Praying Through Creation

Genesis 1 : 1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

You may wish to complete this creation prayer in one sitting, or you may wish to work through it on the seven consecutive days.

 

 Day 1. Genesis 1: 1-5 Get up very early as the darkness turns into light. Thank God for this new day and remember that whatever happens today God will be with you.

And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.

 

Day 2. Genesis 1: 6-8 Now and throughout the day remember that all you need for life itself has been given to you by God, including the air you breathe.  Slow down your breathing and notice each breath in and out, and be thankful.

And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.

 

Day 3. Genesis 1: 9-13 Consider the abundance of plant life on Earth and the areas in which they grow. Deciduous forests and grasslands, deserts and tropical forests, high plateaus and coastlines. And join with God in declaring that it is good.

And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.

 

Day 4. Genesis 1: 14-19 Go outside in the light of the sun and picture the moon, stars, and planets and stand in awe of God’s infinite majesty. Remember that although these images may make you seem small and insignificant, God cares for all his creation and you are loved by Him.

Think about the photo of the Earth floating in space. It is our home and It is beautiful beyond words. It is God’s gift to us and so we must treasure it.

And there was evening, and there was morning—the forth day.

 

Day 5. Genesis 1: 20-23 Imagine standing on the seashore in a storm, watching the waves crash onto the shore and witness the power of Creation.

Think about the fish and other creatures that live in the seas.  Remember the images of plastic polluting our seas and how that impacts on the wildlife. Ask for God’s forgiveness for our disregard of this habitat.

Reflect on the spring we have just had and the abundance of birds and their songs we have witnessed in our locked down lives that has helped to cheered us.

And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day.

 

Day 6. Genesis 1: 24-31 Consider the diversity of the animal life that walks on the surface of the earth, each with its part to play in the life cycle of the Earth, and the dependence each has on another.  Resolve to be a better steward of God’s creation

Genesis 2 :15 ‘The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it’.

Be humbled that God made you and all the other people who have ever lived, men and women of all races, in His image.  Ask God to help you to love your neighbour as yourself.

Praise God because he is Almighty and Everlasting and because there is no limit to what he has created.

And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.

 

Day 7. Genesis 2: 1-3 In the evening take time to watch the sun set and be thankful that whatever has happened to you today God was with you.

By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

Rest in the Lord and together with of all created things, in earth and sea and sky, proclaim God’s glory.

 

Prayer Walk Around Your Home

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”  Psalm 46

This prayer walk will give you time to give thanks for what you have, but also to bring before God those people and things which need special care and attention at present. You may also wish to use the time to become aware of how much you own, and ask God to highlight for you the things you don’t need so that you can change your habits and lifestyle in the future.

Start in the Bedroom/s

Call to mind the family members who sleep in these rooms every night and thank God for them.  Remember any visitors who sleep in your spare rooms, if you have them, as well as your friends and family who are unable visit at the moment.  Ask God to end this virus quickly so that we can all be together again soon

Move to the bathroom

Turn on the tap and let the water run over your fingers. Be thankful for this constant supply of clean water, as well as for warm baths and showers which keep us smelling fresh.  Give thanks for your flushing toilet and think of those in our world who do not have this luxury.

Open the medicine cabinet.  Pray for the scientists working on a vaccine for Covid 19 that they will be successful.  Pray for NHS workers to be protected. Thank God for modern medicine and our access to it.

Go into the room where you eat your meals.

Think about the meals you have shared around a table both in your home and in the homes of others. Pray that this will soon be possible once again and give thanks for the joys of fellowship and hospitality. Bring to mind the sharing of bread and wine around God’s table in memory of Jesus’s sacrifice for us and give thanks.

Now go to the sitting room. 

Bring to mind, and be thankful for, all the things that aid our relaxation; music, books, tv’s, crosswords, sewing, computers etc. Remember a happy time spent in this room. Ask God to show you how to use your time wisely even in lockdown.

Flick on the light switch and pray for those who work to keep our energy supplied.

In the kitchen

Look in the fridge and the food cupboards.  Be thankful for all the produce that you have available.  Pray for CAP, Lord’s Larder and all those who are buying food for their neighbours and elderly relatives at present.  Give thanks and pray for the farmers, growers, delivery drivers, and shop workers working to keep our food cupboards stocked up.

Think about your bin and give thanks for those who collect your rubbish and recycling. Take time to think about the rubbish that you produce and ask God to show you ways that you can reduce this.

Go to the front or back door and think about those who are homeless, those in refugee camps, in orphanages, living as street children. Lift up each one before God who knows and loves them all.

