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.

— ɷˡˡ̷ —

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.

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Fridays 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.

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.

— ɷˡˡ̷ —

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.
You might consider using the prayers for COP26 resource.
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

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.

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

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

— ɷˡˡ̷ —

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. Please consider using the prayers for COP26 resource.

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

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.

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

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

— 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
Father, may your will be be fleshed out:
on earth as in heaven.
You call for peace and justice
Father, may your will be be fleshed out:
on earth as in heaven.
You want all to come to a knowledge of salvation
Father, may your will be be fleshed out:
on earth as in heaven.
Concerns and biddings for the the world’s good and God’s agenda are mentioned here. You could use the prayers for COP26 resource.

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 likely forthcoming challenges to our faithfulness and integrity, and let’s recognise our future has many unknowns to 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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Mondays 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.

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

You can listen and join in using this podcast link.

— ɷˡˡ̷ —

God is the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people upon it and spirit to those who walk in it. [Isaiah 42:5]

Who is it that we seek?
We seek God: Maker, Begotten and Upholding.
Let’s seek God with all our heart
Amen. God be our centre.
Let’s seek God with all our soul
Amen. God be our vision.
Let’s seek God with all our mind
Amen. God be our wisdom.
Let’s seek God with all our strength
Amen. God be our souls’ shelter.

God, by your Spirit, move over the face of our hearts and minds.
order our decisions, enliven our attitudes and
enlighten our thinking; enticing our reflection towards  your Wisdom.
pause…
Reader: Let us listen for the word of life.
The Psalms and readings are announced and read. When all have been read:
Reader: God has sent forth the word
May it not return empty.
A framework for reflection, using the pattern of the Lord’s prayer may be used. We resume with a canticle:

You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honour and power,
for you made all things,
by your will everything persists
and was created *

Hallowed be your name in the Beloved by the Spirit;
as in the beginning, so now and for ever. Amen.

A collect may be said

Everliving God, the heavens declare your praise and yet cannot contain your glory. We join with all creation in honouring you.
Expressions of praise and thanks may be shared here
Blessèd are you, creator God;
to you be glory and praise for ever!
Your Breath was over the unformed creation, and your Spirit overshadowed Mary as the Christ was enwombed, and now flares up, intimating your delight in us, reassuring that we are your children,
Our God In heaven, you are as a father and a mother to us:
Hallowed be your name!

Creator God, send your Spirit forth to bring abundant life to human desolations: free us with truth; awaken us to the urgencies of just such times as this; empower the dispossessed.
You might consider using the prayers for COP26 resource.… prayers or biddings, ending with:
Send forth your Spirit:
And renew the face of the earth. **
Create justice,
Grow peace
Renew creation.
… prayers or biddings, ending with:
Send forth your Spirit:
And renew the face of the earth.
Everliving Lover of our souls, you draw all people to yourself, wooing us Spirit to spirit. We remember before you hearts and minds in need of turning to truth, life and love.
 prayers or biddings. The leader ends this section with:
Send forth your Spirit:
And renew the face of the earth.

Passionately faithful God; may the eternal flame of your Spirit burn in our souls and warm the lives we touch in person, process or in prayer.
prayers or biddings may be added here, ending with
Breathe your Spirit forth:
And renew the depths of our lives.

Provisioning God upholding all things by your Spirit, sustain us with the daily bread which earth has given and human hands have made
prayers or biddings for God’s provision may be added here, ending with
Breathe your Spirit forth:
And renew the depths of our lives.

We acknowledge that we have doused your Spirit, turned aside from Wisdom and begrudged others

Set aside our wrongs, we implore, help us to truly turn
to know
and offer
joyful forgiveness,

Breathe your Spirit forth:
And renew the depths of our lives.
Let us attend; Christ breathes upon us the peace and forgiveness of God.
a moment for quiet reflection on our forgiveness.

Father may your Spirit overshadow us: in all that challenges; do not let us fall away from you.
before God we think about the coming hours.
When we are becalmed
blow us forward into your purposes.
If we grow cold towards your ways and purposes,
Rekindle your love in our spirits.
If we find ourselves tested in a dry place,
Water our souls.
In our living of this day:
yours be the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Notes

 *  Revelation 4:11
** See Psalm 104:30

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Daily Prayer in Climate Emergency

This is the landing page for the co-creation and testing-out of daily prayers in the climate emergency. If you’re here to participate please find links below to the offices of each day. This is a growing collection and not yet complete, so come back here to see what’s new. The hope is that every few days in the next handful of weeks, a new office /form will be posted. Please simply use them in your own regular prayer times. Any thoughts or comments you have, put into the comments section to be collected in due course. I hope that sometime after COP26 in Glasgow, to revise on the basis of comments and any insights that COP26 in Glasgow might add.

