Prayer for Climate: Part 2

SPEAK member, Rev. Daniel Woodhouse was asked to write and lead a service during a vigil outside no.10, Downing Street, as we pursue changes in climate policy to reflect David Cameron's Christian faith. Here's part 2 of the service:

(Continued from Part 1)

Part 2: Word

1 John 3.16-18

We know love by this that he laid down his life for us—and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help?

Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.

 

Prayer for the world

We pray for all who suffer from the initial adverse effects of climate change. Those, who through various means lose livelihoods and suffer bereavement of friends and relatives. Lord be their comfort and salvation.

Lord have mercy
Christ have mercy

We pray for all who campaign over the issues surrounding climate change; the prophets of this world. Give them courage, perseverance, vision of your coming kingdom. Let those to whom they speak look kindly on our global cause.

Lord have mercy
Christ have mercy

We pray for David Cameron and his government. My they have the humility, wisdom, courage, conviction, and integrity to hold to their manifesto promises and responsibilities to be the greenest government ever. That opposition MP's will be forthright in holding the government to these promises.

Lord have mercy
Christ have mercy

We pray for all world leaders. That they may hold, with compassion and love, the concerns of all the earth in their debates. That the good of all will be their primary concern, including the good of the future inheritors of this planet. May they be upright and courageous in resisting those who would seek to profit rather than solve the impending global environmental catastrophe.

Lord have mercy
Christ have mercy


We say together the prayer that Jesus gave us:

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom,
the power and the glory
are yours,
now and for ever. Amen.