Last week’s annual flower planting days were a resounding success. Many new and familiar faces came out to do their part to beautify our block.
At 12 p.m., we took a break from the planting as Pastor David Whitehead of GraceNYC lead a tree blessing for the two trees that were planted on the block this month.
Thanks for everyone’s hard work!
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After the jump, a transcript of the entire tree blessing:
Pastor David Whitehead’s blessing:
According to research at Michigan State University, the economic value of one tree over a 50-year lifetime:
* Generates $31,250 worth of oxygen
* Provides $62,000 worth of pollution control
* Recycles $37,500 worth of water
* Controls $31,250 worth of soil erosion
I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree
A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair
Upon whose bosom snow has lain
Who intimately lives with rain
A tree whose hungry mouth is pressed
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast
Poems are made by fools like me
But only God can make a tree.
Creator of life and Sustainer of seed and soil of tree and flower, you have created this world and all that lives in it. We come to You in this prayer of dedication and blessing, for you are the giver of life, the Sustainer of all that lives. Lord and Holy Creator of Trees and Forests, come and place Your blessing of life upon this tree. In the Garden of Eden, You planted both the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and the tree of life.
May this tree be a tree of life to all the earth. May its leaves breathe forth the life-breath of oxygen. May its branches be living space for those who climb among and for the birds of the air that shall nest there. May it give to all who look upon it the gift of life-renewing beauty. As blessings of peace and life all come from you, our God, may those same fruits flow from this tree which we plant.