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Third Week of Lent

 

Water

Our Lenten practice in simplicity this week is to conserve and protect the gift of water. 

 

Water is essential for life. If life is sacred, then whatever supports life is sacred. 

The oceans, rivers, lakes and streams are part of God’s wondrous creation. Looking at our blue planet from space, it might appear that we have a lot of water. But only 1% is available for human consumption. Since there are over 6 billion humans – not to mention all plants and other animals that depend on water to stay alive – we must learn to share and use water wisely. As God’s stewards, we are called to care for this sacred gift.  We must learn to protect water (don’t pollute) and use it carefully (conserve, don’t waste). That’s going to be our focus this week.

The world water crisis is one of the largest public health issues of our time. Millions of women and children spend hours every day walking miles to collect water. Nearly 18% of the world’s population lacks access to safe drinking water. Approximately 1.6 million people die annually from unavoidably consuming polluted water. Just because we have access to water doesn’t mean we can be wasteful. Our Lenten fast this week calls us to use water responsibly and gratefully, keeping in mind the many who suffer for lack of this essential resource. 

At home, we have many opportunities to reduce our water footprint by up to 25%. Wasting water through leaks, long showers, letting it run unnecessarily when washing teeth or dishes and careless landscape watering become not only justice issues, but very expensive as well.

To learn more about actions you can take, what the church is saying about water, and additional resources click on the buttons in the column to the right.

Creator God, 
your waters refresh our bodies 
and give life to the Earth. 
From the hardness of our hearts, 
bring forth the waters
of compassion and care. 
Open our hearts to the
water crisis of our world. 
Guide us in ways
we can reduce our waste 
and over-consumption of your resources. 
Teach us to use our sacred waters wisely. 

Amen.

 

“The water I give shall become a fountain within.” –John 4:14
Imagine if the Earth were divided equally among all of us. Each person would receive 4.5 acres. Now imagine that everything you need – food, energy, home, clothing, gadgets – must come from those 4.5 acres. But it takes 22.3 acres to maintain the average American lifestyle.There is a new way of observing Lent that helps us care for God’s creation by taking steps toward using only our fair share of its resources. Moving in the direction of 4.5 is essential for anyone walking in the footsteps of Jesus today.

Our Ministry

Lent 4.5 is a seven-week faith formation program which inspires and informs Christian communities on how to use the traditional Lenten disciplines of prayer, fasting and almsgiving to protect God’s creation, embrace Gospel justice and nurture spiritual fulfillment. It offers practical opportunities for people of faith to apply the values of Christian Simplicity to their everyday lives.


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