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26 Prayersfor theClimate and Ecological EmergencyRev’d Jon SwalesSt George’s, LeedsApril 2021Co2 PPM 416

‘It becomes ever clearer that climate change is the greatest threat we and future generations face. A truehorseman of the apocalypse.-Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury“Climate change is moving faster than we are – and its speed has provoked a sonic boom SOS across ourworld. We face a direct existential threat.”-António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General“Listen to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor, who suffer the most. The urgent need forinterventions can no longer be postponed.”-Pope Francis“The future of the human race is now at stake.”-Rowan Williams, Former Archbishop of CanterburyThough the g tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive failand the elds yield no food, the ock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls,yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.flfifiHabakkuk 3:17–18 (ESV)

ContentsPrayer 1: Come Holy SpiritPrayer 2: Wake Us From Our SlumberPrayer 3: Darkest HourPrayer 4: Trinity of LovePrayer 5: Community ConfessionPrayer 6: World on FirePrayer 7: ExtinctionPrayer 8: Do not Romanticize RealityPrayer 9: Woe to the Unholy TrinityPrayer 10: Cosmic TemplePrayer 11: Take up the Cross, Lay Down the SwordPrayer 12: How Long, O Lord?Prayer 13: Fast Fashion & FinancePrayer 14: EndlingsPrayer 15: ResurrectionPrayer 16: Exodus & EmpirePrayer 17: Symphony of PraisePrayer 18: A Conspiracy of CompassionPrayer 19: Turn Your FacePrayer 20: TreesPrayer 21: OceansPrayer 22: SoilPrayer 23: Love, Joy & PeacePrayer 24: Prophetic CommunityPrayer 25: Perform & ParticipatePrayer 26: Community Lament

1: Come Holy SpiritCreator GodFather of Compassion,We thank you that we gather together as your sons and daughters.We thank you for the world that you have made.ForSoil and streams,Mountains and music,Flowers and fauna,Laughter and love,Dancing and daffodils,Flamingoes and food.We thank you that we inhabit this world with non-human worshippers.Elephants and eagles,Red kites and racoons.Monkeys and macaws.To you be all honor, glory and praise.Creator God,Father of Compassion,We are concerned about this world of yoursAnd this world of ours.It is our home.In the face of the climate crisis our hearts are restless and our souls are sad.Draw near to us as the healer of all hurts.

Father, we ask that you would lead and guide usBy the power and compassion of the Holy Spirit.In these strange and dif cult days, we ask that you would mould us and shape us into the image of yourson, and our saviour Jesus.May we, like him, be people of justice.Come Holy Spirit , We need youCome Holy Spirit, Fill us afreshCome Holy Spirit, Empower us.In Jesus’ name we pray,fiAmen.

2: Wake us From Our SlumberFather of Creation,God of Compassion,You created a world of wonder,Of possibility and potential.You declared it to be good.For this we give thanks.To you be praise, honour and glory.For this we give thanks.To you be praise, honour and gloryFather of Creation,God of Compassion,This world is no longer as you intended it to be.Humanity has betrayed its callingTo tend and keep.Creation groans.For this we weep,Lord have mercy.For this we mourn,Christ have mercy.On our watch,We reap what we have sown,On our watch,Sea levels rise.For this we weep,

Lord have mercy.For this we mourn,Christ have mercy.On our watch,Forests destroyed,On our watch,Locusts Swarm.For this we weep,Lord have mercy.For this we mourn,Christ have mercy.And so now with tears in our eyes we look to you,With regret,With repentance,Knowing the dif cult decades that we face,As temperatures rise,As extinctions increase,As we come to terms with our existential plight.For our children,Lord have mercy.For our Grandchildren,Christ have mercy.For the world’s most vulnerable,Christ have mercy.Father of Creation,fiGod of Compassion,

Wake us from our slumber,Equip us afresh to be the justice-shaped people of God.Father of Creation,God of CompassionYou created a world of wonder,Of possibility and potential.You declared it to be good.For this we give thanks.To you be praise, honour and glory.

