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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 book cover
Earth 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 Environmental Justice. 2020 marks the 50th year anniversary of Earth Day.  The resource is written to be useful year-round. Some dates to consider include: Earth Day Sunday on April 22, World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation on September 1, or October 8, the Sunday before Columbus Day / Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Creation Justice Ministries (formerly the National Council of Churches Eco-Justice Program) produces Earth Day Sunday resources each year. The 2020 theme focuses on “The Fierce Urgency of Now.” It features stories of congregations taking climate action, liturgical resources, and faith-rooted interpretation of recently released dire Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports. The resource and accompanying web-based materials are available for free download at www.creationjustice.org/urgency.

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).