The Global Outreach and Community Action Group led worship this morning with the theme of our “Earth”. We learned about “Pulses”–peas, beans, lentils, chick peas, etc.–as being a sustainable food source for the planet. In fact, the United Nations has declared 2016 as “The International Year of the Pulses”.
An entertaining skit written by George Johnson emphasized the importance of reducing our meat intake and increasing our pulse intake, both for sustainability and the environment.
“Let us go forth walking more lightly upon Earth, more humbly with all creatures, more faithfully caring for the air and water, and for all creation. Let us go out with joy, ever mindful of the gift of God’s creation. Let us share the blessing of love with all we meet.”
Some Suggestions from the United Church of Canada Bulletin for EARTH DAY SUNDAY:
- Offer a prayer of gratitude and thanksgiving for the precious gift of Earth—and your small part of it.
- Apologize for any thoughtlessness that has scarred its surface.
- Act to restore some damaged space: remove garbage, plant something, change some harmful behaviour—of yours or of your community’s.
- Reflect on the gift of the global ocean, teeming with life but filled with pollution and turning more acidic every day.
- Research what happens with the water you use daily as it finds its way through the lakes and rivers into the sea.
- Ask how you can help to clean up the waters and prevent further harm to this source of life. • Write a message to the ocean—but don’t put it in a bottle! One Sky
- Breathe deeply and feel your lungs fill up. Exhale a prayer of thanksgiving for the sustaining gift of air.
- Reflect on the gases that make up the atmosphere and how important it is that they stay in balance. Ask yourself and your church how you can reduce the greenhouse gases that we emit by using energy from fossil fuels for heat, light, and transportation. Take action!
- Join with others in your community to urge politicians to make choices that curb global warming.
We are all one and interconnected with one Earth, one Sea, one Sky—God’s wondrous gifts for life.
Creating God, we thank you for our home of Earth, Sea, and Sky. It is a home that is majestic and humble, vast and small, vibrant— and ailing. Help us join with all of Creation in caring for Earth, Sea, and Sky. Amen.
“Called by Earth and Sky” (More Voices 135)
2012 Earth Day Sacred Song contest winners and honourable mention:
“It Is Good!” by Carol Grolman
“Give Back to the Earth” by Jack Witmer
“With Respect in Creation” by David Kai
Thank you and Credit to: (www.united-church.ca/files/planning/seasons/earth)
One Earth, One Sea, One Sky
As the International Space Station circles around the globe, we are ever more aware that we live together on one Earth with one global ocean and one atmosphere. Our Creator God calls us into communion and community with all Creation. Our part of the covenant is to love this small planet we call home and bring harmony in the Earth community. On this Earth Sunday take time to reflect on and give thanks for the gifts of Earth, Sea, and S
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