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By Rev. Dr. Leah Schade

  • Imagine what your life would be like if you could be part of God’s work to heal this planet – right from the pulpit.
  • Imagine if your parishioners were inspired by your preaching to address the most pressing environmental concerns of our time.
  • Imagine hearing your parishioners actually thank you for preaching about protecting our planet.
  • Imagine discovering a new dimension to your preaching that opens a whole new world of perspectives, creative ideas, and inspiration for reaching people with God’s Word.
  • Imagine finding a whole new perspective for engaging the Bible that deepens and expands your faith.
Here are 17 ideas excerpted from my book Creation-Crisis Preaching: Ecology, Theology and the Pulpit (Chalice Press, 2015) for helping make this vision for your preaching become a reality in the coming year. [Read More]

Weekly Online Resources for Preaching on the Common Lectionary

Lutherans Restoring Creation has weekly care-for-creation reflections on the lessons each week from the common lectionary by Dennis Ormseth, Robert Saler, Tom Mundahl, and Leah Schade. Click here for the current contributions and the archive of reflections from past Sundays
 
Christian Ecology Link is a multi-denominational organization from the United Kingdom for people concerned about the environment. They have provided Ecological Notes on the Common Worship Lectionary by Keith Innes at http://www.christian-ecology.org.uk/econotes-index.htm#index.
 
The Environmental Stewardship Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota (MEESC) has collected environmental and earth-centered reflections, sermons, and commentaries on the lectionary readings. These notes can be found at http://www.env-steward.com/lectnry.htm.

Archive of Season of Creation Commentaries:

You can incorporate a Season of Creation in the liturgical year of your congregation to focus on creation-care themes during September.  Commentaries on the readings for Season of Creation can be found in this Archive.  

Earth Sermons Online: 

NEW Two sermons: "Holy Interruption," Christmas 2016 and "Refusing to be Consoled - Climate Change and the Modern-day Slaughter of the Innocents" First Sunday of Christmas 2016, by Rev. Dr. Leah Schade

Interfaith Sermon for MORALtorium Service for Blessing, Advocacy and Activism by The Rev. Dr. Leah D. Schade, March 21, 2016, at Grace United Methodist Church, Harrisburg, PA.  Text and video.

 "And God Pitched a Tent" - Sermon for a Church Camping Retreat (Revelation 7:9-17; Revelation 21:1-7; John 1:1-4, 14-18) by Rev. Dr. Leah Schade


"A Great Awakening to New Creation," David Rhoads, LRC Director and Emeritus Professor of New Testament, LSTC, at Luther Seminary, on September 30, 2014.



"Feeding Hope" by Kristi Holmberg (Download at the bottom of this page)

"Sin Boldly" or "God's Love Makes Us Do Crazy Things"
by Vicar Axel Kaegler

"Within Limits: Remember the Sabbath" A sermon by James Martin-Schramm

"Lord, We Believe, Help Our Unbelief" A sermon by Gil Waldkoenig

Sermons from the Interfaith Power & Light National Preach-In on Climate Change - Click here




Collections of Earth Sermons:
 
Earth and Word: Classic Sermons on Saving the Planet edited by David Rhoads (New York: Continuum Press, 2007). This book that includes 36 sermons by outstanding scholars, church leaders, and preachers. 
 
See also the wonderful meditations/ reflections in Holy Ground: A Gathering of Voices on Caring for Creation edited by Lindsay Mosely (San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 2008) 
 
You will also be inspired in preaching by the collection of interfaith reflections in Love God, Heal Earth edited by Sally Bingham (Pittsburgh: St. Lynn’s Press, 2009)
 
Online sermons: There are many sermons on the Web of Creation site that illustrate how to incorporate creation-care into the preaching event. Go to http://www.webofcreation.org/ and click on “worship” then “preaching.”




Sermons from the 2014 Interfaith Power & Light 
National Preach-in on Climate Change

Click here


TAKE THE LRC REFORMATION PREACHING CHALLENGE

On Reformation Sunday, call for the church to embrace a reformation that proclaims good news for all creation. Learn more.
 

Additional Resources for Preaching:



Guidelines for Reading/Preaching Care for Creation from the Bible

Resources for preaching on climate change from A New Awakening, a transdenominational Christian movement for climate solutions



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Peter Bakken,
Jun 9, 2014, 8:31 PM