Posted by: mcgurker | October 9, 2009

Earth Day Sunday 2010 Resource Available

“The blessings of God are evident all around us, including in the sacred spaces that make up our houses of worship. These sacred spaces are where we come to be spiritually nurtured, enriched, and recharged. These spaces become a gathering place to meet in fellowship with our neighbors, and are the center of our mission activities. Even as we are blessed as communities of faith with gathering places for our worship and ministry, we have responsibilities to be good stewards of these sacred spaces.”

Earth Day Sunday 2010The Earth Day Sunday 2010 Resource, Sacred Spaces and an Abundant Life: Worship Spaces as Stewardship, is available now.  This resource asks us to recognize that everything we have including our worship spaces belong to God.  It encourages us to consider the way we use these gifts God has entrusted to us, and to be mindful of the impacts that may have on each other and all of God’s Creation. It challenges us to use the blessings of our worship spaces in ways that reflect God’s goodness and love, and provides the information and resources we need to do just that.

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Email to request hard copies (available soon)

What’s Inside?

  • Resources for worship and Bible study
  • Energy efficiency and conservation:  environmental and fiscal stewardship
  • Protecting the health of members and vulnerable communities:  reducing toxic products and materials
  • Water and Land Conservation: Ensuring God’s waters and lands remain clean, healthy and abundant

Click here to learn more about the topics covered in the Earth Day Sunday 2010 Resource.

Why So Early?

This year’s resource provides congregations with so many ways to become better stewards of their houses of worship; we wanted to give Congregations the option of starting a project now and celebrating their success on Earth Day Sunday.  Check out the Commissioning service for Creation Care groups found in the bulletin insert.

Environmental and Fiscal Stewardship

As you begin to determine the church budget for next year think about ways environmental and fiscal stewardship intersect.  Many of the suggestions for conserving water and energy will save your congregation money, ensuring more money for church missions.

We are called to be like the faithful servant Jesus describes in Luke 12: 42-44.  “Blessed is that slave whom his master will find at work when he arrives.” (43).   Let us begin to do the work to which we have been called.


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