“I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you and with every living creature … on Earth.” (Genesis 9:9-10)
The global Church has taken a leading role in working with governments, international, national and local businesses, consumers and campaigners to fulfil our common role as stewards of God’s creation. The Church has long argued that the wellbeing of all species on this planet is interwoven with the wellbeing of Creation, for we are part of a single, wondrously complex web of life that is woven by God. We must all take every opportunity to care for our common home and the sisters and brothers who share it.
Each year from September 1 to October 4, the Christian family celebrates the good gift of Creation. This global celebration began in 1989 with the Ecumenical Patriarchate’s recognition of the day of prayer for creation and is now embraced by the wide ecumenical community. During the Season of Creation, we unite as one family in Christ, celebrating the bonds we share with each other and with “every living creature on Earth” (Genesis 9:10). The Christian family celebrates the Season by spending time in prayer, considering ways to inhabit our common home more sustainably, and lifting our voices in campaigning for action!
What will be happening in the Benefice?
- There will be Prayers for Creation in each church which you might wish to take home and use or reflect upon in church.
- Additional Creation Prayers will be found on the benefice website.
- On Saturday 28th September at Hanging Langford Hall, 10:00am – 1:00pm there will be a morning of activities for children and families where we shall be working with WWT Langford Lakes in creating artwork for Creation Season in Steeple Langford Church. Further details are to be found in this edition of the magazine.
- On September 29th at Steeple Langford the 10:30am Benefice Eucharist will celebrate ‘Creation Season’ and the artwork created the day before. Everyone is most welcome.
- Look for details of four Creation discussion events held in the Benefice to explore the themes of Creation Season.
- There are two Pet Services at Berwick St James and Stockton respectively.
- Each church will celebrate The Harvest in its own way with some of the churches organising their annual Harvest Suppers – details will be found in this magazine and/or in the churches.
God of life, you call us to be participants in the web and wellspring of life: to be nurtured by the planet; to be nurturing of the planet; to cherish the world and all that lives. Amen
Rev’d Jonathan Plows