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Environmental Stewardship Commission

Episcopal Church in Minnesota

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We meet quarterly close to the solstice and equinox.

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Resolution on the Spirituality of Food Production

Resolution on Church Buildings and Grounds

Resolution on Creation Season

Resolution on Green Congregations



Creation Season 2008 (Year A)
October 5 – 26, 2008

Proper 25, Year A
(October 5, 2008)

Special Recognition of the Place of Food in our Lives:
Sacrament/Holy Element

Welcome! We're glad you're planning on observing a liturgical season of creation. We have prepared some materials for you to use in worship, teaching, and personal reflection.

The Collect below is available for you to use. You may

  • copy and paste from this page directly to your Service Bulletin or
  • download the Collect as part of a Bulletin Insert for your Service Bulletin.

Creation Collect for Proper 25, Year A:

Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


God, we thank you for all the provisions made for the needs of humanity, for the ordered course of nature and for the miracle of the abundance by which our life is sustained. Grant us grace to distribute this abundance, not according to the caprice of what nature has given to one and withheld from another, but according to your love for all your children. Most especially do we pray for your spirit upon this nation, that it may not perish in surfeit while much of the world perishes in need. Grant that we may have ears to hear and eyes to see the need of the anxious and troubled peoples of the world. Amen.
- modified from a prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr in his posthumous book (edited by Ursula M. Niebuhr) Justice and Mercy (Harper & Row, 1974), p. 96.


O Thou who art the Light of the minds that know Thee, the Life of the souls that love Thee, and the Strength of the wills that serve Thee, help us so to know Thee that we may truly love Thee, so to love Thee that we may fully serve Thee, whom to serve is pefect freedom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
- written by William Temple. Note: This prayer is best made available for the congregation to read

PDF Versions in Bulletin Inserts:

Half Page
(5.5" x 8", double sided)
Full Page
(8.5" x 11", single side)
Note: Full Page Bulletin Inserts will be available in late August
Note: Full Page Bulletin Inserts will be available in late August

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Proper 25
October 5
October 12
October 19
October 26
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Note: The Collect for this Sunday comes from the Book of Common Prayer for Proper 25.


We welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to any MEESC member, or mail them to:

c/o C. Morello
4451 Lakeside Drive
Eveleth, MN 55743-4400 USA

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