3: Darkest HourFather of Creation,God of Compassion,You created a world of wonder,Of possibility and potential.You declared it to be good.For this we give thanks.To you be praise, honour and glory.Father of Creation,God of Compassion,In this time of climate breakdownWake us from our slumber,Equip us afresh to be the justice-shaped people of God.Father of Creation,God of Compassion,In this time of climate breakdownWake us from our slumber,Equip us afresh to our priestly and prophetic calling.That we would speak truth in a culture of denial,That we would enact hope in a culture of despair,That we would face what will be with love- lled action,That in humanity’s darkest hour you would would enliven us soWe would bandage the wounds of those caught beneath the wheels of climate injustice,That in humanity’s darkest hourWe would have the courage to drive a spoke into the wheel of climate injustice itself.Father of Creation,fiGod of Compassion,

You created a world of wonder,Of possibility and potential.You declared it to be good.In our grief,In our mourning,We give thanks.To you be praise, honour and glory.

4: Trinity of Love.Father of Creation,God of Compassion,We thank you that you are a holy Trinity of LoveWho rules and reigns with self-giving sacri cial love.To you, we give all praise, honour and glory.In this time of climate breakdown,we ask that we would be lled with your love.For a love, which in a wounded world, makes a difference.Trinity of Love, Fill our hearts.For a love, which in a warming world, looks like something.Trinity of Love, Fill our hearts.For a love, which in a culture of denial, speaks truth.Trinity of Love, Fill our hearts.For a love, which in a world of oppression and indifference, challenges injustice.Trinity of Love, Fill Our hearts.Fill our hearts, O Lord, with love forClimate refugeesThose caught up in climate-related con ictsThose suffering from extreme weather eventsThose who face drought and food shortagesFather of Creation,God of justice,We thank you that you are not indifferent to those who suffer injustice and oppression.In this time of climate breakdown, we ask thatfiflfiYou would give us a holy rage,

A righteous anger,Which seeks to stand up,Speak out andOppose the machine of unrestrained capitalism.Father, in the name of your son,Let us be those who rebel against Evil which tramples on the vulnerable.Father, in the name of your son,Let us be those who rebel against systems that put pro t before people.Father, in the name of your son,Let us be those who rebel against economic forces that put pleasure before ethics.Father, Give us courage.Father, we ask that, like Jesus, our anger would come from a wellspring of Holy love.We ask that our righteous love and holy angerWill always be good and never turn itself into violence.We pray for an increase in peaceful truth-speaking, campaigning and protest.We pray that it would be made clear to our governments that we will not be silent until we have plans putin place that do not jeopardise our futures and the wellbeing of the world's most vulnerable.Blessed are the peacemakers.Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice.Lord have mercy.Christ have mercy.fiAmen

5: Corporate ConfessionLamentations 5:15–22 (ESV)The joy of our hearts has ceased; our dancing has been turned to mourning. The crown has fallen fromour head; woe to us, for we have sinned! For this our heart has become sick, for these things our eyes havegrown dim, 18 for Mount Zion which lies desolate; jackals prowl over it. But you, O Lord, reign forever; yourthrone endures to all generations. Why do you forget us forever, why do you forsake us for so many days?Restore us to yourself, O Lord, that we may be restored!Climate breakdown is real.Desmond Tutu said: ‘Twenty- ve years ago people could be excused for not knowing much, or doing much,about climate change. Today we have no excuse."Lord Have Mercy,All: Christ have mercyClimate breakdown is happening now.The Poorest Countries are the most vulnerableLord have Mercy,All: Christ have mercyClimate change requires extensive and sustained action to prevent the unfolding of a disaster ofapocalyptic proportions.Lord have Mercy,All: Christ have mercyAlmighty God,we have sinned against youand against our neighbourin thought and word and deed,through negligence, through consumerism,by being caught up and complicit in economic systemsand lifestyles which bring destruction.In your mercyforgive what we have been,help us to amend what we are,and direct what we shall be;fithat we may do justly,

love mercy,Tread lightly upon the earth, andWalk humbly with you, our God.Amen.Romans 8:38–39 (TNIV)For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor thefuture, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separateus from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

6: World on FireFather of Creation,God of Compassion,Your world is on re,Our home is on re.Our hearts ache,We struggle to come to terms with what is happening.Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy.Father of Creation,God of Compassion,Your world is groaning,Our hearts are groaning.Our hearts ache,We face missional paralysis, not knowing what to do.Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy.Father of Creation,God of Compassion,Still our restless souls,Calm our frantic thoughts.We look to youFor comfort, strength and wisdom.Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy.Father of Creation,God of Compassion,Empower your church afresh with the gift of your Spirit.Equip us afresh to our priestly and prophetic calling.fifiHelp us to discern what we should do in this year of the COP 26 UN Climate Conference.

