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I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord; “plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

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Spring Planting Project Liturgies

April 14, 2021

 

Here are three liturgies to read as a family at each of the three stages of the Spring Planting Project for Kids.



 

FOR THE PLANTING OF THE SEED

Oh Lord God, who created the deep crusts of the earth at the foundation of the world, bless this soil now as we plant this seed, and fuse together the death of this seed with the life of this soil that, resurrected in a new form, this seed may flourish in the brilliance of the morning light. And as our fingers sift through the dirt to make a bed for this seed, may we remember that it was from the dust of the earth through which we were made, and it is to new life through Christ that we have been transformed and remade. So, too, let this seed rise from the dirt as it transforms from a broken shell into a tender stalk – peering out of the dark and into the light, claiming a new beauty, rising to a new life.

FOR THE APPEARANCE OF THE SEED 

Oh God of life, we praise you for the birth of this little green shoot – may you bless it and imbue it with fresh strength as it pushes up through the dirt to find its life in you. Just as we, your children, are reborn into new life, may you bless this little shoot with the growth and grace that accompanies the journey from the womb to the world; from soil to sunlight; from darkness to light. May your gaze fall lovingly upon it as it braves the struggles of the atmosphere, and may it flourish in the constancy of your presence. And, like the daily struggles of this little shoot against the nefarious forces of nature, may we remember that as we struggle against those same forces, it is our faithfulness and not our success that you seek, and that being birthed into the world of the Spirit requires a humble faith in you, the Great Gardener, who sows the soil of our souls. For it is our faith that produces perseverance, and perseverance that produces endurance, and endurance that produces an everlasting hope. It is within that hope that we flourish. Therefore let us remember, that, like the journey of this little seed, the rebirthing of our souls is a reemergence from darkness to light, and that we, too, must abandon our habitat of darkness to embrace the grandeur of the light.

FOR THE DYING OF THE SEED

Lord of Heaven and earth, you are the God of the living and the dead, and in you all things hold together. Help us to trust that, as this young plant dies the death of all living things, its glory is held in your loving hands, and as it withers and curls its tendrils towards the earth, it still holds your favor and is looked upon with your love. Though it passes from life to death, your pleasure in this little seedling and its faithfulness to your design upon all the greenery of the earth, remains. We, too, like this little plant, are creations of your pleasure and people of your favor. May we remember that we are held in your hands even more tenderly than this plant, and just as your touch of creation and redemption rests upon this earth, so does your promise of restoration. For embedded in death is resurrection, and in resurrection is the restoration of life. Help us to understand that, even as this little plant dies, the earth trembles with the hope of the whole world.



Downloadable pdf  ~Liturgies for the Seed 2021 -Christina Brianne Brown

The featured image is courtesy of Julie Jablonski and used with her gracious permission for Cultivating and The Cultivating Project. 



 

Christina Brown

comments

  1. Garrett says:

    I just bought this rose moss plant kit this morning not knowing I would come across this website later this afternoon.

    I found this liturgy on spring planting and I’m overwhelmed by the goodness of God. thanks for creating like our father creates. wish me luck on this plant!

  2. Oh Garrett, how lovely! I most certainly will wish you luck and say a prayer over this endeavor! I am in love with gardening, and just went to my local plant nursery today to pick up a few more goodies… (And I have some seedlings growing in cups in the house! My children and I just said the 2nd of the three liturgies yesterday over their little shoots!) There is something profound about seeing life sprout from a seed to a flourishing plant. It’s astonishingly beautiful. and knowing God is with these little plants in their deaths too? Breathtaking. I hope I don’t have to use the third liturgy much this year, but I am preparing myself to give back to God what he gave to us in the knowledge, that, “embedded in death is resurrection.” Anyway, thank you for your comment! I’m so happy you found this website and this page! If you are up to it, leave us another comment in a few weeks to let us know how it goes!

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