Churches Encouraged to Celebrate and Care for Creation This Fall

Date Posted: 
Monday, August 21, 2017

RCA congregations are urged to join churches around the world in honoring September 1 as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, and in celebrating a Time for Creation from September 1 to October 4.

The RCA affirms that caring for God’s creation is an essential act of the Christian faith. (Several reports to General Synod over the past 40 years have reaffirmed this commitment.)

Earl James, the RCA’s coordinator of Missional Mosaic and advocacy, cites Psalm 24:1 as the foundation for our care of creation: “The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it.” James says, “The psalmist reminds us that only one can claim ownership of the earth and its innumerable contents. No other shares that claim with God.”

In response, he says, RCA churches should consider joining other denominations in praying for creation on September 1 and in celebrating creation over the subsequent five weeks.

Congregations may find the following resources helpful in planning worship and understanding issues of the environment:

Here is a prayer you or your congregation may use on the Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation or during the Time for Creation:

Dear Lord,

Thank you for creating the earth and us humans along with it. Thank you for creating everything by, through, and for your Son and our brother, Jesus.

Lord, please guide us by your Spirit as we consider and stand in awe of the power, certainty, beauty, and priority of the words, “The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it.”

Please grow and nurture our souls, our very lives, and all we think, say, and do, with that awe standing large in our hearts and minds.

In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

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