Prayer for Creation Time

20 Oct Prayer for Creation Time

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Time for Creation Prayer and Study Resources

‘Time for Creation’ is a season in which the church specifically focuses on giving thanks for and committing itself to care for God’s wonderful gift of Earth.

It runs from 1 September, which many churches are celebrating as a “Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation,” to 4 October, a day when many churches remember St Francis.

If you’d like to do a service there are many resources to help you plan. A number are listed below. For more general information on worship resources relating to the environment go to our Resources page.

Complete Services

  • CTBI’s UK resources this year come from Eco-Congregation Scotland, and are built around the World Council of Churches’ theme ‘Joining the Pilgrimage for Justice and Peace’.
    Following the Revised Common Lectionary readings for the four Sundays from 6 – 27 September, they have “a particular emphasis on the Gospel readings which feature Jesus journeying on the road.” For each Sunday, the materials provide background information, reflections on the readings, sermon notes, prayers, and ideas for hymns.CTBI also offers previous years’ Time for Creation materials and a superb general environmental resources collection with links to a variety of services and service outlines.
    • “Turn then and live” is a complete service for Time for Creation put together by the National Council of Churches in Denmark’s Climate Change Working Group. It was done in 2009, but still offers much that is relevant.
    • Season of Creation 1, Season of Creation 2 and Season of Creation 3 are collections from the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, which draw on material from around the world. Season of Creation 1 contains six complete liturgies based around a ‘lectionary for the season’, which focuses each week on a different area (land, water, biodiversity, etc) Each week’s materials also contain resources for small-group study. Season of Creation 3 has sermon notes, background information, and prayers for five services with the themes of climate change, eco-justice, water, creation and redemption and biodiversity.
    • The Australian website Season of Creation takes the theme “The Spirit in Creation” and has five services that tie into the Revised Common Lectionary for 2015: Planet Earth Sunday, Humanity Sunday, Sky Sunday and Mountain Sunday, and a Blessing of the Animals. You might also want to look at the other services they’ve done for the other years of the Revised Common Lectionary
    • The new website, Let All Creation Praise, gathers together Time for Creation materials from around the world. These include its own sermon suggestions for Forest, Land, Wilderness and River Sundays.
    • A Rocha has created ‘At your service’ a website with worship materials on creation themes – at present these focus primarily on the theme ‘Whose world is it anyway?’
    • The United Church of Canada has put together a series of services, based on themes such as ‘delighting in creation’, ‘wisdom’ etc.

DSC05530Prayers and Prayer Collections

(see also resources under Complete Services)

 

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Further Sermon Notes, Reflections and Presentations

(see also resources under Complete Services)

 

DSC05145Study Materials and Resource Collections