April 05, 2020
A Reflection on Today’s Gospel – MATTHEW 21:1-11
In last week’s Gospel reading we were told that some of the disciples did not want to go to Bethany because it was too close to Jerusalem where Jesus had been threatened to death by stoning. This week – not only is Jesus not stoned when he returns to Jerusalem, he is actually welcomed as a King with praises and song. Palm branches are taken up to salute and hail him and, along with cloaks, are thrown onto the road like a red carpet walk as he goes by on a donkey. This year we don’t have palm branches to wave about or throw onto the road. We don’t even have palms to make the crosses which we love to keep in our homes as a sign of the King of Glory who was welcomed with palms and died on the cross.
What we do have in Nova Scotia – especially in this part of Nova Scotia, are Balsam Fir. We normally think of them as part of Christmas – some of us make our living with them, many of us have them decorating our homes during the whole Christmas season … and sometimes beyond. What If we were to take these this year, while we don’t have palms, and use them as our “Palms” today?
The people who welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem as their king grabbed whatever was handy and appropriate to show the praise and honour in which they held him. We also know that for the people of Jesus’ time scents were an important part of social life. Perfumes and aromatic herbs and spices were often among the costliest and most sought after goods. Two of the gifts brought by the Magi to Jesus after his birth were aromatic incense – frankincense and myrrh. The bodies of the dead were anointed with oils and perfumes. Jesus’ feet were anointed with perfume. Kings were anointed with scented oils. You get the picture.
If Jerusalem had been in Nova Scotia when Jesus rode in, the people who welcomed him would have LOVED using the balsam fir to line the road where he rode in on the donkey. The scent of balsam fir as branches were broken off trees and needles were crushed under the donkey’s hooves would have been everywhere. Perhaps we can consider using them to remind of this triumphal procession into Jerusalem.
Our traditions and symbols are important to us. Many of us will miss our palms and palm crosses this year. Sometimes though, when we are denied or have to change our traditions, we are inspired or forced to look at them in a new light. What do they mean? Why do we do them? Palm Sunday’s celebration welcoming Jesus as king into Jerusalem is a stark contrast to the road of the passion and the cross which comes so soon afterwards. We are reminded that the Kingship which Jesus claims and proclaims is one of faithfulness, love, and sacrifice. It matters little whether it is Palm Branches or Fir Boughs drying in the road where Jesus entered in triumph, when we know that in just a few days he will be shunted out the back in shame, condemned to die on the Cross.
As Christians, we also are reminded that to follow Jesus in glory also often means the pain of following to the Cross. We are reminded of this by all the events of Holy Week which take us up and down a spiritual roller coaster. Perhaps this week, deprived of many of our traditional practises we can make the journey in another way. Let us be mindful of the pain and death, knowing that the essence of faithfulness and love – for each other and for God, is what will bring us through to Glory in the end. It will not be the short lived glory of a triumphal procession, but the Eternal Glory of Resurrection.
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Parish of Blandford
Aspotogan Peninsula, Municipality of Chester, Nova Scotia
Striving to be a Christian Community
of Worship, Welcome and Care.
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Praying together at Home
April 05, 2020
Contact Information: Telephone: (902)228-2761, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Website: parishofblandford.ca
Rector: Reverend Louis Quennelle, Rector, Phone: (902)521-5169, E-mail: email@example.com
Our Wardens: All Saints: Malcolm Boutilier (902)228-2961, St. Cuthbert: Ken Miller, (902)204-1000, Saint Barnabas: Claudia Zinck (902)228-2091
Being a Parish & Being Church!
The COVID19 social distancing and self isolation measures prevent many of us from being together physically, but we are together in Christ and in our Journey of Faith through Lent. We continue to care for one another and help each other as we are able. If you know someone who is stuck in their home and can’t even go for a walk – call, say hello. It’s that simple. It’s caring. It’s love!
Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island
Anglican Church of Canada
Diocesan Prayer Partner: King’s College Chapel
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Ecum Secum, Nova Scotia- Archdeacon Marilyn Newport, Priest-in-Charge, St. Barnabas’, Ecum Secum, St. John’s, Necum Teuch, St. Paul’s, Ecum Secum West, Shared Ministry of the Anglican Parishes of Musquodoboit & Ship Harbour – The Reverend Andrew Mortimer and Janet, The Reverend Marilyn Murphy, Associate Parish Priest, St. Thomas’, Musquodoboit Harbour, St. James’, Head of Jeddore, Ship Harbour, Nova Scotia- St. Stephen’s, Ship Harbour, St. Matthew’s, Owl’s Head, St. John’s, Oyster Pond, St. James’, Upper Lakeville, Port Dufferin, Nova Scotia- The Reverend Gary Barr, and Gayle, St. James’, Port Dufferin, St. Mary’s, Harrigan Cove, St. Margaret’s, Sober Island, St. Andrew’s, Watt Section
Opening Prayers: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
PSALM: Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his mercy endures for ever. Let Israel now proclaim, “His mercy endures for ever.”
