Earth Day: Prayers of the People

This prayer was written for worship at Central Presbyterian Church on April 24, 2016, as we celebrate Care for Creation Sunday. 

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One of my favorite creation views in Edisto Island, SC


Hear these words from Revelation 21:6.

“It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life.”

Let us bring our prayers before the mother of all creation, the spring of the water of life.

Holy One, Holy Three, mother of all creation:

We give you thanks for who you are,

who you have been,

and who you promise forever to be.

Yours is the womb of all life.

Yours is the fountain of living water.

Yours is the voice that breaks down walls.

Yours is the love that cannot be contained.

 

For the thirsty, you give the water of life.

For the hungry, you offer the bread of heaven.

For the weak, you carry our heavy burdens.

For the joyful, you shout in holy laughter.

For the anxious, you pray showers of peace.

For the suffering, you breathe sighs of comfort.

For the earth, you send winds of creation.

 

As we pray for the new heaven and new earth, O God,

We give thanks for this earth, our partner in your service.

Forgive our abuse of the creation you called good,

And make us worthy stewards of the world around us.

Move us to hear your voice in the song of sparrow,

To see your face reflected in the river.

Empower us to feel your grace in sand between our toes,

To smell your peace in the mist of morning dew.

Enlighten us to hear your prophets in the croaks of evening frogs,

To read your gospel in the webs of writing spiders.

 

Just as you called your apostles into a holy bond,

You have called this church to care for one another.

We pray for those in this congregation in special need this day:

 

[List prayer concerns specific to your congregation.]

 

Yours is the womb of all life, O God.

Yours is the fountain of living water.

Yours is the voice that breaks down walls.

Yours is the love that cannot be contained.

Amen.

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