Planting Seeds: Prayerful Actions for a Greener Lent

At Lent, we are called to reflect, simplify and sacrifice in order to prepare our souls and minds for the approaching commemoration of the Easter story—the very essence of our Christian faith. So, I submit to my St. Peter’s family that it is also a fitting time to commit ourselves to a renewed bold and vital stewardship of our shared planet home—the essential underpinning of our human existence in God’s great universe. 

Each week during Lent, the Eco-Justice committee will offer to you information, suggested goals and achievable actions aiming for more just care of our environment and thereby a truly fulfilled love of God’s creation. We hope that you will take some time to consider these—not as yet another burden placed on your shoulders, or a temporary religious obligation, but rather an invitation to step and live into faith, by collectively helping to steer Mother Earth away from further harm (to “give up,” if you like, our many years of neglect and inequity)—most especially to those of our global neighbors who are disproportionately affected by adverse environmental conditions due to their economic, political or geographic position in society. Yes, this is daunting, and seems impossible and hopeless. But, as St. Patrick boldly asserts, I believe we each and all have it within us to: 

…arise today, through
The strength of heaven,
The light of the sun,
The radiance of the moon,
The splendor of fire,
The speed of lightning,
The swiftness of wind,
The depth of the sea,
The stability of the earth,
The firmness of rock.

— St. Patrick’s Breastplate (433 A.D.) 

I implore us to think of this as a parish venture: not the passion of a few but the actions of the many, joining Hands On the Earth, and embracing a real opportunity to do radical good for ourselves and for all of God’s children, now and for generations to come. It is not too late, and no action is “too small” to make a difference if we move as one, if we dive into our role as the eyes and hands of Christ. 

Our topics of focus will include advocacy, food, finance, waste, pollution and energy. Please watch for the Eco-Justice “Planting Seeds: Prayerful Actions for a Greener Lent” blurbs in upcoming editions of the eNews and worship service leaflets. Later, we will also share information about our spring events: Charlotte Earth Day 2022, and a two-part forum on personal stewardship, “Advocating with Your Pen & Purse.” 

Chris Lakin, Eco-Justice Committee 

Sunday

Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 7:45 a.m., Church
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 9:00 a.m., Church
Formation for all ages, 10:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 11:15 a.m., Church and Livestream
“A Party of Readers,” Sunday Book Group, 2:00 p.m., Zoom (st-peters.org/bookclub-sunday)