Open for me the gates of righteousness; I will enter them; I will offer thanks to the Lord. “This is the gate of the Lord; he who is righteous may enter.”
I will give thanks to you, for you answered me and have become my salvation. The same stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.
This is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes. On this day the Lord has acted; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Hosannah, Lord, hosannah! Lord, send us now success. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; we bless you from the house of the Lord.
God is the Lord; he has shined upon us; form a pro-cession with branches up to the horns of the altar. “You are my God, and I will thank you; you are my God, and I will exalt you.”
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his mercy endures for ever.
PSALM 118:1-2, 19-29
During Lent we have been preparing for the celebration of our Lord’s paschal mystery. On this day our Lord Jesus Christ entered the holy city of Jerusalem in triumph. The people welcomed him with palms and shouts of praise, but the path before him led to self-giving, suffering, and death. Today we greet him as our King, although we know his crown is thorns and his throne a cross. We follow him this week from the glory of the palms to the glory of the resurrection by way of the dark road of suffering and death. United with him in his suffering on the cross, may we share his resurrection and new life.
Let us pray. Assist us mercifully with your help, Lord God of our salvation, that we may enter with joy into the celebration of those mighty acts whereby you give us life and immortality; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
First Reading: THE HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO MATTHEW. When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, just say this, ‘The Lord needs them.’ And he will send them immediately.” This took place to fulfil what had been spoken through the prophet, saying, “Tell the daughter of Zion, Look, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!” When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, “Who is this?” The crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.” MATTHEW 21:1-11
Collect: Holy and immortal God,as we enter into this holy week turn our hearts to Jerusalem, so that, united with Christ and all the faithful, we may enter the city not made with hands, your promised realm of justice and peace,eternal from age to age. Amen. (A Prayer Book for Australia(1995) alt.)
Second Reading: A READING FROM THE BOOK OF ISAIAH
The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens – wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught. The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I did not turn backward. I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; I did not hide my face from insult and spitting. The Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame; he who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who are my adversaries? Let them confront me. It is the Lord God who helps me; who will declare me guilty? ISAIAH 50:4-9A
Third Reading: A READING FROM THE LETTER OF PAUL TO THE PHILIPPIANS. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Below you will find the shorter version of the Passion & Death of Jesus according to Matthew’s Gospel. For those with access to the internet, you can see a >>> dramatization of the full version of the Passion & Death (Matthew 26: 14 -27:66) on Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVihcdodDyg (From The Gospel of Matthew produced by Visual Bible International, Inc.)
The Passion & Death of our Lord, Jesus Christ: THE HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
ACCORDING TO MATTHEW. Now Jesus stood before the governor; and the governor asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus said, “You say so.” But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he did not answer. Then Pilate said to him, “Do you not hear how many accusations they make against you?” But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed. Now at the festival the governor was accustomed to release a prisoner for the crowd, anyone whom they wanted. At that time they had a notorious prisoner, called Jesus Barabbas. So after they had gathered, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release for you, Jesus Barabbas or Jesus who is called the Messiah?” For he realized that it was out of jealousy that they had handed him over. While he was sitting on the judgement seat, his wife sent word to him, “Have nothing to do with that innocent man, for today I have suffered a great deal because of a dream about him.” Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus killed. The governor again said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?” And they said, “Barabbas.” Pilate said to them, “Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” All of them said, “Let him be crucified!” Then he asked, “Why, what evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Let him be crucified!” So when Pilate saw that he could do nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took some water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood; see to it yourselves.” Then the people as a whole answered, “His blood be on us and on our children!” So he released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified. Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor’s headquarters, and they gathered the whole cohort around him. They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on his head. They put a reed in his right hand and knelt before him and mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” They spat on him, and took the reed and struck him on the head. After mocking him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him. As they went out, they came upon a man from Cyrene named Simon; they compelled this man to carry his cross. And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull), they offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall; but when he tasted it, he would not drink it. And when they had crucified him, they divided his clothes among themselves by casting lots; then they sat down there and kept watch over him. Over his head they put the charge against him, which read, “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.” Then two bandits were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. Those who passed by derided him, shaking their heads and saying, “You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.” In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking him, saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down from the cross now, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he wants to; for he said, ‘I am God’s Son.'” The bandits who were crucified with him also taunted him in the same way. From noon on, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And about three o’clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” That is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, “This man is calling for Elijah.” At once one of them ran and got a sponge, filled it with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink. But the others said, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him.” Then Jesus cried again with a loud voice and breathed his last. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, and the rocks were split. The tombs also were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised. After his resurrection they came out of the tombs and entered the holy city and appeared to many. Now when the centurion and those with him, who were keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were terrified and said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!” MATTHEW 27:11 – 54
We Profess our Faith as we pray the Apostle’s Creed: I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
Prayers of the People:
With confidence and trust let us pray to the Lord, saying, “Lord, have mercy.”
