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Cruciform Adaptation:A Prayer


Father of Creation,

God and Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ,

Your Son wept when he saw what would befall the city.

He longed to gather his people as chicks under his wings,

but they would not listen.

To Him be all praise and glory.


Father of Creation,

God of Compassion,

Your Spirit gathered together a community,

and empowered them with Your presence

to be faithful witnesses whatever befalls.

To You be all praise and glory.


So we, like Your Son, weep when we see what befalls the world,

as we move towards 1.5 degrees above preindustrial temperatures and beyond.

Unrestrained capitalism has sown to the winds of injustice

and is reaping the whirlwind of climate breakdown.


Jesus, Lamb of God,

You walked the path of self-giving sacrificial love.

You call your followers to do the same.




Jesus, Lamb of God,

You walked the path of cruciform love.

You call your followers to do the same.


As temperatures rise,

Lord, have mercy.


As sea levels rise,

Christ, have mercy.


In a world of increased malnutrition,

Lord, have mercy.


In a world of increased migration,

Christ, have mercy.


In a world with an increased risk of societal collapse,

Lord, have mercy.





Father of Creation,

God and Father of our Lord Jesus,

In these difficult days, we pledge allegiance to Your Son

and the Kingdom for which He died.

Empower us by Your Spirit for cruciform adaptation,

for the way of self-giving sacrificial love.


Jesus, Lamb of God,

You walked the path of self-giving sacrificial love.

You call your followers to do the same.





Jesus, Lamb of God,

You walked the path of cruciform love.

You call your followers to do the same.


In a world of increasing violence,

prepare us to be peacemakers,

to extend the table,

and tear down the walls of climate apartheid.


In a world of increased migration,

prepare us to welcome the stranger,

to extend the table,

and tear down the walls of climate apartheid.


In a world of increased malnutrition,

prepare us to feed the hungry,

to extend the table,

and tear down the walls of climate apartheid.


Father of Creation,

God of Compassion,

Your Spirit gathers together a community,

empowering them with Your presence

to be faithful witnesses whatever befalls.

To You be all praise and glory.


Amen.



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