The Diocese in Europe, along with the rest of the Church of England, has endorsed the observance of a "Time for Creation", from 1 September (the first day of the church year for the Orthodox Churches) to 4 October (the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi). During this season our congregations are encouraged to give particular focus to environmental issues. “Time for Creation” links in naturally with the time when we celebrate harvest thanksgivings. This year the theme is “Our Daily Bread – Food in God’s Creation”.
I want to commend to the clergy and readers of the diocese and to all involved in planning and leading worship the Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI) website which has a host of useful resources, including sermon notes, intercessions and other liturgical material. The website is here.
Common Worship: Times and Seasons also has a rich selection of resources on pages 599-606 and 623-632. Those who pray the daily office may wish to use the material on pages 536, 537 and 541 of in Common Worship: Daily Prayer to add a seasonal flavour.
Our Diocesan Environmental Officer, Madeleine Holmes, can also provide you with other information on “Time for Creation” or on any matter related to the Church’s focus on care for the natural environment. Madeleine can be reached here.