Prayers for the Week — September 3, 2017 — For Creation and Justice

This week, amid so many prayers for healing and reconstruction, we also lift up Pope Francis’ call for all faiths to pray for creation, and a prayer honoring our workers for Labor Day. Here are prayers for each:

A Climate Blessing, written by Sister Joan Brown of New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light:

We Hold the Earth
We hold brothers and sisters who suffer from storms and droughts intensified by climate change.
We hold all species that suffer.
We hold world leaders delegated to make decisions for life.
We pray that the web of life may be mended through courageous actions to limit carbon emissions.
We pray for right actions for adaptation and mitigation to help our already suffering earth community.
We pray that love and wisdom might inspire my actions and our actions as communities. . .
so that we may, with integrity, look into the eyes of brothers and sisters and all beings and truthfully
say, we are doing our part to care for them and the future of the children.
May love transform us and our world with new steps toward life. Amen.
 
And, a Prayer for Workers, shared by the United Church of Christ:
 

Loving, Working God,

On this Sunday we ask your special blessing on all people who labor, either for pay or as volunteers, in jobs or at school, in the workplace or at home, in the U.S. and around the world.

We especially pray for your blessings on workers who do not have jobs and for those whose inadequate pay does not allow them to live the full life you intend for each of us.

Creator God, help us to build a new world in the midst of the old.

A world where all workers are valued.

A world where those who clean houses are also able to buy houses to live in.

A world where those who grow food can also afford to eat their fill.

A world where those who serve and care for others are, themselves, also served and cared for.

We pray for the coming of a world where all workers everywhere share in the abundance that you have given us.

We ask these things knowing that you give us the courage and strength to live out our faith in the workplace and the marketplace, as well as in the sanctuary.

Amen.

May you all find blessings of resurrection in the midst of the crosses this week. Amen.

— Pastor Rachel

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