Sustainable Grace – A Care for Creation Liturgy

by Christine Sine

I couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of speaking at Church of the Beloved in Edmonds WA.  I love this community based church which meets at Rosewood Manor.  Here is the first part of the liturgy for the service which I thought you might enjoy

(Adapted from Awakening to God’s Call to Earthkeeping)
ONE: We who have lost our sense and our senses–
our touch, our smell, our vision of who we are;
We who frantically force and press all things,
without rest for body or spirit,
hurting our Earth and injuring ourselves:
ALL: Now we call a halt.
ONE: We want to rest.  We need to rest and allow the Earth to rest.
We want to rediscover and reflect Christ’s Spirit who lives in us,
who is the ground of every unique expression of life,
and the source that calls all things into communion.
ALL: Now we declare a Sabbath.
ONE: We declare this to be a space
for simply being and letting be,
for recovering the great, forgotten truth and beauty,
for learning how to live again.
ALL: Now we come to worship our Maker.
ALL THINGS A Reading of Colossians 1:15-28

{ Note: This reading plays off of the words ‘all things’ by exchanging readers each time these words are spoken.  While the first reader is ending their phrase saying ‘all things’ the second reader is beginning their phrase saying ‘all things’ at the same time. }

ONE:  From the Colossians 1:15-28.  (pause)

Christ is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things

TWO:  ...all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers–all things…

ONE:  …all things have been created through him and for him.  He himself is before all things

TWO:  …all things, and in him all things…

ONE:  …all things hold together.  He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in all things

TWO:  …all things.  For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things

ONE:  …all things whether on earth or in heaven,

ONE & TWO:  by making peace through the blood of his cross.

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