Fossil Fuel Prayer

Holy Spirit, you hovered over the deep,
and you know the deep problems we face today
around energy and fossil fuel consumption,
and the way this conflict gnaws at the church.
We live in a cold country, we need to keep warm.
Our homes are heated with oil and gas.
Help us find efficient and affordable ways
to keep ourselves warm.
We are people on the move; thank you for new technologies
that reduce our consumption of fuel,
help them become more accessible for the average person.
Thank you for oil workers who work outside in difficult conditions
so that we have the fuel we need to live.
Thank you for environmentalists who challenge us
to think outside the fossil fuel box.
Preserve us from the power of big corporations
who think only about profit and the bottom line.
Give wisdom to our politicians as they make decisions
that are good for us, and for generations yet unborn.
Much has been accomplished in this age of oil,
and much harm has been done;
the effects of climate change impact us all.
Forgive us our sins where we have been wasteful,
and show us how to live differently.
Equip us to be true stewards of your earth,
mindful of the needs of our sisters and brothers
and the creatures of the sea, the sky, the land.
The earth is yours, and all that is in it,
we worship you alone.  Amen.

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I am a Mennonite pastor currently teaching theology at Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo, Ontario. I’ve served congregations in Ontario and most recently, Alberta.

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