What resources may help with discovering the biblical texts, reformed theological tradition, liturgical and musical resources for worship that includes care for all God’s earth? How can worship be a part of our active earth-keeping activities, which we hope to integrate in all of our lives, as individuals and in our churches?
In the Presbyterian Church (USA) 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.
Co-Moderator of General Assembly 222, Denise Anderson, reflects on climate change, environmental concerns, and the September 1st ecumenical Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation
Helpful Websites for Worship Resources (hymns, scripture selections, sermons and more):
- Presbyterians for Earth Care (includes Presbyterian Hymnal list of hymns and a list of Scripture passages)
- Creation Justice Ministries (includes annual Earth Day Sunday resources)
- Eco-Justice Ministries
- Earth Ministry
- Web of Creation
- Green Faith
- Interfaith Power and Light
- Season of Creation
- Lent 4.5
- Let All Creation Praise
- Environmental Ministries’ Advent and Lent daily calendars for congregations and individuals
- Presbyterians for Earth Care’s online Advent and Lenten devotional materials
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). Note: the recording did not pick up the speaker webcam images, but it has slides and voices.
World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation (Sept. 1)
- Welcoming the Season of Creation (includes A Prayer for Our Earth and A Blessing for Animals)
- World Day of Prayer on the Care of All Creation (includes links to a variety of resources and information)
- Read the Eco-Journey blog to follow along with the worship services and other earth care activities of PCUSA congregations. Search the categories for “church earth care stories,” “worship,” and “worship resources.”