Environmental Stewardship Commission

Episcopal Church in Minnesota

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We meet quarterly close to the solstice and equinox.

Annual Special Projects


Resolution on the Spirituality of Food Production

Resolution on Church Buildings and Grounds

Resolution on Creation Season

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Additional Creation Season Materials:

A Creation Season Service of Holy Eucharist Using Supplemental Liturgical Materials prepared by the Standing Liturgical Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota and used by permission of the Rt. Rev. James L. Jelinek, Bishop of Minnesota

Musical Prelude

Entrance Music: (as announced) Possible Hymns

Opening Acclamation:

Celebrant: Blessed are you, holy and living One People: You come to your people and set them free

Song of Praise: (as announced) Possible Hymns


Celebrant: God be with you People: And Also with you Celebrant: Let us pray

Collect of the Day:

All: God of unchangeable power, when you fashioned the world the morning stars sang 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. Amen (Source: A New Zealand Prayer Book, p. 569)

Reading of Lessons:

After each lesson: Reader: Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Churches People: Thanks be to God

Gradual Music: (as announced) Possible Hymns

Gospel Announcement: The Holy Gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ according to ______


The Nicene Creed:

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all this is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became truly human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the holy spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father (and the Son), who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen

Prayers of the People:

God of Creation and Blessing, we offer prayers from our hearts, minds, and souls. We will affirm our bidding together by saying, Gracious God we offer prayers

We pray for all of Creation on this planet, Earth, that we inhabit as it moves through to Summer Solstice. Help us care for and repair it where damaged by our desires and mistakes

(period of silence) Gracious God we offer prayers

We pray for our particular nation, that it may serve as a just and merciful partner in relationship to others.

(period of silence) Gracious God we offer prayers

We pray for all in the church that we may be wise and careful stewards of our stories and traditions, sharing our abundance and joy.

(period of silence) Gracious God we offer prayers

We pray for (City, Town, Community), for our neighbors and friends. We pray that (this church) may find its way to better serve the community here. We pray in thanks and concerns for ... We pray especially for ..... to join us We pray in thanks and concern for ... fathers and fathering ... mothers and mothering

(period of silence) Gracious God we offer prayers

We pray for those ho have special needs for healing ... for travel ... For guidance ... Who mourn or suffer sadness ...

(period of silence) Gracious God we offer prayers

We pray for those who have died, may we remain mindful of their gifts to us and able to sort through the difficulties we may have had with them

Especially today we remember ....

(period of silence) Gracious God we offer prayers

Celebrant: (adds concluding Collect)

Confession of Sin:

Celebrant: Let us confess our sins to God Silence is kept

All: 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, and 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 your love and serve only your will. Amen


Celebrant: Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through the grace of Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen

The Peace

Celebrant: The peace of Christ be always with you People: And also with you

Offeratory Music (as announced) Possible Hymns

The Great Thanksgiving

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

Celebrant: We praise you and we bless you, holy and gracious God, source of life abundant. From before time you made ready the creation. Your Spirit moved over the deep and brought all things into being: sun, moon, and stars; earth, winds, and waters; and every living thing. You made us in your image, and taught us to walk in your ways. But we rebelled against you, and wandered far away; and yet, as a mother cares for her children, you would not forget us. Time and again you called us to live in the fullness of your love.

And so this day we join with Saints and Angels in the chorus of praise that rings through eternity, lifting our voices to magnify you as we sing (say)

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. Hosanna in the highest.

The Celebrant continues:

Glory and honor and praise to you, holy and living God. To deliver us from the power of sin and death and to reveal the riches of your grace, you looked with favor upon Mary, your willing servant, that she might conceive and bear a son, Jesus the holy child of God. Living among us, Jesus loved us. He broke bread with outcasts and sinners, healed the sick, and proclaimed good news to the poor. He yearned to draw all the world to himself yet we were heedless of his call to walk in love. Then the time came for him to complete upon the cross the sacrifice of his life, and to be glorified by you.

On the night before he died for us, Jesus was at table with his friend. He took bread, gave thanks to you, broke it, and gave it to them, and said: "Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me."

As supper was ending, Jesus took the cup of wine. Again he gave thanks to you, gave it to them, and said: "Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is poured out for you and for all for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me."

Now gathered at your table, O God of all creation, and remembering Christ crucified and risen, who was and is and is to come, we offer to you our gifts of bread and wine, and ourselves, a living sacrifice.

Pour out your Spirit upon these gifts that they may be the Body and blood of Christ. Breathe your Spirit over the whole earth and make us your new creation, the Body of Christ given for the world you have made.

In the fullness of time bring us, with (---- and) all your saints, from every tribe and language and people and nation, to feast at the banquet prepared from the foundation of the world.

Through Christ and with Christ and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, to you be honor, glory, and praise, for ever and ever. Amen.

All: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your Name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen

Silence is kept as the bread is broken.

Fraction Anthem:

We break this bread to share in the Body of Christ We who are many are one body, for we all share in the one bread (Suggested melody: Centonized Mode 7 Antiphon melody by Bruce E. Ford, 1992)

Communion Music: (as announced) Possible Hymns

Post Communion Prayer:

All: Loving God, we you thanks for restoring us in your image and nourishing us with spiritual food in the Sacrament of Christ's Body and Blood., Now send us forth a people forgiven, healed, renewed; that we may proclaim your love to the world and continue in the risen life of Christ our Savior Amen.


Concluding Music: (as announced) Possible Hymns

Musical Postlude

Service Notes: The Hymns and readings in the original series were arranged around four Creation themes from Genesis (Water, Light, Plants, Birds & Animals). For a listing of hymns by these topical areas, click here. The Music used came from
  • The Hymnal 1982 according to the use of The Episcopal Church, Church Hymnal Corporation, New York, NY, 1982
  • Wonder, Love, and Praise: a Supplement to The Hymnal 1982, Church Publishing, Inc., New York, NY, 1997
For a complete list of music, check our Creation and Environmental Music Page

This service was first used in June 1999 as part of a "Pentecost Creation Season" at St. Edward the Confessor Episcopal Church, Duluth, MN. For additional information on the service, contact St. Edward's or the Rev Margaret W. Thomas, their priest. You may use this service at your church, however, if you are not a congregation of the Diocese of Minnesota, you may need to permission from within your diocese, synod, or region before using. For 2000, St. Edward the confessor Episcopal Church did a creation service based around the Native American themes of the Four Directions. If you have additional possible hymns to use, please send them (with the hymnal title and page or song number) to our Webverger.

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