Let All Creation Praise
Worshiping God with creation
Care for creation worship throughout the year
Season of Creation resources
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Season of Creation, the months of September to November are rich in
ritual opportunity and gratitude for connections to the earth.
NEW We especially want to offer a resource shared by Norman Habel of his 3rd volume of "Habel Hymns." These are especially written for celebrating as "Songs for the Eco-Reformation and Ongoing Earth-Care" and are perfect for Reformation Sunday on October 30, as well as many other times.
Visit our seasonal planning page for this and a broad variety of other resources.
Season of Creation Resources & Sharing
Has your congregation been participating in the Season of Creation? We'd love to hear how it has gone and post photos, sermons, or any other
resources you've used in celebrating the 2016/Year C themes of
Ocean Sunday, Animal Sunday, Storm Sunday, and Universe Sunday.
Here is the page with readings and liturgies.
Reflection and activity handouts (sample) are posted for each Sunday, as well as links to commentary on the lessons (sample)!
¡Español! La Serie de la Creación -- ¡Domingo del universo y mas!
NEW Christ Church Cathedral (Episcopal) in Indianapolis created their own six-week Season of Creation this summer. Visit our Episcopal Creation Time page to see photos, listen to sermon podcasts, prayer their collects, and learn more about how the experience went.Our friends at Eco-Congregation Scotland also shared new resources for Creation Time 2016. See some
of these news and ideas on the Scotland page.
(Plus, see the banner links at the top of the page for other options and practices on celebrating a Season of Creation and a variety of locations and settings.)
What is the Season of Creation? Read more here!
Time for Creation
Of a similar name but different set of resources, the World Council of Churches is also promoting Time for Creation. From 1
September - the first day of the Orthodox church year - to 4 October - the
feast of Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals and the environment, in the
Catholic tradition - churches are called to become involved in the Time for
Creation. September 1st was proclaimed as a day of prayer for the
environment by the late Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios I in 1989. The Orthodox
church year starts that day with a commemoration of how God created the world.
On 4 October, Roman Catholics and other churches from the Western traditions
commemorate Francis of Assisi, known to many as the author of the Canticle of the Creatures.
The proposal to celebrate a Time for Creation during these five
weeks was made by the Third
European Ecumenical Assembly in Sibiu in 2007.The following year, the WCC Central Committee invited churches to observe Time for
Creation through prayers and actions.
NEW EACH WEEK
Weekly Eco-Justice Commentary on the RCL lessons, Pentecost Season in Year C
and The Season of Creation
Four Stages to Comprehensive Care for Creation in All Worship. Follow these comprehensive suggestions to make every worship service a opportunity to worship with creation and on behalf of creation.
Would you like background on "why" this emphasis in worship?
- Visit our page on "Background (Why?)" with reflections in great essays and more.
- Read A Theology of Liturgy in a New Key: Worshiping with Creation by Norman Habel, David Rhoads, and Paul Santmire, from The Season of Creation: A Preaching Commentary (Fortress Press, 2011)
- Visit our preaching page
for a video from Luther Seminary (St. Paul, Minnesota) chapel service, where David Rhoads gets to the
heart of our identity as earth-people and our sacramental theology.