Sunday, January 8, 2012

The Holiness of the Mountaintop

January 8, 2012

Today, members of St. James Episcopal Church, Knoxville, Tennessee, are praying for creation…

From Newfound Gap, Great Smoky Mountains

Teach us, O Lord, to listen to the Earth, our mother.

Grant us the wisdom and will to preserve all your creation, restoring to wholeness everywhere that we have carelessly left our mark.

Especially, Lord, we pray for the Appalachian mountains. Guide us in your will to defend their sanctity. For just as Abraham, Moses, Elijah and all your saints and prophets met you on the holiness of the mountaintop, we do also name our mountains “holy,” claiming our right to defend them from all who seek their harm and destruction.

And yet, we pray also for those people, that they may find meaningful employment without destroying your creation

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.