For those seeking to raise the alarm and stress the urgency of our emergency.Father, we pray for pastors, protesters, prophets and poets who seek to provide a fresh imagination thatmoves beyond grief and despair.For those across the world and those who are part of Christian Climate Action here in this country whohave faced arrest and imprisonment for using peaceful civil disobedience in seeking to enact change withgovernments and corporations.In prayer, we stand with these, our courageous brothers and sisters.Lord, send your peace and hope.Father of Creation,God of Compassion,You created a world of wonder,Of possibility and potential.You declared it to be good.In our grief,In our mourning,We give thanks.To you be praise, honour and glory.

7: ExtinctionFather of Creation,God of Compassion,You made a beautiful world,Full of awe and wonder,Full of possibility and potential.You declared it to be good.To you be all praise, honour and glory.Father of Creation,God of Mercy,You gave humanity a call to tend and keep,Yet we have sinned in thought, word and deed.Through consumerism and exploitationWe have acted like parasites instead of gardeners.We have acted like ecological vandals instead of caretakers,Have mercy on us!We pause to remember and grieve the loss from this world of non-human worshippers who have nowbecome extinct.Bramble Cay MelomysWhat have we done?Have mercy on UsYangtze River DolphinWhat have we done?Have mercy on UsNorthern White RhinoWhat have we done?Have mercy on us

West African Black RhinoWhat have we done?Have mercy on usSpix MacawWhat have we done?Have mercy on usGolden ToadWhat have we done?Have mercy on UsZanibar LeopardWhat have we done?Have mercy on us.Father, we know these are but a few of the creatures you have made who are no longer with us.You declared them to be good, but we made them extinct.Have mercy on us.Father of Creation,God of Mercy,We thank you for your Son Jesus,Our brother, king and friend.We thank you that in Jesus we seeJustice embodied andEntwined with extravagant mercy.We thank you that he welcomed the weak,Gathered the oppressed and laid down the prophetic challenge to the unjust structures and systems of hisday.Father of Creation,God of Justice,Embolden us with the Spirit of Christ,

That we may rise from the ashes of our lament into the prophetic waters of justice.Restore us that we may be restored,That your church may arise with healing in its wings.In the year of the COP26 Climate ConferenceSet us on re with a love for all of your creation,That we, your covenant people, would shake off our parasitical past and instead be the stewards,caretakers and love- lled creatures you have called us to be.Let your church be so empowered that we would peacefully and publicly join with others in rebellingagainst extinction.Father of Creation,God of Justice,To you be all praise, honor and glory,fifiNow and Forever.

8: Do Not Romanticise RealityFather of Creation,God of Compassion,Help us not to romanticise reality,But look it straight in the eye,So that we may behold the climate chaos that many now endureAnd many more will endure.Father of Creation,God of Compassion,Help us not to retreat into denialism,Living in our panelled housesWhilst the temple of your world is in ruins.Help us to see thatClimate breakdown acts as a threat multiplier.As Con icts Increase,Food supplies fail,Climate grief increases,Locusts swarm,Icebergs melt,Seas acidify,Extinctions multiply,Children go hungry,Floods and Fires wreck the landAnd Humanity faces an existential threat.This is not the way it was meant to be,Lord have mercy.Father of Creation,flGod of Compassion,

Let us not look awayBut help us to lamentAnd grieveAnd know that the kingdom of your Son is Calling.Father of Creation,God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,Help us not to romanticise realityBut to look it in the eye,That we would be those committedTo justice and peace.Father of Creation,God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,Help us, like your Son,To speak truth to those corrupted by power.Help us, like your Son,To stand up for the oppressed.Father of Creation,God of Compassion,Help us not to romanticise reality.We ask that, as our hearts break,We may rest in your extravagant loveAnd Holy embrace.We thank you that whatever befallsWe can bathe in your kindnessAnd receive your healing.Father of Creation,God of Compassion,Help us not to romanticise reality.But let us also know that hope is on the way,For your son will transform reality.

There is not a hurt he will not heal.Maranatha, Come, Lord Jesus!Amen

9. Woe to the Unholy TrinityFather of Creation,God of Compassion,You made a world full of possibility and potential,You declared it to be good.For this, we give you thanks.To you be all honour and glory.Father of Creation,God of Compassion,There are strange dehumanising and destructive forces at workIn this world of yours, this world of ours.Creation Groans,Creation Cries.Lord have mercy.Father of Creation,God of Justice,Your church has too bowed the knee and bene ted from these demanding and destructive powers.We have become entranced and enticed,We are compromised and have colluded,We have grown rich, our hearts have grown heavy.Lord have mercy.Father of Creation,God of Justice,These dehumanising and destructive forces help to maintain our status quo,And we have stood silent at the butchery of your world,At rst unaware, but then deliberately we have walked down the other side of the roadAnd then, at times, we have acted as cheerleaders and chaplains to this unholy trinityLord have Mercy.fifiAnd so we name the unholy beast.

