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Green Worship Resources

For you shall go out in joy, and be led back in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall burst into song, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. 

Isaiah 55:12 NRSV

General GreenWorship Resources

Cover Title Author City: Publisher, Date Notes
Celebrating the Earth Celebrating the Earth: An Earth-Centered Theology of Worship with Blessings, Prayers, and Rituals McCarthy, Scott San Jose, Calif.: Resource Publications, 1991 Contains four seasonally-themed liturgies, as well as a variety of prayers and blessings and several chapters on earth-centered theology
Seven Songs of Creation Seven Songs of Creation: Liturgies for Celebrating and Healing Earth (An Earth Bible Resource) Habel, Norman C. Cleveland: Pilgrim Press, 2004 Contains seven liturgies, twenty songs, and various other materials: invitations and invocations, rites of healing and reconnecting, litanies, prayers, blessings, stations of the cross, and reflections.

 

Prayers and Praying

Cover Title Author City: Publisher, Date Notes
Canticles of the Earth Canticles of the Earth: Celebrating the Presence of God in Nature Bachleda, F. Lynne Chicago, Ill.: Loyola Press, 2004 A collection of prayers and meditations, designed to be read four times a day (dawn, day, dusk, dark) over a period of forty days
Celebrating Earth Holy Days Celebrating Earth Holy Days: A Resource Guide for Faith Communities Clark, Susan J. New York: Crossroad, 1992 Contains eight Christian earth-prayers, as well as a prayer service
Celebrating the Earth Celebrating the Earth: An Earth-Centered Theology of Worship with Blessings, Prayers, and Rituals McCarthy, Scott San Jose, Calif.: Resource Publications, 1991 Contains a number of prayers, blessings, and meditations for a variety of occasions
Earth and All the Stars Earth and all the stars: reconnecting with nature through hymns, stories, poems and prayers from the world’s great religions and cultures Rowthorn, Anne W. Novato, Calif.: New World Library, 2000 Includes a variety of prayers, litanies, readings, poems, and blessings drawn from a diversity of religious traditions
Earth Gospel Earth Gospel: a Guide to Prayer for God’s Creation Hamilton-Poore, Sam and Jane Wageman Nashville: Upper Room Books, 2008 A collection of prayers, songs, and readings, designed to be read three times a day (morning, midday, and evening) over a period of 28 days.  Also contains brief commentaries on each day’s scripture readings.
Earth Prayers from around the World Earth Prayers from around the World: 365 Prayers, Poems, and Invocations for Honoring the Earth Edited by Elizabeth J. Roberts and Elias Amidon New York: HarperSanFrancisco, 1991. 365 ecologically-themed prayers from a number of faith traditions
Harvest for the World Harvest for the World: A Christian Aid/CAFOD Worship Anthology on Sharing in the Work of Creation Duncan, Geoffrey Norwich: Canterbury, 2004 Contains a large number of prayers, litanies, and reflections on the themes of creation, harvest, fair-trading, relief work, international debt and poverty, development, and the politics of land ownership and food production
Cry of the Environment “Prayer, Meditation, and Creation Consciousness.” In Cry of the Environment, 347-54 Joranson, Philip N. Santa Fe, NM: Bear and Co., 1984 A short essay on eco-conscious prayer
Prayers to an Evolutionary God Prayers to an Evolutionary God Cleary, William Woodstock, VT: SkyLight Paths, 2004 80 prayers from an evolutionary perspective
Seven Songs of Creation Seven Songs of Creation: Liturgies for Celebrating and Healing Earth (An Earth Bible Resource) Habel, Norman C. Cleveland: Pilgrim Press, 2004 Contains three environmentally themed litanies and four prayers

 

Music

Cover Title Author City: Publisher, Date Notes
Children of Creation Children of Creation: Hymns of Love and Justice for the 21st Century Hamm, Barbara E. Nashville, Tenn: Abingdon Press, 2006 Contains seventeen original creation-themed hymns, each with an original tune/setting
The Earth and Spirit Songbook The Earth and Spirit Songbook: Book One Scott, Jim Shrewsbury, MA : Jim Scott Music, 2003 A collection of 111 earth centered songs, from a number of faith traditions and set in a variety of musical styles
Hymns for a Caring World Hymns for a Caring World: Voices and Piano Rose, Peter and Anne Conlon London : Josef Weinberger, 1996 Includes 13 original hymns and tunes, many with environmental themes
Seven Songs of Creation Seven Songs of Creation: Liturgies for Celebrating and Healing Earth (An Earth Bible Resource) Habel, Norman C. Cleveland: Pilgrim Press, 2004 Contains 20 environmentally themed songs, most with music
Touch the Earth Lightly Touch the Earth Lightly: New Hymns Written Between 2003 and 2008 Murray, Shirley Erena Carol Stream, IL: Hope Publishing Company, 2008 Includes 60 original hymns and tunes, many with environmental themes

 

