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Eco-Journey is the blog of the Environmental Ministries Office of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). It includes a wide array of environmental topics: upcoming environmental events, links to interesting articles and studies, information on environmental advocacy, eco-theology topics, and success stories from churches that are going “green.”

Author Rebecca Barnes is the Associate for Environmental Ministries at the PC(USA). She is a graduate of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary with an MDiv and Master of Arts in Religion (MAR) dual degree.

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June 6, 2013

Earth Care Congregation Spotlight: First Presbyterian Church Palo Alto, CA

First Presbyterian Church Palo Alto, CA

On Earth Day, First Presbyterian Church celebrated in worship by making prayer flags for one of the low-water gardens on their church campus. The worship service was focused on their role in caring for creation and they used the following Psalm to guide them as they made the flags:


Praise God from the earth,
you great sea creatures and all ocean depths,
lightning and hail, snow and clouds,
stormy winds that do his bidding,
you mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars,
wild animals and all cattle,
small creatures and flying birds.
(Psalm 148:7-10)


The flags hanging in the garden have attracted new people from the neighborhood, who have found moments to just sit quietly. 


prayer flags hanging outside FPC Palo Alto

Prayer flags at First Presbyterian Church, Palo Alto, on Earth Day Sunday 2013



Thank you, First Presbyterian Church for a wonderful idea of not only making prayer flags, but displaying them for all to see! This is a  wonderful bringing together of all facets of a community.

Categories: Church Earth Care Stories, Earth Care Congregations, Eco-Justice, Environment, Prayer

Tags: church earth care stories, community garden, earth care congregation, eco-justice, environment, first presbyterian church, gardens, prayer, prayer flags, worship

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