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We’ve gathered an extensive collection of tips, prayers, sermons, music, and journal articles to help Christians integrate care for the Earth into worship services and peoples’ spiritual lives. You’ll see these below the ecospirituality tips.

The leaves of the trees are for the healing of the nations.

Revelation 22:3

Christian Eco-Spirituality Tips

By Rev. Fletcher Harper

More and more churches are integrating Creation and Creation-oriented themes more directly into their worship services. Here are our tips on how to do this well.

Too often, people feel disconnected from the natural world, and God’s presence within or through it. There are four ways that churches can integrate creation’s presence into worship – raw nature, refined nature, technology and collective silence.

“Raw” Nature in Worship

Worship leaders can integrate “raw” natural elements into worship services. For example, worship can include containers of water, earth, plants, leaves from local trees, or other natural elements placed in the worship space and visible to all. These natural elements can beautify a sanctuary and deepen worshipers’ relationship with God.

This presentation of nature in a “raw” form affirms the goodness (Gen. 1) to God of nature on its own – not just for its value to human beings. It can also remind us of the grace and rejuvenation we find in relationship with creation, and the ways in which our culture can draw us away from a strong connection with the earth and God.

Then God said, “Let the earth put forth vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees of every kind on earth that bear fruit with the seed in it.” And it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation: plants yielding seed of every kind, and trees of every kind bearing fruit with the seed in it. And God saw that it was good.

Genesis 1:11-12 NRSV

“Refined” Nature in Worship

Worship leaders can use “refined” nature – natural products or services shaped by human effort – to strengthen worshipers’ bond with creation. For example, worship leaders can use cuttings of local, seasonal flowers and greenery, real wax candles, or locally baked bread to model respect for Creation and to create a more engaging relationship with God.

This practice can be taken further. For example, churches can use worship bulletins printed only on 100% recycled paper, reduce their energy use during worship through energy-efficient lighting (or turning lights off), or purchasing renewable energy credits to offset carbon emissions from energy used during worship. Such a use of “refined” nature expresses gratitude for the Creator’s generosity and an appreciation of ecologically respectful human activity.

Nature Present through Technology

Nature Present Through TechnologyTechnology makes it possible to increase worshippers’ sense of nature’s presence through images and sounds. More and more churches are using PowerPoint slides with photographs of nature alongside the words of hymns, songs, psalms or prayers. Sometimes, words aren’t necessary - these photographs or images can also be used on their own – as visual preludes, postludes, or prayers.

Collective Silence

Collective silence is a fourth way that leaders can integrate the environment into worship. Through silence, worshippers become more aware of surrounding sounds, natural and man-made. They have their senses sharpened, and can develop a stronger relationship with their surroundings and with God. In 30-60 seconds of silence, worshippers can experience a bird’s call, a dog’s bark, the rumble of traffic, the sound of a breeze. Many people commented that silence increases their awareness of their neighborhood and deepens their spirituality.

A Biblically-based sermon about the gift of Creation - and our obligation to conserve it – can be a life-changing experience for many people. Many people have never heard such a sermon, and therefore lack a well-grounded theological, spiritual or moral perspective on the environment.

There are many ways to integrate environmental themes into sermons. As part of interpreting the Biblical passage of the day in relation to the environment, preachers can:

  • tell stories that describe outdoor spiritual experiences.
  • describe the scientific evidence that human activity is harming creation, and preach on the need for repentance.
  • share stories that link pollution to human health impacts, emphasizing Jesus’ commitment to healing.
  • describe the impact of environmental degradation on the poor, and Christ’s commitment to those who are most vulnerable.
  • discuss Christian teachings about restrained material consumption as an expression of moral maturity.

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me. Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.

Matthew 25:35-36, 40 NRSV

See our Eco-Spirituality on-line, book, and journal preaching resource sections for more resources on environmental preaching.

Certain Christian holy days lend themselves particularly well to a focus on Creation. Some of these days are more commonly observed in certain denominations than others – but they all offer an opportunity to celebrate the bond between God, people and the earth.

Here’s a short listing of some of these holy days or seasons, starting at the beginning of the calendar year:

The season of Epiphany

traditionally a season which celebrates the “showing forth of Christ to the world,” Epiphany offers opportunities to highlight the revelation of God in or through the earth. For example, the Transfiguration of Christ , which takes place on a mountaintop, serves as an example of the times when God affirms Jesus’ divine identity in a powerful natural setting.