Don’t feel constrained to only use forms on their named day; for a little while not all the days will be available, so praying them a handful of times regardless of which day of the week it is, may be fair enough. It’s worth considering that praying the forms several times before commenting may be useful -letting the phrases etc settle in can be helpful.

| Sundays | Mondays | Tuesdays | Wednesdays | Thursdays | Fridays | Saturdays |

There is also a ‘climate office‘ where the focus is much more on the climate crisis -just in case you’d like to use that occasionally.

Here’s the basic thinking behind the daily forms…

Many governments and organisations and churches have recognised that we are in a climate emergency, echoing the deep and consuming concerns of many of us about the accelerating effects of human production of carbon dioxide through industrial processes producing extreme weather events more frequently and changing the biomes of the world faster than living forms can adapt, leading to extinctions and precarity where once there was abundance. Added to this we find ourselves contemplating the harms of plastics leaking into ecosystems and the loss of natural wonders and beauty.

As we pray daily, many of the resources we have inherited to help us in our regular prayer, often do not acknowledge the climate emergency (many because they were written before it). On the other hand there are other prayer resources make the environment and climate concerns the whole of their concern. The difficulty with those which do not really mention it, is that we find ourselves not offered explicit encouragements, ways or words to lay before God our climate-related concerns. Yet, as we pray, those concerns are there with us and within us anyway -tangling up mentally with the words and prayers laid out for us to use. Yet, the difficulty with the very focused liturgies -that present only environmental themes and prayers- is that we do also come with other concerns in our hearts and minds: we still have work and family concerns, matters among our friends and in our churches, projects and outreach which are not directly related to climate change.

The main principle of the materials in this collection of daily prayer for climate emergency, is to work between those two approaches, holding both together. So, the aim is to acknowledge climate concerns explicitly and to offer words and ideas in prayer that allow for environmental appreciation, reflection and distress to be expressed and also to give room and means to reflect on and express other, everyday, concerns and other areas of interest to be laid before God. In short, to enable regular prayer in a climate emergency where other aspects of life go on.

Being as this is a collection under the ‘our commen prayer’ banner, there is a basic commitment to the main part of the prayers following the outline and commitments of the Lord’s Prayer -check out the principles here.

Earth Overshoot days

Earth Overshoot Day is the date in the year when humanity’s use of planetary resources and  ecological services in a given year exceeds what Earth's ecosystems can regenerate or replace in that year. In 2021, it falls on 29 July. Individual countries will also have different national dates most in the West will be well before July. The liturgy below is offered to be used in part or in whole for penitential-feeling gatherings for prayer. The materials are made available under Creative Commons licence to be freely used for non-profit purposes though please acknowledge the source with a link to this page and please put emendations and additions into the comments to share-alike. You can find ideas for symbolic Actions and rituals on another page on this site.

As we pray on this day when we recognise that we humans have collectively begun to use up more of the earth’s resources than can be replenished in a year, we gather in penitence. We recognise our greed, our pride and our selfishness. We recognise our lack of charity to our neighbours who consume so much less. We are appalled by the harms that we have built into our ways of life and infrastructure. We are penitent before our future selves, our children and their children.

Creator God, we are in awe of the cosmos you have made: its vastness, its minuteness, its beauty, its intricacy. You are Good:

Hallowed be your name

O God, how gracious you are -bestowing upon us good gifts we don’t even deserve. You are Good:

Hallowed be your name.

How merciful you are -overlooking our unwholesomeness to hold us in good relation with you. You are Good:

Hallowed be your name

Your compassion is wide and deep -slow to be offended and quick to mend our brokenness. You are Good:

Hallowed be your name

You delight in all you have made and generously invite us to share in your delight. You are Good:

Hallowed be your name

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Woe to us because humans are moving the created boundaries: exploiting natural systems faster than they can regenerate.

God, be gracious:

Amen: save us and help us.

Woe to us because human enterprise is financing its growth and development by liquidating the biophysical “capital” essential to our own existence.

God, be gracious:

Amen: save us and help us.

