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Net Zero Prayer

Net Zero comes in all sorts of sometimes quite scarily stringent versions ( Scope 1, 2, and 3) with the ambition to emit no more in terms of greenhouse gas or equivalents from our activities than we also ensure is removed, is an ambition so great that to do it any justice at all, we need to consider all aspects of our life and work. Not merely to make life hard – because life is already hard for those people and creatures already suffering from effects of the climate crisis – but to make life better, healthier, holier. If the City of Glasgow can offer wildflower meadow as part of their own campaign, what beauty can we offer? This written prayer, the adaptation or quoting of which is warmly encouraged, if offered as a step to help the campaigns be seen as a positive response of faith, rather than boring or slavish capitulation to secular targets. [Downloadable PDF here, and under it, the text which can simply be copied and pasted ]

A Prayer of Ambition-to place the  Net-Zero campaigns of churches, and of civil society in the context of a response of faith-

Graphic:  Net Zero Scotland

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[Romans 12:10

love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honour.]

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Sustaining God, Incarnate in the Earth; Wild Wind of life

may we praise you with all that we are

in the obedient reshaping of all that we have and do

for your glory, as Good News for all Creation.

Expose the pride in humility’s clothing 

of sitting back as if we could do nothing

And the folly disguised as wisdom

of delay, and ‘bit by bit’

So may our work and worship join  hands

and shamelessly uncover the impact of what we still need to do

whilst striving to balance and heal 

the harm so unjustly distributed.

May we indeed, and with mutual encouragement 

outdo one another in showing honour to the Earth

Looking not only for savings in carbon emissions ‘on paper’

but beauty, integrity and a betterment of life for people and planet 

for wildlife and all the creatures to whom God also gives the Earth as habitat, as home.

Net-zero is the end of excuses and exceptions, 

it brings repentance and acceptance of responsibility 

for damage to Earth’s life, both past and urgently present

Dear God, who loves the Earth 

reminding us in the rainbow of your Covenant

may sun and rain each day proclaim

the scope of this ambition,

the daunting height of hills we need  to climb

but more, the grace on which our life is founded,

looking  forward with joy and hope

to the day when we surmount  that summit 

and glimpse with awe, delighted,  the way ahead

AMEN

(translated , means ‘Get on with it!)

Trouble the waters

Lighting you only get for about a minute after sunrise.

156 Trouble the waters

(Tune: Blessed Assurance  99 99 and refrain)

Use with John 5, making sure you use versions which include the ancient, though not universally transmitted words about the angel who ‘troubled’ the waters, leading to healing.  If it’s too long a sing, omit verse 2.

1) Trouble the waters  when they are tame:

Send out the angels: hot-foot the lame! 

Turn all the tables, wake up the Church:

Ears to the ground, and minds to research.

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Soaring with stories, feet on the ground

Mystic, realistic, God’s flesh and bone:

Christ for  all creatures, eager to heal;

Urgent, inclusive,  with us, and real.

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[2) Crisis, our homeland?, faith shines our way!

Christ is our wild one: loves come what may

Preaching of hope, though disaster may loom

Never denying danger of doom.]

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3) Business as usual’s killing the earth.

Jesus transforms: gives alternative worth:

Life and compassion, creatures diverse

Joy love and hope healing apathy’s curse.

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4) Trouble the waters, set the Earth free:

Damage is done to the air and the sea

Yesterday’s deadline silently passed:

Light in the dark days : this is our task!

Be still….

A few ‘stilling videos’ to begin worship or parts of worship, either online of in person.

In gratitude to Forest Church, where the idea seems to have originated.

*Running time 2 mins 20s or less.

Come back to this page to see further additions throughout the summer and beyond.

Titles so far: “On the rocks” ( seabird colony) “Seapink” (robust flowers by seashore) “Wind in the branches” (the relationship between trees and wind) “Arrochar Alps” (from a walk up Ben Vane). “Castlerigg” -( at the exceptionally located stone circle in northern England) “Major Oak and Dandelion” the different scales and timescales of plants that share a habitat )

Please do download to use.

