Pray for COP26

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Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6

It is hard to imagine the world leaders coming up with an agreement at COP26 that preserves the abundance of Creation. That is why we need to pray, and in the words of Walter Wink, ‘pray an alternative future into being.’



Living Faithfully in the Time of Creation

Book Review by Andii Bowsher

For celebrating Creationtide mindfully in an age of environmental emergency, a resource from the Iona Community’s Common Concern Network on the Environment.

Reflections, essays, hymns, songs and liturgical resources from more than twenty writers around the world, covering the twelve weeks from September, through the United Nations COP conference … and future years.


26 Prayers for COP26

Revd Jon Swales from Leeds has written 26 Prayers and Laments for the Climate and Ecological Emergency.

‘If we love the natural world, of which we are part, it must hurt when we face what is happening to this earth. Can we keep the flame of hope alight, that all will not be lost, and that a new balance will eventually be secured? Surely it takes faith to hold love and hope together? This is what Jon Swales can help us to do with his valuable anthology of prayers for the climate and ecological emergency. To pray in this world is to be open to God’s gifts of faith, hope and love – despite everything.’  Andrew Norman co-chaplain of Green Christian   


EcoCongregation Scotland COP Prayer

EcoCongregation Scotland COP Prayer


Pray and Fast for the Climate

Pray and Fast for the Climate are movement of Christians praying and fasting on the 1st of each month for climate justice. They have put together material for a prayer vigil for COP26 – for churches or small groups to use together – or as individuals. It would be great if church members put a prayer vigil in the diary during the run up to COP.


Lamentation Prayers

For all that is lost

Also see Jon Swales’ 26 prayers for the climate and ecological emergency above.


Way of Life Prayers

Andrew Norman, GC Chaplain, writes:

Setting aside specific periods of time for prayer is a key Christian practice. We still have time to reserve nine days for that in keeping what is traditionally termed a novena. This relates to the apostles meeting together for nine days before the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, see Acts 1.13-14. It is important, isn’t it, that we pray now for all who will be participating in COP26 as they reach for decisions which will affect us all, and globally so? 


Show the Love Prayers

Prayers written by Green Christian members


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Author: Ruth Jarman | Date: 30 May, 2021 | Category: Climate Emergency Prayers | Comments: 1


Comments on "Pray for COP26"

Daniele:

July 29, 2021

Olá, queria saber se as igrejas também pedem que a terra tenha seu dia de descanso semanal? From Google Translate, Portuguese to English; Hi, I wonder if the churches also ask for the land to have its weekly rest day?


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