Gardeners act of commitment — Ana Gobledale, UK

  A responsive reading to use at a Blessing of the Gardens & Gardeners service, on Earth Day, or any day in springtime.   LEADER:       Seeds we bring   PEOPLE:       for God’s blessing and use;   LEADER:       Hoes and trowels we bring   PEOPLE:       for God’s blessing and use;   LEADER:       Hands and gloves we […]

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In Our Hands, an Earth Day drama, Genesis 1:26-31a

 “In Our Hands”  Genesis 1:26-31a  This drama has been used at services focusing on the environment and caring for our world, including Earth Sunday, Blessing of the Animals Sunday, St Francis service. The source is unknown, and it has been modified over the years.  If you know who wrote the original, please let Worship Words […]

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Heaven and Earth, a choral reading, Genesis 1:1-2:4 – arranged by Scott Ward, USA

  Based on The Message by Eugene Peterson: Genesis 1:1-2:4 Lectionary:  Trinity Sunday Year A, Epiphany Year B (Genesis 1:1-5), Easter Vigil Years A,B,C   Downloads:  full scripts, ready-to-print: (horizontal versions are easy for readers to hold) Heaven and Earth Choral Reading, Scott Ward WORD Heaven and Earth Choral Reading, Scott Ward PDF Heaven and Earth Choral […]

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A Litany of the Circle — Tom Hanson and Loretta Whalen (adapted)

One:    Every part of this earth is sacred, Every shining pine needle, every sandy shore. All:      Every mist in the dark woods, Every clearing and humming insect is holy. One:    The rocky crest, the juices of the meadow, the beasts and all the people, All:      All belong to the same family. One:    Teach your children […]

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Praise the Divine Gardener, inspired by Psalm 148 — Ana Gobledale, UK

Praise the Eternal One, the Divine Gardener. Who plants the sun, the moon, the stars in the heavens. Who creates earth, the amazing garden upon which we live. Who loosens rocks into teeming, incubating soil. Who spreads the seeds of life in the seas, land, and skies – which transform into beasts that swim, crawl […]

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Children’s Message, the work of spring — Tod & Ana Gobledale, UK

Preparation: Put several items into a bag:  Bible, flower bulbs, gardening gloves, small gardening tools, e.g. trowel. Take items out as they are mentioned in the script. Method: I invite the children forward to sit with me on the floor or carpet.  If there are chancel steps, I sit in a child-size chair facing the steps […]

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Earth Day confession & repentance prayers — Justice Ministries, USA

  Earth day is 22 April. Earth Day resources from Justice Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) USA       Prayer of confession God of all Creation, we come to you in a moment of personal and corporate confession. We participate in a system which is exploitative and violent and which separates […]

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Water, Holy Water: a blessing service — Justice Ministries, USA

This resource originates from Creation Justice Ministries USA which develops Earth Day Sunday materials each year to help congregations celebrate and care for God’s Creation.  PDF – Water, Holy Water – ready-to-print download WORD – Water, Holy Water – ready-to-print download   Faith Reflection “I don’t know what tallies as sacred for you but if […]

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