CLIMATE WEEK DAY TWO: Prayer

Prayer is the most important thing that we can do about Climate Change. I believe that Climate Change is so complex and the implications are so enormous that it’s too difficult for secular humanity to tackle on its own. Given that its root cause is our sinful nature, from which have come greed, poor stewardship and unjust use of resources, we need a Christ centred solution.

I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

Psalm 121:1-2

So let’s get praying pray. Here are a couple of prayers to get you started.

Bless our Lament

Creator God,

Bless the tear we shed for the resources we have squandered.

Bless the sigh we breathe out for the atmosphere.

Bless the head we hang for the creatures lost and exploited.

Bless the hands we wring for the things we have broken and wasted.

Bless us as we lament.

Cradle us as we regret.

Restore us as we start afresh. Amen

John Polhill

 

Creator God, how deep are your designs!

You made a living earth, cloud, rain and wind,

and charged us with their care.

We confess that the way we live today is changing the climate,

the seas and the balance of life, dispossessing the poor and future generations.

Build our lives into an ark for all creation,

and, as you promised Noah never to repeat the Flood,

so make us heralds of a rainbow covenant:

choosing life for all that is at risk –

for creation, for neighbours near and far, our children and ourselves.

Amen.

From Operation Noah launch, Coventry Cathedral, 2004