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Midday prayer in the garden

Midday prayer in the garden

Photo: Rhoda Mphande/WCC

12 September 2019

On 11 September, at midday, staff from the Ecumenical Centre gathered in the garden for worship, reflection and prayer as part of the global “Season of Creation” observation by Christians all over the world.

“Most of the prayers we will say today are about thanksgiving for creation”, said Rev. Dr Mikie Roberts, World Council of Churches programme executive for Spiritual Life.

Roberts invited those part of the midday prayer to come close to plants, flowers, trees and even bees just to take note of God’s creation and beauty, while reminding us that we should daily appreciate our carefully and skilfully created earth.

As the group wandered around the garden in song and prayer, Roberts invited each person to also observe the mix of God’s work and human work around us, and how it is also in our hands to take care of what surrounds us.

Photo: Samuel Mungure/WCC

Care for creation and justice are at the centre of WCC work on climate change. The Bible teaches the wholeness of creation and calls human beings to take care of the garden of Eden (Gen 2:15).

Learn more about the WCC work on Care for Creation and climate justice

“Season of Creation means focusing on our interconnectedness" - WCC press release 30 August 2019