Ash Wednesday and Lent

With their traditional focus on the importance of self-restraint, Ash Wednesday and the season of Lent offer an important opportunity to address issues of consumerism, consumption and Christian faith.

Easter

The bodily resurrection of Jesus represents God’s affirmation of the eternal significance of physical reality. During the Sundays following Easter, there are many opportunities Christ’s redemption not only of human beings but of “all things” (Col. 1:15 -20).

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him. And through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.

Colossians 1:15-16, 20 NRSV

The Feast of Francis of Assisi

Celebrated on October 4, this day offers the chance to highlight the ministry and witness of Francis, the patron saint of the environment and the single most important Christian leader in relation to the earth.

Rogation Days

Observed on April 25 (or April 27 if Easter falls on the 25th), and on the 3 days prior to the feast of Christ’s Ascension, these days were a time during which farmers had their crops blessed by a priest. Some congregations today are re-interpreting this ancient custom as a time of prayer for the earth.

Advent

The Second Coming – a traditional focus of Advent – offers the opportunity to highlight that in the end, Jesus Christ renews all Creation, restoring and renewing the earth and people.

In addition to these religious holidays, many churches use Earth Day (April 22), or in fewer cases Arbor Day (observed on the last Friday of April) as an occasion to integrate ecological themes into worship.

For more ideas, see our listings of "Special Occasions" on-line resources and books.

Worship leaders are increasingly integrating messages about Creation into various parts of worship services - calls to worship, prayers of intercession, prayers of confession, and prayers of praise.

The earth is the LORD’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it; for he has founded it on the seas, and established it on the rivers.

Psalm 24:1-2 NRSV

Calls to Worship

Many worship services begin with a call to worship which acknowledges or invokes God’s presence. These calls to worship can be written to praise God for the creation’s majesty or to recognize God’s ownership of the earth. “The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, (Psalm 24:1) is a common Biblical verse used for this purpose. We’ve also seen Biblical verses turned into affirmations of God’s power or creativity (e.g. “Oh Lord our God, you made all that is and declared it good …” from Genesis 1)

Finally, we’ve seen Biblical passages used to recognize creation’s beauty, complexity or subtlety as a sign of divine providence or wisdom (e.g. “As Elijah heard you not in the stormy blast but in a still, small voice …” from 2 Kings 2; or “As Jesus affirmed your care even for the tiny sparrow …” from Mt. 10:29).

Prayers of Confession

Through prayers of confession, worshippers confess that human mistreatment of nature is sinful. In most cases, these confessions make broad references to creation, like the broad language used in traditional confessions of sin to acknowledge our mistreatment of other people or our inattentiveness to God. By including nature in these confessions, worship leaders affirm that treating nature badly is sinful, as is mistreating other people or disregarding God.

Confessions can include a description of various forms of environmental degradation – pollution of land, oceans and atmosphere, harm done to human health through pollution, and more. Confessions can also focus on the underlying human sins, such as greed, lack of gratitude, or alienation from creation, that lead to environmental harm.

Confessing ecological sin can be emotionally painful, evoking guilt and despair. Because of these reactions, worship leaders may want to include prayers of gratitude for creation or prayers which call for resolve to restore the earth as a counterbalancing force.

Prayers of Intercession

One of the most common forms of group prayer is the prayer of intercession, a prayer that seeks God’s care for congregants, families and friends, and for larger groups of people suffering from hunger, illness, or more. These prayers can be modified to include nature. For instance, a congregation can include domestic animals, endangered species, watersheds, forests or contaminated sites in its intercessory prayers, along with the individuals and groups who benefit from a church’s prayerful concern.

Prayers of Praise

Praising God is one of worship’s central activities, and nature offers a unique way to offer such praise. Whether through the use of language from psalms of praise (Psalm 8, 148) or through language designed by the worship leader, praising God for the beauty and majesty of Creation is a powerful way to connect people to the divine.

Don't forget to check out our on- line, book, and journal listings for numerous examples of Creation- conscious prayers.

O LORD, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?

