Dear Friends in Christ,
Trinity has a long tradition of celebrating the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi with a pet blessing. This year we are going to extend our celebration into an entire season: The Season of Creation. The Season of Creation is the annual Christian celebration to listen and respond together to the cry of Creation: the ecumenical family around the world unites to pray and protect our common home. (Watch the Season of Creation Launch Video starting Sept. 1).
The Season “Celebration” begins on 1 September, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, and ends on 4 October, the Feast of St. Francis, the patron saint of animals and ecology beloved by many Christian denominations.
This year we will unite around the theme, “Listen to the Voice of Creation.” The Psalmist declares, “The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims God’s handiwork. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge…their voice is not heard; yet their voice goes out through all the Earth, and their words to the end of the world.” (19: 1-4)
During the Season of Creation, our common prayer and action can help us listen for the voices of those who are silenced. In prayer we lament the individuals, communities, species, and ecosystems who are lost, and those whose livelihoods are threatened by habitat loss and climate change. In prayer we center the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor. We will also celebrate God’s good creation as we have come to know it and care for it here in Southwest Idaho. We will incorporate the regular lectionary texts into this season and worship will feel much the same. Get ready to sing many of the wonderful hymns about creation in our hymnal resources. As always, get your animals ready for the Pet Blessing on our lawn Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 6:30 PM.