September 1, 2020
The environmental work of the Presbyterian Hunger Program is grounded in Scripture, Reformed theology, General Assembly policies that call us to care for Creation, including the 1990 foundational policy “Restoring Creation for Ecology and Justice,” and prayer.
Sept. 1 is the World Day of Prayer for Creation and the start of the Season of Creation. This day of prayer was established by Patriarch Dimitrios I for the Orthodox in 1989 and was then embraced by major Christian European churches in 2001 and by Pope Francis for the Roman Catholic Church in 2015 when he issued a new statement for the day of prayer, calling for a “renewed and sound relationship between humanity and Creation.”
Today, Christians around the world unite to pray as one. On World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, the Hunger Program offers the prayer from Laudato Si’ below.
Jessica Maudlin; Associate for Earth Care Concerns; Presbyterian Hunger Program; Compassion, Peace & Justice
Today’s Focus: World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Michael Marrone, Board of Pensions
Rhonda Martin, Presbyterian Women
Let us pray:
A Prayer for Our Earth:
All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe
and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God …
Bring healing to our lives,
that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.
Touch the hearts
of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united
with every creature
as we journey towards your infinite light …