Season of Creation
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland. (Isaiah 43:19)”
Holy Trinity will participate in the worldwide ecumenical movement Season of Creationthis year! The Season of Creation is a time to celebrate; pray, advocate and work for God’s good gift of creation. Traditional seasons like Advent, Christmas, Easter and Pentecost focus on one particular aspect of God’s work in this world. The Season of Creation does the same. It focuses on God ongoing work of creating the world.
God wants to be praised for nourishing and cherishing, for God cherishes all creatures. God is not only the Creator, but also the Sustainer and Nourisher. “
(Martin Luther, LW 5:197)
Creation is more than the ‘environment’. We are part of it. All of creation; rocks, water, soil, plants, animals, we all are inseparably connected to each other. We sustain each other, we thrive together, and we suffer together.
In addition to this deep-seated belonging and inter-connectedness, God has also entrusted us human beings with the special responsibility to care for ourselves and all other parts of creation.
Before we act, we need to learn.
Now is the time when we more than ever need to head God’s calling to care for creation. We now know that some of our way of life and economical practices are unsustainable and harmful, not only to our earth, our climate and our wildlife, but also to ourselves and our children. You all heard of the dangers of climate warming connected with our methods of energy production. God’s creation is in danger. And we as people of faith are called to act.
As part of the Season of Creation, Bob Larsen from HTLC’s Creation Care Team will present the faith formation series “Climate Warming as Discipleship Challenge”. You are all invited to attend Sundays after worship. (And after class, Holy Trinity minister of hospitality Neil Dexter and friends will have a yummy lunch ready for you!) At the same time, our wonderful Sunday School Team will work with our kids on the VBS like Creation curriculum from Cokesbury.
Season of Creation
The Lutheran Theology of the Cross teaches us that Jesus is present everywhere, but especially where there is brokenness, suffering and pain. We know that Jesus is with us on this journey of deeper understanding and necessary action. Jesus gives us the strength and courage to face the challenging facts of the dangers of climate warming and to transform ourselves and our world, as we are called to as care takers of God’s good creation.
The liturgies we will be using during this time are adapted from the Uniting Church of Australia, with the exception of the Hymnfest “All Creation Sings” by David Cherwien and Joy Lingerfelt. We have chosen the themes of Ocean, Earth, Mountain, Forest, and River to help us celebrate in gratitude and joy the awesome and beautiful Olympic Peninsula, which we call home.
Together with the Creation Care Team, so far including Pr. Olaf, Bob Larsen, Elizabeth Christian, Kelsey Redlin, Marilyn Eash, Don Schuba and Pr Kristin Luana, I sincerely hope that the Season of Creation at HTLC will be inspiring and impactful for all of us.