We’re letting our light shine brighter and cleaner with new LED fixtures using 1/3 the electricity, and new boilers moving our heating from 60% to 98% efficiency. Our goal is to become an Energy Star congregation, and we’ve been greatly helped by the Energy Stewards program of Ohio Interfaith Power and Light. Through Energy Stewards we received a Level II energy audit with 75% paid by a state grant. Our consultant also informs us of rebates through Duke Energy which are paying up to $100 per fixture for parts and labor for replacing fluorescents with LEDs. We challenge all congregations – Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Unitarian-Universalist, everyone – to join us in this practical way to love and care for our planet and the health of all creatures who share it. This communion prayer from our Book of Common Prayer expresses the gratitude we feel for planet earth:
God of all power, Ruler of the Universe, you are worthy of glory and praise. At your command all things came to be: the vast expanse of interstellar space, galaxies, suns, the planets in their courses, and this fragile earth, our island home.
From the primal elements you brought forth the human race, and blessed us with memory, reason, and skill. You made us the rulers of creation. But we turned against you, and betrayed your trust; and we turned against one another. Have mercy, Lord, for we are sinners in your sight. Again and again you called us to return…And therefore we praise you!