Reader: In the beginning God created heaven and earth
Darkness covered the waters. A heavenly spirit
filled all space. Then God said,
Cong.: "Let there be light!" And there was light!
Reader: God separated light from darkness and He called
Light Day and darkness Night. Then God said,
Cong.: "Let the waters be gathered in one place so that dry
land may appear." God called the dry land Earth
and the waters Seas.
Reader: Then God said, "Let the earth bring forth plants
and all kinds of fruit trees."
Cong.: Then God made the sun to rule the day; and the
moon to rule the night, and the stars.
Reader: Then God created fish that swim in the sea and
birds that fly in the air.
Cong.: Then God let the earth bring forth living creatures,
animals, and creeping things.
Reader: Then God said,
Cong.: "Let us make man in the image of God!
Reader: "And let him rule over the fish of the sea, the birds
of the air, the animals of the earth." So God created
man in His own image and said,
Cong.: "Fill the earth and conquer it.
Rule the fish of the sea;
The birds of the air;
The animals of the earth!
Reader: Thus, in six days, heaven and earth were finished
and all their host. On the seventh day God rested.
Cong.: God blessed the seventh day and made it sacred!