SEASON AFTER PENTECOST 2018
SERIES 4: Season of Creation
The Season of Creation is an ecumenical observance during the month of September begun by a Lutheran pastor in Australia in 2000 and expanded and spread worldwide with the support of the Uniting Church in Australia beginning in 2004. The idea was to create a season, a period of at least four weeks, leading up to the observance of St. Francis Day, October 4, a time often observed with a blessing of the animals. The “official” Season of Creation website (https://seasonofcreation.org/), created by this initial team and expanded in scope since that time, is a treasure trove of resources for churches worldwide that wish to focus on this observance each year.
For 2018, we are incorporating a variety of readings that contain images of planting, mountains, sky, harvest and blessing. The last Sunday in this series immediately precedes the Feast of St. Francis, thus the final service of blessing.
In a day when the fruits of creation are often exploited and so much chaos pervades the world in which we live, it is imperative for us to take a moment to pause and breathe in the same Ruach (Spirit of God) that was at work in the beginning of creation. God is still at work! Do we see it in the world around us?
Week 1: September 2, 2018 Planting Sunday Song of Solomon 2:8-13
Week 2: September 9, 2018 Mountain Sunday: Protection and Care Psalm 125
Week 3: September 16, 2018 Sky Sunday: Dominion and Exploitation Psalm 19
Week 4: September 23, 2018 Harvest Sunday: Trees and Fruits Psalm 1
Week 5: September 30, 2018 Blessing All Creatures: Bring It! Psalm 124