Tuesdays in climate emergency

These climate emergency prayers are offered with the hope that you will help refine them. Please consider responding to some or all of the questions at the end in the comments box to help in the refining and reworking process.

Tuesday’s prayers tend to draw on the themes of Christ’s return and the consummation of creation at the End of all things.

There is a brief guide to the principles informing daily prayer in climate emergency here.

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We will listen to what the Lord God will say
for God shall speak peace to his people
to the faithful shall God speak
that we do not turn again to folly     [from Psalm 85:8].

Pause to recognise God’s presence.

My soul faints with longing for your salvation,
and in your word have I put my hope.

Psalm[s] and reading[s]. When they have been read a collect may be said.

                                Reflection. A framework for reflection is available

Zechariah’s Praise may be said (other canticles available):
Blessed are you, Lord God of Israel;
you have come to your people and set us free.
You have raised up for us a mighty Saviour,
born of the house of your servant David.
Through your holy prophets you promised of old
to save us from our enemies,
from the hands of all who hate us;
to show mercy to our forebears
and to remember your holy covenant.
This was the oath you swore to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
free to worship you without fear,
holy and righteous before you,
all the days of our life.
In your tender compassion, O God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

                              Based on the ELLC version of the Song of Zachariah aka The Benedictus.


We wait upon your loving-kindness, O God,
in the midst of creation, your temple.
As with your name, O God,
so your praise reaches to the ends of the earth;
your right hand is full of justice.
and your mercy is over all your creatures.
when any further expressions of praise and thanks have been shared:

Gracious compassionate God, your Dayspring scatters the deathly shades haunting our darkness: as your beloved children, we rejoice:
Hallowed be your name

Bring about your Reign, O God
Let Godly hopes prevail.
A day is coming and has already begun, when all good hopes will blossom and wickedness will die back never to re-germinate. Just and merciful God, hasten that Day and in this age give us a foretaste of your new creation: Bring about your Reign, O God
let Godly hopes prevail.
                       Concerns and biddings for the good of the world ( You might consider using the prayers for COP26 resource).
In that day, the groaning of creation will be fulfilled in freedom and glory. Bring about your Reign, O God
Let Godly hopes prevail.

In that day, death and mourning, crying and pain will be no more
and God will wipe away every tear. Bring about your Reign, O God
Let Godly hopes prevail.

In that Day, your Spirit will fill all things and all shall know you.
Bring about your Reign, O God
Let Godly hopes prevail.

As we walk the path of your Dream of a healed creation, a peaceable kindom and a beloved community, may we know your hand supplying our needs.
                      … recalling of needs in silence or aloud
In giving our daily bread,
Bring about your Reign, O God
Let Godly hopes prevail.

Give us this day the courage and insight to forgive others as you forgive us our trespasses …

Like carbon to the atmosphere:
We have added to the world’s woes
Like nutrients from the soil;
We have taken without restoring.
Like heat to the oceans
We have sown destruction

Have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us.
                       A moment of silence for reception of God’s mercy and grace …
in our forgiving and being forgiven:
Bring in your Reign, O God
Let Godly hopes prevail.

As we seek to forge a new future living the new life of Christ, let us reflect on what challenges to our faithfulness and integrity the coming hours may bring, and pause before the many unknowns of our future

When we are assailed by temptation
strengthen us.
when our commitment to your Love is put to trial,
save us.
When evil ensnares
free us.
For yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory,
now and forever. Amen

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Questions, having prayed these words: are there any phrases or structures that you found helpful or that you particularly liked? Are there any changes that occurred to you that could be helpful? Is there anything missing or that needs tweaking?

Daily Prayer in climate emergency navigation page -for reference.

5 thoughts on “Tuesdays in climate emergency

  1. In that day, death and mourning, crying and pain will be no more
    and God will wipe away every tear. Bring about your Reign, O God
    Let Godly hopes prevail.

    In that day, death and mourning, crying and pain will be no more
    and God will wipe away every tear.
    Bring about your Reign, O God
    Let Godly hopes prevail

    This is almost a repeat us this OK ?

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    1. Thanks for noticing that and mentioning it. I’ll have a look again and sort it out. I think it was an accident of editing; misplacing a copy and paste …

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  2. It’s not a typo, it’s deliberate. However, it is worth considering whether to make it ‘kingdom’ -meaning is different and it could lose the sense of ‘kin’ which is equalising in ‘king’ which is hierarchical. Maybe ‘kin_dom’ or ‘kin-dom’ might make clear that it isn’t an accident …

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