*The Season of Creation originated in the Anglican Church of South Africa and was formalized in 2008. It is designed for us to explore our faith from a Creation perspective. We use Biblical and other readings that pertain to the specific theme of each of the 7 weeks of the Season. Alternate readings used are posted with asterisk.
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LET US, GOD’S PEOPLE, PRAY
Leader: ~ Merciful, Saving Lord, revive our faith and nourish our joy, that the peace you speak overflows our souls and leads us to share with everyone, especially with those we deem difficult or unworthy. Guide us to remember Your ways, and learn to pray with more fervor for others than for ourselves.
~ Merciful, Saving Lord, search the faithfulness of us all, especially those who lead us in Governments globally and locally. Quell the ego-, greed-, and power- needs that obstruct the tranquility of all Your Earth, that we Lead us to where peace can grow and spread beyond all barriers and borders. We pray especially for: add your own petitions
~ Merciful, Saving Lord, lay Your healing hand upon those weary of the pain, anguish, or fears of this life, and hold fast to those who offer caring help. We now join our hearts together to pray for those in need… add your own petitions
~ Merciful, Saving Lord, lighten the darkness for those who grieve, as our loved ones return Home to the eternal splendor and glory of new life in Christ. We pray especially for… add your own petitions
~ Merciful, Saving Lord, we pause in this moment to offer You our other heartfelt thanksgivings, intercessions, petitions, and memorials… add your own petitions
~ Merciful, Saving Lord, bestow courage and confidence, in these trying times, upon those anointed to call us to Your Holy Table for the spiritual renewal and fidelity of faith, to serve the cause of peace in this world together. We pray especially for: add your own petitions
The Celebrant adds: O Lord our God, pour Your riches into our souls as we embody Your Presence within ourselves and as the instruments of Your peace for all we meet. Teach us to bend the swords, spears, slings, and arrows of rage and warring, into the tools that spring humanity toward the Salvation and Glory of our inheritance from Christ. We ask through Jesus, our Redeemer; and the Holy Spirit, our Counselor, who together with You are One God, now and forever. Amen.
**A reading from Thomas Merton — Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander (Doubleday, 1966, p 181):
Peace is not something you fight for. Perhaps peace is not, after all, something you work for, or “fight for.” It is indeed “fighting for peace” that starts all the wars. What, after all, are the pretexts of all these Cold War crises, but “fighting for peace”? Peace is something you have or you do not have. If you yourself are at peace, then there is at least *some* peace in the world. Then you share your peace with everyone, and everyone will be at peace. Of course I realize that arguments like this can be used as a pretext for passivity, for indifferent acceptance of every iniquity. Quietism leads to war as surely as anything does. But I am not speaking of quietism, because quietism is not peace, nor is it the way to peace.
***The phrase this fragile Earth, our island home, is from Eucharistic Prayer C, in the US Episcopal Book of Common Prayer, 1979. See bcponline.org, page 370