Renewal not just of the spirit – but also of the world – is the aim of a new ‘Green Communion’ created for A Rocha UK’s Eco Church award scheme.
And A Rocha UK are urging as many churches as possible to use this specially written liturgy on 5th February. The ‘Green Communion’ will be a key feature at services across England and Wales.
‘We’ve set aside that date as a special Sunday to celebrate the first year of Eco Church,’ said Churches And Theology Director Dr Ruth Valerio. ‘A Rocha UK is urging churches to join in by covering their communion table with a green cloth, affirming their care for creation.’
The ‘Green Communion’ has been written by Rev Matthew Rushton (pictured), who leads the worship life of Canterbury Cathedral. The liturgy provides a full communion service – and offers prayers that can be extracted and used as much or as little as a church wants.
The material includes prayers of praise and penitence, an ‘act of gathering’ and the full communion liturgy. The focus is on celebrating God’s generosity to the earth, and people’s responsibilities as part of creation.
There’s also an Eco Commitment churches can use to bring the service together. This focuses on the five areas of Eco Church – worship and teaching, buildings, land, community and global engagement, and personal lifestyle.
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‘I was delighted to put together some liturgical materials for the first anniversary of Eco Church,’ said Rev Matthew Rushton. ‘I believe our worship must better reflect our calling to care for the natural world – and to yearn for the renewal of the earth in Jesus Christ.’
Matthew’s liturgy joins an existing online suite of resources – which includes material for worship. Churches are encouraged to visit the Eco Church website and join in on 5th February. (Photo: High Altar in Bath Abbey)