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
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.
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.
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.
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,
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
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)
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,
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.
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.
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.
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):
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…
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
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.
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 -
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.
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
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
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:
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,
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.
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,
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.
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)
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,
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:
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
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
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
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.
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
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