The Season of Creation offers
worshipers an opportunity to turn their full attention toward God the
creator and toward their relationship with the whole creation.
See below for history and description of the Season of Creation.
Scripture Readings, Lectionary lessons for the three years of the Season of Creation.
See lessons for Season A (2017).
Why celebrate the Season of Creation?
Carol Soderholm recently spoke of the benefits of celebrating the
Season of Creation among her rural congregation in Pine Creek,
Illinois. She said, "the Season of Creation is a gentle and beautiful way to wake up the people and to help farmers pay attention to the land." Thank you, Carol, for the spot-on endorsement!
What is the Season of Creation?
Season of Creation is an optional season for the church year. For the
most part, the seasons of the church year follow the life of Jesus:
Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, and Easter. The remainder of the
church year encompasses Pentecost Season, which celebrates life in the
Holy Spirit. Of course, there are many special days and occasional
services throughout the calendar of the church year, such as Christ the
King Sunday and Rogation Day. God is celebrated throughout the entire
church year. And God the creator, Christ the redeemer of creation, and
the Holy Spirit as sustainer of life are integral to worship throughout
the church year. We hope that caring for creation is a vital dimension
of every worship service.
A Special Focus in the Church Year
is no focus in the church year on God the creator, no opportunity to
reflect in a concentrated way on the foundations of redemption and
sanctification, namely, the very creation itself that is redeemed and
sanctified. For centuries, our theology, our ethics, and our worship
have been oriented in two dimensions: our relationship with God and our
human relationships with one another. Now it is time to turn our
attention to God’s relationship with all creation and with our
relationship with creation (and with God through creation). The
experience of a Season of Creation through four Sundays in the church
year alone will not bring the transformation in consciousness we need to
address the ecological problems we face today in God’s creation. Yet
unless we can see what worship can be like in a season devoted fully to
Creator and creation, we will probably not adequately incorporate care
for creation into worship throughout the rest of the year. A Season of
Creation has proven to be valuable in its own right. Yet we also need
the Season of Creation to wake us up and show us another way to do
worship all the time
four Sundays in the church year, you can join in a whole-hearted
experience of celebrating the mysteries and wonders of creation with
God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit. In a special way, the Season of
Creation follows the lead of the psalmists who exhort us to celebrate
together with creation—with the forest, the rivers, and the
fields who praise the Creator in their own way. We celebrate Earth, the
garden planet God has chosen as God’s sanctuary and as our home. We
celebrate with the creatures God has created as our kin on this blue
green planet. As we celebrate, we are conscious of the crisis that
creation faces because of human greed, exploitation, and neglect. As we
celebrate, we empathize with those parts of creation—human and
non-human—that are groaning because of human crimes against creation.
And, especially, we celebrate the Christ, whose death brings forgiveness
for our sins against creation and whose risen presence is the cosmic
power at work in reconciling and restoring creation.
How Does it Fit in the Calendar of a church year?
The Season of Creation is a relatively new season of the church year, a season that is also known in the church bodies of some countries as “Creation Time.”
As an optional season, the Season of Creation can be celebrated at
different points in the church year. Most commonly it has been
celebrated between Creation Day on September 1 and St Francis of Assisi
Day on October 4. In this scenario, the four Sundays in September are
the core Sundays of the Season of Creation. Nevertheless, the
Season of Creation can be celebrated appropriately in the Easter Season
or at other times in the Pentecost Season. Some congregations have
spread the celebration of the four Sundays throughout the church year.
Tiempo para la Creación
Una oportunidad propicia para que las congregaciones
que así lo deseen, dediquen un tiempo en el año de la iglesia para concentrar su
celebración en Dios creador; Cristo, redentor de la Creación, y el Espíritu,
sustentador de la Creación. El Tiempo de la Creación nos permite
adorar a Dios junto con toda su Creación, y expresarle gratitud, amor, y un
compromiso por el cuidado de todos los seres vivos de la tierra.
this four week season (usually observed in September, but others
celebrate it in the summer months or spread throughout the year)
designed to celebrate God the Creator and the rich domains of creation
with appropriate Scripture lessons, new liturgies, preaching resources,
link above for a gathering of the resources to assist in celebrating
this season, including sermon reflections on the texts and new books
that support the season.