Collect Pond Park (one block from Foley Square), Manhattan
Friday, September 20 | 11:30 am
On Friday, September 20, young people around the world will stage a Global Climate Strike to demand urgent action by world leaders. The event is based on values of compassion, love, and justice, and there will be strong participation by communities of faith. MNYS, led by our youth, will participate in this global action. Our ELCA-MNYS contingent will gather at Collect Pond Park, at 11:30 am, for a prayer session.
As a lead-in to this worldwide event, Bishop Egensteiner has shared a prayer and blessing for the strike participants. We ask all our congregations to include it in their services this Sunday, September 22.
Living God, Maker of all that is, Source of creation, we thank you for the unique and precious gift of this earth, so beautifully fashioned and delicately balanced to nurture and sustain life, including our lives. We stand in awe at the wisdom and trust that caused you to welcome us as partners in stewardship and care of creation. May your Spirit, which long ago hovered over the chaos to bring order and peace, inspire us in our commitment to be more faithful and more humble in our relationship with this wonderful planet and all that inhabits it. Bless all tenants of this our home, and strengthen and embolden especially those who advocate for and raise awareness of our place in the dance of creation. May the collective devotion of all your people bring a transformation in our climate change policies, to bring about a future that, at times, only You can see. For we ask these things in faith, in Jesus’ name. Amen