Earth Day Liturgy From the National Council of Churches

(Reprinted with permission from the National Council of Churches)



The church is called to participate in God's transformation of creation. Congregations and individuals have found ways they can address the challenges of climate change including: turning off lights and appliances to reduce their use of electricity and energy, choosing public transportation instead of single occupancy vehicles, and sharing their concerns about the environment with their neighbors, leaders of industries and their legislators.



But first of all, Christians are praying--praying for wisdom and strength to help restore and protect the wonderful gift of creation.



Call to Worship (from Psalm 19):



Leader: The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims God's handiwork.



Response: Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.



Leader: There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard.



Response: Yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.



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Litany for Creation:



Leader: Praise to you, O God, source of all waters. For vast oceans, flowing rivers, and gentle rains we give you thanks.



Response: Forgive our careless waste and polluting ways.



Leader: Help us to cleanse, conserve, and share; teach us to care for the gift of water.



Response: Come and heal your people. Come and heal the waters.



Leader: Praise to yoiu, O God, creator of the dry land. For mighty mountains, rolling hills, and fertile prairies we give you thanks.



Response: Forgive our wanton greed and violent ways.



Leader: Help us to sow, till, and harvest with care; teach us to live gently on the land.



Response: Come and heal your people. Come and heal the land.



Leader: Praise to you, O God, breath of life and maker of air. For wind and wave, breath and breeze, light and life we give you thanks.



Response: Forgive our heedless acts and selfish ways.



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