Spring / Rebirth and Beginnings


bright atmosphere, upbeat music, signs of beginnings (plant with new shoots, baby pictures, etc.)
“From the beginning till now the entire creation, as we know, has been groaning in one great act of giving birth: and not only creation, but all of us… (Rm 8:22-23)  As we move from winter, a time of stillness and hibernation to spring a time of new life, beginnings, and growth, we are invited to reflect on the many things that have been growing in us during our times of stillness and hibernation.
Hymn: “City of God” (Schutte)
Reader One:  
I remember many springtimes when I’d awaken in the morning, look out the window, and zap, there this green grass would be. Robust, vibrant grass. It seemed like it was an overnight kind of thing, brown one day and bright green the next. This greening always came in the springtimes when we had drenching rains. One year, however, we had very little rain and many more cold days than usual. Each day I looked with hope, expecting to find fresh green pushing its way through the drab wintered spears of dryness. But each day I saw, instead, the same dull color before me.
When I looked closely, however, I could perceive little hints of new life and a slight changing in the color of the lawn. I could almost feel the earth straining, trying to draw forth new life from within it. I knew the green would come again, that it would just be a matter of time before warmth and moisture provided the right conditions for change and growth. Eventually, the green did return, but not until I had waited a long time for rain to come and drench the land.

Excerpted from page 90 of Out of the Ordinary by Joyce Rupp, © 2000. Used with permission from the publisher, Ave Maria Press. Notre Dame, Indiana 46556, www.avemariapress.com.

Reflection and Sharing
All are invited to share signs of new life they have seen in the past two weeks.
Response: May be sung.
Lord, send out your Spirit and renew the face of the earth.
Reader Two: 
Jesus also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grin in the head.” (Mk 4:26-28)
Reflection and sharing
All are invited to reflect on and share things they have noticed in their own lives that have begun to spring up without their being aware of them.
Response: May be sung.
Lord, send out your Spirit and renew the face of the earth.
God-love waits . . .
Holding deep within her rich and womb-like soil of
The promise of a newer day . . .
A vision for the seeds that dare the dark
And risk the journey
Into God.
Tiny seed surrenders to the
Secure in knowing that
Does not need to fear,
To the whispered secrets of a
Gentle God,
That her journey into
Begins with roots
That burrow in the
Heart of
Nudged by nurturing
Drawn by unseen
Fragile newness moves
And with gentle pressure on the
Womb of Earth
The slender stem is born,
Embraced and welcomed by the
And holding promise in its hidden roots.
And promise comes,
Held fast within each tightly fashioned
Unfolded gently by the
Morning Sun.
And promise lives
In blossomed beauty that reflects its
Many-petaled God
And does not mourn the passing of its day
For blossoms born of
Know well their roots.
And God-love waits . . .
“Journey” by Ann Marie Slavin, OSF
Hymn:  “City of God” (Schutte)   Sing refrain only.

All scripture quotations, unless otherwise noted, are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1989 by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.