humankind. (Response: Lord, have mercy.) O Lord, who holds the circle of the earth and establishes its foundations, as the Prophet says, accept our suppliant entreaties, as our guardian and protector and Saviour; for we are your people and the sheep of your pasture and by your infinite mercy we shall be delivered from expected dangers. Do not then utterly destroy us, Master, but may your goodness conquer the multitude of our offences, that we may glorify the ocean of your acts of pity. (Response: Lord, have mercy.) Merciful God, who loves humankind, look with an eye of compassion upon the works of your hands and set free the expanse of the atmosphere from dread destruction and death- dealing emissions and every poisonous pollution, through which death and danger threaten. Take pity then on what you have fashioned and give to all prudence not to act senselessly, the result of which is corruption, granting to all pardon and salvation and divine mercy. (Response: Lord, have mercy.) With humility of our soul we entreat you, Lord, and we fall down before you: At your command deliver the earth on which we dwell from every harm and from harsh ruin, and speedily avert from it and abolish by your will destructive emanations and pour out the fresh dew of life-sustaining air. Fence about the whole enclosure of the environment, Master and Saviour, with your mighty power, granting to all pardon and salvation and divine mercy. (Response: Lord, have mercy.)From an Orthodox Prayer Service for Creation. Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2001 We did not weave the web of life The earth is the Lords and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it. (Psalm 24, 1) L Every part of this earth is sacred. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the children of the earth. This we know, the earth does not belong to us. All we belong to the earth. L This we know, all things are connected: All like the blood which unites one family. L This we know, whatever we do to the web: All we do to ourselves.Adapted from Chief Seattle, 19th Century. Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2004 and 2006A: I will light a light In the name of the maker of light Who lit the world with stars, sun and moon And breathed the breath of life
  • 41. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 41 Into all thingsB: I will light a light In the name of the revealer of light Who brought light into the darkness And stretched out his hands for us Giving his love to the whole worldA: I will light a light In the name of the inspirer of light Who lit the world from within And fills my life with wonder In the search for learning and wisdomB: We hold these lightsAll : For the Trinity of light and love God’s presence everywhere God’s salvation for everyone God’s inspiration of all things.A: We hold these lightsAll : For ourselves and each other For our families, friends and enemies For our work, hopes and struggles,B: We hold these lightsAll : For those in need and those who teach us, For the people, governments and churches of Europe For the future peace and justice of Europe.A: We hold these lightsAll : For the whole world For all things created, visible and invisible For individuals and communities in need.B: We hold these lights to give thanksAll : For water, air and soil For plants, trees and animals For minerals and fossils,A: We hold these lights to give thanksAll : For knowledge, skills and ideas, For inventions and discoveries For science and the artsOur candles are lit and we pass this light amongst us as a sign of our commitment for the future.All: May our footprint on this earth be light May we discover the holiness of your presence everywhere May we learn how to value your gifts without harm or waste May we enrich the flourishing of beauty in the things we make and use. Amen.© Robin Morrison 2006Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2008We choose a world of justice
  • 42. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 42 Where God’s resources are cared for and shared fairly Where we conserve creation for future generations Where all people can live in peaceWe chooseWe choose God, for God is justiceWe choose a world of peace Where God’s children no longer destroy each other Where everyone is treated with respect for their uniqueness Where lasting peace is built on God’s loveWe chooseWe choose God, for God is peaceWe choose a world of love Where God’s love is known to all the children of the Earth Where everyone can feel accepted by their brothers and sisters Where God’s purpose for the world is finally revealedWe chooseWe choose God, for God is love© Michael Davidson 2007Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2008 L We belong to the Creator, in whose image we are all made. A In God we are breathing, in God we are living, in God we share the life of all creation. L We belong to Jesus Christ, the true icon of God and of humanity. A In him God is breathing, in him God is living, through him we are reconciled. L We belong to the Holy Spirit, who gives us new life and strengthens our faith. A In the Spirit love is breathing, in the Spirit truth is living, the breath of God always moves us. L We belong to the Holy Trinity, who is one in all and Three-in-One. A In God we are all made, in Christ we are all saved, in the Spirit we are all united.Per Harling, from Gloria Deo, Prayers & Hymns for the 12th Assembly of CEC, 2003.Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2005We are not alone, we live in God’s world.We believe in GodWho has created and is creating,Who has come in Jesus, the Word made flesh,to reconcile and make new,Who works in us and othersby the Spirit.We trust in God.
  • 43. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 43We are called to be the churchto celebrate God’s presenceto love and serve othersto seek justice and resist evilto proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen,our judge and our hope.In life, in death and in life beyond deathGod is with us.We are not alone. Thanks be to God.United Church of Canada. Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2006.Prayer of CommitmentOceans warmingCoral dyingSea risingLand disappearingIce caps meltingPolar bears dyingRivers floodingWaters overwhelming Calming, caring God, Help us act to still the storm For now, for ever.Storms destroyingChaos reigningCities floodingPeople movingDisease spreadingHomes disappearingCrops failingHope fading Calming, caring God, Help us act to still the storm For now, for ever.Planet shapingWorld creatingLife formingSpirit breathingLaw guidingCradle birthingCross bearingHope rising Calming, caring God, Help us act to still the storm For now, for ever.David PickeringFrom the Climate Service, Grosvenor Chapel, held before the Stop Climate Chaos March, 2006
  • 44. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 446 IntercessionPraying with Creation through the church year from the US Web of Creation site:http://www.webofcreation.org/Worship/liturgy/praywithcreation.htmLitanies from the US Web of Creation site:http://www.webofcreation.org/Worship/liturgy/litany.htmSymbols can be used to focus intercessory prayers as in this example from SS Mary & John, EastOxford: http://www.sageoxford.org.uk/intercessions.htm____________________________________________________________________Bless, O LordThe plants, the vegetation, and the herbs of the field,That they may grow and increase to fullnessand bear much fruit.And may the fruit of the land remind usof the spiritual fruit we are to bearCoptic Orthodox liturgy, Egypt. Reproduced on the ECEN website.Merciful God,who loves humankind, look with an eye of compassion upon the works of your hands and set freethe atmosphere from dread destruction and death-dealing emissions and every poisonouspollution, through which death and danger threaten. Take pity on what you have fashioned andgive to all prudence not to act senselessly, the result of which is corruption, granting to all pardonand salvation and divine mercyWith my voice I cried to the Lord, and he heard me from his holy mountain.Accept, O Saviour, the entreaties of your Mother which she offers for all creation, and thesupplication of all your saints. Grant to all your mercies, and keep unharmed the firmament whichyou spread out from the beginning with wisdom, Lord, and brought into being for the benefit ofmortals. Keep undamaged. O Lord, the whole environment which girds the earth from harmfulinfluences, granting to all pardon and salvation and great mercy.When I called, you hearkened to me, o God of my justice, in all affliction you set me at large.With humility we entreat you, Lord, and we fall down before you. At your command deliver theearth on which we dwell from every harm and from harsh ruin, and speedily avert from it andabolish by your will all destructive emanations, and pour out the fresh dew of life-sustaining air.Fence the whole enclosure of the environment, Master and Saviour, with your mighty power,granting to all pardon, salvation and divine mercy.From Orthodoxy and Ecology, Resource Book, Syndesmos, 1996.Reproduced on the ECEN website.
  • 45. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 45Come light, light of God, give light to creation,enlighten our hearts and remain with your world.O God, Creator of the universe and of all that lives and breathes,from your dwelling place you refresh the mountains and forests.The earth is filled with the fruits of your work.You make grass grow for the herds,plants and fruit trees for people to farm,drawing their bread from the earth.You entrusted your creation to us. We beseech you:save us from the temptation of power and domination.May your Spirit of wisdom teach ushow best to care for and safeguard what you entrust to us.Blow your Spirit of life on your creation and all humanity.Come light, light of God, give light to creation,enlighten our hearts and remain with your world.We beseech you, bless every effort and every search,Every struggle and every pain that seek to restorethe harmony and beauty of your Creation.Renew the face of the earth, so that every human beingmay live in peace and justice, fruits of your Spirit of love.Blow your Spirit of life on your creation and all humanity.Come light, light of God, give light to creation,enlighten our hearts and remain with your world.We beseech you, Lord,bless the fruits of the earth and the work of our handsand teach us to share the abundance of your goods.Send rain to the dry soil, sun and fair weatherwhere harvest is endangered by storms.Blow your Spirit of life on your creation and all humanity.Come light, light of God, give light to creation,enlighten our hearts and remain with your world.
  • 46. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 46From you, O Lord our God, come all gifts, and we give you thanks.Hear the sigh raising from your creation,gather the suffering of all people,Send us your blessing, so that we may live, in its fullness, the new lifeWhich you offer us through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.Community of Grandchamp, Areuse/NE (Switzerland); translated by Elizabeth Stace.Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2006.A prayer in the face of Climate ChangeJesus Christ,tempted to turn stones to bread in the wilderness:teach us that when we change timefor our convenience: night to day in our living, patience to speed in our journeying, winter to summer in our eating,we change Gods calendar which brings the hatchling to the caterpillar, the bee to the nectar, the rains to the farmer;to the one which brings you to the cross.Give us grace in our simplest actions to choose the life which breathes in the beautiful complexity of creation, to conquer death, and to fit us to be Easter people. Amen© Eleanor Todd 2006. Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2008A morning prayerShow us how to do things well today,so that others may not suffer,here or there,now or in the future.Show us how to make our contributionas we change the way we live,travel, make and consume, pack and unpack,use, misuse and re use energy, heating and lighting.Show us how to do simple things well in our home,places of work and lifestyle choices.Show us how to protect the world you made,in all its diversity and goodness,from our carbon emissions,global warming and climate change,rising temperatures and sea levels,the displacement of peoples, environmental poverty,harm and destruction.Show us how and show us why,so that alone and with othersour contribution will make a difference.Amen
  • 47. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 47© Robin Morrison 2006. Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2008An evening prayerThank you for the passing day.Forgive all that’s been badly done,for energy wasted, opportunities lost,for things not said or not said well,for the harm done,unconsciously, if not deliberately,through our lack of attention and care.As we lift our gaze to look through your eyeson what has passed or is to come,give, us of your grace, another opportunityto live well, find joy and fulfilment in all things,show respect and care for your giftsin all of Creation and all people.Amen© Robin Morrison 2006. Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2008A prayer for our homesJesus Christ;in changing weather, vanishing speciesand impoverished neighboursthe heavens and the earth bear witness against us.As you lit an Easter fire and cooked breakfast,fashioning Gods kingdomfrom the stuff of this earth,so when we cook and light and warm our homemake us people of your resurrection,choosing lifethrough simplicity, ingenuity, and obedience. Amen.© Eleanor Todd 2007. Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2008Spirit of creation, spilling into rivers and oceans, cleanse the life-giving waters.Spirit of creation, rushing through mighty forests, spread the seeds of new life.Spirit of creation, burning in the hearts of your people, give life, re-born and renewed.Spirit of God, water, wind and fire, fill us with your love.Diane Clutterbuck, England. Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2001L Hear our cry, God, it is the crying of the victims of the wars of our time, it is the crying of those, who offer themselves in love and wrath for the sake of justice,
  • 48. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 48 it is the crying in pain, in anger, in powerlessness. Hear our cry, God.All Lord, have mercy on us.L Hear our groaning, God, it is the lamentations of the woods and the seas, it is the groaning of the air and the earth, it is the lamentations of hunger and starvation from dried up grounds, it is the groaning in helplessness, in mistrust and exhaustion. Hear our groaning, God.All Lord, have mercy on us.L Hear our weeping, God. it is the weeping of the children, who have been abandoned or abused, it is the weeping of the women, who have been assaulted, it is the weeping of the darkness of the mourning, it is the weeping in despair, in loneliness and abandonment,All Lord, have mercy on us.L Jesus Christ, you who on the cross cried out the abandonment of the human being, you who suffered, died and rose up from death for our sake, be with us in our crying, in our groaning and in our weeping, All And give us courage and strength in the struggle for a new and worthy life.Per Harling. Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2001 Eternal God, We thank you for the glory of your creation – a mystery that surpasses our knowledge. Eternal God, We thank you for the earth and water, sun and wind, creatures and peoples – cultures – nations: Guide us as we gather to confess that we have violated the gift of life given to us. Strengthen us as we seek to affirm that the earth and all therein is yours. Enable us as we seek to recall your covenant and make it our own.(Source: World Council of Churches. Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2003 Verse: If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord who could stand? For with you there is forgiveness. (Psalm 129,3) O Christ, who brought all things into existence from nothing, and with ineffable wisdom gave to each one to accomplish unerringly the goal which you laid down in the beginning, O Saviour, Lover of humankind, as you are powerful,
  • 49. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 49 bless the whole creation which you fashioned. Verse: For your name’s sake I have waited for you, O Lord; my soul has waited for your word, my soul has hoped in the Lord. (Psalm 129,5) Give peace to all the nations, Lord, and understanding in all things, so that we may lead our life in tranquility and always keep the laws which you laid down for all creation for the unalterable maintenance and government of the universe. Verse: From the watch of dawn until the night, from the watch of dawn, let Israel hope in the Lord. (Psalm 129,6) Lover of humankind, keep unharmed the environment that clothes the earth, through which, by your will, we who inhabit the earth live and move and have our being, that we, your unworthy suppliants, may be delivered from destruction and ruin. Verse: For with the Lord there is mercy, and with him abundant redemption, and he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities. (Psalm 129,7) Fence round the whole creation, Christ Saviour, with the mighty strength of your love for humankind, and deliver the earth we inhabit from the corruption which threatens it; for we, your servants, have set our hopes on you. Verse: Praise the Lord all nations! Extol him all peoples. (Psalm 116) Put an end, O Saviour, to the evil designs which are being devised against us by senseless intent, and turn aside from the earth every destructive action of the works of human hands which contrive corruption leading to perdition. Verse: For great is his mercy to us, and the truth of the Lord endures for ever. (Psalm 116) O Lord, who wraps creation in clouds, as godly David sang, watch over the environment of the earth, which you created from the beginning for the preservation of mortals, and give us the breath of the winds and the flow of waters.From an Orthodox Office of Supplication for the Environment and for the Whole Creation.Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2005.Lover of humankind, keep unharmed the environment that clothes the earth, through which, byyour will, we who inhabit the earth live and move and have our being, that we, your unworthysuppliants, may be delivered from destruction and ruin.Response: Lord have mercy.
