Over the 2nd, 3rd & 4th weeks of September we will be exploring the Season of Creation. Job 38, the focus passage that begins the Season of Creation, makes the claim that the wisdom of God is found within the creative chaos out of which the world is born. God’s voice is heard in the whirlwind; that is, God’s voice is heard in the chaos. “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?” God asks Job. “I was there,” answers Wisdom in the final week of the season. During the three weeks of the Season of Creation, we study and worship with the sacred text of creation as we explore divine wisdom in flora and fauna, storms, and the cosmos.
Through the focus passages for the Season of Creation and the weeks that follow, we will be invited to see Chaos as the given from which the Creator brings forth life to materialize possibility. Let us look for signs hope, as we see the chaos in our world around us. As we reflect on the chaos that is our government’s continued inhumane treatment of asylum seekers and refugees, we see signs of hope from actions such as Love Makes a Way. As we look at the chaos that is the plight of the homeless in our cities, we see signs of hope from various groups and individuals such as Sydney’s White Coat Brigade and others who take food to the streets, or the mobile laundries.
What chaos do you see or experience? Where do you see the Creator bringing forth life?
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You are in my hands just like the clay in the potter’s hands.
The season after Pentecost (Ordinary Time in some churches) is a long season, stretching almost half of the year from Trinity Sunday, the first Sunday after Pentecost until the beginning of Advent.
In recent years, partly as a way to break up this lengthy season but more to invite Christians to focus on the biblical mandate to be stewards of the world that God created, some churches observe a “Season of Creation” beginning in September. The website, www.seasonsofcreation.com explains part of the rationale this way: “In the Seasons of Advent, Epiphany, Lent and Easter we celebrate the life of Christ. In the season of Pentecost we celebrate the Holy Spirit. Now in the Season of Creation we have an opportunity to celebrate God, the Creator”.
The recent initiative originated with Rev. Dr. Norman Habel, a Lutheran minister in Australia, although earlier attempts to observe a season of creation have been around since the middle of the 20th century. Several denominations have embraced and endorsed this season, urging their churches to use or adapt the lectionary reading and worship resources available at the website. In a pastoral letter supporting the season, the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines refers to Christians caring for creation as “ultimate pro-
The themes for 2016 are:
Sept 4th Ocean Sunday Oct 2nd Blessing of the animals
Sept 11th Fauna & flora Sunday Oct 4th St Francis of Assisi Day
Sept 18th Storm Sunday
Sept 25th Cosmos Sunday (Social Justice Sunday Aust)
Theological Conversation at Brunswick Uniting Church
September 8th and 15th