For the one holy catholic and apostolic Church throughout the world, we pray to you, Lord. Lord, have mercy.
For the mission of the Church, especially for our mission in the Parish of Blandford, that in faithful witness we may preach the gospel in lives of faithfulness to the ends of the earth, we pray to you, Lord. Lord, have mercy.
For those preparing for baptism and for their teachers and sponsors, we pray to you, Lord. Lord, have mercy.
For peace in the world, that a spirit of respect and reconciliation may grow among nations and peoples, we pray to you, Lord. Lord, have mercy.
For the poor, the persecuted, the sick, and all who suffer; for refugees, prisoners, and all in danger; that they may be relieved and protected. We pray especially for those afflicted with COVID19 and all who are forgotten on the fringes of our communities, we pray to you, Lord. Lord, have mercy.
For all whom we have injured or offended and for all those who have injured or offended us, we pray to you, Lord. Lord, have mercy.
For grace to amend our lives and to further the reign of God especially during this difficult time of separation, we pray to you, Lord. Lord, have mercy.
As our Saviour taught us, let us pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen.
Our Life Continues in the Parish of Blandford
Future Services & Other Parish Events: All Parish Events are cancelled at least until the end of May. With this new restriction, we are trying to plan how we can celebrate the central events of our faith in Holy Week and the Resurrection on Easter Sunday.
Bible Study & Reflection: This week you are invited to spend time with the central story of our faith – the Passion, Death and Resurrection using the scriptures, prayers and other resources provided.
Pastoral Presence during Uncertain Times: If you know anyone who would like a telephone call from Rev. Louis, please contact him by e-mail or phone. Until this situation with the COVID19 crisis begins to improve Rev. Louis will be in the parish every Friday afternoon from 1 – 5pm and as needed by appointment. Emails will be checked every day and calls to (902)521-5169 as soon as possible.
How you can continue to contribute to the parish at this time:
Your contribution may be dropped off at the home of Brian & Anne Stott (5480 – Hwy #329).
Pre Authorized Remittance: The Diocese offers the opportunity for you to make financial offerings to your parish directly from your bank account. If you want more information on this process and how to sign up for it, please contact Tammy Cummins – firstname.lastname@example.org If you do not have an email and wish to speak to Tammy about this option – with your permission, Rev. Louis will forward your phone number to her & she will call you.
Our Lenten Offering: This year our Parish will make it’s special focus for Lent the Blandford Community Centre & Ocean Swells Community Centre. Donations will be divided equally between the two Centers. Please indicate “Our Lenten Offering” with your donation. We will continue to collect donations for the community centres until Pentecost (May 31) to allow everyone an opportunity to give.
Food Bank Donations: For those of you wishing to continue to make donations to our local food bank (Chester) here is a list of the items that they are in most need of at this time- Pasta Sauce, Crackers, Tinned Fruit, Tinned Veggies, Rolled oats, Cereal, Hand Soap, Shampoo, Juices. They can be dropped off as you do your shopping at The Independent Store, Chester or at Jeff Hogue’s Auto, East River.
Two Upcoming Parish Fund Raisers Postponed: The Lobster Roll Take – out and Yard Sale on May 02 is now canceled. The Rock-a-Thon on May 23 is Postponed until the fall. As time goes by and we return to living together more normally, watch for announcement of replacement events and new dates!
Parish of Blandford.
Parish Ministry During COVID19 Corona Virus Outbreak
- All parish Liturgical services, group studies & meetings are cancelled until AT LEAST Palm Sunday, April 05.
- Notification will be given by or before Friday April 3 concerning Palm Sunday & Holy Week services.
- Reverend Louis will be available Friday afternoons from 1 – 5pm at the rectory and as needed on an ‘on call’ basis. (Email: email@example.com, Phone: 902-521-5169)
- If you wish to meet with Rev. Louis individually, that is certainly possible. Personal meeting procedures will follow the most Current Public Health Guidelines.
