Praying for creation

COP 26 has made the headlines frequently over the past two weeks. As Christians we have a duty to tend our God-given environment that has been so badly compromised by human greed and exploitation.

Join us in praying that the pledges made will be honoured, and that many will respond to the call to live more simply for the good of all.

There will be more information about COP 26 in the next issue of our magazine, but until it reaches you don’t forget to keep praying!

To find out more about the Church’s position on Climate Change, what you can do and how you can pray, go to: Environment and climate change | The Church of England

 

Ploughshares and First Fruits

Ploughshares and First Fruits

Author Chris Thorpe
Publisher Canterbury Press £16.99
Format pbk
ISBN 9781786222909

This book is a treasure chest of valuable resources for use throughout the church’s year and it intertwines with the farming calendar. Written for rural parishes and using the author’s own tried and tested rural ministry experience, it offers fresh insights into welcoming and fresh worship. It is mission focussed and recommends inviting local groups and clubs to be involved – riders, farmers, walkers and wildlife groups. Two services per month are described in detail with suggested music, worship songs, intercessions, readings, reflections, conversations, prayers and symbolic actions such as drama, craft, gifts or shared food. As the seasons change so do the themes and much careful planning has gone into these resources. Written primarily for use in the country parish (or group of parishes) it has much to offer city parishes, particularly as we are encouraged to explore our own gardens and parks. We have become more aware of the need to treasure and preserve our resources and are now more connected with the natural world around us. The time is right for this beautiful book.

Reviewed by SUE PIPER

Worship; Environment