Advent in climate emergency

The themes of Advent are the future of creation and the end of things, the justice and mercy of God’s judgement. This form is part of the collection of forms of prayer in climate emergency. -more here about the underlying principles for that collection.

At this point, this is a provisional form, and alterations may be made from time to time.

—————– ɷˡˡ̷ —————

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. 1

…Pause to recognise God’s presence.

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

Psalms and readings. When they have been read, a collect may be said.

Zechariah’s Praise may be said. Here, it has been divided into four stanzas. You may like to read out a different part each day.

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
2.

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 upon all your creatures. 3       

…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

Light is on the horizon; a day is coming when wickedness will die back never to re-germinate. Just and merciful God, hasten that Day and in this age preview your new creation:

Extend your Reign, O God
Let Godly hopes prevail.

Concerns and biddings for the good of the world in silence or aloud …

In that day, the groaning of creation will be fulfilled in freedom and glory. Extend 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. Extend your Reign, O God
Let Godly hopes prevail.

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

As we walk the path of your Dream of a healed creation, a peaceable kin_dom and a beloved community, may we know your hand supplying our needs.

… recalling, before God, our own needs in silence or aloud...

In providing our daily bread, Extend 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, Extend your Reign, O God
Let Godly hopes prevail.

As we seek to tread lightly on the earth walking the way of Christ, let us consider the challenges to our faithfulness and planetary good neighbourliness the coming hours may bring, and that unknowns lie ahead…
Guide us O God:
by your light to live
by your grace, forgive
to speak well to all
to act on your call
in storm find your rest
in nature -seek its best
Your wisdom to know
Christ’s presence to show
Father, may we be, in this world, the leaven
And may your will be done on earth
as it is in heaven.

—————– ɷˡˡ̷ —————


1 Psalm 85:8

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

3 See Psalm 52

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