Psalm 8:1, 3-4 NRSV

Worshipping outdoors is hard to beat as a way of connecting people with God in and through the earth. Many congregations worship outside during the summer, when the weather is mild. Here are a couple of tips to make your outdoor worship meaningful.

As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and behold the face of God?

Psalm 42:1-2 NRSV

  • Remember - Jesus regularly prayed outdoors. This simple reminder offers people a new way to connect with Jesus, as well as with the earth.
  • Make sure that there is safe seating and footing. For people to enter into worship deeply, they need to feel safe. So, make sure that you’ve got places to set up chairs (or blankets) in a secure fashion.
  • Use silence. Especially outdoors, periods of silence can be powerful ways to help people connect with God. In 30 seconds of silence outdoors, people will hear a range of sounds they don’t normally notice – wind, birds, and a range of human sounds. Silence can help people relax, and allow the Spirit into their lives.
  • Encourage movement and body awareness. Too often, people don’t move during worship, and their bodies don’t get to enjoy the experience of movement as a way to praise and connect with God. Make it possible for people to move freely, whether together or individually.
  • Worship at odd hours. Different times of day evoke different moods, and different ways to connect with God. Try small worship services as the sun is rising or setting, or by candlelight in darkness.Use props creatively. Burning incense outdoors or waving a banner in the breeze, can heighten people’s awareness that God’s presence surrounds and envelops us.
  • Connect Scripture with the earth. If you are worshipping near a stream, consider using a reading such as Psalm 42 – “As the deer longs for the running brook, so my heart longs for you …”
  • Enjoy Fellowship outside. When you’ve finished worshipping outside, make it easy for people to stay outside to enjoy refreshments and each others’ company.

Christian Web-Based Eco-Spirituality Resources

Here we have compiled an extensive listing of the various Christian Eco-Spirituality materials and resources that are available online. For most of the categories, we have selected a few sites as "Top Picks"--sites we feel are a good place to go during an initial search. However, there is also a link to the full listing of sites on each category's page for those wanting to make a more exhaustive search for materials.

Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it; let the field exult, and everything in it. Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy before the LORD; for he is coming, for he is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with his truth.

