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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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September 17, 2013

Earth Care Congregation: Palo Alto First Presbyterian Church, Earth Day Worship

On Earth Day First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto celebrated in worship by making prayer flags for one of the low-water gardens on the church campus. The worship service was focused on our role in caring for creation and the church used the following Psalm as guidance 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.

Categories: Church Earth Care Stories, Earth Care Congregations, Environment

Tags: church earth care stories, earth care congregation, earth day, prayer flags

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