- The Sunday Bulletin with the week’s Scripture Readings, Parish News, Prayer Intentions, and a weekly Reflection from Rev. Louis will be available as of 5PM, Fridays in the Porch at the Rectory (#4821 – Hwy 329) and on the parish website (parishofblandford.ca). It will also be sent out to the regular email list.
- Copies of Archbishop Ron Cutler’s latest letter will be in the Rectory Porch.
- As you may remember, some services were cancelled earlier this winter and attendance at others was reduced by poor road conditions. As a consequence of these cancellations, parish contributions are down significantly for the first two months of the year. With at least 2 more weeks’ services cancelled, this is likely to continue for the month of March . Please remember that whether services happen on Sunday or not, most parish expenses do not change. Your contribution is important to the continued ministries of our parish. You can drop off your contribution to the Home of Brian and Anne Stott, at the Rectory or to one of our Parish wardens.
- If you have any neighbours, friends, or family members in the parish who do not have internet access please pass on this information to them and ask them if they would like any of these items dropped off at their home.
God Bless you and keep you all safe and healthy during this difficult time.
Rector, Parish of Blandford
Truth & Reconciliation, another beginning –Postponed Until Further Notice
For more than three decades, the Anglican Church of Canada has been on a journey of listening, truth-telling, repentance and healing with Indigenous Peoples, both within and outside the church. There is an urgent need for further healing and justice-seeking across the land, and we all have a role to play. (From the introduction to The Reconciliation Toolkit on the Anglican Church of Canada website)
The Parish of Blandford hopes to provide the opportunity for us to begin to study and reflect on the “Truth” part of Truth & Reconciliation using the documentary film:
Doctrine of Discovery, Stolen Lands, Strong Hearts
“Doctrine of Discovery, Stolen Lands, Strong Hearts” is a challenging, truthful documentary. It is meant to educate people on the Doctrine and create an awareness of its legacy. We will reflect on this documentary using a prepared study guide in order to allow us an opportunity to discuss and ask questions about the subject of the video. At the first session, the video will be viewed in its entirety (67 minutes) and then broken down into discussion and reflection by chapter at the following sessions. If there are topics which stimulate more discussion and require more time, we will not rush through just to cover the material for that evening. If necessary additional sessions will be scheduled for after Easter.
Prayer and scripture that speaks to the concerns which are raised by the documentary will be included as part of the study. The message is important and will give understanding to the current state of Indigenous affairs on Turtle Island or North America. Understanding the Doctrine of Discovery and its manifestations are important as we strive for reconciliation.
The video was produced by the Rev. Canon Virginia “Ginny” Doctor, Mohawk from the Six Nations and the indigenous ministries coordinator for the Anglican Church of Canada. It is presented from a Christian perspective in the Anglican Tradition but is for anyone.
When: To Be Announced AFTER COVID19 restrictions have been lifted. Where: Parish Rectory
Please contact Rev. Louis by phone at 902-228-2761 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in participating.
Services for the Christmas Season – 2019
Second Sunday of Advent Holy Eucharist at All Saints, 10am
Third Sunday of Advent Holy Eucharist at Saint Cuthbert, Ocean Swells, 10 am
Service of Advent Lessons and Carols/ Lighting of the Memorial Tree at Saint Barnabas, 10 am.
Christmas Holy Eucharist at 4 pm at Saint Barnabas (family service)
Christmas Holy Eucharist at 8 pm at All Saints.
Service of Christmas Lessons and Carols at All Saints, 10am.
The Epiphany of our Lord at Saint Cuthbert/Ocean Swells, 10 am.
Coming Events in and around the Parish of Blandford
Bible Study & Reflection: Next Sunday’s readings – JEREMIAH 23:1-6; CANTICLE 19 (LUKE 1:68-79); COLOSSIANS 1:11-20; LUKE 23:33-43
Home Visits: If anyone would like a visit or communion at home from Rev. Louis OR if you know anyone who may wish to receive a visit or communion, please contact him in person, by e-mail or phone. Rev. Louis will be in the parish this week on Tuesday and on vacation from November 20 – 26.
Christmas Bazaar: Saturday, November 23, 11-1:30 at the Blandford Community Centre. Admission Free. Bake Table, Handwork, Fudge, and more. Lunch (Soup or Chili, dessert, tea or coffee) available: Adults $8, Youth (6-12) $5, Children 5 and under free. Proceeds to the Saint Barnabas Guild.
