Sunday, April 22 is marked on the United Methodist Church calendar as the “Festival of God’s Creation.” Earth Day.

As a way to celebrate God’s creation on this special day, you’re invited to join us in the “2018 National Climate Prayer,” scheduled for Sunday, April 22 at 12 noon Arizona time.

Together, we will join our voices together for a National Prayer for our Climate. Join us from wherever you are – your home, your place of worship, your office, your school, or outside under the sun:

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.

The prayer is part of Faith Climate Action Week, brought to you by Interfaith Power & Light.

Read more interfaith prayers on the event website, including this one, which we’ll use in worship on Sunday, April 22:

Prayer for our Earth from Pope Francis Encyclical 

All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.

Fill us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.

O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives,
that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction. Touch the hearts
of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united
with every creature as we journey towards your infinite light.

We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle
for justice, love and peace.

Thank you for adding your voice to the National Climate Prayer. Our heart, our minds, and our prayers help build a movement to create a sustainable world for our children and grandchildren. You can find more information at FaithClimateActionWeek.org.

The United Methodist Church is also interested in doing their part to care for God’s creation and reduce their carbon footprint. Watch this video about the Church and Society office in Washington, DC:

Together our voices have power for positive change.Thank you for being God’s love in action.

Arizona Interfaith Power & Light is an interfaith community devoted to deepening the connection between ecology and faith. Our goal is to help people of faith recognize and fulfill their responsibility for the stewardship of creation.

Specifically, the Arizona Interfaith Power and Light campaign is mobilizing a national religious response to global warming while promoting renewable energy, energy efficiency, and conservation. People of faith have an opportunity to put their faith into action and help reduce the devastating effects of global warming.

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