This year, the ELCA is celebrating its 25th Anniversary centered in the theme – We are a church that is deeply rooted – and always being made new. Worship Resources have been prepared with newly composed liturgical texts by Gail Ramshaw. You can find these resources here: Liturgical Texts by Gail Ramshaw , and adjust them as suits your setting. Note especially new texts for the Thanksgiving at the Font and Variable Thanksgiving at the Table.
Pray for the ministry of the ELCA in this 25th Anniversary year.
Praise and thanksgiving be to you, O God of plenteous grace, for the waters you provide for the earth: for snow and dew, for oceans and wells, for the rain that nourishes plants and trees, for the streams that enliven the animals, great and small, for the [Allegheny, the Monongahela, and the Ohio Rivers]. [insert appropriate references]
We praise you, O God, for water. We praise you, O God, for water.
Blessing and glory be to you, O God of abundant mercy, for your word that flows with life-giving waters: for the story of the fountain that gushed from the rock, for the memory of the Jordan that immersed your Son in our sorrows, for the living rivers that flow from the cross, for the reconciling waters of baptism around which we gather.
We bless you, O God, for water and the word. We bless you, O God for water and the word.
At this font we pray: Pour upon us yet again the Spirit of our baptism. Our roots are dry: shower us with divine blessing. Our fruits need moisture: renew us for vibrant growth. Wash away the sin within us, and drown the evil around us.
We beg you, O God, for water and the Spirit. We beg you, O God, for water and the Spirit.
You, O God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, you are the Water we crave; you, O God, are Rain and River and Fountain, life for us all, now and forever. Amen.
If you use this or other texts, please refer to the ELCA website for the proper citation. This example is from the Liturgical texts for the 25th anniversary of the ELCA © 2013 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Used with permission.