Psalm 96:11-13 NRSV

Let All Creation Praise also has an expanding sample sermon collection.
Earth Ministry, Eco-Justice Ministries, and Web Creation all provide many sample eco-sermons along with tips and guidelines to help you write your own.
Two environmental sermons - click on the two "Environmental Resource Packs."
A "first" ecological sermon, preached by an Evangelical Baptist.
Ecological notes on lectionary readings for preachers.
An Environment Sunday sermon.
Links to Creation Tide resources from current and past years.
An environmental stewardship sermon.
An environmental Mother's Day sermon.
Various materials.
A sermon on climate change.
A blog site with environmentally-themed sermons.
Ideas for Rogation Sunday sermons.
Guidelines for preaching environmental awareness.
An environmental sermon.
A respository of sermons on the environment.
Bibliographies, scriptures, hymns.
Sermon themes and scriptures
Scroll down to Sermons and liturgical resources.
This site is mainly devoted to providing worship and sermon resource for "Creation Time," —possibly the single biggest "one-stop shop" for free materials on the web.
Earth Ministry provides a good selection of a number of different types of Eco-Worship materials.
Let All Creation Praise is one of the most comprehensive and well-organized creation-care worship resources on the web—it includes liturgies, books, prayers, hymns, sermon and scripture resources, and even sanctuary decoration suggestions.
Season of Creation has a number of excellent resources for planning "themed" worship services such as flexible and adaptable liturgies, sermon themes, and Bible studies. (You can find these materials under the "Worship Resources" drop-down menu.)
Web of Creation also provides a good selection of a number of different types of Eco-Worship materials, and is a bit more comprehensive than Earth Ministry’s
Various materials, forming two complete worship services.
Various worship materials with rural themes.
Various materials.
Various materials from an eco-justice perspective.
Diocese of Portsmouth (Anglican)
"Worship resources with an environmental theme."
Various materials.
Various materials.
Various "creation season" materials.
A number of liturgies with various components extracted for easy reference.
Mostly contains links of other sites.
Various materials related to agriculture and farm worker justice.
Drama and performance pieces as well as worship materials.
Mostly contains links to other sites.
Bibliographies, scriptures, hymns.
Scriptural texts, prayers, liturgy, and hymns; homily suggestions.
Various materials relating to ethical eating.
Prayers, liturgy, tips scriptures, and hymns.
Prayers, liturgy, tips scriptures, and hymns.
Christian Ecology Link has made the words of 13 original ecologically-themed hymns available on its site, along with recommendations for tunes to use with them.
Earth Ministry lists the titles of many well-known traditional and contemporary songs and hymns with creation themes, as well as the words for 8 original hymns.
This site contains an extensive list of creation-themed hymns, along with page numbers for where they can be found in four different major denomination hymnals - Episcopal, Catholic, Methodist, and Lutheran.
Includes 15 original hymns and a listing of earth-friendly hymns that can be found in the hymnals of four different denominations - UMC, ELCA, United Church of Canada, and Presbyterian Church of Canada. ****
One hymn - God, Creation Comes From You.
Contains a number of original hymns by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette on "Caring for God's Creation".
Contains a listing of ecological hymns, songs, and canticles.
Lists two original environmental hymns.
Several songs, with printed music, extracted from environmental liturgies.
PCUSA - A listing of hymns in The Presbyterian Hymnal.
ELCA - An extensive listing of hymns in ELCA hymnals and hymnal supplements.
Conservation Center (not working)(Various materials.)
Over 30 environmental prayers and litanies.
Ecological prayers from the Catholic tradition.
These four sites are the best "one-stop shops" for environmentally themed prayers and litanies online.