St Ninian’s Episcopal Church, Edinburgh gain Bronze Award.

Bishop John plants the first tree in St Ninian’s Orchard, Comley Bank, Edinburgh.

St Ninian’s Church has recently been awarded their Bronze Eco Congregation Scotland Award. This award is given in recognition of the work they have done and their commitment to caring for creation. They were one of the four churches chosen to take part in the Orchard Twinning Project, which saw Scottish church orchards twinned with those of congregations in Hungary.

Being part of the Orchard Project led to St Ninian’s holding an apple tasting day to select the right apples for their site. This was followed by planning a mini orchard of apple trees with the charity The Orchard Project and a ceremonial planting in the church garden. The fruit trees, and wildflower planting, are helping to improve biodiversity in the mature church garden, a space which is widely enjoyed by people in their local community.

The assessors were delighted with the well planned Season of Creation held each autumn at St Ninian’s. This is part of a worldwide, ecumenical 6 week period of prayer and action to protect the planet, ‘our common home’. In 2021 St Ninians put together a special church magazine in the run up to 26th UN Global Climate Summit in Glasgow.   

Recycling bins in the church grounds.

This busy congregation have been promoting the recycling of a wide range of materials. They regularly put articles in their church magazine as well as sharing helpful tips for greener ways to live. They have a bespoke recycling unit for members of the congregation as well as litter and recycling bins, made of reused wood which are placed in the church garden. 

They have held sessions to discuss and exploring environmental, peace and justice issues with members of their congregation. Lent study groups often provide a good vehicle for this kind of exploration.
St Ninian’s is a Fairtrade Church and local supporter of Christian Aid Week. 

Apple Tasting Day at St Ninian’s.

Congratulations to all at St Ninian’s Episcopal Church for their hard work and well deserved award.

Grand index of video resources from the EcoChaplain, for devotional use.

NOTE –  Vimeo files are straightforwardly downloadable , COP Clips will be posted elsewhere . You will in most cases have to copy the link into a browser to use, as I can’t embed 100+ videos on a page.

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Quick Clips

21 years of EcoCongregation Scotland  https://vimeo.com/664234829

Preparing for Palm Sunday  https://youtu.be/0IuSaWIIbaE  1 min 19

Pentecost Turbine  https://youtu.be/P3h2CuflFD4  2 mins 19

Rotten Halloween  https://youtu.be/wearcajWRes  1 min 44

Extinction bell, National Museum of Scotland  1 min 9   https://youtu.be/XMtSwZS7M34 

Prayer of Hope ( coming down a mountain) 1 min 36  https://youtu.be/UFB27B9XRzw 

The cost of coming down ( less than 2 mins) https://vimeo.com/702006703

A revelation  https://vimeo.com/702006703 

Introduction to Bible reading project with actor Jo Clifford  https://youtu.be/LrDlP_hyEP0

What is EcoChaplaincy?  1 min 30   https://youtu.be/89Ld65ki9Qw 

Everything that has breath  1 min 17  https://youtu.be/vxft889dQl8 

Pentecost Projection art on Colonsay (also for BIAPT) https://youtu.be/20e3z-kBCAM

Jesus with the wildlife  1 min  https://youtu.be/Iren9xLDDyY

Location is the language   https://youtu.be/LThYUztdfpY

Just one minute – Climate Rally https://youtu.be/uyuH4iA6qMQ

Climate Strike, March 2022   https://vimeo.com/697347648

Lockdown learnings prayer  https://vimeo.com/697347648

The mountain:  not getting there, but getting there  https://vimeo.com/670372075

You have been my refuge   https://vimeo.com/667249030

Epilogue – the valley of the shadow  https://vimeo.com/655927450

Longer, general 

The mystery Bible character (for the URC General Assembly) 12 mins 37   many locations  https://youtu.be/_v3hx9hYhZQ  and   https://vimeo.com/664217421 

