“In and with God,
we can direct our lives toward right relationship
with each other and with God.
We can discover our place as one strand in the web of life.
A Song of Faith, The United Church of Canada, 2006
The United Church of Canada is urging churches to celebrate Creation Time during five Sundays in the Pentecost season. This year Creation Time will begin September 9 and will culminate with the celebration of Thanksgiving/Worldwide Communion Sunday.
The national office of the United Church has devoted time and energy in the development of worship resources for this special time of the year. The overarching theme chosen by the planning team is, “What Is Creation Saying to Us?”
This year the specific themes for each Sunday are:
September 9th Love Me!
September 16th Learn My Stories!
September 23rd Nurture Me!
September 30th Lend Me Your Voice!
October 7th Give Thanks for Me!
Gathering, a United Church worship resource says,
“God the Creator gifted this world with incomparable beauty and richness, with more than we can ask for or imagine. Our planetary home is fashioned from the primal elements of air, water, fire, and earth, and on them we depend for our life, and the life and health of the whole Earth community. The love of God calls us into community to give thanks and praise to the One who is the ‘ground of our being’ and to celebrate the abundant life in Christ that is promised for all creation. The Spirit reminds us that we are interconnected and interdependent with all of life. God’s rainbow covenant with Noah was a demonstration and promise that we are not alone. We have the assurance of God’s grace and the responsibility to be God’s partners in the care of creation.”
(Gathering, Summer/Autumn 2012, pg.76)
The United Church of Canada has also created a symbol to accompany Creation Time:
“The Elm Tree recalls the Tree of Knowledge (Genesis) and the Tree of Life (Revelation), symbols of faithfulness. One of the larger trees in North America and living up to 300 years, the elm is marked by prominent root flares essential for the tree’s life. Large, upright limbs support many outwardly (‘into all the world’) fanning branches and leaves. Flowing within and outside of the tree is a blue Circle, a symbol of wholeness, infinity, eternity, and God’s everlastingness. Blue, the colour of the heavens, symbolizes wisdom and clarity. A Gold Cross fills the circle. …It reminds us of a Celtic cross, whose expression of faith maintains the intricate link between humanity and nature. …This symbol appears on a burnt-orange stole…Orange represents the colour of Autumn fruitfulness in North America…The four colours [in the design and stole] also stand for the four elements of creation: earth (brown), air (white), fire (orange), and water (blue).” (United Church of Canada, 2012)