Service Resources

The Climate Sunday initiative is calling on all local churches across Great Britain & Ireland to hold a climate-focused service on any Sunday before COP26 (November 2021). At this service, congregations are encouraged to make a commitment to greater action to address climate change in their own place of worship and community and to use their voice to tell politicians we want a cleaner, greener, fairer future at the heart of plans agreed during COP26.

A selection of service materials are available below to help you plan your Climate Sunday.  Please remember to register before 5th September 2021 so we can count you in!

And for inspiration, you can watch a selection of services that have already taken place.

 
Service Plans
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Jubilee for the Earth

From Season of Creation

 

The 2020 Celebration Guide with the theme “Jubilee for the Earth” is available thanks to Season of Creation. During 2020, the need for just and sustainable systems was revealed by the far-reaching effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

 

You can download this resource in English or Welsh:

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Eucharist plan for liturgical use

From Cytûn

 

These Eucharist propers for Creation Time and Climate Sunday have been made by Cytûn.

The resource can be downloaded in English or Welsh:

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Liturgical resources

From the Church of England

A Time for Creation - This collection of prayers, readings and other liturgical resources aims to enliven our praise of God’s gifts to us in creation. It is intended to deepen awareness so that we take greater responsibility for our actions, repent of our misuse of natural resources and amend our ways, and attend more closely to the voice of creation itself in our prayer and worship.... Ideal for year-round use in parishes, schools and chaplaincies.

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Climate Sunday Order of Service

From the Church of England Environment Programme

 

Suggestions for a Service of the Word for a Sunday morning service not including the Eucharist. This resource provides ideas for material to use at various points in the service.

 

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Climate Sunday Mass template

From CAFOD

A template for a Climate Sunday Mass which can take place on any Sunday before the beginning of the Glasgow UN COP26 meeting on 1 November 2021.

The Mass can be a celebration of any Livesimply or other Creation Care actions your parish has taken.

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A Powerpoint to compliment the sermon, above. A script is provided, below, to use while presenting the Powerpoint.

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This provides a script for the Powerpoint above, which can be used alongside the sermon.

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Why does a God of love allow disasters to happen?

From World Vision

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This sermon, based on readings from Genesis, shows that God doesn’t make disasters happen in order to punish people, but that disasters occur due to specific vulnerabilities. What's more, actions can be taken to reduce vulnerabilities so disasters aren’t inevitable. Climate change is increasing the vulnerability of the poorest and most vulnerable communities, making the need for action urgent.

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Trees of Life

From World Vision

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A sermon to show the role of trees in many parts of the Bible, and to consider the impact trees can have today in restoring degraded environments and addressing climate change. 

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A Powerpoint to compliment the sermon, above. A script is provided, below, to use while presenting the Powerpoint.

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This provides a script for the Powerpoint above, which can be used alongside the sermon.

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From The Salvation Army

A selection of prayer and worship ideas for use in online or socially distanced worship services or group sessions.

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From The Salvation Army

Take action to help combat climate change. Two key things that you can do individually and collectively to take action as part of Climate Sunday, plus a list of other suggestions.

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From The Salvation Army

These teaching resources aim to: draw a link between mission and climate change; explore the biblical basis of creation care; and inspire people to respond individually and collectively.

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Worship resources for a Climate Sunday service

From The United Reformed Church

A selection of material to help resource Christian worship at any time of year. A variety of ‘pick and mix’ options are offered for each part of a service, including a liturgy for a Communion service.

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Music & Hymns

Doxecology

From Resound Worship

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"Sometimes the Old Testament prophets speak of inevitable calamity, sometimes they speak in the hope that people will change their ways... But whatever disasters come, there is still ultimate hope in the mercy of God." Read more about the track.

 

Download the corresponding piano score, choir score, melody instrument parts and lead sheet:

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Visit www.doxecology.org to purchase the full album, music book and accompanying thirteen-chapter study guide which includes contributions from leading scholars and practitioners in the fields of environmentalism and worship, plus three service plans with new resources created by engageworship.  

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Hymns on creation

From A Rocha

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A Rocha has provided a number of hymns, including God Creation Comes from You which has music and lyrics (offered here for non-commercial use with no modifications) from Jubilate Hymns. A Rocha's 2012 Environment Resource Pack also contains song and hymn suggestions. 

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Hymns of Wonder, Thanksgiving and Praise

From Christian Concern for One World (CCOW)

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This web page from Christian Concern for One World (CCOW) provides suggestions for creation-care hymns, with links to songs on YouTube (such as This is My Father's World above) and Hymnary.

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Great God help us cherish this world

From Leighton Jones and Alan Sykes

 

This hymn is the result of a collaboration between Leighton Jones (words) and Alan Sykes (music).

The author and composer retain copyright of the words and music but encourage you to use this resource to promote a Christian response to the climate crisis. Acknowledgement of its use sent to a.sykes171@gmail.com would be appreciated.

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Readings

Readings from Psalm 104

From Operation Noah

 

Verses adapted from the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) of the Bible with photos.

 

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Bible passages

From Eco Church

 

A selection of bible passages on the theme of care for creation.

 

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Sermons

Church climate change talk

From Tearfund

 

A guide to talking about climate change at church which helps people understand the climate emergency and be inspired by God’s love for creation and his heart for justice.

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Sermon collection

From Green Christian

 

Green Christian has collated a number of varied and interesting sermons.

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Sustainable Preaching website

 

From A Rocha, ACEN, ECEN, Micah, USPG and ZGV

 

Sustainable Preaching brings together sermons from around the world which link into every Sunday in the Lectionary

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A collection of sermons from A Rocha International, including the one above featuring Revd Dave Bookless.

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Green Communion Sermon

From Eco Church

 

A Green Sermon by Kathy Galloway, former head of Christian Aid Scotland.

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Prayers
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Meditation on Creation

From the Catholic Climate Covenant

 

A meditation on creation.

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Prayer for Climate Change

From Christian Aid

 

A prayer for climate change written by Katrina Rowland.

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The River of Prayer

From Christian Aid

 

A prayer resource on climate justice.

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Monthly prayer points

From Pray and Fast for the Climate

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Confessions and prayers

From Greening the Lectionary

 

A collection of confessions and prayers.

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Reflective prayer Powerpoints

From Christian Concern for One World (CCOW)

 

A collection of reflective prayer Powerpoints using beautiful images.

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All age activities

From Christian Aid

 

All-age worship ideas to inspire your church to reflect on climate justice.

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By Tearfund