Do you know how important your voice is? VERY! It is important to your family, to your community, to your congregation, and to your legislators. As people of faith, it is critical that we lend our voices to the the environmental movement. God granted us stewardship of creation. Part of stewardship is speaking up for those who do not have voice. Missouri IPL has recently joined a newly formed statewide climate coaltion. Organizations around Missouri are banding together to work towards a clean energy future for the state. Together, we will be the loud voice our legislators need to enact policies that positiviley affect our future. To amplify our voice, we need you to participate in our grassroote efforts. Please join us tonight to learn more about ways you and your congregation can help. Can't make it tonight? Send me an email or stay tuned to our website for continual updates. Don't underestimate how important your are! Click HERE for details.
For many Christian denominations, Lent is a time of sacrifice and reflection. As I think about how I will observe it this year, I can think of no better way then caring for the gift that God has given all of us: Earth. As a culture, we have taken for granted many of life's conveniences. What were once luxuries are now considered necessities. These *necessities* are taking their toll. We would need five Earth's to keep up with our current standard of living! Lent is an opportunity to take some time every day to evaluate our priorities in this world and become closer to God and all that he as given to us. Please see the links below to some inspirational programs to help guide you through the season!
Iowa Interfaith Power & Light Carbon Calendar
United Church of Christ Ecumenical Lenten Carbon Fast
Catholic Climate Covenant Carbon Fast Lenten Calendar
Imagine the power of thousands of voices all praying for the same thing at the same moment! We have that opportunity this weekend. Please join us as we have a moment of prayer for the earth at noon on February 14. This is a simple step we can all take to stand for something so important. God gave us this beautiful gift, it is our duty to honor and protect it. Following is a prayer that I encourage you to say.
We Hold the Earth
We hold brothers and sisters who suffer from storms and droughts intensified by climate change.
We hold all species that suffer.
We hold world leaders delegated to make decisions for life.
We pray that the web of life may be mended through courageous actions to limit carbon emissions.
We pray for right actions for adaptation and mitigation to help our already suffering earth community.
We pray that love and wisdom might inspire my actions and our actions as communities. . . so that we may, with integrity, look into the eyes of brothers and sisters and all beings and truthfully say, we are doing our part to care for them and the future of the children.
May love transform us and our world with new steps toward life.