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Prayer at the Table: The Earth is the Lord’s

The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it,
and the Lord’s glory covers the earth
as the waters over the sea.
The trees of the field clap their hands,
the birds of the air sing songs of praise
And if we should fail to express our worship,
even the rocks and stones would cry out!

And so, we lift up our hearts,
and we lift up our voices
and we offer thanksgiving and adoration to You,
the Creator of all.

Blessed are you, Sovereign of the Universe,
for from seeds sown into the earth
you have given us the gift of bread to feed and nourish us.
And at Jesus’ last meal with his friends,
before facing the cross,
Our Lord took bread,
blessed it and broke it.
Then he passed it among them saying:
This is my body, broken for you.
Take and eat, and do this to remember me.
(The bread is broken in the sight of the people.)

Blessed are you, Sovereign of the Universe,
for from grapes which grow ripe and sweet on the vine,
you have given us the gift of wine to refresh and heal us.
And at Jesus’ last meal with his friends
before facing the cross,
Our Lord took the cup of wine and blessed it.
Then he passed it among them saying:
This is my blood shed for you.
Take and drink, and do this to remember me.
(The cup of wine is held up in the sight of the people.)

And now we come to your table again, Jesus,
Mindful of how you laid your life down,
so that we and creation could be born anew;
Mindful of how you took your life up again,
so that we and creation
could be filled with the life abundant;
Mindful that we cannot earn or purchase this privilege,
but that it is your grace which beckons us,
and your grace which ensures
that all creation may be one and whole.
May your Spirit work in these fruits of earth,
so that they may become for us
a sharing in Christ’s body and blood.
May your Spirit work in we,
who are children of earth,
so that we may be transformed into Christ’s body,
carrying his life, his care,
and his salvation to all creation. Amen.

~ written by John van de Laar, in “A Liturgy of Creation and Communion” and posted on Sacredise.com. http://sacredise.com/.

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