The first Sunday of a new month and of a new season! This Sunday sees that start of Autumn and is also the start of Creation Season in the church’s liturgical year. Over the next four Sundays we will be looking at Creation under the four topics of Earth, Air, Fire and Water. Toby Parsons will be leading us this Sunday as we reflect on “Earth”.
As this is the first Sunday of the month we will also be having a bring and share lunch together so do please, if possible, bring some food to share as we celebrate the abundance of God’s Creation and His love for us all.
The first day of September has also been set aside as World Day of Prayer for Creation and here is a prayer written by Pope Francis that we can use to guide our thoughts and prayers, today and throughout the year in this time of ecological and social crisis:
A Prayer for Our Earth
All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe
and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth,
so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives,
that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.
Touch the hearts
of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united
with every creature
as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle
for justice, love and peace.
For further prayers and resources see https://seasonofcreation.org/