For this Easter Sunday, the different suggestions we have seen from Creation Justice Ministries for the year ahead can give us all sorts of ideas to inspire us going forward. Learning more about local foods, appreciating and being mindful of the clean water we drink, and also being aware of our fragile planet as the source of all we love and all we are can be the takeaways to help us develop a new mindset.
We can choose any one of the practices that we’ve discussed over Lent to begin to adopt a more purposeful approach to our own conservation and environmental attitudes.
Some suggestions for Easter
- Read John 13:1-17, 31b-35. We can then ask: How can we love one another….and God’s world, as Christ has loved us? You can start by writing down your commitments to others.
- Read Hebrews 4:14-16. It helps us to ask ourselves this: Are we willing to be made new in Christ for a reconciled & reconciling world?
- Read Matthew 28:1-10 The joyful message of Easter is this: Do not be afraid! Go out into God’s good world, holding onto God’s steadfast love and joyfully answering the call to be Christ’s disciple.
Prayer for Easter from Creation Justice Ministries
And here is a closing prayer from Creation Justice Ministries, an excerpt as we lead into the Earth Day Celebration later this week, and we can also be mindful that celebrating the Earth and all that it provides is something we can do every week!
From Creation Justice Ministries:
Like Job in the whirlwind, or Jonah in the storm at sea, we come before you in awe of your power, God. We recognize that today’s storms and whirlwinds are not your judgment on your people, but the distortion of natural systems through our own sin and hubris. As the storms and whirlwinds of the climate crisis accelerate around us, may our sanctuary be a place of refuge and resilience, where all of God’s creation might be protected and sustained, and from which we, People of God, might be sent forth to bring healing and justice.