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WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY
June 5, 2008

 

OUR SACRED TRUST

“We declare our responsibility to the greater community of life
and to the future generations.” (Earth Charter)

 

We all live within the dreaming of a loving and bountiful Dreamer. Our lives are all stories in one great cosmic theme. We are keepers of the Dream, we are tenders of Earth, we are bearers of the gift of life.

 


 

Ritual Action
Place candles and flowers around the earth globe or symbol of the earth.

Leader:
As we come together, let us settle into stillness.
Let us centre our minds and hearts.
Enter deeply into silence.
We are one with Earth. We are one with the One who is Mystery,
Who created Earth and all living beings.


Pause in stillness and silence for a few moments.

All Pray:
Gracious God who calls us to wholeness,
You created all living things,
and day by day You make all things new.
For the holiness of Earth, our sanctuary and our home, we give thanks.
For the living creatures who teach has how to live one with Earth, we give thanks.

Creator of goodness and beauty,
give us the courage to change our lives and the systems
in which we live and to bring down justice like rivers
upon all those who would contaminate Earth and the vulnerable ones of the world.
Holy Sophia, Wind of Change and Source of Blessing, we praise you. Amen.


Reader:
The earth is at the same time mother;
She is mother of all that is natural,
mother of all that is human,
She is the mother of all, for contained in her are the seeds of all.
(Hildegarde of Bingen)

 

All:
The choice is ours: form a global partnership to care for Earth and one another or risk the destruction of ourselves and the diversity of life. (Earth Charter)

 

Reader:
When things get broken, the divine creative power assumes the shape of a rejuvenating energy that renews the face of the earth. The damaged earth, violent and unjust social structures, the lonely and broken hearted – all cry out for a fresh start. In the midst of this suffering the Creator Spirit comes to pour water on what is rigid; to warm what is freezing; to straighten out what is crooked and bent. (Elizabeth Johnson)

 

All:
The choice is ours: form a global partnership to care for Earth and one another or risk the destruction of ourselves and the diversity of life. (Earth Charter)

 

Reader:
O God, how manifold are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all.
The earth is full of Your riches. (Psalm 104:24)

 

All:
The choice is ours: form a global partnership to care for Earth and one another or risk the destruction of ourselves and the diversity of life. (Earth Charter)

 

Reader:
Listen –
There is no difference between Healing your body and healing the earth
Or helping another to heal It is all the same Body.
There is no difference between
Healing Earth’s body and healing your own
Or helping another to heal
We are all the One Body.
Begin anywhere begin with one tree or a bird.
begin with your own heart Or skin,
clean out your liver,
Clear your mind.
Begin with the growth of a child, Your family’s food.
Then continue to include One small part at a time.
You will be healing the Whole. (Alla Renee Bozarth)

 

All:
The choice is ours: form a global partnership to care for Earth and one another or risk the destruction of ourselves and the diversity of life.
(Earth Charter)

 

Reader:
The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
It will flame out like shining from shook foil:
It gathers to a greatness like the ooze of oil Crushed.
Why do men then now not reck his rod?
And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
And wears man’s smudge and shares man’s smell;
the soil Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.
And for all this, nature is never spent;
There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;
And though the last lights off the black West went
Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs –
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent World
broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings. (Gerard Manley Hopkins)

 

All:
The choice is ours: form a global partnership to care for Earth and one another or risk the destruction of ourselves and the diversity of life. (Earth Charter)

 

Spend a few minutes in quiet reflection on the readings you have heard. Then share with others in your group any words, phrases, lines, thoughts that speak to you at this time.

 

Then -

Listen to or sing a song that is familiar to you
such as Miriam Therese Winter’s “Earth Chant”.


 

 

Leader:
Let us listen to the violence done to creation.

Voice 1:
God sits weeping. The beautiful creation tapestry She wove with such joy is mutilated, torn into shreds, reduced to rags, its beauty fragmented by force. (M. Rienstra)

 

All:
God sits weeping.

Voice 2:
Listen … to the water, the air, the earth:
God’s gifts to us to be tended with care.
They are wounded for the want of being listened to.

 

All:
They cry, and too few of us hear.
They slowly die and too few of us mourn.

 

Leader:
We listen to the voice of the Church that mourns.

 

Voice 3:
Faced with widespread destruction of the environment, people everywhere are coming to understand that we cannot continue to use the goods of the earth as we have in the past.
(John Paul II 1989)

 

All:
“The land mourns and all that lives in it languishes.” (Hosea 4:2)

 

Voice 4:
How long will it take before we awaken to what we have done?
How many waters must we pollute?
How many forests must we destroy?
How much soil must we erode and poison?
How many species must we abuse and extinguish?
How many oil spills must we endure?

 

All:
“The whole creation groans in labour pains, waiting to be set free from bondage.” (Romans 8:20)

 

Voice 5:
How much of the earth’s atmosphere must we contaminate?
How many people must we degrade and kill with toxic wastes?
How long will we tolerate corporate greed to the detriment
of our fragile planet and all its life forms?

 

All:
Wisdom pervades and permeates all things.
Wisdom is at play everywhere in the world.
Wisdom glorifies herself in the midst of her people and raises her voice in the public square. Wisdom deploys her strength from one end of the universe to the other,
ordering all things for good.
Wisdom provides a cosmic feast and invites all creation to her table.

Each person takes a flower from around the globe as a symbol of her commitment to “name, challenge and seek to change the systems and lifestyles in which we are complicit and which contribute to the present extremes of wealth and poverty and the degradation of Earth. (IPA Assembly 2007)

 

Blessing of each one on the whole group:


May the pain of Earth move us towards a healing of Earth and each other. May the life energy that sustains all that grows take root in us and make us one with Earth and the whole community of life. May the wisdom of Earth open us to beauty, simplicity and compassion. Amen.
(Daniel J. O’Leary)

 

 



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