Gardeners act of commitment — Ana Gobledale, UK

  A responsive reading to use at a Blessing of the Gardens & Gardeners service, on Earth Day, or any day in springtime.   LEADER:       Seeds we bring   PEOPLE:       for God’s blessing and use;   LEADER:       Hoes and trowels we bring   PEOPLE:       for God’s blessing and use;   LEADER:       Hands and gloves we […]

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Praise the Divine Gardener, inspired by Psalm 148 — Ana Gobledale, UK

Praise the Eternal One, the Divine Gardener. Who plants the sun, the moon, the stars in the heavens. Who creates earth, the amazing garden upon which we live. Who loosens rocks into teeming, incubating soil. Who spreads the seeds of life in the seas, land, and skies – which transform into beasts that swim, crawl […]

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Prayers for Tuesday

A reflection by Steve Garnaas-Holmes, USA The rain stopped long ago; skies are blue. But on the morning path the breeze shakes down showers the trees have been holding onto. I will gladly drown in this blessing.             • Awakening this morning in bed, as my conscious mind opened up it filled with what day this is, […]

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Children’s Message, the work of spring — Tod & Ana Gobledale, UK

Preparation: Put several items into a bag:  Bible, flower bulbs, gardening gloves, small gardening tools, e.g. trowel. Take items out as they are mentioned in the script. Method: I invite the children forward to sit with me on the floor or carpet.  If there are chancel steps, I sit in a child-size chair facing the steps […]

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Blessing of Gardens & Gardeners

Bring your seeds, your trowels, your overalls! Welcome spring with an act of worship celebrating creation, life and growth.     Other Resources for Blessing of Gardens and Gardeners  

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Song for Sunrise — Joy Cowley, New Zealand

Hey, beautiful morning, we’re singing your God song, a psalm of seas and mountains, of empty roads and houses yawning under a new blue bowl of sky. It’s the song of the bellbird, of steaming cows in sheds, of freckled trout quivering in deep dark pools, and dew on cobwebs lacing trees. Hey, beautiful morning, […]

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Blessing of Gardens & Gardeners Service

Spring has sprung!  Come gardeners and farmers! This service, originally created to celebrate Earth Day (22 April), lends itself to multiple multi-age voices.  This all-age service of celebration and blessing has been shared in the UK and the USA and is easily adaptable for a new location. Liturgy for blessing gardens and gardeners    The worship […]

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Liturgy for Blessing Gardens and Gardeners

Blessing of seeds, soil, water, gardening tools and gardeners, for use in a springtime service of celebration. Can be used effectively connecting to Earth Day 22 April or in a Rogation Service (sixth Sunday of Eastertide).  Everyone is invited to wear their gardening attire and bring their gardening tools and seeds.  Suggestion: use children and […]

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Spring — Ross Kingham, Australia

Spring We should celebrate This wildest Erupting In Spring. With colours recklessly Splashed everywhere In this the season of new Daily episodes Of wonder And delight. Autumn is turned on its head: Not the richness the life’s ebbing, But buds bursting Hearts thirsting Green shoots on grey branches Marking Not the end, But a million […]

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