Spring 2022: Stewards of Creation
Week 1: April 27, 2022, 6pm
The “Faith5” practice from the Faith Inkubators ministry is designed for use at home, to build up families in faith through sharing joys and concerns, reading scripture together, and blessing and praying for one another. Below are the five steps that we will practice this evening. If you’re gathered at home with family, you can practice this, or if you live alone, you might call a friend or family member.
Step 1: Share your highs and lows
Listen attentively, especially to the person to your right – you will be praying for them later
Step 2: Read a bible verse, passage, or story
At home you might choose something from the lectionary or another meaningful portion of scripture; tonight we will read Psalm 104 (below)
Step 3: Talk about the bible reading
What words or phrases catch your attention?
How does this scripture connect with your highs and lows?
What do you notice about what God is doing in this reading?
Related to our theme, how does this reading make you feel about creation?
Step 4: Pray for one another
Starting with Pastor, we will each pray for the person on our right. It doesn’t need to be long or elaborate; it can be as simple as giving thanks for what they lifted up as their highs and asking God to care for them in whatever they listed as their lows
Step 5: Bless one another
Turning to the person on our left, we will mark the sign of the cross on their forehead as we bless them. tonight, we will use this blessing:
[name], child of God, you are a beloved part of God’s creation
Take home (or stay home!) activity: Creation appreciation!
Notice something in creation this week and creatively make note of it. You can use the creation appreciation handout or another sheet of paper. Some fun ideas you could try:
- draw what you see or make a pencil/chalk rubbing of it
- try to trace the outline of your pet’s paw or the hand of someone in your household
- use ink or paint to make a stamp out of something in creation
- tape or glue your creation find to this page (not recommended for pets or other household members 😉)
READING: Psalm 104
1 Bless the Lord, O my soul; O Lord my God, you are very great! You are clothed with majesty and splendor.
2 You wrap yourself with light as with a cloak and stretch out the heavens like a tent.
3 You lay the beams of your chambers in the waters above; you make the clouds your chariot; you ride on the wings of the wind.
4 You make the winds your messengers and flames of fire your servants.
5 You set the earth upon its foundations, so that from now until forever it shall never be moved.
6 You covered it with the deep as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains.
7 At your rebuke the waters fled, scattered by your voice of thunder.
8 They went up into the mountains and descended down to the valleys, to the place where you assigned them.
9 You set the limits that they should not pass; never shall they return to cover the earth again.
10 You made the springs into rivers that flow between the mountains.
11 All the animals drink their fill from them, and the wild donkeys quench their thirst.
12 Beside them the birds of the air make their nests; among the branches they lift their voice.
13 From your dwelling on high, you water the mountains; the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your works.
14 You make grass grow for the cattle, and plants to serve humankind; that they may bring forth food from the earth,
15 wine to gladden human hearts, oil to make the face shine, and bread to strengthen the human heart.
16 The trees of the Lord are well supplied, the cedars of Lebanon that you planted,
17 in which the birds build their nests, while the stork makes the fir trees its dwelling
18 The high hills belong to the mountain goats, and the stony cliffs are a refuge for the badgers.
19 You made the moon to mark the seasons, and the sun knows the time of its setting.
20 You bring on darkness that it may be night, in which all the beasts of the forest prowl.
21 The lions roar for their prey seeking their food from God.
22 The sun rises, and they withdraw and lay themselves down in their dens.
23 People go forth to their work and to their labor until the evening.
24 How manifold are your works, O Lord! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.
25 Yonder is the sea, great and wide, with its swarms too many to number, living things both small and great.
26 There go the ships to and fro, and Leviathan, which you made for the sport of it.
27 All of them look to you to give them their food in due season.
28 You give it to them; they gather it; you open your hand, and they are filled with good things.
29 When you hide your face, they are terrified; when you take away their breath, they die and return to their dust.
30 You send forth your Spirit, and they are created; and so you renew the face of the earth.
31 May the glory of the Lord endure forever; O Lord, rejoice in all your works.
32 You look at the earth and it trembles; you touch the mountains and they smoke.
33 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will praise my God while I have my being.
34 May these words of mine please God. I will rejoice in the Lord.35 Let sinfulness be consumed from the earth and the wicked be no more. Bless the Lord, O my soul. Hallelujah!