Order of Service for a Tree Planting
Opening Song: God Sculptor of the Mountains (Renewing Worship Songbook R255) or another appropriate song
God of heaven and earth, the work of your hands in made known in your bountiful creation and in the lives of those who faithfully live their lives in your grace. Today we especially remember the life and work of our brother/sister ________, trusting your promise of everlasting life and love. Be present with us this day as we mark their life and remember them and their life in you through the planting of this tree. May this tree speak the power of your life in our midst, deeply rooted and ever growing in all creation, through Jesus Christ. Amen.
Scripture Passage: Psalm 1, Isaiah 55, John 15:105
Words about the deceased person, or the event or purpose for planting the tree
Blessing of the Tree
Creator of life and Sustainer of seed and soil, of tree and flower, you have created this world and all that lives in it. It is to You that we come in this prayer of dedication and blessing , for your are the giver of life and the sustainer of all that lives. We come to you to dedicate this tree in memory of ___________ who you continue to hold in your generous grace. We give you thanks for their life and come to you in our tears and sorrow. May this tree remind us of this one whom we love and who is held forever in your never-ending love. May this tree dig deep roots and grow wide branches to bear witness to your abundant love and grace made known in our brother/sister ____________. We ask for you blessing upon this tree and upon us who mourn, that life might dwell and bear witness to the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we pray. Amen.
Closing Song: We Shall Not be Moved