I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. (Genesis 9:13 )
Words: Cathy Yost, 2000. This hymn was the winning entry in October, 2000, of a national Creation Hymn Competition sponsored by the Central Presbyterian Church of Houston, Texas.
Music: Beach Spring, from the Sacred Harp, by Benjamin F. White, 1844
Benjamin F. White (1800-1879)
PRAYER FOR CREATION © 2001 Cathy Yost
The author gives permission for use in worship services and gatherings to celebrate God’s Creation.
For further information contact: Cathy Yost, First Presbyterian Church,
100 East Adams Avenue, Kirkwood, MO 63122, USA
Prayer for Creation
O, Creator of the cosmos, we present our hearts in prayer.
We are awestruck by your glory, which surrounds us everywhere.
From the birdsong of the morning to a stormy sky at night,
You reveal yourself in Nature, in its gentleness and might.
Through each rainbow that you send us you renew your covenant
With the earth and all life on it, telling us of your intent
That each living thing should flourish, in its own way, in its place.
You call us to new awareness of our neighbors and their space.
In our eagerness to prosper, we have ravaged what was good.
Using more than what was needed, taking everything we could.
We have changed the gentle order you intended for the earth.
Now we humbly ask the wisdom to be part of its re-birth.
We seek mercy, we seek vision, and the courage we will need
As we work to help the victims of the sins of human greed.
By our choices, in our actions, may we be part of your plans.
Help us gently till the Garden you’ve entrusted to our hands.
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