Creationtide

‘Creationtide’or the ‘Season of Creation’ is the period in the annual church calendar (from 1st September to 4th October) dedicated to God as Creator and Sustainer of all life.

To help you explore and celebrate the Season of Creation we’ve prepared some suggested readings and discussion questions – six for each week of Creationtide.  View the list of readings below or browse the resources.

To join a global prayer forum, hold an event or for more material to help you celebrate Creationtide see the Season of Creation site.

For ideas on how to take action on environmental issues and to sign up to our newsletter see Shrinking the Footprint the Church of England’s Environmental Campaign.

If you would like daily reflections sent to you throughout Creationtide you can sign up to EcoChurch Southwest list here. Under the theme ‘Inspiring Earth’, participants will be sent a message every day with a biblical passage, prayer or reflection, questions and  stories of creation care.

Week 1  Download the whole Week One
Day A Genesis 1 – 2:4a Read
Day B Canticle of the Sun, Saint Francis of Assisi Read
Day C John 1, 1-23 Read
Day D The Nightingale And Glow-Worm, William Cowper Read
Day E Song of Songs Read
Day F To a Mouse, Robert Burns Read
Week 2  Download the whole Week Two
Day A Dream of the Rood, in translation from the Anglo Saxon Read
Day B Psalm 19 Read
Day C Laudato Si’, Pope Francis Read
Day D Psalm 148 Read
Day E Barkskins Read
Day F Mark 4 Read
Week 3  Download the whole Week Three
Day A Historical Roots of our Ecological Crisis, Lyn White Jr Read
Day B Romans 8 Read
Day C Silent Spring, Rachel Carson Read
Day D Genesis 11 Read
Day E The Mad Farmer Liberation Front, Wendell Berry Read
Day F Exodus 16 Read
Week 4  Download the whole Week Four
Day A Cosmos Read
Day B Mark 4 Read
Day C Water is Life, A Rocha Read
Day D Isaiah 40 Read
Day E H is for Hawk Read
Day F Luke 4 Read
Week 5  Download the whole Week Five
Day A The New Story, Thomas Berry Read
Day B Jeremiah 4 Read
Day C Creation and Covenant, N.T. Wright Read
Day D Jonah 4 Read
Day E God in Creation, Moltmann Read
Day F Revelation 22 Read

Further resources from the Shrinking the Footprint website:

•  Material for Seasons and Festivals of the Agricultural Year from Common Worship: Times and Seasons, commended by the House of Bishops for use at the discretion of the minister available here.

•  Resources for worship and prayer produced by the Environment Task Group available here.

•  A series of liturgical resources, including collects, post-communion prayers, forms of intercession and additional material for the Eucharistic Prayer, produced for trial use by the Diocese of Guildford available here.

•  A liturgy for All-Age Worship, produced by Canon Johnson while an incumbent in the Diocese of Manchester available here.

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