Liturgies

Cover Title Author City: Publisher, Date Notes
Celebrating Earth Holy Days Celebrating Earth Holy Days: A Resource Guide for Faith Communities Clark, Susan J. New York: Crossroad, 1992 Contains a “Liturgy for the Earth” (pp. 94-96)
Celebrating the Earth Celebrating the Earth: An Earth-Centered Theology of Worship with Blessings, Prayers, and Rituals McCarthy, Scott San Jose, Calif.: Resource Publications, 1991 Contains four liturgies, one for each of the seasons
Creation and Liturgy Creation and Liturgy: Studies in Honor of H. Boone Porter McMichael, Ralph N., Jr. Washington, DC: Pastoral Press, 1993 A collection of essays on the topic of “creation and liturgy”
Theology for Earth Community “Eco-Justice Liturgics.” In Theology for Earth Community, 250-64 Ingram, Beryl Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 1996 An essay that provides guidelines and bibliographies to help incorporate ecological emphases into Christian worship
Ecological Challenge “Liturgy at the Heart of Creation: Towards an Ecological Consciousness in Prayer.” In Ecological Challenge, 67-82 Fragomeni, Richard N. Collegeville, Minn: Liturgical Press, 1994 An essay that attempts to rework liturgy and prayer in a way that is faithful to both the Genesis creation texts and the modern scientific understandings of the origins of the world
Blessed Simplicity A “Liturgy of the Earth.” In Blessed Simplicity, 197-200 Panikkar, Raimundo New York: Seabury Press, 1982 An earth themed liturgy
Seven Songs of Creation Seven Songs of Creation: Liturgies for Celebrating and Healing Earth (An Earth Bible Resource) Habel, Norman C. Cleveland: Pilgrim Press, 2004 Contains seven creation-themed liturgies, complete with scripture texts and reflections
Earth Habitat “These Stones Shall Be God’s House: Tools for Earth Liturgy.” In Earth Habitat, 173-83 Messenger, Troy Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2001 An essay that provides tools and guidelines for developing earth-centered liturgies

 

Sermons and Preaching

Cover Title Author City: Publisher, Date Notes
The Best Preaching on Earth The Best Preaching on Earth: Sermons on Caring for Creation Edited by Stan L. LeQuire Valley Forge, Pa: Judson Press, 1996 Contains 22 sermons on creation care
Crisis and the Renewal of Creation Crisis and the Renewal of Creation: World and Church in the Age of Ecology Edited by Jeffrey Golliher and William Bryant Logan New York: Continuum, 1996 A collection of 22 ecologically-themed sermons
Earth and Word Earth and Word: Classic Sermons on Saving the Planet Edited by David M. Rhoads London: Continuum, 2007 Contains 36 environmentally-themed sermons
For Creation's Sake For Creation’s Sake: Preaching, Ecology, and Justice Edited by Dieter T. Hessel Philadelphia: Geneva Press, 1985 A collection of essays on preaching from an eco-justice perspective
Nature Sermons Nature Sermons Jefferson, Charles Edward New York: Fleming H. Revell, 1925 A collection of sermons that draw their inspiration from an aspect or feature of the natural world
Preaching Creation Preaching Creation: Throughout the Church Year Phillips, Jennifer M. Cambridge, Mass.: Cowley Publications, 2000 Environmentally themed reflections and commentary on every scripture reading from the three-year lectionary cycle

 

Scripture Resources

Cover Title Author City: Publisher, Date Notes
Readings from the Perspective of Earth The Earth Bible Volume 1: Readings from the Perspective of Earth Edited by Norman C. Habel Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2000 The Earth Bible Series is an excellent collection of essays that reinterpret key biblical passages from an eco-justice perspective
The Earth Story in Genesis The Earth Bible Volume Two: The Earth Story in Genesis Edited by Norman C. Habel and Shirley Wurst Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2000
The Earth Story in Wisdom Traditions The Earth Bible Volume Three: The Earth Story in Wisdom Traditions Edited by Norman C. Habel and Shirley Wurst Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2001
The Earth Story in the Psalms and the Prophets The Earth Bible Volume Four: The Earth Story in the Psalms and the Prophets Edited by Norman C. Habel Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2001
The Earth Story in the New Testament The Earth Bible Volume Five: The Earth Story in the New Testament Edited by Norman C. Habel and Vicky Balabanski Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2002

 

Special Occasions

Cover Title Author City: Publisher, Date Notes
Celebrating the Earth Celebrating the Earth: An Earth-Centered Theology of Worship with Blessings, Prayers, and Rituals McCarthy, Scott San Jose, Calif.: Resource Publications, 1991 Contains four seasonally themed liturgies, as well as a number of prayers, blessings, and meditations for a variety of occasions
Our World, God's World Our World, God’s World: Reflections for Advent and the Christmas Season on the Environment Wood, Barbara Cincinnati: Forward Movement Publications, 1986 Environmentally themed reflections on various scriptures passages for Christmas and advent

 

Tips/Guidelines

Cover Title Author City: Publisher, Date Notes
Greening Congregations Handbook Greening Congregations Handbook: Stories, Ideas, and Resources for Cultivating Creation Awareness and Care in Your Congregation Barnett, Tanya Marcovna Seattle, WA: Earth Ministry, 2002 Includes a section with tips for incorporating environmental emphases into worship services