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Cosmic Temple: A Prayer for the Climate and Ecological Emergency



Father of Creation,

God of Compassion,

The earth as a cosmic temple presents itself as a symphony of praise;

A rich diversity of song and dance,

From a whole range of characters who Inhabit,

Perform

And point to you

As the giver of gifts.

Father of Creation,

God of Compassion,

From mountain heights to ocean depths,

Across the seasons,

Non-human worshippers worship

With a stunning array of unique characteristics and colours.

The willow tree bows in reverent praise,

Whilst birds in flight perform a waltz of wonder.

Since creation’s dawn,

You, O Lord, have opened their lips;

A hiss, a screech, a bark, a purr,

A tweet, a song, a howl, a caw.

A neigh, a bleat, a cuckoo, a buzz, a roar.

You have filled their beaks,

Their wings,

Their lips

Their mouths with praise.

And we join with them in saying

What you have made is good.

To you, we give praise, honour and glory.

Father of Creation,

God of Compassion

The cosmic temple has begun to sing a different song;

A lament for what has changed,

A requiem for what has been lost,

A lament for what will be.

Father of Creation,

God of Justice,

From mountain heights to ocean depths,

The impact of humanity has been made known.

Instead of worshipping,

Tending

And keeping.

We have forsaken,

Betrayed

And plundered.

Have mercy on us, according to your steadfast love.

Have mercy on us, according to your steadfast love.

Father of Creation,

God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

We live within both the beauty and the brokenness.

We ask that you would give us a melody of praise to

join with creation's cosmic song and dance.

We ask that you would give us a lament that

grieves for what we have lost and what will be.

May the melody of our humble existence

take up afresh our priestly calling

to tend and keep your cosmic temple

until the redemption and restoration of all things.

Father of Creation,

To him who sits on the throne and to the lamb,

Be praise, glory and honour.

Amen








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