On Sunday, November 12th we will be joining together for our first “Green” worship service. We plan to use this setting four times per year - once per calendar season.
Our faith community engages in caring for the earth is a variety of ways at ECLC. This Sunday, our commitment to caring for God’s creation will permeate every aspect of our worship service. Local musician and friend of the congregation, Bret Hesla has written a series of songs, readings, and prayers which we will use to focus on the pressing issue of climate change and our responsibility as Christians to be actively engaged in sustainability.
ECLC has been on the forefront of many social justice issues over the years. Climate change should be no different. ECLC's EcoFaith Team works closely with the synod team to help us understand ways in which we can make a difference. It’s easy to overlook that climate change is interconnected with all the other issues we care so deeply about at ECLC. In the words of David W. Orr from his book Ecological Literacy: Educating Our Children for a Sustainable World:
"In an ecological perspective, in other words, there are few accidents or anomalies, only outcomes based on system structure and dynamics. Climate change and glittering malls, Calcuttan poverty and sybaritic wealth, biotic impoverishment and economic growth, militarism and terrorism, global domination and utter vulnerability are not different things but manifestations of a single system.”
We are in the midst of a new reformation on many fronts. This new Reformation is a reformation of the mind, spirit, and heart. If we are serious about it we will need to examine many of our preconceptions, just as we have at ECLC with racial justice and white privilege. Again, from Dr. David Orr:
“The plain fact is that the planet does not need more successful people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane.
And these qualities have little to do with success as we have defined it.”
On Sunday we will:
· Lift up the earth as our source of life and acknowledge our responsibility to tend and sustain rather than dominate.
· Find practical tips and strategies from our EcoFaith Team in the bulletin.
· See hanging posters with information and action steps.
· Sing the songs by Bret Hesla that we’ve been learning since the beginning of September.
· See a beautiful fabric banner by Robbyn S. made specifically for the Green service.
Come and be a part of our beloved community this Sunday as we honor God’s green earth.
~Paul Andress, Music Leader