My congregation charged me with coming up with some liturgical pieces to use outdoors for more informal worship (and so people would not have to have so much "paper" in their bulletin. Here are two that I came up with. I taught the congregation (in three sections) the three responses, and alternated with pieces that I wrote. See what you think:
LITANY OF THANKSGIVING
A The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases
B God's mercies never come to an end
C Great is Your Faithfulness, O God.
In the morning and the evening, in the stars and the sun and the rain
In the strm and in the rainbow after a storm, in the song of birds, iin the beauty of flowers bursting with colors
In the springtime and in the winter, at harvest and during summer
In the wandering in the wilderness, in the manna you provide us, in the waysy ou sustain us throughout our lives
In our families and in the strangers who are your gift to us, in our neighbors near or far
In good times and in hard times, in joy and in sorrow, for richer, for poorer
In the water that washes over us, in the name of Jesus who claims us, in the bread and wine that feed us
In the man of sorrows who was acquainted with grief, who forgave his enemies, and who promised us paradise
In the empty tomb and the words, "He is risen,", in the appearances to his disciples, as he promised, "I am with you always"
LITANY OF CALL
A Now you are the body of Christ, and individually members of it
B And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and all your soul, and all your strength and all your mind (okay, that one was hard, but they rose to the occasion!)
C And you shall love your neighbor as yourself
God calls our feet "beautiful" and urges us forward to make God's name known in the world.
God has given us eyes so that we can see the beauty in creation, and the beauty in our neighbor
God has given us eyes so that we can see the pain in the world, and hands to reach out to give comfort and to work for justice
God has given us ears to hear God's word of promise and grace, and God has given us ears to hear cries of joy and cries of sorrow
God calls us to use our hands to comfort, heal, serve and left each other up
God calls us to raise our voices in praise, and to raise our voices to speak up for the powerless
God calls us to kneel, to run, to stand up, to sit down, to carry each other's burdens, to use our whole bodies to show God's love and care for the world
God calls our feet "beautiful," and urges us forward to make God's name known in the world.