Reflecting the ecumenical spirit of the Season of Creation, faith traditions in North America are uniting to bring it to life.
The Episcopal Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America , the Anglican Church of Canada, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada have prepared a series of devotions that will help the faithful celebrate the Season of Creation, which runs from 1 September through 4 October.
The season is the annual Christian celebration of prayer and action for our common home.
It’s a time to renew our relationship with our Creator and all creation through celebration, conversion, and commitment.
The weekly devotions will help the faithful more fully participate in the season and “invite people to live out their vocation as stewards of creation.”
The devotions are designed to be bulletin inserts for the five Sundays of the season, beginning 6 September.
“We pray that our actions as stewards of God’s good creation will continue to deepen not only in this season, but for all time,” said The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the ELCA.
“Even as our relations as churches are not bound by national or ecclesiastical borders, neither is our witness to the One who came to redeem all of creation.”
The devotions were written by Eaton; the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, presiding bishop and primate, The Episcopal Church; the Rev. Susan C. Johnson, national bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada; and the Most Rev. Linda Nicholls, archbishop and primate of the Anglican Church of Canada.
“I pray that these reflections will open hearts and minds to experience our relationship in and with all of creation in new ways,” Nicholls said.
Johnson said: “It is timely, relevant and exciting for our churches to join together in prayer, worship and reflection during the Season of Creation . . . With open hearts, minds and souls may we discern new actions and practices to show love for God’s creation.”
Curry added that, “In this season of activism as we seek God’s liberating, life-giving love for all, may these prayers and devotions inspire us to care for a world in which all creation can flourish.”
The devotions, along with more resources, can be found here.