SEASON OF CREATION 2020 - September 6 - October 4
Weekly Worship Focus
September 6 1st Sunday in Creation – Forest Sunday
The story of living beings in the primal garden describes a family of creatures, all named by Adam. All living things are our kin, created as humans (adam) from the ground (adama). This garden is planted with trees, a forest vibrant with life. Christ, the second Adam, is also made of clay and is kin with us as well as with all creation.
September 13 2nd Sunday in Creation – Land Sunday
When our first parents sinned, Earth suffered vicariously, even though innocent. Even today we can see how Earth suffers unjustly because of human greed. Is Earth like a Christ figure? When humans die, Earth, like a mother, is willing to receive her own again, in spite of their sins.
Genesis 3:14-19; 4:8-16
September 20 3rd Sunday in Creation – Wilderness/Outback Sunday
Biblical prophets and many Indigenous peoples are sensitive to the cries of the land-including the wilderness or Outback. Because of our alienation from Earth, we Westerners tend to be deaf to these cries. Reflecting the empathy of Christ for all in pain, we are called to listen with ears of faith to the voices of creation suffering around us.
Joel 1:8-10, 17-20
Matthew 3:13 – 4:2
September 27 4th Sunday in Creation – River Sunday
After the flood, God promises that Earth will be sustained rather than destroyed by water. Psalm 104 cites many examples of how water and the Spirit sustain creation. More importantly, we now know that the risen cosmic Christ is sustaining and restoring creation-and we can be part of that special sustaining process.
Genesis 8:20-22; 9:12-17
October 4th 5th Sunday in Creation – Pet Blessing Sunday!
On this day everyone is invited to remember and bless a favorite pet! October 4th is St. Francis' Sunday. St Francis believed that nature itself was the mirror of God. He called all creatures his “brothers” and “sisters”, and even preached to the birds and supposedly persuaded a wolf to stop attacking some locals if they agreed to feed the wolf.