Worship in a New Season Season of Creation 2017
Welcome to Season of Creation! For four Sundays in September leading up to St Francis of Assisi Day on October 1, we are invited to join in celebrating with creation with Christians around the world focusing on our forest (today),
land (Sep 10), wilderness (Sep 17), rivers (Sep 24), and animals (Oct 1).
The idea of celebrating a Season of Creation began in the Lutheran Church in Adelaide, Australia in 2000. Now it is celebrated by many different churches all over the world. During our worship, we shall:
celebrate Earth as a sacred planet filled with God’s vibrant presence;
unite with all creation in praising the God of creation;
confess our sins against creation and empathise with a groaning creation;
embrace our kin in creation as our extended family;
proclaim the good news that the risen Jesus is the cosmic Christ who fills and renews all creation; and
go forth on a mission to be partners with Christ in the healing of creation.
For the next few weeks Clarence has replaced the liturgical "Confession and Absolution" with a form adapted from the well known Chief Seattle's speech. See below
Chief Seattle’s Prayer of Confession and Thanksgiving
Celebrant: Creator God, we confess that we do not always remember you.
All: We forget that all we have and are comes from you. We forget that the earth is our mother – we are made from the earth. Whatever befalls the earth, befalls the children of the earth. We are a part of the earth, and the earth is part of us. We forget that the rivers are our brothers. We forget that the perfumed flowers are our sisters. We forget that the air is precious, for all of us share the same breath. The wind gives our children the spirit of life. We forget that the earth does not belong to us; we belong to the earth. We forget that all things are connected, like the blood that unites one family. We forget that you are the same God whose compassion is equal for all. We forget that we did not weave the web of life; that we are merely a strand in it. Forgive us, O Creator, and help us to remember that whatever we do to the web; we do to ourselves. Forgive us, and accept our thanks for your gift of life.
Celebrant: May your gracious Creator forgive you, heal your brokenness and forgetfulness, give you time to mend your lives, and the grace and help of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Prayer of Confession and Thanksgiving based on words by Chief Seattle, 1855, Prayer of Absolution adapted from Anglican Church of Melanesia.