July 5, 2020
Green Grace Cross © 2004 James Quentin Young | Eyekons
How many are your works, Lord!
In wisdom you made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures.
There is the sea, vast and spacious,
teeming with creatures beyond number—
living things both large and small.
There the ships go to and fro,
and Leviathan, which you formed to frolic there.
All creatures look to you
to give them their food at the proper time.
When you give it to them,
they gather it up;
when you open your hand,
they are satisfied with good things.
When you hide your face,
they are terrified;
when you take away their breath,
they die and return to the dust.
When you send your Spirit,
they are created,
and you renew the face of the ground.
May the glory of the Lord endure forever;
may the Lord rejoice in his works—
he who looks at the earth, and it trembles,
who touches the mountains, and they smoke.
I will sing to the Lord all my life;
I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
May my meditation be pleasing to him,
as I rejoice in the Lord.
Praise the Lord, my soul.
Praise the Lord.
God who spoke creation into being,
Astonishing the angels with galaxies and sunsets,
All your creatures proclaim your majestic power and playful wisdom.
Send forth your renewing Spirit, that we might discover your purpose for us
And live for your glory and delight. Amen.
Momper, Josse de, 1564-1635. Towel of Babel, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.
For the desire to leave the comfortable places of our lives in order to join in God’s mission of justice, mercy, and peace
For those currently serving in the military at home and abroad
For the “working poor” who live in the Holland and Zeeland area
(conclude with the Lord’s Prayer):
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
one earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our debts,
as we forgive our debtors;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
Swanson, John August. The Procession, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.