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Prayer & Meditation

Prayer is among the most powerful actions we can all take!

We can pray singly or together, indoors or outdoors, silently or aloud, during the day or night.  Let us live our lives soaked in prayer, walking with our God and listening to him.  Prayer is interactive and is as much about listening and meditating, as it is about talking.

 

Let us encourage ourselves, our family and young and older church members to walk daily in prayer for God's whole creation, learning to live more sustainably, to his glory, as we walk the walk of life.

 

 

Creative Praying:

Many people have found help in a range of creative ways to pray.  Here are just a few:

Prayer walks, prayer walls and prayer rooms, interactive prayer stations, praying through the 'News', prayer labyrinths, (weblink) prayer with music and singing, prayer and fasting, prayer cards, candles, pebbles,seeds, trees,maps, etc.

 

Prayer Communities:

Christian Ecology Link monthly prayer guide 
Christian Ecology Link (CEL) Prayer Community:  Ask for Prayer Postcards This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it as a reminder to pray, or contact Jo at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or contact the CEL Information Officer, 10 Beech Hall Road, Highams Park, London, E4 9NX, UK. Telephone 0845 4598460 to be added to the prayer email network to receive a daily thought for the day and the monthly prayer guide.

Tearfund: One Voice Global Poverty Prayer Movement

Prayer walking and meditation:

Find creative ways of praying such as prayer walks, praying through the news, prayer and fasting, etc.

Look at ‘Carbon Fast’ (ideal for Lent)

Take an opportunity to pause, think, listen and meditate on what God is saying.

Take a journey! Journey through the Labyrinth:
Liturgy: Call of Creation.  Set up different prayer stations that will encourage people to think about how we can all share in the responsibility of caring for God’s world. Based on Genesis 1- 2.

CAFOD Prayers resources

Greening Worship: Eco Congregations

 

Prayers:Beyong the Window Frame

Beyond The Window Frame - Prayers and Poems, by Marie Birkinshaw
A theme collection of poetry and prayers – suitable for church worship, women’s groups, house-groups and for individual reflection.


Below are some examples, but consider writing new ones and adding them to your church ‘collection’.

Live Simply
Compassionate and loving God,
You created the world for us all to share,
a world o f beauty and plenty.
Create in us a desire to live simply,
so that our lives may reflect your generosity.

Creator God,
You gave us responsibility for the earth,
a world of riches and delight.
Create in us a desire to live sustainably,
so that those who follow after us
may enjoy the fruits of your creation.

God of peace and justice,
You give us the capacity to change,
to bring about a world that mirrors your wisdom.       
Create in us a desire to act in solidarity,
so that the pillars of injustice crumble and those now crushed are set free.
Amen.

© Linda Jones / CAFOD


THE ‘M’ PRAYER
God of microbes and mammoths,
Moths and moons,
Moving creative forces,
Making a beautiful world,
We marvel at your majestic movement.

God of Moses and mountain,
Manna and meandering,
Moving towards milk and honey,
Motivating hearts, mentoring minds,
We marvel at the migration of freedom.

God of the manger and maiden
Master craftsman and miracle maker,
Moved to tears,
Mourned by three Marys,
We marvel at your servant ministry.

God of mission and ministry,
Mystery and magnificence,
Move across the depths of our mean minds,
Mould our hearts to mirror your manner,
That others may sense your creative love


Taken from Eco Congregations Module 2 Worship

 

A Gardening Prayer

In the dawn of the day lead us to the garden of life that we might...
Prune the excess,
Root out injustice,
Water the wilting,
Nourish the withered,
Empty the potting shed of poison,
And at the eve of the day, rest, and wonder at God's garden.


Taken from Eco Congregations Module 2 Worship    See Module 2 for more prayers


Toxic Lifestyles, Toxic Waste

Toxic lifestyles, toxic waste
Toxic greed and toxic hate
Toxic dams and toxic dreams
Toxic water, toxic streams

Toxic power, toxic taste
Toxic rush and toxic haste
Toxic logging, toxic air
Toxic people, we don’t care      

Stop!
Listen to the voice of God                                        
In the wilderness
In the emptiness
Still the storm of progress
Slow the avalanche of waste
Listen to the still small voice
Of calm.

© Linda Jones

 

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