  • 50. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 50Fence round the creation, O Christ, Saviour, with the mighty strength of your love for humankind,and deliver the earth we inhabit from the corruption which threatens it; for we, your servants, haveset our hopes on you.Response: Lord, have mercy.Put an end, O Saviour, to the evil designs which are being devised against us by senseless intent,and turn aside from the earth every destructive action of the works of human hands which contrivecorruption leading to perdition.Response: Lord, have mercy.O Lord, who holds the circle of the earth and establishes its foundations, as the Prophet says,accept our suppliant entreaties, as our guardian and protector and Saviour; for we are your peopleand the sheep of your pasture and by your infinite mercy we shall be delivered from expecteddangers. Do not then utterly destroy us, Master, but may your goodness conquer the multitude ofour offences, that we may glorify the ocean of your acts of pity.Response: Lord, have mercy.From an Orthodox Prayer Service for Creation. Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2006.Our Lords Prayer Our Father, who are in heaven, You are also at home in the air, soil, forests and oceans, Hallowed be Your name, by the care we take of your creation, Your Kingdom come, all that you see is good, Your will be done on earth your will to till and care,. as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, that all may have sufficient to live life in fullness, forgive us our trespasses, our greed, our exploitation, our lack of concern for other species and for future generations, as we forgive those who by reconciliation with justice and peace. trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, the temptation to equate domination with exploitation, and deliver us from evil, the evil of destroying your gift of creation, for Yours is the Kingdom, Yours, Lord, not ours, the Power and the Glory, in the cross and the resurrection, for ever and ever, You were the beginning and you are the end. Amen. And so be it.From Eco-congregation Module 2 Celebrating Creation (www.ecocongregation.org)
  • 51. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 51OUR DAILY BREAD - PRAYER FROM 8th ECEN ASSEMBLY IN PRAGUE, June 2010O Holy God who is present in all heaven and earth, you nurture and care for us in our daily lives.May we live today as if tomorrow matters.We are called to worship you and live according to ways of peace and justice, and sustainably incommunity.Help us to be good neighbours and to recognise that our relationships are broken and the planet’secosystems are fractured. We see that the whole creation is struggling with changing conditionsand our communities are fragmented by inequality and division.We recognise your generosity in providing for our food. Let us not forget that the world’s foods arenot equally shared and while some over-eat, others go hungry.We confess that we have developed a dependency on debt which causes idolatry, insecurity andinjustice, and are losing communities of caring and sharing.We regret that we are tempted by the idols of death and we forget the vulnerable, preferring ourown superficial addictions rather than our deeper potential.Help us to choose to return to the holiness of each moment and to reject the temptations ofexcessive greed and speed. May we be delivered from excessive pride that the Earth be healedand our lives be re-shaped by the grace of your Word and Spirit.For the gifts of light, life and love are yours, now and for ever and from age to age.For the reign, the glory and the power are yours.Amen. Bless, O Lord, the plants, the vegetation, and the herbs of the field, that they may grow and increase to fullness and bear much fruit. And may the fruit of the land remind us of the spiritual fruit we should bear.Coptic Orthodox liturgy, Egypt. Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2006.To the Eternal Father Don Athair Síoraí - In Irish and EnglishHave mercy on us, O God, Déan trócaire orainn, a Dhia,Father almighty, A Athair uilechumhachtaigh,God most high, A Dhia na slua,God of hosts, A Dhia uasal,Lord of the world, A Dhia an domhain,God invisible, A Dhia dhofheicthe,God incorruptible, A Dhia dhothruaillithe,God immortal, A Dhia dhomharfa,God all-merciful, A Dhia thrócaireach,God all-perfect, A Dhia flioirfe,have mercy on us. Déan trócaire orainn.God of the earth, A Dhia na talún,God of the fire, A Dhia na tine,God of the fresh waters, A Dhia na n-uiscí cumhra,God of the great winds, A Dhia na gaoithe móire,God of the shining stars, A Dhia na réaltaí geala,
  • 52. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 52God who made the world, A Dhia a dhealbhaigh an chruinne,God of the many tongues, A Dhia na dteangacha iomadúla,God of the nations, A Dhia na dtreabh,God of golden goodness, A Dhia, a mhaith órga,Heavenly Father, A Athair neamhaí,have mercy on us. Déan trócaire orainn.O God, guide me with your wisdom, A Dhia, stiúir mé le do ghliceas,O God, rule me with your justice, A Dhia, smacht mé le do cheartas,O God, help me with your mercy, A Dhia, fóir mé le do thrócaire,O God, guard me with your power. A Dhia, caomhain mé le do chumhacht.Lón Anama, Poems and Prayers from the Irish Translated by Gerard MurphyTradition. Eagthóir – Ciarán Mac Murchaigh Translated into Modern Irish by Caitlín NíPub Cois-Life 2005, reproduced with permission MhaoldomhnaighSince there will be a last time when I will feel a warm spring rain on my face,a last time when I will smell the perfume of a flower,a last time when I can embrace my lover,that makes life and everything that livesso infinitely precious.Since there will be a last time,let me live daily life with open senses,clear thinking and a careful presence.Since there will be a last time,let me be aware that I am woven into the eternal becoming and being of life,in which God holds everyone and everything in her/his hands.Since there will be a last time,I would like the beauty and preciousness of life which is given to meto be preserved for those who will live after me.My mortality, my being limited,is a source of my capacity to love.Our condition as limited beingshas within it a value which points to the future,which is urgently needed by uswho live in economically rich countries.From ECEN Creation Time 2006PDF files of Common Worship from the Church of England: Times and SeasonsSeasons and Festivals of the Agricultural Yearhttp://www.cofe.anglican.org/worship/downloads/pdf/tsagyear.pdf(see http://www.cofe.anglican.org/worship/liturgy/commonworship/resources/downloads/pdftexts.html forcopyright permission)
  • 53. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 53 Eco-Prayer The spider spinning webs the whale swimming the ocean the poppy glowing in the field the world in all it’s commotion May we have eyes to recognise it all and see the glory that is yours The magpie in the garden the otter by the lake the flower in the rainforest the vole, the fish, the snake May we have eyes to recognise them all and celebrate the wildness of your imagination The desert creeping south the icecaps breaking free the climate growing warmer less rain for you and more for me May we have eyes to see it all and know the pain creation feels The power within the wave the current within the wind the volt within the sunlight recycled instead of binned May we have eyes to recognise it all and insight to use your gifts well So be it Amen© Roddy Hamilton, 2008
  • 54. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 547 Offering Incense: Offering and Intercession Let my prayers rise up to you, 0 Lord as incense in your sight In front of the altar two people stand; one holds a bowl filled with incense and the other a censer or thurible with burning charcoal. The faithful come forward one by one towards these bowls saying their own special prays and placing beads of incense onto the burning charcoal. This action to be accompanied by appropriately quiet music. From ECEN Creation Time 2001 The cross is a symbol of our responsibility for sinful actions against God, against the creation, and against our fellow humans. A large cross is erected before the altar. The faithful come forward, and praying silently, they place flowers in an arrangement following the outline of the cross. Explanation by preachers or the faithful (including children). At the dismissal, the faithful take the flowers with them. From ECEN Creation Time 2001Preparing the sacramentsA jug of water, a loaf of bread, a goblet of wine, a white table cloth and a beeswax candle arebrought forward (table cloth first, thereafter it doesn’t matter) and placed on the communion tablePerson 1: Jug of waterA burn of sparkling water gurgled through the moor.Did it know it would become our water of baptismfor God’s own people, today?Person 2: Plate of BreadA field of wheat lay ripening in the sun.Did it know it would be milled into our loafthat breaks open heaven’s meal, today?Person 3: Goblet of wineA clasp of ripening grape dithered on the vine.Did it know it would be crushed and fermented into our winefor this cup of grace, today?Person 4: Table clothA hardwood tree stretched and shaded an ancient forest.Did it know it would be carved into our tableset for communion, today?
  • 55. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 55Person 5: CandleA beehive buzzed and worked the flower rows.Did it know its comb would be become our symbolof Christ’s light, today?Person 6: BibleA world turned in the depths of space.Did it know its dawn would dance with the sacramentsbread, water and wine for us today?© Roddy Hamilton, 2008
  • 56. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 568 Eucharistic prayersINTRODUCTION TO COMMUNIONGreat Big Creator GodBaker of loaves of breadMaker of cups of wineSetter of tables for feastsChoose to come to our little tableand set a meal here for usHere with grain that comes from the groundand grape that is grown on the vinehere among us of all ages who gatherand in the middle of your vast and wild creationmay you come to a meal with usAnd open our eyesto the great storyof your love for creationand your friendship through Jesusof the birds of the airand the feast for the worldof the lily of the valleyand the bread for all peopleof the rainbow of hopeand the wine of new promiseof the wilderness of wanderingand the journey to the tableof the water that cleansesand the community of faithof the trees that hide sinnersand the banquet in their honourof the stones that cry outand the voices that proclaim graceof the grain that is buriedand the bread that is brokenof the seed that is sownand the wine that is sharedof the cedars that singand the faith that is livedof the rock that is rolledand the truth that is set freeHere with grain that comes from the groundand grape that is grown on the vinehere among us of all ages who gatherand in the middle of your vast and wild creationmay you choose to come to a meal with usSo be itAmen© Roddy Hamilton 2007Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2008EUCHARISTIC PRAYER
  • 57. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 57My friendsevery family sits round a tablethere to share news from the dayconcerns about lifestories they have heardI invite you now to sit round this tableto share the daylisten to concerns of the worldspeak of the great family of creationand listen to God’s storyIt’s a special table because it is big enough for allIt’s a special table because it is made from the world:wood and ore and holds grain and grape gifts from the worldIt’s a special table because Jesus is hereSo let’s share God’s storyHoly God there is no other GodBless the one who bears God’s nameHoly God there is no other GodHeaven and earth and full of your gloryVoice 1:I remember the time of creation, of choosing colour and texture, of mountain height and valleydepth. I remember how God sculpted love into it all, every nook and cranny alive with the promiseof heaven. And we give thanks for it all, its richest splendour and darkest secret.Voice 2:I remember the parting of the water, of the choice of Moses to follow God into the wilderness, ofthe elements against them but the promise for them, choosing to go where God led, into a futurewhere water flowed from rock and manna waited in the morning. We give thanks for it all, the storyof exodus, of red sea, and the land of milk and honey.Voice 3:I remember the prophet Joel’s voice calling the people of Israel to choose a new way of living, injustice with creation and each other, to care for the widow and the orphan and to know what wouldhappen if they carried on as they were. And we give thanks for it all, the choice to hear God’slonging for a new world, and to change and follow it.Voice 4:I remember the Baptist, who lived in the wilds and spoke of a new heaven and earth, a shouted atthe world to choose new way to live, that recognised justice and full living, who took water andblessed its use and we give thanks for it all, being born into a world renewed by our right living.Voice 5:I remember the table-setter Jesus who chose to upset tables in the temple, who took bread andwine the simplest of food, and blessed it and held it and broke it and shared it with people likeourselves, his friends, and said, all these stories hold the key to heaven. This bread and winespeaks about a choice to make, to follow me into a world renewed by love, where all creationrejoices in God. Come and choose to eat and drink and belong to my new community, a way ofliving that will not let go the world, a way of loving that makes the difficult choice but the right oneto stick by what is broken and bring it to new birth. Come, follow me! Come eat and drink and knowI go before you.© Roddy Hamilton 2007.Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2008.
