A Creation Liturgy

// Mosaic have wanted to have a weekend away together for a while now and a couple of weekends ago we finally managed to do so by camping together in the beautiful Hampshire countryside. And yes, the weather was on our side!

As part of our time together we headed into the woods on Sunday morning to engage in a “Creation Liturgy” I had pulled together, which I thought I would post here in case it’s of help to anyone. I can’t claim any originality as I drew from a couple of fantastic Proost resources heavily. Maybe the only claim I can make is to the “original” way I drew the bits together! Children and adults alike seemed to respond to it though.

Wish I’d taken some pictures though!

Anyway, here it is. Parts in bold are spoken together.

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Restless Discomfort

// Another fab evening with Mosaic last night. Early days but there’s an eagerness that I love. I was planning to use this ancient blessing before other things overtook so thought I’d post it here. It’s a call to dis-ease; a call to make a difference Jesus-stylee!

May God bless you with a restless discomfort about easy answers, half-truths and superficial relationships, so that you may seek truth boldly and love deep within your heart.

May God bless you with holy anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may tirelessly work for justice, freedom, and peace among all people.

May God bless you with the gift of tears to shed with those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, or the loss of all that they cherish, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and transform their pain into joy.

May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you really can make a difference in this world, so that you are able, with God’s grace, to do what others claim.

The Franciscan Blessing