God's Good Earth: Praise and Prayer for Creation

God's Good Earth: Praise and Prayer for Creation

God's Good Earth: Praise and Prayer for Creation

God's Good Earth: Praise and Prayer for Creation


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God’s Good Earth offers Christians and their communities an engaging resource for prayer, reflection, and worship that reflects and nourishes their efforts to serve God and care for God’s creation. Compilers Anne and Jeffery Rowthorn have prepared 52 beautiful, ready-made prayer services, each around a specific theme, drawing from a rich variety of ecumenical resources: psalms and other responsive readings, Scripture, hymns, prayers, and reflections from the world's most engaging nature writers and interpreters of the social and cultural landscape. Each section can be used in full, or the user may select smaller sections; permission is granted to the purchaser to reproduce for use in public prayer. 

God's Good Earth forms hearts and minds to know that transformation is not only possible but essential if the Earth is to survive, healthy and whole. Those who enter into the book’s praise and prayer will have their faith in God the Creator strengthened, their gratitude for the wonders of God's creation deepened, and their commitment to act on behalf of God's good earth enhanced. The print edition is printed with high production standards on recycled, FSC-certified paper.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814644362
Publisher: Liturgical Press
Publication date: 10/10/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 376
File size: 941 KB

About the Author

Anne Rowthorn (1939-2023) compiled four collections of ecological writings: Earth and All the Stars, Feast of the Universe, Song of the Universe, and The Wisdom of John Muir: 100+ Selections from the Letters, Journals, and Essays of the Great Naturalist.


Jeffery Rowthorn, an Episcopal bishop, has compiled The Wideness of God’s Mercy:  Litanies to Enlarge Our Prayer. His hymns have been widely published and he has compiled three hymnals. His most recent collection (with Russell Schulz-Widmar) is Sing of the World Made New:  Hymns of Justice, Peace, and Christian Responsibility.

Table of Contents


Preface xi
Foreword xiii
Introduction xvii
How to Use This Book xxii
God the Creator and God’s Glorious Creation
     1. God the Creator 3
     2. God’s Glorious Creation 9
     3. Sacred Earth 16
     4. Living Waters 22
     5. Wonder 28
     6. The Song of Creation 34
     7. God Be Praised 40
God’s Physical Universe
     8. Oceans 49
     9. Sky 54
     10. Wilderness 60
     11. Mountains 67
     12. Trees and Forests 74
     13. Deserts 80
     14. Universe 86
The Diversity of God’s Creatures
     15. God’s Gift of Diversity 95
     16. Biodiversity 101
     17. The One Human Family 107
     18. Children 113
     19. The Wisdom of Indigenous Cultures 119
     20. Animals 125
The Human Community and Its Needs
     21. A Good Society 135
     22. Farms 141
     23. Agriculture with a Human Face 147
     24. Water 154
     25. Cities 160
     26. Nations 166
     27. Work 172
     28. Simplicity 178
     29. Compassion 184
     30. Survival 190
     31. The Language of Love 196
The Whole Creation Groaning in Travail
     32. Exploitation of the Earth 205
     33. The Culture of Death 212
     34. The Lure of Money 218
     35. Climate Change 224
     36. Global Warming 230
     37. Forgotten People 235
     38. Poverty 241
     39. Hunger 247
     40. Migrants 253
     41. Violence 259
     42. Victims of War 265
     43. Consequences 271
     44. Judgment and Mercy 277
     45. Death and Resurrection 283
Hope and the Future
     46. Ecological Conversion 291
     47. Action 298
     48. Science 304
     49. Healing Our Nation 311
     50. Peace 317
     51. Hope 323
     52. Replenishing God’s Good Earth 329
Index of Psalms and Other Biblical Readings 337
Index of Contemporary Reflections 341
Index of Hymns 343
Supplementary Hymns 345
Acknowledgments 350
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