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A Devotional for Lent

Mar 2
Ash WednesdayRead Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21. Consider these questions: What do we see as treasure here on earth? How do or don’t those treasures draw us closer to God?
3
Mar
One Great Hour of SharingUse the OGHS map online at www.presbyterianmission.org/oghsmap to find the OGHS partner closest to you and say a prayer for them.
4
Mar
SustainabilityEven though many of us aren’t gathering in a traditional sense, there is still a place for sustainable palms in your virtual worship. Learn more and order online: http://www.pcusa.org/eco-palms
5
Mar
SustainabilityChallenge yourself to drink only water. It takes 600 cups of water to produce a single cup of coffee, and 125 cups of water to produce a cup of tea.
6
Mar
The Sustainable Development Study GuideDownload The Sustainable Development Study Guide from the Office at the UN at https://bit.ly/3G7PvTC  to connect environmental and human health around the world.
7
Mar
Read and reflectGenesis 2:15–17
8
Mar
How much do you throw away?Write down everything you throw away today. Challenge yourself to reduce the trash you produce for the remaining days of Lent.
9
Mar
Read and reflect Psalm 130. Consider our responsibility to be part of God’s redemption in creation.
10
Mar
For the beauty of the EarthTake a walk to appreciate the Earth’s natural beauty. Remember why preserving the Earth is crucial for the health of future generations.
11
Mar
Pray for the planetDownload a prayer at www.FaithClimateActionWeek.org so you can be prepared for the National Climate Prayer on Earth Day (4/22) at noon local time.
12
Mar
Read and reflect Psalm 8.
13
Mar
What is my purchasing impact?Understand the environmental and social impacts of what you are buying. Do research on products you commonly use and find information on more creation friendly products at www.ethicalconsumer.org.
14
Mar
Read and reflectMatthew 25.
15
Mar
Consider where you see Christ today? Share this with one person.
16
Mar
PrayGod, show us your people how to honor your gift of Creation. Let us not be selfish with our gift, rather allow us to share as generously with each other as you have shared with us. Amen.
17
Mar
Explore prayers from other traditionsSee creation care prayers from others: https://blessedtomorrow.org/six-interfaith-creation-care-prayers/
18
Mar
Learn more about your personal ecological footprintwww.footprintcalculator.org.
19
Mar
PrayGod of Enough, Let us remember those in this world who still have not been able to realize your abundance because we have taken more than what we need. And let that remembering drive us to change. Amen.
20
Mar
Download Considering Our TreasureDownload Considering Our Treasure from Presbyterian Hunger Program and take one of the action steps listed in the study. https://tinyurl.com/y27szc3z.
21
Mar
Read and reflectIsaiah 65:17-25.
22
Mar
PrayIn the rising and setting of the sun and the cycles of the seasons, in the patterns of the shining stars, may we remember the goodness of God. Amen.”
23
Mar
Where and how do I recycle?Refresh your memory regarding which items your city or town allows for curbside recycling. Remind your family, friends and coworkers to recycle.
24
Mar
LearnVisit the UN’s the Children’s Climate Risk Index (CCRI) at https://bit.ly/3EphRZk  
25
Mar
Watch a short videoVisit this short video on environmental injustice’s disproportionate impact on people of color: https://youtu.be/dREtXUij6_c.
26
Mar
ParticipateParticipate in Earth Hour by switching off all electricity at 8:30pm local time in solidarity with global efforts to secure nature and our home: www.earthhour.org.
27
Mar
Challenge yourselfTake Presbyterian Hunger Program’s Climate Care Challenge at www.pcusa.org/ccc
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Mar
Read and reflectGenesis 1:29
29
Mar
Pray“Creator of the rivers and oceans, who washes us clean and refreshes us daily, help us to be like a cup of cold water to others in your name: refreshing, cleansing, and relieving. Amen”
30
Mar
Get outsidePick up as many pieces of litter as you can and challenge a friend to do the same.
31
Mar
Chocolate!For Easter baskets, buy Fair Trade chocolate, dried fruit, tea and coffee or small gifts made by women’s cooperatives! Fair trade helps farmers and workers around the world. pcusa.org/fairtrade.
April 1
Pray for a congregationUse the map online at https://bit.ly/3IgW2xf  to find the closest Earth Care Congregation to you and say a prayer for them.
2
Apr
Reduce vampire electrical useUnplug the chargers for your cell phone and laptop when you leave your home or office today to minimize the energy many electronics and appliances continue to draw power even when they are off.
3
Apr
Sing a songCelebrate the Animal Kingdom by singing along to A Place in the Choir: www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iP27eatYxE
4
Apr
Read and reflectPhilippians 3:4b-14
5
Apr
Become an ambassadorSign up for Blessed Tomorrow’s Climate Ambassador Program: www.presbyterianmission.org/eco-journey/2021/11/22/btclimateambassadortraining/
6
Apr
Go for a walkU.S. driver’s consumption of 500 gallons of gasoline every year per driver creates as much as 10,000 pounds of carbon dioxide. Walk somewhere you would have driven today.
7
Apr
Donate of offset your carbon useVisit www.presbyterianmission.org/eco-journey/presbyterian-carbon-tree-fund/ to learn more.
8
Apr
Check your tire pressureLow tire pressure means high energy/fuel consumption.
9
Apr
Learn where your food comes fromCalculate your food footprint at www.eatlowcarbon.org
10
Apr
Palm SundayAs we think about Christ’s journey this Holy Week, take space to acknowledge that while it is easy to be overwhelmed with climate injustice, we do not travel alone.
11
Apr
Download climate topicsDownload ecoAmerica/Blessed Tomorrow’s info sheets on various Climate topics https://ecoamerica.org/research/.
12
Apr
Visit the Eco-Journey blogRead an entry you haven’t seen before: Visit the Eco-Journey blog at www.presbyterianmission.org/eco-journey/  
13
Apr
Get familiarRemind yourself of the PC(USA)’s policy on engaging with issues of climate change by visiting www.presbyterianmission.org/lordsearthpolicy.
14
Apr
Maundy ThursdayUrge elected officials to support legislation making justice and creation-care a priority. Download this helpful guide: https://ecoamerica.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/advocacy-policy-makers-climate-solutions-p2p-ea.pdf
15
Apr
Good FridayLearn more about Environmental injustice using this poster www.presbyterianmission.org/wp-content/uploads/PHP-Poster-Environmental-Racism.pdf  and consider who is most impacted.
16
Apr

Reflect and pray
Visit https://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/prayers.php?id=130 to reflect on poems and prayers for Holy Saturday.
17
Apr
EasterRead Zephaniah 3:14-20. Give with joy to the One Great Hour of Sharing.