Statement of Sanctuary
As a community of the people of God, we are called to minister to all
people in our world, knowing that the world is often an unloving place.

Christ calls us to reconciliation and wholeness.  We are challenged by

the Gospel to be agents of healing within our society.




“As people of faith, we are called to live in right relationship with creation and not exhaust it.”

Lutheran World Federation Assembly Resolution on Climate Change.

In 1989, Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios I for the Orthodox proclaimed September 1 as a day of prayer for creation. Other Christian world communions followed suit, and in recent years many churches have begun to celebrate the “season of creation” (also known as Creation Time) between September 1 and October 4, the Feast of St Francis of Assisi, which some Western traditions observe.

During this time, prayer services for creation are celebrated throughout the month and different actions to care for creation take place.

The Lutheran World Federation Assembly, which affirmed “the fact that the global ecological crisis, including climate change is, human-induced. It is a spiritual matter.  As people of faith, we are called to live in right relationship with creation and not exhaust it.”

We too will mark this Season of Creation.  This coming Sunday is "Storm Sunday" with a focus on the world's climate.  Each week, The Lutheran World Federation is providing a blog post reflection on ecological justice and care for creation.




 Blessing of the Animals

Saturday October 5th at Gethsemane Lutheran Church

Sunday October 6th at Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer



O Lord Jesus, make us instruments of your peace,
that where there is hatred,
we may sow love,
where there is injury, pardon,
and where there is despair, hope.
Grant, O divine master,
that we may seek to console,
to understand, and to love in your name,
for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Saint Francis of Assisi



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