Religious Education and Social Justice

The Season of Creation

The Season of Creation commences on 1st September, the Day of Prayer for Creation and ends 4th October, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology beloved by many Christian denominations. 

 

Throughout the month-long celebration, the world’s 2.2 billion Christians come together to care for our common home. 

 

As Term 3 draws to a close let us pause and take some time to reflect on God's creation. For several weeks now we have only been permitted to travel a relatively short distance from our homes but hopefully, you have been able to enjoy the gifts of God's creation around you.

 

The beautiful blossom on trees, flowers beginning to appear in gardens, birds chirping earlier each day as the sun rises and the warmth of the sun strengthening as we enter the season of Spring all help to lift our spirits.

 

As you spend time outside each day for exercise, try to focus on the beauty of God's creation as you go for a walk or bike ride. Listen to the birds, notice the blossom and flowers and feel the sun's warmth. Give thanks and praise God for his creation. 

 

 

A Prayer of Gratitude 

for Creation

 

 

God of the universe,

We thank You for Your many good gifts

-For the beauty of Creation 

and its rich and varied fruits,

For clean water and fresh air, 

for food and shelter, animals and plants.

Forgive us for the times we have taken the earth's resources for granted

And wasted what You have given us.

Transform our hearts and minds 

So that we would learn to care and share,

To touch the earth with gentleness 

and with love,

Respecting all living things.

We pray for all those who suffer 

as a result of our waste, 

greed and indifference, 

And we pray that the day would come when everyone has enough food and clean water.

Help us to respect the rights of all people 

and all species 

And help us to willingly share your gifts

Today and always. 

Amen.

 

Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday. 

 

Jane Wilkinson

Religious Education Leader