Saturdays 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.

Saturday’s prayers use themes related to Christ’s light and life being brought to the darkness of world and death.

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

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You are the fountain of life;
in your light we see light.
Your word is a lantern to our feet
and a light upon our paths.
Sustain us according to your promise
and we shall live.
My soul faints with longing for your salvation,
and in your word have I put my hope.

Psalm[s] and reading[s].

The word that goes out from God’s mouth shall not return empty,
it shall accomplish God’s purpose,
and succeed in what it is sent to do.

Quiet and/or shared reflection.

Canticle of the day, below, may be used or a hymn.

Great and wonderful are your deeds, Lord God the Almighty.
Just and true are your ways, O ruler of the nations.
Who shall not revere and praise your name, O Lord?
For you alone are holy.
All nations shall come and worship in your presence:
for your just dealings have been revealed.
To the One who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be blessing and honour and glory and might,
for ever and ever. Amen.

[Adapted from text © The Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England]

A collect may be said

O Lord, open our lips
And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Blessèd are You, O Most High God, we are awed and give you honour for with you is the well of life,
In your light we see light.
Praise and thanksgiving, silent or aloud.
God in heaven; You are as a father and a mother to us,
Hallowed be your name

Let your light chase the shadows from the situations we bring you now in our concern.
We recall people, planet and events before God, silently or aloud. You might consider using the prayers for COP26 resource.
In the kingdom of light, death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more and God will wipe away every tear.

Faithful One, reconcile us with the rest of your Creation; ripen the first fruits of your will on earth:
Your kindom come.

Grow Christ’s governance and extend Christ’s peace.

Faithful One, reconcile us with the rest of your Creation, ripen the first fruits of your will on earth:
Your kindom come.

Let your Spirit fill all things: may all flesh know you and creation’s groaning be ended.

Faithful One, reconcile us with the rest of your Creation, ripen the first fruits of your will on earth:
Your kingdom come.

As we seek to walk in the Light, you work to supply our need
sharing of needs, silently or aloud ….
Seeking first your righteousness
All things needful shall be granted.

Jesus proclaimed ‘The Kingdom of God is at hand, change your outlook and commit yourselves to the Good News’
We pause to recognise what of our life needs to change in the light of God’s Reign.
When the shadows we have cast have hidden the light for others,
Father forgive.
We reflect on what we may need to forgive
We forgive the shadows others have cast on our lives.
Father forgive.
This we call to mind and therefore we have hope:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,
God’s mercies never come to an end:
They are new every morning,
Great is your faithfulness, O Lord:
great is your faithfulness.
[Lamentations 3:19 ff]

We reflect on the coming day: its potential challenges to us being Good News, recognising we may face things we are not prepared for.

In all that today may bring; the anticipated and the surprising, the pleasant and the testing; go before us, alert us to the real issues,
strengthen us for Good,
awaken us if we sleepwalk into sin,
show us the way out of the Darkness
and fill us with love, hope and peace
as we cling fast to you.
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?

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

Daily Prayer in climate emergency navigation page -for reference.

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