PRAYER: A Weekly Cycle Of Prayers For The Earth

A Weekly Cycle Of Prayers For The Earth

(From The Diocese of Newcastle in the Church of England)

Day 1. (Sunday) Light and power

God said, “Let there be light. … Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to … be for signs and for seasons.” (Genesis 1:3, 14)

We thank you for brother sun, sister moon and the stars. We give thanks for the rhythm of the days, months, and years. Help us to value both light and darkness. Grant us wisdom in the use of energy supplies, and inspiration in the development of renewable resources.

Amen.

Day 2. (Monday) Air and climate

God said, “Let there be a dome in the midst of the waters.” … God called the dome Sky. (Genesis 1:6, 8)

We thank you for the air that we breathe and for the ever-changing skies. We give thanks for the rhythm of the seasons, for the warmth of the summer sun, and the sharpness of the winter frost. Help us to feel the freshness of the breeze upon our faces and to discern the rainbow of hope that you give us.

Amen.

Day 3. (Tuesday) Water

God said, “Let the waters under the sky be gathered together into one place.” (Genesis 1:9)

We thank you for the life-giving waters of the earth. We give thanks for the rains that bring refreshment to the dry land and succor to living things. Help us to see your peace in the still waters, your power in the flood and the crashing wave, your joy in the babbling brook, and your timeless presence in the cascading waters.

Amen.

Day 4. (Wednesday) Land and vegetation

God said, “Let the dry land appear. … Let the earth put forth vegetation.” (Genesis 1:9, 11)

We give unbounded thanks for the land which sustains us, in all its variety and complexity. We thank you for high mountains and deep valleys, for fertile plains and desert places, for tropical forests and meadow grasslands. Help us to value the soil of which we are part, and to be good caretakers of the land on which we all depend.

Amen.

Day 5. (Thursday) Sea, air and land creatures

God said, “Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth. … Let the earth bring forth living creatures of every kind.” (Genesis 1:20, 24)

We thank you for the integrity and diversity of all living creatures. Enlarge within us a sense of fellowship with our brothers and sisters, the animals, with whom we share the Earth and who love the sweetness of life. Grant us compassion in our dealings with all creatures great and small.

Amen.

Day 6. (Friday) Human beings and the environment

God said, “Let us make humankind in our image.” (Genesis 1:26)

We thank you for creating humankind according to your likeness. Help us, like you, to see the goodness of creation. Help us to remember that we are part of a greater whole, and that we have a duty to care for the Earth, not just for ourselves. Help us to live in balance rather than conflict, to treat the material world with care and gentleness, and to conserve and nurture the things around us.

Amen.

Day 7. (Saturday) The need for restraint

God … rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done. (Genesis 2:2)

We thank you for the gift of Sabbath rest amid the busyness of our lives. May we have time to stand and stare, to reflect on the beauty of the created world, and to appreciate the many blessings of this life.

Help us to be satisfied with enough, and to live within our means in relation to the Earth.

Amen.

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