We renounce it.We repent of it.Unrestrained Capitalism,Consumerism,Individualism.Your days are numbered.This unholy trinityThat oppresses the poor,Ransacks the Earth,Dehumanises.Your days are numbered.This unholy trinityOffers entertainment,Distraction,Denial.Your days are numbered.Woe to the unholy trinity.Justice and Mercy will kiss,The kingdom will come.Blessed are the Peacemakers.And so we pledge allegiance afresh to Jesus the butchered lambAnd ask that in this time of climate breakdown, we would be faithful to him.To him who sits on the throne,And to the lamb,Be all praise, honour and blessing.

10: Cosmic TempleFather of Creation,God of Compassion,The earth as a cosmic temple presents itself as a symphony of praise;A rich diversity of song and dance,From a whole range of characters who Inhabit,PerformAnd point to youAs the giver of gifts.Father of Creation,God of Compassion,From mountain heights to ocean depths,Across the seasons,Non-human worshippers worshipWith a stunning array of unique characteristics and colours.The willow tree bows in referent praise,Whilst birds in ight perform a waltz of wonder.Since creation’s dawn,You, O Lord, have opened their lips;A hiss, a screech, a bark, a purr,A tweet, a song, a howl, a caw,A neigh, bleat, a cuckoo, a buzz, a roar.You have lled their beaks,Their wings,Their lipsTheir mouths with praise.And we join them with them in sayingflfiWhat you have made is good.

To you, we give praise, honour and glory.Father of Creation,God of CompassionThe cosmic temple has begun to sing a different song;A lament for what has changed,A requiem for what has been lost,A lament for what will be.Father of Creation,God of Justice,From mountain heights to ocean depths,The impact of humanity has been made known.Instead of worshipping,TendingAnd keeping.We have forsaken,BetrayedAnd plundered.Have mercy on us according to your steadfast love.Have mercy on us according to your steadfast love.Father of Creation,God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ,We live within both the beauty and the brokenness.We ask that you would give us a melody of praise to join with creation's cosmic song and dance.We ask that you would give us a lament that grieves for what we have lost and what will be.May the melody of our humble existence take up afresh our priestly callingTo tend and keep your cosmic temple until the redemption and restoration of all things.Father of Creation,

To him who sits on the throne and to the lamb,Be praise, glory and honour.Amen

11: Lay Down the Sword, Take Up the CrossFather of Creation,God of Peace,We praise you for your son Jesus,The Lamb upon the Throne.We praise you that your son Jesus said, 'Blessed are the peacemakers’ and called us to love our enemies.We thank you that your son rules and reigns through self-giving sacri cial love.We thank you that Jesus took up the violent symbol of empire and, in his death, transformed it into asymbol of hope restored and sins forgiven.We thank you that your son, in his dying breath, said, 'Father forgive them, for they know not what they do'.We praise you that, in his death, his bloody execution, he dragged the forces of sin, death, empire andviolence into the grave, offering us an alternative kingdom.We thank you that your son’s glorious resurrection demonstrated that death will not have the last wordand love itself wins.He reigns victorious, forever glorious.He is the lamb.Father of Creation,God of Peace,We stand on the brink of climate breakdown, which will lead to an increase in con ict and war.Humanity will reap what it sows,Those who live by the sword will die by the sword.Lord have Mercy.As Temperatures rise,flfiTensions arise.

As food shortage and malnutrition increases,Con icts follow.As refugees ee ooded lands,Wars will follow.Tribal Con icts,Local Con icts,Regional Pressures,Battles for resources.Lord have mercy,Christ have mercy.And so in the coming months, and through whatever follows, we commit ourselves afresh to KingdomPeacemaking.In our homes,Blessed are the Peacemakers.In our churches,Blessed are the Peacemakers.In our cities,Blessed are the Peacemakers.For our nation's leadership,Blessed are the Peacemakers.For global leaders,Blessed are the Peacemakers.Father of Creation,God of Peace,flflflflflGrant us the courage to speak out against increased militarism.

