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from Evangelical Lutheran Worship (p67)

Holy God, holy and mighty, holy and immortal:

you we praise and glorify, you we worship and adore.

You formed the earth from chaos;

you encircled the globe with air;

you created fire for warmth and light;

you nourish the lands with water.

You molded us in your image,

and with mercy higher than the mountains,

with grace deeper than the seas,

you blessed the Israelites and cherished them as your own.

That also we, estranged and dying,

might be adopted to live in your Spirit,

you called to us through the life and death of Jesus.

In the night in which he was betrayed...


With this bread and cup we remember your Son,

the first-born of your new creation.

We remember his life lived for others,

and his death and resurrection, which renews the face of the earth.

We await his coming,

when, with the world made perfect through your wisdom,

all our sins and sorrows will be no more.

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

Holy God, holy and merciful one, holy and compassionate,

send upon us and this meal your Holy Spirit,

whose breath revives us for life,

whose fire rouses us to love.

Enfold in your arms all who share this holy food.

Nurture in us the fruits of the Spirit,

that we may be a living tree, sharing your bounty with all the world.

Amen. Come, Holy Spirit.

Holy and benevolent God,

receive our praise and petitions,

as Jesus received the cry of the needy,

and fill us with your blessing,

until, needy no longer and bound to you in love,

we feast forever in the triumph of the Lamb:

through whom all glory and honor is yours, O God, O Living One,

with the Holy Spirit, in your holy church, now and forever.

Amen



from the Book of Common Prayer (p370)

God of all power, Ruler of the Universe, you are worthy of glory and praise.
Glory to you for ever and ever.

At your command all things came to be: the vast expanse of interstellar space, galaxies, suns, the planets in their courses, and this fragile earth, our island home.
By your will they were created and have their being.

From the primal elements you brought forth the human race, and blessed us with memory, reason, and skill. You made us the rulers of creation. But we turned against you, and betrayed your trust; and we turned against one another.
Have mercy, Lord, for we are sinners in your sight

Again and again, you called us to return. Through prophets and sages you revealed your righteous Law. And in the fullness of time you sent your only Son, born of a woman, to fulfill your Law, to open for us the way of freedom and peace.
By his blood, he reconciled us.
By his wounds, we are healed.

And therefore we praise you, joining with the heavenly chorus, with prophets, apostles, and martyrs, and with all those in every generation who have looked to you in hope, to proclaim with them your glory, in their unending hymn...


Gail Ramshaw reflects in an essay in the journal Worship (Vol. 86, Numb. 2, March 2012, p163) on the book Anglican Eucharistic Liturgies 1985-2010:

Recently Christians have come to care for the earth, to thank God for the created universe, and to ask the Spirit of God for continuing blessing. Some of these prayers include an expanded praise for the created order, but God is praised for what we might call nice nature, even in the two prayers specifically designed for some o"Season of creation" (pp. 171, 172). In an echo of what was affectionately called the "star-trek" prayer by Howard Galley, "this fragile earth, our island home" survives in several places. A prayer from Melanesia praises God for "the bush, palm trees, lagoons and oceans, the waves, rivers, and waterfalls" (p. 314). Yet I wonder whether we are doing twenty-first-century worshipers any favor by inserting into our prayers pre-Darwinian romanticism. The Book of Job might inspire us to praise God for both sunsets and tsunamis. Perhaps the violence of genuine nature could be for Christians an image of the cross, God's power manifest in surprising, even shocking places.