Woe to us because our lifeways are dumping waste faster than nature can absorb and recycle them.

God, be gracious:

Amen: save us and help us.

Woe to those who delay collective effort to reduce atmospheric carbon.

God, be gracious:

Amen: save us and help us.

Woe to those who overturn the godly wisdom of our forebears. O God, be gracious:

Amen: save us and help us.

Woe to those who harm their neighbours by unseen pollutants.

God, be gracious:

Amen: save us and help us.

Woe to those who take reward from injury to the integrity of nature.

God, be gracious:

Amen: save us and help us.

Woe to those who finance the extraction of fossil carbon and its emission into the air.

God, be gracious:

Amen: save us and help us.

Woe to those who take reward to foul the land or sea or air.

God, be gracious:

Amen: save us and help us.

Woe to those who take reward to mislead by greenwash and disinformation.

God, be gracious:

Amen: save us and help us.

Woe to those who devise and promulgate laws which harm God’s good earth and its living creatures.

God, be gracious:

Amen: save us and help us.

Woe to those who employ algorithm or trick of mind to delay our collective efforts to justly reach net zero.

God, be gracious:

Amen: save us and help us.

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As ecosystems fray and wither,

Our concerns grow

Like water in a rising tide.

As soils erode and become poorer,

Our concerns grow

Like water in a rising tide.

As poisons accumulate and pollutants spread,

Our concerns grow

Like water in a rising tide.

Knowing the frailty of the systems that bring us our daily bread

Our concerns grow

Like water in a rising tide.

As the air heats, the oceans warm and biomes move,

Our concerns grow

Like water in a rising tide.

As we observe the growth of deserts

Our concerns grow

Like water in a rising tide.

As we see the loss of glaciers and diminishment of polar ice,

Our concerns grow

Like water in a rising tide.

We cast our anxieties upon you, generous and faithful God

You open your hand:

supply us in season

Wise us up to respond

Grace us to share your provision

With the bread we need for today, feed us.
Into what will sustain earthly life, lead us

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Hearing again the woeful consequences as we err and stray from the ways of wisdom …

Mindful that tipping points into runaway environmental feedback effects glower above our heads…

let us throw ourselves upon the mercy and grace of God.

Bewailing and lamenting the saws at the trees, the fires of fossil carbon, the droughts ever more frequent and storms increasingly tempestuous, we return with anguish of heart to our Creator and Upholder.

Pause.

Who can we turn to for help but to you, O God -who shares our righteous indignation for these sins?

When we have followed too uncritically the habits of our nurture in housing and transport, diet and energy use:

Forgive us and make us afresh your true fellow-workers

when we continued complicity with financial and organisational failures to account for ecocidal business models:

Forgive us and make us afresh your true fellow-workers

when we have failed to push back against the influencers and greenwashers promoting and normalising unsustainable lifestyles and aspirations:

Forgive us and make us afresh your true fellow-workers

when we have unquestioningly accepted bad laws and have not pressed for better laws.

Forgive us and make us afresh your true fellow-workers

Blessed are they whom the Lord forgives, whom God softens with compassion and fiercens with boldness for the poor and the planet.

For they live in the kindom of God

Blessed are they who fend off apathy, censoriousness and hard-heartedness

For they live in the kindom of God

Blessed are they who pursue justice: the righting of wrongs; restoring true peace.

For they live in the kindom of God.

Blessed are they who nurture life and the relationships that support it

For they live in the kindom of God.

Blessed are they who consume as planetary good neighbours

For they live in the kindom of God

Blessed are they who reuse, recycle and reduce their consumption

For they live in the kindom of God

Blessed are they who pursue the way of the cross, the path of nonviolence.

For they live in the kindom of God

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Keep us, Creator of nature’s cycles, from wasteful habits, steer us from carbon fuel conformity, defend us from the wiles of adverts, deflect us from unsustainable choices.

Lead us into gracious and merciful living;
generous and respectful within all you have made.
As we contemplate your creation, O God,
we see wildness and order,
chance and necessity,
Freedom and limits.
Grant us to use lovingly our freedoms
to be wise in living the order of things
And wary of our vulnerability to misleadings.
For yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory.
Now and forever, amen

Jesus comes to us and says, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”
He breathes on us and says; “Receive the Holy Spirit”
       ….Pause, breathe in, recognising God’s Spirit is with us.
Let us bless the Lord:
Thanks be to God
Who gives us the victory
through our Lord Jesus Christ.