Liturgy, Season of Creation, Canadian Thanksgiving, Earth Day, Blessings of Animals

Richard Bott of British Columbia, writes some of the most beautiful liturgy in the church today. These pieces are for the last Sunday in the Season of Creation (which has been added to many of our liturgical calendars.) and Canadian Thanksgiving.

Lighting the Christ Candle

One: All creation is made of star-stuff.
From the basic building blocks of the universe,
come fire, air, earth and water.

All: And all creation sings praise
to the Creator of all.

One: Baptized by the waters of the sky,
standing firm on the earth,
breathing deep the breath of life,
warmed by this flame…

All: we go where Christ’s light shines!

One: Alleluia!

All: Alleluia, amen!

Call to Gatherimages

One: Make a joyful noise, all the earth!
Sisters and brothers on two feet and four.
Cousins who sing praise,
with growls and yips,
with birdsong and whistle,
with sound and scent
that human beings cannot understand.

All: Make a joyful noise!

One: Sing your praise with all your life!
All: Make a joyful noise!
Give thanks to God, your God!

One: For you are God’s own,
created in love.
Before humankind you were.

You are God’s own,
created in love!

All: Make a joyful noise!
Give thanks to God, your God!

One: Listen – and join in the song…. (sound is played)
Alleluia

All: Alleluia! Amen! (rb)

(Richard inserted an mp3 of animal sounds from loud to soft. It would not attach here but is easy to find and use in worship.)

Opening Prayer
All: For life and all its goodness,
we thank you, loving God.
For our friends that fly.
For our friends that swim.
For our friends that burrow and squirm.
For our friends that walk, trot and run,
on feet tiny or huge.

Children:
They are holy. They are yours.
As important to you, as we are.

One: But their voices are going silent.

Women: We confess.

Men: We confess…

All: That we have made a difference in your world,
and not for the better.

One: Even as we give thanks, we know
that in less than 50 years,
we have caused over half of the animals you created
to disappear. To die. To move towards extinction.

All Let this time of worship,
be a time that opens us to what is right and true.
Help us, O God, to be people of Thanksgiving.
Help us, O God, to live in ways
that restore, rather than destroy.

One: Let our lives truly be –

All: worship of you.
May it be so.

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2 Responses to Liturgy, Season of Creation, Canadian Thanksgiving, Earth Day, Blessings of Animals

  1. sugruerm says:

    Beauty filled and meaning full

  2. rezrevres says:

    As always, Richard’s amazing liturgical gifts shine through this contribution in the simple and yet profound sensibility of appreciating oneself as purely part of the Web of Life.

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