Grant us the courage to speak out against the arms trade.Grant us the courage to speak out against increased nuclear capability.Grant us the courage in a world of increasing violence to stand fast to the peaceable kingdom and thepeaceable King.Grant us the courage to seek the path of peace until that day when all weapons of war are turned intoploughshares, andWar will be no more.We lay down the sword.We take up our cross.Blessed are the Peacemakers.Those who live by the sword will die by the sword.Those who by the spirit will walk in the spirit.Blessed are the peacemakers.To him who sits upon the throne,And to the lamb,Be praise, honour and glory.Amen.

12: How Long O LordHow long, O Lord,Will sea levels rise?How high O Lord,Will sea levels rise?Before you step in and save and rescue?How long, O Lord,Will temperatures rise?How much drought? How many famines?Before you step in to save and rescue?How long, O Lord,‘Til extinctions cease?How many will be lost? How many species?Before you step in to save and rescue?Will Bangladesh be no more?Or will Doha,Abu Dhabi, andBandar AbbasBe uninhabitable due to extreme heat?Will the Amazon Rainforest be lost?Will the Oceans be unable to sustain life?How long, O Lord,Will unrestrained capitalismRampage and pillage your good world?How long, O Lord, before you step in and bring it to its knees?Must we wait ‘til mass starvation?Must we wait ‘til mass migration?

Must we wait ‘til societal collapse?When will Justice rise up and sweep away oppression?When will Love triumph over sel sh individualism?When will Healing spring forth for the nations?How long, O Lord, how long?And yet, O Lord, in our lament, we hear a cry.We hear a cry from the forests,From the oceans and the ArcticWe hear a cry from the vulnerable and the endlings,From the hungry and the refugee.The cry began as a whisper,Falling silent on a sleepy church.The cry turned into an echo,Reverberating through the walls of empty churches.The cry gains strength,Joining the cry of a myriad of angels.Come Lord Jesus!,Let thy kingdom come.Come Lord Jesus!Drive back the darkness.I hear a reply from heaven,From the throne room of the great King.I hear a reply from heaven,From the one whose hands were pierced.I hear a reply from heaven,fiFrom the wild goose of love.

Awake O Church!Let my world be blessed.Awake O Church!Swing wide the doors.He speaks,'You are my hands and feet,My covenantal kingdom community,You are called to be salt and light.Execute justice,stand up for the rights of the oppressed,Af ict not the stranger.’Blessed are the peacemakers.And the Cruci ed and risen King says, ‘Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’AmenAmenfiflAmen

13: Fast Fashion and FinanceHoly Trinity,Father, Son and Holy Spirit,In the face of climate breakdown,Extreme weather, rising seas and rising temperatures,We humble ourselves before youAnd confess, announce and proclaim your love,And ask that we would enact, embody and execute your kingdom.A kingdom of Justice.A kingdom of Love.A kingdom of peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.We renounce the unholy trinity ofUnrestrained Capitalism,Consumerism and Individualism.Which ransacks and pillagesThe world that you made.We weep and wail for what we have done.Remove from us our idolatrous hearts, which have been seduced and, at times, overwhelmed by thesehostile forces.We repent of banking practices and investments that are not in line with justice.Give us wisdom in where we bank,Give us the courage to speak out against nancial institutions which sponsor oppression and injustice.We repent of our collaboration and cooperation with a fast-fashion industry that requires the constantupdating of our wardrobes in unsustainable ways.fiGive us wisdom in when and where to buy our clothes.

Give us the courage to present ourselves, our bodies and our fashion choices, as a living sacri ce that doesnot sacri ce the wellbeing of the world’s most vulnerable.We repent of our collusion with consumerism.In our frailty and sin we have been those who have found our identity in what we purchase.We want more and more.We are never satis ed.Take from us this unholy desire.Give us the wisdom to see our money and our purchases as an opportunity to align ourselves with yourkingdom and values.Holy Trinity of Love,Father, Son and Holy Spirit,In the face of climate breakdownfififiWe worship you.

