May 2021 Prayer Points

There’s hope for progress after the United States’ Leaders Summit on Climate – and we give thanks for that and for progress on decarbonisation, while recognising that more is needed. Scientists raise an alert that we have to be careful about how we set net zero targets; a new ‘non-proliferation’ treaty on fossil fuels receives approbation from over 100 Nobel prize winners; we pray about key species, ecosystems and people under threat; and   remember wise words from Prince Philip about the imperative to care for creation and former Archbishop Rowan Williams’ call to care for the Body of Christ present and yet to come.

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April 2021 Prayer Points

The hope of the resurrection is our primary theme for the April prayer points – Alleluia! He is risen!

We are also praying for protection of the seas from bottom trawling, rapid action to keep the tropics from becoming unliveable, the need to hold countries to their promises about a green recovery, and more.

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March 2021 Prayer Points

A prayer for St David’s Day, clear calls to action from David Attenborough and the team preparing the UN climate talks, prayers for farmers and for those suffering because of floods and cold, and some encouraging news about new technologies and local action to plant forests.

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February 2021 Prayer Points

There’s change in the US – and a new focus on adaptation globally. We mourn an inspiring leader – and take inspiration from her prayers. Electric cars are taking off – and we’re invited to show our love for creation in prayer and action.

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January 2021 Prayer Points

As a new year begins, we bring before God the plans for the 2021 Conference of Parties – and the many plans being made throughout the world for recovery from the COVID pandemic.

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December 2020 Prayer Points

This month, we hold in prayer all who are seeking to maintain momentum for climate action – young people in the ‘Mock COP’ and young and old working through different UN programmes. We pray for the forthcoming ‘Climate Ambition Summit’ – where countries will be invited to make major commitments – and for the people working quietly in the background to create detailed plans for change that will help us reach the goal. We lift before God those who have suffered from exceptional hurricanes in Central America, and pray that conversations with Latin American and other indigenous peoples will help to shape our attitudes towards protecting the earth.

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November 2020 Prayer Points

Our prayer points this month celebrate the saints who show God’s love in care for creation, pray for the US elections and the UN climate talks that have been postponed, rejoice in God’s abundance, and ask God to guide us in using our money to create positive change.

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October 2020 Prayer Points

Our prayer points this month look at a number of areas of life where wise and ethical choices are important – food, money, health and community. We pray for areas suffering from catastrophic flooding and wildfires and note some encouraging steps forward.

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Some Common Worship creation care materials

A gathering together of some of the materials in the Church of England’s Common Worship prayer book that relate to creation care – authorised for use in Church of England churches and available to all churches.

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s Prayer for Climate Negotiators

Creator God,
You have called us to be keepers of your Earth;
through greed, we have established an economy that destroys the web of life.
We have changed our climate and drown in despair.
Let oceans of justice flow,
May we learn to sustain and renew the life of our Mother, Earth.
We pray for our leaders, custodians of Mother Earth;
as they gather in Paris at the climate talks
May they negotiate with wisdom and fairness,
May they act with compassion and courage,
and lead us in the path of justice for the sake of our children and our children’s children.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

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