The natural world self-consciously an integral part of our worshiping experience

“…our restoration/reorientation through worship has tended to leave out an important, indeed crucial, relationship. We are reoriented to God, self, and the human community, but often we have experienced that reorientation without a self-conscious reorientation of our relationship with the rest of creation, which is the matrix in which we live and move and have our being. We are a part of nature. Along with all other living beings and nonliving things, we are nature. Creation is one reality.

If God created the world as a place in which human life is inextricably woven into the rest of creation, then we need to make the natural world self-consciously an integral part of our worshiping experience. If worship means being restored to our proper place in the world in order to reorient us, to recall who we are, where we have come from, the things upon which we depend, and that for which we are responsible, then worship must be a celebration of all of creation and a reorientation of ourselves to our proper place within it. Just as human health and well-being, peace and justice, are dependent on our right relationships with each other, so also they are dependent on our relationships with the rest of creation. According to the creation story in Genesis 1, this is what we are called to do: love God, love our neighbors, care for creation.”
— The Season of Creation: A Preaching Commentary, Norman Habel, David Rhoads, and H. Paul Santmire, Editors (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2011) , pp. 18-19.


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