Blessing of Gardens

Plough (Plow) Sunday – blessing the land

Plough Sunday is held annually the Sunday before ploughing commences. In English tradition, taking into account the warmer clime and Northern Hemisphere location, Plough (Plow) Sunday is held on the Sunday after Epiphany, the Sunday between 7-13 January. Farmers arrive in farm carts and tractors, carrying a ploughshare (a section of the plough’s blade) which […]

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Garden Blessing for Earth Day — Christine Sine, USA

Originally posted on Godspace     God bless this garden Through which your glory shines May we see in its beauty the wonder of your love God bless the soil Rich and teeming with life May we see in its fertility the promise of new creation God bless our toil As we dig deep to […]

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Sowing Seeds, Mark 4 prayer — Ana Gobledale, UK

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, Year B 1 Samuel 15:34 – 16:13 Mark 4:26-34 God, your ways continue to surprise and delight us. Thank you for the seeds you have sown in us. Encourage us to nurture them as they grow and develop in our inner being, rather than spend so much time and energy on […]

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

Inspired by Psalm 148 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 […]

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

This might be included in a Blessing of the Gardeners service, or used any time during the planting and tending season. 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 […]

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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 includes optional prayers, readings and sermons. It is easily adaptable for a new location. Ready-to-print […]

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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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