Prayers of the people
Creator, Word and Light,
We hold before you the water
The water of the deep, home to creatures and plant life. Full of mystery yet to be understood
The water of the rivers, running through country to the ocean, providing irrigation, giving life, source of fun,
The water in our homes, clean, safe to drink, fresh, available.
Help us respect and care of the ocean, and not see it as a plaything to conquer and pollute.
Help us treasure the flowing water that nourishes all creatures,
leaving it to course along its way and be shared by many,
Help us use water wisely, knowing the privilege we have, the luxury we have,
as we can turn on a tap rather than go to a well.
May all people have access this precious resource.
We hold before you the trees
The leaves of the eucalypts that have stood on this land for millennia,
The boughs of the trees that provide homes to so many creatures,
The canopies that provide shelter and shade.
Help us understand and encourage the wisdom of the first people of this land,
who have cared for country for thousands of years and offer us a welcome with leaves.
Help us protect the forests, so that they may continue to support life in all its diversity
Help us take care as we build and develop, that we do not destroy
the shelter and shade that the natural world can offer us and all the species.
We hold before you the earth
The soil that supports our crops,
The air that we breathe to sustain life,
The planet that struggles as a result of our focus on growth, on accumulating, on having more.
Help people everywhere to breathe fresh air, free of contaminants caused by our way of life and thoughtlessness,
Help us stop and look around, and hear the voice of the smallest creatures rather than the largest,
and live so that all may have a chance to thrive on this planet.
Breathgiver, Holy One, may we turn to you,
and live lightly on this earth and listen to it
so that we may hear you speaking to us through it. Amen.
Kirsty Bennett, offered for worship 22/9/19, Season of Creation 2