Lots of new things are happening—As the new church school year begins today we will recognize those who are teaching. The choir starts singing during worship once more. And for the first time we will be marking the Season of Creation.
A little history—In 1989 the Ecumenical Patriarch of the Eastern Orthodox Churches declared September 1 as a day of prayer for creation. In the following ten to fifteen years, churches throughout Europe, Australia, and the United States began marking the Season of Creation during the month of September. It is now a global, ecumenical celebration involving Protestant, Roman Catholic, and Orthodox Christians in prayer, hands-on projects, and advocacy as we show our love for the Creator by loving the creation and loving one another.
After the strong positive response to our Mission Board’s education series on climate change earlier this year, it seemed time for us to join in this time of celebration and mark this Season of Creation. This year the emphasis is on biodiversity—protecting the web of life in all its variety, because each species reveals the glory of the Creator. With gratitude we recommit ourselves to honoring the bonds we share with each other and with “every living creature on earth.” (Genesis 9:10)
In the midst of all this newness, we will be receiving our annual TEE offering—an annual tradition. See more below.
Scripture Lessons: Genesis 1:20-31; Romans 8: 18-25
Sermon "Delight in Creation"
The Rev. William Lovin preaching
ANTHEM “Sing Praise to God” Lloyd Pfautsch
TEE OFFERING Will Be Received on September 16: Our annual offering to support the Theological Education by Extension College in South Africa (TEE Offering) will be received during worship on Sunday, September 15. This offering has been a tradition in our congregation for several decades. It was initially started when the brother of our then minister, the Rev. Ed Heininger, worked for TEE in South Africa. TEE is a private, nonprofit, distance learning institution serving five south African countries. The mission of the college is to equip men and women for Christian ministry. Students come from28 denominations across southern Africa including the UCC of South Africa. For more information about this amazing program, please visit their website at www.tee.co.za. Please plan to give generously—our support makes a difference.
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