Season of Creation Litany based on Ecclesiastes 3
For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven.
God, we face so many choices, and we feel pulled in every direction. Be with us in our confusion and our fear, our celebration and our hope.
A time to be born and a time to die…
Help us to do all we can in the time we have, and to accept our mortal limits.
A time to plant and time to pluck up what is planted…
Move us– to plant community gardens and urban green spaces, and then to share our harvest and our delight with open hands and glad hearts.
A time to kill and a time to heal….
Kill in us, the restlessness that leads to overconsumption. Ground us in your love,and then extend your healing through us to the earth and all beings.
A time to break down and a time to build up…
God of justice, help us to break down border walls, and the evils of racism, along with business practices that value profits over people. Help us to build up solar and wind farms, along with the public virtues of empathy, compassion and generosity.
A time to weep and a time to laugh…
Holy one, we weep for the marvelous species going or gone extinct. We weep for bleached coral and scarce honeybees, for birds no longer singing, for islands soon to be underwater. Still, we laugh– at babies babbling, at lambs leaping on all four legs, at dandelions growing through a crack in the pavement, at jokes that reveal human foibles. We laugh at life’s absurdity and surprises.
A time to mourn and a time to dance….
We mourn the loss of civility in public and private discourse. We mourn the plight of refugees and stateless persons adrift in a cruel world, with no place to call home. And we dance… because we have bodies and despite it all, music stirs our souls.
A time to seek and a time to lose… A time to keep and a time to throw away
Holy One, move us to seek the common good, and to throw away our personal privilege and our horde of excess possessions. May we keep what gives life to us, and lose what distracts us from joy. May we keep faith with creation, and lose our idea that your world is ours to waste and deplete.
A time to tear and a time to sew.
Knitter of the universe, help us to unravel systems that trap people in poverty and despair. Work with us to sew a new fabric, beautiful and strong, woven of every living thing, and able to cover the whole earth with your love.
A time to keep silence and a time to speak…
God of midnight wonder, move in us while we sleep, and when we listen for you in silence. God of shout and challenge, speak through us when we join a climate march, or write a letter, or explain our choices to consume less and share more.
A time for love and time for hate, and time for war and a time for peace….
Spirit, breath beneath all that is, may we love all your creation, from the tiniest ant to the most distant star. May we hate anything that breaks the sacred thread holding it all together. May we find allies in the war against poverty, greed, and torture. May we fight to end the poisoning of air, water and land.
And at the same time, with equal passion, may we lift up and celebrate everything that integrates human need and God’s good earth. May we practice shalom, wholeness, peace, in our hearts, our families, our church, our city, our world.
To everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven.
In seasons of growth and busyness, let us channel green energy and right purpose. Bless us with the ability to be your partners in creating something new.
In seasons of fallow quiet, let us trust that you work among us. Bless us in those times when you are unseen but never absent.
In seasons of darkness and cold, let us sit by the fire. Bless us, as we remember the light always returns, and meanwhile, we can plan and pray.
In seasons of abundance, let us eat tomatoes and rejoice. Bless us as we gather fruits of abundance and redistribute them for our shared hunger.
To everything there is a season.
Blessed be all the seasons of the earth, and all the seasons of our lives. Amen