SIMON PERRY

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Environment Sunday

Creator God, we worship you as the One who creates and re-creates his people.

 

In a world that is slowly waking up to its duty of care for the creation, slowly becoming aware of the damage we inflict upon the planet, beginning to fear for the future of the earth, let the disturbing truth become ever more clear, in order that a deeper hope may become ever more real.

 

In a world where talking about our environment fails to lead to action, where bold pledges are shallow publicity stunts, where urgent steps are postponed because of their political cost, let our lives reflect our claims in order that our promises ring true.

 

In a world where guilt or indifference or despair prevent us from being stewards of the creation and worthy heralds of the Gospel, let us worship our Creator in Spirit and in truth, in order that our lives and the life of the world may be remade.

 

Lord God of heaven and earth, who was creating and is creating, make our lives into signs of hope that point to you, the Creator and Redeemer of the world.

 

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For the poverty-stricken child who grows up in Southern Asia

May he not lose family and friends when global warming submerges his home beneath the sea.

May he and his children grow up without bitterness towards those who have contributed to the rise in the waters that will devour his village.

May he live to see his relocated grandchildren play without fearing for their future.

 

For the oil-fuelled child who grows up in the West,

May she never lose her childlike wonder at your creation.

May she learn to treasure the gift of creation without consuming it.

May she grow up in a country that is not afraid to sacrifice its own comforts for the sake of the comfortless.

 

May neither of them be ashamed by the complacency of our own generation.

May they both have reason to praise you for the beauty of your creation.

May they both become grateful stewards of the gifts and resources entrusted to us by you.

 

On this Environment Sunday, grant us a healthy awareness of our role as stewards of your creation.