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Earth Day Sunday

 

Celebrate Earth Day Sunday or other Creation Care Worship Services

The earth sitting in long grassIn the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) hymnals (including the new hymnal Glory to God), Book of Common Worship, Directory for Worship, and other worship planning tools, there are many great resources that name ways that all Creation praises God’s name, and how we can give thanks to God for the wonder and beauty of the world around us. Explore these traditional, good tools and find out what rich resources exist already in our church!


Earth day Sunday 2015 cover- woman in gardenEarth Day is celebrated on April 22 each year, and Presbyterian churches are urged to celebrate Earth Day Sunday near this date or to use the resource for any other worship with a theme of creation care. Additional opportune moments to use this resource include September 1, recognized by Orthodox and Catholic communions as the World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation, or in October, during the Season of Creation and close to the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi. Creation Justice Ministries (formerly the National Council of Churches Eco-Justice Program) produces Earth Day Sunday resources each year.With sermon starters, prayers, Christian education suggestions, action tips, and more, the downloadable resource (and web page) has really great information, compiled by pastors. Click here for the 2016 Presbyterian version of this great ecumenical resource on Caring for God’s Creatures.


Earth Day Sunday Archives and Other Worship Resources

Use the links below for materials to examine past Earth Day themes with your congregation.


Helpful Websites (hymns, scripture selections, sermons and more)


Webinars on Eco-Justice Worship


January 26, 2015 webinar moderated by Ashley Goff (Church of the Pilgrims, Washington D.C.), a showcase of liturgical practices


Explore with worship leaders Neddy Astudillo, Claudio Carvalhaes, and Rob Mark what eco-justice worship can look like in various contexts: click here to watch the November 2013 webinar (on YouTube).