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World Day of Prayer for Creation

Dear Ministers, Elders, and Congregations in our Presbytery
Friends:  This message is to invite you to include a special  time of prayer in your worship this Sunday August 30, this coming Tuesday, September 1st and your congregational prayer through Sunday, October 4th.   September 1st is the 5th World Day of Prayer for Creation and the time from September 1 to October 4th has been designated as the Season of Creation.
We – Bonnie Crispin (New Life Albuquerque), Fletcher Hahn (St Andrew Albuquerque), Ken Jones (LaMesa Albuquerque) , Anita Torres, (Second Albuquerque), Consuelo Walker (Westminster Santa Fe), Dave Wasserman (First, Taos) and Betsy Windisch (Westminster Gallup) – have been meeting over the summer to share what our churches are doing to care for God’s creation and to confront the huge challenges of climate change. 
 
We invite you to join us in this special time of prayer.
Here's some background about the World Day of Prayer for the Care for God’s Creation.   
In 2016 Pope Francis proclaimed September 1st as the “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation,” joining Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios I of Constantinople, who earlier extended an invitation for Christians to offer together ”every year on this date prayers and supplications to the Maker of all, both as thanksgiving for the great gift of creation and as petitions for its protection and salvation.” 
Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, the World Council of Churches General Secretary, wrote: “Pope Francis’s ecumenical initiative reinforces the growing emphasis on prayer for the care of creation among all the churches. We welcome the opportunity to join our efforts with those of the Ecumenical Patriarch and now the Catholic Church, and through prayer to sharpen our awareness and commitment to God’s creation, ‘our common home,’ as Pope Francis has called it.”
We hope you will join us for prayer on August 30th, September 1st  and the remaining Sundays (Sept 6, 13, 20, 27 and Oct 4).  We also invite you to join our team's continuing conversation into the fall, as we know there are more than seven congregations in our presbytery who's mission includes addressing earth care and climate change.   If you would like to do so, please send an email to our Presbytery Administrator, Tiffany Lo Finch.
Resources also available in Spanish/Español:  Dia Mundial.pdf

Thanks.

 

All-powerful God, You are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures. You embrace with your tenderness all that exists. Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty. Fill us with peace, that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one. O God of the poor, Help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes. Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it, that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction. Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain at the expense of the poor and the earth. Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,to be filled with awe and contemplation, to recognize that we are profoundly united with every creature as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day. Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love and peace. Amen.
Prayer provided by Presbyterians for Earth Care in 2016.

 

The earth is yours, Lord, and everything in it.   You make us stewards, entrusted to care for creation, ready always to give you an accounting of how we nurtured and tended that which belongs to you.  In your generosity and compassion, you give us sunsets awash in color, rivers gurgling over rocks, fireflies that glow in formation and crows that recognize human faces.  The diversity, complexity and beauty of the earth stuns and sustains us.  While we shelter in place, the blooming dogwood provides relief from hopelessness and the returning pair of cardinals reminds us to give thanks for the present moment. As the skies clear and the dolphins play and the wildlife reclaim the woods, we lament the ways we damage the good you made, defy your command to be caretakers and abuse your beloved world. May we learn well the lessons this quarantine has taught us, so that when we return to our travel, our workplaces, our schools, our unencumbered comings and goings, our capitalism and consumption, we will do so mindful of their impact on creation and ready to change our ways so that all your earth can flourish. Amen.
Prayer provided by the Presbyterian Outlook (Jill Duffield)

 

A Prayer of Gratitude for Creation God of the universe:
We thank You for Your many good gifts - For the beauty of Creation and its rich and varied fruits, For clean water and fresh air, for food and shelter, animals and plants. Forgive us for the times we have taken the earth's resources for granted And wasted what You have given us. Transform our hearts and minds So that we would learn to care and share, To touch the earth with gentleness and with love, Respecting all living things. We pray for all those who suffer as a result of our waste, greed and indifference, And we pray that the day will come when everyone has enough food and clean water. Help us to respect the rights of all people and all species And help us to willingly share your gifts today and always. Amen.
Prayer provided by Fiona Murdoch, Eco-Congregation Ireland 

 

We gently caress you, the Earth, our planet, and our home. Our vision has brought us closer to you, making us aware of the harm we have done to the life-network upon which we ourselves depend. We are reminded that we have poisoned your waters, your lands, your air. We have filled you with the bones of our dead from war and greed.  Your pain is our pain. Touching you gently, we pray that we may become peace-bringers and life-bringers so that our home in its journey around the Sun does not become a sterile and lonely place. May this prayer and its power last forever.
Prayer provided by the Manitoba Buddhist Temple

 

God, your amazing love extends through all time and space, to all parts of your creation, which you created and called good.  You made a covenant with Noah and his family, putting a rainbow in the sky to symbolize your promise of love and blessing to every living creature, and to all successive generations.  You made a covenant with Abraham and Sarah, blessing them and their descendants throughout the generations.  You made a covenant with Moses and the Israelite people to all generations, giving them the 10 commandments and challenging them to choose life.  In Jesus, you invite us to enter into a new covenant, in communion with all who seek to be faithful to you.
As people of faith, we are called into covenant.  Your covenant of faithfulness and love extends to the whole creation.  We pray for the healing of the earth, that present and future generation may enjoy the fruits of creation, and continue to glorify and praise you.
Prayer provided by the National Council of Churches of Christ

 

PRAYER CARD ENGLISH

Prayer provided by Interfaith Power and Light, Albuquerque, NM

 

Printable version of the prayers:  World Day of Prayer.pdf

En Español:  Dia Mundial.pdf

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