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Waking the trees

As part of my pilgrim role I facilitate the church’s partnership with the environmental group, Transition Portishead.  In North Somerset apples and the apple harvest are a big deal, and in the autumn there are apple-pressing events in various parts of the town.  Early in the year Transition members traditionally organise a Wassail, to wake the trees after the winter, and prime them for a good year of produce.  Recently I’ve been invited to take part and bless the trees.

Here’s the blessing we used this evening:

God of the universe,
Source of all life,
We come on behalf of all living things
in the darkness of winter
to ask for the blessing of new life.
 
God of life and love,
Goodness and grace,
Bless this tree and all the trees…
Fill their leaves with worship
And their branches with the dance of praise.
May they express your beauty in their blossom
And your faithfulness in abundant fruit.
 
Awaken us with the trees to hear your voice
And be obedient to your call.
As we taste the juice of the harvest,
may we know your fruitfulness in the whole of our lives.
In the name of Jesus Christ the Apple Tree.