Perhaps this is late. Today is Earth Day and tomorrow is Earth Day Sunday. Perhaps this should have been sent sooner to allow people who plan worship to make use of the resources that follow the brief prayer. However, if your worship tomorrow does not include a focus on Earth Day, you could use some of these resources in your devotions. And, as my friend Melodee Bottari posted on her Facebook page – “Every day is Earth Day.”
A prayer for Earth Day
we come from the earth,
and we return to the earth.
In between, we live upon the earth.
within the great, wonderful web of life
you have created.
May we live wisely,
caring responsibly and well
for the earth
of which we are a part
upon which we depend
and which you hold in infinite love.
We pray in Jesus’ name.
This list of worship resources and action ideas for Earth Day and earth care is adapted from material curated by my friend Bruce Winfrey Gillette for Presbyterians for Earth Care (PEC); joining PEC might be a good Earth Day activity
CREATION CARE IN GLORY TO GOD HYMNAL BY DAVID GAMBRELL
HYMNS BY CAROLYN WINFREY GILLETTE (PERMISSION IS GIVEN FOR FREE USE TO PEC FRIENDS)
THE LORD’S PRAYER LITURGY AND INFORMATION ABOUT CREATION CARE FROM THE PRESBYTERIAN HUNGER PROGRAM (PHP)
EARTH DAT SUNDAY WORSHIP RESOURCES AND MORE(PHP)
TREAD LIGHTLY – EARTH CARE ACTIVITIES TO USE ANY TIME (PHP)
RESPONDINGTO CLIMATE CHANGE FREE CONVERSATION GUIDE (CHRISTIAN CENTURY)