Blessing of a Dogwood Tree

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Title:Blessing of a Dogwood Tree

Bulletin Date: October 9, 2011 4:00 am


“He that plants trees loves others besides himself.”  Thomas Fuller

A reading from the Prophet Isaiah

For you shall go out in joy,

And be led back in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall burst into song,

And all the trees of the field will clap their hands. 

Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress;

Instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle; and it shall be to the Lord for a memorial,

For an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off. 

Let us pray. 

O God, Creator of heaven and earth, you have filled our world with beauty.  Open our eyes to behold your gracious hand in all your works, that rejoicing in your whole creation, we may learn to serve you with joy and gladness, for the sake of your son, Jesus Christ, through whom all things were made.  Amen.

L. For Elizabeth and Jim, for their generosity in sharing with us a wondrous piece of your creation

C.  We thank you, good Lord. 

L.  For their gift and for the blessing of this dogwood tree

C.  We thank you, good Lord.

L.  For the carbon dioxide that this tree breathes in and the oxygen that this tree breathes out, so that we in turn may breathe deeply of Your refreshing air

C. We thank you, good Lord.

L.  For the changing of the seasons, for the seasons of this tree, with its rusty red leaves and red berries, providing food for the birds in autumn, for its naked branches that will be etched against a gray winter sky, for the white cross shaped blooms beckoning us into Easter joy, and for its green leaves that will provide summer shade

C.  We thank you, good Lord. 

L.  For the beauty of this churchyard, its trees, shrubs, flowers and grass, and for the fact that your creation is so present and visible with us as we gather to worship you

C.  We thank you, good Lord. 

L.  We thank you for the river flowing past us, a reminder of time passing like an everlasting stream and your eternal and timeless love for us

C.  We thank you, good Lord. 

L.  For all of Your creation and your watchfulness over it, for your love for all that You have made, and for Your love and care for us

C.  We thank you, good Lord. 

Let us pray in the words of the prophet Jeremiah. 

Blessed are those who trust in the Lord

Whose trust is in the Lord

They shall be like a tree planted by water,

Sending out its roots by the stream.

It shall not fear when the heat comes

And its leaves shall stay green;

In the year of drought it is not anxious,

And it does not cease to bear fruit. 

Amen

May the breath of God, that composes the songs of the birds, and the whispering of the wind in the leaves of the trees, breathe peace on us now, and beautify our souls, and the blessing of God, almighty creator, and his son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, whose breath blew over creation, be with us all, now and forever.  Amen. 

 

St Catherine’s labyrinth

“Imagine a circle traced on the ground and in its center a tree sprouting,  with a shoot grafted into its side.  The tree finds its nourishment in the soil within the expanse of the circle, but uprooted from the soil it would die fruitless.  So think of the soul as a tree made for love and living and living only by love.  The circle in which this tree’s root , the soul’s , must grow, is true knowledge of herself, knowledge that is joined to Me, who like the circle, has neither beginning nor end.  You can go round and round within this circle, finding neither end nor beginning, yet never leaving the circle.  So the tree of charity is nurtured in humility and branches out in true discernment.  To Me this tree yields the fragrance of glory and praise to my name and so it does what I created it for and comes at last to its goal, to Me, everlasting life.”

 

  

 Heimbach Dogwood Tree

 

 

 

 

 

 

For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver. 

 Martin Luther

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