Moments of Arising Eight brief videos reflecting on the Jubilee Year of Earth Day
Now the Green Blade Rises - Four original and four new environmentally focused stanzas
A Video Series by the EcoFaith Network, NE MN Synod Listen with us to the haunting Easter hymn, Now the Green Blade Rises, Look with us throughout this Jubilee year of Earth Day for the green blades rising in and for a wounded creation Thank you to Paul Jacobsen for the music composition and Dr Linda Kalweit for the video creation
Forth He came at Easter, like the risen grain, Jesus, who for three days in the grave had lain. Raised from the dead, our risen Lord is seen; Love is come again like wheat arising green.
Stanza 8, Now the Green Blade Rises*
Come, O Gracious Healer, source of health and life, May we, too, be healers, we who have caused strife. Strengthen our hands to bind the wounds of Earth, Sharing with the world your promise of rebirth. Responsibility Stanza 7, Now the Green Blade Rises Reflection by Tammy Walhof
Now the Green Blade Rises Come, O great Creator, as in Bethlehem, To your world, incarnate, bringing hope again. All creatures sing, “You only can redeem!” Love shall come again like wheat arising green. Reflection by Claire Rephsholdt
V - Death When our hearts are wintry, grieving or in pain, Your warm touch can call us back to life again. Fields of our hearts, that dead and bare have been, Long for love to come like wheat arising green. Now the Green Blade Rises Reflection by Dr. Anna Madsen
Moments of Arising; Lament Now the Green Blade Rises - stanza 4
Slumber ‘Love by hatred slain’ Now the Green Blade Rises Stanza 3 (stanza 2 of original hymn) In the grave they laid Him, love by hatred slain, Thinking that He never would awake again. Laid in the earth like grain that sleeps unseen, Love will come again like wheat arising green. Love by hatred slain is happening all around us now. Are we waking up? Reflection by Jordan Lutz
Exploitation When we use the world as if it were our own, Planting seed with poison, causing earth to moan, Earth turns to sand, and ice melts into sea, Rivers turn to mud, and putrid ponds turn green. Text by Paul Jacobson, tune Noel Novellet (Now the Green Blade Rises) Reflection by Deacon Colleen Bernu
Promise Starting with visually stunning images of Lake Superior that accompany a northern Thanksgiving for Baptism, followed by scripture readings and a flute and soprano performance of the first stanza of Now the Green Blade Rises, we hear Nate Anderson from Oak Lake Lutheran Church in rural Kerrick reflect on practicing the resurrection promise in the earthy terms of seasons and seeds.
Watch the introductory video Moments of Arising ~ an invitation This 15 minute video introduces Moments of Arising, a year long video series being produced by the EcoFaith Network of the NE MN Synod, ELCA. With reflections by Kristin Foster, Mark Ditmanson, and David Carlson, flute performed by Paul Jacobson, and scripture read by Johanna Bernu, this introductory video invites you, even during the coronavirus pandemic, to look and listen for green blades rising throughout the Jubilee Year of Earth Day. Created by videographer Linda Kalweit and the EcoFaith Leadership Team, with photography by Will Stenburg.
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Earth Day’s Jubilee Year Professor Diane Levy Jacobson explores the ancient tradition of jubilee proclaimed in Leviticus and Isaiah and continuing in Luke, and how it is connected to Earth Day 2020, now in its 50th year. With breath-taking nature photography by J. David Levy, the video contemplates jubilee ideas of rest for the land, release from servitude, relation to the foreigner and immigrant, and other concepts that are strikingly connected to our experience in this time of climate crisis, cultural tension, and pandemic strife. Earth Day, Our Moment to Arise Around the world, youth and young adults are urging us to heed the climate emergency -- for the sake of their future, for those who are marginalized, and for all life on Earth. In this video, Earth Day, Our Moment to Arise, four high school and young adult climate advocates from the upper Midwest – Izzy Laderman, Johanna Bernu, Kayli Skinner, and Jordan Stone, with EcoFaith co-chairperson Pastor Kristin Foster -- probe the intersections between the coronavirus pandemic and the climate crisis, and challenge us to make critical decisions about a profound and shared change in direction. These Earth Day videos are part of the new series, Moments of Arising produced by the EcoFaith Network of the NE Minnesota Synod of the ELCA. Beginning around Pentecost, throughout this Jubilee year, we will share a series of 10 minute videos. Each one will flow from one of the eight stanzas of Now the Green Blade Rises, four of which are newly composed, environmentally focused. Each will include prayer and a relevant message by a different speaker. Listen with us to the haunting Easter hymn, Now the Green Blade Rises. Look with us throughout this Jubilee year of Earth Day for the green blades rising in and for a wounded creation.
Young earth advocates raise their voices calling us with them into this moment to arise