Pray

Prayer suggestions from The United Methodist Book of Worship, 1992:

Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi for All Created Things – #507

Psalm of the Woodlands – #508

Acts of Congregational Centering – # 470, #471, #472, #473

Prayers of Confession – #484, #485 and #494

Prayers of Thanksgiving – #551, #552, #555,  #556, #557, #558

Other Congregational Prayers:

  • A Litany for the Church and the World – #495
  • In Time of Natural Disaster – #509
  • For Others – #518
  • A Vision of Hope – #521
  • For Strength – #524
Prayer and Devotional Resources from Presbyterians for Earth Care: An Eco-Justice Network

 

Worship and Devotions

Sample services, Lenten and Advent devotional series, prayers and scripture references for relating to creation care and our call to the work of justice.

For example:

United Methodist Worship Resources for Earth Day and beyond

Worship Resource: For the Creation Waits

(Discipleship Ministries, April 2021)

 

Music for Earth Day and the Festival of God’s Creation

(Discipleship Ministries, April 2021)

 

 

Worship Resources for the Season of Creation and beyond

Worship Resources for the Season of Creation:  Listen to the Voice of Creation

(September 4- October 2, 2022)

Resources for the Season of Creation

(Ecumenical, August 2021)

 

Music for Earth Day and the Festival of God’s Creation 

(United Methodist,  April 2021)

 

Fall Lectionary Resource – Season of Creation: 

Five week worship series based on Lectionary readings from Jeremiah Year C   (United Methodist, September 2019)

Additional Scripture Texts

These verses remind us of God’s gift of creation, of our relationship to God and to all that lives within this created order — and thus of God’s love and justice and mercy.

 

Genesis 1-2                     The Creation stories

Genesis 9: 8-17               The Covenant with Noah

Exodus 16: 12-30            Manna; the Bread from Heaven

Exodus 20: 8-11              Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy

Exodus 23:10-13             The Sabbatical Year

Esther 4: 13-14                For just such a time as this

Psalm 1                            Like trees plants by streams of water

Psalm 8                            O Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Psalm 19                          The heavens are telling the glory of God

Psalm 23                          The Lord…makes me lie down in green pastures

Psalm 24                          The earth is the Lord’s and all that is therein

Psalm 42                          As the deer longs for flowing streams

Psalm 65                          Thanksgiving for the earth’s bounty

Psalm 80                          Restore us, O God; … that we may be saved

Psalm 84                          How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts!

Psalm 96                          O sing to the Lord a new song

Psalm 100                        Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.

Psalm 104                        God as Creator and Provider

Psalm 113                        From the rising of the sun to its setting

Psalm 121                        I will lift my eyes to the hills…

Psalm 139                        Where can I … flee from your presence?

Psalm 146                        Happy are those whose hope is in the Lord

Psalm 147                        God’s abundant care for Jerusalem

Psalm 150                        Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!

Isaiah 24                          The earth lies polluted underneath its inhabitants

Isaiah 35                          The return of the redeemed;  the desert will bloom

Isaiah 40                          Comfort my people; He will gather the lambs in his arms

Isaiah 55                          Invitation to abundant life; the trees will clap their hands

Isaiah 58: 1-12                The fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice

Isaiah 65                          God’s righteous judgment; I [will] create a new earth

Ezekiel 34: 2-4                 Should not shepherds feed the sheep?

Ezekiel 34: 17-23            When you drink of clear water, must you foul the rest with your feet?

Ezekiel 36                        The renewal of Israel

Ezekiel 37                        The Valley of Dry Bones

Amos 5: 18-24                 Let justice roll down like waters

Matthew 6: 1-18             Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven

Matthew 6: 24-34           No one can serve two masters; do not worry about…

Luke 10: 25-37                You shall love God and your neighbor as yourself

John 1: 1-5                        In the beginning was the Word

John 21: 15-19                 Do you love me?  Feed my sheep.

Romans 8: 18-39             Nothing can separate us from the love of God

Romans 12                       New life in Christ;  overcome evil with good

Ephesians 3: 14-21          May you be rooted and grounded in love

Philippians 4: 4-9            The peace of God, which passes all understanding…

Colossians 1:15-20          In him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell

Hebrews 11:1                   Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for

1 John 3: 16-24                 Let us love, not in word, but in truth and action

Revelation 21: 1-4           Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth

 

United Methodist Doctrinal Foundations for Creation Care and Creation Justice Work

The United Methodist  Book of Discipline 2016 

United Methodist Social Principles, Paragraph 160: The Natural World

All creation is the Lord’s, and we are responsible for the ways in which we use and abuse it. Water, air, soil, minerals, energy resources, plants, animal life, and space are to be valued and conserved because they are God’s creation and not solely because they are useful to human beings. God has granted us stewardship of creation. We should meet these stewardship duties through acts of loving care and respect. Economic, political, social, and technological developments have increased our human numbers, and lengthened and enriched our lives. However, these developments have led to regional defoliation, dramatic extinction of species, massive human suffering, overpopulation, and misuse and overconsumption of natural and nonrenewable resources, particularly by industrialized societies. This continued course of action jeopardizes the natural heritage that God has entrusted to all generations. Therefore, let us recognize the responsibility of the church and its members to place a high priority on changes in economic, political, social, and technological lifestyles to support a more ecologically equitable and sustainable world leading to a higher quality of life for all of God’s creation.

Community of All Creation, Revised Social Principles 2020

“We affirm our sacred calling to be responsible stewards and to lovingly tend to all that God has wrought.

We recognize the inherent worth of God’s creation, celebrate earth’s abundance and diversity, and, along with the entirety of the cosmos, give praise to its Creator.

We recognize we are interconnected members of complex ecosystems, intricate webs of life, all of which have their origins in God’s gracious act of creation.”

The United Methodist Book of Resolutions, 2016

For biblical context and a deeper understanding of the following General Conference Resolutions regarding creation care and creation justice, see the Climate section of General Board of Church and Society website:  https://www.umcjustice.org/what-we-care-about/environmental-justice

For Curriculum suggestions see Learn