A Pastoral Prayer for Creation Care Sunday

Great Creator, thank you

for the blue sky of Pluto and the red rocks of Mars,

for cumulonimbus clouds and thunder,

for Canadian geese and hummingbirds,

for black walnuts and sunflowers,

for squirrels and raccoons,

for honey bees and preying mantas,

for flox and dirt,

for stalactites and coal.

Good God, you created them all

and with all creation we sing your praise for giving us life.

We are grateful for our place in your world,

as caretakers and recipients of these gifts.

Teach how to use them without abusing them,

show us how to respect them without worshipping them.

Hear our intercessions for our fellow creatures.

The world is aching and creation has been broken by careless greed. Heal your world with your grace.

We renew our commitment to being your stewards.

We pledge to curb our selfish desires and our unbridled greed

for the preservation of the world;

we commit our lives to reflecting your steadfast love and faithfulness

in our protection for animals and our preservation of habitats;

we dedicate our knowledge to discovering and promoting

your goodness in all creation;

through Jesus Christ the Word

that keeps the world spinning and the stars shining,

your Word that became flesh and dwelt among us

so that we can dwell in harmony with all creatures.

Amen.

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