18 August 2016
Methodist Church marks 'World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation' with special prayer
A special prayer has been written by the President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference in support of the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, taking place on Thursday 1 September.
The prayer comes following a decision by the Methodist Conference, which met in London last month, where it agreed that the Methodist Church would join with other Christian Churches in observing the special day.
The Methodist Conference is the policy making body of the Methodist Church in Britain, made up of representative members from across the country and beyond.
The annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation is an ecumenical initiative called for by Pope Francis marking the start of Creation Time, a tradition of the Orthodox Church started in 1989, which sees churches hold special reflections on creation for five weeks each year.
The Revd Dr Roger Walton and Rachel Lampard MBE, President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, wrote:
We delight in the beauty, diversity and richness of your creation.
Every creature comes from your goodness and love, and all things speak of you.
- for our poor stewardship of this planet;
- for using its resources selfishly, indifferent to the consequences of our actions;
- for the pain we have inflicted on other creatures and the damage done to the fabric of the world;
- for our failure to seek the common good.
Awaken in us a desire to protect all life, to promote environmental justice and to prepare for a better future.
In the name of Jesus, the Lord of Life,
- For more information about the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, taking place on 1 September 2016, click here.
- For more information about the Methodist Conference, click here.
- A selection of resources from Churches Together in Britain and Ireland following the theme of Creation Time are available here.