For Earth Day a Responsive Invocation and a Confession

Invocation 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!

Confession for our trampling

Call to Confession
We stopped natural fires
for a hundred years in Muir Woods,
until we came to understand –
fire makes rich the forest floor,
cleans out duff, pretty trillium,
horsehair fern and sorrel.
It hollows the rotted core of trees
around a healthy blackened scar.

Fire and fog make redwoods thrive
along the northern California coast.
So now we set new fires,
but make the paths more narrow
and raise them up
for we discovered human footsteps
treading down the shallow roots,
are the greatest danger.

God, we confess we damage the earth
by our very passing,
and we damage the earth
by failing to understand
what preserves it across the years.

Forgive our hard feet that trample
the very roots of life
and our thinking we have the right to go
anywhere, anytime we want.

Forgive us when we insist
on our solutions for your creation,
for we pray in the name
of the One who was mistaken
at the very moment of resurrection
for a Gardener. amen.

Assurance of Grace (Isaiah 52:7)
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”
God forgives the past and gives us such feet – swift, light, willing to share God’s love for mountain and valley.

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2 Responses to For Earth Day a Responsive Invocation and a Confession

  1. lizcongdon2015 says:

    Thank you. I needed that. You often catch me dead in my tracks. I so appreciate your writing.

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