Country Christmas Music Concert (Christmas and Gospel) with Matt Balsor, NS Hall of Famer, Sunday November 17th, 2019 – 2:30pm to 4:30pm ( doors open at 1:30) at The Chester Basin Legion,.$10.00 in advance or $12.00 at the door. Tickets available: at the Hair Salon #6 Pig Loop Rd Chester 275-5966 or Sheila Hirtle / Lynn Hatt or Jessica Sawler. New Ross Credit Union Limited or Roger 275-4142
Bake table / cookie sale~ 50/50 ~ Christmas basket tickets ~ Door Prizes ~Canteen. Proceeds to the Canadian Cancer Society’s The Lodge that Gives. Let there be Christmas ~ Christmas Everywhere!
Decorating the Church & Tree; preparation for Christmas Eve Family Service: Sunday December 15, 4PM – Saint Barnabas Church. For the young and the young at heart. Start Spreading the word!
Hurricane Dorian Emergency Relief
Hurricane Dorian has devastated the Bahamas. News footage shows the areas around Freeport to be unrecognizable, completely submerged in water.
In response to the immediate and urgent needs on the ground, PWRDF is receiving donations and sending financial support to Episcopal Relief and Development of the Episcopal Church of the United States. communities in the diocese.
ERD is working through the Anglican Alliance, of which PWRDF is also a member, to support a response as the Anglican Diocese of the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos begins to evaluate and assess the needs of local communities in the diocese.
Donations can be made in the following ways:
On-line at pwrdf.org/give-today and choose the box marked Emergency Response
On your cell phone by texting PWRDF to 45678 By Phone For credit card donations call 416-924-9192 ext. 306; 1-866-308-7973 Please do not send your credit card number by email or fax. By Mail Please make cheques payable to PWRDF and note Emergency Response and send to:
The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund The Anglican Church of Canada 80 Hayden Street Toronto, Ontario M4Y 3G2
Anglicans in Canada are praying, acting and giving to those affected by Hurricane Dorian. Please watch for updates on PWRDF’s response at www.pwrdf.org, as well as on Facebook @pwrdfcan and Twitter @pwrdf.
The Season of Creation
September 01 – October 04
Christians around the world are invited to give particular attention to praying and caring for God’s creation as part of the Global Season of Creation, observed from September 1 to October 4 every year. General Synod 2019 passed a resolution adopting the Season of Creation in the Anglican Church of Canada as a time of prayer, education, and action and encouraging dioceses and parishes to participate.
History of the Season of Creation
The Season of Creation is an annual celebration of prayer and action to protect creation. It runs from September 1 to October 4.
September 1 was proclaimed as a day of prayer for creation (World Day of Prayer for Creation, or Creation Day) by Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios I for the Orthodox in 1989, and was embraced by the other major Christian European churches in 2001 and by Pope Francis for the Roman Catholic Church in 2015.
Many Christian churches started celebrating the “Season of Creation” (also known as Creation Time) between that date and October 4, which is the date of the feast many Western traditions observe for St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis is widely associated with nature, and for Catholics is the patron saint of those who promote ecology.
Several statements from the past few years have called the faithful to observe this month-long Season of Creation, such as those of the Catholic Bishops of the Philippines in 2003, the Third European Ecumenical Assembly in Sibiu in 2007 and the World Council of Churches in 2008.
An Affirmation of Faith
We believe that God creates all things, renews all things and celebrates all things.
We believe Earth is a sanctuary, a sacred planet filled with God’s presence, a home for us to share with our kin.
We believe that God became flesh and blood, became a piece of Earth, a human being called Jesus Christ, who lived and breathed and spoke among us, suffered and died on a cross for all human beings and for all creation.
We believe that the risen Jesus is the Christ at the core of creation, reconciling all things to God, renewing all creation and filling the cosmos.
We believe the Holy Spirit renews life in creation, groans in empathy with a suffering creation and waits with us for the rebirth of creation.
We believe that with Christ we will rise and with Christ we will celebrate a new creation. Amen.
Every year many of us put our hands into the earth and praise the God of our Creation by tilling and growing for pleasure and for nourishment – or both! Please join us on May 19th as we celebrate the garden and all growing things – we celebrate by bringing our own seeds, plants, and tools to ask for God’s blessing on them as they grow and help us to make things grow. We also bring seeds and plants to share – blessing each other with the gift of growing things!
Rogation Sunday: Sunday, May 19 at 10 AM. We ask for God’s blessing on our new year of gardening – our Seeds, Plants & Soil. Please bring any seeds, plants, soil, or gardening tools and we will pray together that God may bless them in the coming seasons.