Litany for the Congregational Mission and the Personal Covenant with Creation
L: For the marvelous grace of your Creation, we pour out our thanks to You, our God.
C: We praise you, O life-giving God,
for plants growing in earth and water,
for life inhabiting lakes and seas,
for life creeping in soils and land,
for creatures living in wetlands and waters,
for life flying above earth and sea,
for animals dwelling in woods and fields.
L: How many and wonderful are your works, our God! In wisdom you have made them all!
C: But we confess, dear Lord,
As creatures privileged with the care and keeping of Your Creation that we have abused Your gifts of creation through arrogance, ignorance, and greed.
We confess, Lord, that we often are unaware of how deeply we have hurt Your good earth and its marvelous gifts.
We confess that we are often unaware of how our abuse of creation has also been an abuse of ourselves.
For our wrongs, Lord, we ask forgiveness. We offer our repentance.
L: The God who loves all creation loves and forgives you. And God calls you to use your freedom to fulfill your human vocation to serve and preserve all community.
We promise to reverence Your creation as a gracious gift entrusted to us by You, our God.
We pledge to make care for creation and human justice for the vulnerable an integral part of our life and mission as a congregation.
We promise anew to be good stewards of what You have entrusted to us. We offer our personal covenant with creation to pledge our commitment to care for Your good Earth.
L: Creator God,
You have given us every reason to learn and promote this wisdom of lives lived in harmony with Creation. May You daily be present with us, gracing our service, our loving, our striving, through Christ Jesus, our Lord.