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
March 1st is St David’s Day, celebrated in memory of the patron saint of Wales, St David (or in Welsh, Dewi Sant). The Anglican Archbishop of Wales, the Most Rev’d Dr Barry Morgan, has written a special prayer for ‘Pray and Fast’:
God our Father,
You called your servant David to uphold the Christian faith amongst the people of Wales,
to encourage them by his observance of fasting and obedience,
and to show them compassion through small acts of great love.
As light is poured onto the mountain-tops and as fresh rain is sprinkled on the hills,
help us to be good carers of one another and of Your great and glorious Creation.