In honor of Earth Day, a prayer of confession from Creation Justice Ministries’ Earth Day Worship Resources for 2015, “Have You Anything Here to Eat: Sustainable Food in a Changing Climate"
Gracious God, We have taken the fruits of your creation and your merciful abundance for granted. We have uttered prayers of thanksgiving without true gratitude.
Meanwhile, we have failed to recognize the suffering of the earth and of the people who have produced our food. Ignoring our connection to the rest of your creation as we reap nourishment, we move further away from your vision of your beloved community.
Forgive us, O God, and transform us. Open us to the richness and beauty in connecting our food—at the Lord’s Table and at our individual tables—to all the natural and human resources who have brought it to those tables.
Help us give thanks not just for our food but for all those who have brought it before us and to work that they might also flourish.
Encourage us to work for justice for all, so that all may give you thanks and be fed. In Christ Jesus we pray, Amen.