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Creation Care Worship Resources

We encourage every parish in the Diocese to bring the theme of creation care into at least one Sunday service each year – preferably more! Earth Sunday (the Sunday nearest April 22), Rogation Sunday (Easter 6), St. Francis of Assisi (the Sunday nearest October 4) and Harvest Thanksgiving are all appropriate dates.  We also encourage parishes in the Diocese to celebrate the Season of Creation in fall, and to observe a “Fast for the Earth” during Lent.

Resources for Outdoor Worship

As the weather continues warm and provincial health measures allow outdoor gatherings, check out our guide to creating an outdoor worship space:

Season of Creation (Sept. 1 – Oct. 4)

In 1989, Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios I of the Orthodox Church proclaimed Sept. 1 as a world day of prayer for creation. Since then, the Orthodox Church has been joined by others, including the Roman Catholic Church, the World Council of Churches and the Anglican Communion Environmental Network, in observing the period between the World Day of Prayer for Creation and the feast of St. Francis of Assisi as the Season of Creation.

A growing number of parishes in our Diocese are celebrating Season of Creation. Some find that it suits their parish rhythms better to start in late September so as to include both the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi (Oct. 4) and Harvest Thanksgiving (the Sunday before the second Monday in October). We encourage you to consider how best to incorporate Season of Creation into the life of your parish.

Lent Resources

Lent 2022: “Ecological Grief and Creational Hope – A Lent Curriculum for All Ages”

This six-week resource explores the biblical themes of creation’s groaning and lament as well as its hope for redemption.  Each week includes a Scripture passage with questions for reflection and discussion, prayers, suggested activities and action ideas, as well as links to explore further.  The questions and activities can be adapted for individual, family, group, or parish use, with specific suggestions for children and youth.

Ecological Grief and Creational Hope (full colour PDF)

Print the resource in black and white (grayscale)

Lent Fast for the Earth – updated for 2022!

Our 2021 Lent Fast for the Earth, newly updated for 2022. Download this year’s resource. (PDF)

 

Earth Sunday Resources

More resources:

Workshop: Strengthening the Prayers of the People in a time of Climate Crisis

The Rev. Canon John Hill offers a workshop for people who lead intercessions, covering topics such as engaging the congregation and praying for current issues like climate change. For more information, download the flyer or contact Canon Hill at john.w.b.hill@sympatico.ca.