Pray for those who live on their own and are feeling especially isolated. Ask God’s protection and peace to be poured out on those for whom home has become a prison of loneliness or a place of danger.

With all these thoughts in mind give thanks if your home has become a place of safety and refuge for you at the moment, and remember that

“The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.” Nahum 1:7

A Garden Prayer Walk

Perhaps you are finding it a struggle to concentrate on prayer at the moment, or maybe you always find it challenging…you wouldn’t be alone in that! Here is a different kind of prayer that enables you to spend time out in God’s amazing creation, whilst also spending time with the creator.

All you will need is a copy of this prayer walk and an outside space near plants and trees.

A Garden Prayer Walk

  1. “Now the Lord God planted a garden… and made all kinds of trees grow.” Genesis 2:8-9
    Meditation: Praise the Creator God – Maker of Heaven and Earth. God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.”
    Senses: Sight and hearing. Look over the garden, trees, and beyond.
  2. “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” Mark 4:9
    Meditation: Listen, still your heart before the Lord and, like Samuel, say “Speak Lord, for your servant is listening.” Listen to the wind/breeze and grasses, flowers, and other plants rustling in the wind. Is God telling you something here?
    Senses: Hearing
  3. “They are a fragrant offering, and acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.” Philippians 4:18
    Meditation: Ask the Lord to show you areas of your life that are not ‘sweet smelling.’ Make confession and then ask for God’s forgiveness. Now ask the Lord to show you areas of your life that are ‘sweet smelling’ and ask God to strengthen them and thank God. Let your praise be an incense.
    Senses: Smell
  4. “I am my beloved and he is mine; he browses among the lilies.” Song of Solomon 6:3
    Meditation: See with understanding that you are God’s precious child. Receive God’s love. Observe things in detail. Look at the birds, insects, wildlife, flowers, and the general biodiversity that exists.
    Senses: Sight
  5. “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.” Matthew 9:21
    Meditation: Open yourself to God’s touch, whether for your body, mind or spirit. Receive from God.
    Senses: Touch. Feel the various leaves in this area – sharp, waxy, soft and spiky.
  6. “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” Isaiah 55:2
    Meditation: Where are you on your spiritual journey? Are you dry and thirsty? Are you feeding your soul? O taste and see that the Lord is good! Trust in God and be encouraged as you seek more of God. Taste and smell the fresh lemon mint (or whatever is in front of you) and allow the Holy Spirit to infuse your mind and body.
    Senses: Taste.
  7. “For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow.” Isaiah 61:11
    Meditation: God is the God of newness and renewal. See where God has renewed you and brought newness, and give thanks. The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed. Jesus reminds us that the smallest of seeds can grow into trees. We live in a broken world and we can bring shelter to the needy.
    Senses: Smell, touch and sight. (Pick a sprig of lavender or something else available)
  8. “Praise the Lord from the earth, small creatures and flying birds.” Psalm 148:7-12
    Meditation: God is our provider. God cares for the sparrows, and how much more precious are we? Thank God for providing even if currently you are struggling to see it. Ask God to meet you in creation and look for signs of God’s personality and presence in the things God has made.
    Senses: Hearing and sight. Listen and see the birds feeding.
  9. “The angel showed me the river of water of life.” Revelation 22:1
    Meditation: Invite the Holy Spirit to come and bubble up afresh in your life. Listen to the music of running water. (If there is no running water, imagine the sound of it in your mind).
    Senses: Hearing, sight and touch. (Feel the cool water).
  10. “He leads me beside quiet waters.” Psalm 23:2
    Meditation: Lay down any burdens that are lingering and let the Lord lead you by still waters. Think about tranquility and peace.
    Senses: Hearing and sight.
  11. “In this place I will give peace.” Haggai 2:9
    Meditation: May you know God’s peace in every aspect of your life. May God truly bless you.

 

Source: https://thebigandthesmall.com/blog/2018/10/29/garden-prayer-walk

Lockdown Bingo

Here’s a good game for you to play – Lockdown Bingo!

We are aware that we are now heading into our 5th week of lock down and you may have painted every bit of the house that can be painted, and if you bake and eat any more cake you’ll need to build an extension.

So here is a specially designed game of bingo. You must complete 3 tasks which are next to each other, either vertically, horizontally or diagonally, so that you can draw a straight line through them. In each line there must be one green task, one yellow task and one purple task. You may even want to have a go at all of them to achieve a full house.

Where appropriate do send us your efforts (to jennifer@sjyeovil.org.uk) so that we and everybody else can benefit from your creativity. All ages welcomed although you may need to assist a younger child. All star players will be acknowledged appropriately. Have fun!!

This Bingo grid is also available on the St John’s Church Yeovil Facebook page.

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