CARING FOR CREATION
Scripture: Psalm 104: 10-13
10 You make springs gush forth in the valleys;
they flow between the hills,
11 giving drink to every wild animal;
The wild asses quench their thirst.
12 By the streams the birds of the air have their habitation;
They sing among the branches.
13 From your lofty abode you water the mountains;
The earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work.
Reflection: Presbyterian Church USA Restoring Creation for Ecology and Justice
The fundamental claim the earth is God’s creation means that those who acknowledge the claim are bound to relate to the natural world with respect and awe and care. The creation has value simply because it is God’s creation. And people who understand themselves as God’s people cannot treat carelessly or destructively this gift of a world, in which God delights.
1. Riverwalking -Reflections on Moving Water by Kathleen Dean Moore. Read The Willamette River pg 3 (book available on line, in stores, new/used)
Attend Big Issues-local impact Sunday zoom with city councilor Chris Hoy discussing Do you know where your water comes from? Link available on e-blast and on the website.
Go online to www.cityofsalem.net and read the colorful booklet entitled Annual Water Quality Report
Children and Youth -
Click on activity
Adults - Water Calendar
INTRODUCTION TO CARING FOR CREATION MONTH:
For this month, we invite you to reflect, explore the goodness of God's World through the lens of your own home and community. Where does your water come from and how is it shared? Can the foods we eat and where we obtain them strengthen our bonds with one another? How do our choices affect our brothers and sisters who live on the social and economic margins? How might we as people of faith celebrate the abundance of the natural world and take action to ensure all God’s creatures have a share?
Each week a guide with scripture, reflection and activities will be posted on the church website for you to explore as an individual or as a household. We will have church events as well with two Big Issues: Local Impact Sunday zoom events; tree planting; drawing for water and energy conservation items.
Announcements will be made through the BKS, bulletins and on the website.
Check it out and come explore the beauty of the Earth!