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Wondering why this emphasis?  What’s the point of this website?  Is this really Christian? This website is intended to guide you into worshiping God the Creator and joining in the praise of all creatures around us.  The website is filled with resources to help make your worship more vibrant and expansive.  And if you have resources to share, pass them along! If this idea seems strange, you need look no further than the Psalms, who cry “Sing to the LORD, all the earth! Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it; let the field exultRead More →

An Ecumenical Endeavor We seek to serve the whole church by providing resources for Christian worship that promotes love of and care for God’s creation. Purpose “Let All Creation Praise” offers resources for congregations to celebrate God’s love for creation, to worship God with creation so as to reconcile and restore our human relationship with the rest of nature, and to foster love and care for God’s whole creation. We also provide resources to celebrate a “season of creation” or “creation time” in the church year. History This website began as a satellite of Web of Creation at www.webofcreation.org. As the founder of the Green Congregation Program, theRead More →

Vicar Axel Kaegler                                                                                 Luke7:36-8:3 House of Prayer Lutheran Church           Fall, 2013                                  1 Kings 21:1-21a   “Sinboldly” or “God’s Love Makes Us Do Crazy Things”             Inthe way that the Church tells time, we’ve entered into the Season AfterPentecost, also called Ordinary Time.One of the perks of ordinary time is thatthe Revised Common Lectionary, is that it gives the suggestion of going throughsome of the lesser known stories and sagas of the Old Testament. This is areally useful thing for us preachers and congregations, because it forces us toconfront some of the lesser known portions of the Bible, as well as parts ofourselves that we don’t like to see. Now,Read More →

“The liturgical year offers what we might call a sacramental approach to the earth’s seasons, approaching the earth’s great cycles as holy signs of God’s saving action in history, drawing us into worship alongside the whole living earth.  Our hymns and prayers, the way we dress our worship spaces, our patterns for baptizing, our scripture texts and preaching all are carried out in dialog with the earth and its seasons”                         –from A Watered Garden by Ben Stewart, p52 Below are guides and resources to help with planning throughout the year. Every Service, Any Service Making every service into care for creation worship, eco-friendly worship practicesRead More →

A Sermon by Gil Waldkoenig, Professor at theLutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. Seminary Church of the Abiding Presence,April 10, 2013   The Second Sunday in Easter in Year C John 20: 19-31; Rev 1: 4-8; Acts 5:27-32                          Lord, we believe. Help our unbelief.   Lately I’ve been thinking a lot aboutunbelief. The kind of unbelief that makes the news quite often has to do withclimate change, also called global warming.   Almost half of the American population doesnot believe that the recent spike in global warming results from humanactivity, according to the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication. Somedisbelieve very aggressively. They say globalRead More →

The blessing of pets and animals is often celebrated on October 4, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, or on a Sunday near that date.  This is also set to coincide as the culminating conclusion for the Season of Creation. In the Scriptures, the act of blessing means ‘the imparting of power or life.’ The person performing the blessing is mediating that power from God or Christ to the person performing or the animal involved. To bless is more than an expression of goodwill and caring. To bless is to impart God’s power in person! The blessing of each animal, by name, means thatRead More →

The following book contains commentaries on the lessons for the three years of the Season of Creation. The Season of Creation: A Preacher’s Commentary edited by Norman Habel, David Rhoads, and Paul Santmire (Fortress Press, 2011) As the global climate crisis worsens, many churches have sought to respond by instituting a movement to observe a liturgical season of creation. Scholars who have pioneered the connections between biblical scholarship, ecological theology, liturgy, and homiletics provide here a comprehensive resource for preaching and leading worship in this new season. Included are theological and practical introductions to observance of the season, biblical texts for twelve Sundays in the three-year lectionaryRead More →

Ideas and Resources that Flow from River Sunday River Sunday may fall close to the end of trout season in your area. Connect with a local Trout Unlimited chapter and get involved in stream bank restoration and their mission “to conserve, protect, and restore North America’s cold water fisheries and their watersheds.” Visit www.tu.org. If you’re a fisher, consider and celebrate catch and release. The Hudson River Sloop Clearwater has been at the forefront of the environmental movement for 45 years as champion of the Hudson River, working to pass legislation like the Clean Water Act, and providing innovative educational programs, environmental advocacy, and musicalRead More →

Readings for Year A: 2013-2014 Care for Creation Sermon for the Season of Creation by Nick Utphall, pastor at St. Stephen’s ELCA, Monona, WI The Fourth Sunday in the Season of Creation in Year A River Sunday Genesis 8:20-22; 9:12-17 Psalm 104:27-33 Revelation 22:1-5 Matthew 28:1-10 It’s been noted that trees frame or outline the biblical story. From the original tree in the garden, a tree of goodness that nevertheless got us into this mess, leading to the tree of the cross, planted at the crossroads, the mark of the path back to blessing, and finally the tree for the healing of the nations inRead More →

NEW RESOURCE  “An Essential Guide To Enjoying National Parks Responsibly” National parks are a popular (and relatively safe) way to spend some much needed time outdoors for physical health and mental wellbeing during the pandemic. And with a record number of visitors in 2020, minimizing the impact on national parks whilst preventing the spread of COVID-19 is more crucial than ever. The guide shares useful information such as: How to enjoy the great outdoors more ‘responsibly’ by practicing the principles of ‘leave no trace’, camping and wildlife safety, and fire prevention awareness. The many physical and mental health benefits of spending time in nature such asRead More →