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OSJ Special Prayers:
U.S. Withdraws from the Paris Agreement

If you’re not sure what to say, or how to say it, in response to the withdrawal of the U.S. from the Paris Agreement, consider using this short summary and prayer as a guide.

On Thursday, June 1, President Trump announced that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. The agreement, which entered into force November 4, 2016, has been signed by 195 countries. Each of these nations committed to tackling climate change and supporting a transition to a clean economy. There was hope that U.S. leadership in this agreement would strengthen its impact abroad and increase renewable energy usage in the U.S. Now that the U.S. has announced an exit, we continue to pray for national and international cooperation in response to the threat of climate change.

Our world belongs to God - every square inch of it. Because of this, we affirm a commitment to work vigorously to protect and heal the creation for the glory of the Creator. Despite this setback, we will continue to be faithful stewards of creation, voices for justice, and public examples in the effort to live sustainably with our God-given resources in the spirit of the Paris Agreement.

God our Creator, we confess.
We have not cared for your creation you have called us.
We have been selfish and wasteful.
We have been short-sighted and partisan.
We have been lulled by comfort and profit.
We have forgotten our identity as the caretakers of your world.
We have sinned. Help us to change.

God our Sustainer, we are afraid.
The threat of a warming climate -- of extreme weather, of rising seas, of floods and droughts, of displacement and war -- is sobering and frightening.
We know that those who are most impacted by this decision are the ones who are most marginalized: the orphan and widow, the migrant and the poor.
We know that when we turn a blind eye to their suffering, we turn a blind eye to you.
Embolden us, Lord, with a fierce love for our you and for our neighbor.
May our trust in your providence look more like courage than complacency.

God our Redeemer, we are your people.
The power that brought Jesus out of his tomb is a power that dwells among us today.
It is the power of life, of abundance, of promise, of hope.
Fill us with that power.
Help us to be loving, intelligent, energetic, courageous and imaginative in the ways that we respond.
Help us to draw nearer to one another, and nearer to you, in the work that is to come.
Draw near to us and show us the way.

Come quickly, Lord.

Amen.

Take Action: Three Ways You Can Respond

Despite President Trump’s withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Agreement, we encourage you to act in faith with us. Here are three ways you can take action:

1. Go outside for an hour. Walk, sit, breathe, walk some more, and listen to what God is telling you to do about climate change.

2. Triple our advocacy impact! Can you find three people to join the Climate Witness Project? We invite you to become a partner and hope you encourage your friends to become partners too! Sign up here.

3. Support frontline regions like Bora in Southern Mali, Olancho in Honduras, and low lying regions in Bangladesh by making a donation to World Renew.

Creation Care Preaching Challenge

Calling all pastors! Are you looking for resources for preaching on creation care? We encourage you to participate in the Creation Care Preaching Challenge. Click here to learn more about the challenge, discover resources, and learn how you can incorporate creation care into your preaching.

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