The Season of Creation: A Sermon Cycle
At the urging of colleagues, I am collecting here twelve sermons that I have preached at the White Plains Presbyterian Church during our first three years of observing the Season of Creation. This is a (relatively) new liturgical season recognizing God’s original work and our place within it. It runs from the first Sunday in September through the Feast of St. Francis on October 4. The season includes a complete three year lectionary with an increasing number of web resources for support. The basic and incredibly useful print resource is Season of Creation: A Preaching Commentary, edited by Norman Habel and David Rhoads. Habel also maintains an international website with liturgy and hymns, while Rhoads maintains a similar site for the more specific U.S. church context. My friend Natalie Sims maintains a very useful ecumenical site, Singing from the Lectionary, which includes annotated notes on songs and hymns for all twelve creation Sundays with a diversity of styles and from a variety of traditions. Our worship in White Plains has been enriched by all of these.
So, here are a dozen sermons on themes often overlooked by traditional lectionary preaching.
Year A – 2014
- Forest Sunday: Why Are We Here?
- Land Sunday: Return to the Earth
- Wilderness Sunday: A Wild Journey
- River Sunday: A Watershed Year
Year B – 2015
- Earth Sunday: Seeing as God Sees
- Humanity Sunday: To Rule or To Serve
- Sky Sunday: The Earth Mourns, The Sky Grieves
- Mountain Sunday: Hope for the Future
Year C – 2016
- Ocean Sunday: God-Like Power
- Animal Sunday: Be What You Are
- Storm Sunday: The New Nature
- Cosmos Sunday: Wonder, Awe and Hope
OK. We had a guest preacher on Cosmos Sunday in 2016 who took us in another important direction, so the sermon above comes from our annual Science Sunday Celebration (the Sunday closest to Charles Darwin’s birthday, February 12). These twelve sermons now present a fair survey of the themes of creation’s season. I have dozens of other sermons on environmental themes that are collected on my blog under the heading of Earth Care, which may also be of interest to those reading this post. My own favorite is still the first, Living Lightly on a New Eaarth (which is not a typo).