Season of Creation Prayer Services
First Sunday – September 5, 2021
Today is the First Sunday of the 2021 Season of Creation.
This season is a time of prayer and action stretching from September 1st, the World Day of Prayer for Creation, to October 4th, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi.
The Season celebrates God as Creator of the vast cosmic universe, God’s revelation in creation, and our calling to care for creation, to protect its rich diversity and to address the urgent, destructive crises threatening its health and future – including our own.
On this 1st Sunday of the Season of Creation, the scriptures urge us not to lose hope in the face of the urgent and complex climate crisis facing us. They remind us to trust in God Who is faithful and is even now working to save us. They challenge us to confront the false values of wealth and consumption that are so common and so destructive and to pray for Christ to open our eyes, our ears, our hearts.
A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah 35:4-7a
… Do I, do we as a community share in the discouragement and paralysis? Are we able to see the needs, hear the call, and act for healing and renewal of Earth?
Responsorial Psalm 146:6-7, 8-9, 9-10
R Praise the Lord, my soul! or R Alleluia
… Can we pray it with heartfelt conviction and draw strength from its vision?
A reading from the Letter of Saint James 2:1-5
… How can I/we transform our lifestyles and values to embrace a more authentic and sustainable way of living on Earth in solidarity with all God’s creation?
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark 7:31-37
… Are we ready to pray for the healing power of Christ to be at work in us and through us so that we may hear and speak clearly the Word of God given us to share in this critical time?
Can we offer ourselves to join Christ in the difficult work of opening eyes and ears, freeing tongues, and supporting bold efforts to embrace the integral ecological conversion required in these times?
Music selections – optional
E – Entrance | O – Offertory | C – Communion | D – Dismissal
E- Glory and Praise to Our God – ©1972, 1974, 2008 Daniel L. Schutte, pub. OCP
O – Open My Eyes ©1988, 1998, 1999 -Jesse Manibusen, published by Spirit and Song (OCP)
C- Now In This Banquet – Marty Haugen, ©1986 GIA Publications, Inc.
D- Touch the Earth Lightly – Shirley Erena Murray, ©1992 Hope Publishing Company.
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