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White ChurchChinook Blessing Litany

Litany of Six Directions

"Citizens of all Creation" Litany

National Council of Churches Earth Sunday Litanies

Chinook Blessing Litany

(Reprinted by permission of Nancy Waddell on behalf of the Whidbey Institute, Whidbey Island, WA.)

Leader: We call upon the earth, our planet home, with its beautiful depths and soaring heights, its vitality and abundance of life, and together we ask that it:

People: Teach us, and show us the way.

Leader: We call upon the mountains, the Cascades and the Olympics, the high green valleys and meadows filled with wild flowers, the snows that never melt, the summits of intense silence, and we ask that they:

People: Teach us, and show us the way.

Leader: We call upon the waters that rim the ear, horizon to horizon, that flow in our rivers and streams, that fall upon our gardens and fields, and we ask that they:

People: Teach us, and show us the way.

Leader: We call upon the land which grows our food, the nurturing soil, the fertile fields, the abundant gardens and orchards, and we ask that they:

People: Teach us, and show us the way.

Leader: We call upon the forests, the great trees reaching strongly to the sky with the earth in their roots and the heavens in their branches, the fir and the pine and the cedar, and we ask them to:

People: Teach us, and show us the way.

Leader: We call upon the creatures of the fields and forests and the seas, our brothers and sisters the wolves and deer, the eagle and dove, the great whales and the dolphin, the beautiful Orca and salmon who share our Northwest home, and we ask them to:

People: Teach us, and show us the way.

Leader: We call upon the moon and the stars and the sun, who govern the rhythms and seasons of our lives and remind us that we are part of a great and wondrous universe, and we ask them to:

People: Teach us, and show us the way.

Leader: We call upon all those who have lived on this earth, our ancestors and our friends, who dreamed the best for future generation, and upon whose lives our lives are built, and with thanksgiving, we call upon them to:

People: Teach us, and show us the way.

Leader: And lastly, we call upon all that we hold most sacred, the presence and power of the Great Spirit of love and truth which flows through all the universe ... to be with us to:

People: Teach us, and show us the way.

 

Litany of Six Directions

(Source unknown; inspired by a traditional Native American blessing.)

Leader:  We turn to the West for a blessing to the Spirit of Shalom, Peace: make us whole, make us holy, help us to love You and one another with our whole heart, our whole mind, our whole being, we pray:

People:   Empower us, Holy Spirit.

Leader:   We turn to the North for a blessing to the Spirit of Integrity: give us Your strength and the courage to endure all the problems we may face, we pray:

People:   Empower us, Holy Spirit.

Leader:   We turn to the East for a blessing, to the Spirit of Illumination: open our eyes to the sacredness of every living thing, we pray:

People:   Empower us, Holy Spirit.

Leader:  We turn to the South for a blessing, to the Spirit of Transformation: help us to grow in wisdom and grace and the goodness of the ages, we pray:

People:   Empower us, Holy Spirit.

Leader:  We look to the Heavens, to the Spirit of Openness: fill us with a breadth of vision to see that Your love embraces all, we pray:

People:   Empower us, Holy Spirit.

Leader:  We touch the Earth for a blessing, and thereby touch the Spirit which lives among us and within us: help us to be more human and to praise you through the work of our hands, we pray:

People:  Empower us, Holy Spirit.

Leader:  Let us go from here blessed and renewed in the Spirit of Peace, in the Spirit of Integrity, in the Spirit of Illumination, in the Spirit of Transformation, with hopes lifted high to the heavens and with hearts loving the earth in the name of our loving, creating, nurturing God.

People:   Amen!

 

"Citizens of all Creation" Litany

(From the National Association of Conservation Districts.)

Leader:   O sing to God a new creation song.

People:   For God has done marvelous things.

Leader:   We are born citizens of God's world.

People:   For God has done marvelous things.

Leader:   Let us see the earth as children of the earth.

People:   Give us a clear vision, O God.

Leader:   May our sights be greater than house to house.

People:   Give us clear vision, O God.

Leader:   Grant us the knowledge to make tough choices for our world.

People:   God, you are with us from the foundations of the earth.

Leader:   Cause us to share life from generation to generation.

People:   God, you are with us from the foundations of the earth.

Leader:   Challenge our stewardship to renew the heights with living things.

People:   God's hands are upon all creatures who live upon the earth.

Leader:   Many and great are your things, O God, maker of earth and sky.

People:   God's hands are upon all creatures who live upon the earth.  Amen.

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