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Worship in Service of Creation

By Derek Weber

Earth Day Article

The season after Easter is one of living the implications of the Resurrection. The glory and power of the Easter gift overwhelms us, but the journey of faith goes on. We celebrate the gift and the life that results in our lectionary-based series, “A Living Hope.” We invite you to check out the resources we provide to help you worship in this season.

We are also reminded that Earth Day comes toward the beginning of this season, April 22. This might be the perfect opportunity to consider how Easter encourages us to live as stewards of our environment and to embrace the signs of new life all around us. Creation eagerly awaits the revealing of the children of God, Paul reminds us (Romans 8:19).

We are excited that our friends at the United Methodist Climate Justice Movement have created a lectionary-based worship series for this Easter season titled, “New Life is Breaking Forth.” Here you will find liturgical and music suggestions, sermon starters, and children’s materials—everything you need to create a worship series that celebrates our faith and our call to live responsibly in the world.

This series is designed to be used during the Eastertide season, but it could be used at any time that you want to lift up these crucial themes. You might also check out last year's "Season of Creation" series as another possible approach.

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Rev. Dr. Derek Weber, Director of Preaching Ministries, served churches in Indiana and Arkansas and the British Methodist Church. His PhD is from University of Edinburgh in preaching and media. He has taught preaching in seminary and conference settings for more than 20 years.

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