Energy Stewards Initiative: Brief Ritual of Installation

 

<Name of Your Church> is participating in Energy Stewards Initiative, a program of Lutherans Restoring Creation that is designed to lower our energy use, reduce our negative impact upon Earth, and save money to be used for ministry and mission.

We are doing this program as an expression of our common vocation to enable all of the Earth community to thrive together.

In the biblical stories about creation, God declares that all creation is good. God loves creation and enjoins us to value creation for its own sake.  As we listen to the cry of the poor, we are also called to listen to the cry of the Earth, which is increasingly threatened with degradation of its air, its land, and its waters.

And/or:                After creating the rest of nature, God created humans to exercise responsibility for the well-being of creation. God placed humans in this beautiful garden Earth to “serve and to keep it.” (Genesis 2:15). It is our original vocation as humans to serve the well-being of all creation and to preserve it for future generations. Jesus affirmed this vocation when he said: “Whoever wants to be great among you is to be least of all and servant of all” (Mark 9:35). The risen Jesus commissioned his disciples to “proclaim the good news to the whole creation.” (Mark 16:15)

And/or:                Saint Paul anticipated the present state of Earth when he declared that the “whole creation is groaning in travail” waiting with eager longing for the revealing of children of God who would care for creation—so that “the whole creation will be set free from its bondage to decay” (Romans 8:18-25).

And/or:                 John the prophet of Revelation sees the whole creation—“every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea”—giving glory to God and Jesus the lamb (Revelation 5:13). He envisions a renewed heaven and earth when all of life will thrive in the presence of God among us (Revelation 21).

Creation waits with eager longing. And here we are, ready to act. Our congregation has taken up the vocation to restore creation by lowering our destructive impact on Earth and by deepening our common life. We are participating in an immense task and we are not alone. So we gratefully accept the Energy Stewards Program as one more avenue for us to pursue this vocation.

<Name of Energy Steward Coordinator> has agreed to give leadership as Energy Steward in the Energy Stewards Initiative. She/he is supported in this effort by <names of individuals on team> I ask them now:

Will you lead us in this vocation to serve Earth in a responsible use of Earth’s energy?

Will you keep us informed of your efforts and the progress you make?

We invite the whole congregation to embrace this vocation. And so I ask the congregation:

Will you support and join them in these efforts?

Let us pray: Gracious God, you have given this entire creation as a gift to all your creatures. Help us to love your world as deeply as you love it. Enable us to be responsible stewards of this life. Give us special compassion for your vulnerable creatures—human and non-human—who are suffering most from the degradation of creation. Through this effort, enable us to discover a new sense of communion with you, with one another, and with all of life around us. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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