Friday, October 31, 2014
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An inter-cessionary prayer with an environmental theme

Let us pray to God for our ailing planet, and every creature in it, including human kind.
 
Strengthen our minds to see each other as part of the same family, and to see ourselves as an integral part of our earthly environment, so that we appreciate that we and the earth come from the same divine source and exist by virtue of God’s gracious love.  Strengthen our motivations to live in harmony with each other and with the earth under God.
 
O Lord, hear our prayer.
 
Help us to understand that a changing earth is as old as the planet itself.  Help us to understand that naturally occurring events, such as floods, play an important role in the overall balance of the earth and its ecology.  Help us to recognise that humankind’s interventions and effects upon the earth are now frequently responsible for magnifying the bad consequences and turning these natural events into ones driven largely by human beings.
 
O Lord, hear our prayer.
 
Strengthen us, as caring human beings, to care for creation and to see what is happening to the earth.  Strengthen humanities’ God-given intelligence to find out how to safeguard the integrity of the world created under God on which our future, and the future of our children and the future of our and all grandchildren, depend.
 
O Lord, hear our prayer.
 
Strengthen the will of the world’s political leaders, the leaders of our own Government, and St Peters’ church community and all who belong to it, to live up to our environmental responsibilities.  We pray that we may find effective collective and personal ways to reduce humankind’s bad effects upon the earth, so that we may all play our part in caring for our earthly environment.  Give us the wisdom to act caringly and sensitively towards our environment.
 
O Lord, hear our prayer.
 
Finally, we pray for the millions whose lives and livelihoods have been, and are, afflicted by environmental ills and problems.  We pray for them as we pray for those in our own community and families who may be troubled, sick or departed.    
 
O Lord, hear our prayer.
 
Loving Father, hear our prayers that we make in faith and grant us your blessing. We ask this through Jesus Christ, Our Lord, Amen.

Sunday Worship

Sunday 2nd November

The Requiem Service at 10.30 am replaces both the usual 9.30 am Holy Communion and the 11.15 am Mattins
Sundays  
8.00 am Holy Communion (said) - Book of Common Prayer
9.30 am Holy Communion (sung) - Common Worship with crèche and Junior Church
  Second Sunday - All-age service with orchestra
11.15 am Choral Mattins - Book of Common Prayer (service of morning prayer led by a choir)
6.30 pm Choral Evensong
Weekdays  
9.00 am Morning Prayer in the Lady Chapel (about 30 mins)

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Greening the Church Meetings
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Meetings usually last for up to 90 minutes. If meetings on Wednesday or Thursday evenings are likely to be difficult for you in 2010, and you want to participate in these meetings, please let Dennis Parker know (denjpark@btinternet.com).

Join Us

Are you thinking of trading in your SUV for a hybrid?

Do you routinely use reusable shopping bags?

Do you use recycled paper in your printer?

Are you trying to avoid purchasing products encased in large amounts of packaging?

Have you switched to low energy light bulbs and a green energy supplier?

Are you routinely sorting your waste into recycling containers of different kinds?

Do you sometimes cycle or walk rather than driving?

Do you know the arguments for and against carbon offsetting?

Are you considering offsetting the carbon emission consequences of your next flight?

Do you see the link between religion and environmentalism?

If any of these sort of issues interest you, why not join us in helping to move the green community initiative forward ?  You can join by contacting either Dennis Parker (denjpark@btinternet.com) or Sally Martin (martins3632@btinternet.com) and/or by just coming along at any time to one of the evening meetings organised in 2009 to take the initiative forward.  

The dates and other details of these meetings are given above.  You can commit yourself to just as little or as much as you want.  You can just give your view if you wish, or you can help organise some of the actions which we are planning to take forward in 2009 and beyond, and you can help shape these initiatives at the same time.  If you have no experience of environmental issues, then it does not matter.  However, if you have experience of them, come along and let us learn from your experience.

  

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