A Prayer for the Earth in Honor of Earth Day

God of all things, out of a bush you called to Moses. Out of an ordinary plant made sacred to bear your image, you called him. And he was startled.

God, we remember the story of how you called your people forth from slavery in Egypt. But they were not yet free from the sin of the world. Many hardships were endured as they wandered in the wilderness. And when they found a land that was kind to them, that land soon became smeared with blood. We repent.

But you are still calling. Mother God, creator of all life, fierce and strong are you. You made the heavens and the earth to be your home. You made all creatures so that we may share in your abundance and live in peace and harmony with one another. You call to us out of the plants, the animals, and each other. You call to us out of Scripture, reminding us of our past and promising us good things for our future.

Maker, Redeemer, on this Earth Day we ask that you continue to guide us in this wild, fierce and beautiful world. Remind us to be kind to the land as it is what sustains us and continues to give us life. It is our home. Help us to heed your calling out of the ordinary made sacred.

It is in Jesus’ holy name, the one who came to bring us your message of victory over sin and death for all of Creation, that we pray these things.

Amen.

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