Prayers for Creation

24th March 2023 

O my people. I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own ground; then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken and will act,” says the Lord. Ezekiel 37:14

 You Lord, are the source of all good things: 

We praise you.

You call us to tend and care for your creation: 

May we strive to do your will.

You have made us as brothers and sisters with all that lives: 

May we live together in peace. 

A reading from Ezekiel 11:19-21 

I will give them one heart, and put a new spirit within them; I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh,  so that they may follow my statutes and keep my ordinances and obey them. Then they shall be my people, and I will be their God. 


Time and again, Lord God, 

we have failed and let you down.

And time and again, Lord God, 

you have raised us up and renewed the life within us.

We lay before you our short comings, 

our greed for an ever richer lifestyle, 

our selflessness in not sharing your gifts equitably, 

our blinkered existence that does not see the suffering we cause.

Lord God, have mercy. 

We lay before you our misdeeds, 

our over consumption of the earth’s resources, 

our polluting of the air 

and our polluting of the water.

Lord God, have mercy.

We lay before you our sins, 

our failure to love our neighbours, 

our adulterous love of self interest, 

our disregard of the Sabbath rest.

Lord God, have mercy.

Life dealing God,

Restore our hope:

inspire our governments to act decisively and fairly, 

and with generosity to all in need.

Rebuild our broken bodies and broken relationships, 

inspire investors to fund climate tackling projects, 

inspire lawmakers to establish justice for all.

Replace our hearts of stone.  

Inspire us to love whole heartedly our neighbours

 – human and creaturely.

Breathe new life into our souls, 

that we may have the strength and confidence

to follow your ways, your desires.


Author: Judith Russenberger

Environmentalist and theologian, with husband and three grown up children plus one cat, living in London SW14. I enjoy running and drinking coffee - ideally with a friend or a book.

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