Royal Presence: Bees! 9 mins 50   ( a visit to a beekeeper at work)  https://youtu.be/TQV9QWqwjgc

Heart Wood – walking round an area of ancient woodland, Music, no commentary 8min 27

The Great Wee Hill  ( Hill of the Angels Iona)   6 mins 45 https://youtu.be/2PdpHtBegOs 

The Bad judge ( sketch based on James 2)  5 mins 30 https://youtu.be/_nTjt6UsTvM 

Mungo: Forest in the Temple:14 mins 46  (  Glasgow Cathedral at the tomb of Mungo, and many other locations: looking to COP and being inspired by the stories of Glasgow’s patron saint)  https://youtu.be/jJ1q3WuOD-Y

Talks for gatherings :

The mystery Bible character (for the URC General Assembly) 12 mins 37   many locations  https://youtu.be/_v3hx9hYhZQ

Address for National Synod of Scotland  23 mins  https://youtu.be/FAxefc7GNiM 

Interview on ‘Reflections at the Quay’ https://youtu.be/hwMImoZ8ELA 

If not, why on Earth not? https://youtu.be/iCs3DR4VDDA  13min 05

Climate emergency  How to respond : For Aberdeen churches: https://youtu.be/vLqlXSVVJJI

The Happy Apocalyptic ( for Wildlife week, Iona) https://youtu.be/QTuPw83Me-A

Malvern Progressive Christian Network   18 mins  https://youtu.be/AvhrNBkNlGA 

Festival Green talk  https://youtu.be/gDB3lnb_lAs

Refuel Festival talk  https://youtu.be/mLt5ayY7sW8 

Faith and Environment ( Stirling Climate Festival) Zoom recording 39 mins)  : https://youtu.be/s03nd-RM4nU 

Creative Considerations  7 mins 10  ( conversation with artists and others involved on creative reflection on climate etc) https://youtu.be/Jehj3RAzt1Y 

Retreat for a church group in Shetland :  

Part 1: 9 mins   https://youtu.be/8Cu0VKM-UKg 

Part 2: 9 mins https://youtu.be/aRRD-1lmMXs 

Part 3:  3 mins  https://youtu.be/eTg72PAsJio

Part 4: 8 mins https://youtu.be/IUABw6Zu5Zc 

Part 5: 13 mins  https://youtu.be/DCG1XhZH7g8 

Part 6  6 mins  https://youtu.be/UKNidZ_pZII 

Shorter, general, & Bible readings

Whitelee : Power Station Music, no commentary : Looking around this site of industrial/agricultural/conservation/recreation signficance, on a dark January morning  https://youtu.be/_isTDOUQsw4 

Genesis 2 18 to 22: Pastoral environmental interpretation https://youtu.be/9npMqrk7zwg 

Exodus 3: 1-10 reading  Burning bush. ( in a snowy location)  https://youtu.be/TwEil89mteM  

Joshua 5: 9-12   the stone circle of Gilgal  https://youtu.be/fJFm5j4PCak 

Psalm 1: (Up a mountain )  https://youtu.be/CcSisbBOPQg 

AND   https://vimeo.com/593137700

Psalm 8 as a pilgrimage  https://youtu.be/QnmQFYJAe6c

Psalm 8 under the stars  https://youtu.be/JP-FW1spu3g

Psalm 19 ( up a mountain)  https://youtu.be/CcPT6_78MOA 

Psalm 23 Pentlands  https://youtu.be/aeuTpmi-RrI 

Psalm 25 (highland location)  https://youtu.be/uhJW6YCV1U8

Psalm 36 and thoughts on denial, by a mountain stream  https://youtu.be/FI_uliYNULk

Psalm 54: (Up a mountain )  https://youtu.be/s_bdDhVcg10  AND  https://vimeo.com/593137409

