As we travel through Lent, let us recall this resolution made by all churches in 2000.

Let there be respect for the earth

peace for its people, love in our lives, 

delight in the good, forgiveness for past wrongs 

and from now on a new start. 

Respect for the earth

Grant us a spirit of concern for the future of our environment 

Bring an end to the exploitation of the earth's scarce resources;

Encourage us to be responsible stewards of your creation

Lord, make us prophets of our time

 

Peace for its people 

Grant us a spirit of respect, recognising the value and integrity of each person; help us become advocates of  peace, bringing an end to conflict and division 

Renew our commitment to challenging the causes of injustice, 

Lord, make us prophets of our time 

 

Love in our lives

Grant us a spirit of generosity to reach out in trust to those we  encounter;

Help us to embody God's love in our relationships with one another

Lord, make us prophets of our time 

Delight in the good

Grant us a spirit of openness to see God within us and around us;

Help us rejoice in the good we have experienced as we move forward to the future

Lord, make us prophets of our time 

Forgiveness for past wrongs 

Grant us a spirit of truth to recognise failings which have hurt us, 

others and the world ; 

Give us the humility to ask forgiveness for our part in any wrongdoing;

Encourage us to be accepting of ourselves and of others 

Lord, make us prophets of our time 

And from now on a new start

Grant us a spirit of hospitality to welcome the future

with its joys, possibilities and challenges

Let us go forward with a vision of how things could be, and the commitment to make our ideas a reality 

Lord, make us prophets of our time 

Creator God

as we journey through this world, give us the grace to allow your Holy Spirit to work through us.

Help us speak, think and work with honesty and compassion 

to celebrate all that is life giving 

to restore hope where it has been lost, and to bring about change where it is needed. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our companion

Amen  

  

Let us pray for grace, to keep Lent faithfully;

Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing that you have made and forgive the sins of all those who are penitent.

 

Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that lamenting our sins we may receive from you perfect forgiveness and peace; 

 

through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever

AMEN  

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