The likelihood of climate breakdown threatens all that we love. The charity Green Christian believes we need to do everything we can do to avert disaster - especially prayer. They are asking congregations and individuals to Show The Love on1 February 14 th by saying one of the charity's new prayers.
Green Christian is asking congregations and individuals to Show The Love on February 14th by saying one of the charity's new prayers.
Show The Love is an annual Valentines Day campaign run by The Climate Coalition, a network of organisations which include Green Christian. With 14th February falling on a Sunday this year, Green Christian decided to call on members and supporters to write a prayer in response to the campaign.
Barbara Echlin, Vice Chair of Green Christian, has led the prayer initiative. She said: “We were delighted by the quality of the prayers submitted. The one chosen for wide circulation focused beautifully on love of God and our love for all that dwells on the Earth.”
The winning prayer and blessing were written by Revd Toni Bennett and the Ash Vale Chapel Poetry Group, reproduced below. They are also featured on Green Christian's website, alongside the other entries received. In all over 20 prayers were written.
Co-Chaplain of Green Christian Andrew Norman said: “Each of the prayers submitted touched us in some way, so it was hard choosing just one. But we’re sure that your use of it will enable the heart-felt thoughts of many people to find expression in its beautiful and simple words. The other prayers will remain as a rich resource for us all to use.”
Trustee of Green Christian Isobel Murdoch said: “As the UK prepares to host the COP26 climate summit later this year, we hope that Christians will support the campaign and show their love for God's Earth by saying these prayers alone or together, online or in person.”
Show the Love Prayer, 2021
O God who is love
Let love empower our compassion
Let love embrace each and everyone
Let love unite humans and non-human
In restorative co-existence.
O Jesus, love come down to earth
May we honour the earth
May we honour all that dwells in the earth
May we be reconciled with the earth
Become what we are, of the earth.
O Spirit of love
Grant us a spirit of humility
Grant us a spirit of carefulness
Grant us a spirit of friendship
For the earth and all that dwells with us here.
Show the Love Blessing 2021
May our loving God,
who created the world and all that is in it,
Inspire us to delight in our beautiful home,
And to live in wonder, peace and joy.
May our living God keep our hearts turned to loving our neighbour and to respecting the creation we share.
May our merciful God help us to live this week in goodness and hope,
And fill us with God’s peace.