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Earth Day

For Stewardship of God’s Creation

Almighty God, Creator of heaven and earth, who hast given unto man dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth: Make us to be diligent stewards of thy creation, for thou hast given us this land, even a land that floweth with milk and honey, and appointed us as stewards of thy manifold grace. Turn our hearts from wickedness, lest in thy wrath thou turn rivers into a wilderness, and the watersprings into dry ground, and fruitful land into barrenness. Make us worthy of these bounties which thou hast entrusted to us; for a good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children, and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just. All this we pray for the sake of thy Son our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

For Fruitful Seasons

Almighty God, who hast blessed the earth that it should be fruitful and bring forth whatsoever is needful for the life of man, and hast commanded us to work with quietness, and eat our own bread: Bless the labours of the husbandman, and grant such seasonable weather that we may gather in the fruits of the earth, and ever rejoice in thy goodness, to the praise of thy holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the Harvest of Lands and Waters

O Gracious Father, who openest thine hand and fillest all things living with plenteousness: We beseech thee of thine infinite goodness to hear us, who now make our prayers and supplications unto thee. Remember not our sins, but thy promises of mercy. Vouchsafe to bless the lands and multiply the harvests of the world. Let thy breath go forth that it may renew the face of the earth. Show thy loving-kindness, that our land may give her increase; and so fill us with good things that the poor and needy may give thanks unto thy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

John Constable Extensive Landscape with Grey Clouds

Extensive Landscape with Grey Clouds, by John Constable (1776–1837). From Wikipedia.

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