In honour of Earth Day, we share this creation prayer from a 2012 worship resource produced by our friends and colleagues at KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives.
ONE: O God of all creation,
Our hearts fill with gratitude and wonder at all you have made.
We bask in the abundance of creation
And are nourished by all that is good in it.
Our thirst is quenched by clean waters;
The rivers and oceans team with life.
Our hunger is satisfied by bountiful harvests;
The orchards and fields burst with food.
We are comforted and loved by friends and family.
We freely create and work and play.
ALL: Every day we are reminded: all life depends on all life.
ONE: Our hearts fill with sorrow and guilt for the destruction we have caused.
We misuse the abundance of creation
And squander the goodness in it.
Our thirst for resources knows no end, the land and waters die by our hands.
Our appetite for power blinds us to the vulnerable and the sacred.
We hurt and oppress each other;
We freely consume and pollute and destroy.
ALL: Every day we forget: all life depends on all life.
ONE: Our hearts fill with courage and hope for a New Heaven and New Earth.
We heed your call to care for and restore creation,
And are energized by the goodness in it.
Our thirst for justice knows no end;
Our hunger for peace opens us to new ways of being.
We find joy and support in each other;
We freely share and cooperate and grow.
ALL: Every day we learn: all life depends on all life.
ONE: With ancient words we pray as Jesus taught us…