Psalm 80  (highland location)   https://youtu.be/RNPJ5GSTsiw 

Psalm 95 with strangers  https://youtu.be/DwtB4MF2X-s 

Psalm 116 ( up a mountain)  https://youtu.be/ZrVMyn_fkuU

Psalm 121 as a pilgrimage: https://youtu.be/QxtfZvzVtcY

Psalm 121 Sgurr Alastair https://youtu.be/oRJ9N0BJ0Nc

Psalm 125 ( up a mountain)    https://youtu.be/XfiU51_SHtY

Psalm 139 as a pilgrimage   https://youtu.be/YT7mPZEK48U

Psalm 146 ( Up a mountain)   https://youtu.be/R7oEjjQYcQw

Isaiah 12:2-6   (highland location)   https://youtu.be/laAb0Ae8v4Y 

Isaiah 43  ( Snowy location ) https://vimeo.com/684976891

2 Peter 3  on the Pentland Hills ( a day like a thousand years)  https://youtu.be/adxPgHO8ABg 

Mark 1: 9-12 Baptism of Christ – Greendykes Bing https://youtu.be/I9kHLHh3n7U 

Mark 7 24-37  – read by actor Jo Clifford   https://youtu.be/0oXcPDCCxNA

Mark 9 39-50  – read by actor Jo Clifford   https://youtu.be/tBtkmry1czg

Mark 8 27-32   – read by actor Jo Clifford   https://youtu.be/tBtkmry1czg

Mark 10: 13-16  – read by actor Jo Clifford   https://youtu.be/2bUNEi_Bnrk

Luke 9: Transfiguration  ( from Ben A’an) https://vimeo.com/662625291

Luke 13: 1-9 reading ( in a snowy location)  https://youtu.be/DyeUJSiHxZ0

Luke 15 ( prodigal Son) (Tree background) https://youtu.be/555Uc3boHqo

John 12: ( snowy location) https://vimeo.com/684975864 

John 14: a reading https://youtu.be/m0aUm9mWvxY 1 min 36

Great Commmission Matthew 28  https://youtu.be/7GSXh4rGqyk

Acts 17  https://youtu.be/LXcqxlKBxIE

Revelation 21 and John 5  – Real life and just fantasy  https://vimeo.com/701942203 

Our Father on a mountain-top  – interpreted on location .https://youtu.be/6OTQdsQVY1A  

1 min 24

Liturgical

The Litany of the Earth: https://youtu.be/hKEuhoZlJwA 

(Gathering 2019) at St Andrews, with live congregation

Aaronic Blessing (prepared for Glasgow Churches Together  https://youtu.be/AAnDhHl3aGc  

55 sec

Benedictus on location:  https://youtu.be/I2ajc6CD1Tw

Magnificat ( Highland location) https://youtu.be/ZLwYHpZbWUU 

Energy Prayer  https://youtu.be/LIg1PnDlHnc

Friends prayer  https://youtu.be/snKeZpq3aw8 

COP prayer  https://youtu.be/3cI2X4aQW4g

Live clips

Snake/Dove  https://youtu.be/NwxSJX4fDRs  1 min 5

A fixed camera record , at Castlemilk, of the neglected  question about Matthew 10:16

Times & Seasons

Season of Creation year A

Week 2  https://youtu.be/1H6a9c6zNxE 

Week 3  https://youtu.be/1ZgoFRYfyWw

Week 4  https://youtu.be/SxOsZKrwBkg 

Season of Creation year B: 

Week 1 The Earth, including Us  https://youtu.be/wG65QWcLnoo 

Week 2 Creation Speaks God’s language  https://youtu.be/-gOTP8edXRc 

Week 3 The tree and their fruit  https://youtu.be/V8zFgbmDwBM 

Week 4  The Obstacle Course  https://youtu.be/jHR6sRC-Mi4

Week 5  the gift of the Name https://youtu.be/7AgGEcIt9DU 

Mark 13, for Advent 1B : https://youtu.be/40AbS_DOiF4

Ash Wednesday from a heap of Ash  https://youtu.be/3hsqdlgZdVk

Lent 1 C ‘A land possessed ( Location:  Five sisters Bing (industrial waste tip) https://vimeo.com/676935225

