God of creation
We come to you this season recognizing that you are the creator, and we open our eyes to the beauty that fills the creatures, the land, the air and the water.
You are creator not only of humankind, but of all that graces this planet and this universe.
God of these days
In this time of pandemic, climate change, racial inequity, biodiversity loss and other threats to your creation, we recognize that we are blessed by what you have made, while also dependent on how that creation is cared for.
God of justice
We come recognizing our complicity in not caring for that with which you have blessed us.
We fail our sisters and brothers around the world when our actions cause harm to our world.
God of peace
We ask your guidance for how to honour your creation in these challenging times.
We humbly open our hearts and minds to what we can do to be your instruments of peace, in helping to make the global Anabaptist church a community that people can point to and say – they are taking creation care seriously; they are faithful Christians.
God of assurance
Thank you for the assurance that you are with us in this journey.
Renew our spirits, as we work to renew our common home.
In the name of Jesus, Amen
(Based on prayer launching the work of the Creation Care Task Force)
—Doug Graber Neufeld, professor of biology at Eastern Mennonite university, Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA; director of Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions. Home church: Community Mennonite Church (MCUSA), Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA.
|Christians across the world are walking in spirit toward care for creation. This #SeasonofCreation celebration takes place 1 September to 4 October 2020.|