Greening the Lectionary

A Theological Response to the Ecological Crisis: Reflections, Reviews, Comment.


The Rt Revd Nicholas Baines, Bishop of Leeds

God of creation, who loves all he has made and all that has evolved,
open the eyes of your people,
that your love might be reflected in our care for the planet.
Through Jesus Christ, who walked this earth and calls us by name:

Creator God, you made the goodness of the land,
the riches of the sea and the rhythm of the seasons;
as we thank you for your gracious providing
may we cherish and respect this planet and its peoples,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Collect for Environment Sunday

Living God, you call us to be good stewards of this earthly home,
strengthen us to care for your creation;
forgive us when, through our greed and indifference we abuse its beauty
and damage its potential.

Empower us, through your Spirit to so nurture and love the world,
that all creation sings to your glory.


Margaret Pickford 2018 Women’s World Day of Prayer

God of creation and Lord of life,
you entrusted us to care for our environment,
but in many parts of the world we have failed.

Help us to realise how fragile and unstable our surroundings are,
because we are not looking after creation.

We need to be true stewards and to understand
how the most insignificant little flowers, and the tiniest insects,
each creature and individual people are all part of a wondrous whole. Amen


Tearfund “Hope for Creation” prayer

Lord, make us people who recognise,
nurture and act towards a more sustainable world
for the benefit of all who draw life from this planet.

Raise up campaigners who will speak out
for wisdom, restraint and compassion.

And teach us to partner you in protecting this precious world
and the lives of our most vulnerable global neighbours.


Collect for Climate Sunday

Glorious God,
The whole of creation proclaims your marvellous work:
Increase in us a capacity to wonder and delight in it,
That heaven’s praise may echo in our hearts
And our lives be spent as good stewards of the earth.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.