As part of the Earth Sunday service the congregation contributed to creating the altar. The congregation was asked in advance to bring something that represents what they appreciate or are thankful for in the natural world. People brought their contributions forward, described the significance of their item, and placed it on the altar. After each addition, the congregation responded: “How manifold are your works!” [Ps. 104:24]
Not only was this ritual rich with meaning in terms of reverence for the Earth, it was also a wonderful opportunity to learn more about others and create community among the congregants.