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About the Season of Creation: September 1st-October 4th
The Season of Creation is celebrated annually by tens of thousands of Christians around the world. During the Season of Creation, we pray and act to protect God’s creation. The Season of Creation is celebrated by Christians across the ecumenical spectrum, and the leaders of many faith traditions have encouraged us to participate.
The season begins on September 1, the Day of Prayer for Creation, and runs through
October 4, the Feast of St. Francis, who is the patron saint of ecology in many traditions.
This season is a special time for the Creator and each other. Some of us pray, some of
us do hands-on projects, some of us advocate. We all protect creation.
The momentum continues long after the season ends. By seeding ongoing prayer,
changes in lifestyle, and advocacy, the season grows hope in our communities each
year. It’s powerfully good work that’s urgently needed.
Season of Creation Prayer for 2021
Creator of All,
We are grateful that from your communion of love you created our planet to be a home
for all. By your Holy Wisdom you made the Earth to bring forth a diversity of living beings that filled the soil, water and air. Each part of creation praises you in their being, and cares for one another from our place in the web of life.
With the Psalmist, we sing your praise that in your house “even the sparrow finds a
home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young.” We remember that you call human beings to keep your garden in ways that honor the dignity of each creature and conserve their place in the abundance of life on Earth.
But we know that our will to power pushes the planet beyond her limits. Our
consumption is out of harmony and rhythm with Earth’s capacity to heal herself.
Habitats are left barren or lost. Species are lost and systems fail. Where reefs and
burrows, mountaintops and ocean deeps once teemed with life and relationships, wet
and dry deserts lie empty, as if uncreated. Human families are displaced by insecurity
and conflict, migrating in search of peace. Animals flee fires, deforestation and famine,
wandering in search of a new place to find a home to lay their young and live.
In this Season of Creation, we pray that the breath of your creative Word would move
our hearts, as in the waters of our birth and baptism. Give us faith to follow Christ to our just place in the beloved community. Enlighten us with the grace to respond to your
covenant and call to care for our common home. In our tilling and keeping, gladden our
hearts to know that we participate with your Holy Spirit to renew the face of your Earth, and safeguard a home for all.
In the name of the One who came to proclaim good news to all creation, Jesus Christ.
¿Qué?: Nuestra parroquia se une con Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity para ayudar a construir una casa nueva para una familia que la necesita. Habitat es una organización sin fines de lucro y su visión es un mundo donde todos tienen un hogar decente.
¿Cuándo?: En 2021, trabajabamos con Habitat el 2 hasta el 4 de agosto. Pondremos las fechas para el verano 2022 cuando las tengamos!
¿Dónde?: Todavia no tenemos la direccion para 2022. Intentamos escoger un sitio dentro de Dakota County.
Fotos de nuestro trabajo con Habitat en 2021:
Las maneras de involucrarse son:
- Participar en el equipo de construcción
- Uno, dos, o tres días
- De 8:15 por la mañana hasta 3:30 por la tarde
- No tiene que tener experiencia en la construcción
- Meriendas y almuerzo incluidos
- Tiene que tener 16 años o mas y estar comod@ recibiendo instrucciones en inglés por nuestro coordinador de construcción
- Servir el café, las donas, y la merienda de la mañana
- Uno, dos, o tres días
- De 8:15 a 10:30 de la mañana
- La gente de Risen Savior va a donar las comidas, pero los voluntarios de servir el café deben de comprar el café y las donas en camino al lugar.
- Servir el almuerzo y la merienda de la tarde
- Uno, dos, o tres días
- De 11 de la mañana a 2 de la tarde
- La gente de Risen Savior va a donar las comidas y la iglesia va a pagar el almuerzo, pero los voluntarios de servir el almuerzo tienen que ir al restaurante y traerlo al sitio de construcción.
- Donar meriendas
- Necesitaremos donaciones de galletas saladas, chips, pretzels, y frutas para servirles a los voluntarios de la construcción cada día.
- Donar financieramente
- Como asociado de fe, nos comprometimos a recaudar $4500 para Habitat para sufragar el costo de la construcción.
August 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, 2021
We are SO excited that Risen Savior partnered with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity again this summer to help build a multi-family home for 2 families! We were on-site Monday August 2nd-Wednesday, August 4th in Chaska. Once we have a summer 2022 build scheduled, we will post that here and start recruiting volunteers. For now, enjoy photos from our 2021 build!
Risen Savior parishioners and visitors blew us away by the support shown for this project! THANK YOU!!!
- All of our volunteer positions were filled! This included meal team servers, construction crew team members & crew leaders, and photographers.
- It’s clear that our parishioners love to make sure all are well-fed! Many people signed up to bring snacks, fruit, desserts, and paper products to make sure our volunteers stayed energized.
- We met our pledge of $4500 to Habitat three weeks earlier than expected! The pledge goes towards the cost of materials used on site. We were also able to provide volunteers coffee, snacks, and lunch each day due to the further generosity of many contributions.
- Your prayers, words of affirmation, and excitement for this project sustained everyone involved.
On July 26th, we welcomed Anne and Julia of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity for a presentation and discussion titled, “There’s no place like home!” The Transformational Power of Homeownership.
Some of the key learnings we took away included:
- Habitat for Humanity was originally imagined as Koinonia Farm by a biblical scholar/farmer named Clarence Jordan in Georgia in 1942.
- Twin Cities Habitat was first started by a Lutheran congregation in South Minneapolis in 1985.
- Affordable, safe housing is linked to many other needs: quality education, stability, better health, access to transportation and jobs, and more! We heard one Habitat homeowner’s story of how her home is her “sanctuary.” It has meant family, community, security, and thriving together.
- Habitat not only builds new homes but also purchases and rehabs homes, provides mortgages for clients to buy on the open market, helps clients make repairs so they can stay in their homes, does advocacy work, and more.
- Historically because of racist policies and structures in place, affordable housing has been denied to People of Color. Despite many progressive social programs, Minnesota is one of the worst states for racial disparities in housing. The experience of searching for and securing housing for a Person of Color is much harder than for whites.
- Habitat has extensive financial and homeowner coaching for their clients, which ensure that their homeowners are ready for the challenge of owning a home! They learn skills for financial planning, home repair, and being part of a neighborhood. Habitat families receive post-purchasing support as well.
Learn more about Twin Cities Habitat at this link.
Ready to get involved or have questions? Fill out the form below and Grace Koleczek, Risen Savior’s Social Justice & Adult Faith Formation Coordinator, will get back to you.
Social Justice Interest SurveyOnce you submit this survey it will be emailed to the Social Justice and Adult Faith Formation Coordinator, who will be in touch shortly thereafter!
Volunteer to keep our worship traditions fresh/clean.
Training is provided and a list is given of tasks such as changing cloths, fresh holy water, filling oil in candles.
Time commitment: One weekday a month to complete tasks.
Day of the Week: TBD
Contact: Kevin Rotty, firstname.lastname@example.org, 952-698-1728