Lent 2C as transfiguration   https://vimeo.com/673271625 

Lent 3 C: ‘Blazing’ ( Location: Cadzow ancient oaks) https://youtu.be/TGd5-vhxd8A  AND   https://vimeo.com/677594550

Lent 4C circle of justice  https://vimeo.com/681938533

Lent 5C  Divesting from despair Ben Lomond  https://vimeo.com/697347648

Lent 1B Complete service  https://youtu.be/UVFAGrOjf3w 

Lent 1B from Greendykes Bing https://youtu.be/YnCPgifuXLo

Lent 2B  Standing up to the devil’s Advocate https://youtu.be/F8At_TU0Ldg

Lent 3B  Zeal for your house https://youtu.be/jrMVev3LWAk

Lent 5B  John 12:20-33 The Tipping point https://youtu.be/kRn8JvNh9hQ

Mothering Sunday: Flowers for Mother Earth https://youtu.be/hE-fei6kZLA  13 mins 07

Having worked towards a church visit on Lent 4/Mothering Sunday, the UK went into semi-emergency mode. The reflections in preparation come together in this video. This is also presented in three parts, as sermons cover a lot of ground. Taking cue from Laudato Si

Good Friday : Dream of the Rood: for devotional use on Good Friday: 15 min 20  Aa reading and consideration of the Anglo-Saxon Poem quoted on the Ruthwell Cross.

Palm Sunday –  from Edinburgh Episcopal Cathedral   https://youtu.be/n1kV1aAp9wM

Palm Sunday  -From a deserted Edinburgh City Centre  https://youtu.be/lBQ_8T-dM0o 

11 min 8

Palm Sunday: Pavestones Gravestones: the stones shout aloud!  Luke 19:40 

https://youtu.be/GTlUAhXNpcQ   3 mins 11

Maundy Thursday:  John 13  Footwashing reflection, for Annual Gathering, with introduction

https://youtu.be/aiIVKcKabjY   6 min 16: 

also   without introduction https://youtu.be/UgqYCAd3yX0  4 min 08

Easter Sunday 2020 – no holds barred Easter Sermon  https://youtu.be/vDgrSXgJMK4  13 mins  25

Easter Sunday 2021  The Inclusive Commission https://youtu.be/-t48xMOX_q0 

Easter Sunday 2022 Risen High, Risen Low ( St Margaret’s Chapel and St Filan’s Cave) https://vimeo.com/697347648

Ascension reflection 2020  https://youtu.be/uo9sRNMi6gU

Trinity Sunday  https://youtu.be/6UJNBOZSfao  11min 08  (2020 Lectionary)

Pentecost 2020 https://youtu.be/zspRpFqstPY 10 mins 26

Pentecost Projection art on Colonsay (also for BIAPT) https://youtu.be/20e3z-kBCAM

Pentecost Turbine  https://youtu.be/l3w8yZjm9sk

Late Harvest : reflections on a “plentiful” – or a daunting – harvest https://youtu.be/9ZAlzvQKUhE 6 min 53

Emmaus-  Luke 24:  a sermon on wheels  -riding the distance walked in that wonderful conversation.   The walk to Emmaus, against the background of lockdown in the city of Edinburgh. One outing per day permitted for mental and physical health….  but what about spiritual wellbeing? – And could this be a pligrimage?

 https://youtu.be/Ou_Cy3lg7-g  8 mins 02   

Lockdown Gospel – if the disciples had used Zoom whilst waiting for the resurrection.

