Throughout Creationtide, 1st September - 4th October, there will be a daily posting of material to help us reflect on the various themes associated with this period in the Church’s year.
Revelation: Alpha and Omega bookmarks.
Cross stitch, designed and worked by the
author of this Creationtide collection.
The posts will follow a nine day cycle, as follows:-
- Glory of the Cosmos,
- Earth’s Wonders
- Care of the Planet
- Meditation/ Prayer
- Praise & Adoration
- Jesus, the heart of it all
I hope you will find these notes, prayers, hymns and meditations helpful and that you will feel you want to call in on the site each day. You will be very welcome and as many of the items reflect the biggest challenge of our times (notwithstanding Covid 19), I hope you might encourage other like-minded people to join us on this 34 day pilgrimage.
An A to Z Meditation (LITTLE CANTICLE 115)
Almighty God, Creator, Saviour and redeemer of all people, we bless your Holy Name. Beauty and Harmony come from you, O God: they are ours to enjoy and the enjoyment is deeper when we see you in them. Creator of the whole universe, we owe everything to you: if we could give you all that we can see, touch and enjoy, it would not be enough to repay your love for us. Daily, let us come before you to render worship and praise for all your loving kindness. Earth, moon, planets and stars all formed as you desired: things both seen and unseen rejoice to be part of your creation. First and last, last and first; you were there at the beginning and will be there at the end. Eternity is yours and only yours, O Everlasting God. Great and wonderful are your deeds: may we be open to comprehending their source. Holiness is your habitation and heaven your kingdom. By your grace alone we are invited to be dwellers there. Immortal, invisible, the only wise God, hidden by light: and the fountain of light both in heaven and on earth. Justice is your desire, O Lord. You hate those who thrive by the imposition of oppression and wickedness. Kindness and mercy are yours, so we can fearlessly acknowledge your might and power: we willingly subject ourselves to your reign, for we know you are just and merciful. Love is from your heart and about your throne. It was love that brought perfect God and perfect man to the humility and agony of the cross. That is the assurance of your boundless love for us. Marvellous are the works of your hands, wrought by the power of your Holy Spirit. The Spirit's presence with us is an reminder of your continual love. No-one can bear the sight of your face. It is too beautiful, too glorious and radiates transcendent splendour. We can hope, only, for a glimpse of that magnificence until we come to our eternal rest with you. Omniscience is yours alone, O God: everything in heaven and on earth is known to you; yes, even the deep secrets of all our hearts. Praise, O praise, our God who reigns: three persons in one God, who is in everything that is good and shuns all that is evil. Quietness and stillness are his gifts: into these he speaks and through them we can prepare to receive the peace of knowing his presence. Resurrection life is ours, through Jesus, your Son. We thank you for this unfathomable gift. Salvation comes through you alone. Through Jesus it is assured and when we seek him, we can live in the peace of that assurance. Thanksgiving, honour and praise are yours by right, O mighty God: we thank you for Jesus who showed us what You are like by his presence here amongst us: God, incarnate, made manifest. Universal praise will be yours in the last days, when the end and the beginning of all things meet in the triumph of Christ's second coming. Very God of Very God, we wait upon your glorious return. When that day comes, we pray we will be ready to be swept into its cosmic triumph. X, the sign of the Cross, points us to that day. We rejoice in it because, already, by it, Christ has conquered death and sin. Yesterday, today and forever are gathered in your hand, O God. You are at our beginning and at our end. You are our history, our present and our future and we wait upon the time of your return. Zeal for you, Lord is the mark of our waiting. Zeal that spills out from us upon all nations, so they may be gathered into your holy kingdom and to the fullness of your promise.
Other Little Canticles (similar format) can be accessed HERE
You might also like to reflect on the internationality of the potential contribution towards the stewardship of the earth from the Christian church globally by spending ten minutes listening to one of the many versions of ’The Blessing’ which have been published during Lockdown times. Today’s choice comes from The Netherlands