- Socializing until meeting starts
- Welcome (5 minutes)
- Opening prayer (5 minutes)
- Relevant scripture or faith-based reading (5-10 minutes)
- Silent reflection (3 minutes)
- Discussion (5 minutes)
- Main topic or presentation (30-60 minutes)
- Break about half-way through with socializing (10-15 min)
- Questions/discussion (as appropriate)
- Closing prayer (5 minutes)
We meet (currently virtually) the third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 PM Pacific time. Contact us if you wish to join us and we will make sure we include you in the monthly invite. Second-half 2022 meeting dates: Jul 19, Aug 16, Sep 20, Oct 18, Nov 15, Dec 20.
Canticle of Creatures
by Saint Francis of Assisi
Most High, all-powerful, all-good Lord, All praise is Yours, all glory, honor and blessings. To you alone, Most High, do they belong; no mortal lips are worthy to pronounce Your Name.
We praise You, Lord, for all Your creatures, especially for Brother Sun, who is the day through whom You give us light. And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendor, of You Most High, he bears your likeness.
We praise You, Lord, for Sister Moon and the stars, in the heavens you have made them bright, precious and fair.
We praise You, Lord, for Brothers Wind and Air, fair and stormy, all weather’s moods, by which You cherish all that You have made.
We praise You, Lord, for Sister Water, so useful, humble, precious and pure.
We praise You, Lord, for Brother Fire, through whom You light the night. He is beautiful, playful, robust, and strong.
We praise You, Lord, for Sister Earth, who sustains us with her fruits, colored flowers, and herbs.
We praise You, Lord, for those who pardon, for love of You bear sickness and trial. Blessed are those who endure in peace, by You Most High, they will be crowned.
We praise You, Lord, for Sister Death, from whom no-one living can escape. Woe to those who die in their sins! Blessed are those that She finds doing Your Will. No second death can do them harm.
We praise and bless You, Lord, and give You thanks, and serve You in all humility.
Prayer for the Planet
by Carol Meyer
Most gracious God, we come before you to pray for the wellbeing of the planet. You alone know the full extent of the destruction we have wrought to your beautiful handiwork, and what needs to be done to remedy it. We pray for the people around the globe who suffer because of environmental damage.
We pray for the defenseless creatures harmed or made extinct by our selfishness and ignorance. We pray for the oceans, air, mountains, plants, and soil, that life and health may again pulse in them. We pray that we humans have a change of heart and stop harming the planet.
Pour out your Holy Spirit on us that we may have the passion and wisdom to work effectively to restore your creation. Guide us in our personal, church and community efforts. Give us strength to continue on with this work when it is difficult and requires sacrifice. Bless the Earth and all its life in every way. We make this prayer through Christ, our Lord. Amen.