Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground. Genesis 1:28
Give us all a reverence for the earth as your own creation,
that we may use its resources rightly in the service of others
and to your honor and glory. Book of Common Prayer, Prayers of the People, Form IV
You made us the rulers of creation. But we turned against you, and betrayed
your trust; and we turned against one another. Eucharistic Prayer C
From our creation as humans, God called us into partnership in caring for every living creature. The early language of ruler leaves some pondering that we humans consider ourselves better and more important than the rest of Creation. Yet God is within all that is and lives, and we humans are made in the image and likeness of God. More than “lording it over” the rest of creation we are meant to be stewards and partners in caring for all on planet Earth, all God has made.
As we note the changes in our weather patterns that have far-reaching effects on all life on the planet as we have known it, may we look deeper within and more broadly outside ourselves to see all the wonders of life on earth and the interconnection of all from fish to birds to fields and air to humans. With respect for the dignity of all creation and for the life-abundance God began, may we truly come to care for the earth and one another.
We confess as in Eucharistic Prayer C that we betrayed God’s trust in us as rulers of Creation for we turned against God, creation and one another. May we again turn toward God, Creation and neighbor that all may heal and live.
Prayer for the Joy of Creation
O heavenly Father, who hast filled the world with beauty:
Open our eyes to behold thy gracious hand in all thy works;
that, rejoicing in thy whole creation, we may learn to serve
thee with gladness; for the sake of him through whom all
things were made, thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.