Gracious God, you have given us much this day: the wheat and grapes which found our feast, the wit and will to transform them into bread and wine, and the precious presence of your Son who transfigures and redeems all that we have broken and lost. Send us out now to care for this fragile earth, our island home. Grant us the wit and the will to transform the toxic, irreverent ways we live, and the saving presence of your Son, Jesus Christ, who goes before us and calls us into this world you love. To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit be honor and glory, now and forever, Amen.
St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Medina, WA
All creation belongs to You, God. Let us never consume in such a way to suggest that we deserve more than others. Rather, let us live our lives in clear acknowledgement that all You have created is intended to sustain all You have created. Cause this food to feed our determination to share more equally and live more justly. Amen.
Willard Metzger, World Vision
May the earth continue to live
May the heavens above continue to live
May the rains continue to dampen the land
May the wet forests continue to grow
Then the flowers shall bloom
And we people shall live again.
Blessed is the spot, and the house
And the place, and the city,
And the heart and the mountain.
And the refuge, and the cave,
And the valley, and the land,
And the sea, and the island,
And the meadow where mention
Of God hath been made,
And his praise glorified.
Bahá’í Prayer by Bahá’u’lláh
Blessed is the Source of Life, the fountain of Being
The wellspring of goodness, compassion and kindness
From which we draw to make for justice and peace.
From the creative power of Life we derive food and harvest,
From the bounty of the earth and the yields of the heavens
We are sustained and are able to sustain others.
All Life is hold, sacred,
Worthy of respect and dignity.
Let us give thanks for the power of heart
To sense the holy in the midst of the simple.
…We give thanks to Life.
May we never lose touch with the simple joy and
wonder of sharing a meal.
Rabbi Rami M. Shapiro
We seek a renewed stirring of life for the earth. We plead that what we are capable of doing is not always what we ought to do. We urge that all people now determine that a wide untrammeled freedom shall remain to testify that this generation has love for the next. If we want to succeed in that, we might show, meanwhile, a little more love for this one, and for each other.
Nancy Newhall, Conservationist
Almighty God, who are mother and father to us all,
Look upon your planet Earth divided:
Help us to know that we are all your children;
That all nations belong to one great family,
And all of our religions lead to you.
Multiply our prayers in every land
Until the whole Earth becomes your congregation,
United in your love.
Sustain our vision of a peaceful future
And give us strength to work unceasingly
To make that vision real. Amen.
David Brower, Environmentalist
Water flows from high in the mountains.
Water runs deep in the Earth.
Miraculously, water comes to us,
and sustains all life.
Water flows over these hands.
May I use them skillfully
To preserve our precious planet.
The Most Venerable Thích Nhất Hạnh