CARING FOR CREATION
Scripture: Psalm 148
1 Praise the Lord.[a]
Praise the Lord from the heavens;
praise him in the heights above.
2 Praise him, all his angels;
praise him, all his heavenly hosts.
3 Praise him, sun and moon;
praise him, all you shining stars.
4 Praise him, you highest heavens
and you waters above the skies.
5 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for at his command they were created,
6 and he established them for ever and ever—
he issued a decree that will never pass away.
7 Praise the Lord from the earth,
you great sea creatures and all ocean depths,
8 lightning and hail, snow and clouds,
stormy winds that do his bidding,
9 you mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars,
10 wild animals and all cattle,
small creatures and flying birds,
11 kings of the earth and all nations,
you princes and all rulers on earth,
12 young men and women,
old men and children.
13 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for his name alone is exalted;
his splendor is above the earth and the heavens.
14 And he has raised up for his people a horn,[b]
the praise of all his faithful servants,
of Israel, the people close to his heart.
Praise the Lord.
Reflection: Episcopal Bishop Katherine Schiori states, “The ability of any of us to enjoy shalom depends on the health of our neighbors (flowers, trees, crops, bees, animal companions, bacteria, salmon as well as humans). If some do not have the opportunity or health or wholeness, then none of us can enjoy true and perfect holiness.”
Our individualistic culture is set up so that we will neither notice the plight of the natural world nor bear its burdens and yet Jesus prayed, may we be as one-John 17:11.
1. Riverwalking -Reflections on Moving Water by Kathleen Dean Moore. Read The McKenzie River pg 59 (book available on line, in stores, new/used)
Go online to https://blogs.worldbank.org/dev4peace/tackling-intersecting-challenges-climate-change-fragility-and-conflict. Article entitled Tackling The Intersecting Challenges of Climate Change, Fragility and Conflict by Bernice Van Bronkhorst Jan.27,2021
Children and Youth -
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Trash Talk-What’s grosser than pawing through your kitchen garbage with your kids? Knowing that if we continue tossing nearly five pounds of trash a day, operating U.S. landfills will be full in 62 years. But a trash audit—can help children make the connection between the waste that disappears once the garbage lid closes and the impact it has on the environment. Here’s an easy step-by-step guide on doing a trash audit with your kids (as well as a less messy option). Or take our virtual trip through a recycling center, with cool Richard Scarry-like illustrations. Or teach them more about waste in the Nat Geo Kids book This Book Stinks!
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!