Creation care worship resources

Creation care themes emerge in worship through Scripture, prayers, psalms and hymns. Bringing intentional focus to these themes can awaken your congregation to the Christian call to steward God’s creation. While songs and stories of nature appear in liturgical resources, some churches set aside intentional time to focus on the care of creation.

Earth Day
Earth Day is April 22 and churches typically observe it during the month of April. It is an opportunity to reflect on the goodness of God’s creation and the human responsibility to steward it through worship, education and action.

Season of Creation
Season of Creation is celebrated during the four Sundays of September that precede World Communion Sunday and St. Francis Day.This is an alternate liturgical season during Ordinary Time with lectionary-based themes and scriptures.

Global Ministries Creation Care Network Resource Library
Join the Global Ministries Creation Care Network to access a collection of resources crowdsourced by United Methodists.

Discipleship Ministries
Seasonal worship planning resources, with ideas for Earth Day and beyond.

Creation Justice Ministries Earth Day Sunday
Theme-based resources that include educational resources, prayers and sermon starters.

Season of Creation (ecumenical)
Lectionary texts, preaching resources, worship materials and more.

GreenFaith Sacred Season for Climate Justice (interfaith)
Prayers, talks, sermons and more that ground people of faith in the work of climate and environmental justice.

Interfaith Power & Light Worship Resources (interfaith)
Prayers and sample sermons.

Global Ministries Earth Day 2021 resources

These resources were developed in response to churches seeking Earth Day-related content for online worship services. They are based on Lectionary Year B.

Scripture reading of Luke 24:36b-48. Roland Fernandes, general secretary, Global Ministries

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Global Ministries Earth Day 2021 – Scripture Text PDF

Your Kin-dom on Earth – An Earth Day Litany. Grace Choi, Jae Choi, Didier Monga and Trisha Manns, missionaries, Global Ministries

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Global Ministries Earth Day 2021 – Litany PDF

Somewhere Better Than Here – An Earth Day Sermon. Rev. Jenny Phillips, senior technical advisor for environmental sustainability, Global Ministries

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Global Ministries Earth Day 2021 – Sermon Transcript PDF

Additional Earth Day resources for United Methodists are available through Creation Justice Ministries.

To connect with other United Methodists engaged in environmental ministries, join the Global Ministries Creation Care Network.

To get help developing an environmental project in your community, apply for the next Global Ministries EarthKeepers Training.