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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Photo credit: Creative Commons – Joshua Wanyama
You called your disciples
To follow in your way.
You are the Way,
The Truth and the Life,
And so we come,
Seeking to follow
In your footsteps.
Creator of the earth,
Help us to walk lightly
As we journey,
Treasuring the world
You have given us
And cherishing each other.
Christian Concern for One World
This is a wonderful prayer to use while lighting the Advent Candle … might you or your church use it on one of the Sundays in Advent?
Spirit of God, You established the dance of Creation;
bring life out of death
bring order out of chaos.
Call us to radical action:
to care for the web of Creation
to share our resources justly
and to work for the renewal of our Mother, Earth.
We light this candle as we commit ourselves to fast and pray for climate justice.
Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, Cape Town
Photo Credit: Thabo Cecil Makgoba – World Economic Forum on Africa 2012 shared under a creative commons license