These are the prayers from the Fitzroy Sunday Service (on-line) on November 15, 2020, by Rhea Marshall.
Our prayers today our focused on the environment.
Please join me in prayers of thanksgiving, repentance and intercession for climate justice.
We start with a moment of thankfulness
In these challenging months, for the comfort, beauty and joy, so many of us experience in your creation. We thank you God.
For our favourite outdoor places, for the beauty of Autumn and fun exploring outdoors. We thank you God.
For how the earth sustains us, providing all that we need: warmth, food and shelter. We thank you God.
Lord you have taught us that repentance is about changing, turning and acting in new ways.
We can feel overwhelmed when faced with Climate Crisis: [grief at what has been lost, sorrow for the harm we cause, and fear for the future]1. When we have chosen to run from our feelings: Forgive us Lord.
When we have failed to respond to global warming, species decline, plastic and pollution, climate inequality and poverty, Forgive us Lord.
When we have consumed more than we have put back; when we have been caught up in economic systems and lifestyles which cause destruction; when we have been blind to [privileges gained through the exploitation of others]2 and the Earth: Forgive us Lord
When we have forgotten that we are just a tiny part of creation, and that caring for creation is the same as caring for each other, and caring for ourselves, Forgive us Lord.
We pray for climate justice.
We ask for the courage to change: to be people who strive for [peace over profit, activity over complacency and a greater good over today’s convenience.]3 Lord help us.
We ask for guidance in how we, individually and as a faith community, can bring about climate justice. In considering our time and resources, our prayers and interactions, and the impact of all our actions. Lord help us.
We pray for the many conservationists, environmental groups and individuals who work to protect our world. May we learn from their dedication and experience. May we come alongside them and support their work where we can. Lord help us.
We pray for Stormont, where the climate change bill is currently being considered. We pray for the Northern Ireland executive and civil servants. Give them courage and stamina, to lead us through the monumental cultural and behavioural changes required. We pray for wisdom in supporting and challenging our governments in tackling the climate emergency. Lord help us.
We ask that you unite us all, individuals, our church community, our wider community and our government, in fighting to reduce carbon emissions, consumption levels and inequality. Lord help us.
Lord, remind us of [our love for this beautiful planet that feeds nourishes and sustains us. Strengthen our love for the whole of humanity in all corners of the world.
Strengthen our desire to protect all of this, for ourselves, for all living beings and for generations to come.]4 In Jesus’s name we pray. Amen.
- Ref Melanie Nazareth, p 254 “Time to Act” A resource book by the Christians in Extinction Rebellion spck 2020
- Ref Melanie Nazareth, p 256 “Time to Act”
- Ref Fran Pratt, p272 “Time to Act”
- Ref Solemn Intention Statement, Extinction Rebellion.