“…we join in celebrating with Christ the wonders of creation”.
So, how can my church learn about and respond to God’s creation?
In September 2004 a resource called Season of Creation was trialled in about 50 congregations in Melbourne and Adelaide. Since then, churches around Australia and the world have incorporated it into their worship services, designed to run over four weeks starting in September. These churches are seeking to reflect on and be thankful for the Creator God and for God’s gift of creation.
“Christ is at the heart of our celebrations.”
This ecumenical resource has been developed for any church wanting to explore God’s love for the earth in their services. It offers suggestions and materials for churches to use in church services including:
- Themes for each week, and three broader themes that rotate over a three-year cycle.
- Talks to the children.
- Bible studies that correspond with the weekly themes.
- Bible readings.
- Sermons based on Bible study materials, theology or the childrens’ talk.
- Entire liturgies.
For each of the three series the Bible readings follow a broad pattern of creation, alienation, passion and new creation.
If you like some ideas and not others, or even agree with some – but not all – of the theology or terminology in the liturgy, the authors say that your church is welcome to adapt it to suit.
Even if your church doesn’t use this resource, perhaps it could inspire you and your church to think about what you believe, and be a catalyst for thinking about how you would like to draw thankfulness to God for the world into your worship.
“…we face the ecological crisis with Christ, and we serve Christ in the healing of creation.”