Worship Resources 

Crowd-sourced worship materials

Christian Reformed people from all walks of life have poured out their devotion to our Creator God and his creation-loving call on our lives in this new crowd-sourced collection of worship materials, from prayers to visuals and from sermon notes to liturgies. After careful review and editing by the Calvin Institute for Christian Worship and CRC Worship Ministries they’re ready to be used in your congregation. Browse the resources >

 

Prayers

Prayer for Faithful Leadership on Climate Change Bulletin Insert - Prayer bulletin insert for churches to use during worship about the beauty of creation and the ways it declares the glory of God, for the brokenness of the earth brought about by sin, for faithful leadership on climate, and for our participating in God's ongoing work of renewal.

 

Websites

Web of Creation - A great resource for theological reflection, action plans, and resources for incorporating a concern for creation into a community's life of worship.

Let All Creation Praise - Four concrete steps for incorporating creation care into your church’s worship.

Worship: Care for God's Creation - A communal liturgy focused on God’s sovereignty over creation and our place within it. 

A Rocha Resources for Churches- A great resource for churches from our partners at A Rocha, including devotionals, free creation care resources, and videos. 

 

Educational Resources  

Bangladesh: Creation Care Series

Millions of people every year are displaced due to weather hazards like storms, extreme heat, and floods. In Bangladesh, changing weather patterns and rainy seasons, droughts, and flooding are threatening food security and the livelihoods of farmers. This new series of five videos from World Renew and the Christian Reformed Church Office of Social Justice (OSJ) puts the spotlight on Bangladesh, where World Renew is promoting floating gardens, alternative means of livelihoods like ducks, and addressing health issues. We invite you to consider how you can help address the trajectory of climate change through advocacy.

The series of five videos would work well for an adult education class, small group gathering, or even your own personal use.

 

Bangladesh Videos Bible Study Materials 

The Bangladesh Bible Study Series is a three-week Bible study designed to help Christians engage faithfully with the issue of climate change in church groups, youth groups, community organizations, and more. It not only explores our biblical mandate to be stewards of creation but also convicts us of our Christian calling to be advocates for people who are poor and vulnerable. 

 

Ten Ways to Care for Creation

"Ten Ways to Care for Creation" includes ideas such as starting an intergenerational gardening project, holding a storytelling series, and much more!

We invite you to download this resource and share it with your church, or order printed copies for a small fee at FaithAliveResources.org.

 

Climate Conversation: Kenya

For millions of subsistence farmers in Kenya, climate change is not a political debate. It is a reality in which adaptation can mean the difference between life and death. The Climate Conversation: Kenya video series is a chance to move past the white noise and to get up close and personal with the issues of climate change and environmental stewardship. It is a chance to meet people, not statistics; to hear stories, not arguments. It is an invitation to a conversation. Learn more at Climate-Conversation.org

 

Presentations

Creation Stewardship Task Force Report Summary Powerpoint

 

Websites

World Renew - a Christian humanitarian organization committed to helping small farmers feed their families and earn extra income through sustainable agriculture practices that protect and nourish the land. Many of these farmers are struggling to adapt to changing weather patterns and rainy seasons. Access projects, stories, and videos.

Au Sable Institute - A Christian institute of environmental studies that offers environmental science programs for students and adults of all ages: primary and secondary school, college, and graduate school. Its mission is to integrate knowledge of the creation with biblical principles to bring the Christian community and the general public into a better understanding of the Creator and the stewardship of his creation.

A Rocha - A Christian nature conservation organization.  A Rocha projects are frequently cross-cultural in character, and share a community emphasis, with a focus on science and research, practical conservation and environmental education.

Citizens for Public Justice - Their Canadian Interfaith Call for Leadership and Action on Climate Change was endorsed by CRC-Canada and several CRC congregations.

DeSmogBlog - A reputable and award-winning blog established to "clear the PR pollution that is clouding the science on climate change." It offers great stories, resources, and studies that cut through the spin and get to the facts.

Evangelical Environmental Network - A non-profit organization that seeks to educate, inspire, and mobilize Christians in their effort to care for God's creation, to be faithful stewards of God's provision, and to advocate for actions and policies that honor God and protect the environment.

Kairos - While the CRC does not endorse all Kairos’ statements, they have helpful in-depth materials on climate justice.
 
Restoring Eden - A movement of like-minded people who see a strong connection between our Christian spirituality and our role as caretakers of creation. Its mission is to make hearts bigger, hands dirtier, and voices stronger by rediscovering the biblical call to love, serve, and protect God's creation. 

350.org - An organization seeking to build a global, grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis.

 

Books

Serve God, Save the Planet: A Christian Call to Action 
Practical, readable how-to guide to changing your lifestyle.

 

Earthwise: A Guide to Hopeful Creation Care  
This book, now in its third edition, helps to provide us and our friends, neighbors, coworkers, and fellow  citizens with practical information and ideas to become truly "earthwise."

 

For the Beauty of the Earth: A Christian Vision for Creation CareA thorough theology of creation care for pastors and lay-leaders.

 

A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions
Authored by a climate scientist and a pastor, this book offers straightforward answers to the many questions about climate change, without the spin.

 

Living the Good Life on God's Good Earth
A group guide to care-taking through a series of topics: lifestyle, homes, food, clothes, etc.

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