Earth Sunday

Discussion in 'Spirituality/Worship' started by LittleBluestem, Apr 22, 2007.

  1. LittleBluestem

    LittleBluestem New Member

    Today is Earth Day. God created our planet with it’s air, water, soil, plants, and animals. It tell us five times in Genesis 1, “And God saw that it was good.”

    Below is some material which I hope will help us appreciate the wonderful gift that is our little corner of creation.

    <U>Scripture</U> (New International Version)

    Psalm 24:1&2
    <PRE>
    The earth is the LORD'S, and all it contains,
    The world, and those who dwell in it.
    For He has founded it upon the seas
    And established it upon the rivers.
    </PRE>
    Excerpts from God‘s Reply to Job:
    Job 38:4-11, 18-20, 25-27, 34-35, 39-41. Job 39:1-4, 9-12, 26-29
    <PRE>
    "Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation?
    Tell me, if you understand.
    Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
    Who stretched a measuring line across it?
    On what were its footings set,
    or who laid its cornerstone-
    while the morning stars sang together
    and all the angels shouted for joy?

    "Who shut up the sea behind doors
    when it burst forth from the womb,
    when I made the clouds its garment
    and wrapped it in thick darkness,
    when I fixed limits for it
    and set its doors and bars in place,
    when I said, 'This far you may come and no farther;
    here is where your proud waves halt'?

    Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth?
    Tell me, if you know all this.
    "What is the way to the abode of light?
    And where does darkness reside?
    Can you take them to their places?
    Do you know the paths to their dwellings?

    Who cuts a channel for the torrents of rain,
    and a path for the thunderstorm,
    to water a land where no man lives,
    a desert with no one in it,
    to satisfy a desolate wasteland
    and make it sprout with grass?

    "Can you raise your voice to the clouds
    and cover yourself with a flood of water?
    Do you send the lightning bolts on their way?
    Do they report to you, 'Here we are'?

    "Do you hunt the prey for the lioness
    and satisfy the hunger of the lions
    when they crouch in their dens
    or lie in wait in a thicket?
    Who provides food for the raven
    when its young cry out to God
    and wander about for lack of food?

    "Do you know when the mountain goats give birth?
    Do you watch when the doe bears her fawn?
    Do you count the months till they bear?
    Do you know the time they give birth?
    They crouch down and bring forth their young;
    their labor pains are ended.
    Their young thrive and grow strong in the wilds;
    they leave and do not return.

    "Will the wild ox consent to serve you?
    Will he stay by your manger at night?
    Can you hold him to the furrow with a harness?
    Will he till the valleys behind you?
    Will you rely on him for his great strength?
    Will you leave your heavy work to him?
    Can you trust him to bring in your grain
    and gather it to your threshing floor?

    "Does the hawk take flight by your wisdom
    and spread his wings toward the south?
    Does the eagle soar at your command
    and build his nest on high?
    He dwells on a cliff and stays there at night;
    a rocky crag is his stronghold.
    From there he seeks out his food;
    his eyes detect it from afar.
    </PRE>
    Psalm 19:1-6
    <PRE>
    The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
    Day after day they pour forth speech;
    night after night they display knowledge.
    There is no speech or language
    where their voice is not heard.
    Their voice goes out into all the earth,
    their words to the ends of the world.
    In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun,
    which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion,
    like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
    It rises at one end of the heavens
    and makes its circuit to the other;
    nothing is hidden from its heat.
    </PRE>

    <U>Prayer</U>

    Canticle of the Sun
    St. Francis of Assisi

    O most high, almighty, good Lord God, to thee belong praise, glory, honor, and all blessing.

    Praised be my Lord God with all his creatures and especially our brother the sun, who bring us the day and who brings us the light; fair is he and shines with a very great splendor: O Lord, he signifies to us Thee.

    Praised be my Lord for our sister the moon, and for the stars, the which he hath set clear and lovely in the heavens.

    Praised be my Lord for our brother the wind, and for the air and cloud, calms and all weather by the which thou upholdest life in all creatures.

    Praised be my Lord for our sister water, who is very serviceable unto us and humble and precious and clean.

    Praised be my Lord for our brother fire, through which thou givest us light in the darkness; and he is bright and pleasant and very mighty and strong.

    Praised be my Lord for our mother the earth, the which doth sustain us and keep us, and bringeth forth divers fruits and flowers of many colors, and grass.

    Praised be my Lord for all those who pardon one another for His love’s sake, and who endure weakness and tribulation; blessed are they who peaceably shall endure, for thou, O most Highest, shalt give them a crown.

    Praise ye and bless the Lord and give thanks unto Him and serve Him with great humility.

    <U>Hymns</U>

    I Sing the Mighty Power of God
    Isaac Watts

    I sing the mighty power of God, that made the mountains rise,
    That spread the flowing seas abroad, and built the lofty skies.
    I sing the wisdom that ordained the sun to rule the day;
    The moon shines full at his command, and all the stars obey.

    I sing the goodness of the Lord, who filled the earth with food,
    Who formed the creatures through the Word, and then pronounced them good.
    Lord, how Thy wonders are displayed, where’er I turn my eye,
    If I survey the ground I tread, or gaze upon the sky.

    There’s not a plant or flower below, but makes Thy glories known,
    And clouds arise, and tempests blow, by order from Thy throne;
    While all that borrows life from Thee is ever in Thy care;
    And everywhere that we can be, Thou, God art present there.

    For the Beauty of the Earth, Verses 1-3
    Folliot S Pierpoint

    For the beauty of the earth
    For the glory of the skies,
    For the love which from our birth
    Over and around us lies.
    Lord of all, to Thee we raise,
    This our hymn of grateful praise.

    For the beauty of each hour,
    Of the day and of the night,
    Hill and vale, and tree and flower,
    Sun and moon, and stars of light.
    Lord of all, to Thee we raise,
    This our hymn of grateful praise.

    For the joy of ear and eye,
    For the heart and mind’s delight,
    For the mystic harmony
    Linking sense to sound and sight.
    Lord of all, to Thee we raise,
    This our hymn of grateful praise.

    <U>Book</U>

    How to Rescue the Earth Without Worshipping Nature: A Christian Call to Save Creation
    Tony Campolo

    I am not saying that this is the best book on the subject; it is just the book that I got in a bookstore in an outlet mall. It was written in 1992, so some of the information may be outdated. I think the basic principles are still sound.

    If anyone knows of better, more recent books, please recommend them. [This Message was Edited on 04/23/2007]
  2. 143alan

    143alan New Member

    That was great, thanks so much for sharing that with us. Sadly, there were no Earth Day celebrations or rememberances in our area. So many of us take the earth for granted and far too many do nothing to take care of it. Of course there are so many things that are out of our hands to do, but there are some and we should all strive to do whatever we can.

    Thanks again, that was great
    Nancy