  • 58. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 58A Lutheran Eucharistic Prayer The Lord be with you. And also with you. Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.It is indeed right and salutary that we should at all times and in all places offer thanks and praise toyou, holy God, source of healing and life. You brought wholeness into creation through the caressof your hands and the breath of your mouth. In this intimate moment of creation we join the song offish and birds, trees and flowers, humans and angels: SANCTUS (the song “Holy, holy, holy” is said or sung): Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.Holy God, holy imaginative God, you healed the earth in creation, setting your tree of life in thecentre, enlivening the barrenness, breathing spirit across the dust. You created wholeness. HolyGod, holy compassionate God, you saw our brokenness and planted once again in the centre thetree of life, the cross from which Christ rose to save and heal us. You reclaimed wholeness. HolyChrist, holy healing Christ.In the night in which he was betrayed, Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:Take, eat; this is my body, given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.Again, after supper he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying:This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all peoplefor the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me.For as often as we eat of this bread and drink from this cup, we proclaim the Lord’s death until hecomes.Holy God, holy generous God, we remember Christs life and death, his resurrection andascension which renew the face of the earth. We give back to you what you have given us increation, bread and wine, wheat and grapes. We wait for Christ to come in glory.Holy God, holy Spirit God, shape us together in this earth of …… , in the soil and rivers, in thesunshine and wind, in animal and human faces. Send your Spirit that we may share your bountywith your whole creation. Help us cry out with one voice for re-creation.You inspire your people, teaching us to pray:(The Lords Prayer is said)2003 LWF Assembly in Winnipeg. Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2004.A Eucharistic Prayer from Canada, sometimes referred to informally as the Star Trek MassThe Celebrant faces the congregation and sings or says:The Lord be with you. And also with you.
  • 59. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 59Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give him thanks and praise.Then, facing the Holy Table, the Celebrant proceeds:God of all power, Ruler of the Universe, you are worthy of glory and praise. Glory to you for ever and ever.At your command all things came to be: the vast expanse of interstellar space, galaxies, suns, theplanets in their courses, and this fragile earth, our island home.By your will they were created and have their being. Glory to you for ever and ever.From the primal elements you brought forth the human race, and blessed us with memory, reason,and skill.You made us the stewards of creation. Glory to you for ever and ever.But we turned against you, and betrayed your trust; and we turned against one another.Again and again, you called us to return.Through prophets and sages you revealed your righteous Law.And in the fullness of time you sent your only Son, born of a woman, to be our Saviour, He waswounded for our transgressions, and bruised for our iniquities.By his death he opened to usthe way of freedom and peace. Glory to you for ever and ever.Therefore we praise you, joining with the heavenly chorus, with prophets, apostles, and martyrs,and with all those in every generation who have looked to you in hope, to proclaim with them yourglory, in their unending hymn:Celebrant and People:Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory.Hosanna in the highest.Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.Hosanna in the highest.The Celebrant continues:Blessed are you, Lord our God,for sending us Jesus, the Christ,who, on the night he was handed overto suffering and death,took bread, said the blessing,broke the bread, gave it to his friends, and said, "Take this, and eat it:this is my body which his given for you.Do this for the remembrance of me."In the same way, after supper,he took the cup of wine;he gave you thanksand said, "Drink this, all of you:this if my blood of the new covenant,which is shed for you and for manyfor the forgiveness of sins.Whenever you drink it,do this for the remembrance of me." Glory to you for ever and ever.Gracious God,
  • 60. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 60we recall the death of your Son Jesus Christ, we proclaim his resurrection and ascension, and welook with expectation for his coming as Lord of all the nations.We who have been redeemed by him,and made a new people by water and the Spirit, now bring you these gifts.Send your Holy Spirit upon usand upon the offering of your Church,that we who eat and drink at this holy table may share the divine life of Christ our Lord. Glory to you for ever and ever.Pour out your Spirit upon the whole earth and make it your new creation.Gather your Church togetherfrom the ends of the earth into your kingdom, where peace and justice are revealed, that we, withall your people, of every language, race, and nation, may share the banquet you have promised;through Christ, with Christ and in Christ, all honour and glory are yours, Creator of all. Glory to you for ever and ever. AmenFrom the Canadian Book of Alternative ServicesMASSES IN CELEBRATION OF CREATION and the CALL TO BE GOOD STEWARDSIn English and Scots GaelicRogation Days and Harvest ThanksgivingCollectCreator of the fruitful earth,you made us stewards of all things.Give us grateful hearts for all your goodness,and steadfast wills to use your bounty well,that the whole human family,today and in generations to come,may with us give thanks for the riches of your creation.We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.Prayer over the GiftsSource of all life,the heaven and earth are yours,yet you have given us dominion over all things.Receive the symbols of our labour and lovewhich we offer you this day,in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.Prayer after CommunionGod of our hope,in this eucharist we find the source of all your blessings.Nourished in these holy mysteriesmay we, with our lives,give you continual thanks and praise.This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.From the Canadian Book of Alternative ServicesGaelicLaithean an Liodain agus Buidheachas an Toraidh(Bho Leabhar Chanaidianach nan Seirbheisean Eile). A chum an cleachdaidh ann an raithean iomchaidh na bliadhna.An Urnaigh Ghoirid.
  • 61. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 61A Chruthadair na talmhainn torraich,Rinn Thu sinn nar stiubhartaich air gach uile m,Thoir dhuinn cridheachan taingeil air sgath Do mhaitheis air fad,Agus toil dhaingean gus Do thoirbheateas a chleachdadh gu math,Gus an teid aig teaghlach a chinne-daoine uile,An-diugh agus ann an ginnealachan ri tighinn,Comhia ruinn air buidheachas a thoirt air beartas Do chuthaidheachd.An ainm an Tighearna losa Chrlosd.Urnaigh air na GibhteanA thuis na beatha uile,Leatsa a tha Neamh is Talamh,Ged a thug Thu dhuinn ughdarras thar gach uile m.Gabh ri samhlaidhean ar saothair s ar graidhA tha sinn a tabhann air an la seo,An ainm ar Tighearna losa Criosd.Urnaigh as deidh a Chomanachaidh.A Dhe ar dochais,Is e an Comanachadh seo tus Do bheanachdan uile dhuinn.Air arach anns na diomhairean naomha seoGun toirsinn, leis ar beatha, buidheachas maireannach is moladh.Guidheamaid seo an ainm ar Tighearna losa Criosd.PDF files of Common Worship from the Church of England: Times and SeasonsSeasons and Festivals of the Agricultural Yearhttp://www.cofe.anglican.org/worship/downloads/pdf/tsagyear.pdf(see http://www.cofe.anglican.org/worship/liturgy/commonworship/resources/downloads/pdftexts.html forcopyright permission)
  • 62. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 629 Blessing and sendingGrant us powerAll: Grant us power to use our intellects with wisdom,to cut our use of energy and live more simply,and to share our technology and resourcesin humility and love with all God’s children.Leader:Glory be to you O Christ – Saviour of the world.As God’s Word you were there at the beginning of space and time,when energy pulsated through matterwhen the sun’s rays lightened the darknesswhen the seas and rivers first flowedand the winds rushed over the face of the oceans.All: Grant us power to share and use this energy wisely,And freedom to yield our wealth to you.Leader:Go forth now to care for God’s world.Use energy wisely. Share your knowledge.Sacrifice where necessary. Live in harmony with all creation.Go out into all the world as prophets of a new way of livingand preach the good news to all creation.And the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,Be with us all now and always.All: Amen.From Prayers for the Planet, at a service at Hinde Street Methodist Church, London, before theClimate March, December 2005______________________________________________________________________________Commissioning and blessingIn the seas and the rain, God bestowed on Earth the gift of water,so that his creation could flourish into life. (Sprinkling of water)Through the waters of baptism, God beckons us to a new creation,so that we may share in a life beyond life.Today, by water also, including this water here,may the Covenant which we have made be sealed,and creation renewed and restored to God’s eternal purposes.Go forth now to care for God’s world.Go out into all the world as heralds of a new rainbow covenantand preach the good news to all creation.And the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,be with you all now and always.Amen.From the Operation Noah Launch, Coventry Cathedral, 2004______________________________________________________________________________O you eternal wisdom – whom we partly know and partly do not knowO you eternal justice – whom we partly acknowledge and never fully obeyO you eternal love – whom we love a little but fear to love too much:open our minds that we may understand
  • 63. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 63work in our wills that we may obeykindle our hearts that we may love you.Come, Lord Jesus!T. R. Milford. Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2006.Go and choose bread and wine every dayGo and choose it to renew the worldGo and choose it to live justly on our planetGo and choose it because Jesus is found within it© Roddy Hamilton 2007. Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2008.Bring peace on earthreconciling dust to heavenas Adam was created to beand as Christs free grace enables you.Amen© Eleanor Todd 2007. Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2008May there always be two thousand acres of sky above us.May there always be the story of the earth beneath us.May there always be the song of the air between us.And may the love that shook creation from God’s hand,shake us alive,that we may walk God’s way,now and always.© Roddy Hamilton 200. Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2008May we learn the art of blessing once more:to live beyond just promise but complete it in justice; to speak into all longing but then work to fulfill it; to have a deep desire for goodness and be part of its unfolding; to acknowledge what is of beauty and let it transform the world.But may the art of blessing be lived for our world.May we learn the art of blessing once more, and live lives that bless the land: and live that we might steward rather than dominate, and live that we might share rather than take, and live that we might celebrate rather than steal,may we recognise beautyand let its awe transform our living.May the art of blessing be learned for our world.May we learn the art of blessing once more, and live so that our planet is blessed in the taking of fair harvests, and live so that our planet is blessed in the seeking of rebalance
  • 64. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 64 and live so that our planet is blessed in rest and renewal set to the rhythm you have ordained.May the art of blessing be shown to our world.© Roddy HamiltonL Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness.All They will be filled.L Blessed are the merciful.All They will receive mercy.L Blessed are the peacemakers.All They will be called the children of God.L Walk with righteous hearts, merciful hands and peaceful minds.All Amen.Per Harling, based on the Beatitudes, Matthew 5. Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2001 Go forth in the miracle of the grace of God. And may you be touched by the fire of the Spirit, the gentleness of the Christ and the wisdom of your Maker.Dorothy McRae-McMahon, Australia, from A World of Blessing, ed. by Geoffrey Duncan,Canterbury Press, 2000. Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2001. L Deep peace of the running wave to you, deep peace of the flowing air to you, deep peace of the quiet earth to you, deep peace of the shining stars to you, deep peace of the Son of Peace to you. A Amen.Gaelic blessing, from Words and Songs of Reconciliation and Praise, Graz, 1997)Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2005. God, Maker and Lover of us all, help us to live and breathe with the life of your Spirit, that we may work with you towards the unity of your whole creation.From Encircling Prayer, Students and Staff of the Luther King House, Partnership for TheologicalEducation, Manchester, 2000), Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2005.Transform our lives
  • 65. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 65 May God who established the dance of creation, who marvelled at the lilies of the field, who transforms chaos to order, lead us to transform our lives and the Church to reflect Gods glory in creation.From the Eco-congregation Module 2 Celebrating Creation (www.ecocongregation.org)Gods light and love As the air sings with songs of glory, as the water flashes with the silver of creation, as the forests blooms with leaves for the healing of nations, so may Gods light and love, fill our hearts and souls and minds.From the Eco-congregation Module 2 Celebrating Creation (www.ecocongregation.org) L We have been guests of Jesus Christ. We have received Gods good gifts. Now we go to our homes, to our neighbours, to our work equipped to put Jesus words and being into action, to be the salt of the world, to seek justice, to make peace, to preserve the creation, to gain life. ALL Thanks and amen.Per Harling. Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2004. L As we prepare to leave and embrace the challenges of our lives and our world, let us ask for Gods blessing. May God bless us with wisdom to care for our earth. ALL Amen L May God bless us with love to bring forth new life. ALL Amen L In the name of God, the Maker of the whole world, of Jesus, our new covenant, and of the Holy Spirit,
  • 66. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 66 who opens eyes and hearts. ALL Amen L Go in peace and be witnesses to hope. ALL Amen2nd European Ecumenical Assembly, Graz 1997. Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2004.Blessings from the US Web of Creation site:http://www.webofcreation.org/Worship/liturgy/blessings.htmBLESSING OF HOME ANIMALS - Saint Francistide - Oct 4Concerning the OccasionAnimals are a vital part of the creation of which human beings have been given stewardship. Theyprovide us with companionship, and in some cases assist in independent daily living. The ritewhich follows is intended for use when it is desired to give thanks and to pray for Gods blessingon pets and other domestic animals. It is anticipated that a significant number of children will bepresent, and their participation and leadership should be encouraged. The service may take placeon an occasion such as the feast of a saint or a Sunday whose proper readings illustrate thetheme. The service may be modified as appropriate to the circumstances.Portions of this material may be incorporated into the Sunday liturgy (mass) of a congregation, butthis service should not replace the Sunday liturgy and the readings proper to the day.The Gathering of the CommunityWhen the community has gathered the presiding minister says,Let us bless our God, creator and giver of all.People Blessed be God, now and for ever. Amen.A canticle or hymn may follow.The Proclamation of the WordThe ReadingsOne or more of the following, or another passage, is read.Gen 2.18-20a (The Lord God formed every animal of the field.)Gen 9.8-17 (This is the sign of the covenant . . . between me . . . andevery living creature) Is 11.1-9 (They will not hurt or destroy) Mt 6.25-34 (Look at the birds of theair) Mt 18.10-14 (If a shepherd has a hundred sheep) ]n 10.2-5 (The [shepherd] calls his ownsheep by name)Psalm 8 or Psalm 65 may follow the reading.A homily or other reflection on the reading(s) may follow.Intercessions and ThanksgivingsA deacon or other member of the community may lead the prayers.Leader: We thank you, God, for the gift of life: for the beauty and wonder of creation, and for our own life which comes from you.People: Glory to you for ever and ever.Leader: We thank you for the richness of animal life: for fish and birds, insects, reptiles, and mammals.People: Glory to you for ever and ever.
