Creation Care Theology
Ezekiel 34: 11-31
Micah 4: 1-4
Acts 2:44-45, 4:32-36
Historical Voices on God's Creation
St. Irenaeus of Lyons (129-203)
For even creation reveals Him who formed it, and the very work made suggests Him who made it, and the world manifests Him who ordered it. The Universal Church, moreover, through the whole world, has received this understanding from the Apostles themselves.
St. Athanasius (297-373)
About the "Book of Creation," he says, "the creatures are like letters proclaiming in loud voices to their Divine Master and Creator the harmony and order of things," For this reason, God gave creation such order as is found therein, so that while He is by nature invisible, men might yet be able to know Him through His works.
St. Basil the Great (329-379)
I want creation to penetrate you with so much admiration that wherever you go, the least plant may bring you a clear remembrance of the Creator… One blade of grass or one speck of dust is enough to occupy your entire mind in beholding the art with which it has been made.
St. John Chrysostom (347-407)
One way of coming to knowledge of God is that which is provided by the whole of creation; and another, is that which is offered by conscience…
St. Augustine (354-430)
Some people, in order to discover God, read books. But there is a great book: the very appearance of created things. Look above you! Look below you! Note it. Read it. God, whom you want to discover, never wrote that book with ink. Instead He set before your eyes the things that He had made. Can you ask for a louder voice that that?
St. Maximus the Confessor (580-662)
If, instead of stopping short at the outward appearance which visible things present to the senses, you seek with your intellect to contemplate their inner essences, seeing them as images of spiritual realities or as the inward principles of sensible objects, you will be taught that nothing belonging to the visible world is unclean. For by nature all things were created good.
St. John Damascene (675-749)
The whole earth is a living icon of the face of God.
John Scotus Eriugena (810-877)
Christ wears "two shoes" in the world: scripture and nature. Both are necessary to understand the Lord and at no stage can creation be seen as separation of things from God."
St. Bonaventure (1217-1274)
Throughout the entire creation, the wisdom of God shines forth from Him and in Him, as in a mirror containing the beauty of all forms and lights and as in a book in which all things are written according the deep secrets of God... Truly, whoever reads this book will find life and will draw salvation from the Lord.
St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)
Any error about creation also leads to an error about God.
Martin Luther (1483-1546)
God writes the Gospel, not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars.
John Calvin (i509-1564)
It is the wisdom of men to search out God’s works, and to set their minds wholly upon them. And God has ordained the world to be like a theater upon which to behold his goodness.
Jacob Boehme (1575-1624)
Everything we see in nature is manifested truth; only we are not able to recognize it unless truth is manifest within ourselves.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881)
Love all of God’s creation, the whole of it and every grain of sand. Love every leaf, every ray of God’s light! Love the animals. Love the plants; love everything. If you love everything, you will soon perceive the divine mystery in things. Once you perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day. And you will come at last to love the whole world with an embracing love.
George Washington Carver (1864-1943)
Reading about nature is fine, but if a person walks in the woods and listens carefully, he can learn more than what is in books, for they speak with the voice of God.
Message Suggestions, Liturgy, Prayers
For sermons, use the scriptures above and refer to the headings for the creation-care theme of the scriptures.
Supplemental prayer honoring God's creation:
"How wonderful, 0 Lord, are the works of your hands! The heavens declare Your glory, the arch of sky displays Your handiwork. In Your love You have given us the power to behold the beauty of Your world robed in all its splendor. The sun and the stars, the valleys and hills the rivers and lakes all disclose Your presence. The roaring breakers of the sea tell of Your awesome might; n beasts of the field and the birds of the air bespeak Your wondrous will. In Your goodness You have made us able to hear the music of the world. The voices of loved ones reveal to us that You are in our midst. A divine voice sings through all creation." --a Jewish prayer, found on page 57 of Earth Prayers From Around the World
See our Green Activities for more ideas on Creation Care Sundays.