Season of Creation
A Season of Creation is an opportunity to spend the month of September focused on creation-centered themes. Begun in Australia nearly two decades ago, this initiative has spread worldwide and has generated substantial resourcing, some of which is captured on the website, seasonofcreation.com. Here are links to worship planning starters and resources for each week of "A Season of Creation" based on the Revised Common Lectionary readings for each Sunday in September of Year C.The Season of Creation: Weekly Resources for 2016 (Year C) »
We all create. The question becomes to what degree what we create or how we create brings life and joy or death and sorrow to ourselves, to others, and to our fellow creatures. Are we creating greater capacity for people and the earth to flourish? Or are we diminishing that capacity, or restraining it, keeping people or other creatures in bondage, or ourselves in bondage to the powers of sin and death?
Today is about acknowledging both realities, uncreation and reclamation, and our part in them. It is not about pointing fingers. It is not about casting blame. It is about taking responsibility and letting the love of God and what is already in our hearts to do in the face of such losses have the final word.A Season of Creation: “Uncreation and Reclamation” »
Millions of people of all faiths, including Christians, live with the consequences of the intentional killing of others and the destruction of human and natural habitats daily. Today is a day to remember them in our prayers, and pray in solidarity with them.A Season of Creation: “Killing and Destroying” »
We conclude this year’s Season of Creation, then, contemplating what it may mean for us to dwell deeply with God, neighbor, and all creation in ways that bring life, and hope, and community to all. As part of that, you may wish to incorporate a blessing of houseplants, pets, and companion animals. This service may work best outdoors, weather permitting.A Season of Creation: “Dwelling” »
The structure of this Great Thanksgiving is based on Word and Table II from The United Methodist Hymnal (1989). Below are pieces to add to that prayer with indications where to add each.Propers for a Great Thanksgiving for the Festival of Creation Sunday »
Yours the blessing, yours the praise,
from the unimaginable silence before the big bang,
beyond the farthest reaches of time and space our instruments may ever find,
from infinity to infinity, everlasting to everlasting,
you are God, boundless in love and power.
"O God Who Shaped Creation"
William W. Reid, Jr.
The United Methodist Hymnal, No. 443
This hymn by United Methodist pastor R. Frederick Crider, Jr. is based on Psalm 24. It is appropriate for services celebrating creation, nature and the environment, stewardship of the earth, Earth Day, Blessing of the Animals, or any general service.
At Peace with All Creation »