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Seven Weeks for Water 2014

The Ecumenical Water Network invites you to use this season of Lent to reflect on how we can be better stewards of God’s Creation and live out God’s love in how we relate to others. This year our Lent reflections focus on the “Pilgrimage towards Water Justice”.
Seven Weeks for Water 2014

Women carrying water on their heads in drought-ridden northern Malawi. © ACT/Paul Jeffrey 2011

 

The Ecumenical Water Network invites you to use this season of Lent to reflect on how we can be better stewards of God’s Creation and live out God’s love in how we relate to others. Since 2008, the EWN has been providing weekly reflections and other resources on water for the seven weeks of Lent. This year our Lent reflections focus on the “Pilgrimage towards Water Justice”.

The recent 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches encouraged the churches to embark on a pilgrimage of justice and peace. In a message it said “We intend to move together. Challenged by our experiences in Busan, we challenge all people of good will to engage their God-given gifts in transforming actions. This Assembly calls you to join us in pilgrimage. May the churches be communities of healing and compassion, and may we seed the Good News so that justice will grow and God’s deep peace rest on the world.”

While water is intrinsically connected with the overall wellbeing of the people, billions of people around the world are deprived of access to water and sanitation. The reflections this year will focus on this injustice against more than one third of the world's population.

Reflections will be published here week by week:

Week 1: Pilgrimage towards Water Justice: Foretaste of a Redeemed Earth

Week 2: Water for Life

Week 3: Pilgrimage towards Water of Life

Week 4: Water – a Gift of God and a Human Right: a Critique of Anthropocentrism

Week 5: No one owns Water, it is God's Gift

Week 6: Mission as Breaking Ground: Jesus’ “I Thirst” and its Relevance Today

Week 7: A Lenten Journey: From the wilderness of drought to the springs of living water

 

You can also download and make free use of the following worship resources, contributed by the  Evangelical Lutheran Church of Geneva. Order of Worship for Ash Wednesday, 5th March 2014 (pdf)

Order of worship on "Waters of the womb: Source of life"(pdf, 184 KB)

Order of worship on the World Water Day (PDF, 1.87MB)

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