Bishop Guli, the new Bishop pf Chelmsford, offers us this prayer.
God, who is both Father and Mother, In whom we have our beginning and our end, We give thanks for the wonder of your creation, For the beauty of the universe, And for all that lives on earth.
We pray that the redeeming grace of your son Jesus Christ Would draw us ever closer to his likeness; So that we might be good stewards, Caring for our habitat, And living as those who are part of it rather than exercising power over it.
Give us courage to transform our prayers into meaningful action; And by the fire of your Holy Spirit Sustain the world, And everything in it.
The Rt Revd Dr Guli Francis-Dehqani Bishop of Chelmsford 1 November 2021.
COP26 begins tomorrow. There is no more important & urgent issue facing our world today. There are many countries represented and about 3,000+ will be there in Glasgow. But there are billions who have a say in the future of our Planet, most of whom will not be heard.
So, though we cannot be present, we can take part on their behalf. We can pray for and hold in love those for whom this Conference is really about. That includes childen and those yet to be born. It is our responsibility to work for them. There are animals and birds and fish and all of the Natural world. They too have no voice unless we take our responsibility seriously and BE their voice. We are the voice to of the poor. Pope Francis has asked us to “Listen to the cry of the earthand the cry of the poor, who suffer most.” We are their voice too.
Here is a Prayer from Pope Francis to help us be that voice -a Prayer for the Earth
A Prayer for our Earth
All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures. You embrace with your tenderness all that exists. Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty. Fill us with peace, that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor, help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes. Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it, that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction. Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing, to be filled with awe and contemplation, to recognize that we are profoundly united with every creature as we journey towards your infinite light. We thank you for being with us each day. Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love and peace.