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THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

 

First Reading: Easter Hymn for Earth.

Hallelujah! They have risen!

Snowdrop, crocus, bearded iris.

Exult and throw your happy arms upward!

The trillium carpet the forest floor.

The tulips, triumphant in rainbow rows,

rise up singing “our cups overflow.”

The creatures dress in their feast-day finest,

the loons and penguins in black tie and tux.

Hallelujah ushers forth from lips and beaks

as quacks, warbles, howls and hoots

fill the forests and fields with hymns of joy.

Let the Earth be glad and the sky shower praise

for the riot of color in her cloak of glory:

Purple Martin, Scarlet Tanager,

Red-winged Blackbird, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher,

Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egret,

Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Indigo Bunting.

It is right to give thanks for the endangered,

relatives among us but not for long:

Bengal Tiger, Blue Whale, Leatherback Sea Turtle,

Asian Elephant, Javan Rhinoceros, Mountain Gorilla,

Snow Leopard, Red Wolf, California Condor.

It is fitting that we mourn our relations now extinctthough

the list is long, let us name a few:

Chinese River Dolphin, Japanese Sea Lion,

Caribbean Monk Seal, Cascade Mountain Wolf, Sardinian Lynx,

Bali Tiger, Mexican Grizzly, Eastern Cougar, Black Rhinoceros,

Koala Lemur, Barbary Lion, Laughing Owl.

For all that dies and rises, we bend our knee.

As creatures of the Cosmos, progeny of the Universe,

we give thanks and rejoice for the Flame within us.

With the bald eagles and hairy frogfish,

with the furry kittens and spiny hedgehogs,

with the runny-nosed bison and red-nosed reindeer

we stand in awe as Earth spins, tides change,

hearts beat, eyes see, hands comfort.

We who believe in Life give Life.

This feast marks the life of a prophet

who said more than once,

“What you see me do, you can do, and more.”

What rises today and every dawn

are these words that remind us:

There is nothing in the world we cannot do.

Let us take this suffering world into our arms

and heal what we can.

Hallelujah!

The inspired words of Jan Phillips 2018 (Response: Thanks be to God)

Responsorial Psalm

A psalm for the Celebration of Creation adapted from Godspace

Response: God, all of life reflects your creative presence and sustaining love

God of wind and storm,

God of trees and flowers,

God of birds and beasts,

God of men and women,

God of all creation,

Come down, come in, come amongst us.

Response: God, all of life reflects your creative presence and sustaining love

God, we see you in the wind and calm.

We see you in the sun and the moon.

God we hear you in the song of birds and bees.

We hear you in the crash of waves and waterfalls.

Response: God, all of life reflects your creative presence and sustaining love

God, we feel you in warmth of sun and cold of ice

We feel you in the richness of soil and softness of fur

God we smell you in the perfume of rose and jasmine

We smell you in a fresh cut apple and peach

Response: God, all of life reflects your creative presence and sustaining love

God, we see you in the rich abundance of the harvest

God we hear you in the voices of those who enjoy its bounty

God, we feel you in the care of those with whom we share its generosity.

Response: God, all of life reflects your creative presence and sustaining love

Second Reading:

Indeed, God calls forth songs of joy from all the earth

and answers us with awesome deeds of righteousness,

Our God is the hope of all the ends of the earth and

the farthest seas,

When morning dawns and evening fades

God calls forth songs of joy from all the earth.

She cares for the land, waters it

and enriches it abundantly.

The streams of God are filled with water

To provide the people with grain,

For so it is ordained.

God drenches its furrows, levels its ridges

and soften it with showers thus blessing its crops.

The year is crowned with Her bounty,

and our carts overflow with abundance.

The grasslands of the deserts overflow;

The hills are clothed with gladness.

The meadows are covered with flocks

And the valleys are mantled with grain;

They shout for joy and sing because

Our Almighty God is the creator of all life,

and the work of Her hands reflect Her great love and compassion.

Yes, God calls forth songs of joy from all the earth.

Inspired words of a Godspace author and adapted by Elena Garcia for Earth Day.

(Response: Thanks be to God)

Gospel Acclamation: # 565 – “Alle, Alle, Alleluia!”

Gospel: The Creation – Inspired by James Weldon Johnson and Adapted by MT Streck

(Response: Glory and praise to Jesus, the Christ)