•Opening Prayer:  Gracious God, we thank you for your many gifts, and especially for the gift of water that sustains all of life.  Bless us as we hear your word, like a spring to our lives of faith.  Amen.   •Reading: Psalm 104:10-15.  Read aloud three times, hearing from different voices. •Discussion: -How areRead More →

•Opening Prayer: Gracious God, we have gathered here from many places. Thank you for safe travels. Bless this time together. Amen. •Introductory discussion: Much of Jesus’ ministry took place on the way from one place to another. Thus, transportation is an important aspect of the Gospel stories. What might inhibit us from thinking aboutRead More →

Bible and Nature The following is a listing of bible verses on creation, our relationship with the earth, and our Creator. There are fifty-two verses listed here from the New Revised Standard Version. You may want to use them as personal devotion. They may be used weekly within your congregation’s bulletin. They areRead More →

  Back in the summer of 2018 hundreds of youth and group leaders visited our Lutherans Restoring Creation space in the Interactive Educational Area during the National Youth Gathering in Houston. Every visitor was asked to spend about 5 minutes walking through a “tour” of their typical day and considerRead More →

The Green Bible (Harper Bibles, 2008). New Revised Standard Version that highlights in green print all passages related to nature throughout the Bible. Wonderful for personal devotion. Excellent introductory articles on Bible and Ecology by N.T. Wright, Barbara Brown Taylor, Brian McLaren, Matthew Sleeth, Pope John Paul II, and Wendell Berry. Green Bible Devotional: A Book ofRead More →

Lutherans Restoring Creation greatly appreciates the volunteers who keep the following resources updated. We are also blessed to have a ELCA Stewardship and Advocacy teams who manage a standing library of resources ranging from public policy how-to’s to every social statement in entirety to study guides to talk about holisticRead More →

The sacraments are occasions to reflect on human relationships with the rest of creation. Different Christian communities recognize different sacraments. We will reflect here on the two most common sacraments: baptism and the Lord’s Supper. The presence of an element of nature and the pronouncement of a word in relationRead More →

A Shared Concern This is a collective obligation, this is a collective effort by humanity as a whole, by all who really care to preserve and to protect this precious gift, this global treasure, this divine creation, the vital source which sustains life, the source which shelters, nourishes, and nurturesRead More →

Behold the Lilies: Jesus and the Contemplation of Nature:  A Primer  (2017) Read a chapter: From Lake Wobegon to the Streets of Manhattan: Behold then Follow Behold the Lilies, by the Rev. H. Paul Santmire, draws from the riches of the author’s long-standing work in the theology of nature and ecologicalRead More →