A number of prayers and litanies.
Prayer for the environmental common good.
Includes a number of prayers and litanies for creation.
Ecological prayer guide for every day of the year.
Various materials.
Various materials.
Various "creation season" materials.
A number of liturgies with various components extracted for easy reference.
Mostly contains links of other sites.
Various materials related to agriculture and farm worker justice.
Drama and performance pieces as well as worship materials.
Mostly contains links to other sites.
Bibliographies, scriptures, hymns.
Season of Creation has a number of excellent resources for planning "themed" worship services such as flexible and adaptable liturgies, sermon themes, and Bible studies. (You can find these materials under the "Worship Resources" drop-down menu.)
Scriptural texts, prayers, liturgy, and hymns; homily suggestions.
Various materials relating to ethical eating.
Prayers, liturgy, tips scriptures, and hymns.
Prayers, liturgy, tips scriptures, and hymns.

Please select a category below:

You are the LORD, you alone; you have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. To all of them you give life, and the host of heaven worships you.

Nehemiah 9:6 NRSV

The ECEN site has several different yearly anthologies of creation-themed liturgies developed by Christians in Europe.
Let All Creation Praise has Season of Creation Liturgies specifically adapted for use in the U.S., Australia, Canada, Europe, or South Africa -see below.
Season of Creation has made available a number of eco-themed liturgies that are ecumenical and adaptable. You can find these liturgies on the Season of Creation site under the "Worship Resources" drop-down menu.
Creation Time/Season Resources from 2010 on.
Anglican/Resources for Environmental Liturgy. [Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America](https://www.goarch.org/liturgy) "Orthodox Liturgy."
Environmental liturgies from a number of different Christian traditions.
Contains a number of liturgical materials, to help you "build your own.".
Worship resources for a "Time of Creation".
Tips and guidelines for different parts of the liturgical year, and holidays. [Eco-Congregation](http://www.ecocongregationscotland.org/materials/creation- time/) Annual Resources for Creation Time.
An Earth Day prayer.
Resources for Earth Day Sunday.
A number of liturgies with various components extracted for easy reference. [Kairos Canada](https://www.kairoscanada.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/SUS- EarthDayWorship.pdf) Mostly contains links of other sites.
An Environment Sunday Liturgy.
Contains materials for Earth Day, Rogation Day, a Blessing of the Animals, and a Tree Planting Ritual.
Liturgies for Natural Disasters and Creation Day.
Various worship resources relating to ecological disasters.
World Environment Day resources.
Prayers, liturgy, tips scriptures, and hymns.
Earth Day, Blessing of the Animals, and Ash Wednesday services.
Protestant Christian resources from multiple countries.
Bible and Ecology is a substantial repository of both web-based and in-print materials: bible verses, devotions, children's and adults' educational materials, preaching resources, and scholarly materials.
The Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota has made available earth-centered reflections, sermons, and commentaries on the weekly lectionary readings, but they are generally not as substantial as EarthWords.
A retired Lutheran pastor gives extended, ongoing commentary upon each week's lectionary text.
Restoring Eden is a repository of ecologically-themed Scriptural passages, organized by subject, that is a little easier to use than some other sites.
"Bible verses about protecting the environment"
"Ecological Notes on the Common Worship Lectionary."
A selection of Old and New Testament passages with creation themes.
Lists a number of resources. both in print and online, on the Bible and ecology.
"Scriptures related to farm workers and immigrants."
"Creation Themes in Scripture."
"A number of Bible studies on select passages of Scripture."
"Scriptural References for Environmental Stewardship."

