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Prayers for the Week of February 10 -- Groaning and Hoping with Creation

We invite you to join in our community prayers from worship this past Sunday (February 9), particularly as we pray for the well-being of God's good creation.

In worship, we entered into the groaning of Romans 8 -- all creation groaning, we ourselves groaning, and the Spirit praying with us in groans too deep for words -- as we considered how we live in a time of climate emergency. Our prayer follows the pattern of Joanna Macy's "Work that Reconnects" -- expressing gratitude, acknowledging our pain, finding deeper connection and belonging, and then going forth to act.

Please pray with us.

Loving God,

in the beginning, you Created everything that is

sun, moon, and stars,

the sky, the oceans, the land,

every living thing,

every plant,

the fish in the sea,

the birds in the air,

even us,

and then you stood back and beheld what you had made,

your creation,

and you said this is good.

With all creation, we give you praise.

We thank you.

We thank you for the world you have given us to inhabit.

For the life you give us to live,

from the first light of dawn,

to the dimming of the day.

We thank you for the gift of each other,

for the gift of life lived in relati