3 December: Joining together

03 Dec 3 December: Joining together

Notre Dame

Martie Swart, Flickr, under Creative Commons License

Cooperation is needed if we are going to get a just, ambitious and binding agreement at Paris.

We’ve seen some examples of cooperation already this week. Some of the countries most vulnerable to climate impacts have joined together to call for measures including full decarbonisation by 2050. More than one hundred countries have formed the International Solar Energy Alliance. A new grouping of investors and twenty major economies is preparing to fund research and development around renewable energy technology.

Tonight, there will be another example of cooperation – an ecumenical service at Paris’ Notre Dame cathedral, where people from different church backgrounds will come together to lift their concerns about creation before God in prayer.

“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!”
Psalm 133:1 

We also come from different countries and church backgrounds. But, together with the people in Notre Dame, we’re united in Christ, and we pray:

  • giving thanks for God’s love, greatness, power and mercy
  • giving thanks for the many ways that Christians are sharing in prayer for the Paris climate talks
  • giving thanks for examples of cooperation for positive change among nations at the Paris talks 
  • asking that the world’s nations will cooperate in creating and implementing a just, ambitious, and binding agreement … and that Christians will continue working and praying together to care for creation.

 

Creator God
We are pilgrims
on the way to your Kingdom
and citizens of the world
Creation is suffering because of us.
The land has deteriorated.
Jesus Christ calls us to vigilance and commitment.
Send us your Spirit, sanctify us.

God of justice and peace
We are pilgrims
on the way to your Kingdom
and citizens of the world
our common home is damaged
The poorest are excluded
Jesus Christ calls us to solidarity and sharing.
Send us your Spirit, sanctify us.

God of Jesus Christ
We are pilgrims
on the way to your Kingdom
and citizens of the world
Before you, we pledge to take specific actions
to change our practices
Jesus Christ calls us to conversion.
Send us your Spirit, sanctify us.  

Prayer contributed by the Conseil d’Églises chrétiennes en France from the order of service for the ecumenical service at Notre Dame