Available for download, the new guide offers a wealth of liturgical resources, advocacy ideas, sustainability projects
(LWI) – The 2022 Season of Creation Celebration Guide has been published, providing a wealth of resources for use by churches and schools, individuals and communities across all the different Christian denominations.
Focused on the theme “Hear the voice of creation”, the guide contains prayers and sermon notes, an earth examination or guided contemplation, advocacy suggestions, sustainability projects and a host of practical ideas to mark the season of creationwhich takes place from September 1 to October 4, feast of Saint Francis of Assisi.
Featuring the biblical logo of the burning bush, this year’s celebration calls for reflection on both the destructive nature of wildfires caused by climate change and the inextinguishable and life-giving flame of God’s presence, such as Moses the lived on Mount Horeb. Like Moses, the guide explains, we are called “to take off the sandals from our unsustainable lifestyles” and “contemplate our connection to the holy land where we live.”
Ecumenical solidarity in the face of the climate crisis
The annual Season of Creation has grown as a liturgical time of prayer and action over the past three decades since Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios I began celebrating September 1 as a day of prayer for the care of the premiered in 1989. Today, the season is marked by many Christian denominations as an important manifestation of ecumenical solidarity in the face of the global climate crisis.
On September 1 this year, leaders from many Christian churches will gather in Assisi to mark the launch of the Season of Creation, while the steering committee will hold an online prayer service to mark both the opening and closing of the celebrations on October 4th. . Congregations and other organizations planning to mark the season in different ways are encouraged to register their events on the website, as well as post photos and resources on the various social media platforms.
Reverend Dr Chad Rimmer, Chair of the Steering Committee and Leader of the Identity, Communion and Formation Program of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), said: “Within the Christian ecumenical family there is a wide range of traditions to help us to regain our capacity. listen and hear the voice of creation. Some early Christian writings refer to the concept of creation as a book from which the knowledge of God can be read or, say, heard.
During this year’s Season of Creation, we emphasize this relationship between the Book of Scripture and the Book of Creation.
During this year’s Season of Creation, Rimmer continued, “we emphasize this relationship between the Book of Scripture and the Book of Creation. Our prayers and actions together can help us listen to the voices of those who are silenced or “muted” in the public discourse on climate change and the ethics of sustaining the Earth. In prayer we center the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor.
Alongside the LWF, the Season of Creation Steering Committee represents the following organizations: A Rocha International, ACT Alliance, Anglican Communion, Christian Aid, Vatican Dicasteries for Promoting Integral Human Development and for Communication , the European Christian Environmental Network, the Lausanne/World Evangelical Alliance Creation Care Network, the Global Catholic Climate Movement, the World Communion of Reformed Churches, the World Methodist Council and the World Council of Churches, including the churches orthodox.
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