A Reading from the Psalmist: Psalm 29 (Ancient Songs Sung Anew, Lynn Bauman)
O all you many powers of heaven and earth,
Know this, that it is God who fills them full,
A Spirit of strength and beauty.
Know this and give due reverence to the name of the I Am,
Let awe begin your worship of the Holy One.
It is the voice of YHWH that rides in beauty upon the waters.
It is a voice of power
That peals like thunder across the world.
Spirit’s voice is strength itself,
Majestic in its scope and range.
So strong it snaps in two,
And splinters mighty cedar trees.
So soft and delicate it sets the new-born lambs to dancing,
Or sends the brash young bulls to skip and play.
The thundering voice of Love sends lightning’s flash,
And shakes the wilderness with many storms.
The voice of God makes forest oaks to twist and writhe,
and in mid-winter strips them bare.
While in the temple human voices rise in praise,
To shout the name of Love in glory.
And yet above the brimming energies of earth and sky,
The fullness of the oceans, and the forests deep,
The Great Spirit sits in perfect rest,
And gives people strength to live,
Bestowing blessing over all
And covers us with everlasting peace.