The Environment 

To love God is to love the world God created,
to work to perfect it, 
and to cherish it.

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.
The world and all its people belong to him.

Psalm 24:1


How are we to be good stewards of this earth?


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As Citizens of Mother Earth we must decide whether we are:

* A part of the earth's "Immune System" protecting the earth and keeping the earth healthy,

OR

* A "Cancer" that is continuously killing the earth.


We  must decide:

* Are we "One" with the earth? In harmony with mankind, all creatures great and small, Mother Nature....

  the Environment; the air we breathe, the water that susstains all life on  this small, blue, vulnerable planet?

OR

* Are we mere conquerors putting everything and everyone underneath our feet?

* Are we working with God as co-creators of this great planet?

OR

????

Where are YOU?


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When you stand up and your feet touch the ground, 
You know the earth belongs to God. 
When you wash your face, 
You know that the water is God. 
Piety is the recognition that everything 
is linked to the presence of God
in every moment.

― Thich Nhat Hanh


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First we must have some humility when it comes to being good stewards of this earth. 

Both man and animals were created on the 6th Day of Creation. Both man and animals were included in God’s covenant and were “Saved” from the flood, on the Ark that Noah obediently built from God’s instructions. Both man and animals are included in the redemption of the world by Jesus Christ; when Christ returns; The Peaceable Kingdom from Isaiah 11:6-9. 


First we need to realize that

All of God's creatures are important to God and so

All of God’s creatures

should be important to us also!

The creatures of the oceans and birds of the skies, God blessed them and saw that it was good. On the 6th Day of Creation God created first the animals and then man and God saw that it was good.

Man was created only after God created the creatures of the sea, the birds of the skies, and the animals. This should give us some humility.

Noah’s Ark
Edward Hicks

God blessed and loves all of His creatures of creation; animals are important to God and they should be important to us! Animals were saved from the flood and were made a part of the covenant with Noah.

9 "I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you 10 and with every living creature that was with you—the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you—every living creature on earth. Genesis 9:9-10
God's Covenant With Noah: Genesis 9:1-17

Think of how much smaller “Noah’s Ark” could have been if it were not for all of the animals!




“All Things Bright and Beautiful” Poem/Hymn by written by Cecil Alexander, 1848.

ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL

Written by Cecil F. Alexander,
Hymns for Little Children, 1848

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.
The world and all its people belong to him.

Psalm 24:1


To love God is to love the world God created,
and to work to perfect it.

We are called to be co-creators with God to create:

"Thy will be done on earth as in heaven."

This means we are Not to rape Mother Earth and Mother Nature!

Mother Earth and Mother Nature are placed into our hands to care for them.  It is our responsibility to care for the earth and ALL that is in it!


We do not have to die
To arrive at the gates of Heaven. 
In fact, we have to be truly alive. 
The practice is to touch life deeply
So that the Kingdom of God becomes a reality. 
This is not a matter of devotion. 
It is a matter of practice. 
The Kingdom of God is available
HERE and NOW! 

― Thich Nhat Hanh


Really hearing the bird sing
Or really seeing the blue sky, 
We touch the seed of the Holy Spirit within us. 
― Thich Nhat Hanh


When you stand up and your feet touch the ground, 
You know the earth belongs to God. 
When you wash your face, 
You know that the water is God. 
Piety is the recognition that everything 
is linked to the presence of God
in every moment.

― Thich Nhat Hanh

Our earth is a delicate and fragile place. We must care for Mother Earth/Mother Nature!


"Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet."

― Thich Nhat Hanh

JUSTICE FOR GOD’S PLANET AND GOD’S PEOPLE

April 22 marked the 45th Anniversary of Earth Day, and at Arapaho UMC we celebrated that anniversary with Earth Sabbath on Sunday, April 19. You received a reusable Arapaho UMC shopping bag, information for recycling practices in our area, and you were invited to sign a petition for the US Government to be leaders among the 125 world leaders addressing climate change in the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, the third in a series of negotiations held over the past two years.

The Petition: A Faithful Call to Address Climate Change

The United Methodist Church has joined with other communities of faith and partner organizations on this summary of our moral obligations with regard to climate:

As people of faith, we are called to protect and serve God’s Creation and seek justice for all people and future generations. The gravity of Climate Change requires us to act with urgency.

From rising sea levels and severe weather events to shifting growing seasons and increased exposure to disease, the world is already feeling the impacts of climate change. Its worst consequences fall on vulnerable communities who have contributed the least to climate change but will suffer the most.

Yet, even as we faithfully commit to doing our part, we recognize that these actions alone are not sufficient-this crisis requires a global response.

To create a future with clean air, a healthy environment, good jobs, and resilience in the face of a changing climate for our children and God’s earth, countries around the world must commit to ambitious, equitable and binding global framework to address climate change.

As we approach the UN negotiations for 2015, we prayerfully ask the US government lead, with a commitment to:

Legally binding solutions that reduce national greenhouse gas emissions to levels consistent with scientific recommendations that prevent the worst impacts of human induced climate change. 

Private poor and vulnerable communities here and abroad meaningful support to build low carbon and climate-resilient societies.

We pray for your leadership in securing a just and sustainable future for God’s creation.

Signatures of support will be presented to the President, members of Congress, and delegates of the UN climate negotiations that will occur through 2015.

You can sign the petition online by pasting the following link into your browser:

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