  • 67. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 67 Leader: We thank you for the animals who give us faithful companionship, joy when we are happy and comfort when we are sad.People: Glory to you for ever and ever.Leader: We thank you for calling us to care for these animals. May we learn love and respect for all living things.People: Glory to you for ever and ever.The minister says the prayer of blessing.Blessed are you, living, loving God.All creation praises you,yet you have given the earth into our hands.You made animals as our companions,that in caring for themwe might learn to love and carefor all your creatures,and find in them a sign of your grace.As we fulfil this callingmay we draw close to you,the giver of all life,through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.The Lords Prayer may be said.The minister may dismiss the congregation.Minister: Go forth in the name of Christ.People: Thanks be to God.Or the following:Minister: Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.People: Thanks be to God.Or the following:Minister: Go forth into the world, rejoicing in the power of the Spirit.People: Thanks be to God.Or the following:Minister: Let us bless the Lord.People: Thanks be to God.From Canadian Book of Occasional ServicesBLESSING OF FARM ANIMALSThe Gathering of the CommunityWhen the community has gathered the presiding minister says, Let us bless our God, creator and giver of all.People: Blessed be God, now and for ever. Amen.This canticle (from the Benedicite or Song of the Three Children), or another canticle or hymn,may follow.Glorify the Lord, all you works of the Lord,*sing praise, and highly exalt God for ever. In the firmament of his power, glorify the Lord,*sing praise, and highly exalt God for ever.Let the earth glorify the Lord.*Glorify the Lord, O mountains and hills,and all that grows on the earth,*sing praise, and highly exalt God for ever.
  • 68. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 68Glorify the Lord, O springs of water, seas, and streams," O whales and all that moves in thewaters.All birds of the air, glorify the Lord,*sing praise, and highly exalt God for ever.Glorify the Lord, O beasts of the wild,*and all you flocks and herds. O men and women everywhere, glorify the Lord,*sing praise, and highly exalt God for ever.Let us glorify the Lord: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,* sing praise, and highly exalt God for ever.In the firmament of his power, glorify the Lord,* sing praise, and highly exalt God for ever.The Proclamation of the WordReadingOne of the following, or another passage of scripture, is read.Gen 1.20-31a (God saw . . . that . . . it was very good)Gen 9.8-17 (This is the sign of the covenant)Is 11.1-9 (They will not hurt or destroy)Mt 6.25-34 (Look at the birds of the air)Mt 18.10-14 (If a shepherd has a hundred sheep)Jn 10.2-5 (The [shepherd] calls his own sheep by name)Psalm 8 or Psalm 65 may follow the reading.IntercessionsGive to all nations an awareness of the unity of the human family. Lord, hear our prayer.Cleanse our hearts of prejudice and selfishness, and inspire us to hunger and thirst for what isright. Lord, hear our prayer.Teach us to use your creation for your greater praise, that all may share the good things youprovide. Lord, hear our prayer.Strengthen all who give their energy or skill for the healing of those who are sick in body or inmind. Lord, hear our prayer.Give us grateful hearts for the animals of pasture and range which serve the many needs ofhumanity. Lord, hear our prayer.Encourage those whose labour helps to provide abundantly from the vast treasure of your bounty. Lord, hear our prayer.Set free all who are bound by fear and despair. Lord, hear our prayer.Grant a peaceful end and eternal rest to all who are dying, and your comfort to those who mourn. Lord, hear our prayer.The minister says the prayer of blessing.Blessed are you, Giver of life,Form of our form and Breath of our breath.This living world you make our home;you put your creatures in our care.Forgive, we pray, our carelessness and waste,renew our hearts and renew the face of the earth.Blessed are you for life and for new life.We give you thanks and praisein Jesus Christ our Lord.The Lords Prayer may be said.The minister may dismiss the congregation.
  • 69. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 69 Go forth in the name of Christ.People: Thanks be to God.From Canadian Book of Occasional ServicesBLESSING OF FORESTS AND FORESTRYForests are an important part of the ecology of planet earth, for they are the major source ofoxygen generation. In addition, they serve as important economic resources and the focus ofmuch recreational activity. For many of the Native People they are home. Renewed respect for ourforests is an important part of humanitys stewardship of creation in an increasingly technologicalculture. The service may be modified as appropriate to the circumstances of time and place.Portions of this material may be incorporated into the Sunday liturgy (mass) of a congregation, butthis service should not replace the Sunday liturgy and the readings proper to the day.The Gathering of the CommunityWhen the community has gathered the presiding minister says, Let us bless our God, creator and giver of all.People Blessed be God, now and for ever. Amen.All now say,A new hymn we sing to our God.LORD, you are great and glorious,wonderful in strength, invincible.Let the whole creation serve you:for you spoke, and all things came into being.You sent out your breath and it formed them:no one is able to resist your voice.Mountains and seas are stirred to their depths:rocks melt like wax at your presence.But to those who revere you:you will continue to show mercy.Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. (Judith 16.13-15)The Proclamation of the WordReadingOne of the following may be read.Genesis 1:9-13,26-31 (Trees of every kind)Proverbs 8:22-31 (The Lord created {Wisdom} at the beginning of his work.)Ezekiel 17:22-24 (I bring low the high tree, I make high the low tree.Rev 21.1-4;22.1-5 (The leaves of the tree are for the healing of thenations) Mk 13.28-30 (From the fig tree learn its lesson)Psalm 96 may follow the reading.Intercessions(Litany of Thanksgiving from the Canadian with Additions)Let us give thanks to God our Father, always and for everything, saying, "We thank you, Lord." We thank you, Lord.For the beauty and wonder of creation, We thank you, Lord.For a renewed spirit of stewardship of all created things, We thank you, Lord.For will to make the air clean, the water pure, and the soil rich, We thank you, Lord.For renewed reverence before the mystery of life, We thank you, Lord.
  • 70. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 70For the safety and well-being of those who work in the forests, let us pray to the Lord.For all that is gracious in the lives of men and women, revealing the image of Christ, We thank you, Lord.For our daily food, for our homes and families and friends, We thank you, Lord.For minds to think and hearts to love, We thank you, Lord.For health, strength, and skill to work, and for leisure to rest and play, We thank you, Lord.For those who are brave and courageous, patient in suffering and faithful in adversity, We thank you, Lord.For all who pursue peace, justice, and truth, We thank you, Lord.Today we give thanks especially for.......... (Those gathered may add their own thanksgivings...) We thank you, Lord.For (. . . and) all the saints whose lives have reflected the light of Christ, We thank you, Lord.The minister says the prayer of blessing.Blessed are you, O God,creator of forest and plain.You have given us the treesas a homeland of abundant life,a place of shelter and play,and a resource for the work of human hands.Renew within us a sense of the unity of all things.May we discover in the forest the beauty of your presence,so generations to come may praise your Holy Namethrough Jesus Christ, your Word,in the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.The minister may dismiss the congregation, Go forth in the name of Christ.People: Thanks be to God.From Canadian Book of Occasional ServicesPDF files of Common Worship from the Church of England: Times and SeasonsSeasons and Festivals of the Agricultural Year includes Blessing of the Plough, Blessing ofthe Seed and various blessings and endingshttp://www.cofe.anglican.org/worship/downloads/pdf/tsagyear.pdf(see http://www.cofe.anglican.org/worship/liturgy/commonworship/resources/downloads/pdftexts.html forcopyright permission)A Blessing on the Countryside on a (May – or other) morningThis Blessing on the Environment may be suitable in churches that are fortunate enoughto overlook a beautiful landscape. The author has used it himself on the first of May, or on otherdays of that month.Even in rural areas of Ireland the annual social rhythm of life no longer revolves around spring andharvest shaped years. Few rural families are actively engaged in farming activities. So thetraditional blessings and rituals associated with that kind of rural life have vanished.
  • 71. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 71In our own time a new environmentally-based sense of landscape and countryside has grown up.There is a danger of seeing this as a merely secular outlook. There is need to recognise andacknowledge that the divinity speaks to us in a unique way in the landscape-to see that the life ofGod is infused into life within us and around us. There is need to see that our environmentalconcerns are mirror images of our sensitivity to and our gratitude for the divine origins of ourcountryside. Our traditional Celtic spirituality, with its wealth of blessings for use in all areas andtimes in our lives, can inspire us in our response to this need. They recall God’s presence in thecountryside and in our life and activity within it, and they remind us to ask his blessing on it all.The priest may bless water in a “well’ using these or similar words:Almighty Father, bless this water, that we may use it to bring down your blessing on thecountryside, so that the countryside may bring us your blessings.The priest may bless the countryside, using these or similar words:On this beautiful (May) morning we look out over the countryside and we thank God for all thatGod has made, for the whole of his creation. We ask God to bless these hills and the valleys,these rivers and streams, these mountains and the lakes, these houses and these farms. Lord,bless all of us, the people of this countryside. Send your healing power among us- to banish the evilsthat would harm us. May your blessing remain among us to sustain us in love and peace, in caringand goodness.Lord, on this (May) day, we ask you to bless the efforts of those who produce food from the land.Let them look forward to a new season of fruitfulness and prosperity from their fields and theircrops their farms and their herds.Lord, we remember the people of the past generations, who lived their lives and earned theirlivelihood among these hills and valleys and mountains and streams. Bless them with eternal lifewith you.Lord, help us to preserve and enhance the beauty and healthfulness of this countryside that thepast generations have handed on to us. Help us preserve the abundant variety of plant and animallife.Help us to cherish the pure water, the clean air, the fresh winds and the warm sunshine, and guideus in preserving this magnificent landscape that we have inherited.Lord, as we grow in appreciation of our natural surroundings lead us to appreciate the wonder ofyour presence in our world, and surround us with your goodness and love and peace. We ask thisthrough Christ our lord. AmenTomas O Meallain, Loughmacrory, Omagh, Co. TyroneReproduced with permission, including permission to adapt this blessing for other seasons, e.g.Autumn/Harvest/Creation Time.
  • 72. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 7210 Meditations and poemsConsider Creationfrom the US Web of Creation site:http://www.webofcreation.org/Worship/liturgy/prayers.htm#considerPowerpoint presentation based on Ps 148Download from Season of Creation (Australia):http://www.seasonofcreation.com/resources/ (last one in the list) Love all God´s creation, the whole of it and every grain of sand. Love every leaf, every ray of Gods light! Love the animals, love theplants, love everything. lf you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. And once you have perceived it you will begin to comprehend it ceaselessly, more and more every day. And you will at last come to love the whole world with an abiding universal love. Love the animals: God has given them the rudiments of thought and untroubled joy. Do not therefore, trouble it, do not torture them, do not deprive them of their joy, do not go against God´s intent.Starets Zosima in The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor M. Dostojevsky.Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2001.A conversationThis is based on Job 1:1, 2:1-10 where God and Satan are in conversation, God is sitting in a chairand Satan wanders round him as if in charge. The conversation doesn’t come to a conclusion butit meant to hang in the ambiguity of what will happen next. Do we hear the message and thewarning?God: Well, well, well…the wanderer returns. Where on earth have you been? More worryingly, what have you been up to?Satan: Oh, you know…strutting around the planet, here and there. Ducking and diving; bobbingand weaving. I must say God, you truly have excelled yourself this time. What a wonderfulcreation. So many colours and textures and intricate details. I love what you’ve done with the fiordsof Norway, and the mountain ranges, who would have thought you could have invented so manyshades of purple. Wonderful.God: Well, I’m quite pleased with it myself. But I doubt you have come to pay a compliment.What have you really come here for?Satan: Oh God, you are too cynical. Though now you mention it, I do have an idea I’d like topropose. Truly you have made a wildly wonderful world. But how good is it really? Come on God…I see a flaw in the whole thing. You have created something on a massive scale. It knits together inthe most ingenious ways, but I do believe there is a crucial glitch.God: Oh? And that would be…?Satan: Why, the human of course. It was all very worthy of you to create a being so imaginativelyin your image. Personally I feel there is a little pride in that which is really not worthy of you, a littlearrogance even which will be this creation’s downfall.God: Nonsense. Look at my man Job. What do you make of him now? Still spiritual, moral,good living. Still giving me total respect. Still steering clear of evil. He passed the acid test andhis integrity’s intact, even though, for no good reason, you were hell bent on destroying him.Satan: Yeah, but he’s not exactly stereotypical is he? I reckon that if you hit any human withsomething really nasty, something that hurts physically, they’ll spend their last breath cursing you.
