Oct 20, 2013

Litany of Praise and Prayer: Colossians 1: 15-16

Here’s a litany of praise inspired by Colossians 1: 15-16.  It was written by Dave Bookless.

Litany of Praise and Prayer
(inspired by Colossians 1: 15-16)

“…for it was through him that everything was made,
whether spiritual or material, seen or unseen.” Col. 1: 16)

Jesus, Lord of the Earth
By you all things were created
All creeping things, all flying things,
All living things, all dying things,
The highest hills, the deepest seas,
The strongest gale, the slightest breeze,
The blossom on a cherry tree,
A spinning spider’s artistry,
The smell of dry earth after rain,
Each cell within a human brain,
Each fallen leaf, each towering pine,
Reveals your intricate design.

Creator Lord, we stand amazed,
And for your earth, we give you praise.

Jesus, Lord of the Earth
For you all things were created
The smoothest pebble on the shore,
Detritus on the forest floor,
The undiscovered depths of space,
The wrinkles on a baby’s face;
Each sparrow and each human hair
Is numbered and is in your care,
All iron and oil and diamonds too,
Whilst used by us, belong to you,
Forgive us Lord, for we forget,
All things are yours, and yet,

Provider Lord, we stand amazed,
And with your earth, we give you praise.

Jesus, Lord of the Earth
In you all things now hold together
All of earth’s greatest mysteries,
And all our personal histories,
Each planet and each grain of sand,
You hold them in your nail-scarred hands,
You feed the birds and clothe the flowers,
You warm the soil and send the showers,
You sound the rhythms of the earth,
Of tides and seasons, death and birth,
It is for you creation sings,
The head, the centre of all things,

Sustainer Lord, we stand amazed,
And with your earth, we give you praise.

Jesus, Lord of the earth
In you all things are made new
Lord God before all time began,
Yet you became a Son of Man,
You stepped into the world you made,
A world once good, now spoilt, decayed,
As Son of Man your death reversed
The chaos of creation’s curse,
The earth itself quaked on that day,
Released from bondage to decay,
All things are reconciled to you,
Creation’s hope is born anew.

Redeemer Lord, we stand amazed
And with your earth, we give you praise.

Jesus, Lord of the earth
By you all things were created,
For you all things were created,
In you all things now hold together,
In you all things are made new.
And all creation cries Amen!

~ copyright © Dave Bookless, A Rocha UK 2008.  Posted on A Rocha’s Good Seed Sunday website.