Sing a new song
to the Lord!
He has worked
and with his own powerful arm,
he has won the
The Lord has
shown the nations that
he has the power
to save and to bring justice.
God has been
faithful in his love for Israel,
and his saving power is seen everywhere on earth.
(Psalm 98:1-3 CEV)
Come and celebrate our common home
we gather with the family of humanity.
With the mountains, islands and deserts
we honour the glory of God in creation.
With the lakes, rivers and seas
we come to the source of living water.
With the land, its soil, seeds and
we give thanks for God’s generous
With the forests of great trees, the
lungs of the planet
we will sing with joy and clap our hands.
We will join with the whole of creation,
inspired by those who have gone before and the prophetic voices of today.
We dare to praise and pray for another
To the glory of God.
Prayer of Confession
For the beauty of the Earth
desecrated by pollution, extinguished
by forest fires, choked by plastic waste
Christ, our God, to you we plead,
forgive us for systemic greed.
For the urgency of this hour
ignored by apathy or procrastination,
wasted by ineffective decisions,
denied by economic interests. Christ, our God, and Saviour,
forgive us for selfish short-term behaviour.
For the joy of human love
fractured by forced migration,
crushed by bereavement
lost to typhoons, floods, starvation.
Christ, our God, bringer of justice,
forgive us for this climate crisis.
God you know me.
You know that I can be loving and kind;
and you know that sometimes I get things wrong.
I’m sorry for the times I hurt other people,
to listen to you and don’t bother
take care of your world.
May God forgive you,
Jesus bless you,
and the Spirit help you to
grow in love
10:40-48 Psalm 98
John 5:1-6 John 15:9-17
This year Christian Aid is
focussing on the effects the climate crisis is having on the developing world.
Katalina Tahaafe-Williams, a
theologian writing from Australia and the Pacific Islands writes:
the willingly ignorant continue to deny the link between our consumerist
lifestyles, climate change, and suffering in the developing world. Promoting economic growth as the answer to
all our problems, and in particular global poverty, is irresponsible. We need to recognise that our current
growth-oriented system is driven by powerful economic interests set on making
profits, however short term.
it is just plain wrong to ignore the suffering of the poorest and most
vulnerable populations in the world especially when they are the least
contributors to climate change.”
Stories (copy attached
with the worship booklet)
Christian Aid give details
of two women who live in Kenya, Rose and Florence and I ask you to read these
The story of Rose is heart
breaking. Imaging trying to raise a
family without easy access to fresh water!
Imagine, having to walk miles in the scorching sun, every day, to find
any! This is Rose’s daily suffering
caused by the climate crisis. How can
we, living so far away, be an answer to her prayer?
Then we read the story of
Florence, who a few years ago faced a similar situation. Now, having received
help from Christian Aid, her suffering has eased and she, and her community are
building better lives for themselves and their families.
I say “They are building
better lives for themselves and their families” because the hard work
wasn’t done by Christian Aid or their other partner agency. The community did the hard work – they built
These stories links to
Jesus’ words in John 15:11 “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and
your joy may be complete.”
Jesus was speaking when he
was on the threshold of deep trail and suffering. He is telling his disciples that despite the suffering of Good
Friday, joy is coming on Sunday. Joy
does not deny sorrow and suffering but co-exists with them. As my former boss once said to me “If you
don’t experience Good Friday, you will never appreciate Easter Day.”
Jesus encourages his
disciples to live in the love of God.
He knows they will need each other to get through this and he knows that
their love for one another and their sacrificial giving will strengthen them as
they journey onward. It is not duty,
obligation or command that enables them, and us, to remain faithful and bear
lasting fruit. It is love, friendship
As disciples of Christ, it
is our calling to be joyful and bring joy to others. There are so many ways that we can each live this out, but I hope
and pray that you will feel that a contribution to Christian Aid is one way to
do this. Through Christian Aid we see
that joy does not lead us away from suffering and struggle, but towards
May we choose to look
towards the pain and see the possibilities for transformation as shown in the
contrasting stories of Rose and Florence remembering Christ’s words John 15:17
“This is my command: love each other.”
God of abundant life,
we see your goodness all around us
and we thank you for every part of it;
from the plants and animals which play
their part in complex ecosystems,
to the dry deserts and stormy seas which
test the limits of life.
We pray that in this time of climate crisis and ecological
emergency, you may help us to rediscover your love of creation and to reflect
that in our own lives.
God, in your mercy
God who speaks through unexpected people,
We thank you for contemporary prophets
who are challenging us to act on climate change;
for indigenous people and their invaluable
knowledge of the land and sea where they live,
for scientists dedicating their careers to warning us about
changes to the planet, and for
young people striking for their future.
We pray that you will help those in power
to hear their prophetic voices.
Help them to see beyond short-term political priorities and
business plans. and give them wisdom
and courage when they face difficult decisions.
God, in your mercy
God of second chances,
we recognise the damage we have done
to the Earth and the injustice we see
in society every day, all of it fuelled by
worship of profit and possessions.
We pray for the coming of a better
with justice, kindness and humility
at its heart.
We ask that you guide us to be co-creators
of this new
world. Give us confidence to follow
the prophetic voices to stand against injustice to people and to planet.
So that together, in your strength,
we stop this climate crisis.
God, in your mercy
hear our prayer.
We ask all this in the name of your Son,
Christ, who taught us to pray together.
May God bless us with wonder
at creation’s glory.
May God bless us with fury
at creation’s spoiling.
May God bless us with
courage at this critical hour.
And may the blessing of God,
Father, Son and
Holy Spirit, rest upon us
and on all creation,
this day and for the future