  • 73. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 73God: Never.Satan: I beg to differ. Give me the human and I’ll prove to you how arrogant you have been, forthe humans will not only destroy themselves, they’ll destroy your creation. Indeed, a person willgive up beauty before they will give up power. I am sure it is so.God: Nonsense.Satan: And a person will give up on justice before they give up on the coffee they choose to drink.God: I don’t believe it to be so.Satan: And a person will turn a blind eye to a changing climate before they chose a differentlifestyle.God: Do you really think humans are that shallow? What about the good they do? They arewonderfully made. When you look in their eye you see a reflection of love. When you create eachone’s fingerprints or whisper their name calling them into the world, they are in the image ofheaven. When you fill a flower with perfume or colour an autumn leaf with sunsets you know theirsouls soar with the breath of it.Satan: Yes, but when a person does not get what they want, they will curse you to your face.They will take the good, but not the bad. Simple fair-weather fans. Worse still, they’ll deny theirpart in the web of creation. They will believe they stand against it, willing to fight it, as ruler, assovereign.God: You think so? Well have your way with them. Take the human and see if it is true. Icreated them with a love that is part of their every atom. They will see the truth, they will know thewonder, they will live in justice, they will share what I have given them, and they will step lightly inthis world. They will not covet it, but care for it. It is how I created them. And they know theirCreator.Satan: We’ll see. We’ll see.God: Yes, we shall…© RODDY HAMILTON AND RUTH BELL 2007. Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2008.A prayer based on Psalm 4"Answer me when I call to you, O my righteous God.Give me relief from my distress; be merciful to me and hear my prayer." How long, O men and women, will you turn the glory of the earth into dangerous pollution?How long will we love the delusion of consumerism and seek the false gods of money andpossessions?Help us to remember that you have set apart the godly for yourself; that you will hear us when we call to you.In our exasperation and anxiety do not let us lose hope; when we have quiet times in the day, let us search our hearts and be silent.Help us to live our lives sacrificially and to trust in the Lord.Many are asking "What is the point? The earth is finished. Who can save us now?" "Let the light of your face shine upon us, O Lord.You have filled my heart with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound.I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety."© RUTH JARMAN 2006. From the Christian Ecology Link site www.christian-ecology.org.ukA prayer based on Psalm 24
  • 74. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 74"The earth is the Lords, and everything in it,the world, and all who live in it;for he founded it upon the seasand established it upon the waters."Lord, your world is in danger. The enemy is hiding behind vested interests and sceptics, waiting to plunder and rape your earth.We cry to you, Lord, protect your creation,defend the work of your hands.Save our generation from our addiction to fossil fuels.Wash our hands of their clutch on dirty energy,clean our hearts of our desire for more and more.Turn our souls away from materialismand our desires from taking and taking from your sacred, limited world.Give us a vision of the blessings we will receive if we turn away from idolatry of the economy and bow to wisdom and truth.Let man and woman-kind see that true happiness rests in enjoying your earth as you intended, not according to the lies of the enemy.Show us that a kinder and simpler lifestyle will allow us to see your glory more clearly.Let your glory of the King of glory shine through your kingdom."Lift up your heads, O you gates;lift them up, you ancient doors,that the King of glory may come in.Who is he, this King of glory?The Lord Almighty -he is the King of glory."© RUTH JARMAN 2006. From the Christian Ecology Link site www.christian-ecology.org.ukA prayer based on Psalm 28"To you I call, O Lord my Rock;do not turn a deaf ear to me."For if you remain silent,all our efforts to defend our climate will be worthless.Help us to stand against the culture of our times where people speak cordially with people theymeet while living lives that will destroy the lives of people they will never meet.Where institutions show no regard for the works of the Lord and what his hands have done, may you tear them down and never build them up again.Where corporations are getting fat by consuming our childrens inheritance, repay them for their deeds and their evil work and transform them to respond to your divine calling and regard your creation with reverence."Praise be to the Lord,for he has heard my cry for mercy.The Lord is my strength and my shield;my heart trusts in him, and I am helped.My heart leaps for joyand I will give thanks to him in song.The Lord is the strength of his people,a fortress of salvation for his annointed one.Save your people and bless your inheritance;be their shepherd and carry them forever."© RUTH JARMAN 2006. From the Christian Ecology Link site www.christian-ecology.org.ukA prayer based on Psalm 43
  • 75. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 75"Why are you so downcast, O my soul?Why so disturbed within me?"Lord, the enemy is near, stalking our children.Vindicate us, O God,and plead our cause against an ungodly world system;rescue us from deceitful and wicked powers.You are God our stronghold.Why have you rejected us?Why must we go about mourning,oppressed by the enemy that lies in wait for our sons and daughters?Send forth your light and your truth,let them guide us;Let your light and your truth guide how we deal with our hopelessness,Let your light and your truth guide us to live in a way that fights instead of feeding the enemy.Let your light and your truth reveal the foolishness of greed and rampant consumerism and lead the nations to repentence and the path of life."Why are you so downcast, O my soul?Why so disturbed within me?Put your hope in Godfor I will yet praise him,my Saviour and my God."© RUTH JARMAN 2006. From the Christian Ecology Link site www.christian-ecology.org.ukA prayer based on Psalm 46"God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in troubleTherefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, " a source of blessing to refresh us as we fight the enemy.Pour on us your spirit, O Lord, and equip us for battle.Do not fail us now when we need your sustaining power.Give us the time, Lord, to defeat climate change before it takes your world to wrack and ruin,Give us the energy and hope we need to keep going when all seems lost,Give us the funding to do battle against rich vested interests,Give us the people with the necessary talent and wisdom that comes from you.Be our ever present help in these troubled times.Dispel the night of danger by your dawn of deliverance.Where leaders stoop to feed our ever growing hunger for more and more, open their eyes to the wisdom of simplicity,Where governments buy our votes with cheap flights and petrol, open their ears to the laws of nature that are screaming at us to stop pushing their limits.Lord, make our thirst for fossil fuels cease to the ends of the earth, break our addiction to dirty energy, shatter the clutch of consumerism, quench our desire for more and more material things."Be still and know that I am God;I will be exalted among the nations,I will be exalted in the earth.The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress."
  • 76. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 76© RUTH JARMAN 2006. From the Christian Ecology Link site www.christian-ecology.org.ukCOME HOLY SPIRITThe world we live in. Guilt and Repentance. Pain and HealingMost offences against the order of creation occur in people’s everyday life. Often we talk about thedevelopment of poor countries without really understanding what is at stake. The real problem isour own life style, our patterns of production and consumption. Instead of exporting it to the rest ofthe world we should change our own inconsiderate consuming habits. The order of worship hereproposed is meant to promote a better understanding of our interrelation with the world and lead toa more responsible use of the gifts of creation. It is to point to new approaches to availableproducts of industry, agriculture and other new achievements of industry of everyday life,increasing mobility,…Symbols of everday life are placed in front of the altar as a tangible illustration of the way in whichwe deal with the material world, for example things, which mirror the world both in its beauty anddestruction:Broken glass: breaking partnershipsPieces of stones, wooden beams: barriers on the wayFlowers: gracefulness and animating smell, cultivation of plants (single-crop farming), destruction of the ground and its living beings, pollution of water and micro-organisms, often producing under unhealthy conditions (especially women in the poor countries) and low wagesDried branches: no sap – no lifeGrass: the unexpected breaking through asphalt – hopeBulbs: How much energy do people need? The problem of stopping energy resourcesFruit: its importance for health, production, long distances for transport Water: How much of it do people consume in industrialised countries? What is left for the rest of humanity…?An interpretation of the objects and the developments linked to them will follow. After a shortsilence this contemplation is closed with a Halleluja or Kyrie.From ECEN Creation Time 2001 With the air’s first chill The change has not been sudden but slow and steady, this movement from warm mornings that are the summers to the early morning chill that is autumns. It comes with a quietude that fills the heart with reflection, thoughts of what had been. And yet, in this quiet there is an awakening to the realization that change is the hallmark of growth. Even though the summer is waning and what seemed to have been growing before our eyes now beings to rest, we know that deep, deep within that which has grown there is still growth, transformation and change, all leading to new life yet to come. Now is the time to respond to the quieting chill,
  • 77. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 77 the temperatures subtle change. It is time to listen to what is deeper, that which is in the soul, in the heart, in the very kernel of all being. Now is the time to listen to You, my God, creator of all change, maker of all that is old and new. You are the commander of all seasons and the blessing of each and every outcome. Help me, Lord, to listen to the depth of my being, to Your words deep within me calling me to change, to rest in the work you will do within my soul. Let me give up my activities, as summer gives up its many enterprises to rest in You, the very power of all change and the guide of each and every autumn breeze that stirs deep within us all.By Father Gabriel Zeis, Catholic Campus Ministries, The College of New Jersey.Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2005.A prayer before the yellow flower of late summer It bears the name Jerusalem Artichoke, a sunflower risen up through the long heat of summer. When all else succumbs to the dry heat of August; when all else seems to wilt and fade, this one flower emerges strong and brilliant in the summers last days. Patience groomed it and its humble acceptance of the last place in summers many miracles will not go unnoticed. It realizes what has called it into being and it turns toward it in praise and thanksgiving. Girasole, "turning to the sun" you give glory to God whose majesty set it above to spill life into a world open to receive its life-giving warmth. The wait was worth every moment, the wait to finally become what it was meant to be. Lord, my Sun and my Life, allow me the grace in these days of change to turn towards You with my total being. May I never hold back what I am before You, but hand it over to You with joy and trust, as does the beautiful yellow flower in these last days of summer. Amen.By Father Gabriel Zeis, Catholic Campus Ministries, The College of New Jersey.Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2005. Lily Three lilies are placed in a vase in the worship space, one with each stanza Here is the generosity of God Here is the abundance of heaven here is the bounty of grace Regard the lily of the field Here is the lavishness of creation Here is the plenitude of the cosmos Here is the profusion of God’s Reign
  • 78. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 78 Regard the lily of the field Here is the fullness of love Here is the passion of the Creator Here is enough worry for today Regard the lily of the field© Roddy Hamilton, 2008 Parable of the sower A farmer went out to sow and sowed a field of maize, and as the farmer scattered the seed it bounced as it landed on the earth. Some fell on the pathways where the soil was packed hard from the long walk of refugees, some whose land was now dry and infertile, others whose land was now owned by large industrialist for mono cropping. Some fell on rocky ground where there was little soil. Ancient forests had been removed for ranch farming and while the corn grew for a year or so, soon the soil was exhausted and the land became a desert, and no crops could grow. Some fell among thorn bushes that choked the plants, because there no one was there to farm the land. Conflict or subsidy had left this land fallow letting those in other countries export their crops to the fallow lands while they had little enough for themselves. But some seed fell in good soil, and the plants produced corn, some a hundred grains, others sixty, and others thirty and this was used to produce ethanol for cars and high quality feed for cattle and chickens. And the world sowed the seed but was listening to the wrong kind of profit.© Roddy Hamilton, 2008 Wilderness Wildernesses are not what they used to be great expanses of ice-sheets are melting millions of acres of rainforests are being logged vast stretches of shoreline are now tourist destinations Wildernesses are not what they used to be There are fewer and fewer places where we can go to live not for the instant but with the long now
