Magnificat Days in Climate Emergency

This form of prayer is for use on days when Mary the mother of Jesus is remembered. Principally 15 August but also 25 March, 8 September are other days she is traditionally remembered. This form uses the Magnificat from Luke 1:46ff as its main inspiration.

A woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to Jesus, ‘Blessed is the womb that bore you and the breasts that nursed you!’ But Jesus said, ‘Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it!’  [i]

As we hear God’s word, Holy Spirit, come upon us:
Power of the Most High, overshadow us.

Psalms and readings are announced and read.

We will treasure these words
and ponder them in our hearts

Reflection (together with others where possible), silently and/or aloud

Here we are, servants of the Lord;
let it be with us according to your word.

After the readings and reflection, a canticle may be said or sung. The most suitable is the following.

A song from scripture based on the 

Magnificat (The Song of Mary)
My soul proclaims your greatness O Lord;
my spirit rejoices in you O God our Saviour,
You have looked with favour on your lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call us blessed:
Almighty, you have done great things for us,
and holy is your name.
You have mercy on those who fear you
from generation to generation.
You have shown strength with your arm
and scattered the proud in their conceit,
casting down the mighty from their thrones
and lifting up the lowly.
You have filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.
You have come to the help of your servant Israel,
remembering your promise of mercy,
the promise made to our forebears,
to Abraham and his children forever. [ii]

From our hearts we magnify You, O Lord,
We rejoice in the spirit O God our Saviour,
You have shown favour to your lowly servants.
You have remembered your promises of mercy

  … Songs and/or words of praise and thanksgiving could be shared here…
Almighty, you have done great things for us
and holy is your name.

Show strength with your arm, O God
scatter the proud in the imaginations of their hearts.
Cast down the mighty from their thrones
Send away oppressors
Restore the earth and renew her lifeways
Free her from her exploiters.

Concerns for the planet, climate, society, the church and individuals are shared …

Lift up the lowly.
Fill the hungry with good things     

We consider what we need to continue serving God …

Lest we be scattered from God’s purposes, brought down, or sent away empty, let us repent; asking and offering forgiveness.

Pause to reflect on forgiving and being forgiven.
Have mercy upon us
According to your promises.
Have mercy upon us
And show us favour
Have mercy upon us
As we in turn have mercy.

God says to all who repent; Do not be afraid, for you have found favour with God.’        

Though the Lord be high, he watches over the lowly.
Let’s pause to give our coming hours over to God’s guiding and guarding
              …
Though we walk in the midst of trouble, O God;
you will preserve us.
You will stretch forth your hand against the fury of our enemies;
your right hand will save us.
Make good your purpose for us;
your loving-kindness, O Lord, endures for ever
forsake not the work of your hands.
Make good your purpose for us. [iii]


From this day forward may we be blessed
For the Almighty does great things for us.


[i] Luke 11:27-8

[ii] Based on the ELLC translation of Luke 1:46-55.

[iii] Ps.138:6-8

Transfiguration in Climate Emergency

The feast of Transfiguration is on 6 August. Consider using this form for a few days following too. Many ideas and phrases in the prayers below come from the accounts in Matthew 16:28-17:8 and its parallels in Mark and Luke.

Lord, it is good for us to be here [i]
For your Spirit is with us

     We pause to recognise God’s presence.

Our hearts respond to your call ‘Seek my face.’
Your face, Lord, will we seek. One thing we ask of you Lord
and this is what we seek:
to dwell at your meeting place all our lives’ days
To behold your loveliness, and think on your ways.[ii]

 …

As we hear the scriptures
may we listen to your Beloved.
Overshadow us and speak to us
for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit

Scriptures and a time of quiet and/or shared reflection.

By the Spirit, we hear God’s voice from heaven, In Christ we have the message more fully confirmed. Let us be attentive to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place.[iii]

A collect may be said.

