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Pray

TCT is a Christian based charity that employs and supports people of all faiths and none.

Prayer changes things!

Many of our staff pray regularly for the people and communities that we serve and for our work supporting people and communities to thrive and flourish.

How we pray varies, as our staff belong to different faith traditions including Christian, Muslim and Sikh.

Prayers for COP 26

Focus for October 2021

Each month, we have a specific focus for our prayers. Currently our focus is on COP 26.

This November, the UK will host the UN climate summit COP26 in Glasgow. Governments of practically every country will come together to make plans for tackling the climate crisis. Decisions made will affect us all – especially those living in poverty who bear the brunt of the climate emergency. Through prayer and action, we can all play our part in making this a significant milestone as we tackle climate change together.

COP26 is a key focus of Tearfund’s Reboot campaign, aimed at seeing a breakthrough in the climate crisis.

Lord, you gave us the gift of insight to understand The meaning of your creation and our responsibility to care for it. You gave us eyes to see the beauty of the world The gift of empathy to understand others and their needs. Lord, forgive us for not caring for your creation Forgive us that we seek to become masters of your work Forgive our inner blindness and deafness to the needs of our neighbour.

Jacqueline Ryle

26 Prayers for COP26

Revd Jon Swales from Leeds has written 26 Prayers and Laments for the Climate and Ecological Emergency.

Download here

COP26 Glasgow - By Dave Gregory and Trevor Beckett of the Baptist Union Environment Network (BUEN)

Here are some prayer points that will help churches and prayer points that will help churches and individuals seek God for COP26 over the coming couple of months:

* Pray that the UK government will lead by example and show clearly how we will achieve our own targets for climate action and achieving net zero.

* Pray for justice and fairness to be at the heart of the decisions that are made.

* Pray that representatives from developing countries will not be limited from attending due to COVID19.

* Pray for Government ministers and others leading the conference.

* Pray for the voices of young people to be heard in every aspect of the conference.

Limiting global emissions to 1.5 degrees

* 70% of the world’s economies have committed to this on paper; pray their plans and actions will make this a reality.

* Pray that richer nations and financial institutions will help finance poorer nations to develop the technologies to provide cleaner energy.

* Pray for Green jobs to be created across our world, bringing hope to millions of lives.

* Pray for end to investment in all forms of fossil fuels. The stewardship of nature as God intended

* Pray for the protection of threatened habitats across our world, in particular the rain forests.

* Pray for the rewilding and restoring of habitats so that we allow nature to restore eco systems and create sustainable agriculture across the world.

* Pray for Christian organisations engaged in encouraging our stewardship of God’s creation, including Arocha UK, Tear Fund, Operation Noah, Baptist Union Environmental Network and many others.

* Pray for our farmers as they will have to change practices in the coming decades. Extreme weather events.

* Pray for National and local Government leaders as they plan for more extreme weather events.

* Pray for those who determine planning decisions for new developments, that they will plan for extreme weather events.

* Pray for those affected across the world by flooding and forest fires.

* Pray for those parts of the world for whom rising sea levels could be catastrophic. Climate and Environmental Scientists.

* Give thanks for the gift of science that has allowed us to see how our use of fossil fuels is affecting people and nature around the globe in the present and the future.

* Pray for scientists and engineers who are using their creativity to develop ideas and technology that will help reduce the intensity of Climate Change and moderate its impact.

* Pray for a new generation of scientists who have an appreciation of the wonder of creation and are motivated to find ways to protect both people and the whole community of creation.

The role of the Christian community

* Pray for the Holy Spirit to awaken the hearts of all Christians to our complicity in harming God’s creation and then to see ourselves as those who should lead by example.

* Pray for our church communities to invest in green solutions within our buildings and land, and a willingness to share best practice.

* Pray for Christian voices to speak up against the injustice of climate change as it effects the poorer nations disproportionately, and for richer nations to financially support green solutions across the world.

A prayer to share - Lichfield Diocesan Prayer

"As we follow Christ in the footsteps of St Chad, we pray that the two million people in our diocese encounter a church that is confident in the gospel, knows and loves its communities, and is excited to find God already at work in the world.

We pray for a church that reflects the richness and variety of those communities.

We pray for a church that partners with others in seeking the common good, working for justice as a people of hope."

2021: A Prayer for Peace This Year

Father, I know that you are all-powerful, that you are Sovereign, and that nothing is too difficult for you. Yet today, I still struggle with worry and fear, still carrying the same burdens leftover from yesterday. It’s hard to shake it off even though I’m desperate to leave it fully in your hands. Please lift all the things that are weighing me down, right off shoulders and heavy heart, and give me the peace that only you can provide. I know that you care for whatever concerns me, and your ears are open to my prayers. I know that you understand my struggles, and you see right where I am, even on the days, I feel that no one notices. Guard my heart and mind in you today, as I meditate on your words and truth.

Source: Christianity.com

Joint statement on climate change by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch

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

For the first time, the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Anglican Communion have jointly warned of the urgency of environmental sustainability, its impact on poverty, and the importance of global cooperation.

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Updated 1st October 2021

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“When I Pray, Coincidences Happen…”

William Temple