2018 Day of Prayer for Climate Action
Saturday, September 1
Join us by hosting a prayer event on your campus, in your church, or in your office.
Everything you need to host your own event can be found below!
Section 1: Hurricane Harvey Information
Hurricane Harvey dropped more rain in the United States than any storm before or after and is tied for the costliest storm in U.S. history. Its effects are still being felt to this day, one year after it made landfall on Texas' Gulf Coast. Use this informational resource to remind yourself and those you are leading in prayer of both the ongoing recovery in Houston and of the impacts being felt by stronger storms around the world.
Section 2: Prayer Resources
Use the sample liturgies below to lead your prayer time. There are two options for you to use below.
Option 1- Central Climate Liturgy
Use this liturgy exactly as is. It includes important liturgical components like confession, assurance of forgiveness, praise, benediction, and song to create a meaningful worship experience.
Option 2- Prayer Guide
Use this guide to build your own unique time of prayer. It offers a framework to guide your prayer time, but is flexible enough for you to personalize. Use the thematic prayers and prayer points below to help you build out your prayer time.
Thematic Prayers/Prayer Points
- Prayer for our political leaders
- Prayer for those impacted by climate change
- Prayer for repentance
- Prayers from other Christian traditions
Section 3: How You Can Pray and Act
Prayer is critical to the life of faithful advocacy. However, prayer must never leave us on our knees, but lift us up onto our feet and out into the world for the sake of the world. Use this resource to help your group turn your prayers into action!
Section 4: Digital Toolkit to Spark Online Conversation
One of the gifts of the digital age is that we have more tools than ever to connect our prayers with brothers and sisters around the world. Use this resource for help spreading the word online about your prayer event, your motivation behind hosting it, and what God may be calling you to do next. Find sample social media posts, digital best practices, and hashtags to help join your prayers with others around the world!
|"My Climate Prayer" Printable Sign - Take a selfie holding your sign and post to social media with #Pray4Climate.|
|"Praying for Climate Action" Printable Sign - Take a selfie holding your sign and post to social media with #Pray4Climate|
Section 5: Press and Spreading the Word
Want to spread the word even further? Write an op-ed for your local paper and send out a press release to local outlets about your prayer event! It's a great to way to continue to make the case for why Christians are called to act on climate and to build our movement. Find a sample op-ed and press release, along with step-by-step instructions, below!
More information about the Day of Prayer
Y.E.C.A. is committed to grounding our action to address climate change in more than mere slogans or protest songs. As young Christians, we believe that the work of protecting God's creation, defending our neighbors' right to a flourishing life, and of safeguarding our own futures will only be effective if it is guided by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Since 2014, we have hosted the biannual Day of Prayer for Climate Action to do just that. To lift up the cause of climate stability to the Creator; to center our hearts on the heart of God; and to remind ourselves and the world that as long as God's power, justice, and peace go ahead of us, then we do not labor in vain.
This year's Day of Prayer marks the one year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey. We center our prayers of lament and repentance on the experiences of those impacted by climate change, in Houston and around the world.