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Let Justice & Peace Flow

By Derek Weber

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The Season of Creation is almost upon us. And if there is one thing that this difficult summer has reminded us it is that we need to pay attention to issues of climate justice and ask ourselves what role we and the church can play in addressing the concerns we have for our environment. Season of Creation is an ecumenical organization coming together to help us consider our role in stewarding this great gift of God that we call home, creation, cosmos or, any of a number other ways of describing the world in which we live. Their theme for 2023 is “Let Justice and Peace Flow.”

But how can a church, your church, address these world issues over which we feel so helpless? What can we say that could possibly make a difference or change understandings over such a volatile social and political issue? Here is where we are blessed in the United Methodist tradition to have a group like the United Methodist Climate Justice Movement who are ready to help us bring these huge and seemingly secular issues into the language of biblical theology and corporate worship. The Worship Team at Discipleship Ministries invite you to check out the resources they have made available for the Season of Creation, which begins September 3, 2023, and runs through October 1, 2023. Building on the theme of the official Season of Creation organization, the UMCJM Team has given us liturgical resources, sermon starters, children’s ministry ideas, video links, and music suggestions for each week, based on Ezekiel and Romans.

Season of Creation 2023: Let Justice and Peace Flow

It is time for the church to hear the call of God to care for a world in crisis. Here is an opportunity and wonderful resources to enable us to speak into this critical moment.

Rev. Dr. Derek Weber, Director of Preaching Ministries, served churches in Indiana and Arkansas and the British Methodist Church. His PhD is from University of Edinburgh in preaching and media. He has taught preaching in seminary and conference settings for more than 20 years.

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