Season of Creation
Sovereign of the universe,
your first covenant of mercy was with every living creature. When your beloved Son came among us, the waters of the river welcomed him, the heavens opened to greet his arrival, the animals of the wilderness drew near as his companions. With all the world’s people, may we who are washed into new life through baptism seek the way of your new creation, the way of justice and care, mercy and peace; through Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord. Amen. (EvLW, p. 81, Prayer for Creation and new creation)
From September 1 to October 4, Christians from around the world unite to pray and care for creation. It’s the Season of Creation. The theme this year is “Walking Together.”
Resources are available from many of our ecumenical partners, including those that have been created within the Eastern Synod. Follow the various links to find resources appropriate to your community and context. I encourage to share how your congregation remembered the Season of Creation.
From this link find resources for:
Liturgies: Including the Eastern Synod 2016 Assembly Creation Not For Sale liturgies. The Thanksgiving Prayer, written by Rev. Dr. Kimber McNabb is also included in this resource; and the Right to Water Liturgy used on Parliament Hill during the 2013 Joint National Assembly
Hymns, Prayers, Studies (including a Blessing of the Animals liturgy), Suggested Activities and links to other ecumenical resources.
Here you will find lectionary notes based on the Revised Common Lectionary, Hymn Suggestions using a variety of hymnal resources (unfortunately not including Evangelical Lutheran Worship), and a Sample Liturgy.
Season of Creation: http://seasonofcreation.org
This is the main page for knowing what is happening internationally, and for finding a “Season of Creation” 2018 Celebration Guide, produced in partnership with many of our international ecumenical partners, including Lutheran World Relief and the World Council of Churches. A further explanation of this year’s theme is available, as well as additional worship and prayer materials, and a blessing for pilgrims. The guide is online, and as well there is a downloadable PDF version available.
Sing the Circle Wide: The Inshallah songbook published in 2016 contains a number of songs suitable for using during the Season of Creation, including “The Earth does not belong to us”, “To God our thanks we give”, and “For the Beauty of the Earth,” traditional words set to a Chinese folk tune melody.
Blessing of the Animals: The Season of Creation ends on October 4, The Feast Day of St. Francis. It has been traditional in some communities to celebrate a “Blessing of the Animals” on or around this date. See the posting of May 22, 2018 for a service of Pet Blessing prepared by Rev. Janaki Bandara and a sample certificate that can be used for people to remember the day. In addition, refer to the Blessing of the Animals liturgy mentioned above available on the ELCIC website.
May we grow more mindful of the world we have been entrusted with during this Season of Creation.