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This fragile earth, our island home…

“At your command all things came to be: the vast expanse of interstellar space, galaxies, suns, the planets in their courses, and this fragile earth, our island home. By your will they were created and have their being.” From The Book of Common Prayer, 1979 © The Episcopal Church, page 370.

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The phrase comes from Eucharistic Prayer C…and it is one of my favorite phrases because it articulates is a few words, our call to be Stewards of God’s creation.

We have just celebrated Earth Day and are privileged to have Mr. Ed Cohen coming this Sunday, 27 April, at 9 a.m. to make a presentation during the Sunday Forum entitled “Why Christians should care about Climate Change.”  I invite you to come for the presentation and discussion.  The Episcopal Church along, with people of faith and all people of goodwill, who care for the earth, have a long tradition of calling humankind to earth care and stewardship.  During these next few weeks in worship and during the forum, I would like to focus our attention to the various concerns we face at present regarding care for the earth.

There are a number of wonderful resources online that I have included in this blog for your review.

The Episcopal Ecological Network is a wonderful resource which includes a listing of all the actions taken by the General Convention of the Episcopal Church.

Earth Ministry is a collaboration of ecumenical and interfaith partners committed to the earth care.

The General Convention in 2012 adopted a number of Liturgical Resources Honoring God in Creation and Various Rites and Prayers for Animals.  They are posted below.

Liturgical Materials Honoring God in Creation

A Confession of Sin against God’s Creation

A Litany for the Planet

Liturgical Resources for Rogation Day

Liturgical Resources honoring St. Francis of Assisi and Blessing of Animals

Liturgical Resources for Care and Burial of Pets

Please make every effort to come for the forums these next few weeks as we consider our responsibility to care for this fragile, our island home!

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