Christian Eco-Spirituality Journal Articles

For those wanting to search for Eco-Spirituality materials beyond what is available in books or online, we have compiled this bibliography of journal articles.

The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.

Psalm 19:1 NRSV

"Hymn Interpretation: The Greening of Hymnody. Part 4, Greening the Eucharist."
Wallace, William L.
Hymn 60, no. 4 (2009): 47-49.
Text and music for two Eucharistic hymns, with commentary
"Hymn Interpretation: The Greening of Hymnody. Part 3, 'Come Join the Cosmic Family'."
Wallace, William L.
Hymn 60, no. 3 (2009): 44-45.
Text for the hymn "Come Join the Cosmic Family" with commentary
"Hymn Interpretation: The Greening of Hymnody. Part 2, 'Charge Our Hearts with Wonder'."
Wallace, William L.
Hymn 60, no. 2 (2009): 43-45
Text and music for the hymn "Charge Our Hearts with Wonder" with commentary
"Hymn for the Creation."
Fike, Francis
Anglican Theological Review 84, no. 1 (2002): 131-32.
A creation hymn
"God and Nature in Hymnody."
Schilling, S. Paul
Hymn 42, no. 1 (1991): 24-28.
A critical examination of a number of modern hymnals
"Caring for Creation: Hymns for Worship in a Challenged World."
Morgan, Michael
Call to Worship 42, no. 4 (2009): 16-21.
An overview of creation hymns in Presbyterian hymnals
"Ecological Hymnody: A Survey of Denominational Hymnals for Ecologically Themed Hymn Texts."
Seeger, Paula
ARTS 11, no. 1 (1999): 30-35.
An overview of ecological hymns in a number of denominational hymnals
"'For the Beauty of the Earth': Intersections of Worship and Ecology."
Wallace, Robin Knowles
Journal of Theology (United Theological Seminary) 110 (2006): 17-32.
A survey of "the intersection of worship and ecological theology and stewardship," along with a listing of 50 hymns of creation
"You Are a Woodwind and a Drum : Recovering the Image of God through Congregational Song."
Troeger, Thomas H.
Hymn 60, no. 2 (2009): 10-21.
A transcript of a spoken address that includes readings and songs
"Nature and the Hymn Book."
Dannen, Kent
Hymn 23 (1972): 69-78.
An overview of the history of nature hymns
"Hymn Performance: The Greening of Hymnody? Touching the Earth Lightly through Congregational Song."
Buley, David Michael
Hymn 60, no. 1 (2009): 27-28.
On using expanded instrumentation (bird calls, etc.) to enhance the worship experience
"Hymn Performance: The Greening of Hymnody. Part 4, Remembering to Not-Forget: Congregational Singing with All of Creation."
Buley, David Michael
Hymn 60, no. 4 (2009): 51-52.
On the use of locally made, eco-friendly instruments in worship
"Hymn Performance: The Greening of Hymnody. Part 3, 'Come Join the Cosmic Family'."
Buley, David Michael
Hymn 60, no. 3 (2009): 46-47.
On incorporating descants into hymns that imitate bird calls
"Hymn Performance: The Greening of Hymnody. Part 2, 'Charge Our Hearts with Wonder'."
Buley, David Michael
Hymn 60, no. 2 (2009): 46-47.
On creating ecological effects through the alteration of rhythm
"Hymn Interpretation: The Greening of Hymnody? 'Touch the Earth Lightly'."
Wallace, William L.
Hymn 60, no. 1 (2009): 24-26.
Text and music for the hymn "Touch the Earth Lightly" with commentary
"Thank You, God, for Water, Soil, and Air: Four Services Celebrating Creation."
Paarlberg, John
Reformed Worship, no. 35 (1995): 26-35.
Four complete services, with sermons and music
"Liturgy and Ethics: The Liturgical Asceticism of Energy Conservation."
Pfeil, Margaret R.
Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 27, no. 2 (2007): 127-49.
On energy conservation as liturgical askesis
"A Hymn Festival About the Earth."
Schelat, David, and Eileen Reisner
Hymn 42, no. 1 (1991): 29-32.
A service consisting of readings, prayers, and hymns; includes a printable bulletin
"Eucharist and Ecology: Keeping Memorial of Creation."
Edwards, Denis
Worship 82, no. 3 (2008): 194-213.
An article on incorporating ecological emphases into Eucharistic practices
"Creation-Healing Liturgy and the Song of Songs."
Hessel-Robinson, Timothy
Call to Worship 43, no. 2 (2009): 32-42.
An ecological commentary on the Song of Songs, with a liturgy based on the same text
"'All Nature Sings': Creation and Congregations Worshiping God."
Sledge, Sharlande
Review & Expositor 102, no. 1 (2005): 65-84.
An essay on worship and creation that "provides images, hymns, scriptural references, poems, prayers and practical suggestions"
"Ecological Prayer: Toward an Ecological Spirituality."
St. John, Donald
Encounter 43, no. 4 (1982): 337-48.
A meditation on the connection between the eco-sphere and prayer
 
