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  • Pastor Roy Stetler

Earth Day/Rogation Service

Stewardship of creation is an ongoing ministry in the church. The creation that God declared good is entrusted to the care of humankind. Exercising that care is one dimension of daily Christian discipleship. Rogation Days are a way for the church to honor God for the gift of creation and to pray for the land, the gift of labor, and the needs of all people. Rogation Days were traditionally celebrated during the fifty days of Easter on the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday before Ascension Day. The word Rogation has its roots in the Latin word that means to ask or petition, and it comes from the ancient introit for the Sunday preceding the Ascension. In some places the celebrations of Rogation Days were quite elaborate and included processions from the church to and around fields while asking for God’s blessing. Apologies in advance. The Audio is difficult to hear due to the brisk breeze that blessed the Community Garden this afternoon.

Please follow along with the program,video below:

Stewardship of Creation Call to Worship (from Psalm 19): Leader: The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims God's handiwork. Response: Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge. Leader: There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard. Response: Yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. Litany for Creation: Leader: Praise to you, O God, source of all waters. For vast oceans, flowing rivers, and gentle rains we give you thanks. Response: Forgive our careless waste and polluting ways. Leader: Help us to cleanse, conserve, and share; teach us to care for the gift of water. Response: Come and heal your people. Come and heal the waters. Leader: Praise to you, O God, creator of the dry land. For mighty mountains, rolling hills, and fertile prairies we give you thanks. Response: Forgive our wanton greed and violent ways. Leader: Help us to sow, till, and harvest with care; teach us to live gently on the land. Response: Come and heal your people. Come and heal the land. Leader: Praise to you, O God, breath of life and maker of air. For wind and wave, breath and breeze, light and life we give you thanks. Response: Forgive our heedless acts and selfish ways. Leader: Help us to live justly, simply, and wisely; teach us to care for the gift of air. Response: Come and heal your people. Come and heal the air. Leader: Praise to you, O God, Lord and Giver of Life. Your love sustains planet earth and by your hand all things living are fed. Response: Forgive our neglect and abuse of your gifts. Leader: Help us to serve, defend, defend and restore your creation. People: Help us care for your people. Help us care for the earth. Prayer of the Day Pastor: Merciful Creator, All: your hand is open wide to satisfy the needs of every living creature. Make us always thankful for your loving providence; and grant that we, remembering the account that we must one day give, may be faithful stewards of your good gifts, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen. Gospel Acclamation Pastor: Alleluia. Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; let the rivers clap their hands;* All: let the hills ring out with joy before the LORD. Alleluia. (Ps. 98:7, 8) Readings and Psalm Job 38:1-11, 16-18 Psalm 104:1, 13-23 O LORD, how manifold are your works! (Ps. 104:24) 1 Timothy 6:6-10, 17-19 Luke 12:13-21 Declaration of Hope: Leader: "Stand at the crossroads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way lies; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls." (Jeremiah 6:16) All: We are standing at a crossroads. Together let us seek the good way and find rest for all of God's creation. From Copyright © 2020 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. (Portions reprinted with permission from the National Council of Churches)

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