Friday, 18 December 2009

The Wave

Three of us from the Bernwode Benefice - myself, Jennie and Peter Symes - joined the Wave on 5th December to call on  the governments ahead of the Copenhagen conference to get a deal that keeps the world temperature to within 2 degrees Celsius above pre industrial levels.

I was particularly moved by the service beforehand, in the Methodist Central Hall, where the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams encouraged us to see this as an opportunity be human and not to panic, to have hope. This was our corporate act of repentance:

Act of Repentance “The Wave” Service, 5th. December, 2009
Loving God, we confess that we have sinned through thoughtlessness and greed. By the destruction we have caused and the actions we have failed to take.
When we look you in the eye, do not forgive us if we excuse ourselves for our ignorance, for our weakness. For our own deliberate fault.
We are truly sorry.
We repent of all that we have wasted and the bounty we have squandered. Knowing that it is the poor who have paid the greater price.
Create a new willingness within us to turn back the tide of impending judgement, to honour international agreements and to play our part in your future.
Grant that we may serve You in newness of life, to the glory of Your name through the wonder of your creation. Amen.

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