"Between Text & Sermon."
Hinson-Hasty, Elizabeth
Interpretation: A Journal of Bible & Theology 59, no. 4 (2005): 392-94.
Ecological commentary on Psalm 8
"A Little Lower Than God."
Kelly, Caroline M.
Journal for Preachers 31, no. 4 (2008): 14-16.
A sermon on humanity's care for the earth
"Preaching on the Environment."
Rolston, Holmes III
Journal for Preachers 23, no. 4 (2000): 25-32.
Theological reflections for preaching on the environment
"Stewardship of the Earth."
Foster, Robyn Shores
Leaven 2008  (2008).
A sermon on creation stewardship

Christian Eco-Spirituality Books

Here we have compiled an extensive bibliography of various Christian Eco-Spirituality materials and resources that are available in print. Below, you will find four of our "Top Picks"--books we feel are a good place to start when building a Eco-Spirituality library. However, there is also a link at the bottom of the page to the full bibliography, organized by type of material, for those wanting to make a more comprehensive search.

Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; let the field exult, and everything in it. Then shall the trees of the forest sing for joy before the LORD, for he comes to judge the earth. O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever.

1 Chronicles 16:32-34

Celebrating the Earth: An Earth-Centered Theology of Worship with Blessings, Prayers, and Rituals
McCarthy, Scott
Calif.: Resource Publications, 1991
A good all around resource: contains four seasonally-themed liturgies, as well as a variety of prayers and blessings and several chapters on earth-centered theology.
Preaching Creation: Throughout the Church Year
Phillips, Jennifer M.
Cambridge, Mass.: Cowley Publications 2000
An excellent resource for scripture and preaching: contains environmentally themed reflections and commentary on every scripture reading from the three-year lectionary cycle.
Harvest for the World: A Christian Aid/CAFOD Worship Anthology on Sharing in the Work of Creation
Duncan, Geoffrey
Norwich: Canterbury, 2004
An excellent prayer/reflection anthology: contains a large number of prayers, litanies, and reflections on the themes of creation, harvest, fair-trading, relief work, international debt and poverty, development, and the politics of land ownership and food production.
Seven Songs of Creation: Liturgies for Celebrating and Healing Earth (An Earth Bible Resource)
Habel, Norman C.
Cleveland: Pilgrim Press, 2004
A good all around resource: contains seven liturgies, twenty songs, and various other materials--invitations and invocations, rites of healing and reconnecting, litanies, prayers, blessings, stations of the cross, and reflections.
Celebrating the Earth: An Earth-Centered Theology of Worship with Blessings, Prayers, and Rituals
McCarthy, Scott
San Jose, Calif.: Resource Publications, 1991
Contains four seasonally-themed liturgies, as well as a variety of prayers and blessings and several chapters on earth- centered theology
Seven Songs of Creation: Liturgies for Celebrating and Healing Earth (An Earth Bible Resource)
Habel, Norman C.
Cleveland: Pilgrim Press, 2004
Contains seven liturgies, twenty songs, and various other materials: invitations and invocations, rites of healing and reconnecting, litanies, prayers, blessings, stations of the cross, and reflections.
Celebrating the Earth: An Earth-Centered Theology of Worship with Blessings, Prayers, and Rituals
McCarthy, Scott
San Jose, Calif.: Resource Publications, 1991
Contains a number of prayers, blessings, and meditations for a variety of occasions
Canticles of the Earth: Celebrating the Presence of God in Nature
Bachleda, F. Lynne
Chicago, Ill.: Loyola Press, 2004
A collection of prayers and meditations, designed to be read four times a day (dawn, day, dusk, dark) over a period of forty days
Celebrating Earth Holy Days: A Resource Guide for Faith Communities
Clark, Susan J.
New York: Crossroad, 1992
Contains eight Christian earth- prayers, as well as a prayer service
Earth and all the stars: reconnecting with nature through hymns, stories, poems and prayers from the world's great religions and cultures
Rowthorn, Anne W.
Novato, Calif.: New World Library, 2000
Includes a variety of prayers, litanies, readings, poems, and blessings drawn from a diversity of religious traditions
Earth Gospel: a Guide to Prayer for God’s Creation
Hamilton-Poore, Sam and Jane Wageman
Nashville: Upper Room Books, 2008
A collection of prayers, songs, and readings, designed to be read three times a day (morning, midday, and evening) over a period of 28 days. Also contains brief commentaries on each day’s scripture readings.
Earth Prayers from around the World: 365 Prayers, Poems, and Invocations for Honoring the Earth
Edited by Elizabeth J. Roberts and Elias Amidon
New York: HarperSanFrancisco, 1991.
365 ecologically-themed prayers from a number of faith traditions
Harvest for the World: A Christian Aid/CAFOD Worship Anthology on Sharing in the Work of Creation
Duncan, Geoffrey
Norwich: Canterbury, 2004
Contains a large number of prayers, litanies, and reflections on the themes of creation, harvest, fair-trading, relief work, international debt and poverty, development, and the politics of land ownership and food production
“Prayer, Meditation, and Creation Consciousness." In Cry of the Environment , 347-54
Joranson, Philip N.
Santa Fe, NM: Bear and Co., 1984
A short essay on eco-conscious prayer
Prayers to an Evolutionary God
Cleary, William
Woodstock, VT: SkyLight Paths, 2004
80 prayers from an evolutionary perspective
Seven Songs of Creation: Liturgies for Celebrating and Healing Earth (An Earth Bible Resource)
Habel, Norman C.
Cleveland: Pilgrim Press, 2004
