Extolling God’s Glory

By Ellyn Owen

Every month, the Episcopal Ecological Network publishes an online Creation Care Newsletter that is edited by Dr. Kent Shifferd. July’s newsletter contained a Jewish prayer called “The B’rakhat of Gratitude: Extolling God’s Glory.” I think the prayer is meant to have a main reader with the congregation answering with the refrain. I hope you find yourself praising God for the gift of the earth for our use and care.

Upon seeing the wonders of nature – lightening, shooting stars, vast deserts, high mountains, a spectacular sunrise or sunset,
Praised are you Adonai our God, who rules the universe, renewing the work of creation.
Upon seeing storms or hearing thunder,
Praised are you Adonai our God, who rules the universe – whose power and might fill the universe.
Upon seeing a rainbow,
Praised are you Adonai our God, who rules the universe, faithfully recalling the covenant by keeping the divine promise.
Upon seeing the ocean,
Praised are you Adonai our God, who rules the universe, having fashioned the great sea.
Upon seeing trees in bloom for the first time each year,
Praised are you Adonai our God, who rules the universe, which lacks nothing: for God created fine creatures and pleasant trees in order that humans might enjoy them.
Upon seeing creatures or vegetation of striking beauty,
Praised are you Adonai our God, who rules the universe in whose world such beauty exists.
Upon seeing unusual creatures,
Praised are you Adonai our God, who rules the universe, diversifying creation.

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