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Weekly thought and prayer for 9 September 2021

In just over a month’s time, world leaders will meet in Glasgow for the COP26 summit. Looking ahead to this summit, Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the Archbishop of Canterbury join together for the first time in urgent appeal for the future of the planet. Their statement is worth reading in full and is one that we, too, as Methodists support.

We must decide what sort of world we want to leave to future generations. God mandates: “Choose life, so that you and your children might live” (Dt 30:19). To choose life, we need to tackle the climate crisis. The impacts of climate change are already upon us and affecting the poorest in the world more than the more affluent. These impacts will only increase in magnitude and severity unless we act to change course. And to change course, we need to work together as an international community.

September is celebrated by many Christians as the Season of Creation, an opportunity to pray and care for God’s creation. Here at Bethesda, we will be celebrating our Harvest Festival just slightly later on 3 October.

So, let us pray for the world leaders ahead of the COP26 summit, that they may commit to the bold actions needed to tackle this emergency and choose life so that our children might live.

A Prayer

Holy God,
We confess that we have abused your creation
and brought the planet to a place of emergency.
We pray for our leaders ahead of the COP26 Summit.
Embolden them, through your Holy Spirit, to make bold decisions
and commit to the changes needed to avert the climate catastrophe.
Shown each of us how we can change our own lifestyles to become sustainable
and influence others to do the same.
Amen.