God of sea and sky,
God of this great earth laid out under the sun,
we come with thanks on our lips and praise in our hearts.
Thank you for life and breath,
and senses to experience the beauty all around us.
Thank you for the dear ones we love, those around us, those far away,
and those who we will only see again in heaven, by your mercy.
We ask for your comfort for those among us who grieve
and those who are sick, especially…
We come with prayers for this beautiful blue planet,
and help for humankind as we live upon it.
Show us the way to live responsibly, not wastefully.
Open a curiosity in us to learn about the fish
in streams and lakes and oceans near to us,
curiosity about the birds that fly over us,
curiosity about the wild creatures, our neighbours.
We don’t want to walk by on the other side
ignoring the living beings you have put in our path.
You are the creator of clean water, clean air, wild spaces.
Open our eyes to how our actions impact our neighbours.
Give wisdom to politicians as they make decisions
that will affect generations after us.
Help us amplify the voice of First Nations and Inuit elders,
the water walkers and the ones who see,
prophets sent by you to guide us.
We live and worship you in buildings built on their traditional territory,
we need paths to peace where treaties have been broken.
Thank you for this church;
help us to grow closer to each other,
so that our love for each other is a beacon
that welcomes others.
God, you offer us a hope-filled future,
and you tell us we can get there from here.
Be our guide in all we do and say this week, Amen