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Earth Day

Prayers of the People

Seed Planting and Blessings

A Ritual for Earth Day ©

Created for Plymouth Creek Christian Church

April 22, 2012

 

Basic materials assembled: Four clay pots, small dish with wildflower seeds, large spoon, pitcher of water.

“Seed of Life” by Hans Peterson, Maia Twedt. Dakota Road Music © 2001.

 

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Congregation sings the chorus 2 X. “Seed of life, arise anew.”

 

While the congregation is singing the chorus, Reader 1 steps forward, plants seeds.

 

READER 1

“Nurturing God. We pray for those we love who experience the difficulty of physical pain and illness. Cover them, cover us, as the earth covers dry seeds to comfort and protect them as we wait together. Blessed be.”

Pour a small amount of water over the planted seed, as saying the words, “Seed of Life, arise anew.”

 

Song leaders sing verse 1 of “Seed of Life”

Congregation responds, singing the chorus 2X

 

While the congregation sings the chorus, Reader 2 steps forward, plants seeds.

 

READER 2

“Sustaining God. Your rains water the earth, bringing life. We pray that the waters of your Spirit surround us and break down the walls of death so that new life can spring forth in relationship with you and with one another. Blessed be.”

Pour a small amount of water over the planted seed, as saying the words, “Seed of Life, arise anew.”

 

Song leaders sing verse 2 of “Seed of Life”

Congregation responds, singing the chorus 2X

 

While the congregation sings the chorus, Reader 3 steps forward, plants seeds.

 

READER 3

“Creating God, your love for us prepares, pushes, and astonishes us daily through surviving, viable life. Holy Spirit, remind us to stay present to the work you do in us and through us. Blessed be.”

Pour a small amount of water over the planted seed, as saying the words, “Seed of Life, arise anew.”

 

Song leaders sing verse 3 of “Seed of Life”

Congregation responds, singing the chorus 2X

 

While the congregation sings the chorus, Reader 4 steps forward, plants seeds.

 

READER 4

“God of cycles, of rebirth and renewal. Renew in us a heart understanding how every thing is connected, of how we are all caregivers for one another and for all created beings. Stir in us wisdom, compassion and transformation so that healing and wholeness can be gifts of beauty, shared with the world. Blessed be.”

Pour a small amount of water over the planted seed, as saying the words, “Seed of Life, arise anew.”

 

Song leaders sing verse 4 of “Seed of Life”

Congregation responds, singing the chorus 2X

 

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