The Season of Creation at SsAM
October 13 through November 24, 2019
The Season of Creation is a spiritual journey into all aspects of creation – humans, other living creatures, and the natural environment. It is celebrated at SsAM at the 10:30 a.m. worship service on the last seven Sundays of Pentecost. It features guest speakers, storytellers and artists, contemporary liturgy, readings, dance, music, and other art forms. Our purpose is to celebrate the wonders of God’s creation, and to commit ourselves to become peacemaking stewards in our own lives, in our local communities, and in the world.
In the Beginning, October 13
Rabbi Douglas E. Krantz, Rabbi in Residence, Preacher
“The Creation” narrated by Wanda Smith and Jeanne Nutter
Our Living Planet, October 20
Brighton Kaoma, Co-Founder and Partner at Agents of Change Foundation Zambia, and former Washington Mandela Fellow 2017.
Our Common Humanity, October 27
Stations of the Cross: No Longer Strangers
Exploring Immigrant Issues led by Fr. David Andrews
The Saints Among Us, November 3
The Rev. Canon Lloyd S. Casson, Preacher
Our World at Peace, November 10
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Carol Gallagher, Preacher
Central Regional Canon at Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts
Our Role as Stewards, November 17
The Rev. David T. Andrews, Preacher
The Cosmic Christ, November 24
The Rev. Emily Gibson, Preacher
Since 1998, SsAM has participated in the development of the Season of Creation as the newest season in the liturgical calendar. We invite you to join us for our journey into the wonders of God’s Creation. Take the journey!!!
The Rev. Canon Lloyd Casson, our rector emeritus, wrote the following about the early days of the Season of Creation at SsAM.
“The primary aim of the events of the season has been to enable adults and youth to celebrate and experience the inextricable link which binds together the destinies of all of God’s creatures. The Season of Creation celebrates and embraces the Bible’s vision of the earth in which all of God’s creatures – human and other forms – live out our destinies in a peaceful and harmonious environment, sharing equitably the rich and sustaining resources of the planet. We also acknowledge the unfortunate reality – that in all aspects of creation, this vision is blurred or hidden by human division, arrogance, war, greed, and the abuse of our natural environment. It is further aggravated by the decisions and actions of the current administration in Washington.”
Let us join the people of the Episcopal Province of New England in a commitment:
- To act together to honor the goodness and sacredness of God’s creation;
- To acknowledge the urgency of the planetary crisis in which we now find ourselves;
- To pray and take action to restore a right relationship between humankind and creation;
- To lift up prayers in person and public worship for environmental justice, human rights, and sustainable development;
- To repent of greed and waste, and to seek simplicity of life;
- To commit ourselves to energy conservation and the use of clean, renewable sources of energy;
- To reduce, reuse, and recycle, and as far as possible to buy products from recycled materials;
- To realize that, through participation in community public policy, and business decision-making, we have corporate as well as individual opportunities to practice environmental stewardship and justice;
- To seek to understand and uproot the political, social and economic causes of environmental abuse.
(Thank you to the Episcopal Bishops of New England)