Prayers of Adoration & Confession
God who split rocks open in the wilderness, and gave the Israelites abundant water to drink,
We know you in our waterways, in our oceans and in our rivers.
In the Merri Creek, as it rises in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range,
and flows south through the northern suburbs on its way to join the Yarra River
-Home to the Wurundjeri Willam, and their regular camps spots that they would visit according to the season
-Source of an abundance of eel, fish and duck,
-A place where women waded with string bags suspended around their neck searching the bottom of the stream for shellfish, and emu and kangaroo were hunted in the surrounding grasslands.
God who stood with Moses and caused waters to flow down like rivers
We know you as we walk and cycle along the Merri’s banks today,
As the Merri continues to nurture and sustain us
As we live in houses that now fill the grasslands
And travel on the roads that replace grass with bitumen.
We know you when we see the return of the Kingfisher
As volunteers work tirelessly to protect the creek
As we replant and regenerate
As we walk over rather than through the water to reach the other side,
connecting and creating community.
Forgive us when we do not care for our waterways,
When we do not see how precious they are to our lives
When we do not pause to think about what we put into them
When we do not nurture the plants and animals and birds that live on its banks
and in the water
Forgive us. Amen
Jesus invites all who are thirsty to come to him and drink.
So let us hold this precious water of life in our hands
And drink deeply,
Our sins are forgiven.
Thanks be to God.
Kirsty Bennett, offered for worship 27/09/2020, Season of Creation 2