Canticle of Solomon
Yours, O Lord, are the greatness,
the power, the glory,
the victory, and the majesty;
for all that is in the heavens
and on the earth is yours;
yours is the kingdom, O Lord,
and you are exalted as head above all.[iv]

Your steadfast love, O Lord, is in the heavens,
your faithfulness reaches the skies.[v]
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens.
Let your glory be over all the earth.[vi]

We honour you and thank you: in Christ we are your beloved children, with whom you are well pleased. In Christ you are transforming us from one degree of glory to another by the working of the Holy Spirit.

And so, we laud your name:
Holy, holy, holy God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory
Hosanna in the highest.

In the transfiguration, we glimpse a world reflecting God’s glory, we long for transfigurations of here-and-now realities into anticipations of the new heaven and new earth.

              …

Your kingdom come
your will be done on earth as in heaven.

Give us wisdom to share sensitively with all people the good news so that all may behold your glory in the face of Jesus Christ.

Your kingdom come
your will be done on earth as in heaven.

By the hopes of the prophets, we are emboldened to cry out for justice, mercy and peace.

              …

Your kingdom come
your will be done on earth as in heaven.

Sensing the groaning of creation[vii] in us and around us, we cry out for humanity to step up to serve and guard the earth[viii].

              …

Your kingdom come
your will be done on earth as in heaven.

As we accompany Christ to the wheres and whens that touch glory, be our provider

              …

Your kingdom come
your will be done on earth as in heaven.

Forgive us that in various ways, big and small, we have grieved the Spirit as we have resisted being transformed into the likeness of Christ Jesus.

          ……

Gracious God, glorify your name,
We glory in your forgiveness.

Enfold our forgiving of others into your transfiguration of creation that we may continually participate in the transformation of the world.

              …

Give us grace to forgive:
Work your glory into our forgiveness.
Lead us so we do not sleepwalk into sin
awaken us to the signs of glory around us.
Preserve us from attempts to make permanent the provisional;
And from the paralysing fear of the new and challenging.
In the midst of the strange and misunderstandable;
Give us ears to hear you and heart to follow Jesus.
Yours is the Kingdom, the power and the glory,
now and forever. Amen.

We go being transformed into Christ’s image,
from one degree of glory to another ;
This comes from the Lord, the Spirit.
Amen.


[i] Matthew 17:4 -allusions to the same passage can be found throughout this form for prayer.

[ii] From Psalm 27

[iii] See 2 Peter 1:19

[iv] 1 Chronicles 29:10-11

[v] Psalm 36:5

[vi] Psalm 57:11

[vii] Romans 8:22

[viii] Genesis 2:15

Sundays in climate emergency

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

Sunday’s prayers commemorate Jesus’ rising from death.

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Source of all life, as a child to her mother:
We turn to you
Saviour of all life, as music to song:
We turn to you.
Sustainer of all life, as a flower towards the sun:
We turn to you.

Our hearts tell of your word, ‘Seek my face.’
Your face, Lord, will we seek

The Psalms and Reading[s] then a time of quiet and/or shared reflection.

After the readings:
Here ends the reading and reflecting.
Here begins its outworking.

Jesus asks.
Do you Love me?
A few moments to respond inwardly
Together may we say:
Lord, you know that we love you.
Jesus says: “Tend my sheep”, “Follow me”.
Amen.
Amen

A collect may be said.

Blessèd are you, God, redeemer and life-giver;
to you be glory and praise for ever!
In the beginning, you spoke the world into being from the unformed emptiness.
In Christ you spoke the Word of life into the unmaking void of death,
raising your Life from death and enfolding us in that victory.
God of new and eternal life:
Hallowed be your name

We ask for God’s eternal-life-giving to be manifest in our world, saying: Living God:
glorify your name
Concerns for the world and its people are brought before God, either at this point closing with the series of one-line responses below, or after that series or using each one-liner to prompt further prayers. There is a prayer guide here a selection of prayer concerns relating to the environment here and other resources here to help pray about climate-related matters.

In this world rent with sin and death, let us find blessings and common grace; (especially we consider …) Living God:
glorify your name.

In our world’s global community and living systems; (especially we consider …)
Living God:
glorify your name.

In your church as we proclaim your new life in thought and word and deed; (especially we consider …) Living God:
glorify your name.