  • 79. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 79 to move through painful past into renewed future to lament hold what has gone and live through what is becoming to hold the light and journey through to be in the place where faith finds a home and home is found on the open road It’s harder and harder to find a place with long purple shadows that gathers up what is passing and reaches into what is reforming that lets faith journey and souls grow This is the lost art of lament and an instantaneous world has little time for wilderness time Wildernesses are not what they used to be© Roddy Hamilton, 2009 Song of the Builders On a summer morning I sat down on a hillside to think about God - a worthy pastime. Near me, I saw a single cricket; it was moving the grains of the hillside this way and that way. How great was its energy, how humble its effort. Let us hope it will always be like this, each of us going on in our inexplicable ways building the universe. ~ Mary Oliver ~ (Why I Wake Early) http://www.panhala.net/Archive/Index.html September Meditation I do not know if the seasons remember their history or if the days and nights by which we count time remember their own passing. I do not know if the oak tree remembers its planting or if the pine
  • 80. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 80 remembers its slow climb toward sun and stars. I do not know if the squirrel remembers last falls gathering or if the bluejay remembers the meaning of snow. I do not know if the air remembers September or if the night remembers the moon. I do not know if the earth remembers the flowers from last spring or if the evergreen remembers that it shall stay so. Perhaps that is the reason for our births -- to be the memory for creation. Perhaps salvation is something very different than anyone ever expected. Perhaps this will be the only question we will have to answer: "What can you tell me about September?" ~ Burton D. Carley ~ 1997 UUMA Worship Materials Collection; contributed by Bob Freund, http://www.panhala.net/Archive/Index.html Her Head Near Ekuvukeni, in Natal, South Africa, a woman carries water on her head. After a year of drought, when one child in three is at risk of death, she returns from a distant well, carrying water on her head. The pumpkins are gone, the tomatoes withered, yet the woman carries water on her head. The cattle kraals are empty, the goats gaunt- no milk now for children, but she is carrying water on her head. The engineers have reversed the river: those with power can keep their power, but one woman is carrying water on her head. In the homelands, where the dusty crowds watch the empty roads for water trucks, one woman trusts herself with treasure, and carries water on her head. The sun does not dissuade her, not the dried earth that blows against her, as she carries the water on her head. In a huge and dirty pail, with an idle handle, resting on a narrow can, this woman is carrying water on her head. This woman, who girds her neck with safety pins, this one who carries water on her head, trusts her own head to bring to her people what they need now
  • 81. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 81 between life and death: She is carrying them water on her head. ~ Joan Murray ~ http://www.panhala.net/Archive/Index.html This World I would like to write a poem about the world that has in it nothing fancy. But it seems impossible. Whatever the subject, the morning sun glimmers it. The tulip feels the heat and flaps its petals open and becomes a star. The ants bore into the peony bud and there is a dark pinprick well of sweetness. As for the stones on the beach, forget it. Each one could be set in gold. So I tried with my eyes shut, but of course the birds were singing. And the aspen trees were shaking the sweetest music out of their leaves. And that was followed by, guess what, a momentous and beautiful silence as comes to all of us, in little earfuls, if we’re not too hurried to hear it. As for spiders, how the dew hangs in their webs even if they say nothing, or seem to say nothing. So fancy is the world, who knows, maybe they sing. So fancy is the world, who knows, maybe the stars sing too, and the ants, and the peonies, and the warm stones, so happy to be where they are, on the beach, instead of being locked up in gold. ~ Mary Oliver ~ http://www.panhala.net/Archive/This_World.html (with picture) Web archive of Panhala postings: www.panhala.net/Archive/Index.html
  • 82. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 8211DramaThe energy of Creation and SalvationVoice A stands in the centre with B and C are far away to either side. During the conversation Band C move slowly towards A so that by the end they are side by side.A: Excuse me, You, over there in the distance. Who are you? I can only just see you.B: I am the energy of creation, born out of the nature of love that longs to create the Other andto give that Other – which is creation – its own beauty, creativity, potential and freedom,A: Excuse me, You, over there in the distance. Who are you?C: I am the energy of salvation, born of the nature of love that longs to redeem the brokenbeauty, the cramped creativity, the purposeless potential and fraught freedom of the Other – whichis the whole of creation.A: And what is your energy?B: You would know it only as the light which enlightens everyone who comes into the world.The light that is both wave and particle. The light that transforms all things. The light that createsthe conditions for life. The light that is the Word of Life and calls others to be creative in their co-creating.C: You would know it only as the light that shines in the dark. The light that cannot beovercome by the dark. The light that shines from within. The light that gives light and is the Word oflife. The light of Emmanuel.A: So you are the energy and light of creation?B: YesA: And you are the energy and light of salvation?C: Yes.A: So how is that you two have grown so far apart and now only talk to each other from such agreat distance?B: We have been talking to each other with one voice from the very beginning.C: It is you that have kept us apart in your doctrines, dogmas and dualisms, in your vision andvalues, in your aspirations and attitudes, above all in your religion and rituals.B: For we are one and the church has separated us. Some who seek for salvation andcelebrate its story in Christ turn their back on creation and its goodness. They have forgotten that,through Christ, all things came into existence.C: Those who seek to understand and celebrate creation, turn their back on the Christ who isthe beginning and the end of all things. They have forgotten that the One through whom all thingsare created is the One who suffers and dies to redeem, reconcile, restore and renew.B: We are the same agency of creation, inspired by the same spirit.C: And of redemptionB: And the same source of inspiration and creativity.C: Search now in your hearts and you will find it so.B: Open your hearts and minds and let the same Spirit speak to you who was in Jesus and inthe acts of creation. There is so much waiting to be learnt and discovered by you.C: Then you will know the truth in all its potential and beauty, close to your own creativity.B: Then you will see the light and energy of all things shining in the glory of God who iscreator, redeemer and inspirer.C: Then perhaps you will turn and notice this light and energy wherever you look and inwhatever you do.B: Then perhaps you will understand what responsibility has been given to you - for all yousee and all you do.C: In that seeing and doing, you will come to know the source and purpose of all thingsB: And you will see and do things by the light and energy that has been given to you and to allthings.C: Then perhaps you will glimpse us together not apart.B: Then perhaps you will understand and perceive all things differently.
  • 83. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 83 © Robin Morrison 2006. Reproduced by ECEN for Creation Time 2008 Trinity of Creation Three people read this: a Creator who is sculpting modelling clay; a Sustainer who is writing with a feather quill; a Renewer who is repairing some material with needle and thread.Creator I have sculpted mountain ranges, and I gasp in wonder at the beauty that this act of love always reveals. I am the Creator.Sustainer In the past you were told, ‘an eye for and eye.’ No longer, now ‘love your enemy.’ Only this is sustainable living I am the Sustainer.Renewer Whoever believes creation is finished, completed and done for all time? Then it would only degrade and become corrupted. But I am the Renewer.Creator I have cast the sand across the desert, and thrilled as the sun caught it and filled it with the light of supernovas. I am the Creator.Sustainer Clothing the lily of the field, going the extra mile, blessing the peacemakers, this is how the life of the world is sustained and I am the Sustainer.Renewer Creation is not a museum piece but like a field that live, as a body, it can renew itself. I am the Renewer.Creator I have loved creation out from primordial chaos into the dance of cosmos. I have balanced it all and let it loose to live but when human greed pulls it in one direction the loss is great twisting it out of sync. I balanced the world but when conceit unbalances it snowcaps slide, deserts groan, forests struggle, life bends and I bear the pain. I am the creator.Sustainer Taking only what you need for today this is the sustainable way living in balance and in love with the world, this will allow life to continue. But hatred of enemy is not sustainable;
  • 84. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 84 storing up treasures is not sustainable; giving fish when bread is needed is not sustainable; this is not the way. I am the way. I am the sustainer.Renewer The world has a life force and I am that life force that brings buds to flower every year and persuades grass to grow ice-caps to shrink and grow again winds to change and seasons to arrive, but when the balance is out and humanity lives for the now rather than the always there is no hope for hope lives into the future. When there is no future then renewal is harder. I am the renewer.Creator Listen to creation. Live in love with the creator. I am the CreatorSustainer Live with me Live in balance with my brothers and sisters. I am the SustainerRenewer The world longs to be renewed it is it’s genetic purpose give me the chance to renew it. I am the Renewer. © Roddy Hamilton May 2008 Drama from John Ray Initiative by Adrian and Lucy Thompson http://jri.org.uk/assoc/drama_thompson1.htm Planet Doctor sketch from Eco-congregation: http://ew.ecocongregation.org/downloads/PlanetDoctor.doc The Ark in the Garage – a sketch written for Operation Noah: http://www.christian-ecology.org.uk/noah/drama-sketch.doc Change Greed to Green – a play written by Tom Hiscock available from the Christian Ecology Link website: http://www.christian-ecology.org.uk/change-greed-to-green.doc See also Drama Resources for Young People from CTBI’s 2008 Hope for Creation resources http://www.ctbi.org.uk/339#children
  • 85. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 8512Music, Hymns, songs and canticlesHYMNtune: Rendez a DieuWhen Moses stood upon the mountainIsraëls journey at an end,Knowing their Promised Land was fragile,Would on their righteousness depend:Choose life, he told them, for your children,Cling to the God you knew before;Idols will turn the land against you:Famine and drought will lead to war.Here as we stand upon our mountainBuilt of the wisdom of the pastScience and culture seem to promisePeace and prosperity to last;Yet as we turn from Gods creationTo economics we invent,Earths untold riches find their limits:Extinct, polluted, spoilt or spent.Here as we feast at Gods own table,Sharing His hallowed bread and wine -By whose once dying, death was conquered,Transfigured dust became divine -Bless, break and give air, soil and water,Like Moses people make our choice:Let generations praise the FatherLet earth be glad and heavens rejoice.© Eleanor Todd 2007. From ECEN Creation Time 2008.Hymn: Glory of Creation by Denzil Walton:http://www.ew.ecocongregation.org/resources/module2#list-item-12Hymn: God’s World by John Couchmanhttp://www.ew.ecocongregation.org/resources/module2#list-item-13Hymn: The God who set the stars in space by Timothy Dudley-Smith:http://www.threeleggedmusic.com/Hymns/Sheet_music/The_God_who_set_the_stars_in_space.pdfThe God who set the stars in space by Timothy Dudley-Smith – words only versionCollection of Norman Habel’s songs from the Season of Creation (Australian) sitehttp://www.seasonofcreation.com/songs/Suggestions for hymns from Earth Ministry (US site)
  • 86. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 86The World needs Bread (hymn)http://www27.brinkster.com/johnhartley/music/song-35.htmlHymns written by Christian Ecology Link members:http://www.christian-ecology.org.uk/hymns.htmFor the beauty of the earth1. 4.For the beauty of the earth: For the ugly of the skies:Majestic mountains, verdant vales, Global warming and acid rain,Mighty oaks and beaming buttercups, Choking pollution, thinning ozone layer,We bring our offering of praise. We bring our confession of sorrow.2. 5.For the beauty of the skies: For the healing of the earth:Singing larks and fluttering bats, Guide us to restore our relationship,Warming sun and refreshing rain, With the rest of creation,We bring our offering of praise. With future generations and with you.3. 6.For the ugly of the earth: For the healing of the skies:Mountains of waste, valleys of landfill, Open our eyes to our selfish ways,Resources depleted forgetting tomorrow, Stir our hearts to live life today,We bring our confession of sorrow. That all might enjoy real life tomorrow. Amen.From the Eco-congregation Module 2 Celebrating Creation (www.ecocongregation.org)CANTICLE:A SONG OF THE NEW CREATIONEgo Dominus - Isaiah 43. 15_21Antiphon: I will make a way in the wilderness,* and rivers in the desert.1 ‘I am the Lord, your Holy One,* the Creator of Israel, whom I have chosen.’2 Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea,* a path in the mighty waters,3 ‘Remember not the former things,* nor consider the things of old.4 ‘Behold, I make all things new;* now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?5 ‘I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert,* to give drink to my chosen people,6 ‘The people whom I formed for myself,* that they might declare my praise.’Glory . . . I will make a way in the wilderness,* and rivers in the desert.CANTICLE:SONG OF GOD’S MERCY - Hymnum cantemus - Judith 16. 13_16Antiphon: You sent forth your Spirit, O God,* and you continue to show mercy to all.1 I will sing a new song to my God,* for you are great and glorious, truly strong and invincible.2 May your whole creation serve you,* for you spoke and all things came to be.3 You sent forth your Spirit and they were formed,* for no one can resist your voice.4 Mountains and seas are stirred to their depths;* at your presence rocks shall melt like wax.5 But to those who fear you,* you continue to show mercy.6 No sacrifice, however fragrant, can please you,* but whoever fears the Lord shall stand in your sight for ever.
