ECO-SERMONS

* Connect your faith and your love of God’s Creation.

 * Discover a whole new world of perspectives, creative ideas, and inspiration for reaching people with God’s Word.
 
* Strengthen your courage to address the most pressing environmental issues of our time.

Looking for ideas for preaching that incorporates God's Creation?  Here is a list of suggestions for various entry-points and perspectives to approach your sermon.  From connecting faith and science, to preaching outdoors, to preaching about climate change, to countering “green depression,” here are models that can help inspire you on Earth Sunday and any Sunday throughout the year.  The list concludes with the eco-sermon that has gotten the most hits since 2012 when I began my blog: www.ecopreacher.blogspot.com.

 

FAITH, SCIENCE AND CREATION

Help your congregation understand the value and necessity of connecting faith, science, and the natural world.  The wonders of God’s cosmos can provide illuminating sermon illustrations while also helping listeners understand that the rest of God’s Creation is just as worthy of care and salvation as humans are.  The figure of holy Wisdom inspiring our human wisdom to observe and care for Creation, is a natural way to connect Scripture and science.

 

From Cosmos to Atoms:  Religion and Science Meet

http://ecopreacher.blogspot.com/2013/09/from-cosmos-to-atoms-religion-and.html

 

Epiphany Sermon: Star Light, Star Bright

http://ecopreacher.blogspot.com/2014/01/epiphany-sermon-star-light-star-bright.html

 

Coral Reefs and the Kingdom of God

http://ecopreacher.blogspot.com/2014/05/ecotheological-commentary-fifth-sunday.html

 

The Wisdom of Creation:  Animals

http://ecopreacher.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-wisdom-of-creation-part-two-animals.html

 

TAKE YOUR CONGREGATION OUTSIDE! 

These sermons are examples of preaching within the cathedral of Creation.  Our Earth-kin become our fellow worshipers, and we explore what it means to have God “pitch a tent” in our midst and to suffer as a result of ecological devastation.  But the word of God’s redemption always brings us back to Earth.

 

Sermon to Creation (The St. Francis Sermon)

http://ecopreacher.blogspot.com/2015/06/laudato-si-sermon-resurrection-sermon.html

 

And God Pitched a Tent - Sermon for a Church Camping Retreat

http://ecopreacher.blogspot.com/2015/08/and-god-pitched-tent-sermon-for-church.html

 

 

PREACHING ABOUT THE CLIMATE CRISIS

How do we preach about the climate crisis in ways that deal forthrightly with the realities of our changing planet while also proclaiming God’s work in the midst of this “Good Friday” of our planet?  Here are some examples:

 

“I Am Ruah” – A Sermon on Climate Disruption

http://ecopreacher.blogspot.com/2015/04/i-am-ruah-sermon-on-climate-disruption.html

 

There Will Be Signs:  Climate Crisis Sermon, Advent 1

http://ecopreacher.blogspot.com/2015/11/there-will-be-signs-climate-crisis_30.html

 

Waking Up to Confront the Storm

http://ecopreacher.blogspot.com/2013/09/waking-up-to-confront-storm.html

 

Noah on Mt. Ararat: The Floods of Climate Change

http://ecopreacher.blogspot.com/2014/07/noah-on-mt-ararat-floods-of-climate.html

 

Moses Confronts Pharaoh (The Plagues of Egypt)

(Connecting the plagues of Egypt as a consequence of Pharoah’s hard-heartedness and economic domination to the plagues of climate change and the hard-heartedness and economic domination of corporate fossil-fuel Pharaohs.)

http://ecopreacher.blogspot.com/2015/09/sermon-moses-confronts-pharaoh-plagues.html

 

COUNTERING “GREEN DEPRESSION”

Those who work closely on environmental issues know how serious our problems are on this planet.  We can easily become overwhelmed by despair.  But our faith leads us to return to Scripture to remember how our spiritual ancestors also faced enormous devastation of their homes and communities, and yet were sustained by God.

 

Green Shoots from Dead Stumps

http://ecopreacher.blogspot.com/2013/12/green-shoots-from-dead-stumps.html

 

“I Am Ruah” – A Sermon on Climate Disruption

http://ecopreacher.blogspot.com/2015/04/i-am-ruah-sermon-on-climate-disruption.html

 

“Earth Speaks:  What’s Next?”

http://ecopreacher.blogspot.com/2012/10/sermon-earth-speaks-whats-next.html

 

Earth Day Sermon:  “Falling off the Bike”

http://ecopreacher.blogspot.com/2013/04/earth-day-sermon-falling-off-bike.html

 

#1 ECOPREACHER SERMON:

This sermon has gotten nearly 1500 hits since it was first posted in July of 2013.

"Ezekiel Sees the River"

A sermon that names the reality of the “exile” we’re experiencing on our planet and speaks a word of justice and hope not just for God’s people, but for the waters of Earth. “God’s river can bring new life.”

http://ecopreacher.blogspot.com/2013/07/sermon-ezekiel-sees-river.html