Among all whose lives our lives touch, friends, colleagues and families; Living God: (especially we consider …)
glorify your name.

In our laughter, and tears, in our fear and our hope; (especially we consider …) Living God:
glorify your name.

In our needs and weakness in our provision and supply; Living God:
glorify your name.  
(we consider our own needs before God …)
Glorify your name, Provisioning God:
glorify your name in all the earth
[Rewritten from a prayer in Patterns of Worship, 1995]

Ever-compassionate God, we come to you sorrowing for dishonouring you and for our part in the marring of creation and disrespect for our neighbours.
Recollection of what we need to confess.
We have lived aside from truth and away from fullness of Life.
Merciful God, forgive us.
And restore us to life.
We have laid others in the tomb of our unforgiveness, withholding the word of life.
Forgive us, Merciful God
And restore us to life-giving.
Let us attend; Christ breathes upon us the peace and forgiveness of God.
a moment for quiet reflection on our forgiveness.
Who will rescue us from this body of death?
Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

As we seek to forge a new future living the new life of Christ let us reflect on what the coming hours may bring, and pause to recognise the unexpected and unforeseeable will be part of our future .

When temptation seems to entomb us,
Roll away the stone.
When our values seem tested to destruction
Raise our hopes to new life.
When good and right ways ahead seem closed,
Help us to find your way through.
When we go forward expecting to anoint the dead
Surprise us with your Life.
When we walk in the old order of sin and death
Walk beside us, remind us of your purposes and reveal yourself to us afresh.
You have created us in Christ for good,
Help us to walk the paths you have prepared for us.

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

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Saturdays in climate emergency

Saturday’s prayers themes relate 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. There is a prayer guide here a selection of prayer concerns relating to the environment here and other resources here to help pray about climate-related matters.
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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Fridays in climate emergency

On Fridays, many of the prayers reflect the theme of the temptations, the passion and crucifixion of Christ.

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

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As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul longs after you, O God.
My soul thirsts for you, the living God.

What is it that we seek?
We seek God’s reign and righteousness.
Let’s seek with all our reflecting
Amen. God be our wisdom.
Let’s seek with all our attentiveness
Amen. God be our centre
Let’s seek with all our valuing
Amen. God be our vision.
Let’s seek with all our efforts
Amen. God be our souls’ shelter

On the cross, Jesus framed fracturing-life’s ebb with words from scripture,
May we frame our lives’ flow primed by God’s word. Let us attend!

Psalm[s] and reading[s].
A reflective pause… A collect may be said

Jesus call us to faith in Him.
…. [pause for reflection]
Lord, we believe,
help us in our unbelief.

The Song of Christ’s Glory

Though in the form of God,
Christ disregarded equality with God
as something to be held.
Jesus disrobed himself,
taking on the form of a slave.
Born in human likeness;
found in human form.
Christ humbled himself
bowing even to death on a cross.
So God highly exalted him
giving him the name above every name.
meaning at the name of Jesus
every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

[From Philippians 2]

We will give God thanks:
You are our help and our God.
Blessèd and hallowed be your name, compassionate, gracious and merciful God: you seek us out in the desert wastes of our sin, you exchange beauty of reconciliation for the ashes of our rebellion, and you set within our hearts a bittersweet delight in what you have made.

Further praise and thanks may be shared.

Father in heaven
Hallowed be your name.


The forces that brought Jesus to the Cross still act, driving us all towards End of life, we pray for those who hunger and thirst for all to be made right, that they may be filled

Your kingdom come, your will be done:
Let us live by the word that comes from your mouth.

In a world full, and ever fuller, of insecurity and danger, we pray for the protection of the vulnerable

Your kingdom come, your will be done:
Let us live by the word that comes from your mouth.

In a world where powers and wealth slip from accountability, we pray for those who make decisions affecting the lives of people and planet

Your kingdom come, your will be done:
Let us live by the word that comes from your mouth.

In a world needing the ministry of angels in many guises, some unawares, we pray for the needs and concerns known to us.

Your kingdom come, your will be done:
Let us live by the word that comes from your mouth.