  • 87. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 87Glory . . . You sent forth your Spirit, O God,* and you continue to show mercy to all.CANTICLE:A SONG OF THE REDEEMING SPIRIT - Hæc populum justum - Wisdom 10. 15_21Antiphon: The righteous shall sing hymns* to your holy name, O God.1 A holy people and a blameless race* Wisdom delivered from a nation of oppressors.2 She entered a soul of a servant of God* and withstood dread rulers with wonders and signs.3 She gave to holy people the reward of their labours;* she guided them along a marvellous way.4 She became a shelter to them by day* and a starry flame through the night.5 She brought them over the Sea of Reeds* and led them through deep waters.6 The righteous sang hymns to your holy name, O God,* and praised with one accord your defending hand.7 For Wisdom opened the mouths of those who were mute* and made the tongues of infants speak clearly.Glory . . . The righteous shall sing hymns* to your holy name, O God.CANTICLE:A SONG IN PRAISE OF THE WORKS OF GOD - In voce dicit - Ecclesiasticus 39. 13_16Antiphon: Ascribe majesty to the name of the Most High;* let all creation give thanks with praise.1 Listen to me, my faithful children,* and blossom like a rose growing by a stream of water.2 Send out fragrance like incense and sing a hymn of praise,* bless our God for all creation.3 Ascribe majesty to the name of the Most High,* give thanks with praise, with songs on your lips and with harps.4 All your works are good, O God,* and whatever you command will be done.Glory . . . Ascribe majesty to the name of the Most High;* let all creation give thanks with praise.CANTICLE:A SONG OF CREATION- Benedicite omnia opera - The Song of the Three 35_65(This canticle should be recited without pause.)1 Bless the Lord all created things: who is worthy to be praised and exalted for ever.2 Bless the Lord you heavens: who is worthy to be praised and exalted for ever.3 Bless the Lord you angels of the Lord, bless the Lord all you his hosts: bless the Lord you waters above the heavens, who is worthy to be praised and exalted for ever.4 Bless the Lord sun and moon, bless the Lord you stars of heaven: bless the Lord all rain and dew, who is worthy to be praised and exalted for ever.5 Bless the Lord all winds that blow, bless the Lord you fire and heat: bless the Lord scorching wind and bitter cold, who is worthy to be praised and exalted for ever.
  • 88. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 886 Bless the Lord dews and falling snows, bless the Lord you nights and days: bless the Lord light and darkness, who is worthy to be praised and exalted for ever.7 Bless the Lord frost and cold, bless the Lord you ice and snow: bless the Lord lightning and clouds, who is worthy to be praised and exalted for ever.8 O let the earth bless the Lord; bless the Lord you mountains and hills: bless the Lord all that grows in the ground, who is worthy to be praised and exalted for ever.9 Bless the Lord you springs, bless the Lord you seas and rivers: bless the Lord you whales and all that swim in the waters, who is worthy to be praised and exalted for ever.10 Bless the Lord all birds of the air, bless the Lord you beasts and cattle: bless the Lord all people of the earth, who is worthy to be praised and exalted for ever.11 O People of God bless the Lord; bless the Lord you priests of the Lord: bless the Lord you servants of the Lord, who is worthy to be praised and exalted for ever.12 Bless the Lord all you of upright spirit, bless the Lord you that are holy and humble in heart: bless the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, who is worthy to be praised and exalted for ever.CANTICLE:A SONG OF BROTHER SUN- Altissimu, onnipotente, bon Signore - Saint Francis of Assisi1 Most High, all powerful, good Lord,* to you be praise, glory, honour and all blessing.2 Only to you, Most High, do they belong* and no one is worthy to call upon your name.3 May you be praised, my Lord, with all your creatures, especially brother sun,* through whom you lighten the day for us.4 He is beautiful and radiant with great splendour;* he signifies you, O Most High.5 Be praised, my Lord, for sister moon and the stars:* clear and precious and lovely, they are formed in heaven.6 Be praised, my Lord, for brother wind and by air and clouds, clear skies and all weathers,* by which you give sustenance to your creatures.7 Be praised, my Lord, for sister water,* who is very useful and humble and precious and pure.8 Be praised, my Lord, for brother fire, by whom the night is illumined for us:* he is beautiful and cheerful, full of power and strength.9 Be praised, my Lord, for sister, our mother earth, who sustains and governs us* and produces diverse fruits and coloured flowers and grass.10 Be praised, my Lord, by all those who forgive for love of you* and who bear weakness and tribulation.11 Blessèd are those who bear them in peace:* for you, Most High, they will be crowned.12 Be praised, my Lord, for our sister, the death of the body,* from which no one living is able to flee; woe to those who are dying in mortal sin.13 Blessèd are those who are found doing your most holy will,* for the second death will do them no harm.14 Praise and bless my Lord and give him thanks* and serve him with great humility.CANTICLE:
  • 89. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 89A SONG OF BROTHER SUN – Metrical version(For another metrical version - All Creatures of our God and King - sung to Lasst uns erfreun)1 Most High, omnipotent, good Lord,To you be ceaseless praise outpoured,And blessing without measure;From you alone all creatures came;No one is worthy you to name.2 My Lord be praised by Brother Sun,Who through the skies his course does run,And shines in brilliant splendour;With brightness he does fill the day,And signifies your boundless sway.3 My Lord be praised by Sister Moon,And all the stars that with her soonWill point the glitt’ring heavens.Let wind and air and cloud and calm,And weathers all, repeat the psalm.4 By Sister Water, then be blestMost humble, useful, precious, chaste.Be praised by Brother Fire:Cheerful is he, robust and bright,And strong to lighten all the night.5 By Mother Earth my Lord be praised;Governed by you, she has upraisedWhat for our life is needful.Sustained by you through every hour,She brings forth fruit and herb and flower.6 My Lord be praised by those who proveIn free forgivingness their love,Nor shrink from tribulation.Happy, who peaceably endure:With you, Lord, their reward is sure.7 By Death, our Sister, praisèd be,From whom no one alive can flee.Woe to the unpreparèd!But blest be those who do your willAnd follow your commandments still.8 Most High, omnipotent, good Lord,To you be ceaseless praise outpouredAnd blessing without measure.Let every creature thankful beAnd serve in great humility.From the Carmina Gaedlica - in Scots Gaelic and English SORCHAR NAN REUL
  • 90. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 90 (THE LIGHTENER OF THE STARS)Feuch Sorchar nan reul THE LIGHTENER OF THE STARS -Air corbha nan neul, Behold the Lightener of the starsAgus ceolradh nan speur On the crests of the clouds, Ri luaidh dha. And the choralists of the skyTighinn le caithrim a nuas Lauding Him.Bho an Athair tha shuas, Coming down with acclaimClar agus farcha nan duan From the Father above, Ri seirm dha. Harp and lyre of songChriosd, a chomairc mo ruin Sounding to Him.Com nach togainn do chliu! Christ, Thou refuge of my love,Ainglich is naomhaich chiuil Why should not I raise Thy fame! Ri luaidh dhut. Angels and saints melodiousA Mhic Mhoire nam buadh, Singing to Thee.Is fire finne_ghile snuadh, Thou Son of the Mary of graces,Liom bu shon a bhi an cluan Of exceeding white purity of beauty, Do shaoibhreis. Joy were it to me to be in the fieldsA Chriosda mo chaoimhe, Of Thy riches.A Chriosda Chro_naoimhe, O Christ my beloved,Bithim gach la agus oidhche O Christ of the Holy Blood, Ri luaidh ort. By day and by night I praise Thee.From the Carmina Gaedlica - in Scots Gaelic and EnglishEOSAI BU CHOIR A MHOLADH(JESU WHO OUGHT TO BE PRAISED) JESU WHO OUGHT TO BE PRAISEDBu cho fus a dh Iosa It were as easy for JesuAn crann crion uradh To renew the withered treeS an crann ur a chrionadh, As to wither the newNam be run a dheanadh. Were it His will so to do. Eosai! Eosai! Eosai! Jesu! Jesu ! Jesu ! Eosai! bu choir a mholadh. Jesu! meet it were to praise Him.Ni bheil lus an lar There is no plant in the groundNach bheil lan da thoradh, But is full of His virtue,Ni bheil cruth an traigh There is no form in the strandNach bheil lan da shonas. But is full of His blessing. Eosai! Eosai! Eosai! Jesu! Jesu ! Jesu! Eosai! bu choir a mholadh. Jesu! meet it were to praise Him.Ni bheil creubh am fairge, There is no life in the sea,Ni bheil dearg an abhuinn, There is no creature in the river,Ni bheil cail an fhailbhe, There is naught in the firmament,Nach bheil dearbh da mhaitheas. But proclaims His goodness. Eosai! Eosai! Eosai! Jesu ! Jesu ! Jesu! Eosai bu choir a mholadh. Jesu! meet it were to praise Him.Ni bheil ian air sgeith There is no bird on the wing,Ni bheil reul an adhar, There is no star in the sky,Ni bheil sian fon ghrein. There is nothing beneath the sun,Nach tog sgeul da mhaitheas. But proclaims His goodness. Eosai ! Eosai! Eosai! Jesu! Jesu ! Jesu ! Eosai bu choir a mholadh. Jesu! meet it were to praise Him.DEEP PEACEDeep peace of the running wave to you,
  • 91. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 91of water flowing, rising, and falling,sometimes advancing, sometimes receding . . .May the stream of your life flow unimpeded!Deep peace of the running wave to you!Deep peace of the flowing air to you,which fans your face on a sultry day,the air which you breathe deeply rhythmically,which imparts to you energy, consciousness, life.Deep peace of the flowing air to you !Deep peace of the quiet earth to you,who, herself unmoving, harbours the movementsand facilitates the life of the ten thousand creatures,while resting contented, stable, tranquil.Deep peace of the quiet earth to you!Deep peace of the shining stars to you,which stay invisible til darkness fallsand discloses their pure and shining presencebeaming down in compassion on our turning world.Deep peace of the shining stars to you!From the Carmina Gaedlica - adapted from the Gaelic
  • 92. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 9213Children and all age resources An all age idea for a Green Sunday service from St John & St Stephen’s ReadingTHANKSGIVINGAn all-age prayer. During the prayer, people could hold up the appropriate colours of cloth aroundthe worship area, the bigger the better.GodWhat a fabulous colour green isevery shadetucked into every plantevery blade of grassevery leafsubtly differenta million billion shades of the one colourlike touching fresh flowing wateror the smell of summer morningAnd God of BlueWhat a big colour that isstretching for a thousand acres above uslike the touch of coolor the smell of snowAnd red Godof petal and beach treeof rock and earthof blood and fruitof berry and birdlike the touch of soft warmthand the smell of apple pieAnd God of carameland chocolateand amethysta butterscotchand goldand orangeand sunsetand leafand beachand earthand grainand skinthe touch and the smell of lifeAnd God of purplerareroyalsacredspecialdeepflowinglike the smell of ancient churches
  • 93. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 93and the touch to loveHow big is your imagination O Godhow fabulous your tartanhow warm your smellhow colourful your laughterhow wildly wonderful your worldThanks!© Roddy Hamilton 2007. From ECEN Creation Time 2008.Lord of Creation by Brendan O’Malley 2005 Canterbury Press - Resources for Celtic spiritualitysuitable for including children.Prayer walk idea from SAGEOxford:http://www.sageoxford.org.uk/prayerwalk.htm____________________________________________________________________Resources for addressing environment in worship - from Eco-congregation:Module 2 Celebrating Creation! (New version)http://www.ew.ecocongregation.org/resources/module2_____________________________________________________Resources for use with children from Eco-congregation:Module 4 Acorns to Oaks http://www.ew.ecocongregation.org/resources/module4______________________________________________________________________________Resources for use with young people and youth groups from Eco-congregation:Module 5 Tread Gently, Go Green http://www.ew.ecocongregation.org/resources/module5______________________________________________________________________________Book: Godly Play resource – Living in a Fragile Worldhttp://www.brf.org.uk/pages/data.asp?layout=product.htm&idisbn.exact=9781841013251 SOME RESOURCES FOR CHILDREN WITH A CREATION THEME FROM VERITAS PUBLICATIONS, DUBLINALIVE-O TEACHERS/LEADERS BOOK-4-6 YEAR OLDS PAGES 31-37 MY WORLD IN AUTUMN PAGES 38-45 ME IN AUTUMNALIVE-O WORKBOOK WORKSHEETS 5 AND 6ALIVE-O 2 TEACHERS/LEADERS BOOKS PAGES 32-39 AUTUMNALIVE-O 2 WORKBOOK WORKSHEET 5 AUTUMN COLOURS PAGES 42-49 AND WORKSHEET 6ALIVE-O 5 TEACHERS /LEADERS BOOK PAGES210-217ALIVE-O 6 TEACHERS/LEADERS BOOK ST. FRANCIS CARES FOR CREATION -PAGES 41-58
  • 94. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 94ALIVE-O WORKBOOK WORKSHEET 4ALIVE-O 7 TEACHERS /LEADERS BOOK-THE OUR FATHER PAGE 83-INTERESTING IDEASALIVE-O 8 11-13 YEAR OLDSTEACHERS/LEADERS BOOK IN RELATION TO GOD’S CREATION -PAGES 8-15 AND STUDENTS BOOK PAGES 1-5 ALSO KINGDOM ECOLOGY PAGES 233-237 AND HYMN PAGE 264STUDENTS BOOK PAGES 85-87A TIME OF PRAYER IS INCLUDEDCreation Rap by Margaret Gillard(first appeared in Country Way magazine, Issue 48 2008)Part of Drama Resources for Young People from CTBI’s 2008 Hope for Creation resources at:http://www.ctbi.org.uk/339#childrenSee also other items in Drama Resources for Young People from 2008 Hope for Creationresourceshttp://www.ctbi.org.uk/339#children