 (-Gospel of John version of gift of Spirit)  https://youtu.be/fP8MktgP7go  

8 min 44

Ezekiel 37  : Indecent Hope   11min 57

Words and pictures and more, for the final week of Lent, and the scariest story of the Old Testament  https://youtu.be/vOh2QD_PmIw

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Sermons by Gospel content

Matthew 11: 16-19, 25-30 and Zechariah 9:9-12  Weeping and Dancing  https://youtu.be/47fPz00rk4M  12 mins 41

Matthew 25: Recycling the sheep and the goats https://youtu.be/z5TYVB-mY34

Mark 1: 14-20 – Discipleship  https://youtu.be/mXmplBGD7Ow

Mark 1:21-28 1` Cor 8:1-13  Knowing enough to get on with it  https://youtu.be/FOjrbk7lWyM

Mark 4:26-34   Holy Habitats ( Cedar and Mustard Bush, Ezekiel Ezekiel 17:22-24 Mark 4:26-34   https://youtu.be/nz57186bZI8

Mark 5: 21: Mess and miracle  https://youtu.be/iETzlSamRQE 

Mark 10:  Proper 24 yr B:  Job 38, No fire without smoke  https://youtu.be/08hXqcpKdO8 

Mark 13, for Advent 1B : https://youtu.be/40AbS_DOiF4

Luke 13: 6-9  with Isaiah 55:6-13 “Manure for fruitful trees”. https://youtu.be/RlH_0AZj-UY

John 10:10  – led, not force-fed :8 min 57

Reflection for EcoChaplaincy on John 10:10: a highly provocative ‘cuddly story’.

Acts 17: Capital Games Thoughts on Acts 17, for an online retreat with a local church.

https://youtu.be/b4ME5jQvlGs  9 min 59

Acts 10 1 Kings 4  More wisdom than you can shake a stick at ( Solomon and Jesus)

Genesis 22 Cross that bridge where we come to it: a bike ride across the Forth Road Bridge whilst reflecting on Abraham and Isaac  https://youtu.be/XAjzFaRE7U4  9 mins 53

Matthew 9:35-10:23 and Romans 5:1-8  No holds Ba’ad – fear and Christian Character  https://youtu.be/y5sAjUA63Vw  10 mins 53

Romans 8 : Groaning Creation: getting out of our Depth  

https://youtu.be/nFEE_qw-gNA  9 min

Matthew 20: workers in the vineyard : Beyond Harvest   Sermon for Costorphine, delivered on location. https://youtu.be/gjdR3Zd5sp4  15 min 17

Hymns

O the life of the world   https://youtu.be/YBq4nNIK22o 

What will change your life’s direction https://youtu.be/XbyWVDdIyn4

From the waters’ fond embrace  https://youtu.be/j3NqhCZ2g1M 

Now Christ lives here   https://youtu.be/xG5XE7qxFz8

( to ‘Courage, brother) https://youtu.be/p7SLOxOR2J0

Our legacy is dire  https://youtu.be/JzEwGMvjVS0 

One day I said sorry out loud to the Earth  https://youtu.be/cKA8PvX86YA 

Deep our longing  ( Westminster Abbey) https://youtu.be/ljdOzsMQ50A

A very simple Sanctus for Easter Sunday

For those traditions where there is scope for text variation in the Communion prayers:

-Taking note of the great Commission of Mark 16, and the multiple rebukes given by the Risen Christ, which authenticate, in character, that the Risen one shares the identity of Jesus of Nazareth who was killed and buried. Known in the breaking of bread – and in the love with which Christ speaks out!

iGreen shoots after wildfire – Used by Permission: Murray Lowe

Downloadable PDF

Text only Use ‘Now the green blade rises’ ( Noel Nouvelet).

Holy, holy, holy,

All-embracing God!

All Creation praises

action, life and word:

Hosanna highly, Hosanna below!

Flesh and blood, our Jesus

in whom, God we know.

Holy, holy, holy,

All-transforming power!

Praise from every Creature

All shall rise, none cower:

Hosanna highly, Hosanna below!

Christ in love rebukes us;

Christ, the friend we know.