We met on a chilly bright morning and began by spending a few moments, looking, listening and breathing in what was all around us. Thanking God for all that we were experiencing. Oh! the joy of meeting out of doors.
CREATION AND CREATIVITY
In the beginning, all was darkness and God said, “let there be light AND BECAUSE GOD HAD SAID IT THERE WAS LIGHT.
In the beginning, all was silence and God sang the song of creation AND BECAUSE GOD SANG, ALL THE STARS AND SPHERES VIBRATED TO THE MUSIC OF GOD.
In the beginning, all was still and God laughed AND BECAUSE GOD LAUGHED, THE WATERS TOOK UP THE ROAR AND THE RIPPLE OF IT; AND EBBED AND FLOWED AND SEEPED AND SWIRLED AND DELIGHTED IN THE WAYS OF ITS BEING.
In the beginning, all was dull and God painted AND BECAUSE GOD PAINTED, THE SKY BECAME BLUE – AND PURPLE – AND PINK, AND RAINBOWS HANG THERE. THE GRASS BECAME GREEN AND FLOWERS AND BUTTERFLIES DANCED IN THE DRIPS AND SETTLED LIKE JEWELS ON THE EARTH.
In the beginning, all was unconscious and God breathed AND BECAUSE GOD BREATHED, MEN AND WOMEN WOKE UP FROM THEIR SLEEPING. THEY BREATHED OF THE VERY LIFE OF GOD AND STOOD IN WONDER BEFORE THE WORK OF GOD’S HANDS. THEY BEHELD THE GLORY OF GOD IN ALL THAT GOD HAD MADE AND THEY SAW THAT IT WAS VERY GOOD.
We got creative ourselves making a collaborative picture which represented the things we love the most in God’s creation. Even though there were some real artists among us I am glad it is God’s creativity we witness in the world around us.
We continued to use our artwork for prayer writing or drawing people or situations we were praying for, giving thanks and sharing topics
for prayer as we worked.
In the beginning God created all things AND GOD SAW THAT THEY WERE GOOD.
At our beginning, God created us UNIQUE AND IRREPLACEABLE, LOVED AND WANTED BY GOD, KNOWN AND TREASURED BY GOD EVEN BEFORE HE CREATED US.
In all our new beginnings, God creates something new SO WE WILL SEEK GOD IN THE FRESHNESS OF THIS MORNING, IN THE LAUGHTER OF FRIENDS, IN THE COLOURS OF CREATION AND IN THIS BEAUTIFUL PLACE.
Lord God, King of Creation, OPEN OUR EYES TO SEE YOUR PRESENCE, OUR SOULS TO SENSE YOUR PRESENCE AND OUR HEARTS TO LOVE YOUR PRESENCE, EVER HERE IN YOUR CREATION AND EVER BEYOND IT IN ETERNITY. AMEN.
Adapted from – Liturgy of Creation www.wellsprings.org.uk
The Bread and the Wine
For the beauty and wonder of creation, WE THANK YOU
For all that is gracious in lives of men and women, WE THANK YOU
For our daily food, for our home and families, WE THANK YOU
For minds to think, hearts to love and hands to create, WE THANK YOU
For health and skill to work, and for leisure to rest and play, WE THANK YOU
For all who pursue peace, justice and truth, WE THANK YOU
For Jesus, his life, death and resurrection, WE THANK YOU.