A prayer for our time and for the earth

Baptism stained glass, St. Andrew's, Ayer, MA "Baptism: Water of Creation - Destruction - Regeneration," stained glass at St. Andrew's Church, Ayer

Many congregations in the Diocese of Massachusetts observe a "Creation Care Season" beginning with the Feast of St. Francis, Oct. 4 through the last Sunday after Pentecost, Nov. 24.  Find a message from our bishops, as well as tips and resources from the diocese's Creation Care Justice Network, here.

Dear God, Creator of the earth, this sacred home we share;

Give us new eyes to see the beauty all around and to protect the wonders of creation.

Give us new arms to embrace the strangers among us and to know them as family.

Give us new ears to hear and understand those who live off the land
     and to hear and understand those who extract its resources.

Give us new hearts to recognize the brokenness in our communities
     and to heal the wounds we have inflicted.

Give us new hands to serve the earth and its people
     and to shape beloved community.

For you are the One who seeks the lost,
     binds our wounds and sets us free,
     and it is in the name of Jesus the Christ we pray.Amen.

     --The Rt. Rev. Carol Gallagher, Cherokee