Let All Creation Praise Worshiping God with creationCare for creation worship throughout the year
Season of Creation resources
Celebrating the Trinitarian God as creator
Download freely and adapt for your worshiping context.
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NEW EACH WEEK Weekly Eco-Justice Commentary on the lectionary lessons
Seasonal Resources & Season of Creation
Besides seasonal planning for going into autumn, we are also approaching the designated time for the Season of Creation. Since the concept of a lectionary pattern emphasizing God the Creator is still a fairly new idea for the church, we try to offer many resources to enable your congregation to give it a try! For the Word Series in Year B, themes include Planet Earth Sunday (Sept. 6), Humanity Sunday (Sept. 13), Sky Sunday (Sept. 20), Mountain Sunday (Sept. 20), and the concluding celebration with the festival of St. Francis on Oct. 4.
That conclusion may be the perfect occasion to read, study, discuss, and implement the namesake pope's encyclical, Laudato Si, "on care for our common home."
Another variation on the Season of Creation are worship materials from Eco-Congregation Scotland for Creation Time
2015. You can find it at http://www.ecocongregationscotland.org/materials/creation-time/. The ecumenical writing group has contributors from the Church
of Scotland, The Methodist Church, the Scottish Episcopal Church and the United
Reformed Church. The material follows the
Revised Common Lectionary readings for September, with a particular emphasis on
the Gospel readings, which feature Jesus journeying on the road. It is also designed to follow the World Council of Churches theme, Joining the Pilgrimage of
Justice and Peace to help prepare and equip
congregations to respond appropriately to the COP21
gathering, due to take place in Paris in early December 2015.
Leaders and representatives of more than one hundred and ninety countries will
be meeting together to try to agree measures necessary to avoid damaging
changes to the planet and its inhabitants, including a possibly catastrophic
2°C rise in the global temperatures.
Would you like background on "why" this emphasis in worship?
- Visit our page on "WHY?" with reflections in great essays.
- 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.
Celebrate any season of the year with this 30-Day devotional booklet:
Stewardship of Creation: A Thirty Day Discipline. Download and copy this daily devotional booklet. Each day has a scripture verse, theological reflection, fact about the environment, action we can take to address it, and a prayer. Make this available to each member of your congregation as a discipline during any season of the year.