Season of Creation 2020
Creator of Life,
At Your word, the Earth brought forth plants yielding seed and trees of every kind
bearing fruit. The rivers, mountains, minerals, seas and forests sustained life.
The eyes of all looked to You to satisfy the needs of every living thing. And throughout
time the Earth has sustained life. Through the planetary cycles of days and seasons,
renewal and growth, you open your hand to give creatures our food in the proper
In your Wisdom, you granted a Sabbath; a blessed time to rest in gratitude for all
that you have given; a time to liberate ourselves from vicious consumption; a time to
allow the land and all creatures to rest from the burden of production.
But these days our living pushes the planet beyond its limits. Our demands for growth, and our
never-ending cycle of production and consumption are exhausting our world.
The forests are leached, the topsoil erodes, the fields fail, the deserts advance, the seas
acidify, the storms intensify. We have not allowed the land to observe her Sabbath,
and the Earth is struggling to be renewed.
During this Season of Creation, we ask you to grant us courage to observe a Sabbath
for our planet. Strengthen us with the faith to trust in your providence. Inspire us
with the creativity to share what we have been given. Teach us to be satisfied with
enough. And as we proclaim a Jubilee for the Earth, send Your Holy Spirit to renew
the face of creation.
In the name of the One who came to proclaim good news to all creation, Jesus Christ.