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The Season of Creation

A Preaching Community

edited by Norman C. Habel, David Rhoads, and H. Paul Santmire

Publication Year: 2011

As the global climate crisis worsens, many churches have sought to respond by instituting a movement to observe a liturgical season of creation. Scholars who have pioneered the connections between biblical scholarship, ecological theology, liturgy, and homiletics provide here a comprehensive resource for preaching and leading worship in this new season. Included are theological and practical introductions to observance of the season, biblical texts for its twelve Sundays in the three-year lectionary cycle, and astute commentary to help preachers and worship leaders guide their congregations into deeper connection with our imperiled planet.

Published by: Augsburg Fortress Publishers

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-3

Contents

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pp. iii-iv

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Preface

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pp. v-7

About a decade ago, Norman C. Habel contacted me about being the U.S. point person for the new Season of Creation that he and a team of people from the Uniting Church had developed for use in Australia (www.sea-sonofcreation.com). I was delighted to adapt and promote the materials on our Web of Creation Web site (www.webofcreation.org). The first ...

PART ONE

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pp. 1-9

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1. Introducing the Season of Creation

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pp. 3-15

The Season of Creation is an optional season for the church year. For the most part, the seasons of the church year follow the life of Jesus: Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, and Easter. The remainder of the church year encompasses Pentecost season (or Ordinary Time), which celebrates life in the Holy Spirit. Of course, there are many special days and occasional services ...

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2. A Theology of Liturgy in a New Key

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pp. 16-53

Worship is the central recurring event in the life of a Christian community. Christian worship is a ritual in which God sets us in right relationship with Godself, with ourselves, and with our fellow creatures. Now it is time to integrate God’s creation explicitly and comprehensively into the dynamics of worship so that we can be much more aware of how God sets ...

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3. Engaging the Biblein a New Key

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pp. 54-67

During each of the seasons of the church year we approach the Bible from a specific perspective and with specific concerns. During the season of Advent we anticipate the coming of the Messiah and the birth of the Christ child. We identify with the people of God who lived in hope. We read and preach with that same hope in our hearts. We hear the voices ...

PART TWO

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pp. 68-75

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YEAR A: The Spirit Series

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pp. 70-125

When we think about trees and our environmental responsibilities, the first phrase that may come to mind is the slogan “tree hugger.” This has become a popular way to disparage the environmental movement by implying that loving nature and taking it seriously are sentimental acts by fringe elements who are not really in touch with the hard realities of ...

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YEAR B: The Word Series

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pp. 126-179

Biblical texts have no fixed meaning. While a certain meaning may become entrenched, there are always other contending meanings. This is true not only of our own appropriations of Scripture, but also of the very production of Scripture itself. The Genesis text that opens the Bible and that begins our worship and reflections on this Earth Sunday is an excellent example. ...

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YEAR C: The Wisdom Series

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pp. 180-227

The first biblical creation story (Gen. 1:9-10) portrays G*d as calling ocean into being in order for earth/land to be. The existence of ocean was necessary for the creation of Earth. As one psalm puts it, G*d “founded the world upon the seas and established it upon the floods” (Ps. 24:1-2). In On day one of creation, G*d called light out of darkness, then named ...

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Afterword

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pp. 228-231

And God said, “Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky.” So God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, of every kind, with which the waters swarm and every winged bird of every kind. And God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and ...

Contributors

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pp. 232-234


E-ISBN-13: 9781451416589
E-ISBN-10: 145141658X
Print-ISBN-13: 9780800696573
Print-ISBN-10: 0800696573

Page Count: 248
Publication Year: 2011

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Subject Headings

  • Church year.
  • Ecotheology.
  • Human ecology -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
  • Human ecology -- Religious aspects -- Christianity -- Sermons.
  • Ecotheology -- Sermons.
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