In a world where there is bread enough for all, we remember those who do not have and pray for the will and means of supply, globally and locally. In the abundance of this earth preserve and repair the web of life which sustains us.
There is a prayer guide here a selection of prayer concerns relating to the environment here and other resources here to help pray about climate-related matters.
Your kingdom come, your will be done:
Let us live by the word that comes from your mouth
seeking first your kingdom & righteousness, may all things needful be added to us.
Prayers for needs may be voiced….
You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.

Search us, O God, and know our hearts;
test and know our thoughts.
See if there is any wicked way in us,
and lead us in the way everlasting
[see Ps.139:23-4]
pause for reflection

Our souls cleave to the dust;  
give us life according to your word.
Take from us the way of falsehood;   
be gracious to us.
We would run in the way of your forgiveness:
set our hearts at liberty.

O Soul be joyful; the loving God stretches out his merciful hand to you.

Make us instruments of your peace:
and let your glory be over all the earth.
…pause to reflect on the coming day…
Tempted to breaden stones:
May your Word give us life.
Tested by intimations of invincibility:
Make us wise in your ways.
Trialled by the seductions of power:
Keep us true to you.

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Thursdays in climate emergency

Thursday’s prayers tend to reflect the themes of the season of Epiphany.

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Let us pray that the flame of God’s loving presence may spring up in our hearts and transform us by the knowledge of divine glory.
A light may be lit as the following prayer is said by all:
We take refuge in God’s earthing in flesh;
immersion in death;
rising to Life.
We take refuge in the Love of God;
the Good News of Christ;
the prayers of the faithful.

[Based on a prayer from the Church of South India]

As we hear the scriptures read, may they lead us to the Christ. And may we find in Jesus the fulfilment of all our searching.
Psalm[s] and reading[s]. There may be a time of quiet and/or shared reflection.A framework for reflection may be used.When the readings and reflection are finished…

Blessed are those who hear the word of God
And do it.
Jesus calls us to continue to follow him.

Lord Christ Jesus, we hear your call.
To whom shall we go?
You have the words of eternal life.
We believe and know you are the Holy One of God. 

A collect may be said

The Nunc dimittis (The Song of Simeon)  or some other, may be said or sung together.

Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace:
your word has been fulfilled.
My own eyes have seen the salvation
which you have prepared in the sight of every people:
a light to reveal you to the nations
and the glory of your people Israel.

ELLC version of Luke 2:29-32
Hallowed be your name, in the Beloved by the Spirit;
as in the beginning, so now and for ever. Amen.

Be exalted O God, above the heavens
Your glory is throughout the earth.
Your loving-kindness is higher than the heavens
Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
expressions of praise and thanks may be made silently or aloud
Our God in heaven, father and mother to us,
Hope of creation, Fulfilling the promise of the ages
Hallowed be your name!

In a world needing wisdom to read its own stars, faithful God,
glorify your name.
Among those who are excluded and held at the margins, faithful God,
glorify your name.
In lifting up the lowly and filling the hungry with good things, faithful God,
glorify your name
In the search for meaning and fullness of life, faithful God,
glorify your name.
In the naming and framing of new knowledge, faithful God,
glorify your name.
In serving and keeping the earth, faithful God,
glorify your name
In resistance to pollution, exploitation and extinction, faithful God,
glorify your name

other petitions. There is a prayer guide here a selection of prayer concerns relating to the environment here and other resources here to help pray about climate-related matters

In meek pursuit of God’s just and gentle ways, we find ourselves in need of means and sustenance
Pause to recognise our needs
As you provide for us, sustain us and equip us to serve you, faithful God,
glorify your name.

Yet our ways have too often not followed after God’s wisdom and we have obstructed God’s priorities.
Pause to bring our wrongs repentantly to God
As we turn from our sins and turn to Christ this day
faithful God,
glorify your name.
And we have failed to extend to others the courtesy of the forgiveness and forbearance we ourselves enjoy and rely upon.
we recall before God any grudges or vengefulness we harbour ..
As we forgo our claims on others for revenge. and recompense for wrongs
faithful God,
glorify your name.

