Environment Confession

Written By:
Sam Hargreaves
Bible Refs: Gen 2, Rom 8:19-23

This is a confession prayer for the way we treat the environment. We have used it in a worship journey featuring the song "Indescribable", followed by the hymn "God in Such Love for Us" (sung to the tune of "Great is Thy Faithfulness"). We have then shown images of environmental destruction, and encouraged people to think about how they treat God's creation. We have followed this by saying this prayer together:

[LEADER] Lord, when we have taken your creation for granted;
[ALL] Forgive us, gracious Father.
When we have abused its resources and polluted its purity;
Forgive us, gracious Father.
When we have not fulfilled our calling to steward your earth;
Forgive us, gracious Father.

[Invite the congregation to silently receive God's forgiveness.]

May we work with you in the renewal of creation;
Empower us, Holy Spirit
May we speak and act for the good of your planet.
Inspire us, Jesus Christ.
May we value and share the good gifts you provide;   
Encourage us, Father of creation. Amen.

Sam co-leads engageworship.org with his wife Sara. He completed the LST degree in Theology, Music and Worship, and an MA in Contemporary Worship from Kings College London. He was Programme Leader for the LST Theology and Worship course and now teaches as a guest lecturer there. He also co-leads the RESOUNDworship.org worship song website, and has led musical and creative worship at events like Spring Harvest, Youtwork Summit and Greenbelt. Sam and Sara's book 'How would Jesus lead worship' was published by BRF in 2009.

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