Guest Post for the First Sunday of Lent — Karen Georgia Thompson, Psalm 32 — A Confession and Assurance of Grace for the Joy of Creation Care

Rev. Karen Georgia Thompson writes the Psalm for Sunday, Psalm 32, for the UCCWorshipWays Living Psalms project. Karen Georgia is the Associate General Minister of Global Engagement and Co-Executive of Global Ministries, the common overseas ministry of the UCC and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). This psalm weaves both Confession and the happiness of the Assurance of Grace that the original prayer holds so tenderly. Here it is both unison and responsive.

Psalm 32 The Joy of Creation Care

Happy are the people of God who are connected to the earth and who have repented of the sin of environmental injustices.
Happy are those who center Creator and the created, in whose spirit there is no duplicity in caring for the earth.
While I kept silent, the earth wasted away, groaning from the weight of polluted skies and unclean waters all day long.
Night and day creation groaned, the earth heating up, ice caps melting, seas rising, homes and lives washing away.
Then I acknowledged the sins committed against the earth, I did not hide my complicity;
I said, “I will confess the deforestation of the earth, the extinction of species, the oceans we abused.”

Let all who are faithful offers prayers for the earth, at the time of distress, the rush of mighty waters coming with the heavy rains devastating the earth taking away the mountain sides.
The earth is a refuge for me, healing me and keeping me from trouble, surrounding me with the glad cries of the birds and the whispers of the trees.
I will instruct the masses, and teach of the way of creation justice, I will bring wise counsel to defending the earth.
Do not be stubborn, without understanding of the ways in which untempered use of resources must be curbed with bit and bridle, else the beauty of the earth will not stay near you.

Many are the sufferings of the earth, but steadfast love surrounds those who trust in the Creator and care for all creation.
Be glad in the Creator and rejoice for the healing of the earth, O righteous,
and shout for joy, all you who seek justice for creation.

Psalm 32 The Joy of Creation Care (responsive)

Happy are the people of God who are connected to the earth and who have repented of the sin of environmental injustices.

Happy are those who center Creator and the created, in whose spirit there is no duplicity in caring for the earth.

While I kept silent, the earth wasted away, groaning from the weight of polluted skies and unclean waters all day long.

Night and day creation groaned, the earth heating up, ice caps melting, seas rising, homes and lives washing away.

Then I acknowledged the sins committed against the earth, I did not hide my complicity;
I said, “I will confess the deforestation of the earth, the extinction of species, the oceans we abused.”

Let all who are faithful offers prayers for the earth, at the time of distress, the rush of mighty waters coming with the heavy rains devastating the earth taking away the mountain sides.

The earth is a refuge for me, healing me and keeping me from trouble, surrounding me with the glad cries of the birds and the whispers of the trees.

I will instruct the masses, and teach of the way of creation justice, I will bring wise counsel to defending the earth.

Do not be stubborn, without understanding of the ways in which untempered use of resources must be curbed with bit and bridle, else the beauty of the earth will not stay near you.

Many are the sufferings of the earth, but steadfast love surrounds those who trust in the Creator and care for all creation.

Be glad in the Creator and rejoice for the healing of the earth, O righteous,
and shout for joy, all you who seek justice for creation.

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2 Responses to Guest Post for the First Sunday of Lent — Karen Georgia Thompson, Psalm 32 — A Confession and Assurance of Grace for the Joy of Creation Care

  1. mbmankin says:

    How beautifully written… and such a poignant reminder of our responsibilities and opportunities for creation care. Thank you!

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