Earth Day

Endangered Species Day, 17 May

Endangered Species and Christian Faith When God called on Noah to protect all creatures, Noah had no choice which creatures to load on board. All of creation belongs to God, and Noah was merely caretaker. Like Noah, we have a moral responsibility to safeguard God’s creatures from irreparable harm from the dangers they face today. […]

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Liturgies responding to climate change — Operation Noah, UK

Operation Noah –‘faith motivated, science informed and hope inspired’ Operation Noah, an ecumenical Christian UK charity provides resources responding to ‘the growing threat of catastrophic climate change endangering God’s creation.’ True to their self-definition as ‘an inclusive group,’ there are usually two versions of each resource available: one incorporating inclusive language and imagery and a […]

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Climate in our hands (hymn) — George Stuart, Australia

Tune: Russian Hymn Click here for music and printable lyrics. This wondrous universe tells of God’s glory, Endless in space and forever in time; We are astonished when we contemplate its story We have a place in this myst’ry sublime. This planet’s destiny, life in its beauty Rests with the choices we make every day; […]

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The earth needs saving — Lawrence Moore, UK

You promised us the earth and you delivered. You gave us a home – a dwelling of delight; a good place to be. You gave it to us, saying, ‘Here.  This is my gift to you. Live! Make it yours.’ We have made the world in our own image. We have treated it like we […]

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Harvest Hymns — George Stuart, Australia

These songs of thanksgiving, by George Stuart, are especially applicable for Harvest, Earth Day and Seasons of Creation celebrations. Click on the song title to link to printable music and lyrics.   Nature’s Beauty  (Tune: Regent Square) Celebrate all hidden textures; Value all the roots below; Celebrate all covered splendour; Value beauty not on show; Celebrate […]

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Eco-Church Songs

Songs for Earth Sunday and Season of Creation are here! George Stuart writes inclusive language lyrics to use with familiar tunes. Have a look on George’s website (click here) for numerous songs focusing on God in creation/nature, the environment and our stewardship thereof. Each song has a link to listen to the tune.  George has created […]

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Garden Blessing for Earth Day — Christine Sine, USA

Originally posted on Godspace     God bless this garden Through which your glory shines May we see in its beauty the wonder of your love God bless the soil Rich and teeming with life May we see in its fertility the promise of new creation God bless our toil As we dig deep to […]

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Creation Communion — Ana Gobledale, UK

These communion prayers focus on creation. They might be used to celebrate Earth Day or during the Season of Creation. Genesis 1:1-19   Order of Service Words of invitation Words of confession & assurance Words of remembering: the communion story Words of gratitude God of creation and transformation, for this time together around this table, […]

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

 “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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Genesis 1:1-2:4, a choral reading, Heaven and Earth

Based on  Genesis 1:1-2:4, The Message by Eugene Peterson -Arranged by Scott Ward, USA 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 […]

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

This might be included in a Blessing of the Gardeners service, or used any time during the planting and tending season. 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 […]

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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.   Ready-to-print downloads: 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 […]

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Litany of Hope for Earth Day — Eco-Justice Ministries, USA

This litany was first used at an ecumenical Earth Day service in Denver, Colorado USA, sponsored by Eco-Justice Ministries and the Colorado Council of Churches. Biblical references include:  Lamentations 1:20 (Holy Week), Psalms 5:1 (Sixth Sunday of Pentecost, Year C), Psalms 31:14-15 (Holy Week), 25, Psalms 71:14 (Holy Week), Romans 15:13 (Second Sunday of Advent, Year A) We have […]

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Cosmic Walk, an interactive ritual

Appropriate for Earth Day, during the Season of Creation and other services focusing on the vastness of creation. The Cosmic Walk, an inter-active ritual with actions and readings, invites participants into the story of the universe. Moving between ‘stations’ along a long rope laid out in a spiral, participants are introduced to 21 major events in the history of […]

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Earth Day Service – Sunday Morning Sustainability

A service for Earth Sunday or Season of Creation A worship experience focusing on Eco-justice Impacts and Opportunities     PDF – Earth Day Service – Sunday Morning Sustainability – ready-to-print download WORD – Earth Day Service – Sunday Morning Sustainability – ready-to-print download   Introduction Many of us have similar Sunday morning routines. They […]

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Valentine for Earth, bookmarks to print — Frances Frost

What words shall we use on Valentines Day? Use Valentines Day as an excuse to express our love for our earth. These Valentine bookmarks can be distributed as Valentines or used to complement a service focusing on the earth and caring for our environment. PDF Bookmarks – Valentine for the Earth, ready-to-print   To You, My Valentine […]

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Solidarity with creation — Lawrence Moore, UK

Photo by Kerry Handasyde, Australia A service for use in personal or corporate devotion focused on creation, perhaps on Earth Day or Trinity Sunday (Year A of the Common Lectionary) when Genesis 1 is read, or during Season of Creation (Creation Time). Reflecting on the universe You promised us the earth and you delivered. You gave […]

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Earth Prayer — David Pickering, UK

Renewing God, we pray for a new spirit of care to branch out across the earth, that all nations might act for your creation in silencing the roar of the chainsaw in extinguishing the burning of the forests in purging the pollution of the air in conserving valuable energy in stemming the tide of pollution […]

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Earth Prayer — Manitoba Buddhist Temple, Canada

We gently caress you, the Earth, our planet and our home. Our vision has brought us closer to you, making us aware of the harm we have done to the life-network upon which we ourselves depend. We are reminded that we have poisoned your waters, your lands, your air. We have filled you with the […]

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Season of Creation — 1 Sept – 4 Oct

During the Season of Creation, from 1 September to 4 October (Day of St. Francis of Assisi), Christians are invited to pray and care for creation. In 1989 the Orthodox Church proclaimed 1 September as a day of prayer for creation (World Day of Prayer for Creation, or Creation Day). This was embraced by the […]

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Blessing of Gardens & Gardeners Service

Spring has sprung! Come gardeners and farmers! This service, originally created to celebrate Earth Day (22 April), lends itself to multiple multi-age voices.  This all-age service of celebration and blessing has been shared in the UK and the USA and includes optional prayers, readings and sermons. It is easily adaptable for a new location. Ready-to-print […]

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Liturgy for Blessing Gardens and Gardeners

Blessing of seeds, soil, water, gardening tools and gardeners, for use in a springtime service of celebration. Can be used effectively connecting to Earth Day 22 April or in a Rogation Service (sixth Sunday of Eastertide).  Everyone is invited to wear their gardening attire and bring their gardening tools and seeds.  Suggestion: use children and […]

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Earth Prayer — Canada

We gently caress you, the Earth, our planet and our home. Our vision has brought us closer to you, making us aware of the harm we have done to the life-network upon which we ourselves depend. We are reminded that we have poisoned your waters, your lands, your air. We have filled you with the […]

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Prayer response to natural disaster — Christian Aid UK

Merciful God, we pray for those whose land and lives are destroyed by climate chaos, especially today in [country/area names affected current climate-related event]. We pray for those who give immediate humanitarian assistance, and for [Christian Aid / or other organisation through which the congregation supports assistance] partners who support communities in the slow and careful […]

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Prayer movement launched for a just global climate agreement

Worried about Climate Change?  Concerned for our environment?  Wanting to be a good steward of God’s creation? Join other Christians committed to pray and fast on the first day of every month to make a stand for climate justice. Pray and Fast for the Climate is supported by members of the ‘Faith for the Climate’ network […]

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