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Resolution on Creation Season

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Creation Season 2009 October 4 October 25, 2009 (Proper 22 through Proper 25, Year B)

Humans interacting with 'this fragile Earth, our island home'

Reflections on Job and the Environment

Welcome! We're glad you're planning on observing a liturgical season of creation. The following Eucharistic Prayer of Consecration is offered for your used in your congregation.

Eucharistic Prayer of Consecration

The people remain standing. The Celebrant faces them and says

Celebrant: The Lord be with you. People: And also with you. Celebrant: Lift up your hearts. People: We lift them to the Lord Celebrant: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God People: It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Then, facing the Holy Table, the Celebrant proceeds

It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.

Nossinan/Father, our Great Spirit, Gichi-Manidoo, from the depths of our hearts we give you thanks. We say Miigwech now and forever. From the place of the rising sun in the East-Waabanong to the South-Zhaawahong where the warm winds blow, from the West-Ningaabii'an where the soft rain comes to the coldness of the North-Giiwedin Miigwech, Miigwech, niibowa. We unite with all creation from the four directions-Wayndahnimuk in everlasting thanksgiving and praise for the gift of your Son, Jesus Christ. With hearts lifted, we join with angels, the guardian spirits, the saints, and all our ancestors as we say:

Celebrant and People

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosannah in the highest.

The people stand or kneel Then the celebrant continues

O great Spirit, Our Creator, Gichi-Manidoo, from whom all holiness comes, we, your poor servants, humbly come before you again today. Just as in generations past, like our grandfathers and grandmothers, we come to worship you and acknowledge your greatness. We marvel at your creation. You sent Jesus into creation because people had turned away from you and no longer loved each other, bringing death and destruction to all. Sharing our living and dying, Jesus opened our eyes and our hearts to understand that we are all relatives and that you, our Creator, are the Father of us all.

Stretching out his arms upon the cross, he became a perfect offering for all, uniting in beauty all that is, with all that has been, and with all that ever will be.

On the night he was handed over to suffering and death, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, "Odaapinamoog o'o miijig, mii sa o'o Nijaw, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me."

After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to hem, and said, "Odaapinamoog o'o minikweg, mii sa o'o miniskwiim, which is shed for you and for all the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me."

Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith:

Celebrant and people Christ giinibo / Christ has died Christ gii-onishkaa /Christ is risen Christ da-biizhaa miinawaa / Christ will come again.

The minister continues

In this ceremony of sacrifice and thanksgiving that Jesus gave us, we celebrate our salvation, Nossinan. In our offering of praise and thanks, we stand strengthened in love by remembering his death, resurrection, and ascension. Remembering him, we make our offering. By your Holy Spirit, make our gifts of bread and wine holy, so that they may be spiritual food and drink, the body and blood of Jesus Christ. Make us holy, so that we may respectfully receive this feast and serve you in each other.

Surrounded now by our Holy Ancestors, and all the saints, with the heavenly community that gives you worship forever, we marvel as we see the unit of all things restored in your Son. May we also be this unity and live as relatives to all ninoododadwin in harmony.

All this we ask through your Son Jesus Christ. By him and with him and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory are yours, Nossinan Gichi-Manidoo, now and forever. Amen.

From Eucharist service "Where the FEATHER Meets the CROSS", St. Enmegahbowh's congregation, Duluth, MN.

Note: The Eucharistic Prayer of Consecration was provided by the Rev Margaret W. Thomas.

The Rev Margaret W. Thomas, was a retired priest who resided in Duluth, MN, when she originally prepared these materials in 2009. Margaret and we welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to Margaret Thomas or any MEESC member, or mail them to:

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

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