Earth Day Sunday 2009: Celebrating and Caring for God's Creation
At the 202nd General Assembly in 1990 and again during the 218th General Assembly (2008), the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) recognized and accepted the responsibility of restoring creation as a central concern of the church to be incorporated into its life and mission at every level.
The church has many powerful reasons for this engagement:
- God’s work in creation is too wonderful, too ancient, too beautiful and too good to be desecrated. Restoring creation is God’s own work in our time, in which God comes both to judge and to restore.
- The Creator-Redeemer calls faithful people to become engaged with God in keeping and healing the creation, human and non-human.
- In this critical time God’s new doing may be discerned as a call to earth-keeping, to justice and to community.
We invite you to embrace this ministry and celebrate Earth Day Sunday, April 19, by using the resources by the National Council of Churches. The resources include sermon starters, youth activities, a group study guide and a bulletin insert.
For more Earth Day information, visit the Peacemaking Worship Resources page.
Dear Judi, I'm delighted to hear of your great efforts! There are many PCUSA congregations doing really wonderful things to care for creation. It is so fun to hear more and more stories. Thank you for your wonderful witness! Please feel free to be in touch for any additional materials as desired.
Trinity Presbyterian Church in Starkville, Mississippi will be having a Stewardship of the Earth emphasis the three Sundays in April following Easter. This will be our third such emphasis, and thus far we have used ideas collected by our local congregation. How refreshing it is that we now know about denominational support in this area.