As we seek to be guided by the star of Christ’s coming and be faithful to our baptism, let us reflect on what challenges to our faithfulness and integrity the coming hours may bring, and pause respectfully before the many unknowns of our future.
Pause for recollection.
Today into our lives we weave
The ways of God with the air we breathe.
Facing times of trial and stress
We call upon God’s power to bless.
When we pass through joyful things
We make to God our thanksgivings.
All who in body or mind we meet
may God through us both touch and greet.
In every task and deed that’s done
We weave the purpose of the Son.

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Wednesdays in climate emergency

Wednesday’s prayers draw on the themes of Christ’s incarnation.

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— ɷˡˡ̷ —

Through the Word, all was made that has been made.
And the Word became flesh and lived among us
Pause

We take refuge in God’s earthing in flesh;
immersion in death;
rising to Life.
We take refuge in the Love of God;
the Good News of Christ;
the prayers of the faithful.

As we hear the scriptures read, may they lead us to the Christ and may we find in Jesus the fulfilment of all our searching.
Psalm(s) and reading[s].
Blessed are those who hear the word of God
And obey it.
There may be a time of quiet and/or shared reflection.
A framework for reflection, using the pattern of the Lord’s prayer may be used. When readings and reflection are done
, a collect may be used.

Mary’s Song (based on the Magnificat -The Song of Mary) may be said (or sung)
Based on the ELLC translation of Luke 1:46-55

My soul proclaims your greatness O Lord;
my spirit rejoices in you O God our Saviour,
You have looked with favour on your lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call us blessed:
Almighty, you have done great things for us,
and holy is your name.
You have mercy on those who fear you
from generation to generation.
You have shown strength with your arm
and scattered the proud in their conceit,
casting down the mighty from their thrones
and lifting up the lowly.
You have filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.
You have come to the help of your servant Israel,
remembering your promise of mercy,
the promise made to our forebears,
to Abraham and his children forever.

Glory to God in the highest:
how glorious is your name in all the world.
Holy, holy holy, Lord, God of power and might.
Heaven and earth are full of your glory!

…expressions of of praise and thanks …

O God, you have done great things for us
And holy is your name.

Let everything that has breath flourish and fulfil your purposes, O God!
May your commonwealth of peace and freedom sustain our hope and come on earth.
Father, may your will be fleshed out:
on earth as in heaven.
You desire the liberation of creation in bondage to decay
Loving Creator, may your will be be fleshed out:
on earth as in heaven.
You call for peace and justice
Carer for Life, may your will be be fleshed out:
on earth as in heaven.
You want all to come to a knowledge of salvation
Lover of all souls, may your will be be fleshed out:
on earth as in heaven.
Concerns and biddings for the the world’s good and God’s. There is a prayer guide here a selection of prayer concerns relating to the environment here and other resources here to help pray about climate-related matters...

Everliving all-loving God, may your will be be fleshed out:
on earth as in heaven.

With the bread we need for today, feed us.
Into what will sustain our life in you, lead us.
… reflection and requests for daily bread and provision.
We look to you to supply our need, be our provider and strength.
Father, may your will be be fleshed out:
on earth as in heaven.

Forgiving God, we recognise that we have avoided your call, shirked responsibilities and mis-stewarded your gifts to us.

God forgive us
And Let grace live within us
Sharing God; we have resisted expressing your life and bringing to birth your kin-dom.

God forgive us
And Let grace live within us

God who first loved us, help us to love others by forgiving.

God forgive us
And Let grace live within us
There may be silence to reflect on forgiving. After an appropriate interval, words of forgiveness may be said.

As we seek to live embodying the values and commitments of God’s just and gentle Rule, let us reflect on challenges to our faithfulness and integrity that may lie in our future, and let’s recognise the way ahead has many unknowns which may wrongfoot us.

We are called to bear Christ into our world. With Mary we ask, how can this be?

We take to heart the Angel’s reply:
The power of the Most High will overshadow you; with God it is possible:
Let it be to us according to your Word.

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