Earth Day

The world marks Earth Day each April 22.   The observance of Earth Day celebrates God’s gift of the earth, our planetary home.  All United Methodists are called to be good stewards of the planet. One of our Social Principles about the Natural World explains:

“All creation is the Lord’s, and we are responsible for the ways in which we use and abuse it. Water, air, soil, minerals, energy resources, plants, animal life, and space are to be valued and conserved because they are God’s creation and not solely because they are useful to human beings.”

God’s Gift of the Earth: A Photo Prayer

This video features stunning images of Nature along with the beautiful words of a prayer written by United Methodist Bishop Ken Carter when he was a pastor in North Carolina in 2005.

 

View more at umc.org/videos.  This video was produced by United Methodist Communications in Nashville, TN.  This video was first posted in April, 2015.

Earth Day Prayer of Confession

O God, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen:
You place us in your creation, and you command us to care for it.
Your works declare glory and splendor, and you call us to praise and reverence.
Where we have degraded or destroyed earth’s bounty, forgive us.
Where we have taken beauty and majesty for granted, have mercy upon us.
Where we have become estranged from the creatures with whom we share this planet,
grant us your peace.
Renew us in the waters of baptism,
refresh us with the winds of your spirit,
and sustain us with the bread of life.
In the name of Jesus Christ, and for the sake of the new creation, we pray. Amen.

 The preceding Earth Day Prayer of Confession was submitted by the Rev. Ken Carter, pastor of Providence United Methodist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Copyright © 2005 Ken Carter. Used with permission.

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