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"Our care of creation is an act of worship. And our worship is an act of caring for creation. The challenge is to be intentional in making the connections between our caring and our worship, and to find liturgical ways to express that relationship in a way that does not detract from the work of praising God. Worship can be a time to increase our awareness of the world around us, to increase our appreciation of the sacredness of creation, and to deepen our desire to treat it with dignity and respect."
 
Edinger, Jennifer. "Creation and Celebration Connections," in Care of the Earth: An Environmental Resource Manual for Church Leaders, ed. Tina B. Krause, page 45. Chicago: Lutheran School of Theology, 1994.



NEW Celebrating with Creation: Songs in Support of the Eco-Reformation in 2017 & Ongoing Earth-Care by Norman C. Habel.  

Songs written to known melodies, for use in association with the Eco-Reformation, the Season of Creation, or occasions for celebration with creation.




Reflection for Good Friday

After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, Jesus said (in order to fulfill the scripture), “I am thirsty.”  -- John 19:28

On Good Friday the youth of United in Christ, Lewisburg, PA, designed a service of darkness focused on the seven last words of Christ. The youth worked in pairs on their sermons which they preached in a dialogical style. This sermon was written by two middle school youth from an ecological perspective, focusing on the need for clean water.

A Watered Garden: Christian Worship and Earth's Ecology (Augsburg Fortress, 2011)

Watered Garden begins with the classic, ecumenically held patterns of Christian worship and explores them for their deep connections to ecological wisdom, for their sacramental approaches to creation, and for a renewed relationship to the earth now itself in need of God's healing. This book is written especially for North Americans: people who live in a specific ecological region, and who play a particular role in the world's ecology. And of course it is written for Christians, especially those who are part of the Lutheran movement. More information at Augsburg Fortress. 


Now available in a Kindle edition 
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The Rev. Dr. Benjamin Stewart is the Gordon A. Braatz Assistant Professor of Worship and Dean of the Chapel at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago.


The Sound of Scripture: Reading the Bible Aloud (Lutheran University Press, 2013).
 
This is a brief guide for lay readers who want to become more confident and effective in communicating the meaning of God's Word listeners. Reading scripture aloud involves knowledge and understanding, faith, respect, “spirit and heart,” vocal skill, and physical control. Barbara Laughlin Adler is professor emerita of Communication Studies at Concordia University-Ann Arbor.





(The Lutheran, August 2014.) 

The church seasons of Advent, Epiphany, Lent and Easter help us trace the life of Jesus. Pentecost draws us into the life of the Spirit. So why not also take four Sundays in the year for a special focus on God as creator? [Read More]

More information and resources for the Season of Creation

NEW In Spanish: Liturgies for Season of Creation Year C.


Luther College Ministries and Dakota Road Music Offer 
Liturgy for Earthkeeping

A core mission of Lutheran higher education is the integration of faith and learning in service of the common good. In that spirit a liturgy for the broader church was commissioned in honor of Luther's sesquicentennial. It is a collaborative project between Dakota Road Music and Luther College Ministries. The Liturgy for Earthkeeping is being offered as a resource for congregations and ministries that worship in outdoor settings to help strengthen connections between sustainability, liturgy, spiritual formation and joyful stewardship.

http://www.dakotaroadmusic.com/index.php?p=catalog&parent=15&pg=1


Resources to Green Your Congregation Through Worship:

Reflection: why worship is essential 
Action Plan: ideas on how to do this
Resources: liturgies, litanies, prayers, sermons, and more!
 
Worshiping with Creation. With a few brief additions to your worship, you can transform every service into an experience that encompasses our human relationship with all creation. Structure your worship from beginning to end with references to God the creaor, to creation, and to our role in creation. For more resources for care for creation worship, visit www.letallcreationpraise.org.
 
Make every weekly worship service a creation care service with these suggestions.
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