Each year, from September 1st, the Global Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, to October 4th, St Francis of Assisi Day, many Anglicans join other people of faith worldwide in marking the Season of Creation to pray and celebrate with creation, focus on the story of Earth, and commit to a ministry of healing Earth. At Ascension, some of our focus on the care of creation will come later in the year, but we offer this opportunity to join our brothers and sisters in prayer for the vast, diverse web of life.
Creator of Life, The Earth is full of Your creatures, and by Your wisdom you made them all. At Your word, the Earth brought forth plants yielding seed of every kind and trees of every kind bearing fruit, the waters teemed with swarms of living creatures of every kind, and world was filled with every kind of winged bird, walking animal, and creatures that creep upon the ground. Mountains, plains, rocks, and rivers shelter diverse communities, and through the changing seasons Your Spirit renews cycles of life. During this Season of Creation, open our eyes to see the precious diversity that is all around us. Enlighten our minds to appreciate the delicate balance maintained by each creature. Inspire us to conserve the precious habitats that nurture this web of life. In the name of the One who came to proclaim good news to all creation, Jesus Christ. Amen.