O Lord, you are our shepherd;
we shall not be in want.
Your creative grace is visible in lush green pastures
and revealed in still, clear waters.
Your restoring resurrecting Spirit revives our souls and our communities,
and you guide us in ways of righteousness for the sake of your earth.
We pray for the earth you create and love:
for people, families, nations, and species that dwell in the valley of the shadow of death;
for all who fear the evils of pollution, violence, depredation, and illness;
for those whose suffering is on our hearts this morning, and for those whom we will never meet.
Shepherding God, be with your people;
with your rod and your staff, restore us and lead us.
Spread your table of abundance before those who hunger and thirst;
set us free from enmity and division.
Anoint us with your calling to reconciliation,
and let the cup of our life overflow
with justice and life for all your creation.
Let your goodness and mercy follow us all the days of our life,
and make this earth your home forever,
in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Submitted by Rev. Nathan Williams, Covenant Presbyterian Church, West Des Moines, IA