  • 95. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 9514Complete Service OutlinesJohn Ray Initiative servicehttp://www.jri.org.uk/news/service_lancaster.rtf including hymn written by Timothy Dudley-SmithService outline from Common Worship - New Patterns for Worship (Anglican): All CreationWorshipsPlanet Earth Sunday service from Season of Creation (Australian site):http://www.seasonofcreation.com/liturgies/earth/Liturgy%20-%20Planet%20Earth%20Sunday%201.doc(for other liturgies from the Season of Creation site, see:http://www.seasonofcreation.com/liturgies/ )______________________________________________________________________________Service outline from Walking More Lightly, a set of resources put together by Anne Martin:http://ew.ecocongregation.org/downloads/LightlyService2.pdfService outline from the Devon Churches Green Group, Exeter Cathedral, 23rd April 2005http://www.exeter.anglican.org/cpage/ccsdownloads/dcgaservice_16.docHarvest Service from Christian Ecology Link:http://www.christian-ecology.org.uk/cel-harvest.rtfA service of worship based on Christian Ecology Link’s LOAF principles (see below) writtenfor Churches Together in Britain and Ireland’s “Creation in Crisis” resources 2009.Suitable for a weekday Churches Together event. A shared meal can be incorporated.See http://www.ctbi.org.uk/399With pictures on an accompanying Power Point.Ideas for an active engaging service in ‘Ingredients for a LOAF service’ Christian EcologyLink: http://ew.ecocongregation.org/downloads/CELLOAFworship.docOne Bread service from Christian Ecology Link:http://www.christian-ecology.org.uk/loaf-one-bread-service.pdfPrayers for the Planet – before the climate march 2005:http://www.christian-ecology.org.uk/p4p-service-web.docService of Prayer and Reflection (in CTBI’s 2008 Hope for Creation resources)used at St Anne’s, Dawson Street, Dublin, during a Dáil Lobby on Climate Changehttp://www.ctbi.org.uk/339#stanneOperation Noah service suggestions on the theme of climate change:
  • 96. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 96http://www.christian-ecology.org.uk/noah/worship-resources-and-ark-procession.docService written originally to celebrate and pray for the Earth Summit in 2002 (ChristianEcology Link): http://www.christian-ecology.org.uk/Earth-Summit-text.rtfIdeas for services from the US Web of Creation site: o Sample Services o Earth Day o Blessing of the Animals o Rogation Blessing o Tree Planting Service o Covenant with Creation and Ritual o Idea for a ‘Green’ Ash Wednesday
  • 97. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 9715 Further resources and links - to liturgical and study materialA Rocha UK: Environment Resources:Environment resource packs produced for Environment Sunday (Sunday closest to WorldEnvironment Day 5 June), but suitable for use at any time of the year:2002: Healing the Land - available for download (suggested donation to A Rocha UK)http://www.arocha.org/gb-en/resources/environmentresourcepacks/1671-DSY.html2003: The Bible, Creation and Celtic Christians - available for download (suggested donation to ARocha UK) – http://www.arocha.org/gb-en/resources/environmentresourcepacks/1673-DSY.html2004: Jesus and the Earth - available for download (suggested donation to A Rocha UK)http://www.arocha.org/gb-en/resources/environmentresourcepacks/1676-DSY.html2005: Noah’s Ark – A Tale for Our Times - available for download (suggested donation to A RochaUK) http://www.arocha.org/gb-en/resources/environmentresourcepacks/1679-DSY.html2006: Hope for the Planet - sold out, no longer available.2007: The Heat is on - sold out, no longer available2008: Planetwise Environment Resource Pack, including Dave Bookless’s book of the name and awealth of study material and liturgical ideas.Can be ordered from http://www.arocha.org/gb-en/resources/1257-DSY/5514-DSY.html2009: Hope for Planet Earth, a DVD exploring the issue of climate change in greater depth.Includes power points, material for church services and small groups and ideas for practical action.Can be ordered from http://www.arocha.org/gb-en/resources/1257-DSY/5498-DSY.htmlHope for Planet Earth Educational DVD, suitable for Key Stage 4 teachers, also available at http://www.hopeforplanetearth.co.uk/2010: What a Wildly Wonderful World! – based on Psalm 104:24 and focusing on the UNInternational Year of Biodiversity.Downloadable resource pack from http://www.arocha.org/gb-en/resources/1257-DSY.htmlMany other resources from A Rocha UK can be ordered at http://www.arocha.org/gb-en/resources.htmlEuropean Christian Environmental Network (ECEN)ECEN Creation Time collections and other material:2009 – Turn, then, and liveThematic material on climate change relating to the UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen December2009. http://www.ecen.org/cms/uploads/creationliturgy09.pdf2008 - Choose LifeAn anthology of liturgical material on climate change from the UK for Creation Time 2008http://www.ecen.org/cms/uploads/creationtimeliturgy08.pdf2007 - Time for God’s Creationhttp://www.ecen.org/cms/uploads/0702atfgc-en.pdf (1mb download)Includes history, background and reflections. Liturgical material (from the 3rd EuropeanEcumenical Assembly, Sibiu) on pages 48-62.2006 – Biblical meditations and prayershttp://www.ecen.org/cms/uploads/creationtime06.pdf
  • 98. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 982005 – Rhythm of Creation and Rhythm of Life:http://www.ecen.org/cms/uploads/creationtime05.doc2004 – Preserving water, land and air: http://www.ecen.org/cms/index.php?page=liturgy2003 – Our Responsibility to Future Generations:http://www.ecen.org/cms/uploads/Creationtime%202003,%20liturgical%20materials.doc2001 – Contributions to Celebrate the Creation:http://www.ecen.org/cms/uploads/Creationtime%202001,%20liturgical%20materials,%20English.docBrowse the ECEN Creation Time collections by year or genre 2001-2006http://www.ecen.org/cms/index.php?page=liturgyTime of Creation Dossier: tells the story of Creation Time and gives information on environmentaltopics. http://www.ecen.org/cms/uploads/creationtimedossier.pdfAn Encounter with Creation: Opening worship from the Assembly in Flämslätt, September 2006,freely available for use. http://www.ecen.org/cms/index.php?mact=News,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=124&cntnt01dateformat=%25e%20%25B%20%25G&cntnt01returnid=468th ECEN Assembly, June 2010, theme: “Give us this day our daily bread”, opening liturgy,written by Robin Morrison http://www.ecen.org/cms/uploads/10pragueworshipopening.pdfGod’s Rich Variety – Churches in Europe helping biodiversityDownloadable booklet with case studies. Includes prayers related to biodiversity; could be used asa resource for a study group on a biodiversity theme.http://www.ecen.org/cms/uploads/10biodiversitybrochure.pdfChurch of England: Common Worship: Times and SeasonsSeasons and Festivals of the Agricultural Year, including resources for Creation, PloughSunday, Rogationtide, Lammastide, Harvest Thanksgiving, and Prayer in Times of AgriculturalCrisis. (PDF files)http://www.cofe.anglican.org/worship/downloads/pdf/tsagyear.pdf(see http://www.cofe.anglican.org/worship/liturgy/commonworship/resources/downloads/pdftexts.html forcopyright permission)______________________________________________________________________________Climate Change Day of PrayerOver 80 prayers and readings prepared by Dr Isabel Carter for the 2009 Day of PrayerPrayers and Readings (PDF)Prayers and Readings (Word)Audio of prayers and readings______________________________________________________________________________From Christian Ecology LinkNotes on lectionary readings from an environmental perspectivehttp://www.christian-ecology.org.uk/econotes-index.htm#indexFutureShape?- Available in English and Welsh
  • 99. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 99Creation care resources from BMS, Baptist Unions of Great Britain, Scotland and Wales and ARocha, to help churches explore creation care issues from a biblical perspective.Materials available as free downloads or can be ordered on a free DVD.http://www.futureshape.org/From Operation NoahBetween the Flood and the Rainbow - A Study Guide on climate change, based on CatholicSocial Teaching, for adult study groups.http://www.operationnoah.org/node/87Reflections and sermon ideas for churches from Operation Noahhttp://www.operationnoah.org/taxonomy/term/23God’s Green Book – Seven Bible studies about the environment. By Charlotte Sleight andBryony Webb, SPCK, 2010. Resource for local churches and small groups. Fromhttp://www.spckpublishing.co.uk/?st=shopp&s=God%27s+green+book&search.x=19&search.y=13State of the Planet – A series of three studies for discussion groups, prepared by Dr MichaelMorecroft, Prof RJ Berry and Rev Prof Gordon Wenham, based on a BBC series presented byDavid Attenborough, 2000 (available on DVD from the BBC).Study guide from The John Ray Initiative: http://www.jri.org.uk/brief/stateofplanet.pdf.Climate Change and Christian FaithCD from York Courses, featuring Professor John Houghtonhttp://www.yorkcourses.co.uk/siteDocuments/Courses%20list%20final.pdfCherishing the EarthBook by Martin Hodson and Margot Hodson, Monarch, 2007http://www.hodsons.org/cherishingtheearth/and website with other material including a 6 week programme of group bible studies:http://www.hodsons.org/cherishingtheearth/biblestudies.htmBooks by Ellen Teague:Paint the Church green (2008) – Material for 6 group sessions suitable for any Christian tradition.Becoming a green Christian (2009) – A guide to help individuals to live responsibly andsustainably.Available from: http://www.eden.co.uk/shop/searches/ellen_teague.htmlArthur Rank Centre website: worship resourcesThere are hundreds of resources here. Use the drop down menu ‘category’ and then click searchand it will list many items for each category, e.g. Environment, Harvest, or the many morespecialised subjects.http://www.arthurrankcentre.org.uk/publications_and_resources/rural_worship_resources/search/index.aspSeeds of Hope: Facing the Challenge of Climate Justice. By Celia Deane Drummond.
  • 100. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 100A thorough theological response to the global challenge of climate justice. CAFOD, 2010. Includesprayers suitable for a biodiversity theme. From http://www.cafod.org.uk/worship/environmentEarth MinistryMany prayers, liturgical items and other resources from this US website:http://www.earthministry.org/resourcesSeason of CreationAn Australian website giving guidance, liturgies and a wealth of interesting resources compiled tohelp churches celebrate a season of creation.http://www.seasonofcreation.com/______________________________________________________________________________Iona Community resourcesCreation liturgy and other creation/environment downloads from Wild Goose Publications(Iona Community)http://www.ionabooks.com/E-Liturgies/Prayers/Creation.htmlCare for Creation theme books from Wild Goose Publications (Iona Community)http://www.ionabooks.com/Care-for-Creation.html______________________________________________________________________________Web of CreationA US site with a large number of ecology resources, including:http://www.webofcreation.org/Season of creation worship resources:http://www.webofcreation.org/SeasonofCreation/index.htmlAnd a number of helpful articles: http://www.webofcreation.org/Articles/index.htmA Moral ClimateBook by Michael Northcott, examining the ethics of global warming. Darton, Longman & Todd,2007. http://www.darton-longman-todd.co.uk/book_details.asp?bID=878&bc=0Together for a Season: Feasts and FestivalsBook, from the Church of England, pub 2009.A practical travelling companion for the journey through the Church’s year; a rich array of creativematerial for anyone planning worship for children and adults. Comes complete with a CD ofillustrations, templates, service texts and photographs, drawing on the worship material offered inCommon Worship: Times and Seasons and Common Worship: Festivals.http://www.chpublishing.co.uk/product.asp?id=2394645For more general links, see CTBI’s Environment and Climate Change links page, which provideslinks to Christian organisations and development agencies involved in environment and climatechange issues, environment web pages provided by the churches and links to relevant othergroups and other faiths. THE CONTRIBUTORS
  • 101. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Additional resources 2010 Page 101Roddy Hamilton is minister of Abbotsford Church of Scotland, Clydebank, near Glasgow www.abbotsford.org.uk .Michael Davidson is a member of the congregation and Ruth Bell is a student minister.Ruth Jarman is a Trustee of Christian Ecology Link www.christian-ecology.org.ukRobin Morrison is Church and Society Officer of the Church in Wales and Chair of the Institute of Directors in SouthWales, and a member of the ECEN Enabling TeamEleanor Todd (now Eleanor Harris) is a member of St Johns Episcopal Church in Edinburgh www.stjohns-edinburgh.org.uk and web editor of ECEN.ECEN is the European Christian Environment Network. ECEN’s Creation Time materials are available from theirwebsite www.ecen.orgAll other contributors are acknowledged in the text.

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