"Finding ourselves in a world of beauty and mystery,
of living things, diverse and interdependent,
of complex patterns of growth and evolution,
of subatomic particles and cosmic swirls,
we sing of God the Creator,
the Maker and Source of all that is."
The Song of Faith, The United Church of Canada
"Everywhere was a huge
Like something waiting to happen..."
By Carole Martinaccio, The Everything Seed: A Story of Beginnings.
The Psalms call various parts of creation (not just the human species!) to rejoice and praise God.
Let the skies be glad and Earth rejoice!
Let the sea roar and all that fills it!
Let the field exult and everything in it!
Then will all the trees of the forest sing for joy,
Before the Lord, for God comes to rule Earth. (Psalm 96:11-13)
Give praise to the Beloved, all the earth,
all that swims in the deep,
all the winged ones of the air!
Give praise all four-leggeds
and all that creep on the ground. (Psalm 148: 7-10)
It lives in the seed of a tree as it grows.
You hear it if you listen to the wind as it blows.
It's there in a river as it flows into the sea.
It's the sound in a soul of becoming free ...
Oh Mystery - you are alive.
I feel you all around.
You are the fire in my heart,
You are the holy sound,
You are all of life -
It is to you that I sing.
Grant that I may feel you, always in everything.
Paul Winter, in the Missa Gaia/Earth Mass
O Author of the Universe:
how often in the midst of our busyness,
our getting and spending,
our planning and delivering,
we find ourselves tired and listless.
We have lost a sense of joy in your presence
and gratitude for the simple beauty of Earth.
Remove the dullness of our minds,
and awaken us again to delight in you throughout creation. Amen
The United Church of Canada