Contains three environmentally themed litanies and four prayers
Children of Creation: Hymns of Love and Justice for the 21st Century
Hamm, Barbara E.
Nashville, Tenn: Abingdon Press, 2006
Contains seventeen original creation-themed hymns, each with an original tune/setting
The Earth and Spirit Songbook: Book One
Scott, Jim
Shrewsbury, MA : Jim Scott Music, 2003
A collection of 111 earth centered songs, from a number of faith traditions and set in a variety of musical styles
Hymns for a Caring World: Voices and Piano
Rose, Peter and Anne Conlon
London : Josef Weinberger, 1996
Includes 13 original hymns and tunes, many with environmental themes ****
Seven Songs of Creation: Liturgies for Celebrating and Healing Earth (An Earth Bible Resource)
Habel, Norman C.
Cleveland: Pilgrim Press, 2004
Contains 20 environmentally themed songs, most with music
Touch the Earth Lightly: New Hymns Written Between 2003 and 2008
Murray, Shirley Erena
Carol Stream, IL: Hope Publishing Company, 2008
Includes 60 original hymns and tunes, many with environmental themes
Celebrating Earth Holy Days: A Resource Guide for Faith Communities
Clark, Susan J.
New York: Crossroad, 1992
Contains a “Liturgy for the Earth” (pp. 94-96)
Celebrating the Earth: An Earth-Centered Theology of Worship with Blessings, Prayers, and Rituals
McCarthy, Scott
San Jose, Calif.: Resource Publications, 1991
Contains four liturgies, one for each of the seasons
Creation and Liturgy: Studies in Honor of H. Boone Porter
McMichael, Ralph N., Jr.
Washington, DC: Pastoral Press, 1993
A collection of essays on the topic of “creation and liturgy”
“Eco-Justice Liturgics.” In Theology for Earth Community , 250-64
Ingram, Beryl
Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 1996
An essay that provides guidelines and bibliographies to help incorporate ecological emphases into Christian worship
“Liturgy at the Heart of Creation: Towards an Ecological Consciousness in Prayer.” In Ecological Challenge, 67-82
Fragomeni, Richard N.
Collegeville, Minn: Liturgical Press, 1994
An essay that attempts to rework liturgy and prayer in a way that is faithful to both the Genesis creation texts and the modern scientific understandings of the origins of the world
A “Liturgy of the Earth.” In Blessed Simplicity , 197-200
Panikkar, Raimundo
New York: Seabury Press, 1982
An earth themed liturgy
Seven Songs of Creation: Liturgies for Celebrating and Healing Earth (An Earth Bible Resource)
Habel, Norman C.
Cleveland: Pilgrim Press, 2004
Contains seven creation-themed liturgies, complete with scripture texts and reflections
“These Stones Shall Be God's House: Tools for Earth Liturgy." In Earth Habitat , 173-83
Messenger, Troy
Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2001
An essay that provides tools and guidelines for developing earth-centered liturgies
The Best Preaching on Earth: Sermons on Caring for Creation
Edited by Stan L. LeQuire
Valley Forge, Pa: Judson Press, 1996
Contains 22 sermons on creation care
Crisis and the Renewal of Creation: World and Church in the Age of Ecology
Edited by Jeffrey Golliher and William Bryant Logan
New York: Continuum, 1996
A collection of 22 ecologically-themed sermons
Earth and Word: Classic Sermons on Saving the Planet
Edited by David M. Rhoads
London: Continuum, 2007
Contains 36 environmentally-themed sermons
For Creation's Sake: Preaching, Ecology, and Justice
Edited by Dieter T. Hessel
Philadelphia: Geneva Press, 1985
A collection of essays on preaching from an eco-justice perspective
Nature Sermons
Jefferson, Charles Edward
New York: Fleming H. Revell, 1925
A collection of sermons that draw their inspiration from an aspect or feature of the natural world
Preaching Creation: Throughout the Church Year
Phillips, Jennifer M.
Cambridge, Mass.: Cowley Publications, 2000
Environmentally themed reflections and commentary on every scripture reading from the three-year lectionary cycle
The Earth Bible Volume 1: Readings from the Perspective of Earth
Edited by Norman C. Habel
Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2000
The Earth Bible Series is an excellent collection of essays that reinterpret key biblical passages from an eco-justice perspective
The Earth Bible Volume Two: The Earth Story in Genesis
Edited by Norman C. Habel and Shirley Wurst ****
Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2000 ****
The Earth Bible Volume Three: The Earth Story in Wisdom Traditions
Edited by Norman C. Habel and Shirley Wurst ****
Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2001 ****
The Earth Bible Volume Four: The Earth Story in the Psalms and the Prophets
Edited by Norman C. Habel
Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2001 ****
The Earth Bible Volume Five: The Earth Story in the New Testament
Edited by Norman C. Habel and Vicky Balabanski
Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2002 ****
Celebrating the Earth: An Earth-Centered Theology of Worship with Blessings, Prayers, and Rituals
McCarthy, Scott
San Jose, Calif.: Resource Publications, 1991
Contains four seasonally themed liturgies, as well as a number of prayers, blessings, and meditations for a variety of occasions
Our World, God's World: Reflections for Advent and the Christmas Season on the Environment
Wood, Barbara
Cincinnati: Forward Movement Publications, 1986
Environmentally themed reflections on various scriptures passages for Christmas and advent
Greening Congregations Handbook: Stories, Ideas, and Resources for Cultivating Creation Awareness and Care in Your Congregation
Barnett, Tanya Marcovna
Seattle, WA: Earth Ministry, 2002
Includes a section with tips for incorporating environmental emphases into worship services