| Eco-Justice Ministries
Eco-Justice: "the well-being of all humankind on a thriving Earth"
You, O God, Creator of a Boundless Universe,
You, the Beginning and the End of all,
Jesus, Compassionate God Amidst and Among us,
Creator, Redeemer, Sanctifier,
Gracious God, Creator of all that is good and beautiful, we thank you that we can see glimpses of you in your creation, which is all around us.
We are truly blessed to be living in a place like Colorado where your presence can be seen so readily, from inspiring mountains to lush valleys and fertile land.
Help us as a people to never grow complacent in our ove and care for your world. May we take seriously your first request of us o be caretakers of creation and not users and abusers of it.
As we claim restoration and salvation for our personal lives, may we also claim it for the earth you gave us.
Help us to live in balance with all of nature. Guide us and give us wisdom as we seek to renew ourselves, our commitment to you and our place in creation. In Christ's name we pray. Amen.
Rev. Gordon Salsman
Creator of this vast, glorious, life-teeming Earth, we open ourselves to your presence, praying for your guidance.
We know the urgency of your guidance when we look around and see so much of your created beauty being betrayed by the growing greed and the decaying destruction that our society is bringing.
Guide us in your way -- in life over destructiveness, before it is too late to mount the resistance you are calling from us.
Help us practice the power of resurrection, to let in the influence of the new life you constantly seek to bring the victory over the forces of destructiveness.
This we pray through the one who shows us the victory and the way, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Rev. Bob West
Bless us O God with your hugs -- hugs more passionate than those with which arms wrap your trees.
Disciplining hugs, reprimanding when greed disregards generations to follow.
Gracious hugs, implanting talent to cherish creation whose care has been by you to us entrusted.
Edifying hugs, guiding our stewardship of blessings received.
Uplifting hugs, supplying abundant future hope.
Strong hugs, endowing courage, discernment, wisdom and prudence.
And then, O Creator God, make of us tree huggers, flower huggers, river huggers, wind huggers, mountain huggers, earth huggers. May all our hugging be thanksgiving for your bountiful blessings. And as we have been richly blessed may we become instruments of your blessings to others.
We ask through Jesus Christ. Amen.
Stephen H. Swanson
Blessed are you, O Lord our God, sovereign over the universe. When you created all that is, seen and unseen, you declared it good.
We thank you that you created us to be stewards of this world you fashioned and continue to fashion. We acknowledge that we have gone astray from the task of giving good care to what you have made, both by what we have done and what we have left undone.
Renew us, strengthen us, lead us that we may not be silent observers when your beauty is harmed, that we may discern how to repair and restore the harm that has been done, and that we may boldly minister to the earth and all creatures.
This we pray in the Name of the Trinity which ever works to make all things new. Amen.
The Rev. Dr. Kevin R. Maly, Pastor
O God, we do not know what we do.
Already there are those who suffer, whose suffering and warfare stand as a sign for days to come.
Help us to see beyond this time and the emergencies of this day to the future days of our children and their children and their children.
Move your people, O God, that we love your justice, so that we care for those who already suffer from the first effects of climate change.
Jeff Neuman-Lee, Ministry Coordinator
It helps, now and then, to step back and take the long view. The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision.
We accomplish in our lifetimes only a tine fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God's work.
Nothing we do is complete, which is another way of saying that the kingdom always lies beyond us.
No statement says all that could be said. No prayer fully expresses our faith. No confession brings perfection. No pastoral visit brings wholeness. No program accomplishes the church's mission. No set of goals and objectives includes everything.
This is what we are about: We plant seeds that one day will grow. We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise. We lay foundations that will need further development. We provide yeast that produces effects far beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that. This enables us to do something, and do it well. It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord's grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker.
We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future not our own.
Eco-Justice Ministries * 400 S Williams St, Denver, CO 80209 * 303.715.3873
Home Page: www.eco-justice.org * E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org