Climate office

This was imagined originally to be used with online learning events and potentially at IRL events where concern for the climate emergency is in mind. It is envisaged that the first section of the order of prayer is used at the beginning and then the majority of the session takes place and in the last five minutes or so the final prayers would be used to round of the event. There are also forms for daily prayer in climate emergency.

— ɷˡˡ̷ —

We come with faith:
and we seek understanding.

We come with doubts:
and we seek understanding.

We come with griefs:
and we seek understanding.

Of our own hearts and misdesirings:
we seek understanding.

Of your ways and will:
we seek understanding.

For pre-empting the dangers of this present darkness:
we seek understanding.

scriptures, discussion, reflections …

The world is charged with your grandeur, O God:
It flames out, like shining from shook foil.

We lift our hearts:
For your Spirit is with us.

You remember we are but dust:
Tenderly you hold us

You know us with compassion and mercy,
Hallowed be your name.

We recall the glimpses of God’s goodness, grace and love

We grieve for fraying the web of life we love.
We rail at the losses we contemplate.

We place before God the losses and concerns of our hearts  …

Transform our prospects
Turn our grief to solidarity

Bringing to God the campaigns we hold dear. (For example: this prayer guide)

Still the Breath of Life over the bent world broods
with warm breast and bright wings

Holding before God the people who protest … (some information here)

The work before us is daunting and hard.
Provision us for the labour
As we set our hands to remedy human ill.

Considering before God what we need collectively & individually in seeking truth, justice and charity

Equip us and strengthen us
To lean into the flourishing of life on earth.
We long for words of comfort,
yet find them hard to hear.
Knowing we are emmeshed in the harming of your creation,
Redeem our failures
Bind up the wounds of past mistakes.

Recycle your forgiveness of us
Into our forgiveness of others.

Rework our anger as energy for repair of the world
Refashion our guilt as active love.
And for all this, nature is never spent;
There lives the dearest freshness deep down things; *
Wherever we will tread is crammed with heaven
And every common bush afire with God.**

For daily prayer forms in climate emergency begin at this page.

(with acknowledgements to *Gerard Manley Hopkins,** Elizabeth Barret Browning and Common Worship)

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