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Prayer of renewal and blessing, related to SDG12 Responsible Consumption and Production

From Hallelujah! (AWPC © 2013 WCC)

01 October 2013

Prayer of confession / Prayer for renewal

L1:       God of life,
you created the world and saw that it was good.
L2:       Yet, because of our greed and consumption,
we cut down the jungles,
L1:       we eliminate plants and animals.
L2:       We are destroying the earth.
L1:       We pray for wisdom and strength.
L2:       Make us co-workers with you,
to restore life for the dying creatures.
L1:       In your mercy,
C:        hear our prayer.
L1:       God of justice,
you command us to establish justice for all.
L2:       Yet, because of our self-centeredness and indifference,
we let the gap between the rich and the poor widen;
L1:       we do not have legal protection for migrant workers;
L2:       we ignore children living on the street;
L1:       we feel helpless seeing young women and men
trapped in human trafficking.
L2:       We pray for wisdom and courage.
L1:       Make us co-workers with you,
to strive for justice and share your abundance.
L2:       In your mercy,
C:        hear our prayer.
L1:       God of peace,
you command us to love one another
and live in peace with our neighbours.
L2:       Yet, because of our closed minds,
prejudice and suspicion of difference,
we frequently choose violence and war,
L1:       we discriminate against minorities and the marginalized,
L2:       we suppress basic human rights,
L1:       we contribute to conflict amongst ethnic and religious groups.
L2:       We pray for wisdom and humility.
L1:       Make us co-workers with you,
to embrace one another and walk peacefully together.
L2:       In your mercy,
C:        hear our prayer.
L1:       Tender and compassionate God,
L2:       sustain in our hearts the spirit of loving-kindness.
L1:       Strengthen our work with neighbours of different creeds and beliefs,
cultures and ethnicities.
L2:       Guide us as we bring healing to this earth and all of its creatures.
L1:       Preserve in our hearts songs of peace and rhythms of justice.
L2:       In your mercy,
C:        hear our prayer. Amen.
18. Blessing

L1:       Let us ask for God’s blessing.
C:        May God bless us with the Spirit
of courage and wisdom,
that we may bear witness to the hope
that is within us. Amen.
(AWPC © 2013 WCC)