14: Diversity & EndlingsFather of Creation,God of Grace,We thank you for the gift of this world.For beauty,For the gift of life and love.Father of CreationGod of Grace,We thank you for the stunning diversity found within creation.Mountains, treams and the changing of the seasons.You declared it to be good, and it is good.It is beautiful.We thank you for our capacity to behold the mystery of wonder,For the times when our breath is taken away by what we behold.You declared it to be good, and it is good.It is beautifulWe thank you that we share this world with non-human worshippers,A diverse choir that proclaims your praise.The Sun-Set Moth, of Madagascar worships you with each beat of its wings.The Swallow-Tailed Hummingbird honours you as it hovers.The Candy Crab proclaims your praise as it turns yellow, white and pink.The Zanzibar Red Colobus with its unusual smell,The Black Backed King sher, small and precious in your sight.The Fennic Fox, the smallest fox with the biggest ears.And yet we recognise that your world is grieving,fiAs the diversity of your world becomes less diverse

Instead of acting as gardners,We have plundered Eden.We have misused our power.Lord have mercy.We live in a world of endlings and extinctions,We have misused our powerAnd we have unleashed the gates of hell through consumerism and unrestrained capitalism.Lord have mercy.And yet we hear your call afresh.You have not abandoned us,But you have shown your love to us in Jesus.And yet we hear your call afresh.You are the healer of all hurts,You will make all things new.Equip us anew so that we would turn away from our parasitical tendencies,And instead, reinvigorate us by your Spirit so that we, your church, can look and love like Jesus.So that we too can partake of the holy kingdom rebellion for all that good, true and beautiful.Call us afresh to our poetical and prophetic calling so that we can discern and speak truth to the reality inwhich we nd ourselves.Call us afresh to our poetical and prophetic calling so that we can offer a fresh imagination and story.Father of Creation,God of Grace,Wake us up,Equip us afresh.fiThe world is in peril,

Let us be your hands and feet.Father of Creation,God of Grace,We thank you for the gift of this world.For beauty,For the gift of life and love.Father of Creation,God of Grace,We thank you for the stunning diversity found within creation.Mountains, streams and the changing of the seasons.You declared it to be good, and it is good.It is beautiful.

15: ResurrectionFather of Creation,God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,We know that when your Son entered Jerusalem, he wept.He wept because he knew what would befall it.Father of Creation,God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,When we look at this world of yours, this world of ours, we weep.We weep because we know what has befallen it.Violence, Lord have Mercy.Consumerism, Lord have Mercy.Unrestrained Capitalism, Lord have Mercy.Father of Creation,God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,Your Son dreamed a dream of a different kingdom,An alternative reality for an alternative community.And then he demonstrated what this looked like,By healing the sick,Welcoming the outcast,Overturning tables of injustice,And living a life, and dying a death, of self-giving sacri cial love.Father of Creation,God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,May we too dream a dream of a different kingdom,An alternative reality for an alternative community.That your church would demonstrate what this looks like,By bringing healing to the world,Welcoming the stranger,fiChallenging injustice,

And living lives full of self-giving sacri cial love.Father of Creation,God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,You raised your son on the third day,Showing that a new day has dawned.Demonstrating that violence, evil and deathWill not have the last word.Demonstrating that oppressive empiresWill not have the last word.Father of Creation,God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,May we too be resurrection people,Who demonstrate that violence, evil and destructionWill not have the last word.Demonstrating that unrestrained capitalism and empires of exploitationWill not have the last word.Father of Creation,God and Father of our Lord Jesus,Your son came to his disciples in an upper room.They were scared, and he spoke saying,‘Peace to you,As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.’He calls, commissions and equips.And then he breathed upon his disciples and said receive the Holy Spirit.Father of Creation,God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,Your son comes to us in a world of climate breakdown.We are scared.And he speaks saying,fi‘Peace to you.

As the father has sent me, so I am sending you.’He calls, commissions and equips.Empower your church afresh with the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit.Empower us to be faithful to your Son,Until that day,When the Kingdom of Your Son,Now inaugurated,Is consummated.Until that day, when swords of ecological violence are turned into ploughshares.Until that day, when unrestrained capitalism and empires of exploitation are no more.To him who sits on the throne,And to the Lamb,Be all praise, honour and glory.Amen

16: Exodus and EmpireFather of Creation,God of Redemption,We have heard it said of old,That you acted in history,To redeem your people from tyranny,From Slavery in the Empire of Egypt,To a land owing with milk and honey.Father of Creation,God of Redemption,You saw the af iction of your people,You heard the cries of the oppressed,You heard the groans of the enslaved,And you delivered them with a strong and mighty hand.Father of Creation,God

May 26, 2021 · Prayer 1: Come Holy Spirit Prayer 2: Wake Us From Our Slumber Prayer 3: Darkest Hour Prayer 4: Trinity of Love Prayer 5: Community Confession Prayer 6: World on Fire Prayer 7: Extinction Prayer 8: Do not Romanticize Reality Prayer 9: Woe to the Unholy Trinity Prayer 10: Cosmic Temple