Creation Time – 1st September to 4th October
Does your church celebrate Creation Time?
What is Creation Time?
In 1989 the Ecumenical Patriarch suggested that 1 September, the first day of the Orthodox Church’s year, should be observed as a day “of protection of the natural environment”. Ten years later the European Christian Environmental Network (ECEN) widened this proposal, urging churches to adopt a Time for Creation stretching from 1 September to the feast of St Francis on 4 October and this was endorsed by the 3rd European Ecumenical Assembly in Sibiu, Romania in 2007, which recommended that the period “be dedicated to prayer for the protection of Creation and the promotion of sustainable lifestyles that reverse our contribution to climate change”.
Creation Time in the UK
Since 2008 churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI) has compiled a programme of resources to encourage and assist churches to observe Creation Time and will do so again this year. These include suggestions on a variety of ways in which churches, groups and individuals could choose to focus on a creation theme at this particular time of the year.
2015 Scottish Resources
Worship material for Creation Time 2015 comes from an ecumenical writing group, with contributors from the Church of Scotland, The Methodist Church, the Scottish Episcopal Church and the United Reformed Church.
It follows the World Council of Churches theme, Joining the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace. It is written to help prepare and equip congregations, churches and parishes to respond appropriately to the COP21 gathering, due to take place in Paris in early December 2015. Leaders and representatives of more than one hundred and ninety countries will be meeting together to try to agree measures necessary to avoid damaging changes to the planet and its inhabitants, including a possibly catastrophic 2°C rise in the global temperatures.
The material follows the Revised Common Lectionary readings for September, with a particular emphasis on the Gospel readings, which feature Jesus journeying on the road:
- Materials for Week 1 – September 6th (Download PDF File | View on Web)
- Materials for Week 2 – September 13th (Download PDF File | View on Web)
- Materials for Week 3 – September 20th (Download PDF File | View on Web)
- Materials for Week 4 – September 27th (Download PDF File | View on Web)
Other 2015 Resources
Other resources have been created by the wider Eco-Congregation movement for Creation Time 2015:
- Service of Prayer and Reflection from Eco-Congregation Ireland (Download PDF File).
- Prayers of Intercession for Creation Time 2015 from Eco-Congregation Ireland (Download PDF File).
- Worship material from the Anglican Church of Southern Africa which you can (Download PDF File)
2014 Scottish Resources
The theme for Creation Time 2014 was “God, Whose Farm is All Creation” to coincide with the UN International year of Family Farming. Resources are still available and can be downloaded using the links below.
PDF Versions (suitable for printing and online viewing):
- Background information and additional resources (PDF File) (to be read in conjunction with each week’s material)
- Materials for Week One – September 7th 2014 (PDF File)
- Materials for Week Two – September 14th 2014 (PDF File)
- Materials for Week Three – September 21st 2014 (PDF File)
- Materials for Week Four – September 28th 2014 (PDF File)
If you can not read PDF files please view these alternative web versions:
- Background information and additional resources (to be read in conjunction with each week’s material)
- Materials for Week One – September 7th 2014
- Materials for Week Two – September 14th 2014
- Materials for Week Three – September 21st 2014
- Materials for Week Four – September 28th 2014
These resources are also available on the Church of Scotland’s Starters for Sunday web site here.
Eco-Congregation Ireland produced some prayers for Creation Time 2014 which can be viewed here.
The World Council of Churches have a list of links to resources from other organisations on their web site here.
2013 Scottish Resources
In 2013 resources were developed by Eco-Congregation Scotland on a theme of water sharing, corresponding with the United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation. This work was led by Rev Trevor Jamison, Environmental Chaplain to Eco-Congregation Scotland and material for four Sundays were produced
These were (please click on them to download a PDF file):
- Sharing Water, Sharing Life
- Good Choices Using Water
- Changing Direction in Water Use
- Water for Hope and Healing
You can download some useful background information here (PDF file).
CTBI also have some downloadable resources on their web site here.
The March 2013 issue of The Ecumenical Review, entitled Ecumenical and Ecological Reflections on the God of Life has additional resources. This can be accessed here.
2012 Scottish Resources
The Church of Scotland, in association with Eco-Congregation Scotland, produced this wonderful Creation Time series for 2012 that you may wish to look at. This includes prayers, readings and sermon outlines.
- The Source of Light and Life
- Breathed into Being
- The Food that Sustains Us
- The Sun, Stars and the Seasons
- Bursting with Life
- The Earth and all its People
- Rest, Replenish, Recycle
There is also a suitable song available: Called By Earth and Sky PAT MAYBERRY.