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Fourth Week of Lent


Our Lenten practice this week is to use energy more efficiently.

Energy is necessary to support life. But coal, gas and oil are limited resources. 

We need energy to live and our appliances need energy in order to function. But where does energy come from? 

Most of the energy used to keep our homes cozy and our cars and appliances humming comes from fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas. Because energy seems readily available, we may be unaware of how our energy use affects God’s creation.  Ordinarily, we do not immediately see the damage resulting from coal-fired power plants or nuclear reactors.  But such plants are among the country’s largest industrial source of pollutants.

Flip on lights, turn on the TV, power up the computer, brew coffee - the average American consumes about 20 pounds of coal every day in the form of electricity. Each of us has a responsibility to use energy more efficiently.  Conserving energy translates into cleaner air, cleaner water, and preservation of our land from damage caused by drilling or mountaintop removal mining of coal. A bonus is that it also saves money.

Our homes are a terrific place to begin making a difference in energy consumption. This week of Lent you can learn simple ways to make your home more energy efficient. Small steps add up to important ways of caring for creation and saving precious non-renewable resources for future generations.

We live in an energy-hungry country. God has entrusted one Earth to us - we must learn to care for it and share it.

Know Where Your Energy Comes From

91% of Kentucky’s electricity comes from coal. To extract coal in the cheapest way possible, companies commonly use a technique called Mountaintop Removal. They scrape away the forests and topsoil, blast off up to 800 feet of the mountain, scoop out the coal, and with giant machines push tons of rock and debris into valleys and streams below. The result has been extensive damage to nearby homes and communities, as well as poisoning the source of water we use downstream.

To learn more about actions you can take, what the church is saying about energy, and additional resources click on the buttons in the column to the right.

Good and gracious God,

you are the light of the world.

As we search for ways to light and energize our homes,

forgive us for acting as if creation belongs to us,

rather than you.

Help us to conserve, preserve, and use wisely

the treasures of our Earth.

Teach us lifestyles which are a blessing for creation

and all your creatures.

We rely upon your Spirit

to illuminate our way.


“I am the light of the world,” says the Lord, "whoever follows me will have the light of life." – John 8:12
Imagine if the Earth were divided equally among all of us. Each person would receive 4.5 acres. Now imagine that everything you need – food, energy, home, clothing, gadgets – must come from those 4.5 acres. But it takes 22.3 acres to maintain the average American lifestyle.There is a new way of observing Lent that helps us care for God’s creation by taking steps toward using only our fair share of its resources. Moving in the direction of 4.5 is essential for anyone walking in the footsteps of Jesus today.

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Lent 4.5 is a seven-week faith formation program which inspires and informs Christian communities on how to use the traditional Lenten disciplines of prayer, fasting and almsgiving to protect God’s creation, embrace Gospel justice and nurture spiritual fulfillment. It offers practical opportunities for people of faith to apply the values of Christian Simplicity to their everyday lives.

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