Lord, the air smells good today,
straight from the mysteries
The trees in their prayer,
the birds in praise,
the first blue violets,
May all I say and all I think
be in harmony with thee,
God within me,
God beyond me,
maker of the trees.
— Chinook prayer, Pacific Northwest Coast, North America
i thank You God for most this amazing
day:for leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes
— e.e. cummings, North America
Good God, Creator of the world, draw us into prayer and celebration as we gather to remember the gifts of your earth and the stewardship you have entrusted to us as tillers and tenders in your image.
We know that in the gathering of the people, power is present among us; your Holy Spirit stirs and moves and gives us courage to remember that all good gifts come first from you.
We praise you for this creation in the words of the Psalmist, sung by our ancestors in faith for generations:
“God speaks: the heavens are made;
God breathes: the stars shine.
God bottles the waters of the sea
and stores them in the deep
All earth, be astounded,
stand in awe of God.”
Keep us faithful to this gathering in faith and “bless this vine your right hand has planted.” Now and forever, Amen.
Taken from liturgy materials used on Earth Day 1997 at Seattle University
Provided by Earth Ministry