Praying with Creation: Easter Season
Easter Sunday through the Day of Pentecost
By Wanda Copeland
The Resurrection of our Lord/Easter Day
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; Acts 10:34-43 or Jeremiah 31:1-6; Colossians 3:1-4; Matthew 28:1-10 or John 20:1-18.
Beloved Gardener, you are the source of all new life, and open to us all your goodness. We casually nuzzle bunnies and chicks as emblematic of the rekindled cycle of seasons. Grace our hearts with the deeper reality of the interdependence of all life, and so enable us to advocate for worms, plankton, and volcanoes—and the fullness of your bounty.
Second Sunday of Easter
Psalm 16; Acts 2:14a, 22-32; 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31
God of all hope and joy, we praise you for new life in the resurrection. Help us to see and touch your presence in all creation, from the gentle dew on a newly unfolding leaf to million-year-old fossils. By your spirit, let love banish the doubt that keeps us from becoming part of the solution to our broken and unsustainable lifestyle, and empower us to extend to all your creation the redemption we profess in our own lives.
Third Sunday of Easter
Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19; Acts 2:14a, 36-41; 1 Peter 1:17-23; Luke 24:13-35
Loving God, you journey with us in all the seasons of our lives. Wash us through and through --heart, body, and mind-- that we may be wholly refreshed by the healing power of your love, and live hereafter as witnesses who incarnate justice for all creatures on earth.
Fourth Sunday of Easter
Psalm 23; Acts 2:42-27; 1 Peter 2:19-25; John 10:1-10
Stalwart shepherd of our souls, you watch over us and this whole world you love. Shape our lives to be shepherds in your image, that all creatures, both humankind and otherkind, may be safe and nurtured under your watchful care.
Fifth Sunday of Easter, (Earth Sunday)
Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16; Acts 7:55-60; 1 Peter 2:2-10; John 14:1-14
Creator of the universe, you have provided room for all your beloved creatures that live on this precious earth. Fearless savior, you would calm our fears, soothe our souls and embolden our lives with the assurance that we are, and always will be, at home with you. By your spirit, lead us on the way of truth and life that works your will for all creation.
Sixth Sunday of Easter
Psalm 66:7-18; Acts 17:22-31; 1 Peter 3:13-22; John 14:15-21
God of creation, you are truly the one in whom we, and all creatures with us, “live and move and have our being”. Help us to be so keenly aware of your presence in our lives that we do not fall back into living only for ourselves, but live into the abundant web of creation you have set forth. Touch our souls with your eternal generosity, that the whole world may radiate the fullness of your love.
Seventh Sunday of Easter
Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35; Acts 1:6-14; 1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11; John 17:1-11.
Holy One, you count each flower and blade of grass. You see each sunrise and sunset. You know the just and the unjust. You rejoice at our epiphanies, and weep at our cruelties. Shout with us as we shout for justice. Ride with us as we drive out hatred, violence and oppression against all your creation. Cleanse us through and through for your ministry of reconciliation and justice, and make us ready for the coming reign of Christ, who with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns forever.
The Day of Pentecost
Psalm 104:24-34, 35b; Acts 2:1-21; 1 Corinthians 12:3-b-13; John 20:19-23 or John 7:37-39
Holy One, you have given us the fullness of yourself, as source, wellspring and living water for all creation. Enable us to give you the fullness of ourselves. Confirm in us the pledge of commitment we have individually made at our baptism, and strengthen us as the whole people of faith in common witness to the healing and life-sustaining power of your Spirit.