An invocation based on Psalm 8

Aware that next Sunday’s lectionary asks for Psalm 8 (responsive):

O God, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Your glory — light-years old in galaxies,
is also the waking cry of infants,
the “twinkle, twinkle” song of toddlers.

You are near as Kevlar against enemies,
you silence those who seek revenge.

When I turn to Hubble and Urthcast,
to live-stream the nebulae of your fingers;
what are human beings that you are mindful of us,
your earth-castaways that you notice us?

Yet you make us little lower than God,
graced with glory, lit with imagination.

You give us responsibility for the well-being
of precious palm-fuls of your creation;
you put our feet on the path of care
for domestic and wild animals,
birds of the air, fish of the sea,
and all sea creatures – shark and dolphin,
seal and eel, whale and oyster.

O God, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

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7 Responses to An invocation based on Psalm 8

  1. I love the blending of science, nature, and expectation that we shall have care as well as awe for it all. Thanks!

  2. Maren says:

    Thanks, Nancy, I find it genuinely in the psalm in a world where dominion was expected to be care and protection.

  3. Dwight Lee Wolter says:

    “…live-stream the nebulae of your fingers…” Nice!

  4. sugruerm says:

    Thank you Maren, ideal words for my congregation to say this Sunday as we recognise ‘Matariki’ (the Maori New Year). Matariki is the star cluster many people know as Pleiades that appears in Aotearoa’s mid-winter sky. For Maori it is a time of feasting, remembering the ancestors and preparing for the first plantings.

  5. Maren says:

    Wonderful. I would put something up about Matariki but (I am not complaining) we are having our two week London holiday and I cannot post any “new” Material until next week. I had never heard of this. You know that your trip inspired us (celebrating our 40th anniversary).

  6. Rosalie Sugrue says:

    Congratulations on your 40th anniversary! I’m so glad you are able to have a holiday. Great destination choice – for me the international city I hold dearest, being home to many of my forebears and place of many wonderful memories. I had the congregation read your psalm ‘antiphonally’ all saying the first and last lines together, pulpit side saying the first 2 line of each verse and the lectern side the remainder; went well, thank you. As for ‘Matariki’ I had a children’s book with lovely illustrations but too lengthy text so invited the ‘young at heart’ to come forward and tell the story from the pictures.

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