God of all the earth –
Take us outside to your holy places.
Take us out beyond our walls,
Out where we can see our neighbours.
Out past the garden
With its ripe tomatoes and fat watermelons.
Out where flowers bloom yellow and pink
And sway in the wind.
Out to the soil we came from and
The place where we no longer have words
For what we see, but can only
Say how small we are.
There – out there – bend down,
Make mud with your spit;
Smear it on our eyes.
And when the clay cakes and cracks and
We turn our faces to your vast world,
May we see grace, not despair,
and a harvest so plentiful it distresses us.
This prayer by Jennifer Schrock is based on an outdoor worship service that took place at Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship, Goshen, Indiana, USA. Jennifer Schrock serves on MWC’s Creation Care Task Force.
Christians across the world are walking in spirit toward care for creation. This #SeasonofCreation celebration takes place 1 September to 4 October 2020.
We need your input!
The Creation Care Task Force requests that you take the creation care survey; we need your input! As the task force begins our work, it is important we hear from you, as a congregation within Mennonite World Conference, about issues of creation care such as climate change. Your feedback is critical as we create a plan to work on creation care issues which churches feel are most important, and as we provide resources for churches who want to engage with issues like climate change and other forms of environmental degradation which impact our congregations.
Please take about 15 minutes individual, or together with other members of your congregation, to fill out this survey.
Your input is highly valued; thank you for participating!