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 2006 (Year B):
October 1 through November 5, 2006
Seasonal Options: Eucharistic Elements

The following is a possible Service of Holy Eucharist for use in the Creation Season Liturgy. You may use all, some, or none of the suggested elements.

Opening Acclamation:
Celebrant: We must get up before the sun to bless you, O God
People: And adore you at the break of day. (Wisdom 16:28)

Collect of the Day (Default for the Season)
God of unchangeable power,
when you fashioned the world
the morning stars sand together
and the host of heaven shouted for joy;
open our eyes to the wonders of creation
and teach us to use all things for good,
to the honor of your glorious name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
New Zealand Prayer Book, 569

Nicene Creed
[We are not recommending any changes]

Prayers of the People

Leader: Creator and Redeemer, as we approach you in prayer:
  Make us straight in our paths
  Make us straight in our minds
  Make us straight in our hearts
  Make us straight in our speech
  We pray first for your community, the Church, the body of Christ.
People: I pray for all my relatives–all living things.
Leader: Father, love is something we must have. We must have it because our Spirit feeds upon it. We must have it because without it we become weak and faint. Without love, we weaken and our courage fails. Father, you declared that love in your Son Jesus Christ. Help your Church declare that love in this world.
People: I pray for all my relatives–all living things.
Leader: Great Spirit, we feel you in the buffalo, the moose, in summer, with the mist on the lake and in the blue wave, in the cry of the loon. It is beautiful. You tell us heaven is still more beautiful. Injustice and suffering will be gone, We rejoice and look forward in hope as You help us to build your kingdom in our communities. Those who have worn out their shoes know where to step. Help us to follow the footsteps of Jesus.
People: I pray for all my relatives–all living things.
Leader: Father, after the winter cold and icy winds, life again glows from the bosom of Mother Earth. Mother Earth throws off dead stalks and withered limbs; and new strong saplings arise. We ask such new life for those who suffer, and that they be sustained by Your spirit. We now remember those who suffer; those in special need.
[Silence, during which the congregation may add specific petitions]
People: I pray for all my relatives–all living things.
Leader: Father, the faces of the past are like leaves that settled to the ground. They make the soil rich and thick, so that new fruit will come forth every summer. We give thanks for the wisdom the elders have passed down to us, and we ask that it may bear fruit in us. Let us remember those who have gone before
[Silence, during which the congregation may add specific petitions]
People: I pray for all my relatives–all living things.
Leader: Creator, you saw the world and declared it good. The beauty of the trees, the softness of the air, the fragrance of the grass speak to us. The summit of the mountain, the thunder of the sky, the rhythm of the lakes speak to us. The faintness of the stars, the freshness of the morning, the dewdrops on the flowers speak to us, But above all, our hearts soar, for you speak to us in your Son, our Brother, Jesus Christ, in whose name we offer these prayers. Amen.
(Prayers for our Common Life, Celebration of Enmegahbowh, Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota, 2003)


New Zealand Prayer Book, p. 463

Confession of Sin and Absolution

God of all mercy,
we confess that we have sinned against you,
opposing your will in our lives.
We have denied your goodness in each other,
in ourselves, and in the world you have created.
We repent of the evil that enslaves us,
the evil we have done,
and the evil done on our behalf.
Forgive, restore, and strengthen us
through our Savior Jesus Christ,
that we may abide in our love
and serve only your will. Amen.

(Enriching our Worship I, 56)

The Celebrant says:
God forgives you.
Forgive others;
forgive yourself.
(NZ Prayer Book, 458)

Eucharistic Prayer:
New Zealand, Eucharistic Liturgy/Thanksgiving and Praise (NZPB, 485);
Eucharistic Prayer II (Enriching Our Worship I, p.60)
Eucharistic Prayer C (BCP, 369)

Deep Peace of the running wave

Service Music

Gloria: Marty Haugen "Mass of Creation" Gather Comprehensive #157
Gospel Acclamation: Fintan O'Carroll and Christopher Walker "Celtic Alleluia" Gather Comprehensive #258
Sursum Corda: [we are not recommending a particular one]
Sanctus: Monte Mason Red Lake Wonder, Love and Praise #855
Fraction Anthem: Delores Duffner, OSB Tune: Adoro devote  
Communion Hymn: David Haas "Peace before me" Wonder, Love, and Praise #791


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