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Apr 24th, 2018 by Rev. David Boyd

Reflection: April 22 — Earth Day

Janet and I watched a PBS television program, Nova, about the factors that give us our climate; it was an episode called Decoding Our Weather Machine and aired last Wednesday.  There are four major factors that give us our climate: atmosphere, land, ocean, and ice.  They all interrelate along physics lines to give us our climate patterns and this allows meteorologists to predict our weather with some degree of accuracy—despite our love of lampooning the weather people.  It was interesting and well done.
But it also showed how all bets are off today with respect to predicting the weather as things are happening to each of these 4 major pillars of weather at a fairly rapid rate.  The atmosphere is storing Carbon causing the greenhouse effect and trapping heat; land is being deforested so that less carbon is used by fewer plants in photosynthesis; the oceans are warming adding fuel to already numerous storms; and the ice is melting at an alarming degree, adding water to the oceans and threatening coastal communities and countries.  But instead of the doom and gloom, the program presented options, possibilities and current research for mitigating climate change and even taking carbon out of the atmosphere; but it urged more concentrated action NOW. 
Researchers are developing technology to remove carbon from the atmosphere by making alternative energy in the form of wind and solar much more efficient.  One group is developing something called  »»

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Congregational Life

Prayers of the People: April 22

 When you hear the words, “O Creator of the Earth,” please respond with “Hear our prayers.”


For the Week of April 22

               Earth Day Celebration


Prayers of the People: April 15

To the bidding, “God of peace and love,” please respond:  “Hear our prayers.” Let us come together in prayer: God of peace and love…    “Hear our prayers.”


Earth Day Parade

Sunday, April 22… »»

Mustard Seed: Easter–Spring

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Prayers of the People: April 1– Easter

This morning we have gathered around the Communion Table. As Jesus taught and lived, it is an all-inclusive table. As Nelson United we are an Affirming Congregation, we are intentionally lovingly inclusive. So at this time of prayer, I’d like you to picture in your minds others taking their place at this Table – those we know as LGBTQ. »»

Prayers of the People: March 25

During the prayers, when I say, Spirit of Joy, please respond with “guide us on our journey.
In silence, and as one, we breathe deeply and calm our hearts, minds and bodies. Let us pray… »»

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