The Season of Creation
In our worship at Church of the Servant, we follow the church calendar with different liturgies for each season of the year. The church year does not begin on January 1, as does the calendar year, but rather on the first Sunday of Advent. The first half of the church year follows the life of Christ, including the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, and Easter, culminating on Pentecost Sunday. The second half of the church year follows the life of the Church, and it is called “Ordinary Time” or the “Sundays after Pentecost.” At COS, we have taken Ordinary Time and split it into two seasons: Pentecost Season (extending Pentecost Sunday into a whole season of focusing on the work of the Holy Spirit), and Trinity Season (focusing on the Triune nature of our God.)
This year we are introducing a new season into Ordinary Time: Creation Season. While we are intentional to worship all three persons of the Trinity every Sunday, Creation Season will complete our Trinitarian focus within each church year: Advent through Easter focusing on the life of Christ, Pentecost Season focusing on the work of the Holy Spirit, and Creation Season focusing on the work of God the Creator.
In some ways this is not a new thing: for the past few years, we have used a “God the Creator” liturgy during Trinity Season, focusing on the work of God as creator and sustainer, and our place in this creation. However, this year, for the first time, we are recognizing Creation Season as its own season apart from Trinity Season, and the Worship Team has worked hard on creating a new liturgy for this season, including new artwork and new liturgical dance.
So why create a whole new season?
As its own season now, the Creation liturgy will gain recognition, rather than being one of several liturgies that gets rotated through the Trinity Season. But the main reason for creating a whole new season is to join with our Christian brothers and sisters in churches around the world who are also adopting a Season of Creation into their church calendars.
In 1989, September 1 was proclaimed as a day of prayer for creation for the Eastern Orthodox Church. It was embraced by other major European churches in 2001, and by Pope Francis for the Roman Catholic Church in 2015. Since then, many churches have extended this day of prayer for creation into a Season of Creation starting on September 1 and ending on October 4, the Feast of St. Francis, the patron saint of ecology. In recent years, Pope Francis and the Vatican has called on Catholics to join the ecumenical Season of Creation.
At COS this year we celebrate the Season of Creation from this Sunday, August 29 through Sunday, October 3.